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!
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.
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?
Kotoura and her friends struggle to deal with their involvement in a string of killings and come up with a plan to aid the police investigation. Time waits for no man or woman however, and Summer is fast approaching with its promise of fun in the sun… Assuming that Kotoura and her friends survive that long, that is! After the surprisingly dark turn of Kotoura-San, Vol. 2 with the introduction of a serial killer plot line, Enokids slowly begins to turn things down a notch as he returns to the series’ adorable, relationship based, comedic roots in Kotoura-San, Vol. 3!
Welcome to another midweek manga review! This week will see an end to Kairi Shimotsuki’s Brave 10, but before we get to that have some news!
- Viz Editor, Hope Donovan, recently down with the comics site Panels to answer 10 questions.
- Starting in September, Dark Horse will be re-releasing Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy in an omnibus format!
- In light of my recent reviews of the first two volumes, I thought it was worth noting that Enokids’ Kotoura-San will be ending in Japan with the April release of volume seven. DMP currently has volumes 1 – 3 available through Emanga.com.
- As part of the advertising campaign for the Japanese release of 24: Live Another Day, Fairy Tail creator Hiro Mashima drew Jack Bauer.
- And last but not least,, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of Feb. 21st.
And now onto this weeks review of Brave 10, Vols. 7 + 8!
After 8 volumes Kairi Shomotsuki brings the Brave 10 to an end. After protecting Isanami and her mysterious power from a number of different warlords, Sanada has finally assembled all 10 of his warriors only to be faced with a betrayal from within. This betrayal was merely a prelude to an all out assault from the Iga Grotesque Five, an elite group of ninja led by Hattori Hanzo with designs on capturing Isanami and using her power to change the fate of the world. It all hangs in the balance with this final two volumes full of blood, action and battles!
Welcome to another midweek manga review! Before we get to the usual news and featured review I wanted to take a moment to mention a change in my regular posting schedule. For the foreseeable future the Wednesday review is now being bumped to Thursday. With that out of the way, onto some news!
- Over the last few weeks Viz made several announcements of new licenses and releases. August will see the release of Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi’s Ultraman series, and a print release for Kohei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia. On the Shojo Beat side of the things, this Fall will see the release of Kyosuke Motomi’s QQ Sweeper and Arina Tanemura’s Idol Dreams.
- Not be left out, Vertical announced several new licenses at Katsucon this past weekend. They include the Kizumonogatari light novel from NisiOisin, an omnibus of Kagami Takaya’s Seraph of the End light novel series, and Yuki Yogo and Yoshiaki Tabata’s Ninja Slayer manga!
- Several novels by the late Project Itoh are set to receive anime film adaptions, including Harmony and Genocidal Organ. Both novels are currently available in English through Haikasoru.
- Speaking of Haikasoru, a movie based upon Sayuri Ueda’s short story ”The Street of Fruiting Bodies” is currently in development as well. The short story was published in the US as part of Haikasoru’s Phantasm Japan anthology.
- DMP’s been busy promoting their current Osamu Tezuka Kickstarter. In addition to adding several new tiers to the Alabaster campaign, they recently sat down with Anime Vice talk about the project.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of Feb. 7th.
And now onto this weeks review of Kotoura-San, Vol. 2!
What started out as a light, warm comedy takes some rather dark and disturbing turns in Kotoura-San, Vol. 2! With her new social life and circle of friends, things seem to be going rather well for the young school girl psychic Kotoura. Unfortunately for her things take a turn for the worst when she crosses paths with a serial killer! Torn between her desire to help, her inability to actually provide proof for what she knows, Kotoura and her friends find themselves struggling to deal with the murders and Kotoura’s ever growing sense of guilt and responsibility.
Izumi Matsumoto’s shonen rom-com classic, Kimagure Orange Road delivers more of the hijinks you’ve come to expect from the series. Consisting of awkward moment after awkward moment as the love triangle between Kyosuke, Madoka and Hikaru settles into a groove, this volume sees the trio wrestling with work, school events, misunderstandings and more.