Black Torch: A Shōnen Supernatural Series with Badass Cats & Beautifully Understated Artwork – Manga First Impressions

Black Torch (ブラックトーチ) by Tsuyoshi Takaki is a shōnen, fantasy, supernatural series that I came across while browsing VIZ Media’s online catalogue. A few of the things that appealed to me the most  about this series was the title, the short length, and the fact that the synopsis mentioned an animal loving ninja. It sounded…

Kuroko’s Basketball & the Uniquely Understated Homage to Kabuki Theatre – Anime Review

Kuroko’s Basketball (黒子のバスケ) is the anime adaptation of Tadatoshi Fujimaki’s shōnen, sports (basketball) manga series. The first season initially aired during Spring 2012 with a total of 25 episodes. Since then, there have been two more seasons and quite a few films (this review will be solely for the anime series). It was produced by…

Gosick: Mystery Manga Awesomeness

Gosick is a manga series that is based off of the light novel serial written by Kazuki Sakuraba. While I’ve not read the light novels (because they haven’t been translated for English speaking audiences), I did watch the anime that came out in 2011. The anime and the manga are virtually identical. So, if watching…