Saint Young Men First Impressions (Volumes 1-4)

I’ve heard mixed things about Christianity, and know a limited amount of only one country’s iteration of Buddhism. As such, I had no idea what I was getting into when I began to read Saint Young Men, published in English by Kodansha Comics.  “Christianity? Buddhism? What does any of that have to do with this?”Continue reading “Saint Young Men First Impressions (Volumes 1-4)”

Plunderer First Impressions (Volumes 1-3)

Fanservice and edginess have always been a point of contention in the anime community. Good thing the Winter 2020 anime season will grace us with Plunderer, a series that has both. Today, I will cover all of the source manga material that Yen Press has published thus far. In a world where you’re born withContinue reading “Plunderer First Impressions (Volumes 1-3)”

Edens Zero First Impressions (Volumes 1-5)

Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail was the fourth manga I ever read. Although I was still sensitive towards fanservice at the time, and exclaimed “Mashima!” every time something stupid happened, I still loved its pacing and youthful energy to pieces. But in 2017, I- and many others- finished the series disappointed. The plot became so convolutedContinue reading “Edens Zero First Impressions (Volumes 1-5)”

Jigokuraku First Impressions (Chapters 1-40)

You’ve gotta love edgelords sometimes. There’s a little charm in their hackneyed “to kill or not to kill” monologues. Oh, and gore too. And out-of-left-field comic mischief. Jigokuraku: Hell’s Paradise, simulpub in English on Viz’s digital Jump subscription, has got all of that to spare! In a dark period of Japan’s past (sorry, I’m notContinue reading “Jigokuraku First Impressions (Chapters 1-40)”

Interspecies Reviewers First Impressions (Volumes 1 & 2)

I never cared for being able to relate to characters in order to enjoy a narrative. However, when I caught the premise of Interspecies Reviewers, published in English by Yen Press, I bought the first two volumes on a whim! “So, what makes you relate to this lewd-ass manga, you perv?” you ask. Well, it’sContinue reading “Interspecies Reviewers First Impressions (Volumes 1 & 2)”

Bakuman Full Series Review

I know that working in the manga world can be harsh; I’m even aware of how it’s literally killed people. That’s why I never read through Bakuman (published in English by Viz) until just now. And wow… where has this been all my life?! Bakuman stars Moritaka Mashiro, whose uncle died from overworking during hisContinue reading “Bakuman Full Series Review”

Fairy Tale Battle Royale First Impressions

My introduction to the battle royale genre was Future Diary. It wasn’t a good first impression to say the least. But despite that… experience, I decided to read Fairy Tale Battle Royale, published in English by Seven Seas. Let’s discuss if it’s any good. Aoba Kuninaka is a classic, emotionally insecure high school girl whoContinue reading “Fairy Tale Battle Royale First Impressions”

Dungeon of Black Company First Impressions

Slavery has been a common trope in fantasy since, basically, forever. But when Rising of the Shield Hero came out, the public reception showed that you can no longer use it as a theme without getting massive backlash. Well, the creator of Dungeon of Black Company, published in English by Seven Seas, did not giveContinue reading “Dungeon of Black Company First Impressions”

Smile Down the Runway First Impressions (Volumes 1-3)

I don’t know about you, but for me, manga is the one medium that can explore real-world themes that I would normally find boring, and make me like them. Shokugeki no Soma– about cooking- to ACT-AGE– about acting- are two great examples. But what about something I wholly resent- like the fashion world? Well, there’sContinue reading “Smile Down the Runway First Impressions (Volumes 1-3)”

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle First Impressions (Volumes 1-5)

In this turbulent age of “gotta-go-fast-gotta-go-fast-gotta-go-faster-faster-faster-faster-faster-Sonic–X“, we all appreciate an opportunity to just lay down, cozy in bed, and sleep. The main character of Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle, published in English by Viz, clearly appreciates it, and not even being a hostage of the Demon King will stop her from accumulating a worldContinue reading “Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle First Impressions (Volumes 1-5)”