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Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers vol. 1 by Katsuyuki Sumizawa and Tomofumi Ogasawara (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

September 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

For those who haven’t watched the anime series will find “Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers” to be a deep, complex but also action-packed mecha manga series worth reading.

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MANGA TITLE: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers vol. 1

STORY BY Katsuyuki Sumizawa

ART by Tomofumi Ogasawara

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Kodansha Ltd.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Vertical Comics

RATED: ALL

RELEASE DATE: July 18, 2017


In the year A.C. (After Colony) 195, humankind had flown its nest, the Earth, to search for new hope while living in space colonies. However, the United Earth Sphere Alliance has used its military might under the guise of “justice and peace” to seize control of some colonies, and those colonies have lost their autonomy and have been forced into silence. But the seeds of resistance have not been entirely crushed. “Operation Meteor” is about to take flight…


It was back in 1995 when an anime series titled “Shin Kido Senki Gundam Wing” aired in Japan.  The sixth installment in the “Gundam” franchise, it was a series that took place in the “After Colony” timeline.

A different setting and an alternate universe than the well-known Universal Century (UC), the AC deals with events primarily “Mobile Suit Gundam Wing” and its sequel “Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz”.

The series is set in After Colony 195 and humans have colonized space and developed space colonies at each of the five Earth-Moon Lagrange points.  On Earth, the nations formed the United Earth Sphere Alliance and this alliance has oppressed the colonies with their powerful military.

The colonies want to be free and scientists have developed a plan for revenge against the alliance with “Operation Meteor” and five teenage boys have been chosen and trained by five scientists and then sent to Earth with advanced mobile suits known as “Gundams” made from Gundanium alloy designed by each scientist.

The manga introduces us to these five teenage boys with the protagonist being Heero Yuy, Duo Maxwell, Trowa Barton, Quatre Raberba Winner and Chang Wufei.

As the United Earth Sphere Alliance are aware of the attacks on Alliance soldiers, the Organization of the Zodiac (OZ) has their ace mobile suit pilot, Zechs Merquise to find the enemy.

We are also introduced to Relena Darlian, daughter of the Alliance’s Vice Foreign Minister.  We learn how she found Heero Yuy, who had washed ashore on the beach neaer the spaceport and she had always wanted to learn more about him, despite him always threatening to kill her.  But for Heero, he is more intent to destroy his Gundam before anyone in OZ can get to it and learn the technology.

As Heero points a gun at Relena, she is saved by Duo Maxwell and as for Heero, he is held captive by the Alliance military.

But before they could get any answers from Heero, Duo breaks Heero out and the two escape.

Meanwhile, OZ is planning to unleash their mobile suit, the Epyon.


With the release of “Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers”, readers who are not familiar with the storyline, may find it a different situation from the UC “Mobile Suit Gundam” storylines, especially if they have only read “Gundam Origin”.

The role has been reversed in the AC universe as Earth’s alliance are the aggressors and the colony who want to be free are the ones with specialized Gundam mecha suits.

The first volume primarily focuses on Heero Yuy, while the other characters are featured are in the manga series but will no doubt be focused on in the next issues.

While I enjoy many Gundam manga adaptations that are derived from anime series, it’s important to note that Katsuyuki Sumizawa remains on-point with what happened in the anime series, while Tomofumi Ogasawara does well of capturing the characters but it seems more emphasis are put in the action sequences and Ogasawara blowing things up.

For those jumping in, with no familiarity with the series, may be confused right off the bat.  Wondering who these characters are and what Operation Meteor is all about.

The characters may confuse people but fortunately the book brings everything back to Heero Yuy and allows for character development with him, his belligerent attitude towards Relena Darlian but also bringing in Duo Maxwell.

But it’ll be interesting how the other manga will be and if they manage to give more character building stories with the other characters and showcase their origin, because the introduction to the manga literally throws everyone in battle and unlike the anime series which is colored, some characters may look similar as the manga is of course, black and white.

But for the most part, for those who haven’t watched the anime series will find “Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers” to be a deep, complex but also action-packed mecha manga series worth reading.

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She and Her Cat – Story by Makoto Shinkai and Art by Tsubasa Yamaguchi (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

September 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

I feel that “She and Her Cat” will resonate for many manga readers who own pets.  It’s a simple and enjoyable story that people of all ages can enjoy.  And it’s a manga that I can easily recommend!

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MANGA TITLE: She and Her Cat

STORY BY Makoto Shinkai 

ART by Tsubasa Yamaguchi

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Kodansha Ltd.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Vertical Comics

RATED: ALL

RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2017


“It was the start of spring. It was raining. That was the day that she brought me home.”

This is the story of Miyu, a woman who lives alone with her cat, Chobi. As Miyu navigates the world of adulthood, she discovers both the freedom and loneliness that come with living independently, and Chobi learns of the outside world through her actions. Time drifts slowly for Miyu and her cat, but the harsh realities of the world soon catch up…


Just the mere mention of Makoto Shinkai’s name and fans of his work go crazy.

The former Falcom graphic designer, who took the anime industry by storm back in 2001 when he released his anime OVA titled “Voices of a Distant Star”, which he created on his Power Mac G4 and using several software and voice acted by he and his wife Miko and music provided by his friend Tenmon.

The OVA inspired many for the fact it was independent, created on a small budget but looked significantly better than some major anime series by well-known animation studios.

Suffice to say, the person who grew up inspired by Miyazaki films was now given a chance to create more animated films and he would eventually achieve success with “The Place Promised in Our Early Days” (2004), “5 Centimeters Per Second” (2007) and in 2011, he directed, wrote and produced “Children Who Chase Lost Voices (“Hoshi o Ou Kodomo”), “The Garden of Words” (2013) and his most successful and critically acclaimed work, “Your Name” (2016) which became the fourth highest grossing film of all time in Japan and the highest-grossing anime film of all time, surpassing Hayao Miyazaki’s 2001 film, “Spirited Away”.

But before Makoto Shinkai created these critically acclaimed works, he would create shorts and in 1999, he created the short “Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko” (She and Her Cat).

The short would receive a four-episode anime adaptation in 2016 as well as a one-shot manga adaptation by Tsubasa Yamaguchi.

And now that manga adaptation has been released in the United States courtesy of Vertical Comics.

The manga series revolves around a cat named Chobi (and viewed through Chobi’s perspective), brought in to the home of his female owner and the cat looks as the owner as kind, caring and beautiful.

While Chobi would find a female cat named Mimi that loves him, Chobi refuses to be with Mimi because he likes his human owner.  And through Chobi’s perspective, we see the emotional moments which his owner goes through.

From having struggles with her job, having troubles in the dating scene, the feelings of loneliness and going through sad emotions and even bouts with depression.

Chobi doesn’t know what is wrong with his human owner but he wants to stand by her and comfort her during her time of need.


Are you a caring pet owner?  And do you know how that feeling that whether your sad, depressed, angry or whatever, that loving pet just wants to be near you, no matter how you feel, during the good times and the bad times.

What if there was a story of your pet and their perspective of you as you go through your emotional up and downs?

This is a slice-of-life storyline presented by Makoto Shinkai of a cat named Chobi who is taken in by his human owner, so caring and cheerful.  But within a year, like every human that goes through ups and downs, Chobi observes that and sees his owner going through the rough work week, depression, the feeling of loneliness and wanting to be loved.

He doesn’t understand her but he knows that he just wants to be by her side to support her.

And if anything, for any caring pet owner, that’s why we love having pets.  That no matter what we are feeling, they are by our side.

And as a pet owner who has had several dogs (not cats) that lived long lives but we treated each with love and affection, I can easily say that each pet I have had, they were like family members.  I’ve taken care of these dogs since they were small and was there to see them through the end of their lives and many times when I have went through tough times, got angry, got sad, got depressed, those dogs were always there for me.

And that’s why I feel that “She and Her Cat” will resonate for many manga readers who own pets.  It’s a simple and enjoyable story that people of all ages can enjoy.  And it’s a manga that I can easily recommend!

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My Neighbor Seki (Tonari no Seki-kun) Vol. 8 by Takuma Morishige (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

December 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

“My Neighbor Seki” is a manga series that I enjoy but because it’s a story that focuses primarily on two characters, often in their desks during class, it’s like reading a comic strip about Toshinari’s antics of the day. It’s great to read a few chapters but it’s a series that can grow a little old because of its limitations.  But it’s an enjoyable and funny manga series taken in small doses!

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MANGA TITLE: My Neighbor Seki (Tonari no Seki-kun) Vol. 8

STORY AND ART BY: Takuma Morishige

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Kadokawa Corporation

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Vertical Inc.

RATED: N/A

Available on October 4, 2016


The high-school hi-jinks continue in My Neighbor Seki Volume 8 as Seki continues to find new ways to keep himself, and classmate Rumi, distracted from the depths of boredom.


As Rumi continues to be annoyed by Toshinari Seki’s antics in class, what new antics will Seki be up to this time around?

Find out in volume 8 of Takuma Morishige’s “Tonari no Seki-kun” (My Neighbor Seki).

What is “My Neighbor Seki”?

In 2010, a one-shot of “Tonari no Seki-kun” (My Neighbor Seki) was published and months later, the manga would become serialized in Media Factory’s Comic Flapper Magazine.

With a total of nine tankobon volumes printed , a 21-episode anime series having aired in Japan in 2014 and a live-action drama series in 2015, the manga series for “My Neighbor Seki” was released in the U.S. courtesy of Vertical, Inc.

“My Neighbor Seki” is a manga series in which each chapter features an unrelated story about a girl named Rumi Yokoi who is often distracted by the antics of her classmate, Toshinari Seki. No one in class is bothered by him except Rumi, and quite often, she tries to sabotage him and so, she is the one that gets in trouble by the teacher, not Toshinari.

In one chapter, Toshinari is creating a coupon and Rumi is ticked that Toshinari is only offering a one-minute massage to his mother, another chapter features Toshinari playing invisible tops; another chapter features Toshinari experimenting with a box filled with the scent of natto and what happens when Toshinari is pitting Go vs. Shogi during music class?

All this and more in volume 8 of “My Neighbor Seki”.


“My Neighbor Seki” is a fun and entertaining manga series.

A series about a girl named Rumi, who is always distracted by Toshinari’s antics, she is surprised no one else is drawn to his antics but her and she is the one to get in trouble for it.

Toshinari on the other hand is a character that does whatever he wants on his desk and never gets caught.

In some ways, the manga series reminds me of the way “Azumanga Daioh” was created in terms of short stories, many taking place on school campus but so short that you can read a few chapters at a time and enjoy it. But where “Azumanga Daioh” shines is that there is a connection often with each short story and there are many characters that are featured and you watch these characters grow.

In “My Neighbor Seki”, the storyline is contained down to two characters and when you do see another character, it’s brief.

In volume 8, Seki creates a massage coupon for his mother but when Rumi thinks Seki-kun is cool for doing it, when he changes the coupon to one minute, she is shocked and wants him to change it.  But can she get him to do it without disrupting class?

Another chapter has Seki creating a clay block character to play with his toy characters but can a clay and toy character co-exist?

Another chapter features Seki playing invisible tops mystifying Rumi.  Meanwhile, when Rumi spies on Seki going to a birdhouse and changing it, her friend is spying on them and thinks Rumi is jealous of Seki playing with birds.

Another chapter features an airtight box that Seki created but he fills it up with stinky Natto.  Will the vapors escape the box?

Another chapter features Seki giving Maeda (the baseball player that sits in front of Seki) his special baseball glove.  But what tricks does Seki have with this baseball glove?

All this and more of Seki’s antics in this latest volume 8 of “My Neighbor Seki”!

As I said in my previous reviews, while I do enjoy “My Neighbor Seki”, because of how the manga and its stories are constructed, I can only read a little of it each day because so much is restricted to the classroom and the two sitting in their desk, I didn’t want to grow to bored reading it all in one setting too quickly.

It’s almost like a comic strip that you read in the newspaper each Sunday, great to read once a week or a few at a time but in one setting, it can be a bit much and you can easily grow bored of it.

The artwork by Takuma Morishige is good yet simple, relying on character facial expressions for Rumi and for Toshinari, showcasing his crazy antics on his desk. A lot of panels are restricted to the characters without much detail for the backgrounds. Sometimes it’s just a plain white background.

Overall, “My Neighbor Seki” is a manga series that I enjoy but because it’s a story that focuses primarily on two characters, often in their desks during class, it’s like reading a comic strip about Toshinari’s antics of the day. It’s great to read a few chapters but it’s a series that can grow a little old because of its limitations.  But it’s an enjoyable and funny manga series taken in small doses!

Still, an entertaining and hilarious series worth reading, “My Neighbor Seki” is recommended!

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Witchcraft Works vol. 6 by Ryu Mizunagi (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

August 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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Vol. 6 of “Witchcraft Works” is another exciting volume as we get to see Ayaka and Weekend go to battle! Exciting and action-packed!

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Image courtesy of © 2014 Ryu Mizunagi All Rights Reserved.


MANGA TITLE: Witchcraft Works Vol. 6 (ウィッチクラフトワークス)

STORY AND ART BY: Ryu Mizunagi

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Kodansha, Ltd.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Vertical Inc.

RATED: N/A

RELEASE DATE: August 18, 2015


School is out! But the Tougetsu Academy’s closing is not due to a holidy. The whole town is currently under siege, and the campus is at the epicenter of this disaster. Now Honoka and Ayaka have to muster all of their strength to overcome what has been their most confounding foe yet.


Kagari knows that the only way she can protect Takamiya is to take on her enemy, Weekend.

Meanwhile, Takamiya is in the dreamworld, not sure why he is seeing images of the past but one thing’s for certain, if Kagari is going to beat Weekend, he will need to be buy her side.

Find out who wins in Ryu Mizunagi’s vol. 6 of “Witchcraft Works”!

What is “Witchcraft Works”?

In 2010, Ryu Mizunagi’s “Witchcraft Works” was serialized in Kodansha’s “Good! Afternoon” publication. Meanwhile, a 12-episode anime series from J.C. Staff aired on Japanese television in 2014 and was streamed on Crunchyroll.

With a total of eight manga volumes printed in Japan, Vertical has picked up the series and is releasing it in North America.

“Witchcraft Works” revolves around a normal student named Honoka Takamiya. He sits next to Ayaka Kagari, the most popular girl on campus and despite sitting next to her, he has never talked or interacted with her.

And when he does, he is often beaten up by her fanclub.

But one day, Takamiya is attacked by a Tower witch and he is saved by Ayaka Kagari, a Workshop Witch, who reveals to him that she is a witch and her job is to protect him. And it is revealed that the Tower witches are after him for some apparent reason.

But because of the danger he is in, Kagari now spends a lot of time with him, drawing the ire from his fellow classmates and her fan club.

In volume 2, Takamiya becomes an apprentice and tries to learn the basics of witchcraft. But one day, he is attacked by Chronoire Schwarz VI, the Tower Witch for some apparent reason.

Meanwhile, as more Tower Witches try to target both Takamiya and Kagari, Takamiya learns important secrets about his sister and also a family secret that will change his relationship with Kagari.

In volume 3, it’s supposed to be a normal day at school for Takamiya and Kagari but suddenly a building is destroyed and Medusa. What does she want with Takamiya?

But that is not the only person looking for him, so is the faculty adviser, Mr. Mikage, who explains the importance of Kagari.

Seeing how Takamiya will always be a target, there is one way to prevent it happening at school and Kagari has a plan to make that happen!

In volume 5, all hell has broken out as witches take on other witches, while the head of the Academy, Kagane (Kagari’s mother) has been kidnapped and is now powerless due to overusing her power. But as Weekend tries her best to search for Takamiya, can Kagari protect him?

In volume 6, in order to protect Takamiya, Kagari knows she must take on Weekend one-on-one.  Who will win between these two powerful witches?

Meanwhile, Takamiya is unconscious and is in the dream world.


“Witchcraft Works” is a fascinating, humorous and fun manga series from Ryu Mizunagi.

The manga showcases Takamiya, a normal guy who is often protected by a witch named Ayaka and of course, she happens to be gorgeous, well-endowed and very powerful.

And while Takamiya is often the target of Tower Witches for some apparent reason, there are major revelations in regards to Takamiya’s sister and also his mother that will definitely change things for the series and will probably bring Takamiya and Ayaka much more closer together, to the chagrin of many of their classmates.

But now, all things have come to a head as Takamiya and Ayaka are once again in trouble as Weekend has kidnapped Kagane and has detonated bombs around the city and chaos has taken over.

With Ayaka wanting to protect Takamiya and to prevent him from using his power (which could lead to the end of the world), Ayaka goes to take on Weekend by herself.

But is Ayaka ready to take on Weekend?  Especially if she has more bombs around the city and is threatening to detonate them?

The artwork by Mizunagi is very good with many characters and good use of closeups and action sequences. But also, I like how he is able to bring out emotion and action through each panel.

Overall, vol. 6 of “Witchcraft Works” is another exciting volume as we get to see Ayaka and Weekend go to battle!

If you are looking for a fun, sci-fi, action-packed manga series, definitely give Ryu Mizunagi’s “Witchcraft Work” a try!

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Witchcraft Works vol. 5 by Ryu Mizunagi (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

July 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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An exciting fifth volume!  If you are looking for a fun, sci-fi, action-packed manga series, definitely give Ryu Mizunagi’s “Witchcraft Work” a try!

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MANGA TITLE: Witchcraft Works Vol. 5 (ウィッチクラフトワークス)

STORY AND ART BY: Ryu Mizunagi

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Kodansha, Ltd.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Vertical Inc.

RATED: N/A

RELEASE DATE: June 30, 2015


Very little is publicly known about Ryu Mizunagi but the author’s birthday is March 23rd. Originally from Aichi, Mizunagi won the Kodansha Four Seasons Manga Award in 2004 with the pilot for Witchcraft Works. Mizunagi was able to continue the project through Kodansha Japan in 2006.


Weekend has returned and not only has she kidnapped Kagane (Kagari’s mother and the head of the Academy), but she has detonated a bomb around the city.    Will the humans be harmed?  And why did the kidnapping and bombing of the city happen?

Find out in Ryu Mizunagi’s vol. 5 of “Witchcraft Works”!

What is “Witchcraft Works”?

In 2010, Ryu Mizunagi’s “Witchcraft Works” was serialized in Kodansha’s “Good! Afternoon” publication. Meanwhile, a 12-episode anime series from J.C. Staff aired on Japanese television in 2014 and was streamed on Crunchyroll.

With a total of eight manga volumes printed in Japan, Vertical has picked up the series and is releasing it in North America.

“Witchcraft Works” revolves around a normal student named Honoka Takamiya. He sits next to Ayaka Kagari, the most popular girl on campus and despite sitting next to her, he has never talked or interacted with her.

And when he does, he is often beaten up by her fanclub.

But one day, Takamiya is attacked by a Tower witch and he is saved by Ayaka Kagari, a Workshop Witch, who reveals to him that she is a witch and her job is to protect him. And it is revealed that the Tower witches are after him for some apparent reason.

But because of the danger he is in, Kagari now spends a lot of time with him, drawing the ire from his fellow classmates and her fan club.

In volume 2, Takamiya becomes an apprentice and tries to learn the basics of witchcraft. But one day, he is attacked by Chronoire Schwarz VI, the Tower Witch for some apparent reason.

Meanwhile, as more Tower Witches try to target both Takamiya and Kagari, Takamiya learns important secrets about his sister and also a family secret that will change his relationship with Kagari.

In volume 3, it’s supposed to be a normal day at school for Takamiya and Kagari but suddenly a building is destroyed and Medusa. What does she want with Takamiya?

But that is not the only person looking for him, so is the faculty adviser, Mr. Mikage, who explains the importance of Kagari.

Seeing how Takamiya will always be a target, there is one way to prevent it happening at school and Kagari has a plan to make that happen!

In volume 5, all hell has broken out as witches take on other witches, while the head of the Academy, Kagane (Kagari’s mother) has been kidnapped and is now powerless due to overusing her power.  But as Weekend tries her best to search for Takamiya, can Kagari protect him?


“Witchcraft Works” is a fascinating, humorous and fun manga series from Ryu Mizunagi.

The manga showcases Takamiya, a normal guy who is often protected by a witch named Ayaka and of course, she happens to be gorgeous, well-endowed and very powerful.

And while Takamiya is often the target of Tower Witches for some apparent reason, there are major revelations in regards to Takamiya’s sister and also his mother that will definitely change things for the series and will probably bring Takamiya and Ayaka much more closer together, to the chagrin of many of their classmates.

But now, all things have come to a head as Takamiya and Ayaka are once again in trouble as Weekend has kidnapped Kagane and has detonated bombs around the city and chaos has taken over.  But can the witches continue to protect humankind knowing that other witches are trying to undermine the system and are targeting Takamiya?

The artwork by Mizunagi is very good with many characters and good use of closeups and action sequences. But also, I like how he is able to bring out emotion and action through each panel.

Overall, vol. 5 of “Witchcraft Works” is another exciting volume as the Academy and its witches have been attacked and their head of their Academy has been kidnapped.  Definitely a wonderful buildup for vol. 6!

If you are looking for a fun, sci-fi, action-packed manga series, definitely give Ryu Mizunagi’s “Witchcraft Work” a try!

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Witchcraft Works vol. 3 by Ryu Mizunagi (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

June 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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If you are looking for a fun, sci-fi, action-packed manga series, definitely give Ryu Mizunagi’s “Witchcraft Work” a try!

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MANGA TITLE: Witchcraft Works Vol. 3 (ウィッチクラフトワークス)

STORY AND ART BY: Ryu Mizunagi

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Kodansha, Ltd.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Vertical Inc.

RATED: N/A

RELEASE DATE:  February 17, 2015


Before meeting Ayaka Kagari, Honoka Takamiya’s concerns were ordinary at best. Now, he is at the core of an epic battle between witches. But what may be more troubling to the young man is suddenly realizing that almost every facet of his life revolves around magic users. From school to his home-life, witches are bringing fire into his life, and those flames are only spreading.


More troubles for Takamiya when Medusa makes her introduction, while Mr. Mikage kidnaps him.  All this and more in volume 3 of Ryu Mizunagi’s “Witchcraft Works”!

What is “Witchcraft Works”?

In 2010, Ryu Mizunagi’s “Witchcraft Works” was serialized in Kodansha’s “Good! Afternoon” publication. Meanwhile, a 12-episode anime series from J.C. Staff aired on Japanese television in 2014 and was streamed on Crunchyroll.

With a total of eight manga volumes printed in Japan, Vertical has picked up the series and is releasing it in North America.

“Witchcraft Works” revolves around a normal student named Honoka Takamiya. He sits next to Ayaka Kagari, the most popular girl on campus and despite sitting next to her, he has never talked or interacted with her.

And when he does, he is often beaten up by her fanclub.

But one day, Takamiya is attacked by a Tower witch and he is saved by Ayaka Kagari, a Workshop Witch, who reveals to him that she is a witch and her job is to protect him. And it is revealed that the Tower witches are after him for some apparent reason.

But because of the danger he is in, Kagari now spends a lot of time with him, drawing the ire from his fellow classmates and her fan club.

In volume 2, Takamiya becomes an apprentice and tries to learn the basics of witchcraft. But one day, he is attacked by Chronoire Schwarz VI, the Tower Witch for some apparent reason.

Meanwhile, as more Tower Witches try to target both Takamiya and Kagari, Takamiya learns important secrets about his sister and also a family secret that will change his relationship with Kagari.

In volume 3, it’s supposed to be a normal day at school for Takamiya and Kagari  but suddenly a building is destroyed and Medusa.  What does she want with Takamiya?

But that is not the only person looking for him, so is the faculty adviser, Mr. Mikage, who explains the importance of Kagari.

Seeing how Takamiya will always be a target, there is one way to prevent it happening at school and Kagari has a plan to make that happen!


“Witchcraft Works” is a fascinating, humorous and fun manga series from Ryu Mizunagi.

The manga showcases Takamiya, a normal guy who is often protected by a witch named Ayaka and of course, she happens to be gorgeous, well-endowed and very powerful.

And while Takamiya is often the target of Tower Witches for some apparent reason, there are major revelations in regards to Takamiya’s sister and also his mother that will definitely change things for the series and will probably bring Takamiya and Akane much more closer together, to the chagrin of many of their classmates.

But while this series of a weak guy and female protector can be just as banal as other similar stories, the difference with Ayaka’s character is that she is rather stoic and emotionless. She is smart, beautiful but her emotions rarely change. So, while Takamiya, being a guy who is seen around a beautiful woman may make him feel good, her reaction to him is the same.

In volume 3, Takamiya continues to be a target by various witches including very powerful ones.  But what can prevent him from being a constant target?  Kagari comes up with a plan in order for him to be left alone.  But will it work?

Meanwhile, Takamiya’s sister Kasumi has had enough of Kagari getting close to her brother and now she wants to put an end to it.  But what happens when she tries to go against Kagari?

The artwork by Mizunagi is very good with many characters and good use of closeups and action sequences. But also, I like how he is able to bring out emotion and action through each panel.

Overall, it may be too early to say how cool a manga series “Witchcraft Works” really is. But from volume 3 alone, the storyline is getting much better, although I can only hope that Takamiya becomes much more braver as he is a bit of weakling for now.

But so far, so good and I expect better for volume 4!

If you are looking for a fun, sci-fi, action-packed manga series, definitely give Ryu Mizunagi’s “Witchcraft Work” a try!

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Witchcraft Works vol. 2 by Ryu Mizunagi (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

May 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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If you are looking for a fun, sci-fi, action-packed manga series, definitely give Ryu Mizunagi’s “Witchcraft Work” a try!

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MANGA TITLE: Witchcraft Works Vol. 2 (ウィッチクラフトワークス)

STORY AND ART BY: Ryu Mizunagi

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Kodansha, Ltd.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Vertical Inc.

RATED: N/A

Available on December 9, 2014


So far Honoka Takamiya has been your typical clueless rom-com action lead. But the teen is also at the core of a grand power struggle between witches and is completely unaware of his place within this increasingly tense war between magic users. In atypical form though, Takamiya is willing to take on his new rivals and to do so he must learn his share of magic.

Mastering magic will take repetition, so in the meantime, Takamiya and his magical – and beautiful – caretaker Ayaka Kagiri will soon come to learn who exactly is after his “body” and about the extremes both sides would go through to posess what he contains within.


As Honoka Takamiya is paired with the beautiful and popular Ayaka Kagiri and is being trained on witchcraft, he is in for a surprise when he learns a few family secrets in volum 2 of Ryu Mizunagi’s “Witchcraft Works”!

What is “Witchcraft Works”?

In 2010, Ryu Mizunagi’s “Witchcraft Works” was serialized in Kodansha’s “Good! Afternoon” publication.  Meanwhile, a 12-episode anime series from J.C. Staff aired on Japanese television in 2014 and was streamed on Crunchyroll.

With a total of eight manga volumes printed in Japan, Vertical has picked up the series and is releasing it in North America.

“Witchcraft Works” revolves around a normal student named Honoka Takamiya.  He sits next to Ayaka Kagari, the most popular girl on campus and despite sitting next to her, he has never talked or interacted with her.

And when he does, he is often beaten up by her fanclub.

But one day, Takamiya is attacked by a Tower witch and he is saved by Ayaka Kagari, a Workshop Witch, who reveals to him that she is a witch and her job is to protect him.  And it is revealed that the Tower witches are after him for some apparent reason.

But because of the danger he is in, Kagari now spends a lot of time with him, drawing the ire from his fellow classmates and her fan club.

In volume 2, Takamiya becomes an apprentice and tries to learn the basics of witchcraft.  But one day, he is attacked by Chronoire Schwarz VI, the Tower Witch for some apparent reason.

Meanwhile, as more Tower Witches try to target both Takamiya and Kagari, Takamiya learns important secrets about his sister and also a family secret that will change his relationship with Kagari.


“Witchcraft Works” is a fascinating, humorous and fun manga series from Ryu Mizunagi.

The manga showcases Takamiya, a normal guy who is often protected by a witch named Ayaka and of course, she happens to be gorgeous, well-endowed and very powerful.

And while Takamiya is often the target of Tower Witches for some apparent reason, there are major revelations in regards to Takamiya’s sister and also his mother that will definitely change things for the series and will probably bring Takamiya and Akane much more closer together, to the chagrin of many of their classmates.

But while this series of a weak guy and female protector can be just as banal as other similar stories, the difference with Ayaka’s character is that she is rather stoic and emotionless.    She is smart, beautiful but her emotions rarely change.  So, while Takamiya, being a guy who is seen around a beautiful woman may make him feel good, her reaction to him is the same.

So, it’s going to be interesting to see how the story develops overtime.

The artwork by Mizunagi is very good with many characters and good use of closeups and action sequences.  But also, I like how he is able to bring out emotion and action through each panel.

Overall, it may be too early to say how cool a manga series “Witchcraft Works” really is.  But from volume 2 alone, I can say that I enjoy it a lot so far and I look forward to volume 3!

If you are looking for a fun, sci-fi, action-packed manga series, definitely give Ryu Mizunagi’s “Witchcraft Work” a try!

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My Neighbor Seki (Tonari no Seki-kun) Vol. 2 by Takuma Morishige (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

May 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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“My Neighbor Seki” is a manga series that I enjoy but because it’s a story that focuses primarily on two characters, often in their desks during class, it’s like reading a comic strip about Toshinari’s antics of the day. It’s great to read a few chapters but it’s a series that can grow a little old because of its limitations. Still, an entertaining and hilarious series worth reading.

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MANGA TITLE: My Neighbor Seki (Tonari no Seki-kun) Vol. 2

STORY AND ART BY: Takuma Morishige

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Kadokawa Corporation

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Vertical Inc.

RATED: N/A

Available on April 14, 2015


 

Every day is a new surprise at the back of Rumi Yokoi’s classroom. And she is consistently being inconvenienced by her neighbor Seki, at least he hasn’t been caught… Or so she thought. Apparently someone else has noticed Yokoi and Seki back there, and this person can only imagine what that pair are conspiring.


As Rumi continues to be annoyed by Toshinari Seki’s antics in class, we are introduced to a new character named Goto who thinks Rumi is in love with Seki.

Find out what kind of antics Seki is up to in volume 2 of Takuma Morishige’s “Tonari no Seki-kun” (My Neighbor Seki).

What is “My Neighbor Seki”?

In 2010, a one-shot of “Tonari no Seki-kun” (My Neighbor Seki) was published and months later, the manga would become serialized in Media Factory’s Comic Flapper Magazine.

With a total of six tankobon volumes printed and a 21-episode anime series having aired in Japan in 2014, the manga series for “My Neighbor Seki” was released in the U.S. courtesy of Vertical, Inc.

“My Neighbor Seki” is a manga series in which each chapter features an unrelated story about a girl named Rumi Yokoi who is often distracted by the antics of her classmate, Toshinari Seki. No one in class is bothered by him except Rumi, and quite often, she tries to sabotage him and so, she is the one that gets in trouble by the teacher, not Toshinari.

In one chapter, Toshinari is playing dominoes and has them all stacked up on his desk, and when they all collapse, it would light up a firework and Rumi is afraid what may happen. In another story, she sees Toshinari playing himself in a game of shogi (Japanese chess) and is distracted from her schoolwork. Another story features Toshinari making artwork from his Go pieces, another features Toshinari bringing cats to class and playing with them, another features Toshinari creating origami of animals fighting each other and more!


“My Neighbor Seki” is a fun and entertaining manga series.

A series about a girl named Rumi, who is always distracted by Toshinari’s antics, she is surprised no one else is drawn to his antics but her and she is the one to get in trouble for it.

Toshinari on the other hand is a character that does whatever he wants on his desk and never gets caught.

In some ways, the manga series reminds me of the way “Azumanga Daioh” was created in terms of short stories, many taking place on school campus but so short that you can read a few chapters at a time and enjoy it. But where “Azumanga Daioh” shines is that there is a connection often with each short story and there are many characters that are featured and you watch these characters grow.

In “My Neighbor Seki”, the storyline is contained down to two characters and when you do see another character, it’s brief.

In volume 2, Seki has his eyes blindfolded and is trying to do play a lucky laugher game, meanwhile another class, Seki is playing chess.  Meanwhile, Maeda is not in class one morning (who often hides Seki’s antics from the teacher), so Seki tries to play games using his feet.  Another class, and Seki tries to play games on Maeda’s back, but now he is becoming suspicious that something crazy is going on.

Meanwhile, a girl named Goto wants to be friends with Rumi but when she sees Rumi often looking and talking to Seki, she thinks the two are in love.

So, while I do enjoy “My Neighbor Seki”, because of how the manga and its stories are constructed, I can only read a little of it each day because so much is restricted to the classroom and the two sitting in their desk, I didn’t want to grow to bored reading it all in one setting too quickly.

It’s almost like a comic strip that you read in the newspaper each Sunday, great to read once a week or a few at a time but in one setting, it can be a bit much and you can easily grow bored of it.

The artwork by Takuma Morishige is good yet simple, relying on character facial expressions for Rumi and for Toshinari, showcasing his crazy antics on his desk. A lot of panels are restricted to the characters without much detail for the backgrounds. Sometimes it’s just a plain white background.

Overall, “My Neighbor Seki” is a manga series that I enjoy but because it’s a story that focuses primarily on two characters, often in their desks during class, it’s like reading a comic strip about Toshinari’s antics of the day. It’s great to read a few chapters but it’s a series that can grow a little old because of its limitations.

Still, an entertaining and hilarious series worth reading, “My Neighbor Seki” is recommended!

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Prophecy Vol. 3 by Tetsuya Tsutsui (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

April 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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Tetsuya Tsutsui’s “Prophecy” is a  riveting, exciting, dark tale of the police vs. a group of vigilantes ends with a fascinating conclusion showing how these group of individuals were able to create a wave of positive and negative public sentiment, but also how the group would escalate their level of dangerous projects, including the final act of vengeance!  A wonderful conclusion to this fantastic 3-part series!  Recommended!

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© 2012 Tetsuya Tsutsui/Ki-oon. All Rights Reserved.

MANGA TITLE: Prophecy Vol. 3

STORY AND ART BY: Tetsuya Tsutsui (筒井・哲也)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: AC Media Ltd.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Vertical, Inc.

RATED: NA

RELEASE DATE: March 31, 2015

The members of Paperboy gather to prepare to carry out their next act of vengeance against a hypocritical politician. But the guilty conscience of one of the co-conspirators leads him to tip off the police, and the Anti Cyber Crimes Division is closing in on the terrorist group. After an embarrassing misstep, Paperboy’s ringleader sets his sights on the most dangerous target yet…

As the Cyber Crimes Division try to uncover the identities of Paperboy, the group announce their last act of vengeance, the death of a politician.

But with one of the members starting to have a guilty conscience of the crimes they committed, will one of their own members thwart the last act of vengeance?

Find out in the final third volume of “Prophecy”!

What is “Prophecy” all about?

From Tetsuya Tsutsui, the creator of “Reset” and “Manhole” comes his 2012 3-part manga series “Prophecy”. The manga series will be released in America courtesy of Vertical, Inc.

In modern Japan, the Metropolitan Police Department – Anti Cyber Crimes Division led by Lt. Yoshino have been busy catching those who have been doing illegal activities online.

But now, the division find themselves trying to capture a hacker known as “Paperboy” who has backed into Internet Cafe’s and posting videos exacting revenge on those who have hurt people.

Gaining sympathy by netizens on 2chan, Paperboy’s first target was a food processor that caused a mass food poisoning by burning down the building and posting videos of his threat and the aftermath online.

As the Anti Cyber Crimes division try to find out where the videos are being posted, another video shows up targeting a man who raped a student and has been kidnapped by Paperboy who exacts his revenge on him.

While the mask and clothing are similar, the body shapes are different, making the Anti Cyber Crimes Division feel that its multiple accomplices.

As the Anti Cyber Crimes Division try to use their skills in determining on how these hackers are accessing the Internet to post the videos and where, Paperboy posts another video giving a warning to everyone that the next target is a man who ridiculed an older man on a job interview. And now, he will exact revenge on the person and beat him to a pulp.

Will the Anti Cyber Crimes Division find a way to stop Paperboy or will this hacker continue to win the sympathy of people for exacting revenge and become an anti-hero to the public?

With the final volume release of “Prophecy”, the storyline quickly focuses on the final act of vengeance by the members of Paperboy.

With one of the members having a guilty conscience and spilling details to the police, the Cyber Crimes Division are now hot on the trail of learning the identities of the four members behind Paperboy.

But just when the Cyber Crimes Division feel they have Paperboy figured out, the group announces their final act of vengeance and this time, one of the well-known politicians in the country.

As the final volume answers a lot of questions, I actually found it interesting to see how the members planned to go out with a blaze of glory.  But also seeing the psychological battle between the Paperboy ringleader vs. the captain of the Cyber Crimes Division.

The artwork is unique for Tsutsui Tetsuya but the excitement of “Prophecy” is due to his storytelling. The story is though of, well-researched and has been nothing less than captivating.

Overall, Tetsuya Tsutsui’s “Prophecy” is a  riveting, exciting, dark tale of the police vs. a group of vigilantes ends with a fascinating conclusion showing how these group of individuals were able to create a wave of positive and negative public sentiment, but also how the group would escalate their level of dangerous projects, including the final act of vengeance!  A wonderful conclusion to this fantastic 3-part series!  Recommended!

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Prophecy Vol. 2 by Tetsuya Tsutsui (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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This riveting, exciting yet dark tale of the police vs. a vigilante hacker is recommended as the persona, Paperboy has targeted a major environmentalist group and a prominent politician.  But what happens when one of the members behind Paperboy is thinking about bolting from the group?  Find out in another riveting second volume of “Prophecy”!

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© 2012 Tetsuya Tsutsui/Ki-oon. All Rights Reserved.

MANGA TITLE: Prophecy Vol. 2

STORY AND ART BY: Tetsuya Tsutsui (筒井・哲也)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: AC Media Ltd.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Vertical, Inc.

RATED: NA

RELEASE DATE: February 10, 2015

As Paperboy starts to issue video warnings of crimes they plan to commit against ever-larger targets of internet outrage, Lieutenant Yoshino and the Anti Cyber Crimes Division attempts to get one step ahead of the newspaper-masked terror group. But even as they contend with the authorities, the greatest threat to Paperboy’s master plan may come from a totally unexpected place – within…

Four individuals who have teamed up to create the persona to exact revenge on those who corrupt society.

Four individuals who have promised each other to support each other in making sure that they succeed.

But what if one of them strays?

In “Prophecy” vol. 2, the popularity of Paperboy continues to win over netizens and the Cyber Crimes Division work hard to capture their target(s) with whichever lead they can find.  But what happens when others try to assume the mantle of Paperboy?

Find out in an exciting vol. 2 of “Prophecy”!

What is “Prophecy” all about?

From Tetsuya Tsutsui, the creator of “Reset” and “Manhole” comes his 2012 3-part manga series “Prophecy”. The manga series will be released in America courtesy of Vertical, Inc.

In modern Japan, the Metropolitan Police Department – Anti Cyber Crimes Division led by Lt. Yoshino have been busy catching those who have been doing illegal activities online.

But now, the division find themselves trying to capture a hacker known as “Paperboy” who has backed into Internet Cafe’s and posting videos exacting revenge on those who have hurt people.

Gaining sympathy by netizens on 2chan, Paperboy’s first target was a food processor that caused a mass food poisoning by burning down the building and posting videos of his threat and the aftermath online.

As the Anti Cyber Crimes division try to find out where the videos are being posted, another video shows up targeting a man who raped a student and has been kidnapped by Paperboy who exacts his revenge on him.

While the mask and clothing are similar, the body shapes are different, making the Anti Cyber Crimes Division feel that its multiple accomplices.

As the Anti Cyber Crimes Division try to use their skills in determining on how these hackers are accessing the Internet to post the videos and where, Paperboy posts another video giving a warning to everyone that the next target is a man who ridiculed an older man on a job interview. And now, he will exact revenge on the person and beat him to a pulp.

Will the Anti Cyber Crimes Division find a way to stop Paperboy or will this hacker continue to win the sympathy of people for exacting revenge and become an anti-hero to the public?

With the release of “Prophecy”, with the front page news of hackers being a big topic worldwide, Tetsuya Tsutsui’s series release in the U.S. is perfect timing.

As the storyline focuses on a hacker(s) who manages to evade the Metropolitan Police Department – Anti Cyber Crimes Division, the storyline goes one step further as the hackers exact their revenge not by taking action with brutality and criminal intent.

The second volume of “Prophecy” features the popularity of Paperboy and how he has garnered favorability among netizens, to the shock of politicians and police.  And that popularity has led to copycats, who want to further the popularity of Paperboy.

But when Paperboy targets the environmentalist group, Sea Guardian, a group who is against whaling but also a group who has blamed the tsunami and earthquake disasters on Japanese because of Whaling has people supporting Paperboy in hopes they can get their revenge on the group.

Meanwhile, as each of the four members behind the Paperboy persona prepare for something much bigger, one of the members starts to think about what if they have a second chance at life.  Can he leave the group?

The storyline by Tetsuya Tsutsui is exciting and considering the series was made several years ago, with all the cyber crime happening today, the series is good timing as the storyline is relevant, but the crimes committed in this storyline is harsher and more violent.  While the first volume was much more violent, the second volume is more about how Paperboy has now gravitated to bigger targets.  And the Cyber Crimes Division waiting for the opportunity to strike.

The artwork is unique for Tsutsui Tetsuya but the excitement of “Prophecy” is due to his storytelling.  The story is though of, well-researched and has been nothing less than captivating.

Overall, this riveting, exciting yet dark tale of the police vs. a vigilante hacker is recommended and I can’t wait for the final third volume of “Prophecy”!

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