About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson has been reading comics since she was 4. After earning an MFA in printmaking, she headed to New York to become a famous artist but ended up working with words instead of pictures, first as a book editor and later as a newspaper reporter. She started MangaBlog to keep track of her daughters’ reading habits and now covers manga, comics and graphic novels as a freelancer for School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly Comics Week, Comic Book Resources, the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, and Robot 6. She also edits the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. Now settled in the outskirts of Boston, Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters.

January Releases and Why We Like One-Punch Man

Naruto Seventh HokageWhat’s new in January? I did a quick roundup of this month’s new manga releases, which include the one-shot Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, as well as new volumes of One-Punch Man, Blue Exorcist, The Demon Prince of Momochi House, and My Neighbor Seki. [Barnes and Noble Sci-Fi/Fantasy Blog]

There’s a bumper crop of new manga out this week, and the Manga Bookshelf team is here to sort them out for you. [Manga Bookshelf]

One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda says the manga he is most jealous of is Your Lie in April, Naoshi Arakawa’s shonen romance about young musicians. Oda pointed out that music is difficult to portray on the page and praised Arakawa’s depiction. “Before a deadline [I got it] as a change of pace, but I ended up reading the whole thing and forgot about my manuscripts. I got the whole studio buying it on the way home,” Oda said. [Anime News Network]

A new Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney manga is in the works, to go with the anime. [Manga Xanadu]

Ollie Barder writes about the appeal of One-Punch Man, which is topping the charts in the U.S. as well as Japan. [Forbes]

Erica Friedman rounds up all the yuri updates, including word of a Takarazuka show coming to New York, in the latest episode of Yuri Network News. [Okazu]

Jocelyne Allen writes about Manga Henshusha, a book of interviews with five manga editors. [Brain Vs. Book]

Here’s an interesting interview with Koré Yamazaki, the creator of The Ancient Magus’ Bride, although it’s in French. [Manganews]

Oh My Goddess creator Kousuke Fujishima has brought Paradise Residence (which will be published in English by Kodansha Comics) to an end and is starting a new series. [Anime News Network]

Reviews

Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 14 of Blue Exorcist (WatchPlayRead)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 3 of The Demon Prince of Momochi House (The Comic Book Bin)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vols. 9 and 10 of Food Wars (Comics Worth Reading)
Gabe Peralta on A Girl on the Shore (The Fandom Post)
Andrew Wheeler on vols. 1-4 of Gou-Dere Sora Nagihara (ComicMix)
Erica Friedman on vol. 6 of Himawari-San (Okazu)
Kristin on vol. 1 of Honey So Sweet (Comic Attack)
Kory Cerjak on vol. 1 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency (The Fandom Post)
Kristin on vols. 11-13 of Kamisama Kiss (Comic Attack)
Kory Cerjak on vol. 2 of Komomo Confiserie (The Fandom Post)
Kory Cerjak on vol. 12 of Magi (The Fandom Post)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 2 of Master Keaton (Comics Worth Reading)
Ash Brown on vol. 7 of Mushishi (Experiments in Manga)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 7 of My Love Story!! (WatchPlayRead)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of My Monster Secret (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Christian Chiok on Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring (Japanator)
Kristin on vols. 3 and 4 of One Punch Man (Comic Attack)
Matthew Warner on vol. 2 of Peepo Choo (The Fandom Post)
Sean Gaffney on vols. 23 and 24 of Ranma 1/2 (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Anna N. on vol. 3 of Requiem of the Rose King (Manga Report)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 9 of Say I Love You (Comics Worth Reading)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Shuriken and Pleats (Comics Worth Reading)
Ken H on vol. 3 of A Silent Voice (Sequential Ink)
L.B. Bryant on vol. 1 of Steins;Gate (ICv2)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 2 of Strike the Blood (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Marion Olea on vol. 2 of Tokyo Ghoul (No Flying, No Tights)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 3 of Twin Star Exorcists (WatchPlayRead)

Best of 2015—and This Week

I rounded up ten of my favorite ongoing series of 2015, including Vinland Saga and Black Butler. [Barnes and Noble Sci-Fi/Fantasy Blog]

Ash Brown looks at some notable manga of 2015. [Experiments in Manga]

The Manga Bookshelf team discusses this week’s new releases. [Manga Bookshelf]

Laura has some shoujo manga recommendations in different genres. [Heart of Manga]

Who better qualified to create a shoujo manga than a teenage girl? Ran Tokiwa, the winner of the Shogakukan Newcomer Comic Grand Prize, is just 14; her series, Idol Kyūkō (“Idol Bustle”), runs in Ciao magazine. Her work won praise from Afterschool Nightmare creator Setona Mizushiro, one of the judges in the competition, who said, “She draws cute illustrations and makes characters’ personalities easy to understand. I look forward to her future growth.” [Anime News Network]

Reviews

A Library Girl on vols. 1-7 of Alice in the Country of Joker – Circus and Liar’s Game and vols. 1-3 of Alice in the Country of Joker: The Nightmare Trilogy (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 17 of Attack on Titan (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 7 of A Bride’s Story (Comics Worth Reading)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 12 of Deadman Wonderland (WatchPlayRead)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 3 of Emma (Comics Worth Reading)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 9 of Food Wars (WatchPlayRead)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Idol Dreams (Comics Worth Reading)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 2 of Kiss Him, Not Me (Comics Worth Reading)
Johanna Draper Carlson on The Manga Guide to Physiology (Comics Worth Reading)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Master Keaton (Comics Worth Reading)
A Library Girl on vol. 1 of Milkyway Hitchhiking (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
A Library Girl on vol. 1 of One-Punch Man (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
Helen on vol. 1 of Planetes (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
LB Bryant on vol. 1 of Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie—Rebellion (ICv2)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of School-Live! (Comics Worth Reading)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 7 of Seraph of the End (WatchPlayRead)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vols. 3 and 4 of So Cute It Hurts!! (Comics Worth Reading)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 8 of Sunshine Sketch (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Yowamushi Pedal (Comics Worth Reading)

SJ to Publish Boruto One-Shot and Series

Boruto

Shonen Jump will publish a Boruto one-shot, by Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto, and an ongoing Boruto series by Mikio Ikemoto and Ukyō Kodachi, this spring, simultaneously with the Japanese releases. [Anime News Network]

This was an unusually good year for new manga series; my roundup of my favorites includes Planetes, A Silent Voice, and Prophecy—plus a lot more. [Barnes and Noble Sci-Fi/Fantasy Blog]

I also picked some notable titles from this month’s new releases. [Barnes and Noble Sci-Fi/Fantasy Blog]

Log Horizon creator Mamare Tounu was placed under house arrest on Thursday due to allegations of tax evasion; the Toyko Public Prosecutor’s Office claims that his rights management company, m2ladeJAM, owes 30 million yen ($250,000) in unpaid taxes. In a statement made last April, when the case first came to light, Tounu said that he had cooperated with investigators and paid his back taxes. [Anime News Network]

The Manga Bookshelf team looks at the coming week’s new manga releases—both of them. [Manga Bookshelf]

Erica Friedman checks in with the latest edition of Yuri Network News. [Okazu]

Reviews

Ash Brown on vol. 7 of Afterschool Nightmare (Experiments in Manga)
Matthew Warner on vol. 4 of Akame ga KILL! (The Fandom Post)
A Library Girl on Alice in the Country of Clover (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
A Library Girl on Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Clockmaker’s Story (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
A Library Girl on vols. 1 and 2 of Are You Alice? (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
A Library Girl on vol. 2 of Attack on Titan: No Regrets (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
A Library Girl on vols. 15-20 of Black Butler (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
Anna N on vol. 6 of Black Rose Alice (Manga Report)
Matthew Warner on vol. 8 of Bloody Cross (The Fandom Post)
Kristin on vol. 1 of Bloody Mary (Comic Attack)
Anna N. on Boys Over Flowers, Season 2 (Manga Report)
A Library Girl on vol. 11 of Chi’s Sweet Home (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
G.B. Smith on vol. 8 of The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan (The Fandom Post)
Ken H. on vol. 50 of Fairy Tail (Sequential Ink)
Erica Friedman on vol. 3 of Hayate x Blade 2 (Nyan) (Okazu)
Lori Henderson on vols. 1 and 2 of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Manga Xanadu)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of L♥DK (Comics Worth Reading)
Sakura Eries on vol. 10 of My Little Monster (The Fandom Post)
A Library Girl on vol. 55 of Naruto (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
A Library Girl on vols. 1-8 of Natsume’s Book of Friends (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Planetes (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
A Library Girl on vol. 1 of Secret (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
Sean Gaffney on Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
A Library Girl on vols. 33 and 34 of Skip Beat! (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 4 of So Cute It Hurts!! (ANN)
Rebecca Silverman on vols. 3 and 4 of Tokyo Ghoul (ANN)
Matthew Warner on vol. 3 of Ubel Blatt (The Fandom Post)
A Library Girl on vols. 1-5 of Wandering Son (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
Nick Smith on vols. 1 and 2 of Yo-Kai Watch (ICv2)

Fruits Basket Is Back!

New Fruits BasketBig news from Yen Press: Fruits Basket is coming back! One of the top selling shoujo manga of all time, Fruits Basket helped create the shoujo manga fanbase in North America, plus it’s a really great series, but it has been out of print since the last volumes of Tokyopop’s editions left the shelves. Yen is bringing it back in the same format as the “collectors edition” that Hakusensha just started releasing in Japan; that means two-in-one omnibus volumes (the original series was 23 volumes, the new one is 12) and a new translation. Yen also announced they have licensed two other series by Natsuki Takaya, her current one, Liselotte & Witch’s Forest (Liselotte to Majo no Mori), and the older Twinkle Stars. [ANN]

The Good Comics for Kids bloggers immediately convened a roundtable to discuss this piece of news. [Good Comics for Kids]

Seven Seas, meanwhile, has announced another new license: My Girlfriend Is a T-Rex. [ANN]

Jonathan Soble writes about the life and legacy of the late Shigeru Mizuki, who died last week at the age of 93. [New York Times]

The Manga Bookshelf team discuss this week’s new releases. [Manga Bookshelf]

One-Punch Man and Tokyo Ghoul get three volumes each on this week’s New York Times best-seller list. [New York Times]

Kodansha Comics are now available via the library e-book service OverDrive. [Manga Xanadu]

Reviews

Erica Friedman on Before You Go 2 Halfway There (Okazu)
Anna N on vol. 1 of Bloody Mary (Manga Report)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 3 of Demon From Afar (The Fandom Post)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 1 of Devil Survivor (ANN)
Justin on vol. 1 of Dragons Rioting (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Horimiya (Manga Xanadu)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 1 of Idol Dreams (ANN)
Helen on vol. 1 of Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
Sakura Eries on vol. 6 of My Love Story!! (The Fandom Post)
Matthew Warner on vol. 19 of Rin-Ne (The Fandom Post)
Matthew Alexander on vol. 2 of Trinity Seven (The Fandom Post)
Ash Brown on vol. 1 of Windrose (Experiments in Manga)
Ardo Omer on vol. 1 of Yo-Kai Watch, vol. 1 of Horimiya, and vol. 1 of Monthly Girls Noazki-kun (Panels)

RIP Shigeru Mizuki

NonNonBaWe have lost a true manga master: Shigeru Mizuki, author of GeGeGe no Kitaro, NonNonBa, Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, and the massive, four-volume Showa, has died at the age of 93. Born in Osaka in 1922, Mizuki was drafted into the Japanese army during World War II, and he chronicled the miseries of that life in Onward Toward Our Noble Deaths. Mizuki’s body of work includes some serious nonfiction but he is probably best know in Japan for his yokai stories, which draw on his memories of growing up in a small coastal village as well as extensive research into Japanese folklore. Manga such as GeGeGeNo Kitaro and NonNon Ba helped popularize the genre, and his hometown of Sakaiminato has put up not only a Mizuki museum but also 153 bronze statues of yokai to honor him (and attract tourists). [The New York Times]

Benkei in New YorkJinpachi Mori, the writer of Benkei in New York, has died at the age of 57. His series Kasai no Hito ran in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Original magazine and was adapted into a drama in 1993; his most recent series is Kasai no Hito kara Kimi e no Yuigon: Sasebo Kōichi Dōkyūsei Satsugai Jiken to Shōnen-hō, a history of Japanese juvenile law. Our own Kate Dacey called Benkei “the best manga you’re not reading” in a 2012 review. [Anime News Network]

Viz has announced two new digital-only licenses: Crown of Thorns, by Boys Over Flowers manga-ka Yoko Kamio, and the 1990s CLAMP title Man of Many Faces (20 Mensou ni Onegai!), which was previously published by Tokyopop. [ANN]

Yen Press Tweeted out news of some new licenses yesterday: The manga and light novel The Asterisk War, the manga and light novel Re: Zero, and the light novel Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria. [ICv2]

Seven Seas has announced three new manga licenses: Lord Marksman and Vanadis, My Pathetic Vampire Life, and Love in Hell: Death Life. [ICv2]

Oh, and one more for Seven Seas: Holy Corpse Rising. [Crunchyroll]

Just in time for gift-buying season, I checked out a stack of manga artbooks. [Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi/Fantasy Blog]

The Manga Bookshelf team discuss their Pick of the Week. [Manga Bookshelf]

Reviews: Haven’t you heard? It’s the latest edition of Bookshelf Briefs! Ash Brown discusses a week of manga reading at Experiments in Manga.

Stergios Botzakis on vol. 1 of Black Jack (Graphic Novel Resources)
Katherine J. Parker on vol. 1 of BTOOOM! (The Fandom Post)
Kristin on vol. 2 of The Demon Prince of Momochi House (Comic Attack)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 8 of The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 2 of Karneval (The Fandom Post)
J. Caleb Mozzocco on vol. 1 of Kiss Him, Not Me (Every Day Is Like Wednesday)
Sean Gaffney on vols. 9 and 10 of Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Anna N on vol. 1 of Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun (Manga Report)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Isaac Akers on vol. 2 of My Hero Academia (The Fandom Post)
Kristin on vols. 15 and 16 of Oresama Teacher (Comic Attack)
A Library Girl on vols. 1 and 2 of A Silent Voice (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
Sakura Eries on vol. 11 of Spice and Wolf (The Fandom Post)

More Books on BookWalker

School-LiveWondering what to read? I picked some promising titles from November’s new releases. [Barnes & Noble Sci Fi/Fantasy Blog]

Viz owns this week’s manga-best-seller list: Volume 1 of Tokyo Ghoul is in the number one slot, and volume 3 is lurking at number 4. All three volumes of One-Punch Man are there, as well as the latest volumes of One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, and My Hero Academia, and vol. 1 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency. [New York Times]

BookWalker just added 35 more manga volumes, including Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer, Sun-Ken Rock, and And Yet the Town Moves (Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru), a favorite of mine since I interviewed the creator, Masakazu Ishiguro, and his editor at NYCC a couple of years ago. [Anime News Network]

AstroNerdBoy writes about scanlation in the wake of several arrests in Japan, one of a deliveryman who was stealing magazines en route from the printer to the newsstand, the other of five other people who were uploading scans to the web before the release date. He talks a bit about how bootleg sites operate and also points out that two scanlation groups have closed up shop, although the arrests may have just hastened the inevitable. [AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog]

Erica Friedman lines up all the latest yuri manga news in this week’s edition of Yuri Network News. [Okazu]

Gangsta is going on hiatus because the manga-ka, Kohske, is having health problems. [Anime News Network]

Shiro Amano has confirmed that his Kingdom Hearts series is over. [Anime News Network]

Reviews

Matthew Warner on vol. 6 of Ajin (The Fandom Post)
Sakura Eries on vol. 6 of Barakamon (The Fandom Post)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 65 of Bleach (WatchPlayRead)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 56 of Case Closed (The Fandom Post)
Erica Friedman on Cider to Nakimushi (Okazu)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 27 of Claymore (The Comic Book Bin)
Matthew Alexander on vol. 6 of High School DxD (The Fandom Post)
Richard Gutierrez on vol. 1 of The Honor Student at Magic High School (The Fandom Post)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of Idol Dreams (WatchPlayRead)
Connie on vol. 1 of Idol Dreams (Slightly Biased Manga)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 1 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency (I Reads You)
Connie on vol. 10 of Junjo Romantica (Slightly Biased Manga)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 7 of Kiss of the Rose Princess (WatchPlayRead)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Helen on vol. 2 of The Morose Mononokean (Organization Anti Social Geniuses)
Connie on vol. 7 of No. 6 (Slightly Biased Manga)
Matthew Warner on vol. 5 of Noragami (The Fandom Post)
Matthew Warner on vol. 8 of Say I Love You (the Fandom Post)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 1 of School-Live! (Anime News Network)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 3 of Secret (Comics Worth Reading)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 3 of The World’s Greatest First Love (Comics Worth Reading)