Book and Manga Reviews

Book and Manga Reviews

Yona of the Dawn Volume 2 Review stars

Volume two (chapters 6 - 11) of Yona of the Dawn was released in early October and did not disappoint. In this volume, Yona and Hak arrives in the city of Fuuga, the capital of the Wind Tribe. Their sense of safety was short-lived when the Fire Tribe starts harassing the citizens of Fuuga in pursuit of Hak, who is suspected of kidnapping the princess and murdering the king.

The Art of Castle in the Sky Review stars

The year 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Castle in The Sky by Studio Ghibli and Viz Media, the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution and global entertainment licensing is celebrating this anniversary with the release of The Art of Castle in The Sky. The release coincides with the film’s 30th anniversary and joins the series of hardcover art books by Viz Media showcasing Studio Ghibli films.

Yona of the Dawn Volume 1 Review stars

Yona is a typical princess living a carefree life of royalty with her doting father, King Il (pronounced like ill), in the kingdom of Kouka - a historical kingdom that seem to be a mix of Korean and Japanese influence. Akatsuki no Yona, or Yona of the Dawn, is written by Mizuho Kusanagi and began in 2009. It is an on-going publication in the bi-monthly magazine, Hana to Yume. It was announced at Comic Con 2015 that Viz Media would be bringing it to North America for English fans.

Review: Japanese Folktales Series 4 through 6 Now Available on iTunes Stores Worldwide stars

Released and translated by acttill, the Japanese Folktales Series 4 through 6: "The Listening Hood," "Princess Hachikazuki," and "the Mouse Wedding" have been released on iTunes for both iPad and iPhone users. Beautifully Illustrated by Taniel, who worked on the Nintendo DS game A Witch's Tale, readers can now experience these three timeless Japanese folktales for $2.99 per story.

Review: Blik-0 1946 (e-Book) stars

What makes us human? Is it our emotions or is it something more? These deep-seated ideological questions have been proposed and grappled with time and time again by philosophers since the dawn of man as there's not just one single homogeneous answer. Everyone has to find his or her own happiness in life and this simple idea is what makes Nobou Uematsu's short story, Blik-0 1946 so effective. Although it starts off with the contrite "monster of the week" trope, seemingly borrowing heavy motifs from Frankenstein and Mega Man, it quickly blossoms into a sweet and intimate fairy tale about a robot who struggles with his identity and humanity; all the while staying entertaining without ever feeling overly pretentious.

The Fox Sister (Book/Comic) Review stars

Created by web comic designers Christina Strain (writer, artist) and Jayd Alt-Kaci (artist), The Fox Sister is a weekly supernatural series that explores the life of its Korean protagonist, Yun Hee Cho, in her quest to take revenge on the shape-shifting fox demon known as kumiho. Seven years prior to the present day course of events, Yun Hee Cho’s parents and sister were brutally slaughtered by the kumiho, whom has now taken the form of her dead sister, Cho Sun Hee to seduce and kill her victims.

The Otaku Encyclopedia Review stars

Who here is sick and tired of reading about Akira, Ghost in the Shell, and Neon Genesis Evangelion in academic or fan literature? I certainly am, there's a world after Eva, and there are things in Japanese culture that can be appreciated that don't have ninjas. Well, for those of you who don't know what moe is, or have no idea what shokushu-kei is, there is The Otaku Encyclopedia by Patrick Galbraith (the guy with the DBZ hair, you might have seen him before on various websites.