My First Manga | Pokemon Adventures Review

Hey how’s it going everyone, Today I’ve decided to take to write a shorter piece discussing the first manga I read. It’s a prompt I borrowed from the “30 Day Manga Challenge”, where a person responds to a prompt every day for that month. While I don’t think I’ll be doing that due to a busy schedule, I thought “Day one’s” writing idea was intriguing … Continue reading My First Manga | Pokemon Adventures Review

Dark Water Review

Dark Water (Honogurai Mizu no Soko Kara) Original story by Koji Suzuki, art and adaptation by Meimu Original Publication: Kadokawa Shoten (2002) Length: One volume (5 Chapters) We have now entered October, AKA the month of spooks. And what better way to celebrate the halloween month than by discussing a completely underwhelming horror manga that really shouldn’t exist. Dark Water is an adaptation of Koji … Continue reading Dark Water Review

Mail Review

Mail Story and art: Housui Yamazaki Originally publisher: Kadokawa Shoten (1999) Length: 3 volumes (18 chapters) Mail is scary. There’s no doubt about it. I experienced genuine fear when I was reading it. If that was the only criteria for a horror manga, Mail would get full marks. But unfortunately, this episodic horror series dipped in quality very early on, seemingly forgetting what made it … Continue reading Mail Review

PositioN | A Future soaked in the Past

PositioN Story and art by Hitoshi Ashinano Originally published: Kodansha (1999) Length: 1 Volume (7 chapters) This is going to be a really short review for a really short piece. I don’t have too much to say about PostioN, but it had some interesting qualities that I thought were worth discussing nonetheless. PostioN has an unorthodox blend of art and writing. That is, great art … Continue reading PositioN | A Future soaked in the Past

Benkei in New York | What you Should be Reading

Benkei in New York Story by Jinpachi Mori Art by Jiro Taniguchi Originally published by Shogukukan (1995) Length: 1 Volume (7 chapters) I often find there is a correlation between how I discover manga and the type of experiences I have with them. There are manga that are recommended to me first-hand by friends, and usually these pieces resonate with me on a more personal … Continue reading Benkei in New York | What you Should be Reading

Ibitsu | An attempt at Pure Horror

Ibitsu Review Story and art by Haruto Ryou Original Publisher: Square Enix (2004) Length: 2 Volumes (15 Chapters) In recent months I’ve found myself on a horror binge. The medium is surprisingly packed with scary, well paced series that effectively combine horror elements with the implicit structure of manga. In my opinion, Haruto Ryou’s “Ibitsu” does the best job of converting horror elements into proponents … Continue reading Ibitsu | An attempt at Pure Horror

Stealth Symphony Review

Stealth Symphony Story by Ryougo Narita Art by Youichi Amano Original Publisher Length: 3 Volumes (20 chapters) Due to its length, Stealth Symphony will forever be a “what-if?” moment in manga history. It had all the proponents of a successful shounen series, with some fresh ideas through darker storytelling that set it apart from the other up and comers. Due to what I can only … Continue reading Stealth Symphony Review

Red Coloured Elegy Review

Red Coloured Elegy Story and art by Seiichi Hayashi Original Publisher: Seirindo Length: 1 Volume Whenever I experience something abstract, I find myself simultaneously intrigued and disconnected from it. I can be exposed to it, enjoy it, and discuss its meaning, but never feel like its a part of my reality. For example, I may see a piece of art at a gallery, fawn over … Continue reading Red Coloured Elegy Review

Alive! Review

Alive! Story and Art by: Tsutomu Takahashi Original Publisher: Shueisha (1999) Length: 1 Volume (10 Chapters) Recently I’ve been on a one-shot binge. I’ve been obsessed with finding short manga series and assessing the best qualities that come from their length, and whether many series find themselves using similar structural templates. If I hadn’t read so many of short manga, I may not have been … Continue reading Alive! Review