Welcome to another midweek manga review. This week, I’ll be taking a look at No. 6, Vols. 7 + 8, but first, some news…
- Viz’s Shonen Jump anthology will be adding three new series to it’s roster in the coming weeks as part of their “Jump Start” program.
- Speaking of Viz, they’ve begun releasing digital volumes of Kiyo QJO’s Zone-00. The series was previously published in the US by Tokyopop manga.
- Moyocco Anno, creator of Insufficient Direction, Sakuran and In Clothes Called Fat, has apparently opened an Instagram account!
- Lori Henderson of Manga Xanadu talks a bit about the recent resolution of the Amazon/Hachette standoff.
- Meanwhile, over at Haikasoru, they’re running a contest where four lucky winners will receive a copy of their latest novel Asura Girl by Otaro Maijo.
- And finally, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of Nov. 23rd.
And now, onto this weeks review of No. 6, Vols. 7 + 8…
Raised in the luxury of No. 6, a seemingly utopic city, Shion’s life changed forever when he helped a young fugitive by the name of Rat evade capture by the city’s authorities. Nearly a decade later Shion’s accused of murder and is forced to flee No. 6 with the help of Rat. No. 6, Vols. 7 + 8 sees the duo conduct a daring rescue operation, as they infiltrate No. 6’s Correctional Facility in hopes of freeing Shion’s childhood friend, Safu, from its depths. As they uncover the horrors of the Correctional Facility the duo are pushed to their physical and emotional limits as this manga adaption of Atsuko Asano’s light novels careens towards it’s climax in style, thanks to the visual stylings of Hinoki Kino!
After last weeks small delay, I’m back on track with my midweek manga reviews! This time around I’ll be taking a look at Kimagure Orange Road, Vols. 2 + 3, but first some news…
- More information regarding the Attack on Titan/Marvel cross over has come out, including the fact that it’s set to appear in the next few days in the pages of Brutus magazine in Japan.
- Over at Manga Xanadu, Lori Henderson has a nice write up about Vertical Comics upcoming digital releases for a number of their Tezuka series.
- Viz Media has opened it’s Fall 2014 Anime and Manga survey its anime/manga licensing survey. It’s rife with questions about buying, viewing and reading habits, and also has a section for license suggestions. Taking it will also give you a chance to win a $400 prize package.
- And finally, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of Nov. 16th.
And now, onto this weeks review of Kimagure Orange Road, Vols. 2 + 3..
Izumi Matsumoto’s classic 80s teen romance manga series continues with Kimagure Orange Road, Vols. 2 + 3! These volumes are full of the romantic comedy hijinks you’d expect, as missed signals, misunderstandings and more plague Kyosuke as he wrestles with his feeling for Ayukawa despite his ongoing relationship with her best friend, Hikaru. While the first volume felt a bit flat and bland, the humor and development in these two volumes helps with that problem tremendously, as does Matsumoto’s decision to grow out the supporting cast with in the form of Ayukawa’s boss at a restaurant, and by the introduction of Yuu, a childhood friend of Hikaru and Ayukawa’s who’s got designs on winning Hikaru’s heart.
Welcome to a belated midweek manga review! Apologies for the lateness of this, I was swamped under some school work. This week I’ll be looking at two volumes of Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail with my review of Fairy Tail, Vols. 40 + 41! But before we get to that, here’s a few news items that have caught my eye from this past week…
- The big news of the week which caught everyone by surprise, was the announcement of an Attack on Titan and Marvel Comics crossover!
- Zack Davisson, translator of Drawn and Quarterly’s Shigeru Mizuki manga releases, recently on appeared on NPR to discuss Japanese ghosts and his new book about them, Yurei: The Japanese Ghost.
- Last week saw staff and casting announcements for the upcoming Blood Blockade Battlefront anime. Studio BONES will be handling the production of the series, which is an adaption of Yasuhiro (Trigun) Nightow’s supernatural/sci-fi mashup manga. For those interested, the series is currently published in the U.S. by Dark Horse Comics.
- Just the other day Seven Seas confirmed plans to release two more Alice in the Country of… series.
- And of course, last but not least is, The New York Times Best Sellers List for the week for November 9th!
The extra days gave me more time to gather some news items it seems. Hopefully that won’t mean next week will be exceptionally sparse. Anyway! On to my review of Fairy Tail, Vols. 40 + 41!
For the last ten volumes, Hiro Mashima has introduced us to dozens of new characters and factions as part of the Grand Magic Games arc. Now, at long last, the arc reaches it’s climax as Fairy Tail battles not one, but seven dragons! There’s no rest for our intrepid heroes though, as the survivors soon find themselves targeted by a new threat emerging from the shadows!
I’m stepping out my comfort zone this Halloween to take a look at the latest Christopher Hart book on cartooning and illustration, and thankfully it’s perfect for the season!
Monstrously Funny Cartoons is the latest in a long line of “how to” books from Christopher Hart, focusing on helping artists to get the hang of rendering their favorite monster, zombies and more in a cute and cartoony manner.
Welcome to another midweek manga review! With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to take a look at the Yoshiki Tonogai’s horror/mystery series, Doubt, Vols. 1 + 2! But first, some news…
- The Beat rounds up several articles focusing on gekiga and alternative manga creators and series.
- First Katherine Dacey returns, and now Deb Aoki’s back with three reviews of her own as she takes a look at My Love Story, What Did You Eat Yesterday and Manga Dogs.
- Digital Manga’s latest Tezuka Kickstarter has caused quite a stir amongst manga fandom in the US. Deb Aoki posted a nice wrap up of some of the reactions to it’s ambitious goals.
- And of course, last but not least is, The New York Times Best Sellers List for the week for November 2nd!
And now, my review of Doubt, Vols. 1 + 2
The mobile phone game Rabbit Doubt is sweeping Japan! In it, players are “rabbits” who attempt to discover which player is the “wolf” before it’s too late. Among it’s many fans is Yuu, a highschooler about to attend a small gathering of other players. Unfortunately, for some the game of Rabbit Doubt isn’t limited to the digital world. Trapped in a seemingly empty warehouse, Yuu and his friends find themselves playing a real life game of Rabbit Doubt. Can they uncover the wolf in their midst before it’s too late? From Yen Press comes Yoshiki Tonogai’s, Doubt! The series takes elements from the slasher and whodunnit mystery genres and blends together in a entertaining series.
Welcome to another midweek manga review! This week I’ll be taking a look at the second and final volume of Hiro Mashima’s Monster Soul, but first, some news…
- During the recent New York ComiCon, Brigid Alverson managed to sit down with Takeshi Obata, artist of Deathnote, Bakuman and All You Need is Kill.
- Earlier in the week, Digital Manga began the latest of their Osamu Tezuka Kickstarter projects. This latest Kickstarter project is their most ambitious, with an eye towards publishing 31 volumes of manga, including Three-Eyed One, Wonder 3, Alabaster, Rainbow Parakeet and more.
- And of course, last but not least is, The New York Times Best Sellers List for the week for October 26th!
And now, the midweek manga review of Monster Soul, Vol. 2!
Created by Fairy Tail’s Hiro Mashima, Monster Soul is set in a world known as Elvenland following a war between Monsters and Humans. The Monster’s lost and are now forced to the edges of the world, shunning contact with outsiders. The series focuses on the adventures of an elite Monster squad from the war known as Black Air. The final volume of the series, Monster Soul, Vol. 2, finds the members of Black Air stumbling upon an injured human boy, Selsh. After hearing how a monster squad known as Drei Kommandos kidnapped the people of Selsh kingdom, the members of Black Air volunteer to help him in his quest to rescue them. They quickly discover that it’s a quest that will take them to Hell itself!
Welcome to another midweek manga review! This week I’ll be looking at 1980s romantic comedy, Kimagure Orange Road, Vol. 1, but first, there’s quite a bit of news out of New York ComiCon from this past weekend…
- Last Thursday Viz announced plans to release Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul and Go Ikeyamada’s So Cute It Hurts.
- Yen Press had a slew of license announcements at NYCC, among then were Chaika the Coffin Princess, Prison School, Alice in Murderland, a re-release of Kaoru Mori’s Emma, and many more.
- Meanwhile, Kodansha Comics announced plans to release a number of series as well. Highlights include Inuyashiki from the creator of Gantz, Hiroya Oku; the Fairy Tail spin off series, Fairy Tail: Blue Minstral; and CLAMP’s Tsubasa WoRLD CHRoNiCLE. The Kodansha Comics news doesn’t end there, as news/rumor site Bleeding Cool snagged a short interview with editor Ben Applegate about the Attack on Titan franchise.
- Vertical revealed plans to continue releasing the Attack on Titan light novels, with announcements of Attack on Titan – Before the Fall: Kyklo and Attack on Titan: Harsh Mistress of the City. Perhaps the biggest news out of Vertical, is the creation of Vertical Comics, an imprint focusing on their manga releases while Vertical, Inc. will return to their prose fiction roots.
- And of course, last but not least is, The New York Times Best Sellers List for the week for October 19th, which sees Vertical’s Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Vol. 7 taking the number one spot in a list with no less than four Attack on Titan books!
And now, the midweek manga review of Kimagure Orange Road, Vol. 1!
Originally created in the mid 80s, Izumi Matsumoto’s Kimagure Orange Road blends psychic powers, high school life, and teenage romance into a series that, as Jason Thompson put it in his House of 1000 Manga column, “was THE archetypal shonen rom-com”. Now, thanks to DMP and Emanga, this classic series is available for the first time in the US, and we’re finally able to take a look at the romantic misadventures of the love triangle made up of the secret psychic Kyosuke, the energetic tom-boyish Hikaru, and her best friend, the cool and aloof Ayukawa!