It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another midweek manga review! Today I’ll be taking a look at Attack on Titan, Vol. 13. First though, news!
- In licensing news, Yen Press announced that they’ve picked up Touya Mikanagi’s Karneval on their Twitter feed this past Friday.
- Udon took their Manga Classics Line to the librarians, by previewing the books at the ALA Annual Conference in Los Vegas.
- The Organization of Anti-Social Geniuses attended Vertical’s recent Knights of Sidonia event at Kinokuniya bookstore and had a chance to ask Vertical’s Ed Chavez some questions.
- And of course, The New York Times Best Sellers List for the week for August 16th.
And now this week’s featured review of Attack on Titan, Vol. 13!
With Attack on Titan, Vol. 13 Hajime Isamaya takes a break from the non-stop action of the last few volumes, and focuses in on the politics within the Walls. Still reeling from their losses while rescuing Eren, Erwin and the heads of the Survey Corp plot their next move. Unfortunately for them their enemy is a bit harder to detect than 15 meter high man eating Titans, as they soon come to realize that there may be no one within the walls they can trust!
Welcome to another review here at Sequential Ink! This week I’ll be looking at the returning MPD Psycho. First though, some items from the past week that caught my attention
- Late last week Shintaro Kawakubo, editor of Attack on Titan, let it slip that the series won’t be ending for another 3 to 4 years.
- Comics Alliance recently posted up a very interesting interview with Vertical’s Ed Chavez. It covers things ranging from the state of the manga industry in the US, to licensing decisions and more.
- Over at Manga Connection, Manjiorin wraps up her lengthy look at Swan with some final thoughts.
- The live action adaption of All You Need is Kill is apparently receiving another rebranding for it’s home release. Released as Edge of Tomorrow, the home release seems to be retitled Live Die Repeat instead.
- And of course, The New York Times Best Sellers List for the week for August 9th.
And now onto the review of MPD Psycho, Vol. 11!
After several years on hiatus, Eiji Otsuka’s and Sho-U Taijima’s bloody and convoluted tale of serial killers and conspiracies returns with MPD Psycho, Vol. 11! After such a long wait we return to the series with a tale set prior to the events of MPD Psycho, Vol. 1, which fills in some blanks, answers certain questions and raises even more. Old faces return as we learn more about Lucy Monostone and the events leading up to start of this twisting and winding series.
Welcome! This week I’ll be taking a look at Sankarea, Vol. 7, but before we get to that, let’s have a look at what news, announcements and other manga related tidbits have caught my eye this past week.
- Otakon was the past weekend, and while there wasn’t a lot of news coming out of it, Vertical did announce plans to publish A Sky Longing for Memories: The Art of Makoto Shinkai.
- Earlier in the week Al Jazeera ran an … interesting OpEd piece focusing on the sexualization of children in Anime/Manga.
- The latest “The Line is Drawn” column at CSBG features a number of anime/manga vs. comic book mashups. The Kenshin vs. Katana and Astro Boy vs. Magnus the Robot Fighter are my personal faves.
- And of course, The New York Times Best Sellers List for the week for August 2nd.
Without further ado, my review of Sankarea, Vol. 7!
After a few volumes off, it’s time to take a look at what’s happening with the romantic comedy/horror series that is Sankarea! With Bub’s condition worsening and acting as a potential prelude to what could eventually happen to Rea, Furuya and Rea take the plunge and agree to head off to the top secret zombie research facility that his uncle and Kurumiya have worked with in the past known as Zoma. Is this a case of the cure being worse than the disease, or will things go well for our duo?
Welcome and apologies for this slightly belated weekly review! This week I’ll be taking a look a the Yen Press release of Jack Frost, Vols. 7 – 9, but first, a few bits of pieces that caught my attention this past week.
- Long time manga blogger, critic and reporter Brigid Alverson writes up a rare review for Moyoco Anno’s In Clothes Called Fat.
- In the midst of con season, Seven Seas confirmed with ANN that they’ll be releasing three more Alice in the Country of Clover manga.
- And of course, The New York Times Best Sellers List for the week for July 26th.
And now, onto this weeks review of Jack Frost, Vols. 7 – 9!
About five years ago I read and reviewed the first volume of Jack Frost for the now defunct Manga Recon. At the time I was taken by the slick artwork and intense action scenes, but not much else. After all that time I’ve finally returned to the series with Jack Frost, Vols. 7 – 9. After so long and so many volumes, surely things have improved and the story’s developed nicely! For those who don’t know, Jack Frost tells the tale of a world between worlds known as Amityville. Here souls leave the karmic cycle and take part in the struggle for a being known as Mirror Image. This time around it’s young Noh-Ah, and her guardian in this strange afterlife has been the violent and enigmatic man known as Jack Frost.
Welcome to the weekly manga review here at Sequential Ink! Before we get this week’s review of My Little Monster, Vol. 2, let’s see what interesting tidbits we can dredge up from the San Diego Comi-Con flood, shall we?
- Udon Entertainment made a number of interesting licensing announcements this year, with their planned releases of the Kill La Kill manga and two Osamu Tezuka art books being the highlights for manga and anime fans.
- Drawn and Quarterly will be continuing to release works from Shigeru Mizuki, with his biographical manga Hitler, while also adding Tadao Tsuge’s Trash Market to their slowly growing library of manga.
- Kodansha also named two new series their 2015 line up, with the licensing of Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches and Let’s Dance a Walts.
- Elsewhere, Wired UK ran an interview with DC Editor Jim Chadwick and translator Sheldon Drzka regarding the decision and process of releasing Jiro Kuwata’s Batman manga in the west.
- Also, earlier today Seven Seas announced two new acquisitions in the form of the Servamp and 12 Beast series.
- And of course, The New York Times Best Sellers List for the week for July 5th.
And now, onto this weeks review of My Little Monster, Vol. 2!
When we last left Shizuku and Haru, their relationship had taken an odd turn as Haru rejected Shizuku’s request for a date, causing her to vow to make him love her! Robico’s My Little Monster, Vol. 2 picks up immediately after this and continues to explore the tangled and awkward relationship that Shizuku and Haru’s share, while adding further complications such as a potential romantic adversary, and ominous hint about Haru’s home life.
Despite the San Diego Comicon begin right around the corner, the reviews just keep on coming! This week I’ll be taking a look at One Punch Man, Vols. 1 + 2, but first a rather anemic look at news stories that caught my attention this past week. No doubt next week’s line up will be more robust in the wake of the con.
- This past week saw the unveiling of the first teaser trailer to the live action adaption of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s classic manga, Parasyte!
- A new live theatrical presentation is about to have it’s Boston area premier, Astro Boy and the God of Comics will combine aspects of traditional plays and “live cartooning” to tell the story of Osamu Tezuka and Astro Boy.
- And of course, The New York Times Best Sellers List for the week for July 12th.
With that brief interlude done with, it’s time for this weeks featured review of One Punch Man, Vols. 1 + 2!
ONE and Yusuke Murata’s superhero comedy, One-Punch Man, is something of a critical darling. It’s garnered high praise from many anime and manga fans, but despite this has yet to really breakthrough into the larger anime/manga community. The series tells the tale of Saitama, a young man who’s trained himself to become a nigh unbeatable superhero capable of defeating any foe with a single punch. Unfortunately such training and power has led him to nothing but incredible boredom, and a seemingly unending hunt for a challenge. Lovingly skewering both Western superhero conventions, shonen manga tropes and tokusatsu shows, One-Punch Man has the potential to be a break out hit, appealing to American comic book fans as well as manga readers.
Another Wednesday means another review! This week I’ll be taking a look at The Seven Deadly Sins, Vols. 1 + 2 from Kodansha. Before we get into that, here are a few news items that have caught my attention over the past few weeks.
- Over the weekend Guillermo Del Toro held an AMA on Reddit, where he fielded a question about manga and anime.
- Earlier this mont, Publishers Weekly caught up with manga creator Moyoco Anno and had a chance to talk to her about her various works.
- A few weeks back the classic anime series Doraemon began airing in the US. Around the same time the translation team of Matt Alt and Yoda Hiroko gave a presentation on the challenges of adapting the series for a US audience and James Singleton of Nippon.com was there to cover it.
- The Japan Times recently ran a short interview with Hiroshi Sakurazaka, author of Edge of Tomorrow/All You Need is Kill. He talks a little bit about the movie and manga adaption’s of his original novel.
- And of course, The New York Times Best Sellers List for the week for July 5th.
A lot of those stories were slated to be linked to in last week’s column, but due to the flood of manga news they got bumped back until now. Better late than never! With that done, it’s onto this week’s featured review of The Seven Deadly Sins, Vols. 1 + 2.
The land of Brittania is in turmoil! A group known as the Holy Knights have overthrown the King, forcing Princess Liones to seek help from the legendary group of knights known as The Seven Deadly Sins. Unfortunately for her, the group has been declared outlaws for nearly a decade following an attempted coup of their own. Struggling to save her kingdom Liones must track down these outlaws and uncover the conspiracy surrounding the Holy Knights actions, in Nakaba Suzuki’s The Seven Deadly Sins, Vols. 1 + 2.