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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 […]

Review: ‘Laid Back Camp’ Vol. 1

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Laid Back Camp Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Afro Yen Press; $13.00 Rated T for Teen One of the many virtues of manga is the seeming endlessness of the available subject matter; think of any subject, no matter how mundane, and chances are there is a Japanese comic series about it (And, if not, well, there likely […]

Review: ‘Giant Spider & Me’ Vol. 1

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Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Kikori Morino Seven Seas Entertainment; $12.99 Teen Kikori Morino’s Giant Spider & Me is a manga series about a lonely young girl who befriends a giant mutant spider sometime after the end of life on Earth as we know it. It’s a cooking manga. That […]

Review: ‘A Polar Bear in Love’ Vol. 1

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A Polar Bear in Love Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Koromo Yen Press; $15 The world is simple. Every living thing sustains itself by eating another living thing that is weaker than itself. Polar bears, for example, eat seals. That’s a harsh reality, particularly for the seals that get eaten, but then, that’s just how nature works. […]

Review: ‘Kigurumi Guardians’ Vol. 1

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Kigurumi Guardians, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Lily Hoshino Kodansha Comics; $12.99 For ages 13+ Manga has become such a pervasive presence in the North American comics market over the last few decades that readers can easily become inured to the sorts of weirdness that our cousins in Japan can somehow shape into long, popular, mass-media narratives. […]

Review: ‘The Art of Pokemon Adventures’

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The Art of Pokemon Adventures By Satoshi Yamamoto Viz, $24.99 Pokemon Adventures is an all-ages manga that hews pretty closely to the Pokemon video games, so this handsome art book should have plenty of appeal to those who love the games as well as the comics. All the art in this book is by Satoshi […]

Review: ‘Plum Crazy: Tales of a Tiger-Striped Cat’ Vol. 1

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Plum Crazy: Tales of a Tiger-Striped Cat, Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Natsumi Hoshino Seven Seas Entertainment; $11.99 Long before the manga boom of yesteryear, when the shelf space devoted to translated manga in big-box book stores first began to dwarf that allotted to American comic book collections, it was fairly common to hear worldly comics aficionados […]

Review: ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap/Phantom Hourglass’

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The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap/Phantom Hourglass Writer/artist: Akira Himekawa Viz Media; $17.99 Rated A for All Ages The latest game in Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda franchise, Breath of The Wild, was released in March, leading to the regular, periodic spike in interest of all things Zelda. That might explain why Viz has been […]

Review: ‘Toppu GP’ Vol. 1

Toppu GP, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Kosuke Fujishima Kodanasha Comics; $12.99 Rated T (Ages 13+) Even if readers don’t recognize the name Kosuke Fujishima, if they’ve read much manga then chances are they will be familiar with his most famous creation, the long-running series Oh My Goddess! (sometimes translated as Ah! My Goddess!). And if they’re […]