After undergoing an emotional trauma, Kae returns to school with a new attractive body that gains the attention of her handsome classmates. Sadly, for Kae this isn’t a blessing but a nightmare because her mild exterior hides a dark secret.. Kae’s a fujoshi who enjoys shipping her pretty boy classmates! Now Kae’s shipping fantasies are being derailed thanks to her newly attractive body! From Junko comes the comedy, Kiss Him, Not Me, Vol. 1!
It’s been a while, I know. Sorry about that, classes have been running me ragged. I’ve got something a little different for you today, a novel review! The news and manga reviews will be returning shortly, but for today I’ll be taking a look a Sword of Honor by David Kirk!
David Kirk’s Sword of Honor is the second book is series about the life the legendary Japanese swordsman, Minamoto Musashi. Beginning shortly after the last, major battle of Japan’s Warring States Period in 1600, it depicts the feud between Miyamoto Musashi and the esteemed Yoshioka Sword School in Japan’s former capital of Kyoto.
Sorry for the delay, but it’s better late then never, right? Plus, with NYCC going on, there’s plenty of news items out there as well! So enjoy a small news round up before taking a look at my thoughts on Vinland Saga, Vol. 6!
- Kodansha announces the Attack on Titan Anthology, featuring an all star line up of Western comics creators, including Faith Erin Hicks, Gail Simone and Scott Snyder! The full line up, along with some quotes and comments from the involved parties can be found in the link.
- Viz announced several new titles, including Tadatoshi Fujimaki’s Kuroko’s Basketball, Yuki Tabata’s Black Clover and Haruichi Furudate’s Haikyu!!. A full list can be found in the link.
- After much speculation, Netflix has officially confirmed that they’ll be streaming The Seven Deadly Sins starting on Nov. 1st.
- Vertical has announced plans to release the Kizumonogatari in Dec. along with plans to begin releasing digital “audio light novels” in 2016.
- DMP recently started it’s latest Osamu Tezuka Kickstarter for Wonder 3.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for October 18th.
And now, onto this week’s review of Vinland Saga, Vol. 6!
Makoto Yukimura’s viking saga returns with Vinland Saga, Vol. 6 and it doesn’t disappoint! After years of plotting, fighting and ruling England, King Canute’s plans near their end game as he finds himself mere days away from solidifying his rule of Denmark and England. Meanwhile back on the farm, Thorfinn and Einar find themselves nearing their own goal of attaining freedom, but an escaped slave throws that all into turmoil and Thorfinn finds his new pacifistic convictions put to the test.
This is easily one of my favorite manga series currently in print and this volume does wonders to show why that is. Between the absolutely gorgeous artwork and the themes of violence and vengeance, Makoto Yukimura has created an entertaining and engaging piece of work that fulfills all the eye candy and action needs, while also asking and taking a look at the cycle of violence and how realistic it is to believe that it can ever be broken.
School has thrown my weekly review schedule into turmoil, but I’ll keep cranking them out when I can! Until then, news and reviews ahoy!
- Digital Manga is preparing their next Osamu Tezukua Kickstarter campaign. The series? Wonder 3!
- In the wake of Dave Marshall taking over as Editor in Chief of Dark Horse, ANN reached out to editor Carl Horn to ask him about the company’s manga plans.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for October 4th.
And now, onto this week’s review of Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Vol. 3!
A new rival appears! as Ryu and the Supernatural Studies Club enjoy the fruits of his ability to switch bodies via smooching, student council member Nene Odagiri emerges to throw a wrench into their fun. With the threat of blackmail hanging over his head, Ryu finds himself slowly being drawn into the politics and power plays of the student council. From Miki Yoshikawa comes Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Vol. 3!
Well, I missed a week. Apologies for that, but better late than never? At any rate, here’s a Manga Monday review of A Silent Voice, Vol. 2, plus a few news items that caught my eye.
- Kawakubo Shintaro, the Kodansha editor assigned to Attack on Titan gave an interview in August where he talked a bit about Attack on Titan’s ending and it’s beginnings.
- The creators of Viz’s Ultraman manga, Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, have been announced as the creative team on a new Getter Robo manga.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for September 20th, which sees One-Punch Man, Vols. 1 + 2 take the top two spots.
And now, onto this week’s review of A Silent Voice, Vol. 2!
Yoshitoki Oima’s touching drama about bullying and it’s affects on both the bully and the bullied returns. Shoya Ishida has finally tracked down Shoko Nishymiya, the deaf girl who was the target of his bullying several years ago in the hopes of somehow making amends. Does Shoko Nishymiya want an apology though?
Not sure if it can be called a midweek review when it’s coming on Friday, but whatever it’s called, this is it! Before we get to this week’s review of Noragami, Vol. 5, some news.
- Waku Waku NYC was last weekend and Kodansha had some new titles to announce!
- Sticking with Kodansha for a minute, they’ve added their entire digital catalogue to the Comixology, meaning that there are now over 350 volumes from 53 Kodansha series available at the site.
- A few days ago, Gangsta creator Kohske took some time to respond to some questions from his English fans.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for September 13th, which sees Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 return its return to the list!
And now, onto this week’s review of Noragami, Vol. 5!
Intrigue, betrayal and tragedy abound in Noragami, Vol. 5 from Adachitoka! Kugaha, a resentful servent of Bishamon, continues to scheme against his mistress, spinning his web and luring other servants of Bishamon into doing his dirty work. However, even this master planner is surprised when Yato shows up on Bishamon’s doorstep!
Welcome to a very belated midweek manga review. It’s so late it should probably be called something else, but it won’t be because, reasons. Another fairly slow news week, but I still managed to ferret out a few stories to tide you over before heading off to this weeks review!
- Vertical has confirmed that they’ve licenses Maybe’s The Abandoned Sacred Beasts with plans to release is starting in May of 2016. The link to the ANN article includes more information plus a short, Japanese, promotional video.
- It was announced, in the latest issue of Afternoon, that Tsutomu Nihei’s Knights of Sidonia would be ending in the November issue. Vertical is currently releases the manga in the U.S. with volume 14 set for release later this month.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for September 6th. It’s the second week of a list without Attack on Titan, Vol. 1, which had enjoyed 110 straight weeks on the list!
And now, onto this week’s review of Ninja Slayer Kills, Vol. 1!
Neo-Saitama, a futuristic dystopia straight out of a 90s cyberpunk novel, is controlled by the ruthless Soukai Syndicate. On their path to domination their cybernetically enhanced ninja battled rival gangs, uncaring of the civilians caught in the middle of the bloody gang war. Now, one year later, their actions have finally caught up with them in the form of the enigmatic Ninja Slayer! From new comer Koutarou Sekine comes Ninja Slayer Kills, Vol. 1!