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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!

© 2014 by Kohei Horikoshi. All Rights Reserved.

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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.”

Claymore vol. 25 by Norihiro Yagi (A J!-Ent Manga Review)

December 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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A battle between the abyssal ones continues and a new abysmal one shows up in vol. 25 of “Claymore”.  Can the Claymores defend the holy city of Rabon?

© Claymore image courtesy of Norihiro Yagi, Shueisha Inc., VIZ Media


MANGA TITLE: Claymore Vol. 25

STORY AND ART BY: Norihiro Yagi

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: By Shueisha

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media

RATED: T+ for OLDER TEEN

RELEASE DATE: November 4, 2014


Three battles unfold around the holy city of Rabona as demonic forces seek to destroy one another, the rebel Claymores, and the city itself. Seemingly intent on devouring all life, monsters of unprecedented strength rage on as the rebels struggle to contain them. Could the cause of this rage lie in a distant childhood memory?


As two abysmal ones fight against each other, a third emerges and now the city of Rabona is in grave danger.  Can the Claymores take on the third and will they be able to protect the city?

Find out in volume 25 of Norihiro Yagi’s “Claymore”!

What is “Claymore”?

In 2001, the manga series “Claymore” debuted on Monthly Shonen Jump. The popular series created by award-winning mangaka Norihiro Yagi (“Undeadman”, “Angel Densetsu”).

The series has remained popular and is still ongoing in Japan via Jump Square. Animation studio Madhouse adapted the first eleven volumes of the manga series in the 26-episode anime series “Claymore” which debuted on NTV in 2007. The DVD’s were released separately in individual volumes and a complete series box set by FUNimation Entertainment in 2009 and in 2010, here we are with a Blu-ray High Definition release of “Claymore: The Complete Series”.

“Claymore” takes place during a time where monsters known as yoma have lived in villages, disguising themselves as human. They feed on humans and when things get to the point where countless murders are happening in a village, a mysterious organization sends a Claymore to dispose of the Yoma.

The Claymore are humans that are half-human and half-yoma. They are the only ones that are capable of defeating yoma and are primarily female, blonde and have silver eyes. They carry with them a sword and some have supernatural abilities.

Upon defeating the yoma, someone in black collects the money for them. If a village does not pay, a Claymore will no longer defend the city. Claymore also have a rule that they can not kill any humans and also, as a Claymore tries to keep their humanity, by using their supernatural talent, they unleash their own personal yoma but each time they do that, they lose part of their humanity.

The animated series focuses on the Claymore known as Clare. She comes to a village who has been terrorized by a yoma and defeats it. But a boy named Raki becomes attached to Clare and will follow her everywhere to become close to her.

Clare is warned not to have a human close to her but for some reason, she allows him to be close to her and also feels protective over him. Over the course of the series, we learn about Clare’s history and why she is protective of Raki. We also learn what happens to Claymore who overuse their yoma energy and when they become the “awakened” and much, much more.

In volume 23 of “Claymore”, Clare has been gone for several years but an attempt by the Claymores along with Raki in order to save her, will be their ultimate task.

Claymores who have revolted have been on the hunt against the Organization. Who will find who first?

As the truth of the Yoma was finally revealed in volume 23 of “Claymore”, volume 24 begins the battle between the abyssal ones.

The rebels are planning their attack against the abyssal ones but as they watch the two fight against each other, they are evenly matched and they are of immense power and only if the rebels work together, they may be able to defeat them. But can everyone work together?

In volume 25, the battle between the two Abysmal Ones continues and out of nowhere, a third appears.  And its intent is to destroy the holy city of Rabona and feed on humanity.  Leaving the rebel Claymores to fight and protect the city.  But can they?


The main characters of “Claymore” are:

Clare – The protagonist of the story. A Claymore who may be low-ranked Claymore but she is more powerful than most. At times, reserved and emotionless, her life is changed when she meets a human named Raki.

Raki – A boy who’s family was murdered by the yoma. When he first meets Clare, he is the first and only person to welcome her and now wants to be by her side.

Teresa – A woman important in Clare’s life. Known as “Teresa with the Faint Smile”, once was the #1 Claymore and is the most powerful Claymore who is emotionless but that was until she came across a human girl named Clare.

Priscilla – A true believer of the laws of the Organization, she has a tremendous amount of power but has not been trained to utilize it quite well. Priscilla uses a lot of her yoma energy that changes her life completely.  She has since changed to an abysmal one.

Miria – Phantom Miria known for her tremendous speed. Suspects that the Organization is up to no good and although a Claymore, uses her position to investigate the Organization of any wrongdoing.

Ilena – A Claymore from Clare’s past who is known for her “Quick Sword Technique” and returns back to Clare’s life to give her another chance in achieving her goal.


With the release of “Claymore” 25, the U.S. is now behind by two volumes from the Japanese release.

With this latest volume, the fierce battle between both abyssal ones (formerly Cassandra and Priscilla), with no signs of either side letting up.  But Miata has also turned to an abysmal one and she wants to feed on the people of the holy city of Rabon.  This leads to the Claymore’s doing whatever they can to protect the people and the city.  But are they up to the task?

And through this battle, more characters meet their tragic end.

With this latest volume, because of the focus on action, you can go through pages that are mostly pictures.  So, this volume is a very quick read.

As for the manga series, I’ve been captivated by Norihiro Yagi’s character designs. From the eyes to the hair, especially how his shading patterns are, much different from other series as they are literally cross hatching and line art and a style that is very much unique and a style, quite personally his own.

So far, “Claymore” has been a complex but yet entertaining series. It goes beyond the anime series and for those wanting a storyline that is deep and entertaining but also action-packed, many will find Norihiro Yagi’s “Claymore” to be a manga series worth reading!

Volume 25 of “Claymore” is recommended!

Claymore vol. 24 by Norihiro Yagi (A J!-Ent Manga Review)

May 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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A battle between the abyssal ones takes place in vol. 24 of “Claymore” and once again, another action-packed volume!   For those wanting a storyline that is deep and entertaining will find Norihiro Yagi’s “Claymore” to be a manga series worth reading! Volume 24 of “Claymore” is recommended!

© Claymore image courtesy of Norihiro Yagi, Shueisha Inc., VIZ Media

MANGA TITLE: Claymore 24

STORY AND ART BY: Norihiro Yagi

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: By Shueisha

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media

RATED: T+ for OLDER TEEN

RELEASE DATE: May 6, 2014

Priscilla, whose monstrous savagery was reawakened in the previous battle, is bent on absorbing the power of those who fell in her wake and destroying the rebel Claymores. Raki and several former top warriors band together with a defensive plan, but even their skills may be no match against Priscilla’s poisoned wrath.

Meanwhile, the terrifying Yoma-based creature coalescing outside of the holy city of Rabona may seek to defeat Priscilla… but it may also be seeking the defeat of the rebel warriors!

As everyone awaits Cassandra the Dusteater, the final abyssal one resurrected by the organization, another abyssal one emerges out of nowhere and the two go into furious battle with one another.

As  the others try to formulate a plan to destroy the abyssal ones, do they have the power to take on two?

Find out in volume 24 of Norihiro Yagi’s “Claymore”!

What is “Claymore”?

In 2001, the manga series “Claymore” debuted on Monthly Shonen Jump. The popular series created by award-winning mangaka Norihiro Yagi (“Undeadman”, “Angel Densetsu”).

The series has remained popular and is still ongoing in Japan via Jump Square. Animation studio Madhouse adapted the first eleven volumes of the manga series in the 26-episode anime series “Claymore” which debuted on NTV in 2007. The DVD’s were released separately in individual volumes and a complete series box set by FUNimation Entertainment in 2009 and in 2010, here we are with a Blu-ray High Definition release of “Claymore: The Complete Series”.

“Claymore” takes place during a time where monsters known as yoma have lived in villages, disguising themselves as human. They feed on humans and when things get to the point where countless murders are happening in a village, a mysterious organization sends a Claymore to dispose of the Yoma.

The Claymore are humans that are half-human and half-yoma. They are the only ones that are capable of defeating yoma and are primarily female, blonde and have silver eyes. They carry with them a sword and some have supernatural abilities.

Upon defeating the yoma, someone in black collects the money for them. If a village does not pay, a Claymore will no longer defend the city. Claymore also have a rule that they can not kill any humans and also, as a Claymore tries to keep their humanity, by using their supernatural talent, they unleash their own personal yoma but each time they do that, they lose part of their humanity.

The animated series focuses on the Claymore known as Clare. She comes to a village who has been terrorized by a yoma and defeats it. But a boy named Raki becomes attached to Clare and will follow her everywhere to become close to her.

Clare is warned not to have a human close to her but for some reason, she allows him to be close to her and also feels protective over him. Over the course of the series, we learn about Clare’s history and why she is protective of Raki. We also learn what happens to Claymore who overuse their yoma energy and when they become the “awakened” and much, much more.

In volume 23 of “Claymore”, Clare has been gone for several years but an attempt by the Claymores along with Raki in order to save her, will be their ultimate task.

Claymores who have revolted have been on the hunt against the Organization. Who will find who first?

As the truth of the Yoma was finally revealed in volume 23 of “Claymore”, volume 24 begins the battle between the abyssal ones.

The rebels are planning their attack against the abyssal ones but as they watch the two fight against each other, they are evenly matched and they are of immense power and only if the rebels work together, they may be able to defeat them.  But can everyone work together?

The main characters of “Claymore” are:

Clare – The protagonist of the story. A Claymore who may be low-ranked Claymore but she is more powerful than most. At times, reserved and emotionless, her life is changed when she meets a human named Raki.

Raki – A boy who’s family was murdered by the yoma. When he first meets Clare, he is the first and only person to welcome her and now wants to be by her side.

Teresa – A woman important in Clare’s life. Known as “Teresa with the Faint Smile”, once was the #1 Claymore and is the most powerful Claymore who is emotionless but that was until she came across a human girl named Clare.

Priscilla – A true believer of the laws of the Organization, she has a tremendous amount of power but has not been trained to utilize it quite well. Priscilla uses a lot of her yoma energy that changes her life completely.

Miria – Phantom Miria known for her tremendous speed. Suspects that the Organization is up to no good and although a Claymore, uses her position to investigate the Organization of any wrongdoing.

Ilena – A Claymore from Clare’s past who is known for her “Quick Sword Technique” and returns back to Clare’s life to give her another chance in achieving her goal.

With the release of “Claymore” 24, the U.S. is now behind by one volume from the Japanese release.

With this latest volume, I would have thought the rebels would begin their attack on the abyssal ones but instead, what we get is a fierce battle between both abyssal ones.  And the battle is very violent, fierce and would instantly wipe out any of the rebel Claymore but somehow, as the rebels watch, they know that they must team up in order to fight these two powerful foes.  As waiting for them to off each other is not succeeding.

While the storyline is primarily action-based and you can go through this latest volume quite quickly, you do get a small story that revolves around Priscilla and her hatred towards yoma.

So, I expect to see much more in plot development with volume 25 but to see these abyssal ones take on each other, it’s a very exciting, action-packed battle.

As for the manga series, I’ve been captivated by Norihiro Yagi’s character designs. From the eyes to the hair, especially how his shading patterns are, much different from other series as they are literally cross hatching and line art and a style that is very much unique and a style, quite personally his own.

So far, “Claymore” has been a complex but yet entertaining series. It goes beyond the anime series and for those wanting a storyline that is deep and entertaining will find Norihiro Yagi’s “Claymore” to be a manga series worth reading!

Volume 24 of “Claymore” is recommended!

VIZ MEDIA ACQUIRES TWO NEW STUDIO GHIBLI LIBRARY DELUXE EDITIONS

March 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This Fall, Studio Ghibli Library Imprint Celebrates Hayao Miyazaki And His Work On The Acclaimed PRINCESS MONONOKE

San Francisco, CA, March 6, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, rounds out a bevy of recent acquisitions news with the latest announcement of a Studio Ghibli imprint expansion. The critically acclaimed imprint will debut a pair of gorgeously illustrated hardcover books relating to Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki’s celebrated animated film, Princess Mononoke.

The Studio Ghibli Library imprint is exclusively devoted to the work of iconic Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki and his famed animation studio. The imprint has collected a substantial catalog of full-color art books, film comics, children’s picture books and other releases celebrating Studio Ghibli films such as Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind, and Pocco Rosso.

THE ART OF PRINCESS MONONOKE · MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN ·
Hardcover Available August 2014
A rerelease of the popular Studio Ghibli art book, featuring an all new translation and presentation. The hardcover edition features insightful interviews, concept sketches, character art and finished animation cels from the critically acclaimed fantasy action film by Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. Released in 1997, Princess Mononoke was the first Hayao Miyazaki film to break into the American mainstream. The journey from initial idea to the big screen is captured here in stunning detail and also includes a look at Miyazaki’s original concept art and the use of computer graphics technology in the film’s production.

PRINCESS MONONOKE: THE FIRST STORY, by Hayao Miyazaki ·
MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN · Hardcover Available October 2014
An oversized, lavishly illustrated storybook featuring original watercolor art by legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, this is the original Princess Mononoke story created by Miyazaki in 1980 while he was first conceptualizing the landmark animated film that would later be released to universal acclaim seventeen years later. As an initial version of the tale, it offers a new and different perspective from the final version presented in the film. After a long, exhausting war, a samurai lost in a forest encounters a giant wildcat – a mononoke. The beast saves his life, but at the price of his daughter’s hand in marriage…

“These beautiful hardcover editions from the Studio Ghibli imprint are guaranteed to delight serious fans and collectors of the work of Hayao Miyazaki,” says Masumi Washington, Senior Editorial Director. “PRINCESS MONONOKE: THE FIRST STORY is an especially noteworthy release as it details the film’s original origin story, interweaved with many of Miyazaki’s own philosophies on the delicate balance that civilization must maintain with nature. Together with the ART OF PRINCESS MONONOKE, these volumes will be a thrilling way to revisit the landmark film and dive into the amazing details and story behind it.”

For more information on Studio Ghibli Library titles, please visit: www.viz.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.

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