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reviewed Pokémon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl.... October 11, 2011
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Pokémon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl/Platinum, Vol. 1
This volume is set in the Sinnoh region, and we are introduced to three new characters. The female lead, who looks a lot like Dawn from the anime series, is simply known as "Lady Berlitz." Pearl …
reviewed Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 10. October 10, 2011
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Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 10
This volume opens with Professor Oak looking for another trainer to help him fill up a Pokedex and collect more information on Pokemon. Bill places an ad for Professor Oak, and it is answered by a young …
reviewed RomeoxJuliet Omnibus. October 10, 2011
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RomeoxJuliet Omnibus
At the beginning of the story, Leontes Montague massacres everyone in the Capulet family except for a young Juliet. After the death of the Capulets, Montague rules over Neo Verona with a tyrannical hand. …
reviewed Sailor Moon, Vol. 1. October 10, 2011
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Sailor Moon, Vol. 1
The main character of Sailor Moon is Usagi Tsukino, a clumsy 14-year-old who's also a bit of a crybaby. One day, she encounters a black cat with Band-Aids on its forehead. Usagi removes the Band-Aids …
reviewed Maid Sama! Vol. 1. October 03, 2011
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Maid Sama! Vol. 1
The main character of Maid Sama! is a 16-year-old girl named Misaki Ayuzawa. She's the student council president at Seika High School, which had been an all-male high school until it became a co-ed …
reviewed Aqua, Vol. 1. September 25, 2011
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Aqua, Vol. 1
Aqua is a prequel to the Aria manga series. It takes place on the planet Aqua, which was one the planet Mars; at the time this story is set, it has been 150 years since Mars underwent terraforming. The …
reviewed Ranma 1/2, Vol. 4. September 25, 2011
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Ranma 1/2, Vol. 4
In this volume, we meet a character named Gosunkugi, a boy who is infatuated with Akane; he also harbors a grudge against Ranma, since Ranma is supposed to be Akane's fiancé. Gosunkugi teams …
reviewed Naruto: 3-in-1 Edition, Vol. 1 (Uzuma.... September 22, 2011
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Naruto: 3-in-1 Edition, Vol. 1 (Uzumaki Naruto / The Worst Client / Dreams)
WARNING: This review may contain potential spoilers.      The first volume of the Naruto 3-in-1 releases combines the first three volumes of the Naruto manga into one edition. Like …
reviewed Tears of a Lamb, Vol. 4. September 19, 2011
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Tears of a Lamb, Vol. 4
In this volume, we get to know a new character introduced at the end of Volume 3; it turns out he is Kei's cousin, Shinogu. During one of Kei's conversations with Kanzaki, we learn a little more …
reviewed Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 9. September 18, 2011
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Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 9
This volume opens with Gold encountering a mysterious masked opponent, and the two of them have a battle. Gold also has a run-in a Pokemon that paints on his face while he's asleep; this encounter …
reviewed Ranma 1/2, Vol. 3. September 13, 2011
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Ranma 1/2, Vol. 3
This manga was published as a flipped version, meaning that it reads like an American book instead of a traditional manga.      In this volume, we see the conclusion of the martial …
reviewed Tears of a Lamb, Vol. 3. September 12, 2011
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Tears of a Lamb, Vol. 3
Where the first two volumes focused a lot on developing the protagonists, this volume focuses more on providing development for some of the minor characters; in particular, more backstory is provided …
reviewed Tears of a Lamb, Vol. 2. August 29, 2011
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Tears of a Lamb, Vol. 2
Where Volume 1 put a lot of emphasis on developing Kei's backstory, the majority of Volume 2 is devoted to Kanzaki. The main bulk of the story in this volume takes place at their school's Summer …
reviewed Ranma 1/2, Vol. 2. August 29, 2011
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Ranma 1/2, Vol. 2
In this volume, a secret about Ryoga is revealed, the little pig P-chan is introduced, and we are also introduced to Kodachi, the Black Rose. Kodachi is a rather wicked character, and it turns out she …
reviewed Bleach (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 1. August 25, 2011
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Bleach (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 1
The first volume of the Bleach 3-in-1 releases combines the first three volumes of the Bleach manga into one edition. Unlike, the VIZBig editions of Inuyasha and Dragon Ball, the physical height of the …
reviewed Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 8. August 22, 2011
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Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 8
This volume begins the Gold and Silver Arc of the Pokemon Adventures manga. In this volume, the only characters from the first seven volumes to make an appearance are Professor Oak and Bill. Instead, …
reviewed Astro Boy Volumes 1 & 2. August 21, 2011
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Astro Boy Volumes 1 & 2
The manga published in this volume are not in chronological order. It starts with the story about the birth of Astro Boy, which was published in 1975; however, Tezuka created the manga in 1951. This origin …
reviewed Dragon Ball, Vol. 1 (VIZBIG Edition). August 15, 2011
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Dragon Ball, Vol. 1 (VIZBIG Edition)
The first volume of the Dragon Ball 3-in-1 releases combines the first three volumes of the Dragon Ball manga into one edition. In addition to putting three volumes into one book, the physical size of …
reviewed Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 7 (2nd Edition). August 10, 2011
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Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 7 (2nd Edition)
This volume features the climax of this story arc, which tends to be referred to as the "Yellow" arc. Over the course of this volume, the battles with Lorelei, Bruno, and Agatha are resolved. …
reviewed Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 6 (2nd Edition). July 25, 2011
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Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 6 (2nd Edition)
This volume sees an unlikely alliance between our heroes (Blue, Yellow, Green, Bill, and Blaine) and Team Rocket commanders/gym leaders Sabrina, Koga, and Lt. Surge. They are broken up into four pairs …
reviewed Dragon Drive, Vol. 6. July 24, 2011
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Dragon Drive, Vol. 6
This volume of Dragon Drive continues from where the last volume left off, with Reiji and Hikaru competing in the auction for Shinsaber. The remainder of the tasks for the auction, as well as determining …
reviewed Dragon Drive, Vol. 5. July 22, 2011
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Dragon Drive, Vol. 5
This volume of Dragon Drive introduces three new characters named Koryu, Silver and Hysteric Rose. We meet Koryu at the beginning of the volume, while Silver and Hysteric Rose are introduced near the …
reviewed Dragon Drive, Vol. 4. July 20, 2011
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Dragon Drive, Vol. 4
This volume of Dragon Drive introduces new characters named Maguna and Taiyo. During this volume, we learn there's more to Taiyo than there appears at first. It's also revealed that there is a …
reviewed Dragon Drive, Vol. 3. July 18, 2011
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Dragon Drive, Vol. 3
This volume of Dragon Drive sees Reiji, Maiko, Daisuke, Meguru, and Rokkaku headed to the Dragonic Heaven Competition in Rikyu. The winner of the competition will get the Jinryu Stone as a prize. When …
reviewed A Distant Neighborhood, Vol. 1. July 15, 2011
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A Distant Neighborhood, Vol. 1
The volume opens with a 48-year-old businessman named Hiroshi Nakahara heading on his way home from a business trip. He doesn't feel his best, and he manages to get onto the wrong train. However, …
reviewed Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 5 (2nd Edition). July 11, 2011
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Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 5 (2nd Edition)
This volume starts out with Yellow doing some training with Blue; in the process, Yellow acquires a Caterpie, and his Rattata evolves into Raticate. After learning what he can, Yellow tries to go to Vermillion …
reviewed BakéGyamon, Vol. 4 (Bakegyamon). July 06, 2011
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BakéGyamon, Vol. 4 (Bakegyamon)
Volume 4 begins with London starting into his next round. It turns out his opponent is Gen Ohkuma, an old friend of London's who played music with him. This is followed by a battle between Yukinoshin …
reviewed BakéGyamon, Vol. 3 (Bakegyamon). July 04, 2011
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BakéGyamon, Vol. 3 (Bakegyamon)
This volume starts exactly where Volume 2 ended, with Sanshiro and Mohawk starting into a "Pushing Buns" contest. During the course of this volume, Sanshiro battles against Mohawk, London battles …
reviewed Dragon Drive, Vol. 2. July 03, 2011
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Dragon Drive, Vol. 2
This volume of Dragon Drive starts with Reiji running into Agent L, the woman who serves as the announcer during the tournaments. She offers to left Reiji train in a special room, so Chibi can become …
reviewed BakéGyamon, Vol. 2 (Bakegyamon). June 20, 2011
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BakéGyamon, Vol. 2 (Bakegyamon)
This volume starts exactly where Volume 1 concluded, with Sanshiro trying to complete the stage of the game that he's in. During the course of this volume, Sanshiro competes in two more stages; he's …
reviewed BakéGyamon, Vol. 1 (Bakegyamon). June 19, 2011
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BakéGyamon, Vol. 1 (Bakegyamon)
The main character of the series is Sanshiro, an energetic young man who lives on a small island with his grandparents. Sanshiro wants to become an explorer, like his father; he also longs for adventure. …
reviewed Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 4 (2nd Edition). June 17, 2011
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Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 4 (2nd Edition)
Two years have passed since the events at the end of Pokémon Adventures Volume 3. Red receives a challenge for a battle, which he accepts and leaves Pallet Town to do so. A month passes, and Red …
reviewed YU-GI-OH!: GX, Vol. 1 (Yu-Gi-Oh! (Gra.... June 14, 2011
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YU-GI-OH!: GX, Vol. 1 (Yu-Gi-Oh! (Graphic Novels))
The main protagonist in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is Jaden Yuki. He's seen as a slacker, and is in the lowest ranking dorm at Duel Academy; this dorm would be Slifer Red. Even though he's a slacker, Jaden …
reviewed Soul Eater Volume 1. June 13, 2011
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In the world of Soul Eater, there are weapon meisters who have at least one human weapon; as the name implies, a human weapon is a weapon that takes on human form.  The goal of a meister is to turn …
reviewed Oishinbo: Sake: A la Carte. June 12, 2011
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Oishinbo: Sake: A la Carte
Oishinbo: Sake: A La Carte is a compilation of some of the stories from the Oishinbo manga series that deal with the topic of sake. From what I've read, the original Oishinbo manga spanned over 100 …
reviewed Fruits Basket Ultimate Edition Volume 1. June 06, 2011
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Fruits Basket Ultimate Edition Volume 1
Fruits Basket Ultimate Edition Volume 1 combines the first two volumes of the Fruits Basket manga series into one edition. In addition to putting two volumes into one book, the physical size of the book …
reviewed Pokemon Adventures Volume 3. June 04, 2011
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Pokemon Adventures Volume 3
This volume starts out with Red and Blue joining forces, albeit reluctantly, to rescue the kidnapped Professor Oak from Saffron City.  Green manages to join in the proceedings without the boys realizing …
reviewed Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 2 (2nd Edition). June 03, 2011
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Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 2 (2nd Edition)
This volume introduces a female character named Green, a character who appears in the video games, but does not have an anime series counterpart. Green is a con artist and a thief, and her first appearance …
reviewed Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 1 (2nd Edition). June 03, 2011
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Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 1 (2nd Edition)
My main familiarity with Pokemon comes from the anime series, so this manga has a very different feel for the Pokemon property for me. Instead of Ash, the main character is named Red; however, the way …
reviewed Inuyasha, Vol. 2 (VIZBIG Edition). March 28, 2011
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Inuyasha, Vol. 2 (VIZBIG Edition)
This second volume of the Inuyasha 3-in-1 VIZBIG edition includes volumes four through six of the original Inuyasha manga. Ths volume includes one of my favorite stories from Inuyasha (the one about the …
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