Manga

If You’re Ever In Kyoto You Must Visit The Kyoto International Manga Museum

Instead of discussing a particular comic story or series I’m going to talk about a special building – The Kyoto International Manga Museum. If you’re ever in Kyoto, a wonderful city which shows the best of old Japan, then you need to do yourself a favour and visit it. That’s exactly what I did back in mid-December while travelling around Japan. You won’t regret it.

How to Love Manga: Tokyo Ghoul

In a world where humanity is at war with flesh eating monsters known as ghouls, a young boy is about to be thrust into the middle. After almost being killed by the girl he likes when she turns out to be one of these ghouls, Kaneki is transformed into a half-ghoul using her organs and he must learn how to remain human while haunted by an unending hunger for flesh.

Barrage by Kouhei Horikoshi.

How to Love Manga: Barrage

Learn about the author of My Hero Academia and how his second ever published manga made such a big impact in the west. Barrage tells the tale of an orphan becoming a prince through happenstance and must save his world. Though the manga was a failure, it still holds value for fans of unique art and author Kouhei Horikoshi.

How to Love Manga: Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma (NSFW)

How to Love Manga: Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma (NSFW)

Soma is a talented chef who must survive in his new cut-throat culinary school. Chefs compete against each other through cooking competitions called Shokugeki over whose dish is the best. Soma and his friends battle with food to become the best in the school and follow their dreams of becoming professional chefs.

How to Love Manga: Fullmetal Alchemist

How to Love Manga: Fullmetal Alchemist

Imagine a world built upon a magical science called alchemy, where almost anything is possible. Two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, search the world for the mythical Philosopher’s Stone, a magical stone of unlimited power. Read this manga and embark on the epic quest of two brothers trying to save both their mother and themselves.

How to Love Manga: My Hero Academia

How to Love Manga: My Hero Academia

A school has been formed to train the next generation of heroes in a world full of superpowers. One kid dreams of entering this school, but he was born without a power. Read this epic journey of Deku the quirkless wonder and the number one superhero All Might. It’s time to learn how to be a true hero.

How to Love Manga: One-Punch Man

The world is under attack, and humanities only hope is a poor superhero with a store bought costume. Saitama is the greatest hero no one has ever heard of who destroys every opponent with just one punch. Read on to learn about this goofy take on the superhero genre from Japan.

How to Love Manga: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Part 1: Phantom Blood

In what could be seen as a rip-off of Fist of the North Star, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a globetrotting, over the top, manga which has only found appreciation in the West recently. Resident manga expert James Ristig takes a look at this classic with a focus on it’s first collection, Part 1: Phantom Blood.

REVIEW: Henshin by Ken Niimura

Special guest writer Frank Fuentes reviews the newly released manga, and often quirky, Henshin by Ken Niimura. Even if you’re not interested in manga, these stories have the same wide-reaching appeal and charm of a newspaper comic strip. Just like those Sunday “funnies”, Ken Niimura will fill your heart with the same warm “awe’s” and goofy laughter.

One Piece volume 1: Romance Dawn manga cover by Eiichiro Oda

The Manga Demographics Explained

I discuss the four distinct manga demographics – shonen, shojo, seinen and josei – pointing out the different characteristics in each. Additionally, I point readers in the direction of popular titles in each demographic.