Blue Box Review: Shonen Jump’s Sports Romcom Scores

Art and Story by Koji Miura All chapters available on the Shonen Jump app I’ve been doing my best to catch more manga in the early stages so it feels like I’m actually reviewing a new series, not just what’s out there and popular. Unfortunately, that’s pretty hard if you’re not fluent in Japanese; byContinue reading “Blue Box Review: Shonen Jump’s Sports Romcom Scores”

Kaiju No. 8 Review: Oh, No, There Goes Tokyo

Art and Story by Naoya Matsumoto All chapters available on the Shonen Jump app For nearly 70 years, kaiju have been one of Japan’s most significant cultural exports. The precise cultural importance of creations like Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidora has been lost in translation, but the world at large has no qualms about enjoyingContinue reading “Kaiju No. 8 Review: Oh, No, There Goes Tokyo”

Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Look Back is Life-Changing

Chainsaw Man is the first manga I reviewed (and also the only one), accidentally coinciding with the series’ unexpected end last December. In it, I discussed how its characters are simply-written and likable, its art is grisly and majestic, and it’s the first story in a long time where I truly believed that anyone couldContinue reading “Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Look Back is Life-Changing”

Shonen is Ready to Grow Up

In the world of manga and anime, battle shonen indisputably reigns supreme. Of the top ten most popular anime on MAL, seven are specifically battle anime, not counting the non-battle shonen Death Note or the action-oriented isekai Sword Art Online. Of those seven but technically eight series, six are based on manga that originated inContinue reading “Shonen is Ready to Grow Up”

The Tragedy of Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul is one of my favorite manga of all time. It’s dark, filled with rich characters, possesses philosophically complex themes, and has some of the best and most creative fights to ever grace the pages of Shonen Jump. For over 300 chapters, Sui Ishida has constructed an enticing, fantastically written world that has earnedContinue reading “The Tragedy of Tokyo Ghoul”

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part Three: Stardust Crusaders Retrospective

There was a longer gap between these retrospectives than I intended, mostly because I’ve been trying to keep a part or two ahead of schedule. Having to rewatch and reread every part in between the demanding schedule of anime and manga I already have has proven quite difficult. On top of that, MangaDex shut downContinue reading “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part Three: Stardust Crusaders Retrospective”

Is Being Faithful to the Manga Even Important?

It might feel like this comes as a direct sequel to my essay on the original Fullmetal Alchemist. There, I defined the merits of a series that played fast and loose with its source material. However, this question is bigger than Fullmetal Alchemist, and I’d say even bigger than the relatively small world of animeContinue reading “Is Being Faithful to the Manga Even Important?”

Beastars, or the Troubling World of Allegory

When I first wrote about Beastars, which you can find here, I tried to focus on its character writing. Don’t get me wrong, Beastars has an excellent story and Paru Itagaki’s world building is second to none, but her character writing is somehow even better. The issue I had at the time was that IContinue reading “Beastars, or the Troubling World of Allegory”

Vinland Saga: How to Kill Off a Character

At the start of the 2010s there was this fascination with ‘lethal’ media. The type of television that had dominated in recent decades: sitcoms, game shows, reality TV, began to take a backseat to scripted dramas that emphasized their deadliness, that no character was safe. To put it mildly, this phenomenon launched some of theContinue reading “Vinland Saga: How to Kill Off a Character”

Devilman Crybaby: Resurrecting a Story

Devilman is one of the most influential manga ever written. You cannot understate the impact that Go Nagai’s initially simple story of a boy forced to house a demon on its genre or the medium it was created within. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration or even a stretch to say that without Devilman, we wouldContinue reading “Devilman Crybaby: Resurrecting a Story”