Why I Think Given is a Better Anime than A Manga

I feel like a lot of viewers may be sleeping on Given. It’s a surprisingly good character-driven drama. I am enjoying a lot and I enjoy neither drama nor romance. It’s just well written. It’s also really well adapted. I’m currently reviewing the season with Karandi and you can check out our reviews below. After … Continue reading Why I Think Given is a Better Anime than A Manga

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Natsume’s Book of Friends Manga Review Volume 16

Helping Our Friends We're back with the next volume of Natsume's Book of Friends and I absolutely loved this one. Okay, I love all of them, but this one seemed extra-special. Natsume always feels like he is taking without giving anything back, which isn't true but it is how he feels, and he's incredibly grateful … Continue reading Natsume’s Book of Friends Manga Review Volume 16

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 15 Review

Striving Toward Impossible Goals With most of my reviews of the various volumes of Natsume's Book of Friends I've tried to find a common theme that links the stories or ideas. Unfortunately I came up short in volume 15. Not because the volume isn't great, but because each story has its own distinct tone. That … Continue reading Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 15 Review

The Benefits and Pleasure of Reading Light Novels

Normally this is the time of week I'd have a light novel or manga review and I certainly have more than a few books stacked on my desk and ready for their reviews to be written or finalised. However, recently I was asked what I enjoyed about reading light novels and it made me start … Continue reading The Benefits and Pleasure of Reading Light Novels

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 13 Review

Available on the Book Depository (Affiliate Link) It has been awhile since I've written a Natsume review and I've now got quite the stack of books to catch up on as I'm now at volume 17 and hungry for more. That said, I absolutely loved volume 13 (big surprise). I will admit, my most recent … Continue reading Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 13 Review

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 12 Manga Review

Natsume's Book of Friends Volume 12 Cover

Relying on and Reaching Out To Others We all know Natsume is a bit cut off emotionally. Volume 12 does an excellent job of showcasing the relationships he's forged as well as pushing him to realise he cannot do everything alone and nor does he really want to. It is a great collection of stories … Continue reading Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 12 Manga Review

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 11 Manga Review

Natsume's Book of Friends Volume 11 Cover

Two stories in this volume. The first has Taki, Tanuma and Natsume all together and facing a yokai at Taki's house. The second takes us on a journey to see Natsume's past.

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 10 Manga Review

Natsume's Book of Friends Volume 10 Cover

Natori is back and that always makes things complicated. Volume 10 of Natsume's Book of Friends is divided into two stories. The first covers chapters 37 and 38 and is called 'False Friend' and the second, covered in chapters 39 - 41 is 'The Harvest Festival'. Both of these stories appeared in the anime and … Continue reading Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 10 Manga Review

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 9 Manga Review

Natsume's Book of Friends Volume 9 Cover Art

This volume has two stories and both were in the anime and pretty awesome. Then again, any story that involves matoba is sure to get my attention and the fur ball in the other story is all kinds of cute.

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 8 Manga Review

Natsume's Book of Friends Volume 8 Manga Cover

We're back with another fantastic volume of Natsume's Book of Friends. The story just keeps getting better and as Natsume has more and more encounters with yokai he becomes a more nuanced and interesting character. With each volume better than the last I just have to wonder where this series will peak.