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Review: ‘Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet’

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Today I’m happy to present a guest review by manga expert Erica Friedman, who holds an MLS from Rutgers University and writes about and reviews manga on Okazu. Romeo and Juliet Written by William Shakespeare, Adapted by Crystal S. Chan, Illustrated by Julien Choy Manga Classics Grades 9-11 “Shakespeare has to be seen to be […]

Review: ‘Hey, Kiddo’

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One of my favorite questions that I get from my students, aside from “Did you read every book in this library?” is “What’s your favorite book?” It’s a hard question to answer, because it does change from book to book. And I tell them that. But I do tell them that there are only a […]

Review: ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba’ Vol. 1

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Koyoharu Gotouge Viz Media; $9.99 Rated T for Teen Poor, kind, helpful, and hard-working Tanjiro Kamado seems like such a nice guy with such a charmed life that it becomes clear something bad is going to happen to him and his loving family within the first few […]

Kurt Hassler on Manga and Light Novels

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Here’s the second half of my interview with Yen Press managing director and publisher Kurt Hassler. The interview was originally done for the SLJ article the SLJ article It’s a Novel! It’s a Comic! It’s—Both? In this half, we talk about light novels, which are prose novels that have a lot in common with manga […]

Review: ‘Teasing Master Takagi-san’ Vol.1

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Teasing Master Takagi-san, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Soichiro Yamamoto Yen Press; $13 Rate T for Teen The single joke of Teasing Master Takagi-san, which gets repeated in a different way in each of the nine stories in this first collection, doubles as its premise: Excitable middle-schooler Nishikata sits next to Takagi in just about every class, […]

Living the Tiny Life: ‘Hakumei & Mikochi’ Vol. 1

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Hakumei & Mikochi: Tiny Little Life in the Woods Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Takuto Kashiki Yen Press; $15 Rated T for Teen There’s a fundamental tension between the fantastic and the mundane that serves as a sort of engagement engine for Takuto Kashiki’s Hakumei & Mikochi. The title characters themselves belong to some unspecified species of […]

Review: ‘Sacrificial Princess and The King of The Beasts’ Vol. 1

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Sacrificial Princess and The King of The Beasts, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Yu Tomofuji Yen Press; $13 Yet another riff on the story of Beauty and the Beast, manga-ka Yu Tomofuji’s Sacrificial Princess and The King of The Beasts features a beast with more than a passing resemblance to the Disney one. In fact, this horned […]

Review: Juana and the Dragonewt’s Seven Kingdoms Volume 1

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Nid, a young adult dragonewt, finds a creature that can only be a thought-to-be-extinct Muernandes, or human, seemingly hatching from an egg. Feeling responsible for the girl, Juana, he decides to try to take her to the place she calls home, a land far to the north of the dragonewt kingdoms. They start on a […]

Review: ‘Silver Spoon’ Vol. 1

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Silver Spoon Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Hiromu Arakawa Yen Press; $15 Rated T for Teen Phenomenal success can present difficult challenges. For example, say you created a manga series that ran for nine years, filled 27 collected volumes and was adapted into a pair of television shows, two feature-length animated films, a live-action film, a handful […]

Review: ‘Star Wars: Lost Stars’ Vol. 1

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Star Wars: Lost Stars Vol. 1 Writers: Claudia Gray and Yusaku Komiyama Artist: Yusaku Komiyama Yen Press; $13 Rated T for Teen This is a manga adaptation of Claudia Gray’s 2015 prose novel of the same name, and as I read, I couldn’t help but wonder if Crossed Stars might not have been a better […]