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Manga in Minutes: Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration, Vols. 1 + 2

Welcome to another installment of Manga in Minutes! We’ve got an unexpected license announcement, some live action adaption items, and news from abroad, plus the usual weekly review. So let’s get down to business.

With that out of the way, it’s time for a look at Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration, Vols. 1 + 2!

Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration, Vol. 1Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration, Vols. 1 + 2
by Nobuhiro Watsuki
Viz
Rating: Teen (13+)

Former assassin, Kenshin Himura, has been living the life of a wanderer since the bloody Meiji Revolution, but when he finds himself drawn into a situation involving a corrupt merchant and enemies from his past, his wandering comes to an end. Created to take advantage of the live action movie adaption, the two volume Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration sees Nobuhiro Watsuki return to his most famous creation as he reimagines the opening arc of his classic series, Rurouni Kenshin!
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Manga in Minutes: Monster Soul, Vol. 1

Another week, another Manga in Minutes! There’s a few interesting pieces that popped up on my radar over the past week, so let’s get to them.

With that out of the way, it’s time for this week’s featured review, Monster Soul, Vol. 1!

Monster Soul, Vol. 1Monster Soul, Vol. 1
by Hiro Mashima
Kodansha Comics, 176 pg
Rating: Teen (13+)

From Hiro Mashima, creator of Fairy Tail comes Monster Soul, Vol. 1! Years ago Elvenland was torn apart by a war between the humans, and the monster races. Ultimately the humans won. Now Black Airs, an elite squad of monster from the war, wanders the realm getting into all kinds of wacky hijinks.
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Manga in Minutes: Blade of the Immortal, Vol. 29: Beyond Good and Evil

Only three news items and tidbits caught my eye this week, along with the omni-present NYT Best Sellers List. Sadly, not every week can be full of license announcements and Sailor Moon. Ah well!

And now, onto this weeks review of Blade of the Immortal, Vol. 29: Beyond Good and Evil.

Blade of the Immortal, Vol. 29: Beyond Good and EvilBlade of the Immortal, Vol. 29: Beyond Good and Evil
by Hiroaki Samura
Dark Horse Comics, 216 pgs
Rating: Not Rated

At long last all the disparate threads come together and we kick off the final showdown for Hirokai Samura’s Blade of the Immortal! The remnants of Kagimura’s forces arrive at the Itto Ryu’s destination ahead of them. Determined to keep the rogue sword school from slipping through is clutches, Kagimura orders the death of everyone on the docks of the small port, fishermen, police, cargo ships, dock workers, no one is to make it out alive. Their plans to cut off the Itto Ryu’s means of escape hits a small snag though, as the remaining Itto Ryu and Manji and Rin arrive, setting the stage for the final three blood soaked volumes to come.
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Manga in Minutes: Say I Love You, Vol. 1

Only a few news bits this week, but they’re pretty interesting! There’s a controversy involving a food manga, and the mother of all anime license announcements!

And now, onto this weeks review of Say You Love Me, Vol. 1.

Say I Love You, Vol. 1Say I Love You, Vol. 1
by Kanae Hazuki
Kodansha Comics, 176 pg
Rating: Older Teen (16+)

One of Kodansha’s recent shojo offerings, Kanae Hazuki’s Say I Love You, Vol. 1 is an interesting look a the burgeoning relationship between two classmates. It tells the tale of Mei Tachibana, a quiet loner who doesn’t quite fit in, and the popular Yamato, who’s her polar opposite! Along the way there’s wacky hijinks, and some surprisingly honest and touching moments dealing with the pressures faced in high school.
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Manga in Minutes: Countdown 7 Days, Vols. 1 – 3

Welcome to another Manga in Minutes! Not a ton of news this week, but there were a few pieces out of Japan that caught my eye!

With that out of the way, it’s on to this week’s review of Countdown 7 Days, Vols. 1 – 3!

Countdown 7 Days, Vol. 1Countdown 7 Days, Vols. 1 – 3
by Kemuri Karakara
DMP/Emanga
Rating: Young Adult (16+)

Kemuri Karakara’s Countdown 7 Days tells a tale of two worlds. The world of the living and Sheol, the world of the dead. Oddly enough they’re not that different from each other and even the dead souls never stop learning. Enter Mitamura, a teacher at the Sheol academy for the departed. On a supervised field trip he looses a student and is forced to recruit the recently deceased Hanasuke to help him find her. From there the duo’s paths seem entwined and they quickly find themselves sucked into conspiracy that threatens the existence of both worlds!
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Manga in Minutes: Attack on Titan, Vol. 12

Welcome to another installment of Manga in Minutes! Unlike last week, I stumbled across several nifty news items and links, so without further ado…

Onto this week’s review of Attack of Titan, Vol. 12!

Attack on Titan, Vol. 12Attack on Titans, Vol. 12
by Hajime Isayama
Kodansha Comics, 192pg
Rating: Teen (16+)

It all hits the fan in this non-stop roller coaster of a volume! After the battle in the last volume, Eren and Ymir find themselves captive and en route to parts unknown by the Collossal and Armored Titan. What ensues is 192 pages of a high speed chase through Titan territory, with one of the biggest and most important revelations to date!
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Manga in Minutes: The Flowers of Evil, Vols. 4 + 5

Not a whole lot of news caught my eye this week, and most of the manga related news is actually more like anime news. Still, there’s a few things that might be worth sharing.

And now, onto this weeks review of The Flowers of Evil, Vols. 4 + 5!

Flowers of Evil, Vol. 4The Flowers of Evil, Vols. 4 + 5
Created by Shuzo Oshimi
Vertical
Rating: Unrated

One month after the emotional climax on a mountainside road, Kasuga, Saeki and Nakamura are back at school and struggling to cope with those events. The uneasy stasis that all three have been in falls apart as Kasuga makes a decision to dedicate himself to one of his would be paramours. A move that takes him deeper into madness and exposes a new side to one of the trio. Shuzo Oshimi’s Flowers of Evil enters into a new phase as the tangled web of emotions deepen with Flowers of Evil, Vols. 4 + 5!
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Manga in Minutes: Vinland Saga, Vol. 3

Welcome to another Manga in Minutes! Sakura-Con was held this past weekend, and there were some rather interesting licensing announcements to come out of it, so on with the news!

And now, onto this weeks review of the upcoming Vinland Saga, Vol. 3!

Vinland Saga, Vol. 3Vinland Saga, Vol. 3
Created by Makoto Yukimura
Kodansha Comics, 454 pp
Rating: Older Teens (16+)

Vinland Saga reaches a turning point, as multitude of threads converge and overlap in a bloody and brutal showdown between Askeladd’s and Thorkell’s forces, with the fate of Prince Canute hanging in the balance.
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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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