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!
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!
Time for another midweek manga review from yours truly! This week I’ll be taking a look at Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 3, but before we get to that, some news!
- Recently Deb Aoki was one of four judges in the 2015 Manga Translation Battle, an event sponsored by the Digital Comics Association of Japan, with support from Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. She tweeted from the event, which eventually led to a lengthy and in depth discussion regarding the manga publishing in Japan and their attempts to reach a wider international audience. She helpfully Storified the discussion which grew to include many members of the American manga publishing industry, including translators and editors, as well as fans, comic creators, and more.
- Last Wednesday saw Seven Seas add two more titles to their ever growing line up. The Testament of Sister New Devil by Kashiwa Miyako and My Monster Secret from Eiji Masuda
- Last week also saw DMP’s Kickstarter for Osamu Tezuka’s Alabaster reach it’s goal! Unfortunately none of the stretch goal wasn’t met, but at least Alabaster will be seeing print.
- Interested in a career in the American manga publishing business? Well, Kodansha Comics is looking for paid Summer interns.
- The Los Angeles Times recently conducted a short interview with author Yuya Sato about his book Dendera, which was recently released in the US by Haikasoru.
- And last but not least,, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of March 8th.
And now onto this weeks review of Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 3!
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 3
Art by Satoshi Shiki, Story by Ryo Suzukaze, “Attack on Titan” created by Hajime Isayama, Character Designs by Thores Shibamoto
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)
Kuklo’s desire to see a Titan, led him to stow away in a wagon during a Survey Corp expedition and now, much to his dismay, he’s getting his wish! Meanwhile, Sharle discovers that her attempt to help Kuklo may ultimately lead to a fate worse than that she sought to rescue him from. Satoshi Shiki and Ryo Suzukaze’s look back into the long forgotten past of Hajime Isayama’s continues with Attack on Titan: Before The Fall, Vol. 3!
Sato’s attempt to rescue Kei from the Japanese government continues, but soon Kei’s forced to make a choice that might leave him at odds with his would be rescuer. Elsewhere in the facility, scientists face off as amid the chaos and slaughter as they debate the nature of the mysterious Black Ghosts. Gamon Sakurai’s Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 3 continues to ramp up the action and tension while offering us teasing glimpses into Sato’s true motivations and the childhood of Kei.
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!
After an impressive first outing Levi and his friends are feeling pretty confident about their skills and their chances at completing the mysterious mission they’ve been tasked with. As Captain Erwin leads the Survey Corps beyond the wall in a test of the Long Distance Scouting Formation, Levi prepares to make his move. Unfortunately for him, this is Attack on Titan and things have a tendency to go horribly wrong very quickly. From Hikaru Suruga and Gun Snark comes the conclusion to Attack on Titan: No Regrets.
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.