Shounen Manga Reviews

Aria The Masterpiece Vol 1 Review

Aria was previously partially released by Tokyopop, and, now that they’ve gotten back to publishing manga, this title has been resurrected from license limbo and is being released again in fancy, new, two-in-one omnibus editions. I never picked up the original release, but I recalled hearing good things about it, so I decided to dip… Continue Reading →

Komi Can’t Communicate Vol 1 Review

Komi Can’t Communicate is a comedy manga with a somewhat cliché premise. I was initially a bit on the fence about picking it up, but after reading a number to positive reviews, I decided to give it a go and see if it was as hilarious as everyone said. Synopsis: Tadano is a completely average… Continue Reading →


Beastars Vol 1 Review

Beastars is the newest manga to be released under the Viz Signature line, a banner that specializes in sophisticated or edgy titles aimed at an older audience, so I knew that I was in for something a little different with this series. Synopsis: In a world inhabited by anthropomorphized animals, predators and prey seem to… Continue Reading →

Beastars Vol 2 Review

Beastars continues to be an intriguing character piece that focuses on the troubled psychology of our teen animal protagonists. Volume 2 introduces a new character who seems to be looking to stir up conflict and we also learn a surprising fact about the Drama Club that only raises more questions. Synopsis: Legoshi is thrown off… Continue Reading →


Beastars Vol 3 Review

A new volume of Beastars has arrived and things are getting more complicated for our favourite wolf-boy, both in terms of his personal life and his understanding of himself. Synopsis: Following their explosive fight during a drama-club production, Louis comes close to suspending Legoshi and Bill from the club, but ultimately decides to let them… Continue Reading →

Beastars Vol 4 Review

Whoo boy! This volume of Beastars was a real emotional-rollercoaster ride! We have torrid love affairs, the reveal of a tragic backstory and violent plots, all sandwiched in between high school hijinks, as everyone prepares for a summer festival. Be warned, this review will include spoilers. Synopsis: The members of the Drama Club are hard… Continue Reading →


Beastars Vol 5 Review

I think that this might be the most intense volume of the Beastars manga yet! It’s certainly the most violent! Fair warning, this review will include some spoilers for earlier events in the series, and possibly for the anime, which I still haven’t seen. Synopsis: Haru has been abducted and the calling card found at… Continue Reading →

Sand Land Review

While combing through the boxes of old manga titles at a big comics sale, I recently came across this little gem. Sand Land is a one-shot series by Akira Toriyama, the creator of the mega-hit manga series: Dragon Ball. To give you a little bit of background information on my history with Akira Toriyama, the… Continue Reading →


Astra Lost in Space Series Review (manga)

I feel like I’m arriving a bit late to the party when it comes to Astra Lost in Space. I haven’t watched any of the anime yet, but it’s been receiving such positive buzz that I decided to give the original manga a try. The manga has been fully released in english and is only… Continue Reading →


Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Vol 1 Review

Monokuma is back and up to his old tricks in this sequel to the first Danganronpa manga. Danronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, drawn by Kuroki Q, adapts the second game in the Danganronpa franchise and is actually the second manga adaptation of said game that has been released in English – the first being Danganronpa 2:… Continue Reading →

That Blue Sky Feeling Series Review

What does it mean to like someone? This is the central question the main character of That Blue Sky Feeling wrestles with in this unusual and poignant manga. Originally a webcomic, this manga is a remake, with art by Coma Hashii and the story written by the original creator, Okura, that tells a thoughtful story… Continue Reading →


Beastars Vol 6 Review

After the last, action-packed volume, Beastars shifts the focus back to the character’s interpersonal relationships and the romantic drama between Legoshi, Haru and Juno. As with my previous reviews of the Beastars manga, this review will contain spoilers for previous volumes in the series. Synopsis:  After rescuing Haru, Legoshi finally confesses to her that he… Continue Reading →


Spy x Family Vol 1 Review

Of all of the new manga scheduled to come out in 2020, Spy x Family was the one I was looking forward to reading the most. People who I follow online have been praising this series for months and everyone I know who’s read it only had good things to say about it. I couldn’t… Continue Reading →

Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina (manga) Vol 1 Review

Based on a series of light novels by Jougi Shiraishi, Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina is a manga that embodies the saying: “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” Beautifully illustrated by Itsuki Nanoa, Wandering Witch brings readers along for the ride, as the titular Elaina takes a fantastical trip to places unknown. Synopsis:… Continue Reading →


Beastars Vol 7 Review

Oh my god! Did this manga actually remember that it has a murder-mystery subplot? As with my reviews of the earlier volumes in the Beastars series, this review will contain some spoilers for events that occurred in the previous volumes, so I suggest getting caught up on the series before reading this. Synopsis: Things feel… Continue Reading →

Wonder 3 Review

Wonder 3 is a manga series by Osamu Tezuka, the prolific manga and anime creator who is often referred to as “the god of manga”, in honour of how his impressive body of work served to push the medium forward. His more famous works include the likes of Astro Boy, Princess Knight, Pheonix and Black… Continue Reading →


Nameless Asterism Series Review

Despite centering on a love-triangle between three girls, I don’t think I’d classify Kina Kobayashi’s manga, Nameless Asterism, as a yuri series. While unrequited love and emotional angst are the driving forces behind much of the plot, the type of relationship being celebrated by this manga isn’t romantic love, it’s friendship. Synopsis: Shiratori, Washio and… Continue Reading →

Sayonara, Football Vol 1 Review

So, this wasn’t quite what I thought it was going to be. The description on the back of the manga describes the story of Sayonara, Football as being about two girls, who were on rival soccer teams in middle school, but who end up on the same team in high school and need to learn… Continue Reading →


Beastars Vol 8 Review

As with my other reviews of the Beastars manga, be aware that this review will contain some spoilers for events that occurred in the previous volumes in the series. Synopsis: After being attacked by the same student who murdered his friend, Tem, Legoshi seeks out Gohin to ask him to train him in combat. Gohin… Continue Reading →

Moriarty the Patriot Vol 1 Review

Stories that reimagine the villain as the hero are always intriguing to me, so Moriarty the Patriot, which follows the exploits of Sherlock Holmes’ most famous foe, immediately caught my interest. This manga, created by Ryousuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi, paints a more complicated picture of the title character then the nefarious lord of criminals… Continue Reading →


Ascendance of a Bookworm (manga) Vol 1 Review

The full title of this manga series is Ascendance of a Bookworm: I’ll Do Anything to Become a Librarian Part 1 If there aren’t any books, I’ll just have to make some! Whew! Even amongst all of the crazy-long titles that are popular nowadays, this one feels excessive. Going forward, I’ll just be referring to… Continue Reading →

Love Me For Who I Am Vol 1 Review

It took me a long time to track down a copy of Kata Konayama’s Love Me For Who I Am. COVID 19 has, of course, caused a number of printing delays, as well as some continued distribution issues, at least in Canada, anyway. Thankfully, I finally got my hands on volume one and it was… Continue Reading →


Beastars Vol 9 Review

So, there are just a few minor developments to discuss in this volume of Paru Itagaki’s Beastars. Let’s see, one of the drama club members gets their arm ripped off, we learn a huge secret about Legoshi’s heritage and the identity of Tem’s murderer is revealed!!! Be aware that this review will contain some spoilers… Continue Reading →


Beastars Vol 10 Review

We’re gearing up for a big showdown in this volume of Beastars! Will Legoshi be able to defeat the murderer in a head on fight? Well, we don’t find out in this volume, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot that happens. As with my other reviews of the Beastars manga, this review… Continue Reading →

Beast Complex Vol 1 Review

Beast Complex, is an early work by Paru Itagaki and a precursor to the popular manga series, Beastars. It’s set in the same world of anthropomorphized animals as Beastars, and this short-story collection is composed of self-contained stories that explore the tensions between herbivores and carnivores. Short-story anthologies can sometimes be a mixed bag, but… Continue Reading →


Beastars Vol 11 Review

It’s finally happening! Volume 11 of Paru Itagaki’s Beastars, the official midpoint of the manga, FINALLY features the climactic battle between Legoshi and Tem’s murderer! And boy, do things get coco-nuts! As with my other reviews of the Beastars manga, be warned that this review will contain spoilers for this volume and events that occurred… Continue Reading →

A School Frozen in Time Vol 1 Review

A School Frozen in Time is a mystery/psychological thriller manga with a bit of a supernatural twist. Written by Mizuki Tsukimura and with art by Naoshi Arakawa, of Your Lie in April and Sayonara, Football fame, this is a suspenseful tale of a group of trapped teens, who must discover why they’ve been transported into… Continue Reading →


I’m the Catlords’ Manservant Vol 1 Review

The release of I’m the Catlords’ Manservant, by Rat Kitaguni, kind of snuck up on me. I don’t remember hearing about it getting licensed and I didn’t have it on my monthly list of manga to buy; I only found out about its existence when it showed up at my local comic book shop. Despite… Continue Reading →


Beastars Vol 12 Review

Volume 12 of Beastars seems to be kicking off a new era in the series. With the murderer storyline resolved, the plot is moving on and introducing new problems for Legoshi to contend with. Like with my other reviews of the Beastars manga, this review will contains some spoilers for events in this and previous… Continue Reading →

The Tale of the Outcasts Vol 1 Review

Lovers of the Monster Boyfriend genre rejoice, Makoto Hoshino’s The Tale of the Outcasts is here to serve up some spooky and sweet supernatural romance! Synopsis Marbas is a powerful and immortal demon who is consumed by boredom and apathy. Most humans can’t see him nowadays, a sign that demon kind’s influence in the world… Continue Reading →


Sadako-san and Sadako-chan Review

Sadako-san and Sadako-chan is a comedy manga starring the ghost from the popular horror franchise, The Ring, and a little girl she intended to curse, but winds up befriending instead. Apparently, this manga by Aya Tsutsumi was created to be a promotional tie-in to the 2019 film, Sadako, which dealt with the aftermath of Sadako’s… Continue Reading →

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