Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro Vol. 1 by Nanashi

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

High school junior, only known as Senpai, ends up in the sights of sophomore Nagatoro. Senpai is a generally nervous, quite guy who keeps to himself and wants to pursue his interest in art in private. Nagatoro is his pretty and popular underclassman who is dead set on working Senpai up into a ball of nerves.

Don’t Toy With Me Miss Nagatoro plays on the trope of if someone likes you, they’ll pick on you. The manga is pretty funny and drawn well. The only downside is that the volumes are incredibly short.

Though the characters are in high school, I would say this is more for young adults and the older side of teenage.

Located in Manga (MANGA DON’T TOY)

Fangs by Sarah Andersen

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

I first came across Fangs as a webcomic a few years ago. Its characters are Elsie, a vampire, and Jimmy, a werewolf. The short, gag filled comics follow their love story.

I like Fangs because it’s cute. Short and sweet. I’ve been a fan of Andersen’s comics for a while, and I love how much energy and personality they toss into every panel. If you want to read something quick and full of heart, then Fangs is a good one to pick.

Located in Adult Graphic Novels (GRAPHIC ANDERSEN)

Deadpool Samurai by Sanshiro Kasama & Hikaru Uesugi

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

As a fan of manga and comics, Deadpool Samurai really is the best of both worlds. It’s fast-paced, action-packed, and worth your time. The writing for Deadpool as a character is as strong as it’s ever been, and the gags and fourth wall breaks really make this manga something special.

If you’re into superhero stories but want something a little less serious than contemporary American comics, Deadpool Samurai is a solid choice. It’s a fast read and legitimately funny. The age rating is for older teens, so if violence and innuendo aren’t really your thing, Deadpool probably isn’t the comic character for you.

Located in Adult Manga (MANGA DEADPOOL)

We Never Learn Vol. 1 by Taishi Tsutsui

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

In order to secure a full-ride to the college of his choice, Nariyuki Yuiga must tutor three of his classmates: Rizu Ogata is an ace with math and science, but can’t grasp humanities, Fumino Furuhashi is a humanities genius but can’t wrap her head around equations, and Uruka Takemoto is a swim star but struggles with academics in general.

We Never Learn is a cute slice-of-life/rom-com manga with some pretty funny gags and likeable characters. I’d recommend this to folks who like Nisekoi and Horimiya.

Available through the Bridges Library System

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask by Akira Himekawa

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

The moon is falling and only Link can stop calamitous descent!

Like the rest of the Zelda manga series, this truncated version of the Majora’s Mask story is exciting and gives Link a much-needed personality boost. While I wish it received the two-volume treatment like Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask still hits the major plot points and highlights one of the game’s more touching side quests.

The art is dynamic and fun and helps the story move along its three-day time limit to catastrophe at an impressively fast clip.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Animal Crossing: Deserted Island Diary by Kokonasu Rumba

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

You won’t need to have played Animal Crossing New Horizons to enjoy Deserted Island Diary. These quick, quirky stories perfectly encapsulate the hijinks of playing games with friends and encountering goofy characters.

As an Animal Crossing fan, most of the humor in this book lands. The art is pretty adorable too. If you like cute, quick, funny stories, Deserted Island Diary is a good one to pick up.

Located in Children’s Manga (J MANGA ANIMAL #1)

Beyond the Clouds by Nicke

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

Theo dreams of going on adventures like the ones from his favorite books, but that dream seems distant and unattainable. Until he finds Mia, an angel girl who’s lost a wing and her memories. Together, they’ll find a way to make Mia fly again and return her home.

Beyond the Clouds is a fantastical tale filled to the brim with beautiful artwork and a touching story of friendship. The world building is the best part about this story. Nicke does an excellent job of introducing characters, mysteries, and plot that propels the story forward at an engaging, quick pace.

This is a series I’d recommend to anyone.

Located in Teen Manga (TEEN MANGA NICKE)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood by Hirohiko Araki

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

In the late 1800s, a nobleman and his family suffer a carriage accident. A passerby intent on robbing them accidently becomes the nobleman’s savior. Years later, when the passerby’s son is a teen, he is sent to live with the nobleman, Lord Joestar, and his son. Little does the noble family know, the teen they welcome into their home is a conniving schemer looking to take the Joestar fortune for himself.

As someone who watches a lot of anime and reads a lot of manga, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has become a staple among fans, and for good reason. At this point in time, I’ve only read the first part of the Phantom Blood arc. I enjoy the art; it definitely feels of it’s time, the late 1980s, but it’s very expressive and detailed. The story immediately hooks you in. I see why everyone loves this series so much, because now I do too.

Located in Teen Manga (TEEN MANGA ARAKI VOL.1)

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

A “t” becomes an airplane, a “p” the Big Dipper, and an “o” the sun. Concrete poetry twists and turns the words of poetry into shapes or patterns to visually represent their subjects. In Raczka’s Wet Cement, twenty-one poems are bent, scattered, and zig-zagged across the pages of this poetry collection to create visually engaging poetry that asks readers to reassess their perceptions of the genre. Are poems word paintings, like Raczka suggests? Can a single word become a picture? Reading Wet Cement right-side up, upside-down, and backwards might help you find some answers.

Located in Children’s Nonfiction (J 811.6 RAC)

Digimon by Yuen Wong Yu

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

Tai and six other children suddenly find themselves in the digital world: a dangerous world full of monsters. With their trusted Digimon partners, these kids must survive the digital world and unravel the mystery of the black gears.

The Digimon manga follows the adventures laid out in the animated series. This is a great trip down memory lane for older fans and a great introduction to the series for newcomers. It is an older translation, however, so some of the wording is awkward or cut off. All in all, it is a faithful retelling of a wonderful story.