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.
After the dramatic fight that closed out the previous volume, Yato’s new Shinki, the spirit of a deceased which can become a weapon, Yukine struggles to adjust to the after life and his new role and relationship with Yato. Tempers flare and patiences begin to fray, and if attempting to reign in his smart mouthed, disrespectful Shinki wasn’t enough trouble for Yato, he also has the unfortunate luck of crossing paths with the warrior god Bishamon who’s got a score to settle with our favorite down on his luck deity! Adachitoka, the creative team behind Alive continue to explore their world of working class Gods and evil spirits while also shedding some light on Yato’s history with Noragmi, Vols. 2 + 3!
Welcome the latest midweek manga review from yours truly! This week I’ll be looking at All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 1 from DMP, but first some news…
- Vertical Comics has announced plans to publish Inio Asano’s A Girl on the Shore . They plan to release the two volume series as a single “omnibus” style book. Inio Asano’s has had several other works released in the US, with the Fantagraphics release of Nijigahara Holograph just last year.
- In other licensing news, Yen Press has picked up Tsutomu Satou’s Irregular at Magic High School light novel series.
- Meanwhile, Sukagawa, Japan honors Ultraman with the unveiling of not one, but four statues! The city is the birthplace of Ultraman creator, Eiji Tsuburaya and all four statues have been placed on the street he once lived on.
- And finally, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of March 22nd.
And now onto this weeks review of All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 1!
Sho Hidaka’s All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 1 is, ostensibly, a romantic comedy about Ipponsugi Kaede, a high school student with a crush on his classmate Akiyama Momiji. In the hopes of wooing her and winning her affections he joins a club she’s in which is… odd. Lead by a hooded student known only as “Boss” the club leads him to wacky encounters with ghosts, aliens, rampaging komodo dragons and more. With so much insanity and seemingly random occurrences, will romance bloom for our beleaguered hero and heroine?
Student Watanuki has an odd job. He works for the mysterious Yuko in her mystic shop which is visitable only to those who need her services. Over the course of these two volumes Watanuki and fellow student Domeki aid and observe Yuko as she tends to the various customers and the supernatural problems they bring with them, but even then there’s more going on than meets the eye. Clamp returns to one of their recent hit series with xxxHolic Rei, Vols. 1 + 2!
Apologies for the delay in this week’s midweek manga review… Well, I can’t really call this a midweek review when it lands on a Firday, huh? Call it what you will, but it’s here! Before you take a look at Prophecy, Vol. 2 from Vertical Comics, have some news…
- ICv2 is reporting a second of year growth for the North American manga market. The article cites Attack on Titan as a big driver of sales, but also mention that Viz’s shojo manga sales have risen.
- Sticking with ICv2, they recently ran a two part interview with Dark Horse’s CEO Mike Richardson, Director of Licensing Michael Gombos, and manga editor Carl Horn.
- On the, “oops I missed it” licensing news front, Viz’s Shojo beat will be adding Amu Meguro’s Honey So Sweet, and Akaza Samamiya’s Bloody Mary to their line up.
- It was recently announced that ONE and Yuusuke Murata’s One-Punch Man will be receiving an anime adaption, with more information and a promotional video appearing at Anime Japan 2015 later this month. Considering how amazing some of the visuals in that series is, it’ll be interesting to see how the anime looks.
- On a more somber note, Yoshihiro Tatsumi passed away last week. He was a pioneer of the gekiga, whose works have earned such honors as Angoulême’s Prix Regards slue monde award in 2012, and the Osamu Tezuka Cutlture prize in 2009. Several of his works have been released in the U.S. by Drawn & Quarterly, including A Drifting Life, Black Blizzard and Abandon the Old in Tokyo.
- And finally, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of March 22nd.
And now onto this weeks review of Prophecy, Vol. 2!
In a story that could be ripped from today’s headlines, Tetsuya Tsutsui’s Prophecy, Vol. 2, follows the Lieutenant Yoshino and Japan’s Anti Cyber Crimes Division getting ever closer and closer to uncovering and capturing the identity of the enigmatic cyber terrorist known only as Paperboy. As his attacks become more political and more high profile, one of his accomplices faces a crisis of conscience that could prove to be Paperboy’s undoing!