Welcome to another midweek manga review here at Sequential Ink! This week I’ll be taking a look at Kanae Hazuki’s fascinating Shojo series in my review of Say I Love You, Vols. 3 + 4. First though, some news!
- Hours ago, Viz announced plans to release Fragments of Horror by Junji Ito in June of 2015. Junji Ito’s one of the most well known creators of horror manga in the US, with several of his works having been published over here in the last 10 years or so. In fact, this isn’t the first Junji Ito manga Viz has released, as they’re also currently home to Uzumaki and Gyo.
- Justin and Manjiorin of Organization Anti-Social Geniuses take a look at five common fears held by many US manga fans.
- DMP refuses to stay down despite their recent Kickstarter failure, and they prove that as they unveiled their newest Osamu Tezuka Kickstarter last week. This time around they hope to publish Osamu Tezuka’s Ludwig B, a two volume biography of Beethoven.
- And finally, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of Dec. 7th.
And now onto this weeks review of Say I Love You, Vols. 3 + 4!
Since the first volume, Kanae Hazuki has used Say I Love You to take a more realistic and grounded look into the love lives of teenagers. Say I Love You, Vols. 3 + 4 continue this trend, but striking a balance between more conventional shojo and her fascinating and, at times, disturbingly frank look at teen love is beginning to show it’s strain. Introverted loner, Mei, finds herself fending off new obstacles to her tender and awkward romance with the popular Yamato. This volume sees her struggling with Yamato’s burgeoning model career and struggling with her own desire to be with Yamato in a more romantic and intimate manner than she’s ever dared before.
Welcome to this pre-U.S. Thanksgiving edition of my midweek manga reviews! This week I’ll be looking at Brave 10, Vol. 4 by Kairi Shimotsuki and published by DMP. But first, some news!
- Last week it was revealed that Tsutomu Nihei’s Blame! would be receiving an anime adaption, but in an odd twist the adaption would be within the second season of Knights of Sidonia. The details became clear a few days ago with the release of the first trailer for Blame!
- How on the heels of the Marvel/Attack on Titan crossover, Marvel has announced that White Fox, a character created for a Marvel web series in Korea, will be appearing in Marvel’s American comics as part of the Avengers.
- And finally, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of Nov. 23rd.
With the news out of the way, it’s time for this week’s review of Brave 10, Vol. 4!
The fourth volume of Kairi Shimotsuki’s historical fantasy, Brave 10, furthers the continuing adventures of Saizo, Isanami, Sarutobi Sasuke and the rest of the warriors who comprise Yukimura Sanada’s Ten Braves, as they attempt to fend off attempts by rival warlords and their minions to capture Isanami and the mysterious power of the Kushitama. This volume features crazy monks, mysterious ninjas, internal rivalries and Saizo excerise a surprising amount of self awareness as the plot thickens and one of the Braves takes his leave.
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.