Posts tagged with manga

Jul 25 2023

Hard pass


This year's San Diego Comic-Con might be devoid of big-name stars, thanks to the ongoing writers' and actors' strikes, but it's still a good time of year for studios to release trailers for their most nerd-friendly content. This includes a trailer for Adult Swim's upcoming adaptation of Junji Ito's classic horror manga Uzumaki. I'll be...

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Jul 15 2019

The Delinquent Housewife! Vol.1, by Nemu Yoko


Nemu Yoko's The Delinquent Housewife! is a four-volume manga, originally published in Japan in 2015 and now fully available in English from Vertical Comics. It's an amusingly far-fetched tale about a young woman who has recently been introduced to her in-laws. When Komugi's husband-to-be Tohru deposits her with his family and leaves on a business trip...

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Jul 15 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Delinquent Housewife! Vol.1, by Nemu Yoko


This week's Book Giveaway is the first installment of Nemu Yoko's four-volume manga The Delinquent Housewife!. A full review will follow shortly, but I can already tell you that, alas, there are some cultural things that have confused the hell out of me. This giveaway will run through 7/22/19...

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Jun 10 2019

Yotsuba&!, Vol. 14, by Kiyohiko Azuma


It's been years since I read a volume of Kiyohiko Azuma's Yotsuba&!, and even longer since I've reviewed one. Part of that is due to the author's extremely intermittent publishing schedule (there was a three-year gap between his last two books), but a lot of it was because it took me a long, loooong time to adjust to the editorial changes that took place between the fifth and sixth volumes...

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Jun 10 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Yotsuba&!, Vol. 14, by Kiyohiko Azuma


This week's Book Giveway is the 14th volume of Kiyohiko Azuma's universally beloved Yotsuba&!. It's taken me years, but I've finally adjusted (mostly) to the new publisher and their translation style, so I think I can give this a fair shake. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 7/5/19...

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Oct 15 2018

Stupid Love Comedy, by Shushushu Sakurai


Shushushu Sakurai's Stupid Love Comedy is an odd duck—it's packaged like a conventional romance manga, but most of the story is devoted to meta jokes and background information about manga publishing. The plot centers around Suzu Sakura, a manga artist who is disorganized, inconsiderate, and perpetually late. When her original editor changes jobs, Suzu is assigned to Hasegawa, the editing department's devastatingly handsome new recruit...

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Oct 15 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Stupid Love Comedy, by Shushushu Sakurai


This week's Book Giveaway is Stupid Love Comedy, a lengthy one-shot manga by Shushushu Sakurai. A full review will follow shortly, but please note: due to a bunch of overdue postings, this giveaway will run through 10/26/18...

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Jul 11 2018

Summer un-fun


I'm always grateful to whomever compiles these massive lists of upcoming anime series for Kokatu, because I suspect they take a lot of work. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a single series I actually want to watch on there. Here's hoping the fall round-up is more fun, because this bunch looks like...

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Apr 10 2018

Anime in the springtime


If you have the patience for their page to load, Kotaku recently posted their Spring Anime Guide. I'm mostly interested in Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku and Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi...

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Apr 9 2018

Nisekoi Vol. 1, by Naoshi Komi


Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi is the manga equivalent of vanilla frozen yogurt: a sub-par take on an already boring flavor. It's not wholly unreadable, but it would be so easy to find something better...

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Apr 9 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Nisekoi Vol. 1, by Naoshi Komi


This week's Book Giveaway is the first volume of Naoshi Komi's series Nisekoi, originally serialized in Shonen Jump magazine. The back cover promises a "laugh-out-loud feel-good" time. (Here's hoping this series can deliver on all those hyphens.) A full review will follow shortly...

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Aug 24 2017

Eagerly anticipating


This is why I will never stop watching Asian TV shows: their source material is so much weirder than ours. According to the website Dramabeans, this fall I'll be able to see a K-drama live-action adaptation of Japanese author Hideo Okuda's "Psychiatrist Irabu" series...

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Aug 8 2017



I'm not always a fan of Yen Press's translation work (I think they sometimes make the mistake of hewing too closely to the original language, even when such a direct translation takes readers out of the story), but they're one of the more reliable and high-quality manga publishers, so I was pleased to hear that they are planning...

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Feb 8 2017

Live Action-ish


I always feel ridiculous calling a movie a "live-action adaptation" when everything I see about it appears to have been digitally altered (ahem, Beauty and the Beast). Thankfully, I totally don't care about the J-movie adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi's manga Gin Tama, so the the CGI-heavy cheesiness of...

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Jan 18 2017

To each their own


According to The AV Club, Warner Bros. is eyeing Hajime Isayama‘s manga Attack On Titan for an American live-action adaptation. The series has already become an anime, several video games, and a Japanese live-action film, but...

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Nov 17 2016

Crafty (maybe)


And the first full trailer is out for the Ghost in the Shell movie! I have Notes. First, the accusations of cultural appropriation in this sucker appear to be richly deserved. Second, why on Earth did they choose Rupert Sanders as the director? Or was...

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Nov 15 2016

Don't get your hopes up


A trailer is out for the latest adaptation of the inexplicably popular Itazura Na Kiss. (This time it's a Japanese movie, although I think there's another Taiwanese drama in the works, too.) I suspect this particular article makes the story sound more interesting than it really is...

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Sep 29 2016



If you're a classic shojo manga fan with 13,000 yen (US $129) burning a hole in your pocket, you can now own an extra-fancy replica of Super Sailor Moon's "Kaleidomoon Scope" from Sailor Moon Super S. According to Anime News Network, the...

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Sep 22 2016

Not sold


The first teaser trailers are out for the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Masamune Shirow's classic manga Ghost in the Shell. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the film producers' decision to cast Scarlett Johansson in the main role...

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May 2 2016

The Wallflower, by Tomoko Hayakawa


Tomoko Hayakawa's The Wallflower ran from 2000 to 2015, spanning 36 volumes. That's at least twenty volumes longer than the actual storytelling could support, but there is no denying that the series' main character is one of the most memorable heroines in manga...

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May 2 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Wallflower Vol. 36, by Tomoko Hayakawa


This week's Book Giveaway is the last volume of The Wallflower, the long-running romantic comedy manga by Tomoko Hayakawa. The Wallflower has always been a little flimsy (there was enough story for a ten-volume series, tops, but it ran for thirty six), but it also brought me one of my all-time favorite manga heroines, so I will always have a soft spot for it in my heart...

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Feb 25 2016

No, thanks.


Koala's Playground recently posted a collection of promo images and the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation of the manga Terra Formars, which looks totally cheeseball. Judging solely by the mega-serious cover art, I'm assuming this story isn't meant to be goofy...

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Sep 16 2015

How much will I regret this?


According to Koala's Playground, there's a fun-looking upcoming J-drama called 5-ji Kara 9-ji Made, based on the josei manga of the same name by Miki Aihara. I like the trailer, I like the main actress, I'm okay with the premise (an arranged marriage between a modern young teacher and a Buddhist monk), but...

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Sep 3 2015

Will I buy a ticket? Probably.


Funimation has released an English-language trailer for the live-action film adaptations of Attack on Titan, and I keep watching it, even though everything about this series grosses me out...

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Jul 24 2015

Unexpectedly apropos


WELL THEN. According to AnimeNewsNetwork, there was apparently enough demand to justify not one but two(!!!) lines of Sailor Moon-themed feminine hygiene products...

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Jul 2 2015

Why won't you diiiiieeee?


And, speaking of stories about obsessive, stalkerish "romances", Koala's Playground informs me that there is going to be yet another adaptation of the inexplicably popular manga Itazura Na Kiss...

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Jun 25 2015



Okay, um, GROSS. The latest full trailer for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Attack on Titan is out, and it's final: there are some things I don't need to see on a big screen (and some things I really don't need to see in 3D), and huge, nude, people-eating zombie-things rank high on that list...

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Mar 17 2015

Bride of the Water God on TV?


Manga/manhwa fans take note: according to Dramabeans, Mi-Kyung Yun's popular Korean series Bride of the Water God is going to be adapted into a TV drama. The show is being developed by drama writer Jung Yoon-jung, who...

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Jan 7 2015

Anata ni Hana o Sasagemasho, by Tomu Ohmi


I have a soft spot for Tomu Ohmi's 1970s-Harlequin-novel-meets-Twilight manga Midnight Secretary, so I was happy to hear a rumor that another of Ohmi's works, Anata ni Hana o Sasagemashō, will soon be licensed. Nobody seems to have confirmed this, but I decided to read and review the series anyway, just in case...

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Jan 6 2015

Doom, gloom, cyborgs


And speaking of dystopian futures with creepy digital mind-control, they're making an American live-action version of Masamune Shirow's classic manga/anime Ghost in the Shell...

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