Seinen Manga Reviews

Elfen Lied Omnibus Vol 1 Review

Don’t let that innocent-looking cover art fool you. Elfen Lied may feature some harem-manga tropes, such as having a hapless, every-man protagonist living under the same roof as multiple young ladies, but this is in fact a brutal and bloody science fiction/horror manga. Be prepared for graphic violence and dark themes if you decide to… Continue Reading →

Cells at Work! Code Black Vol 1 Review

Cells at Work! is a hilarious and education manga series by Akane Shimizu, where the various cells that comprise the human body are represented as anthropomorphized workers carrying out various jobs. Red blood cells are personified as delivery workers carting oxygen canisters around the body and white blood cells are soldiers who constantly fend off… Continue Reading →


Ghostly Things Vol 1 Review

Ghostly Things, by Ushio Shirotori, is a cute supernatural romp where spirits are portrayed as being household pests that steal food out of your fridge and make grass grow on your books, rather than as terrifying monsters… at least most of the time. Seems like the perfect October read for someone, like me, that doesn’t… Continue Reading →


Penguindrum Vol 1 Review

The Penguindrum manga, by Isuzu Shibata, is an adaptation of the anime series of the same name that was released back in 2011. Blending elements of comedy, drama, mystery and the supernatural, this is definitely one of the most unique manga I’ve read this year. Synopsis: Kanba, Shoma and Himari are a close-knit group of… Continue Reading →

Saint Young Men Vol 1 Review

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Buddha and Jesus were to meet? Well, turns out they would be best friends and it would be great! Synopsis: After safely ushering the world into the new century, Jesus and Buddha decide to take a well-deserved vacation. The two of them get an apartment… Continue Reading →


20th Century Boys: Perfect Edition Vol 1 Review

20th Century Boys is a series that I’ve been interested in for some time. Written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa, the award-winning creator behind such classic seinen manga as Monster and Pluto, 20th Century Boys tells a thrilling mystery/adventure story involving evil cults, bioterrorism and a group of washed up adults whose childhood games of… Continue Reading →

Sweat and Soap Vol 1 Review

Kintetsu Yamada’s seinen romance manga, Sweat and Soap, strikes me as a series that will be too pervy for some readers, but perhaps not pervy enough for others. Aimed at an older audience, this manga features plenty of steamy scenes and boasts a rather unorthodox premise, so get ready for some weirdness! Synopsis: Asako has… Continue Reading →


What’s Michael? Fatcat Collection Vol 1

Well, here’s a real blast from the past! What’s Michael? is a comedy manga by Makoto Kobayashi that celebrates the delightful peculiarities of cats and the humans who love them. Originally published in Japan in the 80’s and first translated into English by Dark Horse Comics in the 90’s and early 2000’s, What’s Michael? has… Continue Reading →

Cosmo Familia Vol 1 Review

Cosmo Familia, by Hanokage, the artist of the manga adaptation of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, is a fantasy manga with a very similar feel to that classic series. This comic features a bevy of cute girls and cartoony animals getting up to magical hijinks, all while an air of darkness hangs over their escapades. Synopsis:… Continue Reading →


My Brother’s Husband Series Review

My Brother’s Husband is an award-winning manga created by Gengoroh Tagame, a mangaka known for his works targeted towards gay men. My Brother’s Husband marks his first foray into creating an all-ages title and his uncluttered art style and straightforward writing lends itself well to the didactic nature of the story he’s telling, making this… Continue Reading →

The New Gate Vol 1 and 2 Review

The New Gate is an isekai manga, based on the web novels by Shinogi Kazanami and drawn by Yoshiyuki Miwa, that follows the adventures of a young man trapped inside a video game world, but with the twist that the story starts at the point where most series in this vein typically end. I’d like… Continue Reading →


Ping Pong Vol 1 Review

I was looking forward to reading Ping Pong, so much so that I included it in my list of My Most Anticipated Manga of 2020. I didn’t actually know a lot about the series, but Ping Pong seemed to have a lot of things going for it. The creator, Taiyo Matsumoto, is an acclaimed manga… Continue Reading →

My Senpai is Annoying Vol 1 Review

Originally a webcomic, Shiromanta’s My Senpai is Annoying is one of those rare manga releases that features colour art! While there is still plenty of white space, it was a fun surprise to open this book and find it full of vibrant colours. The simple, yet endearing, art-style is a perfect fit for this tale… Continue Reading →

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