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Astra: Lost in Space vol. 1 – Story & Art by Kenta Shinohara (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

December 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Featuring a wonderful story with solid character development for several characters but also cool artwork, Kenta Shinohara’s “Astra: Lost in Space” was no doubt a fun and entertaining manga to read and I can’t wait to read more volumes. So for now, from this first volume alone, I definitely recommend “Astra: Lost in Space”!

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Image courtesy of © Kanta no Astra 2016 – Kento Shinohara. All Rights Reserved.


MANGA TITLE: Astra: Lost in Space vol. 1

Story and Art by Kento Shinohara

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC

RATED: T for Teen

RELEASE DATE: December 5, 2017


What starts as a pleasant class trip to a planet five light-years away from Earth becomes a nightmare survival trip back home from 5,000 light-years away.

It’s the year 2063, and interstellar space travel has become the norm. Eight students from Caird High School and one child set out on a routine planet camp excursion. While there, the students are mysteriously transported 5,000 light-years away to the middle of nowhere! Will they ever make it back to Earth?!

It’s the first day of Planet Camp, and Aries Spring couldn’t be more excited! She, along with eight other strangers, leave for Planet McPa for a weeklong excursion. Soon after they arrive, however, a mysterious orb appears and transports them into the depths of space where an unknown spaceship awaits them.


From Kentaro Shinohara comes the sci-fi action/comedy manga known as “Astra: Lost in Space” (known in Japan as “Kanata no Astra”).

Shinohara’s last work “Sket Dance” was quite popular and ran from 2007 to 2013, earning the mangaka a “Shogakukan Manga Award” in 2010.  And now, Shinohara hopes to duplicate that success with “Astra: Lost in Space”.

With a total of four volumes published, the first volume will be published in North America courtesy of Viz Media.

The manga series centers around main protagonist, Kanata Hoshijima, a young man who wants to become a leader and assumes responsibility as a Captain for Caird High School Group B-5’s Planet Camp.

Years earlier, Kanata was part of a hike with their teacher when an unexpected storm blew over, their communication system broke and a landslide blocked their trail.  When one of the students panicked and tried to go down the mountain, their teacher went after him and died.  Kanata helped the others get rescued but since then, he has dedicated his life of wanting to become like his teacher and become a leader and making sure no one on his team suffers that same fate.

The manga begins with the group of nine preparing for the Caird High School Group B-5’s Planet Camp at Planet MCPA.  Immediately Kanata assumes the leader position and wants to be their captain, which the others wonder why this impulsive guy is assuming the leadership position and giving orders.

When the nine arrive on the planet, they see an orb of light.  As they try to run, the orb of light envelops everyone and they are sucked into space.  Surviving hanks to Kanata telling everyone to turn their helmets on.  The group manages to find an abandoned space craft, which each of them are able to get into, except Aries, who’s suit has malfunctioned.  With bravado, Kanata risks his life to save her and brings her back to the space craft, which they name “Astra”.

Fortunately, on the space craft, there are people with abilities:

  • Kanata Hoshijima – Athletic, known for his decathalon skills but wants to be a better leader but often makes impulsive decisions.
  • Aries Spring – Bubblehead, naive but has a photographic memory.
  • Zack Walker – The genius prodigy who has a pilot license and pilots the Astra.  His father is a scientist.
  • Quitterie Raffaelli – Spoiled, opinionated and came from a wealthy family.  Doesn’t have any friends and must take care of her adopted sister, Funicia.  Wants to become a doctor, so has medical experience.  Grew up with Zack Walker.
  • Funicia – She was taken in by Quitterie’s mother and adopted as part of the family when her mother passed away.  She adores her older step-sister, despite Quitterie not reciprocating her feelings.  She has a dog puppet, who tends to say things bluntly.
  • Charce – Experience with science, plants and animals and is the guy that often flirts with the girls.
  • Luca Esposito – Loves arts and crafts and his parents are politicians, but Luca wants to go into art school.
  • Yun-hua – The well-endowed quiet member.
  • Ulgar – Keeps to himself and rubs people the wrong way.  He appears to be quite intelligent.

Thanks to Zack, he is able to find out that they are 5,012 light years away from where they were.    With no rescue possible, using their ship, the only way of survival, especially with not enough food to feed everyone is to travel to every possibly planet that has conditions suitable for trying to obtain food and water.  And Zack’s theory is there are five planets in total that they can travel to forage for water and supplies.  While traveling weeks with little food and water to get them to each planet.

But it’s a long, risky adventure that Kanata and the others must endure to survive.  And now, they must make their first trip to the first planet.


For those who enjoy sci-fi films such as “Space Quest” or even “Star Trek” can find “Astra: Lost in Space” as entertaining, sci-fi fun.

A storyline about a group of students who are going to space camp but once they arrived, are enveloped by a ball of light which transports them all 5,012 light years away.  They have no allies, no rescue and are literally out in space alone with a spacecraft that is well-fueled but not enough water or food to keep them all fed.

In order to survive is by traveling to various planets, using their skills and working together as a team in order to survive.

But what troubles are along the way and because their personalities are different, can they work as a team?

The first volume like many other manga that features many characters, is more of a starting point to introduce characters and highlight their strengths and also weaknesses.  But it also showcases the trouble that these characters must undergo and the importance of working as a team.

While no one believes in Kanata’s leadership at first, they start to see how he’s willing to sacrifice his life for them and it’s a courage that many of them don’t have.  Meanwhile, others have other skills that will be important in their quest to get back home.

But there is a problem and that is Zack has found someone is trying to sabotage their return back home.  One of them is purposely sabotaging them and who is responsible?

Featuring a wonderful story with solid character development for several characters but also cool artwork, Kenta Shinohara’s “Astra: Lost in Space” was no doubt a fun and entertaining manga to read and I can’t wait to read more volumes.

So for now, from this first volume alone, I definitely recommend “Astra: Lost in Space”!

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Boruto – Naruto Next Generations – vol. 2 – Story by Ukyo Kodachi and Art by Mikio Ikemoto (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

August 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

If you enjoyed “Naruto”, you’ll find “Boruto – Naruto Next Generations -” to be entertaining and a lot of fun to read! The Chunin Exam has begun and Boruto must prepare for the one-on-one battles, but will he resort to using the forbidden chakra device and cheat during the exam?

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Image courtesy of © 2016 Masashi Kishimoto. All Rights Reserved.


MANGA TITLE: Boruto – Naruto Next Generations – vol. 2

Creator/Supervisor: Masashi Kishimoto

Story by Ukyo Kodachi and Art by Mikio Ikemoto

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shueisha Inc., Tokyo

RATED: T for Teen

RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2017


Boruto gets through round two of the Chunin Exam and receives praise from his father. But what Naruto doesn’t know is that his son is cheating by using prohibited ninja tools. What will happen to Boruto when the truth is revealed? Meanwhile, darker forces are advancing behind the scenes.


As the groups get ready for their Chunin Exam to see who will become a ninja, round three will be in front of a public audience.

Will Boruto uses the bracelet to cheat and best his opponent?

What is “Boruto” all about?

The popular manga series “Naruto” has been going strong since its debut in Shueisha back in 1999 via “Weekly Shonen Jump” magazine.

The manga by Masashi Kishimoto is about a young ninja named Naruto Uzamaki, a ninja of the Konoha leaf village who grew up facing prejudiced within his fellow ninjas because the evil nine-tailed fox was sealed inside him. But throughout the series, we have seen how Naruto is a kind-hearted boy who has worked hard in protecting his friends and staying true to his word with the goal of someday becoming the next Hokage of the village.

In 2014, Kishimoto wrapped up the “Naruto” manga and in the final chapter (featured in volume 72), Naruto would eventually become the Hokage of the Leaf Village and he and his wife Hinata would have two children, Boruto and Himawari.

Meanwhile, Sasuke and Sakura would have a daughter named Sarada, Shikamaru Nara and Temari would have a son named Shikadai, Sai and Ino would have a son named Inojin and Choji Akimichi and Karui would have a daughter named Chocho.

Everyone has grown up and Naruto is busy as the new Hokage at the village, this causes resentment from Naruto’s son Boruto who feels that his father was never there for him or the family.

This leads us to the new manga series “Boruto – Naruto Next Generations” which is created and supervised by Masashi Kishimoto but is now written by Ukyo Kodachi and artwork is by Mikio Ikemoto.

The manga begins with Boruto telling his story and him and his team partners, Sarada and Mitsuki being trained by Master Konohamaru. A lot has changed in terms of ninja skills and technology.

Now, a jutsu can be contained in a mini-seal and put into a bracelet which gives anyone, ninja or not, the power to use a jutsu. No chakra is even needed to use the new technology.

With the next Chunin exams coming up, Sarada and Mitsuki want to take the exam but Boruto, he has no desire. He doesn’t want to be like his father and that means not wanting to be Hokage. But for Sarada, she wants to be Hokage and tries to get Boruto to take part in the Chunin exam to let his father know he could do it.

Meanwhile, Sasuke Uchiha returns to the village and Boruto, not wanting to be anything like his father, goes to Sasuke to take him in as a pupil. But Sasuke will only agree if Boruto can learn the Sharingan jutsu.

We also get to learn about Mitsuki and find out who his parent(s) may be.

In vol. 2, as the groups get ready for their Chunin Exam to see who will become a ninja, round three will be in front of a public audience. During a battle Boruto uses the bracelet to best his opponent, but for Naruto, he is disappointed that his son resorted to such a tactic and disqualifies his son from the Chunin exam and also taking away his ninja bandana as punishment.

But just when Naruto is discussing this with his son, a new evil has shown up to the Leaf Village and kidnaps Naruto.


Reading “Boruto – Naruto Next Generations”, I can’t help but be entertained by the fact that the series focuses on the children of the characters that many of us grew up reading/watching for 15 years.

“Naruto” having lasted so long was a big part of the lives of manga/anime fans of the series that we watched “Naruto” grow from a child, to a teenager and a young adult. Seeing how his heart and his passion would inspire so many but also seeing him determined to defeat those who threatened the village or his friends.

With Naruto, he is a student that felt he had to prove himself through hardwork and determination.

So, it’s fascinating to see how Boruto is much different than his father. Naruto, who had always said he would become Hokage is now the new Hokage of the Leaf Village but this new role means being busy with work and unfortunately, that means no time spent with the family.

Hinata is literally taking care of both children and you can see how Boruto is upset at his father for neglecting them, but he harbors a bit of anger for his father not being there for him.

What’s even more interesting is that Boruto is not too aware of his father’s past and how he grew up, so he is not aware of the challenges or difficulties his father grew up with.

And because of his feelings towards his father, he asks his dad’s rival, Sasuke Uchiha to become his master.

The second volume  features the start of the one-on-one battles of the Chunin exam and Boruto tries to prove to his father that he has what it takes to become a ninja.  But with a battle against Nara Shikadai, what happens when Boruto uses a device and literally cheat during the Chunin Exam?  Suffice to say, his father Naruto is not pleased.

But as father admonishes his son, someone attacks the arena where the Chunin Exam is taking place and Naruto is kidnapped by those responsible.

This is a new beginning, a new chapter and not sure if this will last for another 15 years but this is a tremendous task and also honor that “Naruto” creator Masashi Kishimoto had bestowed upon writer Ukyo Kodachi and artist Mikio Ikemoto.

The story and artwork is well-done and for the most part, I just enjoy reading this latest volume because this storyline is literally a passing of the torch to a new generation of characters in the Leaf Village.

And having read and enjoyed the “Naruto” manga (I enjoyed the anime series but the plethora of filler episodes made things drag out way too long for me), it’s great to read a story focused on the 7th Hokage’s son.

If you enjoyed “Naruto”, you’ll find “Boruto – Naruto Next Generations -” to be entertaining and a lot of fun to read!

Will father and son ever get along?  Find out in the second volume of “Boruto – Naruto Next Generations -“!

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Boruto – Naruto Next Generations – vol. 1 – Story by Ukyo Kodachi and Art by Mikio Ikemoto (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

April 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

If you enjoyed “Naruto”, you’ll find “Boruto – Naruto Next Generations -” to be entertaining and a lot of fun to read! I look forward to the second volume of “Boruto – Naruto Next Generations -“.

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Image courtesy of © 2016 Masashi Kishimoto. All Rights Reserved.


MANGA TITLE: Boruto – Naruto Next Generations – vol. 1

Creator/Supervisor: Masashi Kishimoto

Story by Ukyo Kodachi and Art by Mikio Ikemoto

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shueisha Inc., Tokyo

RATED: T for Teen

RELEASE DATE: April 4, 2017


The ninja adventures continue with Naruto’s son, Boruto!

Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He achieved his dream to become the greatest ninja in his village, and now his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But this is not his story… A new generation of ninja are ready to take the stage, led by Naruto’s own son, Boruto!

Years have passed since Naruto and Sasuke teamed up to defeat Kaguya, the progenitor of chakra and the greatest threat the ninja world has ever faced. Times are now peaceful and the new generation of shinobi has not experienced the same hardships as its parents. Perhaps that is why Boruto would rather play video games than train. However, one passion does burn deep in this ninja boy’s heart, and that is the desire to defeat his father!


The popular manga series “Naruto” has been going strong since its debut in Shueisha back in 1999 via “Weekly Shonen Jump” magazine.

The manga by Masashi Kishimoto is about a young ninja named Naruto Uzamaki, a ninja of the Konoha leaf village who grew up facing prejudiced within his fellow ninjas because the evil nine-tailed fox was sealed inside him. But throughout the series, we have seen how Naruto is a kind-hearted boy who has worked hard in protecting his friends and staying true to his word with the goal of someday becoming the next Hokage of the village.

In 2014, Kishimoto wrapped up the “Naruto” manga and in the final chapter (featured in volume 72), Naruto would eventually become the Hokage of the Leaf Village and he and his wife Hinata would have two children, Boruto and Himawari.

Meanwhile, Sasuke and Sakura would have a daughter named Sarada, Shikamaru Nara and Temari would have a son named Shikadai, Sai and Ino would have a son named Inojin and Choji Akimichi and Karui would have a daughter named Chocho.

Everyone has grown up and Naruto is busy as the new Hokage at the village, this causes resentment from Naruto’s son Boruto who feels that his father was never there for him or the family.

This leads us to the new manga series “Boruto – Naruto Next Generations” which is created and supervised by Masashi Kishimoto but is now written by Ukyo Kodachi and artwork is by Mikio Ikemoto.

The manga begins with Boruto telling his story and him and his team partners, Sarada and Mitsuki being trained by Master Konohamaru.  A lot has changed in terms of ninja skills and technology.

Now, a jutsu can be contained in a mini-seal and put into a bracelet which gives anyone, ninja or not, the power to use a jutsu.  No chakra is even needed to use the new technology.

With the next Chunin exams coming up, Sarada and Mitsuki want to take the exam but Boruto, he has no desire.  He doesn’t want to be like his father and that means not wanting to be Hokage.  But for Sarada, she wants to be Hokage and tries to get Boruto to take part in the Chunin exam to let his father know he could do it.

Meanwhile, Sasuke Uchiha returns to the village and Boruto, not wanting to be anything like his father, goes to Sasuke to take him in as a pupil.  But Sasuke will only agree if Boruto can learn the Sharingan jutsu.

We also get to learn about Mitsuki and find out who his parent(s) may be.


Reading “Boruto – Naruto Next Generations – vol. 1”, I can’t help but be entertained by the fact that the series focuses on the children of the characters that many of us grew up reading/watching for 15 years.

“Naruto” having lasted so long was a big part of the lives of manga/anime fans of the series that we watched “Naruto” grow from a child, to a teenager and a young adult.  Seeing how his heart and his passion would inspire so many but also seeing him determined to defeat those who threatened the village or his friends.

With Naruto, he is a student that felt he had to prove himself through hardwork and determination.

So, it’s fascinating to see how Boruto is much different than his father.  Naruto, who had always said he would become Hokage is now the new Hokage of the Leaf Village but this new role means being busy with work and unfortunately, that means no time spent with the family.

Hinata is literally taking care of both children and you can see how Boruto is upset at his father for neglecting them, but he harbors a bit of anger for his father not being there for him.

What’s even more interesting is that Boruto is not too aware of his father’s past and how he grew up, so he is not aware of the challenges or difficulties his father grew up with.

And because of his feelings towards his father, he asks his dad’s rival, Sasuke Uchiha to become his master.

The first volume features the first test in the Chunin exams but also goes into who the parent of Mitsuki is and really interesting background about him as well.

And I’ll leave it that.

This is a new beginning, a new chapter and not sure if this will last for another 15 years but this is a tremendous task and also honor that “Naruto” creator Masashi Kishimoto had bestowed upon writer Ukyo Kodachi and artist Mikio Ikemoto.

The story and artwork is well-done and for the most part, I just enjoy reading this latest volume because this storyline is literally a passing of the torch to a new generation of characters in the Leaf Village.

And having read and enjoyed the “Naruto” manga (I enjoyed the anime series but the plethora of filler episodes made things drag out way too long for me), it’s great to read a story focused on the 7th Hokage’s son.

If you enjoyed “Naruto”, you’ll find “Boruto – Naruto Next Generations -” to be entertaining and a lot of fun to read!

I look forward to the second volume of “Boruto – Naruto Next Generations -“.

 

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My Hero Academia Vol. 7 by Kohei Horikoshi (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

February 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Korei Horikoshi’s “My Hero Academia” is fast-paced and enjoyable! The characters and their powers can be a bit way over-the-top but its unpredictability and enjoyable storyline, makes “My Hero Academia”, a manga series worth checking out! It’s the battle against Hero Killer Stain in vol. 7 of “My Hero Academia”!

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© 2014 by Kohei Horikoshi. All Rights Reserved.


MANGA TITLE: My Hero Academia vol. 7

STORY AND ART BY: Kohei Horikoshi

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga

RATED: T for Older Teen

RELEASE DATE: February 7, 2017


Midoriya has learned a few tricks from Gran Torino, but some things just have to be experienced to be understood. Even though he’s not ready, when the League of Villains attacks in the town of Hosu, Midoriya rushes to help Ida, who is engaged in a life-or-death struggle with Hero Killer Stain. Stain has some very particular ideas about heroes and their place in society—and he means to purge every hero he can find!


The League of Villains have attacked the town of Hosu and now Midoriya, Ida and Todoroki must take on the powerful Hero Killer, Stain.

Also, it’s time for the Practical Exam and people are paired up to take on an established hero.  For Midoriya and Bakugo, they find out they must take on All Might.

Find out in Kohei Horikoshi’s “My Hero Academia” vol. 7!

What is “My Hero Academia” all about?

From Kohei Horikoshi, the creator of “Omagadoki Dobutsuen” and “Barrage”, comes his manga series “My Hero Academia” (Boku no Hero Academia).

The story revolves around Quirks (people who begin to manifest special abilities) and all of a sudden people in the world began to have many people who became superpowered individuals. Some who use their powers for good, some who use their powers for evil intentions.

Because the government is not equipped to deal with these superpowered thugs, a special group of heroic superpowered individuals came together to protect the people and keep the peace.

The series revolves around a boy named Izuku Midoriya, a boy born Quirkless and looked up to the world’s top hero, All Might.

One day, All Might received a near-fatal wound and now, he is losing his powers. But somehow Izuku began to inherit All Might’s Quirk.

The League of Villains are up to no good again and they have targeted the town of Hosu and Hero Killer Stain must be stopped.  Can Midoriya, Ida and Todoroki defeat him?

Meanwhile, it’s time for the Practical Exam and in pairs, they must take on a hero.  For Midoriya and Bakugo, they must take on All Might!


At first, I was wondering if “My Hero Academy” will be like another “X-Men” style storyline of humans vs. mutants and the world fearing mutantkind. In this case, humankind fearing Quirks.

What I enjoy about this series is the fact that our heroes are not exactly what you expect in terms of heroic characters. Whereas superpowered individuals in American comic books often showcase a character that is ripped, muscular, charismatic or gorgeous, “My Hero Academia” features regular characters and its main protagonist, Izuku Midoriya, is wide-eyed and looks far too innocent and unlikely to be a hero.

The seventh volume puts Midoriya and friends in one of the most challenging battles they have ever faced as they must take on the League of Villains Hero Killer Stain.

Meanwhile, the Academy is having its Practical Exam and must be paired to take on a Hero, but with Midoriya and Bakugo, they find out they must take on All Might.

As always, artwork is well-done and some panels looking more cartoony in nature, but for the overall character designs are appealing and fun to look at and the action sequences are very well-detailed.

For the most part, Korei Horikoshi’s “My Hero Academia” is fast-paced and enjoyable! The characters and their powers can be a bit way over-the-top but its unpredictability and enjoyable storyline, makes “My Hero Academia”, a manga series worth checking out! It’s the battle against Hero Killer Stain in vol. 7 of “My Hero Academia”!

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My Hero Academia Vol. 5 by Kohei Horikoshi (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

October 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Korei Horikoshi’s “My Hero Academia” is fast-paced and enjoyable! The characters and their powers can be a bit way over-the-top but its unpredictability and enjoyable storyline, makes “My Hero Academia”, a manga series worth checking out! Who will become victorious in this year’s U.A. Sports Festival? Find out in vol. 5 of “My Hero Academia”!

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© 2014 by Kohei Horikoshi. All Rights Reserved.


MANGA TITLE: My Hero Academia vol. 5

STORY AND ART BY: Kohei Horikoshi

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga

RATED: T for Older Teen

RELEASE DATE: August 2, 2016


What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?

The final stages of the U.A. High sports festival promise to be explosive as Uraraka takes on Bakugo in a head to head match! Bakugo never gives anyone a break, and the crowd holds its breath as the battle begins. The finals will push the students of Class 1-A to their limits and beyond!


The U.A. High Sports Festival comes down to the wire as Ochaco Urarka takes on Katsuki Bakugo, while Izuku Midoriya takes on Shoto Todoroki.  Who will advance to the finals?

Find out in Kohei Horikoshi’s “My Hero Academia” vol. 5!

What is “My Hero Academia” all about?

From Kohei Horikoshi, the creator of “Omagadoki Dobutsuen” and “Barrage”, comes his manga series “My Hero Academia” (Boku no Hero Academia).

The story revolves around Quirks (people who begin to manifest special abilities) and all of a sudden people in the world began to have many people who became superpowered individuals. Some who use their powers for good, some who use their powers for evil intentions.

Because the government is not equipped to deal with these superpowered thugs, a special group of heroic superpowered individuals came together to protect the people and keep the peace.

The series revolves around a boy named Izuku Midoriya, a boy born Quirkless and looked up to the world’s top hero, All Might.

One day, All Might received a near-fatal wound and now, he is losing his powers. But somehow Izuku began to inherit All Might’s Quirk.

In vol. 4, it’s time for the yearly U.A. Sports Festival in which heroes compete in a ruthless Grand Battle.

As people partner with other students with wonderful quirks, not many people want to team up with Izuku Midoriya, because not many people are sure what his quirk is.

So, Izuku teams up with Ochaco Urakara, tech girl Mei Hatsume from the Support Course and Tokoyami to form Team Midoriya. How far will they go?

Also, a friend of Midoriya approaches him to declare himself his major rival!

In vol. 5, the U.A. Sports Festival semi-finals features Ochaco Uraraka taking on Katsuki Bakugo and Izuku Midoriya (All Might’s protege) taking on Shoto Todoroki (son of Flame Hero Endeavor).  The winner of both matches will make it to the finals!

Who will be the winner of this year’s U.A. Sports Festival?


At first, I was wondering if “My Hero Academy” will be like another “X-Men” style storyline of humans vs. mutants and the world fearing mutantkind. In this case, humankind fearing Quirks.

What I enjoy about this series is the fact that our heroes are not exactly what you expect in terms of heroic characters. Whereas superpowered individuals in American comic books often showcase a character that is ripped, muscular, charismatic or gorgeous, “My Hero Academia” features regular characters and its main protagonist, Izuku Midoriya, is wide-eyed and looks far too innocent and unlikely to be a hero.

The fifth volume is an all-action volume as the semi-finals (and final) of the U.A. Sports Festival are featured as Ochaco must take on the hot-headed Katsuki Bakugo.  While Midoriya must take on Todoroki.  As Todoroki never wants to use his left side, what happens when Midoriya provokes him to use his full power?

Who will become the victor of this year’s U.A. Sports Festival?

Artwork is well-done and some panels looking more cartoony in nature, but for the overall character designs are appealing and fun to look at and the action sequences are very well-detailed.

For the most part, Korei Horikoshi’s “My Hero Academia” is fast-paced and enjoyable! The characters and their powers can be a bit way over-the-top but its unpredictability and enjoyable storyline, makes “My Hero Academia”, a manga series worth checking out! Who will become victorious in this year’s U.A. Sports Festival? Find out in vol. 5 of “My Hero Academia”!

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My Hero Academia Vol. 4 by Kohei Horikoshi (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

September 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Korei Horikoshi’s “My Hero Academia” is fast-paced and enjoyable! The characters and their powers can be a bit way over-the-top but its unpredictability and enjoyable storyline, makes “My Hero Academia”, a manga series worth checking out!  Who will succeed in this year’s U.A. Sports Festival? Find out in vol. 4 of “My Hero Academia”!

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© 2014 by Kohei Horikoshi. All Rights Reserved.


MANGA TITLE: My Hero Academia vol. 4

STORY AND ART BY: Kohei Horikoshi

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga

RATED: T for Older Teen

RELEASE DATE: May 3, 2016


The U.A. High sports festival is a chance for the budding heroes to show their stuff and find a superhero mentor. The students have already struggled through a grueling preliminary round, but now they have to team up to prove they’re capable of moving on to the next stage. The whole country is watching, and so are the shadowy forces that attacked the academy…


it’s time for the U.A. High Sports Festival and students with Quirks must partner with students with different abilities.  And whichever team has the most points get to the move on the next state in order to have a superhero mentor.

Which four teams will make it to the next round?

Find out in Kohei Horikoshi’s “My Hero Academia” vol. 4!

What is “My Hero Academia” all about?

From Kohei Horikoshi, the creator of “Omagadoki Dobutsuen” and “Barrage”, comes his manga series “My Hero Academia” (Boku no Hero Academia).

The story revolves around Quirks (people who begin to manifest special abilities) and all of a sudden people in the world began to have many people who became superpowered individuals. Some who use their powers for good, some who use their powers for evil intentions.

Because the government is not equipped to deal with these superpowered thugs, a special group of heroic superpowered individuals came together to protect the people and keep the peace.

The series revolves around a boy named Izuku Midoriya, a boy born Quirkless and looked up to the world’s top hero, All Might.

One day, All Might received a near-fatal wound and now, he is losing his powers. But somehow Izuku began to inherit All Might’s Quirk.

In vol. 4, it’s time for the yearly U.A. Sports Festival in which heroes compete in a ruthless Grand Battle.

As people partner with other students with wonderful quirks, not many people want to team up with Izuku Midoriya, because not many people are sure what his quirk is.

So, Izuku teams up with Ochaco Urakara, tech girl Mei Hatsume from the Support Course and Tokoyami to form Team Midoriya.  How far will they go?

Also, a friend of Midoriya approaches him to declare himself his major rival!


At first, I was wondering if “My Hero Academy” will be like another “X-Men” style storyline of humans vs. mutants and the world fearing mutantkind. In this case, humankind fearing Quirks.

What I enjoy about this series is the fact that our heroes are not exactly what you expect in terms of heroic characters. Whereas superpowered individuals in American comic books often showcase a character that is ripped, muscular, charismatic or gorgeous, “My Hero Academia” features regular characters and its main protagonist, Izuku Midoriya, is wide-eyed and looks far too innocent and unlikely to be a hero.

The fourth volume is a fun and action-packed volume as it showcases many students who are Quirks and showcasing their special abilities.  Team Midoriya are the underdogs, so it’s interesting to see how far the team will get in the first major competition.

We also get to see a second competition featuring one-on-one battles as Izuku Midoriya of the Hero Course takes on Hitoshi Shinso from General Studies.  And also, Hanta Sero of the Hero Course vs. Shoto Todoroki of the Hero Course.

And much more!

Artwork is well-done and some panels looking more cartoony in nature, but for the overall character designs are appealing and fun to look at and the action sequences are very well-detailed.

For the most part, Korei Horikoshi’s “My Hero Academia” is fast-paced and enjoyable! The characters and their powers can be a bit way over-the-top but its unpredictability and enjoyable storyline, makes “My Hero Academia”, a manga series worth checking out!  Who will succeed in this year’s U.A. Sports Festival? Find out in vol. 4 of “My Hero Academia”!

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My Hero Academia Vol. 3 by Kohei Horikoshi (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

March 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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For the most part, Korei Horikoshi’s “My Hero Academia” is enjoyable! The characters and their powers can be a bit way over-the-top but its unpredictability and fun, makes “My Hero Academia”, a manga series worth checking out!

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MANGA TITLE: My Hero Academia vol. 3

STORY AND ART BY: Kohei Horikoshi

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga

RATED: T for Older Teen

RELEASE DATE: February 2, 2016


What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?

A sinister group of villains has attacked the first-year U.A. students, but their real target is All Might. It’s all that Midoriya and his classmates can do to hold them off until reinforcements arrive. All Might joins the battle to protect the kids, but as his power runs out he may be forced into an extremely dangerous bluff!


From Kohei Horikoshi, the creator of “Omagadoki Dobutsuen” and “Barrage”, comes his manga series “My Hero Academia” (Boku no Hero Academia).

The story revolves around Quirks (people who begin to manifest special abilities) and all of a sudden people in the world began to have many people who became superpowered individuals.  Some who use their powers for good, some who use their powers for evil intentions.

Because the government is not equipped to deal with these superpowered thugs, a special group of heroic superpowered individuals came together to protect the people and keep the peace.

The series revolves around a boy named Izuku Midoriya, a boy born Quirkless and looked up to the world’s top hero, All Might.

One day, All Might received a near-fatal wound and now, he is losing his powers.  But somehow Izuku began to inherit All Might’s Quirk.

In vol. 3, the learning Quirks have been attacked by superpowered villains, but can All Might and his dwindling powers, defend the young Quirks until help arrives?

Meanwhile, it’s time for the yearly U.A. Sports Festival in which heroes compete in a ruthless Grand Battle.  Will Class A do well in the first stage of the battle?


At first, I was wondering if “My Hero Academy” will be like another “X-Men” style storyline of humans vs. mutants and the world fearing mutantkind.  In this case, humankind fearing Quirks.

What I enjoy about this series is the fact that our heroes are not exactly what you expect in terms of heroic characters.  Whereas superpowered individuals in American comic books often showcase a character that is ripped, muscular, charismatic or gorgeous, “My Hero Academia” features regular characters and its main protagonist, Izuku Midoriya, is wide-eyed and looks far too innocent and unlikely to be a hero.

And while the third volume features a battle between good vs. evil, when you get to the second half of vol. 3, it’s heroes vs. heroes as the focused on a yearly sports festival in which the heroes must succeed and move up in the ranks and prepare themselves for whichever challenge comes their way.

Artwork is well-done and some panels looking more cartoony in nature, but for the overall character designs are appealing and fun to look at.

For the most part, Korei Horikoshi’s “My Hero Academia” is enjoyable! The characters and their powers can be a bit way over-the-top but its unpredictability and fun, makes “My Hero Academia”, a manga series worth checking out!

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VIZ Media Acquires ONE-PUNCH MAN Anime!

July 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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VIZ Media is thrilled to announce at our just-ended VIZ Media panel at Anime Expo today the media rights acquisition of the highly anticipated ONE-PUNCH MAN anime series about the average-guy-turned-superhero who packs quite the punch!

VIZ Media will manage the master ONE-PUNCH MAN license in North America, Latin America and Oceania, encompassing home video, merchandise and TV rights – as well as stream the series in the U.S.  More details on the debut date will be announced soon! VIZ Media already releases the manga it’s based on as a digital first, with Volume 1 of the print edition debuting in September! To check out the trailer, and for more information about the property, please visit: viz.com/opm

Says Brad Woods, CMO, VIZ Media: “ONE-PUNCH MAN is a beautifully produced, action-driven series, and we will leverage our expertise in developing anime content across all major consumer formats with a savvy combination of proprietary and partner distribution channels to bring this series to audiences on the widest possible range of media devices and platforms.”

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