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!
It’s midweek manga time! With Vinland Saga, Vol. 5 hitting this week, I thought now would be a good time to take a look at Vinland Saga, Vol. 4. First though, some news…
- Over the past seven days, Seven Seas has rolled out a slew of licensing announcements Since last Wednesday they have announced The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Bodacious Space Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace, Non Non Biyori, Pandora of the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn, Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto, Magika Swordsman and Summoner, and Freezing. That’s quite the list, click on the links for more details about each title.
- Meanwhile, in Japan, it’s been announced that after nearly 15 years Naruto will be reaching its finale in five weeks.
- In manga blogging news, Brigid Alverson’s long running Manga Blog is looking to get a new injection of life with the addition of Katherine Dacey as a contributor. The duo plans to continue with it’s traditional news and link roundup format, while also expanding into reviewing as well.
- Finally, The New York Times Best Sellers List for the week for October 12th.
And now, my review of Vinland Saga, Vol. 4.
In many series what happens the fourth volume of Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga would be the big climax that we’ve been waiting for. Everything from the previous volumes has been leading up to the seismic events of this volume which promise to change the face of the series. Big boasts to be sure, but they’re absolutely and totally valid. Prince Canute confronts his father, King Sweyn, as his forces conspire to place him upon the throne so that he may create his dreamed of Heaven on Earth since God won’t. Caught up in the political machinations of the royal family, Thorfinn’s quest for vengeance seems like a small and nearly forgotten piece in a much larger puzzle. Will he ever avenge his father’s death at the hands of Askeladd?
Welcome to another midweek manga review! This week I’ll be taking a look at Brave 10, Vols. 2 + 3. It’s been a bit of a slow news week, but there were still a few items that caught my eye.
- Roland Kelts authored a short article looking at some of the new markets for Japanese manga, with an eye towards India.
- Japan’s Sendai Airport will be sporting a 258 square foot mural from Katsuhiro Otomo, creator of Akira.
- Finally, The New York Times Best Sellers List for the week for October 5th.
And now, onto this week’s review of Brave 10, Vols. 2 +3!
Historical fiction is a genre that manga and anime seems to excel at. Of course, they tend to be pretty liberal with the fiction aspect, and Kairi Shimotsuki’s Brave 10 is no exception to this. Loosely based upon historical events and a group that may or may not have existed, the series follows the ninja Saizo Kirigakure, as he gets caught up with Isanami, a temple maiden who’s the sole survivor of a Tokugawa ninja attack upon her temple. Together the two find themselves caught up in the tumultuous events of the era. After the events of the volume one, the two find themselves aligned with the warlord, Yukimura Sanada, as he attempts to uncover the reasons behind the attack on Isanami’s temple and the secret behind the strange power she seems to wield.
Sorry for the slight delay with this weeks midweek manga review. Personal things got in the way, but hey, better late than never! This week I’ll be taking a look at The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Vol. 1, but first…
- Earlier this year, the Attack on Titan editor Shintaro Kawakubo went on record claiming that the series would be going on for years to come. This week Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama confirmed this, stating that he was now aiming for it to be a 20 volume series.
- This week’s installment of the Shonen Jump podcast features an interview with Hiroshi Sakurazaka, author of All You Nee is Kill, which was served as the basis for the Tom Cruise sci-fi action flick, Edge of Tomorrow. Sakaurazaka’s novel has also been adapted into an American graphic novel, and a two volume manga series as well.
- Tofugu.com ran an interview with Zack Davisson, author of the upcoming Yurei: The Japanese Ghost, focusing on Japanese ghosts, their place in pop culture and much more.
- The legendary Kazuo (Lone Wolf and Cub, Lady Snowblood)Koike will be a guest at L.A.’s Comikaze in late October.
- Finally, The New York Times Best Sellers List for the week for September 28th.
And now, onto this week’s review of The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Vol. 1!
Loosely inspired by a combination of historical events and Persian legend, Yoshiki Tanaka’s The Heroic Legend of Arslan is a long running series of fantasy novels set within a fantasy version of the Persian Empire along this world’s version of the Silk Road. This first volume of the series tells the tale of young Arslan, a prince of the kingdom of Pars, as he witnesses the fall of his kingdom, and comes courtesy of a co-production between Tanaka and Full Metal Alchemist creator, Hiromu Arakawa.
It’s time for the midweek manga review, here at Sequential Ink! This week I’ll be taking a look at Jormungand, Vol. 11, but first… the news!
- Yesterday saw Vertical release the first volume of the Attack on Titan: Before the Fall light novel series. To help promote the book, they posted a 10 page preview of the novel on their Tumblr.
- Viz adds CLAMP’s Suki: A Like Story to their digital line up. The three volume series debuts on the September 23rd and appears to be a digital only offering at the moment.
- Justin Stroman, founder of the Organization Anti-Social Geniuses, wrote the lengthy and interesting “Why It’s Worth It To Buy Manga” article for MangaBookshelf.
- The Reverse Thieves are holding a manga giveaway contest. Winners will receive Raqiya, Vols. 1 & 2 along with some other manga goodies.
- And of course, The New York Times Best Sellers List for the week for September 21st.
Without further ado, this week’s review of Jormungand, Vol. 11!
After ten volumes Keitaro Takahashi’s manga about war, arms dealing and more comes to its conclusion. Koko’s ultimate plan to end war stands revealed, but the fact that it’ll cost 700,000 people their lives causes Jonah to question it’s implementation.
- Welcome to another midweek manga review here at Sequential Ink! This week I’ll be look at Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 2, but first a few news items that have caught my eye.
- The Japanese magazine Da Vinci will be running a massive feature Attack on Titan in October. Part of the article includes a series of Attack on Titan pin ups from such luminaries as Oh! Great, Hiroki Endo, Kenishi Tachibana and Hiroaki Samura!
- This past week saw Attack on Titan win the Harvey Award for “Best American Edition of Foreign Material.” Previous manga winners in this category include Masashi Tanaka’s Gon, Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima’s Lone Wolf and Cub, Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha, and Katushiro Otomo’s Akira.
- And of course, The New York Times Best Sellers List for the week for September 14th.
Without further ado, this week’s review of Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 2!
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 2
Art by Satoshi Shiki, Story by Ryo Suzukaze, “Attack on Titan” created by Hajime Isayama, Character Designs by Thores Shibamoto
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)
As Kuklo and Sharle wait and plan their escape from the oppressive and abusive Inocencio family estate, outside forces conspire to force their hand ahead of time. Set some 70 years before the events of Attack on Titan, Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 2 continues to expand upon the history of Hajime Isayama’s hit series, and explore a previously unknown breach of wall Maria!