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Blue Moon Reviews — Bokurano: Ours 1-2

One summer, fifteen kids innocently wander into a nearby seaside cave. There they meet a strange man who invites them to play an exciting new game piloting a giant robot to defeat enemies. To play the game all they have to do is sign a simple contract…
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Blue Moon Reviews — Two by Natsume Ono

The manga of Natsume Ono, brought to American shores by VIZ Media, has been enjoying critical acclaim over the past year. Danielle Leigh reviewed the first two Ono releases—the stand-alones not simple and Ristorante Paradiso—and now I’m tackling the debut volumes of two new series, House of Five Leaves and Gente: The People of Ristorante Paradiso.
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Blue Moon Reviews — Cross Game, Vol. 1

The back cover really says it best:

Cross Game is a moving drama that is heartfelt and true, yet in the brilliant hands of manga artist Mitsuru Adachi, delightfully flows with a light and amusing touch. The series centers around a boy named Ko, the family of four sisters who live down the street and the game of baseball. This poignant coming-of-age story will change your perception of what shonen manga can be.”
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Blue Moon Reviews — Bakuman, Vol. 1

The creators of the best-selling manga Death Note have reunited for Bakuman, a series about two middle schoolers trying to make it in the manga-publishing world!
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Blue Moon Reviews — Darker Than Black

Based on the anime by the same name, this two-volume series (collected in an omnibus edition) depicts a side mission of the series’ main character, Hei. The characters are pretty interesting and the basic framework of the story has potential. If only the plot made more sense!
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Blue Moon Reviews — Afterschool Charisma, Vol. 1

Sigmund Freud. Florence Nightingale. Napoleon Bonaparte. These are not merely the names of eminent historical figures. They are also the names of students at a certain high school. These children are the fruit of leading-edge genetic engineering technology. In other words… they are clones.
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Blue Moon Reviews — Saturn Apartments, Vol. 1

In this low-key, dystopic sci-fi story, a boy named Mitsu takes up his missing father’s occupation as a window washer in the hopes that it will yield answers about his disappearance, or maybe just life in general.
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Blue Moon Reviews — Black Blizzard

You might know the name Yoshihiro Tatsumi from its frequent appearance on lists of Eisner nominees, including this year’s candidates for the Eisner Hall of Fame. He didn’t start out penning autobiographical masterpieces like A Drifting Life, however. One of his earlier endeavors was Black Blizzard, a noir thriller in which two accused murderers—on the lam and cuffed together—strike up an unlikely friendship.
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Blue Moon Reviews — Silent Möbius: Complete Edition, Vol. 1

The influential sci-fi manga Silent Möbius is back in a new edition from UDON Entertainment, featuring “a new UDON translation, the restoration of the traditional right-to-left reading format, as well as new scans of every page taken directly from the original artwork.” UDON also plans to release a one-volume prequel and two volumes of short stories.

So, how does this refurbished classic hold up?
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Blue Moon Reviews — Little Fluffy Gigolo PELU, Vol. 1

peluMeet Pelu. This cute and fluffy little guy is actually an alien and he’s come to earth with one goal in mind… makin’ babies.
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Blue Moon Reviews — Summer Fun with Shonen Jump

In this column I take a look at four entries from VIZ’s Shonen Jump/Shonen Jump Advanced line-up, with mixed results. On the agenda are Tegami Bachi, Gin Tama, Waqwaq, and Naruto.

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Blue Moon Reviews — Black Cat, Vols. 1-2

Black Cat is a series I missed while it was coming out (the twentieth and final volume was released in May) but recommendations by trusted reviewers compelled me to check it out. I’m glad I did, since reading it reminded me of the best and most addictive qualities of shounen manga.

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Blue Moon Reviews — Kaze Hikaru, Vols. 1-2

I was a big fan of Rurouni Kenshin, purchasing every volume of the manga as it was released and watching every episode of the anime, even including the terrible filler ones towards the end. When Kaze Hikaru first came out, and was billed as a shojo version of Kenshin, I was dubious. It’s taken me this long, propelled by the opinions of reviewers I respect and aided by my spiffy local library, to finally check it out.

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Blue Moon Reviews — A.I. Revolution, Vol. 1

A.I. Revolution is the story of a high school girl and her male robot companion. Unlike another series with a superficially similar premise, this one’s actually pretty good.

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Blue Moon Reviews — Goong: The Royal Palace, Vol. 1

Lately, I’ve fallen in love with manhwa (comics from Korea) in a big way. The latest specimen to please me is Goong: The Royal Palace, originally an ICE Kunion title but now being released by Yen Press.

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