Welcome to yet another midweek manga review! This week I’ll be taking a look at Kodansha’s Your Lie in April, Vol. 1, but first some news…
- Seven Seas has announced that they’ll be releasing Ichigo Takano’s Orange.
- DMP’s Clockwork Apple Kickstarter has reached it’s first two stretch goals! Thanks to the first stretch goal, DMP will releasing a print copy of Brave Dan, and with the second stretch goal they’ll be reprinting Barbara as well.
- Speaking of manga Kickstarter campaigns, Shuzo Noguchi and Awesome Japan have launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance the completion and translation of his manga, The Reconds of Genshu.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for May 3rd.
And now, onto the featured review of Your Lie in April, Vol. 1!
Driven by his mother’s desire for success, young Kosei Arima was well on his way to becoming one of the most talented pianists in Japan until tragedy struck. His ill mother took a turn for the worst and passed away. The resulting trauma drove Kosei from the piano. Now, years later his world is empty and devoid of joy, or at least it was until an encounter with Kaori Miyazono, a violinist who will change his life forever. From Naoshi Arakawa comes the winner of the 37th Annual Kodansha Awards Best Shonen series, Your Lie in April, Vol. 1.
Sorry for the slight delay, as the end of the semester nears things have been a little hectic and I fell a bit behind schedule. Still, better late than never! So before we get to today’s review, have some news!
- With SDCC mere month away, the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have released their list of nominees. While most of the manga series appear in the “Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia” category, Massive Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It and Hello Kitty, Hello 40: A Celebration in 40 Stories have received nomination nods in other categories.
- After a nine month hiatus, CLAMP’s xxxHolic Rei returns to Weekly Young Magazine next week!
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for May 3rd.
And now, onto the featured review of All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 3!
After three bizarre volumes, Sho Hidaka’s comedy series,All-Purpose Chemistry Club comes to an end! Before it’s climax though, Ipponsugi, Akiyama, Boss and the rest of the gang must contend with talking eggs, relationship problems, health crisis and more!
Political maneuvering and plotting dominate Hajime Isayam’s Attack on Titan, Vol. 15, as the Survey Corps find themselves branded as outlaws and rebels. Being hunted down by the rest of the military and the enigmatic and deadly Interior MPs, the group is struggles to find a way out of the corner they’ve been painted into. Meanwhile Eren and Krista find themselves at the mercy of their kidnappers who promise to pull the curtain back on some of series longest running mysteries!
And we’re back… again. Sorry about the surprise skip day on Monday. Delayed con crud hit me hard and left me reeling. Hopefully now things will be back on track though! This week I’ll be taking a look at Knights of Sidonia, Vol. 13 from Vertical Comics, but first… an anemic looking news section!
- DMP’s Kickstarter for Osamu Tezuka’s Clockwork Apple has already met it’s goal! If the Kickstarter can meet it’s first stretch goal they’ll also publish Brave Dan for the first time in Englsh.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for April 19th.
And now, onto the featured review of Knights of Sidonia, Vol. 13!
As Nagate and the hybrid, Tsumugi, take part in a dangerous attempt to harness energy from a nearby sun, the Sidonia faces threats from ever nearing Gauna cluster ship and treachery from within as an old enemy makes his return. Tsutomu Nihei’s bizarre sci-fi, mecha, harem mash up series continues with Knights of Sidonia, Vol. 13!
And we’re back! After a small break for Anime Boston we’ll now be returning the regular two review a week schedule. Sorry about the small delay! Today I’ll be taking a look at Manga Dogs, Vol. 1 – 3 from Kodansha, but first, some news!
- Coming out of Anime Boston was a bevy of licensing announcements from Kodansha Comics. Among the new titles announced were Ninja Slayer Kills, Junji Ito’s Cat Diaries, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth P3, Shad ow of the Labyrinth P4 and Devil Survivor. Other highlights include plans to release a special editions version of Attack on Titan, Vol. 16 with playing cards and a slip cover from an unrevealed American comics artist.
- Anime Boston wasn’t the only convention occurring this weekend though! Over at Sakura-Con, Yen Press made several license announcements of their own! Among the titles they announced were Yowamushi Pedal, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun, Dragon’s Rioting, Aldnoah.Zero Season One and Sakura no Himegoto. They also rolled out a number of new digital titles as well.
- Elsewhere, DMP launched another Osamu Tezuka Kickstarter. This time around they’re hoping to raise funding for Clockwork Apple, an anthology of eight short stories.
- Meanwhile, Viz announced plans to release Grenadier and Red Hot Chili Samurai digitally. Both titles were previously published in the U.S. by Tokyopop.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for April 12th.
With that out of the way, it’s onto the featured review of Manga Dogs, Vols. 1 – 3!
At just 15, Kanna Tezuka has taken her first steps on the path to manga stardom! With her series, “Teach Me Buddha” being published she’s eager to work on her manga and jumps at the chance to join her school’s new manga program. Unfortunately her hopes for a decent learning environment and the chance to get some work done are dashed as Kanna soon finds herself stuck with three wannabe manga artists with their heads firmly in the clouds. Wackiness ensues in Manga Dogs, the latest series from Ema Toyama, the creator of Missions of Love!
Before we get to this Monday’s manga review, a quick programming note. Due to a combination of classes, homework and Anime Boston occurring this weekend I’ll be skipping the next two reviews. So, there will be no new review this Thursday, April 2nd, and there will be no new review a week from now on April 6th either.
Thank you, now onto this week’s manga Monday review!
As Erika Yoshino and the rest of the Anti Cyber Crimes Division close in on them, the four members of Paperboy gather as they attempt to assassinate Shitaragi, a member of the Japanese Diet. As their year long plan nears its climax, their motivations slowly become clear. Tetsuya Tsutsui guides his cyber crime thriller to a finale full of twists and turns in Prophecy, Vol. 3!
Welcome the latest midweek manga review! This week I’ll be looking at All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 2 from DMP, but first up a few news items.
- A few days ago the first teaser trailer for the One-Punch Man anime was released! The series will be produced by Madhouse and directed by Shingo Natsume. More cast and crew information can be found in the links.
- Speaking of trailers, late last week the first Attack on Titan live action movie trailer hit the internet, along with release dates for the first movie and its planned sequel.
- Last week Viz announced the return of Rei Hiroe’s Black Lagoon manga in April. If that wasn’t enough, Viz continues to add more series the digital comics sites Comixology as well.
- Translator and author Zack Davisson appeared on the latest episode of the “Let’s Talk Japan” podcast to discuss Japanese ghosts and more.
- And finally, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of March 29th.
And now onto this weeks review of All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 2!
The wild hijinks of Ipponsugi and friends continues in Sho Hidaka’s All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 2! More obstacles are thrown into Ipponsugi’s road to romance with his fellow classmate, Momiji as a rival club emerges to challenge the All Purpose Chemistry Club’s right to exist! If that wasn’t enough, camping trips gone horribly wrong, a mysterious and magical Christmas tree and more all provide plenty of challenges for Ipponsugi and the club to overcome.