the gods lie. by Kaori Ozaki: Understated Yet Affectingly Artistic – Manga Review (Seinen)

the gods lie. (神様がうそをつく。) is a single-volume, seinen, drama, romance manga that takes place during summer vacation and follows an eleven-year-old boy named Natsuru Nanao. Then he encounters a girl named Rio Suzumura who is the tallest girl in his class. Through chance encounters, they begin spending their summer together until one day Natsuru learns…

Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori & Breathing Life into What Japan Values Most: Family & Tradition – Anime Review

Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori (鹿楓堂よついろ日和) is an anime adaptation of the original seinen, slice-of-life manga series written by Yū Shimizu, courtesy of studio Zexcs and director Tomomi Kamiya. It aired during the Spring 2018 simulcast season with twelve total episodes. The story follows a group of four men who are close friends that run a traditional…

Saint ☆ Young Men Volume 1: A Fun Frolic Through Japan with Jesus Christ & Gautama Buddha – Manga Review (Seinen)

Saint ☆ Young Men (聖☆おにいさん) by Hikaru Nakamura is a seinen, comedy, slice-of-life manga series published by Kodansha (Kodansha USA in North America) about Jesus Christ and Siddhārtha Gautama, or Gautama Buddha, as they go on vacation from their divinely duties to travel among humans in the lovely country of Japan. They acquire a small…

Golden Kamuy: A Gloriously Graphic & Unconventional Tale of Ainu Culture & Savage Treasure Hunts – Manga First Impressions

Golden Kamuy (ゴールデンカムイ) by Satoru Noda is a seinen, historical, Japanese-style Western manga series with seventeen total volumes thus far. It’s still ongoing and also has an anime adaptation (I believe season three shall be releasing later this year). The story is about a man known as the Immortal Sugimoto, who promises his dying comrade…

Brave 10 by Kairi Shimotsuki – Manga Review (Seinen)

Brave 10 (ブレイブ・テン) is a seinen, historical fiction, fantasy manga series authored and illustrated by Kairi Shimotsuki. My first encounter with the series was back in 2014, when I watched the anime as it was simulcasting. I didn’t find it mind-blowingly brilliant but entertaining enough to read the first volume of the original source material.…

Erased by Kei Sanbe – Manga Review

Erased (僕だけがいない街) by Kei Sanbe is a seinen, mystery, crime thriller manga series that I decided to pick up after watching both the anime and Japanese live-action adaptations. There are eight total volumes, or four omnibus volumes, which are the editions that I read. I was quite surprised by the quality of the manga when…

Calamity of a Zombie Girl: A Ridiculous Rompy Tribute (Failure) to Western Horror Films – Anime Review

Calamity of a Zombie Girl (あるゾンビ少女の災難) is an original net animation that released in April 2018. It is a seinen, horror, supernatural anime adaptation of the original light novel series written by Ryō Ikehata and Hagane Tsurugi (artist). Gonzo produced it with direction from Hideaki Iwami. While I was not originally planning on watching this,…