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August 22, 2017

Japan

One Punch Man (review)

One Punch Man Self-Published/Shueisha/Viz Media, 2009-present Author: One “One-Punch Man” originally started in 2009 as a shonen parody webcomic by an author working under the pseudonym “One.” The webcomic employs a crude amateurish art style that fits in perfectly with the tone of the story. The plot revolves around a mysterious hero named “Saitama” and

Dragon Ball Super (Review)

“Dragon Ball Super”  Shueisha/VIZ Media, June 20, 2015 – ongoing Writer: Akira Toriyama, Toyotarou Dragon Ball Super is the manga sequel to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball shonen franchise, which originally ran from December 3, 1984 to June 5, 1995. The franchise became globally successful due to the anime adaptation, which was dubbed and released outside

Yon and Mu (review)

“Yon and Mu” Kodansha Comics USA, October 2015 Writer: Junji Ito “Yon and Mu” is an autobiographical exercise, the description of a dog person’s slow transformation into a cat person. Writer and artist Junji Ito marries his sweetheart, described as “A-ko” (“ko” being the Japanese suffix meaning “child”, but has affectionate and cute connotations- “nekoko”

Bleach: The Almighty Has Fallen (review)

Bleach (review) Author: Tite Kubo (Shueisha, 2001-2016) In August 2016, manga author Tite Kubo’s long-running shonen manga “Bleach” published its last chapter. The end of the series is controversial: there were initial comments from the author months prior that were vague, yet hinted that “Bleach” would go on for a few more years (when the

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