The Quest for the Missing Girl

Jiro Taniguchi is an artist that I find baffling.

February 17, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

In the spirit of the horrifying Valentine cards offered by Chris Sims and others, I proudly present...

February 14, 2009

Bleach v21-25

Okay, confession time - I really loved the first six volumes of Tite Kubo's Bleach.

February 13, 2009

The Many Face of Nana

Last week I finally managed to track down some copies of Nana v13-14. And while I was reading them, it struck me that Ai Yazawa has a very limited number of facial types.

February 7, 2009

Max Devilpower Eyeshield 21 v22-24

Hey, it's Super Bowl time again (GO STEELERS!).

February 1, 2009

My Heavenly Hockey Club v4-6

Lazy glutton Hana Suzuki and the worthless layabouts of the Grand Hockey Club are back and doing what they do best. Which does not include hockey.

October 14, 2008

Skip-Beat! v7-9

When we last left Kyoko, she'd manage to claw her way up from cleaning floors to dressing up in a chicken suit on a variety show and starring in a television commercial

October 8, 2008

Shojo Beat Only Covered With Your Memory

An analysis of a strangely moving sequence from HONEY AND CLOVER.

September 18, 2008

Blood Will Tell Dororo v1-3

Kill 48 demons and steal back your missing body parts. What could possibly go wrong?

September 14, 2008

Devils vs. Gods Eyeshield 21 v19-21

The Deimon Devil Bats face off against the Shinryuji Nagas in the first round of the Kanto tournament.

September 7, 2008


Ai Yazawa sneaks some subtext into volume 2 of NANA.

September 1, 2008

Suppli v1-2

When Minami Fujii is dumped by her long-term boyfriend, she's forced to come to terms with the facts that she she has no friends, no love life, and a dead-end job.

May 30, 2008

My Favorite Things Skip-Beat! v1-6

SKIP-BEAT! is lively and and fun (and just a little bit dark).

May 12, 2008

Before and After Hellsing v1 & v8

The evolution of Kohta Hirano's art, comparing HELLSING v1 and HELLSING v6.

May 1, 2008

Quick Hits

Some quick single volume manga reviews for KON KON KOKON, WILD ONES, STAND-BY YOUTH, and THE PALETTE OF 12 SECRET COLORS.

April 18, 2008

AmeComi Illustration Technic

How to draw Marvel comics... the Japanese way!

April 1, 2008

Prettier in Pink

HONEY AND CLOVER somehow looks better in magenta than it does in black-and-white.

March 26, 2008

S*A v1

Because what we really need are more manga set in a high school.

March 7, 2008

My Heavenly Hockey Club v1-3

Gluttony and laziness and everything terrible - but not much in the way of hockey.

March 6, 2008

Black God v1

February 28, 2008

Spring Training Aoizaka High School Baseball Club

A detailed breakdown of a baseball manga, showing how visual storytelling can help you understand a story in a language you don't understand.

February 15, 2008

To all the people who love this world, in which lies Japan in which lies the city of Hiroshima Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms

To remember the past is to commit oneself to the future. To remember Hiroshima is to abhor nuclear war.

February 11, 2008

Tokyo is my Garden

I have mixed thoughts about Frederic Boilet's TOKYO IS MY GARDEN.

February 10, 2008

Who is the real Eyeshield 21? Eyeshield 21 v13-18

EYESHIELD 21 starts to fall victim to the power inflaction common in shonen manga.

February 4, 2008

The Clash of Civilizations Eyeshield 21 v7-12

Japan vs. America in high school football! It's like KING KONG VS. GODZILLA with football.

February 3, 2008

Kill 'em! Ya-ha-! Eyeshield 21 v1-6

A very Japanese comic about American football.

February 2, 2008

Girl Meets Girl Kashimashi v1-2

Another sex change comic. Because the Japanese are really into that for some reason.

January 24, 2008

Pretty Face v1-2

The undercover boyfriend genre smashes into the sex change genre, with diastrous results!

January 17, 2008

And now a word from Basso, Demon Knight of Zondac

I have no desire to posssess the world. It's filled with mundane junk.

January 7, 2008

Now That's What I Call Foreshadowing

Ai Yazawa shows you how it's done.

January 3, 2008

Morning 9/22/2005

If I had to hazard a guess, MORNING is aimed at a slightly older, more gender-diverse audience than any of the other manga I've mentioned so far.

May 1, 2006

Weekly Shonen Magazine 9/21/2005

Some quick reviews of manga I purchased on my trip to Japan in September 2005. Up next: WEEKLY SHONEN MAGAZINE.

April 24, 2006

Sampei the Fisherman Classic 9/20/2005

Some quick reviews of manga I purchased on my trip to Japan in September 2005. This time, SAMPEI THE FISHERMAN.

April 17, 2006

Weekly Shonen Jump 9/19/2005

Some quick reviews of manga I purchased on my trip to Japan in September 2005. Up next: WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP.

April 16, 2006

Weekly Shonen Sunday 9/14/2005

Some quick reviews of manga I purchased on my trip to Japan in September 2005, starting with WEEKLY SHONEN SUNDAY.

April 15, 2006

Nodame Cantabile v1

June 21, 2005

Cromartie High School v1

Sometimes you just want a quick laugh.

February 17, 2005


DOMINION is probably Masamune Shirow's most successful property, and also his least ambitious.

February 11, 2005

Appleseed Books 1 & 2

Masamune Shirow's APPLESEED is filled with interesting philosophical ideas, poorly expressed.

February 9, 2005

Black Magic

Masamune Shirow's first published work shows great potential, and also all of the problematic elements of his later work.

February 4, 2005

"Count Bat" in Astro Boy #18

A story with what seems like a fairly obvious solution takes a dark, disturbing turn.

November 29, 2004