#MangaMonday Review – No Longer Human by Junji Ito

No Longer Human
By: Junji Ito; Osamu Dazai (original novel)
Illustrator: Junji Ito
Translator: Jocelyn Allen
Release Date: December 17, 2019
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Received From: Publisher
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The latest manga from Junji Ito is somewhat different from his usual fare. No Longer Human by Junji Ito is Ito’s take on Osamu Dazai’s novel of the same title. A character study more than true horror, this story is filled more with commentary on the human psyche than the monsters and ghosts that frequent Ito’s pages.

#MangaMonday Review – Ghostly Things, Vol. 1 by Ushio Shirotori

Ghostly Things Volume 1 Ghostly Things, Vol. 1
By: Ushio Shirotori
Illustrator: Ushio Shirotori (Illustrator); Rina Mapa (Lettering)
Translator: Nova Skipper (Translator); Clint Bickham (Adaptation)
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Publisher: Seven Seas
Series: Ghostly Things #1
Received From: Publisher
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The start of a new series, Ghostly Things, Vol. 1 by Ushio Shirotori is a paranormal fantasy manga featuring a teenager in a new (and probably haunted) house.

#MangaMonday Review – No Guns Life, Vol. 2 by Tasuku Karasuma

NO Guns Life Volume 2 No Guns Life, Vol. 2
By: Tasuku Karasuma
Illustrator: Tasuku Karasuma
Translator: Joe Yamazaki
Release Date: November 19, 2019
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Series: No Guns Life #2
Received From: Publisher
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The second volume in the series, No Guns Life, Vol. 2 by Tasuku Karasuma is the next volume in this gritty noir science fiction manga which was begun with No Guns Life, Vol. 1. The arc in this volume is in the 2019 anime adaptation of this title, which goes by the same name. Those who prefer to pick up a manga series after the ending point of an anime adaptation will want to wait for a future volume before beginning their collection.

#MangaMonday Review – The Brave-Tuber, Vol. 1 by Takahito Oosaki and Ikuro

Brave-Tuber Vol 1 by Takahito Oosaki and Ikuro Brave-Tuber, Vol. 1
By: Takahito Oosaki (Illustrator); James Gaubatz (Lettering)
Illustrator: Ikuro
Translator: Thomas Zimmerman (Translation); Dawn Davis (Adaptation)
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Publisher: Seven Seas
Received From: Publisher
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In a world replete with isekai, this manga is much more of a typical fantasy if that fantasy was thrown on its head and mixed in with a little YouTube and vlogging culture. If that sounds like a mix you’ve never heard of before, you might be right. The Brave-Tuber, Vol. 1 is written by Takahito Oosaki and illustrated by Ikuro, and is set to become an ONA in late December of 2019.

#MangaMonday Review – Komi Can’t Communicate, Vol. 1 by Tomohito Oda

Komi Can't Communicate Vol 1 by Tomohito Oda Komi Can't Communicate, Vol. 1
By: Tomohito Oda
Illustrator: Tomohito Oda
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Series: Komi Can't Communicate #1
Received From: Publisher
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Komi Can’t Communicate, Vol. 1 by Tomohito Oda is a delightful manga that begins on the first day of high school. It’s a story of friendship, teenage awkwardness, and of learning to overcome the fear of communicating with others.

Review – My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, Vol. 5 by Hideyuki Furuhashi & Betten Court

My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, Vol. 5
By: Hideyuki Furuhashi
Illustrator: Betten Court
Release Date: July 2, 2019
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Series: My Hero Academia: Vigilantes #5
Received From: Publisher
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The fifth installment of the My Hero Academia spin-off series My Hero Academia: Vigilante, Vol. 5 by Hideyuki and Betten Court was released summer 2019. This volume brings certain elements from the first arc to conclusion, and introduces new elements which will certainly be explored further in the future.

#MangaMonday Review – No Guns Life, Vol. 1 by Tasuku Karasuma

No Guns Life Volume 1 by Tasuku Karasuma No Guns Life, Vol. 1
By: Tasuku Karasuma
Illustrator: Tasuku Karasuma (illustrations); Evan Walding (touch-up art & lettering)
Translator: Joe Yamazaki
Release Date: September 17, 2019
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Series: No Guns Life #1
Received From: Publisher
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No Guns Life, Vol. 1 by Tasuku Karasuma is a seinen science fiction manga which has an anime adaptation airing this season, Fall 2019. In a future world, some humans have become the extended, people augmented with mechanical body parts which greatly increase their physical abilities. Juzo Inui is one of the extended, with a gun in place of a head. He is a Resolver, solving conflicts between the extended and regular humans.

New in Shonen Jump – Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo

Spy x Family manga cover Spy x Family
By: Tatsuyo Endo
Illustrator: Tatsuyo Endo (Illustrator); Rina Mapa (Letterer)
Translator: Casey Loe
Release Date: September 22, 2019
Publisher: VIZ Media
Series: Spy x Family
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Newcomer to Shonen Jump, Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo is an absolutely fabulous manga focused on espionage and growing, but false, family. It’s humorous. It has fight scenes. It has heartwarming moments. It has everything. New chapters can be read for free on the Shonen Jump website and app, or the Manga+ app. The entirety of the manga can be read for $2 per month on the Shonen Jump website.

#MangaMonday Review – Beastars, Vol. 1 by Paru Itagaki

Beastars Vol 1 by Paru Itagaki Beastars, Vol. 1
By: Paru Itagaki
Illustrator: Paru Itagaki (Illustrator); Susan Daigle-Leach (Touch-Up Art & Lettering)
Translator: Tomoko Kimura (Tanslator); Annette Roman (Adaptation)
Release Date: July 19, 2019
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Series: Beastars #1
Received From: Publisher
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Beastars is getting an anime adaptation set to release this Autumn, on October 10, 2019. This is the manga which began the series and who’s adaptation will be shortly airing. Currently there are two volumes in print with a third set to release on November 19, 2019. Beastars, Vol. 1 is written and illustrated by Paru Itagaki. She is the daughter of Keisuke Itagaki, known for the manga and anime series Baki the Grappler.

#MangaMonday – The Wize Wize Beasts of Wizardly Wizdoms by Nagabe

The Wize Wize Beasts of the Wizarding Wizdoms by Nagabe The Wize Wize Beasts of Wizardly Wizdoms
By: Nagabe
Illustrator: Nagabe; Karis Page (Lettering and Layout)
Translator: Adrienne Beck
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Publisher: Seven Seas
Received From: Publisher
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Several chapter-long stories set in a wizarding school make up the new single volume manga The Wize Wize Beasts of the Wizarding Wizdoms by Nagabe, mangaka of the series The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil, A Run.