This Guy Learned About Manga By Buying Over 400 Volumes Of It

Lots of Manga28-year old Robert and his brother expected to go to their regular thrift store in O’Fallon, Missouri to pick up Nerf Guns for their game of Humans Vs Zombies on April 13. What happened was:

The catch? “I’ve never actually read a manga before finding this lot,” Robert told me. “I’ve heard of it before but I’ve never been interested enough to look into it at all.”

So that only begs the question: why buy so much manga when you’ve never read it or learned what it is?

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Aldnoah.Zero Review

At least there was one good joke in this show

  • So I, uh… really kind of took my time on this one. It’s like, what, several weeks late now? First I was really busy with my book stuff, and then really depressed, and then I was trying to catch up on all the hot new anime and just didn’t want to waste my time thinking about this dumb show anymore. But I guess I have to finish my review series at some point, so here we go. I’m going to try my best to get worked up about Aldnoah.Zero one last time.

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Oreimo: Kuroneko Review

Oreimo: Kuroneko ReviewTitle: Oreimo: Kuroneko
Genre: Comedy, Seinen
Story/Artist: Tsukasa Fushimi/Sakura Ikeda
Publisher: ASCII Media Works (JP), Dark Horse (US)
Serialized in: Dengeki G’s Magazine
Release Date: April 15, 2015
Review copy provided by the publisher.

Almost two years later the Oreimo franchise and I meet again, this time for Dark Horse’s newest spinoff series, Oreimo: Kuroneko. Originally titled Ore no kouhai ga konnani kawaii wake ga nai! or My Junior Can’t Be This Cute!, we’re re-introduced to the still bland Kyousuke and the decidedly less bland frienemy of his sister Kirino, Kuroneko. With Kirino out of the picture for now, Kuroneko is up to her own adventures. Ultimately to its credit, Oriemo: Kuroneko has taken one of the more interesting characters from the original series and refreshed her, making this an entertaining read and a nice dip back into the franchise.

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Oresama Teacher Review

DIG053889Title: Oresama Teacher
Genre: Comedy, High School
Publisher: Hakusensha (JP), Viz Media (US)
Story/Artist: Izumi Tsubaki
Serialized in: Hana to Yume
Review copy provided by the publisher

Last summer I, along with many other people, fell in love with the Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun/Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun anime and the bits of the manga I read were equally adorable and fun. I hope that it’s going to have a second season but in the meantime I decided to fill the Nozaki-kun shaped hole in my heart by reading some of Izumi Tsubaki’s other manga works, many of which are also published in English, and Oresama Teacher came highly recommended from many places and seemed to be an interesting flip on Nozaki-kun. Instead of being a four-panel, shounen-trying-to-be-shoujo story this is a regular, shoujo manga that is trying it’s hardest to be shounen, at this rate I wonder what would happen if Tsubaki tried to write a stereotypical shoujo story and if I would even notice the difference.

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