Mars by Fuyumi Soryō: A Dark & Mature Romance that Authentically Explores Tough Topics on Trauma – Manga Review

Mars by Fuyumi Soryō is a shōjo romance manga series with a dark story that revolves around two individuals with very fucked-up pasts that find each other during a time in their lives where they are most impressionable and dealing with some severe emotional trauma. As they begin to lean on one another, their bond grows deeper and more dangerous along the way.

Manga Recommendations: 4 Reasons to Read ES: Eternal Sabbath by Fuyumi Soryō

Eternal Sabbath has always held an extremely special place in my heart because it was not only my first science-fiction series, but it was also the first manga that I read that wasn’t Initial D. So, it had a rather large influence on my newly budding persona as a bookish otaku. Today, I wanted to bring your attention to ES and encourage you to try it out if you haven’t done so already.

A Man & His Cat Volume 1 by Umi Sakurai: A Whimsically Enlivening Bond Between a Gentleman & His Adopted Kitty- Manga Review

A Man and His Cat by Umi Sakurai is a shōnen, slice of life, comedy manga series about an elderly gentleman named Kanda who visits a local pet shop one day and adopts a round, one-year-old kitty that no one else seems interested in. Feeling that the older, bigger kitty has quite a loveable appeal to him, he brings it home and together they build a hilarious bond of affection and companionship

The Wolf Boy is Mine by Yōko Nogiri: An Underdeveloped Shōjo Romance Series with Supernatural Charm – Manga Review

The Wolf Boy is Mine (私のオオカミくん) by Yōko Nogiri is a shōjo, romance series that follows a high school girl named Komugi Kusunoki who transfers to rural Hokkaido after dealing with bullying at her previous school in the city. Upon arriving, she bumps into a super handsome dude named Yū Ōgami who blurts out that she smells good. Feeling somewhat mortified, Kusunoki walks away. Later in the day, when she’s getting some air, she comes across a dude sleeping under a shady tree. Realising it’s Yū, she approaches him and is shocked to discover that he’s transformed into a wolf.

Manga Musings: Sasuke vs Itachi in Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto

One of the most iconic fight scenes in the manga medium is the one that takes place between Sasuke Uchiha and Itachi Uchiha. There is so much angst and tragedy that surrounds these two brothers that when their time came to settle their issues with their fists and awesome ninja badassry, I was exceedingly excited, more so because Itachi is one of my favourite characters in the series. Yet, once the fight arrived and unfolded upon the coarse little pages of the volume, I found myself feeling disappointed and somewhat unsatisfied by their battle. At least at first.

The Elusive Samurai by Yūsei Matsui: A Quirky Historical Tale of Retribution & Family Honour – Manga First Impressions

The Elusive Samurai (逃げ上手の若君) by Yūsei Matsui is a shōnen, jidaigeki manga series that takes place between the Kamakura and Muromachi eras of Japanese history and follows a young boy named Hōjō Takatoki that is known for always being on a speedy run. When his entire family and status are viciously ripped from him by a terrible betrayal, Hōjō flees with an unexpected rival so that he may survive and exact his revenge one day in the near future.

My Home Hero by Naoki Yamakawa & Masashi Asaki: The Unyielding Fortitude of a Father’s Love – Manga First Impressions

My Home Hero (マイホームヒーロー) by Naoki Yamakawa & Masashi Asaki is a seinen, psychological crime thriller manga series about a forty-something year old salaryman that also writes mystery novels during his free time. During lunch with his eighteen-year-old daughter one day he learns that she is being physically abused by her boyfriend. Unable to stand the thought of someone harming his little girl, the salaryman does the unthinkable with the intention of protecting her.

Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 1 by Kentarō Miura: An Outstandingly Gorgeous Tome with a Viciously Compelling Story – Manga Review

Berserk is a seinen, dark fantasy, sword and sorcery series that is known for being one of the most graphic things in existence. It follows a former mercenary named Guts—also known as the Black Swordsman—and his epic quest for vengeance while being persistently pursued by morbidly grotesque demons of various sorts. There are so many things about Berserk that blew my mind and made me feel wholly silly for waiting so damn long in picking it up, however, these Deluxe Editions are absolutely gorgeous and help to justify my dilly-dallying quite a bit.

Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams by Naoki Urasawa: An Excellent Rollick that Explores How Personal Perception Influences the World of Individualism

Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams (夢印-MUJIRUSHI-) by Naoki Urasawa is a seinen, mystery, drama manga about a father who evades taxes to save money so he can take his family on a cruise, but then he gets caught and loses everything, including his wife. One day, while he wanders the streets with his daughter, feeling…

Spy x Family Volume 1 by Tatsuya Endo: An Outstanding Comedic Shōnen Spy Series About Dysfunctional Families with Endearing Eccentricities

Spy x Family Volume 1 by Tatsuya Endo is a shōnen, action, spy, comedy manga series about an extremely talented spy codenamed Twilight who must acquire a family as quickly as possible in order to complete his latest mission. He ends up coming across a couple of gifted oddballs in their own right, completely unbeknownst…

Prince Freya Volume 1 by Keiko Ishihara: A Spectacular Historical Manga with Superb Political Tension & Versatile Artistry

Prince Freya Volume 1 (偽りのフレイヤ) by Keiko Ishihara is a shōjo, historical, drama manga series about a small town girl named Freya residing in the country of Tyr. When the neighbouring nation of Sigurd threatens the country with a ferocious scheme of overthrowing the current king, Freya gets swept up in a dangerous political plot…

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 1 by Io Sakisaka: A Fresh & Fascinating Exploration of Love & Friendship

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 1 (思い、思われ、ふり、ふられ) is the first instalment in a shōjo, coming-of-age manga series written by Io Sakisaka (Blue Spring Ride, Strobe Edge). It follows two main characters, Yuna and Akari, who bump into one another at a local train station. Through a moment of selflessness, one helps the other and…