Seinen Manga Reviews

Elfen Lied Omnibus Vol 1 Review

Don’t let that innocent-looking cover art fool you. Elfen Lied may feature some harem-manga tropes, such as having a hapless, every-man protagonist living under the same roof as multiple lovely, young ladies, but this is in fact a brutal and bloody science fiction/horror manga. Be prepared for graphic violence and dark themes if you decide… Continue Reading →

Cells at Work! Code Black Vol 1 Review

Cells at Work! is a hilarious and education manga series by Akane Shimizu, where the various cells that comprise the human body are represented as anthropomorphized workers carrying out various jobs. Red blood cells are personified as delivery workers carting oxygen canisters around the body and white blood cells are soldiers who constantly fend off… Continue Reading →


Ghostly Things Vol 1 Review

Ghostly Things, by Ushio Shirotori, is a cute supernatural romp where spirits are portrayed as being household pests that steal food out of your fridge and make grass grow on your books, rather than as terrifying monsters… at least most of the time. Seems like the perfect October read for someone, like me, that doesn’t… Continue Reading →


Penguindrum Vol 1 Review

The Penguindrum manga, by Isuzu Shibata, is an adaptation of the anime series of the same name that was released back in 2011. Blending elements of comedy, drama, mystery and the supernatural, this is definitely one of the most unique manga I’ve read this year. Synopsis: Kanba, Shoma and Himari are a close-knit group of… Continue Reading →

Saint Young Men Vol 1 Review

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Buddha and Jesus were to meet? Well, turns out they would be best friends and it would be great! Synopsis: After safely ushering the world into the new century, Jesus and Buddha decide to take a well-deserved vacation. The two of them get an apartment… Continue Reading →


20th Century Boys: Perfect Edition Vol 1 Review

20th Century Boys is a series that I’ve been interested in for some time. Written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa, the award-winning creator behind such classic seinen manga as Monster and Pluto, 20th Century Boys tells a thrilling mystery/adventure story involving evil cults, bioterrorism and a group of washed up adults whose childhood games of… Continue Reading →

Sweat and Soap Vol 1 Review

Kintetsu Yamada’s seinen romance manga, Sweat and Soap, strikes me as a series that will be too pervy for some readers, but perhaps not pervy enough for others. Aimed at an older audience, this manga features plenty of steamy scenes and boasts a rather unorthodox premise, so get ready for some weirdness! Synopsis: Asako has… Continue Reading →


What’s Michael? Fatcat Collection Vol 1

Well, here’s a real blast from the past! What’s Michael? is a comedy manga by Makoto Kobayashi that celebrates the delightful peculiarities of cats and the humans who love them. Originally published in Japan in the 80’s and first translated into English by Dark Horse Comics in the 90’s and early 2000’s, What’s Michael? has… Continue Reading →

Cosmo Familia Vol 1 Review

Cosmo Familia, by Hanokage, the artist of the manga adaptation of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, is a fantasy manga with a very similar feel to that classic series. This comic features a bevy of cute girls and cartoony animals getting up to magical hijinks, all while an air of darkness hangs over their escapades. Synopsis:… Continue Reading →


My Brother’s Husband Series Review

My Brother’s Husband is an award-winning manga created by Gengoroh Tagame, a mangaka known for his works targeted towards gay men. My Brother’s Husband marks his first foray into creating an all-ages title and his uncluttered art style and straightforward writing lends itself well to the didactic nature of the story he’s telling, making this… Continue Reading →

The New Gate Vol 1 and 2 Review

The New Gate is an isekai manga, based on the web novels by Shinogi Kazanami and drawn by Yoshiyuki Miwa, that follows the adventures of a young man trapped inside a video game world, but with the twist that the story starts at the point where most series in this vein typically end. I’d like… Continue Reading →


Ping Pong Vol 1 Review

I was looking forward to reading Ping Pong, so much so that I included it in my list of My Most Anticipated Manga of 2020. I didn’t actually know a lot about the series going in, but Ping Pong seemed to have a lot of things going for it. The creator, Taiyo Matsumoto, is an… Continue Reading →

My Senpai is Annoying Vol 1 Review

Originally a webcomic, Shiromanta’s My Senpai is Annoying is one of those rare manga releases that features colour art! While there is still plenty of white space, it was a fun surprise to open this book and find it full of vibrant colours. The simple, yet endearing, art-style is a perfect fit for this tale… Continue Reading →


Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition Vol 1 Review

Rumiko Takahashi is a hugely successful and influential manga creator who’s penned numerous beloved, smash-hit series, such as: Ususei Yatsura, Ranma ½ and Inuyasha. Maison Ikkoku is an example of one of her earlier works (originally published from 1980-1987) and this seminal manga has been adapted into an anime, several OVA’s and multiple live-action versions…. Continue Reading →

Sazan & Comet Girl Review

Sazan & Comet Girl, by Yuriko Akase, is an action-packed space-opera that features vibrant, full-colour artwork and a diverting story that feels like it was plucked out of a bygone era. Strap on your spacesuits and get ready to blast-off into adventure! Synopsis: Sazan is a bright and idealistic young man who loves outer-space and… Continue Reading →


Heaven’s Design Team Vol 1 Review

Heaven’s Design Team seems like a manga that was custom designed to make me happy. Written by Hebi-Zou & Tsuta Suzuki and drawn by Tarako, this educational series presents information about animals, and all of the fascinating ways in which they are tailored to their environment, through the format of an entertaining workplace procedural. Synopsis:… Continue Reading →


Unicorns Aren’t Horny Vol 1 Review

I love a good pun title, and Unicorns Aren’t Horny is a good pun. However, it’s not an accurate title, as Uni the unicorn is horny, in both the literal sense and the carnal sense. Horny for the concept of virginity, that is! Synopsis: Emuko is a virgin and she isn’t happy about it. She… Continue Reading →

Rainbow and Black Vol 1 Review

Rainbow and Black, by Eri Takenashi, is a cute, pet manga about a rigid-minded young lady and her exotic bird. Or is it a mammal? Or is it both? Synopsis: Kuroe is a college student who’s uncompromising approach to life frequently gets her into trouble, costing her several jobs and making it difficult for her… Continue Reading →


The Witch and the Beast Vol 1 Review

A dark-fantasy manga tinged with elements of horror, Kousuke Satake’s The Witch and the Beast intrigued me, in large part due to it’s beautiful and atmospheric-looking cover art. Satake’s detailed artwork didn’t disappoint and it’s just as lovely inside the book as on the cover, but I found the story to be a bit lacking…. Continue Reading →

Heterogenia Linguistico Vol 1 Review

I’ve always been kind of a dummy when it comes to learning other languages. I was terrible at the mandatory French classes I took in grade school and my short-lived attempt to learn Japanese in University was a disaster. It’s just not something that comes easily to me, so I greatly admire people who can… Continue Reading →


The Apothecary Diaries Vol 1 Review

Based on a novel series by Natsu Hyuuga, The Apothecary Diaries, a seinen manga by Nekokurage and Itsuki Nanao, piqued my interest the moment I read the title and saw the lovely cover image. A period drama about a pharmacist? Sounds good to me! Synopsis: When Maomao is kidnapped and sold to the Imperial palace… Continue Reading →


Mob Psycho 100: Reigen Review

You know him; you love him; he’s everyone’s favourite con-artist: Master Reigen! This new manga by ONE focuses on the fan-favourite character from the Mob Psycho 100 series and examines what makes him so great, despite that fact that he’s a fake and a liar! Synopsis: Tome Kurata has always been fascinated with anything supernatural… Continue Reading →

Mama Akuma Vol 1 Review

Mama Akuma, by Kuzushiro, is a series that I decided to pickup simply because the cover looked cute and this turned out to be an example of a time when judging a book by it’s cover was a great decision. This is a fun and charming comedy about a lonely girl and a forlorn demon… Continue Reading →

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