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Manga of the Month: The Morose Mononokean

October 1, 2015

The Morose Mononokean (不機嫌なモノノケ庵)
by Kiri Wazawa

narutaki_icon_4040 When a yokai attaches itself to you, who ya gonna call?

Ashiya find himself with an unintended supernatural companion after he helps a yokai one night. While in the high school infirmary, he spies a strange help wanted flier for an exorcist and decides to call. While on the call, Ashiya is asked for his location and then told to simply open the nurse’s office door. Instead of walking in to the hall, he ends up in a tea room with the aloof Mononokean Master Abeno.

After coming to understand his mistake with the first yokai he encountered, Ashiya becomes more sensitive to their requests. By the end of the first volume, Ashiya has become an apprentice to Abeno as he deals with yokai in the area and takes on requests from clients.

The stories of the yokai are tender portraits which tend toward melancholy as we come to understand them and their past connections. Ashiya’s naive helpfulness and Abeno’s matter-of-fact attitude lighten things up from time to time. And it is clear that mysterious Abeno has many secrets to share as the series goes on.

Wazawa’s yokai designs are well-crafted and have a tendency towards dramatic immensity. I’m looking forward to what the next will look like.

Following in the tradition of many great series about yokai, The Morose Mononokean adds a touch of humor and two more excellent personalities to the genre.

~ kate


The September 2015 Line-Up

September 30, 2015


narutaki_icon_4040 As fall simulcasting announcements ramp up, looks like Sunrise finally got the memo that we’d all like new Gundam streaming as soon as possible. How exciting!

hisui_icon_4040 The most amusing thing this month is probably all the on the nose porn titles from Digital Manga Publishing.

The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of new anime, manga, light novel, artbook licenses, streaming/broadcasting announcements, crowdfunding projects, anime/manga projects, and live-action anime/manga adaptions.

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The Speakeasy #069: Oakenshield—Reboots, Shield Hero, Ad Astra Per Aspera

September 28, 2015
Drink #069: Oakenshield
Reboots, Shield Hero, Ad Astra Per Asperais

Ongoing Investigations: The Rising of the Shield Hero vol. 1 by Aneko Yusagi, Aquarion EVOL vol. 3 by Shoji Kawamori and Aogiri, Yoroiden Samurai Troopers OVAs by Sunrise, Ad Astra Per Aspera ch. 1 by Kenjiro Hata.

Topics: “Depiction isn’t endorsement,” anime reboots.


And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:


  • 5 tablespoons mildly smoky Scotch
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp. Cynar
  • 1 tablespoon Toschi Nocello
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Fill a large glass with ice cubes and add all ingredients. Stir with a bar spoon until outside of glass is very cold. Strain into a stemless wineglass or an Old Fashioned glass.


Democracy of Comic Zenon

September 14, 2015

If you haven’t heard of Monthly Comic Zenon, you aren’t alone. However, it is time you took note since their website is posting manga in English for free and taking votes about what to do next. MCZ is ostensibly a seinen magazine but when you look at the full title list it feels more like a variety pack. It launched from the ashes of Weekly Comic Bunch with the likes of Testuo Hara (artist of Fist of the North Star) and Tsukasa Hojo (creator of City Hunter) both of who still have titles running in the magazine.

More and more Japanese manga publishers are taking the translation and distribution of their works online into their own hands. This certainly seems to work in the favor of fans and has opened up access to a lot of titles we might not see otherwise. So be sure to visit and vote!

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