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Ryu’s Musings – Vinland Saga Omnibus vol 01

Posted on May 24th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

19087989Language: Japanese
Direction: Right to Left
By: Makoto Yukimura
Publisher: Kodansha
Type: Series
Genre: Seinen
Availability: Print, Digital, SimulPub, Omnibus
Synopsis:

As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson and thrilled to wild tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever seeking to kill the band’s leader, Askeladd, and avenge his father. Sustaining Throfinn through his ordeal are his pride in his family and his dreams of a fertile westward land, a land without war or slavery … the land Leif called Vinland.

So there are certain genre’s that I honestly feel shouldn’t be touched by manga-ka, and european history is one of those genre’s. The reason is simple, they don’t fully understand the culture enough to write about it. There’s been more than a few disastrous attempts over the years which frankly hi light my point.

However, every now and then we get some amazing series that turns over that preconception and stomps all over it. Vinland Saga is one of those titles, it manages to feel authentic, while at the same time having a manga vibe to it. Read the rest…

Ryu’s Musings – Seven Deadly Sins v01

Posted on May 11th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

10a49-the2bseven2bdeadly2bsins2bv012b2528201425292b2528digital25292b2528hexer-empire2529Language: Japanese
Direction: Right to Left
By: Nakaba Suzuki
Publisher: Kodansha
Type: Series
Genre: Shounen
Availability: Print, Digital, SimulPub
Synopsis:

When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth—the Sins were framed by the king’s guard, the Holy Knights—too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne! Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn’t even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins’ strength been exaggerated … ? Prepare to get swept away by an epic fantasy story and colorful cast of characters that will rewrite the history of manga as we know it!

This is the third title from the ongoing Kodansha Humble Bundle Read the rest…

Ryu’s Musings – Ajin: Demi-Human v01&02

Posted on May 10th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

d4218-ajin2b-2bdemi2bhuman2b2528v01-v0625292b25282014-201525292b2528digital25292b2528lostnerevarine-empire2529Language: Japanese
Direction: Right to Left
By: Gamon Sakurai (art) / Tsuima Miura (Story)
Publisher: Vertical / Kodansha Comics
Type: Series
Genre: Seinen
Availability: Volume Print & Digital / Simulpub
Synopsis:

Seventeen years ago, an utterly immortal human was discovered on an African battlefield. Since then, more of these new and unknown life forms began to appear among mankind. These undying beings start to be known as “demi-humans.” One day, just before summer break, a Japanese boy leaving his high school is involved in a traffic accident that kills him on the spot. Then, he comes back to life. A huge bounty is placed on his capture. Now the boy’s attempt to evade all of mankind begins

This is the first of my reviews on titles in the current Humble Manga Bundle. Read the rest…

Ryu’s Musings- The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol01-03

Posted on April 16th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

01Language: English
Direction: Right to Left
By: Eiji Otsuka (Story) / Housui Yamazaki (Art)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Type: Series
Genre: Shounen, Slice of Life, spiritual
Availability: Volume / Omnibus
Synopsis:

Five spiritualist students at a Buddhist college in Japan realize the job market is tough these days . . . among the living, that is! But the dead need jobs done too, so the five form the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, carrying out the last wishes of their cadaverous clients, so their souls can move on. But the Kurosagi gang are magnets for weirdness—not just corpses—and every case gets them involved in disturbing personal obsessions, bizarre modern Tokyo fads, and strange rituals of old Japan!

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Ryu’s Musings – Hikaru no Go vol01-23

Posted on April 16th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

01Language: English
Direction: Right to Left
By: Yumi Hotta (Story) / Takeshi Obata (Art)
Publisher: Viz Media
Type: Series
Genre: Shounen, Sports, Slice of Life
Availability: Volume (WW) /Digital (US Only)
Synopsis:

Hikaru Shindo is like any sixth-grader in Japan: a pretty normal schoolboy with a two-tone head of hair and a penchant for antics. One day, he finds an old bloodstained Go board in his grandfather’s attic–and that’s when things get really interesting. Trapped inside the Go board is Fujiwara-no-Sai, the ghost of an ancient Go master who taught the strategically complex board game to the emperor of Japan many centuries ago. In one fateful moment, Sai becomes a part of Hikaru’s consciousness and together, through thick and thin, they make an unstoppable Go-playing team. Will they be able to defeat Go players who have dedicated their lives to the game? Will Sai achieve the “Divine Move” so he’ll finally be able to rest in peace?

We’re going to be trying out a new layout for our reviews. The first section is spoiler heavy, and discusses our thoughts on the story, plot and characters. The second section will include discussion on art non spoiler story and character discussions, as well as our general thoughts on the series. So if you don’t want to be spoiled please jump straight to the second section.

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Ryu’s Musings – Dragonar Academy vol01-08

Posted on April 11th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

dragonaracademy_vol1Language: English
Direction: Right to Left
By: RAN (Story) / Shiki Mizuchi (Art)
Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment
Type: Series
Genre: Harem, Shounen, Ecchi
Availability: Volume
Synopsis:

Learning to ride and tame dragons comes easy to most students at Ansarivan Dragonar Academy—except for first-year student Ash Blake, who is known by his fellow classmates as the “number one problem child.” Poor Ash is the laughingstock at school because, despite his unfashionably large star-shaped brand that marks him as a future dragon master, he has nothing to show for it. His dragon has never appeared.

Until now, that is. One fateful day, Ash’s dragon awakes in full glory, but appears different than any dragon ever seen before—in the form of a beautiful girl! What’s worse, Ash soon discovers that this new dragon has attitude to spare, as she promptly informs him that she is the master, and he, the servant. Ash’s problems with dragon riding have only just begun.

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