It’s still Thursday so it still counts as a midweek manga review! Apologies for the tardiness though. Very slow news week, but I still managed to find a few items of interest this week…
- After much waiting, Viz has announced a physical release date for One-Punch Man with the first two volumes set to be released in September.
- The Chinese Ministry of Culture released a list of 38 “blacklisted” anime and manga series. The series are banned in China in both print and online forms. Among the titles were Inferno Cop, Attack on Titan, Claymore, Parasyte and Afro Samurai.
- Earlier this year Marvel comics announced plans where almost all their books would receive manga variants covers this August. At the time no artists were named, but that’s changed. Marvel’s panel at the recently concluded New York Comic Con: Special Edition included news and images of two of the covers! House of M by Katsuya Terada, and Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #4 by Yusuke Murata! Except more cover images and names as August gets closer.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for June 14th, which marks Attack of Titan, Vol. 1’s 100th week on the list!
And now, onto the featured review of Witchcraft Works, Vol. 3!
From Ryu Mizunagi comes Witchcraft Works, Vol. 3 and the ongoing tale of Honoka Takaamiya, an ordinary high schooler until he finds himself dragged into a conflict involving many of his co-students who happen to be witches! Honoka’s life is further complicated as he learns that within him lies a powerful and mysterious witch known as Evermillion, making him a target for everyone!
While Yato struggles with a possible cure for Hiyori’s half ayakashi problem, something’s rotten in the house of Bishamon. Adachitoka turns their eye to what being a shinki entails, the problems that can arise with them, and their relationships with the gods in Noragami, Vol. 4!
Welcome to another midweek manga review! This week I’ll be looking Dream Fossil from Vertical Comics, but first, here are a few news items which caught my eye.
- Yesterday, Drawn & Quarterly announced plans to release a 7 volume collection of Shigeru Mizuki’s Kitaro stories! The series will include essays from the translator, Zack Davisson, who’s been handling most of D&Q’s Shigeru Mizuki’s releases.
- Viz announces the addition of three more titles to their digital library. The three series which were previously published in English by Tokyopop, are Welcome to the N.H.K., Metamo Kiss and AiON.
- Over at the Organization Anti-Social Geniuses, EiC Justin sat down with Kate the Manga Critic blog for a chat about manga and her return to the blogging scene.
- Comixology has added Marvel’s Free Comic Books Day offering, Secret Wars #0 to their offering of free digital comics. For those wondering why this is here, Secret Wars #0 also contains the Attack on Titan/Avenger crossover which was originally published in Japan’s Brutus magazine.
- Over at GoodReads, Kodansha Comics is running a giveaway for 10 copies of their upcoming release The Science of Attack on Titan. The contest end on June 30th, so head over their and enter while you can!
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for June 7th.
And now, onto the featured review of Dream Fossil!
Dream Fossil is a collection of fifteen short stories from early in the career of Satoshi Kon, the acclaimed director of Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress and Paprika. Available in English for the first time, these stories from the 80s and 90s range the gamut from sci-fi to slice of life and provide an interesting glimpse into the earliest beginnings of one of anime’s most gifted creators.
The men and women of Fairy Tail face their greatest challenge to date, when a group of demons known as Tartaros enacts a plan to destroy all magic in the world! Can Natsu, Grey, Erza and the rest defeat these powerful new foes? And if so, at what cost? Hiro Mashima pulls out all the stops to deliver a non-stop action adventure tale in Fairy Tail, Vols. 43 – 48!
Welcome to the latest midweek manga review! This represents a return to the two review a week schedule that I maintain whenever possible. It’s been a rather slow news week, but here are a few pieces that caught my attention…
- Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, the creators of Linebarrels of Iron and the recent Ultraman manga, will be attending SDCC! Viz will be releasing their Ultraman series later this year.
- Having just returned in April after a nearly one year hiatus, xxxHolic Rei is going on a one month break.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for May 31st.
And now, onto the featured review of My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 2!
More wacky hijinks as Yokoi tries to study and pay attention in class, only to be distracted time and time again by her classmate in the neighboring seat, Seki. Takuma Morishige’s delightful comedy series opens up and introduces us to new figures, classmates and some returning faces in My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 2!
Being a new transfer student is never easy, but for Shoko this is especially true to her deafness. Her lack of hearing quickly attracts the attention of Shoyo, a young boy who will do anything to keep himself entertained, including bullying Shoko relentlessly. I had heard some very good things about this series, but beyond the basic premise I really had no idea what to expect from it. What I got was a powerful and emotional tale about a bully and his victim. From Yoshitoki Oima comes the series that won her the “New Creator Prize” at the 19th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, A Silent Voice, Vol. 1
Welcome to another midweek-ish manga review! Today I’ll be taking a look at Cardfight!! Vanguard, Vol. 5 from Vertical Comics, my first taste of the series no less. First though, have a little news…
- Last weekend at Anime Central, Dark Horse announced a number of new licenses. Including RG Veda from CLAMP, Kentarou Miura’s Giganto Maxia and Kengo Hanazawa’s I Am a Hero among others.
- Speaking of I Am a Hero, Dark Horse Editor Carl Horn recently wrote about the series and revealed Dark Horse’s release plans for it.
- Seven Seas continues it’s seemingly endless licensing bonanza with Yoshihiko Inui’s Tomodachi x Monster.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for May 24th.
And now, onto the featured review of Cardfight!! Vanguard, Vol. 5!
From the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh! R and Bushiroad, comes Cardfight!! Vanguard, Vol. 5! Created as part of a multi-media franchise spanning CCG (collectable card game) series, video games and even a live action special, Cardfight!! Vanguard follows young Aichi Sendou as he enters the world of competitive card games! This volumes sees him wrapping up one duel, before taking on another challenge in the form of his friend and rival, Kai.