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Manga in Minutes: Taimashin: The Red Spider Exorcist, Vol. 3

Welcome to this weeks Manga in Minutes! It’s back to the single review format, as I take a look at Taimashin: The Red Spider Exorcist, Vol. 3, but first, some news from this past week.

On to the review!

Taimashin: The Red Spider Exorcist, Vol. 3Taimashin: The Red Spider Exorcist, Vol. 3
Story by Hideyuki Kikuchi, Art by Shin Yong-Gwan
DMP, 200 pp
Rating: 16 +

Akamushi begins to investigate a family haunted by a demonic face that appears upon its members periodically. For payment, he claims the family’s daughter as his bride. That’s not where it gets weird though, towards the end Akamushi’s determination to protect his future bride sees him… battling bullies in high school. Hideyuki Kikuchi and Shin Yong-Gwan’s weird and wild horror series continues, with Taimashin: The Red Spider Exorcist, Vol. 3!
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Manga in Minutes: Catchup Corner

Welcome to this weeks Manga in Minutes! As mentioned back in January, I’ll be playing around with some ideas and formats for the column over the coming year, and this week is one of those ideas! Every now and then, instead of a single weekly review, I’ll be posting multiple short reviews instead. But first, some news…

On to the first Catchup Corner, featuring Fairy Tail, Vols. 33 + 34, Knights of Sidonia, Vols. 3 + 4 and Trigun Maximum, Vol. 2!
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Manga in Minutes: My Little Monster, Vol. 1

Welcome to this weeks Manga in Minutes! Back to our regular format for this week, I hope everyone had a chance to read and enjoy the extensive Anime Boston 2014 con report from last week. As per usual, here’s a small collection of news, editorials and other manga related tidbits that have caught my attention from over the past week.

On to this week’s review!

My Little Monster, Vol. 1My Little Monster, Vol. 1
Created by Robico
Kodansha Comics, 194 pp
Rating: Teens (13+)

Shizuku Mizutani is a young girl dedicated to her studies, ignoring everything and anything that could keep her from achieving academic excellence! Or at least she was, until she crosses paths with Haru Yoshida, a strange classmate of hers with a bad reputation and a tendency to never show up at school. Now Shizuku’s life is increasingly entwined with that of the erratic and awkward Haru, and much to her surprise, that might not be a bad thing! Such is the set up of Robico’s My Little Monster, Vol.1!
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Manga in Minutes: Anime Boston 2014 Con Report

Anime Boston 2014Another year, another Anime Boston! Held every year at the Hynes Convention Center in downtown Boston, it took place between March 21st to 23rd. Now in it’s 12th year, Anime Boston is the premier anime convention in the New England area, and is among the top ten anime conventions of North America in general! Every year the con selects and celebrates a different theme, which serves as a backdrop for their t-shirts, promotional skits and decorations. It doesn’t stop there though, as the con also highlights fan panels that stick with the year’s themes. This year the theme was Magic, so there was a wide variety of panels focusing on things ranging from the supernatural in anime, to the Magical Girls genre. As a single individual I chose to try and give a fans eye perspective to the convention, highlighting some of the fan panels and a several industry ones as well!

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Manga in Minutes: Takasugi-San’s Obento, Vol. 1

Anime Boston By The NumbersWelcome to the latest Manga in Minutes column! Before we just into the news and review I have a small programming note. This weekend I’ll be attending and covering Anime Boston, which means next Wednesday the usual news/review will be pre-empted for a con report instead. Speaking of Anime Boston, here’s a little info graphic showing the conventions growth over the past decade, along with a little information regarding their attendee demographics.

It’s been a slow news week, manga wise, so only two items this week.

On to this week’s review!

Takasugi-San's Obento, Vol. 1Takasugi-San’s Obento, Vol. 1
Created by Nozomi Yanahara
DMP, 194 pp
Rating: Young Adults (13+)

Nozomi Yanahara’s Takasugi-San’s Obenton, Vol. 1 the tale of an unemployed graduate student, Harumi. Unfortunately for Harumi, things are about to become even more difficult! After the death of his aunt Miya, Harumi finds himself as the sole guardian of Miya’s 12 year old daughter, Kururi. Now, as Harumi struggles to become a fully functional member of society, he now also finds himself attempting to raise and connect with the taciturn and introverted Kururi!
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Manga in Minutes: Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 1

Welcome to another Manga in Minutes! No new license announcements this week, though there are several interesting bits of news to be had.

Not every week can be full of exciting license announcements, but every week does have a Manga in Minutes review…

Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 1Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 1
Art by Satoshi Shiji, Story by Ryo Suzukaze, “Attack on Titan” created by Hajime Isayama, Character Designs by Thores Shibamoto
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp
Rating: Older Teens (16+)

Set 70 years before the start of the main series, Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 1 tells the story of a forgotten and covered up breach of the wall. A single Titan rampaged through a city, devouring a number of people before regurgitating them and then leaving the area. Among the half digested corpses was a pregnant woman and, against all odds, her unborn child is born alive! From Satoshi Shiju and Ryo Sukukaze comes a dark and horrific look into the past of Attack on Titan!
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Manga in Minutes: Brave 10, Vol. 1

Welcome to another Manga in Minutes! We’re kicking off this weeks column with some more licensing announcements, and a few releases dates as well.

Definitely a busy and exciting month for manga news! And without further ado, this week’s Manga in Minutes review…

Brave 10, Vol. 1Brave 10, Vol. 1
Created by Kairi Shimotsuki
DMP/Emanga, 194 pp
Rating: Young Adults (16+)

With her temple burned to the ground and being pursued by the mysterious attackers, young shrine maiden Isanami chances across the down on his luck ninja, Saizo Kirigakure. Tossed together by fate, the duo soon find themselves caught up in the machinations of the warlords of the period as they vie for control of the mysterious power Isanami wields. With little choice they end up seeking the aid of the legendary warlord, Yukimura Sanada! All this, ninja battles, a giant snake and more in Kairi Shimotsuki’s Brave 10, Vol. 1!
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Manga in Minutes: Vinland Saga, Vol. 2

Welcome to another Manga in Minutes! First up, a small roundup of manga related news items.

And now onto this weeks Manga in Minutes review…

Vinland Saga, Vol. 2Vinland Saga, Vol. 2
Created by Makoto Yukimura
Kodansha Comics, 432 pp
Rating: Older Teens (16+)

The elaborate revenge tale at the heart of Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga seems to take a back seat in the second volume, as Thorfinn, Askeladd and the rest of their company find themselves on the run through enemy territory as they attempt to protect Viking royalty. Twists and turns abound as the series heads into some unexpected territory with Vinland Saga, Vol. 2!
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Manga in Minutes: Blade of the Immortal, Vol. 28: Raining Chaos

Welcome to another Manga in Minutes! As per usual, before jumping into the weekly review enjoy a few manga related news items from the past week that’ve caught my eye!

That’s a whole lot of licensing announcements for a single week! As always, click the links for more detailed information. And now, onto this weeks Manga in Minutes review!

Blade of the Immortal, Vol. 28Blade of the Immortal, Vol. 28: Raining Chaos
Created by Hiroaki Samura
Dark Horse, 216 pgs
Rating: Not Rated

The latest volume of Hiroaki Samura’s Blade of the Immortal picks up the pace and follows a number of clashes between the Itto-Ryu and Habaki Kagimura’s Rokki-DanKagimura’s. Last volume saw the first true clash between the two groups, and Blade of the Immortal, Vol. 28 ramps up the violence and action as this skirmish reaches its climax. Can the new Itto-Ryu forces fend off the desperate Rokki-Dan? That’s not the only clash going on though, as the Itto-Ryu’s second in command, Abayama faces off against one of the best fighters in the series, Giichi. The series is heading towards its climax, which means all bets are off on who will survive the remaining few volumes!
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Manga in Minutes: No. 6, Vols. 3 + 4

Welcome to another installment of Manga in Minutes! Before jumping into the weekly review, here are a few manga related news items from the past week that caught my attention.

And now, onto this weeks Manga in Minutes review!

No. 6, Vol. 3No.6 Vols. 3 + 4
Created by Atsuko Asano, Manga Adaption by Hinoki Kino
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Teen (13+)

Raised in the privilege and luxury of No. 6, a seeming utopia, everything changed for Shion after he rescued a young fugitive named Rat. Years later Shion finds himself accused of murder and fleeing from the forces that control No. 6 with help from Rat. The duo find themselves caught up in the tangled web the rulers of No. 6 have weaved to maintain control of the city and its people! Conspiracy, secrets and more populate Hinoki Kino’s manga adaption of Atsuko Asano’s sci-fi novel series, No. 6!
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Manga in Minutes: Taimashin: The Red Spider Exorcist, Vols. 1 + 2

Welcome to another Manga in Minutes! Before jumping into the weekly review, here are a few manga related news items from the past week that caught my attention.

Taimashin, Vol. 1Taimashin: The Red Spider Exorcist, Vols. 1 + 2
Story by Hideyuki Kikuchi, Art by Shin Yong-Gwan
DMP
Rating: 16 +

From Hideyuki Kikuchi, the mind behind Demon City Shinjuku and Vampire Hunter D comes Taimashin: The Red Spider Exorcist. Megumi is your typical office lady and she leads a fairly non-descript life, until one unfortunate night she finds herself the prey of an enigmatic, leather clad, inhuman, whip wielding woman by the name of Inran and her associates. Stumbling through the dark alleys of a popular Korean shopping distract, Megumi chances across the one person who can save her. Akamushi Fujiwara, the Red Spider Exorcist!
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Manga in Minutes: Vinland Saga, Vol. 1

Welcome to the latest installment of Manga in Minutes! Before I get into the standard weekly review I just wanted to give readers a quick heads up. I’ll be trying out a few new things with the column in the coming months, whether any of them will stick around or appear more than once depends on several factors, including my own fickle mood. With that in mind, this week I’ll be adding a small round up of manga related news, articles, and other links of interest. We’ll see how it goes, enjoy!

And now, on with the review!

Vinland Saga, Vol. 1Vinland Saga, Vol. 1
Created by Makoto Yukimura
Kodansha Comics, 470 pp
Rating: Older Teens (16+)

With the second volume having hit store shelves last week, I thought now would be a good time to take a look at Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga, Vol. 1! For years this has been one of the most requested titles from manga fans and now, thanks to the fine folks of Kodansha Comics, the multiple award winning series has finally arrived in the US. Vinland Saga is a historical epic, set roughly during the middle of the Viking Age in the late 10th and early 11th century, following the life of young Thorrfin as he seeks to avenge his father’s death at the hands of the viking commander, Askeladd.
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Say It With Manga – Western Influences in Berserk

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I may or may not cover Kentaro Miura’s Berserk in depth at a later time, but I thought this might be a bit more interesting and informative than a general series summary.  Berserk is one of the best comics I’ve ever read, hands down.  It’s also one of the more popular English-language manga among non-manga readers.  The sword-and-sorcery themes make it fairly accessible to an audience already familiar with western fantasy, but it’s also an awesome series on its own.

It is unlike other manga, but sometimes it is.  I’m going to take a look at what makes it unique among manga, and other comics, for that matter.

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Manga in Minutes: Erementar Gerade: Flag of the Bluesky, Vol. 1

Erementar Gerade: Flag of the Bluesky, Vol. 1Erementar Gerade: Flag of the Bluesky, Vols. 1
By Mayumi Azuma
DMP/Emanga, 184pp
Rating: Teen (13 +)

Mayumi Azuma returns to the world of Erementar Gerade in Erementar Gerade: Flag of the Bluesky, Vol. 1. Following an attack on the desert Kingdom of Fuajarl by Edel Garden, Princess Achea and a small group of survivors seek to reclaim the Kingdom from its usurpers and avenge her father’s death! Unbeknownst to Achea and her comrades however, Edel Garden’s forces are set to return to find what they were looking for in their initial attack upon her kingdom, her father’s Edel Raid, Jeen, who also happens to be one of the Seven Glittering Jewels, one of the most powerful Edel Raid’s in existence!
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Say It With Manga – Fumi Yoshinaga Edition

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Sorry for the absence, the holidays are a difficult time of year for me at work, and I also had to contend with switching jobs this year.  But I now have my free time back, and I’m going to be trying new things with this column.  Admittedly, one of the other problems I was having was that I was running out of topics.

This week, I’m going to be looking at the work of Fumi Yoshinaga.  Yoshinaga is one of the few artists who does work aimed at adult women who is still being translated in the current English language manga market.  Part of the reason is her popularity, I think, as she has many English-language fans already.  But her appeal lies in the stories she writes, where she has a knack for capturing the mundane in entertaining ways.  Her early work, in both Japanese and English, was mostly boy’s love one-shots and short series (which, for the uninitiated, are romance stories with gay male characters aimed at women).  Even these, her earliest works, still had their touching, quiet moments.  Yoshinaga is great at writing sympathetic characters, which makes her sometimes mundane subject matter that much better.  Her art is also spare most of the time, but she does great character facial expressions, and the detail in Ooku and her food art is quite impressive.

Here’s the Essential Fumi Yoshinaga, along with some summaries of her other work.  Also worth mentioning is the fact that her other current long-running series, What Did You Eat Yesterday, will be released by Vertical starting in March.  The story of a gay couple and the dinners they share should prove to be a delightful slice-of-life story, despite what sounds like an unexciting premise.

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