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?
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.
- 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!
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! 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 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.
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.