By Izumi Tsubaki. Released in nhật bản by Hakusensha, serialized in the magazine Hana lớn Yume. Released in North America by Viz Media. Translated by JN Productions.

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Though it’s not an explicit canon pairing, be warned I vì talk about the IMPLICIT canon pairing in this review, so ‘ware spoilers.

The final volume of Oresama Teacher, a series that ran for thirteen years, and one of my own favorites, even though it will likely always be overshadowed by the still-running gag comedy Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. It’s a shonen manga that ran in a shoujo magazine, & certainly had shoujo art, but one look at the plot và characters told you this was essentially a “gang” manga at heart, và featured a lot of “new bad guy arrives -> slowly win them over through being nice and/or beating the crap out of them -> now they’re friends! -> new bad guy arrives” in a circle with Mafuyu as its pivot. We’ve had so many ridiculous situations, so many awesome fights, so many cool teenage girls và dorky teenage guys. The journey lớn get here was wonderful. So, should I still be disappointed if the ending is not one I personally wanted? I mean… if you exist in fandom, yes, it ruins everything. Fortunately, Oresama Teacher only has 29 fanfics on AO3.

SEAN: There’s a good number of titles I’m getting, but my mind is torn between the ridiculous manga Arakawa Under the Bridge và the ridiculous light novel So I’m a Spider, So What?, Given this is technically Manga Bookshelf and not Light Novel Bookshelf, I’ll lean on the side of the manga, so Arakawa is my pick.

KATE: So many choices… I’m partial lớn VIZ’s Children of the Whales, as I’m always interested in good fantasy/sci-fi, but I can’t deny the appeal of A Polar Bear in Love, which just looks cute. Dễ thương is good.

ASH: There are so many terrific titles being released this week! Sean & Kate have already mentioned Arakawa Under the Bridge & Children of the Whales, both of which I’m looking forward lớn reading, so I’ll use my pick on the Neo Parasyte M shounen anthology–I’m a tín đồ of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s original Parasyte manga & greatly enjoyed the shoujo collection Neo Parasyte F & I certainly can’t pass up the opportunity read more of xe máy Hagio’s work!

MICHELLE: Since the intriguing debuts have been covered, I’ll vote for a continued favorite: Ooku. It has gone a bit beyond the point where I thought it would end, và I’m intrigued to see what other stories Yoshinaga has to lớn tell.

ANNA: This week has a bunch of interesting manga. I have khổng lồ say out of all of them I’m most interested in Children of the Whales. I’m in the mood for some good sci-fi!

MELINDA: This is a tough week for me. One thing you can generally count on with me is that Fumi Yoshinaga always wins. And yet… this week, I find my curiosity leaning soooo heavily towards getting a real taste of Hikaru Nakamura’s work in English that I think I’m unable to lớn resist. It’s Arakawa Under the Bridge for me. I’m so sorry, Ooku. You know I still love you. Right??

August was a month of transitions: here at Manga Bookshelf, our long-time colleague và friend Ash Brown announced that he would be retiring his blog at the end of 2017. Though Ash’s reasons for stepping back are understandable, I selfishly wish he’d continue Experiments in Manga. As his recent đánh giá of My Brother’s Husband & A Small Charred Face attest, he’s a perceptive, elegant writer with a unique voice, and a unique point of view. Here’s hoping that he finds his way back lớn blogging again!

Further afield, Joe McCulloch just posted his final “This Week in Comics” round-up at The Comics Journal— sad news for anyone who cares about good comics criticism. Joe was always erudite and funny, peppering his writing with memorable turns of phrase & incisive comments. Even when TCJ didn’t have much manga content, Joe tirelessly dug into his own private vault to write about oddities — how’s pachinko manga grab you? — classics — hi,Golgo 13— & titles that cry out for an English language edition. I can’t imagine who TCJ will enlist for “This Week in Comics,” but that person has a big pair of shoes to lớn fill.

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My August yielded a modest crop of reviews: I Hear the Sunspot & She and Her Cat, two coming-of-age dramas about twenty-somethings teetering on the brink of adulthood; Melody of Iron, the latest Tezuka title to lớn be Kickstarted khổng lồ press; & That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, a good-natured comedy about a salaryman who gets a second chance at life as a slime monster. I have a number of review in progress for September, including MB favorites Queen Emeraldas,Otherworld Barbara,After Hours,andMy Lesbian Experience with Loneliness,as well Jiro Taniguchi’s most recent booksVeniceandFurari. I’m also in the process of gathering my thoughts onHergé a Québec, an exhibition I saw at the Musée de la civilisation in Québec đô thị last week. Stay tuned!


Stop the presses–The New York reviews of Booksdeigned khổng lồ publish a manga review! The title in question isIchi-F: A Worker’s Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear nguồn Plant,which was released earlier this year by Kodansha Comics. Ryan Holmberg’s assessment of Ichi-F is markedly different in tone than most early reviews, which praised Kazuko Tatsuya’s meticulously detailed drawings, and his emphasis on the day-to-day routines of Fukushima workers. In particular, Holmberg takes issue with the fact that the tác giả used a pseudonym, making it difficult to lớn fully assess his political (or economic) motivation for writingIchi-F:

We know, through press reports, that Tatsuta was in his late forties when he drewIchi-F, so one assumes a fairly extensive resume of past comics work; what would that oeuvre reveal about his politics & associations if we knew his real name & could look it up? Alas, all we are really shown about Tatsuta is that he earnestly believes in what he sees with his own eyes, in the merits of hard work, and in the good intentions and dedication of his workmates and their employers. Và he seems to be adverse to any of the personal or political reflection that transforms a report or recollection into a worthwhile memoir, or for that matter into a persuasive work of journalism.

At the same time, however, Holmberg argues that Ichi-F provides a measured counterpoint to lớn “the superficial, fear-mongering nonsense that infects so much post-Fukushima reporting & art, both inside và outside Japan,” by showing what the clean-up entails, effectively “mak the threat visible and knowable and, if not controllable, then at least navigable.” Holmberg’s analysis is further bolstered by a thoughtful primer on nuclear politics in Japan, providing some badly needed context for understanding whereIchi-Ffits into that discussion.




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By Seiju Natsumegu. Released in nhật bản as “Kaidan Nikki” by ASCII truyền thông Works, serialized in the magazine Dengeki Daioh. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Translated by Krista Shipley, Adapted by Shannon Fay.

For a while now, there has been a war going on in manga, though some may not have noticed it. Here at Manga Bookshelf, though, we pride ourselves on observational skills, & have watched the fallout with much interest. I am referring, of course, to lớn the battle between manga being licensed about yokai và manga being licensed about monster girls. Both seemingly involving the same thing, but in reality these are very different beasts. Quái nhân Girl series, with one or two exceptions, show us various types of creatures living alongside humans in society, while yokai series tend khổng lồ involve humans investigating said creatures as dangerous và mysterious phenomena. Ghost Diary ran in Dengeki Daioh, so honestly I was expecting the former, but make no mistake about it, this is a relatively serious work, & its dark turns surprised me.


The plot involves a group of high-school occultists who go around searching for mysterious things. That said, most of the club are there khổng lồ fill out the cast, & the real stars are Kyouichi, a teen exorcists who is haunted by a tragic past, & Mayumi, the standard cardboard cutout tsundere who likes him. Kyouichi’s older sister disappeared after a battle with a yokai that was coming after Kyouichi himself, & he’s vowed to find her. Luckily, he has help. Unluckily, it’s the worst kind of help. Chloe is a grim reaper who seemingly wants to find Kyouichi’s sister as well so she can get her memories back, và offers khổng lồ help him out when he needs it, to lớn the point of moving into his house. Unfortunately for Kyouichi, Chloe is not going khổng lồ be one of those quirky mentors you see so often in these sorts of series.

As you may have guessed by my brief snarkiness in the prior paragraph, I wasn’t all that impressed with the love interest in this series, và the rest of the club is also a bit underwhelming (even the shy girl who speaks through her doll has been done better elsewhere, though I admit the overweight yakuza is new). But make no mistake about it, you want to lớn read this manga for the relationship between Kyouichi & Chloe, as she kills his friends (then resurrects them, khổng lồ be fair), destroys what might otherwise have been a heartwarming chapter about a dead baker who was moved by Kyouichi’s sister, & otherwise behaves lượt thích she may be the villain of the series. But she may not be – certainly at times she does behave very much like the mentor she wants lớn be, và it’s unclear if she’s the antagonist of the whole series or just a horrible creature. I want to lớn see more of her.

This series is not for everyone – the last chapter has some disturbing rape threats from a man trapped in the body of a prepubescent boy – but overall I was pleasantly surprised. This is a dark take on a genre that already gets pretty dark. And it’s only three volumes, so I’m definitely interested in finishing it. Let’s hope that Kyouichi can survive it.

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