What is Taykobon?

Taykobon is your home for the latest in coverage of manga, light novels, and anime. "Taykobon" is a play on the Japanese word tankōbon, which is usually to describe a single volume of manga. Originally based on anitay.org, we've been going at it since dropping our first review in April, 2015, and we have no plans for stopping any time soon. 

Our Staff:

Matt | Managing Editor | matt@taykobon.com

Matt is a broke law student by day, broke law student by night, and one of the managing editors of Taykobon in his dwindling spare time.  Although his favourite series tend to be shonen adventure series, he also has a soft spot for slice-of-life shojo romances. He enjoys following the manga industry, and enjoys watching hockey and baseball in his other nonexistent spare time. You can find him on Reco under the handle @manga. 

Matt is responsible for coordinating our reviews of print manga and light novel releases, as well as site operations. If you're a publisher looking to send materials in for review, he's the one to contact. Anyone interested in writing for Taykobon or submitting a review can also email him. 

Favourite series: Bakuman (manga), Your Lie in April (anime)

Favourite author: Io Sakisaka

Michael | Managing Editor | michael@taykobon.com

Michael is currently pursuing degrees in Japanese and History, and is a seasoned expert on the term "between a rock and a hard place". In his theoretical spare time, he would probably enjoy watching anime, reading light novels/manga, and haphazardly throwing his opinions at the internet to see what sticks. A fan of genres ranging from Metal to J-Pop, Michael never shuts up about music and awaits the latest songs from the likes of Babymetal, Weaver, and Sayuri with great anticipation. He enjoys a good dramatic story, be it action-packed or romance-filled, but really any genre will do. If any of the above details sound up your alley, feel free to follow him on Twitter @protonstorm or just continue reading his reviews on Taykobon.

Michael is responsible for coordinating our anime coverage, as well as for running our digital light novels reviews. 

Favorite series: Noragami (manga), Shin Sekai Yori (anime)

Favorite Author(s): Adachitoka

Charlene | Logo & Graphic Design | Art Direction

Charlene is a Toronto based artist and graphic designer. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto with High Distinction. She doesn't read manga very often, but does enjoy Inio Asano's works such as Goodnight Punpun and Solanin. You can find her website at charlenelo.com. 

Alex | Contributor

Alex spends his days watching anime and playing video games, with some manga and light novels on the side, and maybe even attending classes if any time remains. He has a wide taste in genre, but generally prefers plot-driven dramas in sci-fi or fantasy settings (or a really cute romance). He can be found on Twitter @GrexEleven, and on YouTube as Grex.

Ben | Contributor

Ben finds it immensely difficult to describe himself so he'll be talking about his love for manga and anime instead. A fan of anime and manga since he first laid eyes on "Sailor Moon", he mostly writes Anime Series Blogs and the occasional manga review. While suspense and mystery are his genre of choice, he's always on the lookout for the next soothing Slice-of-Life series. He can be found on Twitter @TheGespenst where he regularly talks about his favourite manga and anime in over-excited, yet eloquent(?) ways.

Favourite series: Shaman King (manga), Tsuritama (anime)

Favourite author: Hirohiko Araki

Dil | Contributor

If one were to poll those who were friends with or worked with Dil on a single word to describe him, the result would almost unanimously be “eager”. Constantly reading and writing in his sparse free time, he looks to better his craft however he can. This transitions well into his interests in sports (particularly distance running), as he signs up for a wide range of events as frequent as his schedule allows. While he loves getting analytical about manga and anime, he has a huge soft spot for the slice-of-life/comedy genres.

Favorite Series: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (Manga), Cowboy Bebop (Anime)

Favorite Author: Nisio Isin

Evan | Contributor

Evan currently contributes light novel reviews as well as manga reviews from time to time. He is a big fan of the Is it Wrong to try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon, Spice & Wolf, as well as numerous other anime, light novel, and manga series. 


Greg | Contributor

Jordan | Contributor

A recent convert to the world of manga, Jordan has expanded his love of games and animation into a new love of graphic novels. A student of ancient history, he crams his days with videogames, movies, anime, manga, blogging and numerous podcasts, whenever he gets a chance between his other social obligations. Other interests include theology, philosophy, cosplay,  and camping. You can find him on twitter under the alias of @KrakkenGuides. 

Favorite Manga Series: Ancient Magus' Bride and Naoki Urasawa's Monster.

Patrick | Contributor

Patrick is an anime and manga fan who enjoys playing games, martial arts, and various sports including lacrosse and hockey. His title may be "Contributor," but we all know it's just one of those monkeys trying to replicate Shakespeare - who knows how he got to writing about anime. Mostly Patrick enjoys mysteries/thrillers/psychologically-focused works, but really anything is good. Even if it's bad. He doesn't have any social media, so here's a pre-preemptive apology for all the fan mail you are dying to send him: "meh."

Favorite Series: Tokyo Ghoul (manga), Ergo Proxy (anime)

Favorite Author: Inio Asano

Review Policy:

Taykobon receives products (books, etc) from publishers, developers, retailers and other sources free of charge on occasion. If provided, these products are for the sole purpose of reviewing the product by a reviewer affiliated with Taykobon, giving our subjective opinion to our readers. Any review copies are provided specifically to Taykobon for review by our team.

Sending a product to Taykobon does not guarantee a review. Taykobon maintains complete discretion as to which products they review. Chances are that anything recently released that is reviewed by us, particularly manga or light novels, are from a review copy. 

Taykobon receives no monetary compensation in exchange for their reviews of products provided for free, nor does Taykobon accept any compensation, monetary or other, in order to influence a review’s outcome.

"Scanlation" Policy:

Taykobon does not endorse illegal uploads of images of any materials ("Scanlations"). Any images of review material or ongoing series are from the official release in either English or Japan. Scanlations are strictly illegal and are a violation of international copyright law. We reserve the right to delete any comments that contain any reference to scanlations. Please support the industry by buying legally. 

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