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 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!
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!
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!
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!