Light Novel Review : Genshiken : Return of the Otaku / by Iida Kazutoshi & Kio Shimoku

Genshiken : Return of the Otaku / by Iida Kazutoshi & Kio Shimoku Based on the manga by Kio Shimoku Translated from the Japanese by Katy Bridges, 2010. Del Rey Manga/Kodansha Trade Paperback Edition, 2010 Originally published in Japan as Genshiken : Hairu Ranto no Yabo~Return of the Otaku, 2008 223 pages 978-0345516275 Stars: ★ … Continue reading Light Novel Review : Genshiken : Return of the Otaku / by Iida Kazutoshi & Kio Shimoku

Meta-Manga! Recommendations #MangaMonday

If you haven't heard the term "meta-manga" before, it's probably because I made it up. The modern use of the term/prefix "meta" generally refers to "x" about "x." I am very familiar with this concept because I work closely with "meta-data" which is "data" about "data." In the case of manga, a meta-manga would refer to … Continue reading Meta-Manga! Recommendations #MangaMonday

Manga Review: Kujibiki Unbalance by Shimoku Kio

Kujibiki Unbalance 1 by Shimoku Kio My rating: 4 of 5 stars Kujibiki Unbalance is the story written within the story Genshiken. If you aren't familiar with Genshiken, let me explain: Genshiken is a story about a college otaku club with a mixed group of interests (hentai, gaming, cosplay, doujinshi...). However, their most unifying source … Continue reading Manga Review: Kujibiki Unbalance by Shimoku Kio

Manga Review: Genshiken by Shimoku Kio

Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, Vol. 1 by Shimoku Kio My rating: 5 of 5 stars Genshiken is brilliant. And, one of my favourite manga indulgences. The artwork is beautiful and obsessively detailed -- and the story is hugely character driven. I'm impressed with Kio Shimoku's sense and understanding of … Continue reading Manga Review: Genshiken by Shimoku Kio