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…

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…

Satoko & Nada: A Respectful & Free-Spirited Look at Empowering Females in Friendship and Faith – Manga First Impressions (#OwnVoices)

Satoko and Nada (サトコとナダ) by Yupechika is a slice-of-life four-panel manga series about a Japanese girl named Satoko who goes to America for her studies. Upon arriving, she becomes roommates with a Saudi Arabian Muslim girl named Nada and the two ladies develop a sweet bond of friendship and youthful exploration of identity. This shall…