• The Legend of Zelda: A Link to [My] Past

    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to [My] Past0

    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Shotaro Ishinomori (mangaka); Dan Owsen (translation); Yukiko Whitley (cover & interior design) VIZ Media, May 2015 Disclaimer: this review is based upon a review copy provided by the publisher and contains light spoilers. So there’s this boy with blonde hair, pointy ears, and a green outfit.

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  • He Blinded Me With Science, or The Science of Attack on Titan

    He Blinded Me With Science, or The Science of Attack on Titan1

    The Science of Attack on Titan Writer: Rikao Tanagita Illustrations: Hajime Isayama and Maru Fujishima Translation: Ko Ransom Kodansha Comics June 2015 The ubiquitous Attack on Titan strikes again! We have the original manga, spin-off series, light novels, anime adaptations, live action movies, videogames, and now…a pop science book? Not the first thing that would

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  • Playing Off Nostalgia and First Love in Fuku Mizutani’s Love at Fourteen

    Playing Off Nostalgia and First Love in Fuku Mizutani’s Love at Fourteen0

    Love at Fourteen, Vol. 1 and 2 Fuka Mizutani Yen Press 2015 I don’t know about you, but my middle school years weren’t half as dream-like as Love at Fourteen envisions. Fuka Mizutani takes a simple love story between two middle-schoolers and splits it into interludes, operating under the assumption that the reader will go along

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  • Circus Dreams Come True in Karneval: A Review

    Circus Dreams Come True in Karneval: A Review1

    Karneval, vols. 1 & 2 Mangaka: Touya Mikanagi. Translation: Su Mon Han. Lettering: Alexis Eckerman. Yen Press March 2015 & July 2015 Review copies were provided by Yen Press. Just imagine: what if Cirque du Soleil were actually a band of government-sanctioned assassins dedicated to fighting an underground ring of genetically engineered criminals? Can you

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  • Shoujo Stereotypes?! Nakamura’s Skip Beat! and Subversion

    Shoujo Stereotypes?! Nakamura’s Skip Beat! and Subversion4

    (Spoiler Warning: This article contains spoilers for Skip Beat!) Shoujo manga—or manga produced for girls—is often dismissed by casual readers as manga brimming with stereotypes. In fact, oftentimes shoujo stories are not taken seriously solely because they are aimed at young girls. Despite the popularity of serious manga like Fruits Basket and Boys Over Flowers,

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  • When Boy’s Love Goes Bad: CLAMP’s Legal Drug

    When Boy’s Love Goes Bad: CLAMP’s Legal Drug4

    (Disclaimer: Review copies of Legal Drug and Drug & Drop vol. 1 and vol. 2 were supplied by Dark Horse. This essay also contains some light spoilers.) First, a primer! If you’re familiar with boy’s love, girl’s love, yaoi, yuri, shonen-ai, or shojo-ai just go ahead and skip this paragraph. For those of you who

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