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.
Apologies for the delay with this week’s manga review. This week was nothing but finals and it threw me way off schedule. Hopefully I’ll be able to return to a twice a week schedule within the next two weeks! At any rate, this week I’ll be taking a look at The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Vols. 2 + 3, but first some news…
- It was announced a few days ago that Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh! will be appearing at this years San Diego ComiCon.
- The 39th Annual Kodansha Manga Award winners were announced earlier this week. Among the winners were several titles which are currently being released in the U.S., including Tsutomu Nihei’s Knights of Sidonia and Nakaba Suzuki’s The Seven Deadly Sins
- Viz announced plans to add several new series to their digital store. Among the announced titles were Kazuma Kondou’s Eureka Seven and Yuana Kazumi’s The Flower of Deep Sleep.
- Elsewhere on the digital front, Crunchyroll added Hiroya (Gantz) Oku’s Inuyashiki manga to their digital line up. The series will be getting a physical, U.S. release in August thanks to Kodansha Comics.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for May 24th.
And now, onto the featured review of The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Vol. 2 + 3!
Following a disastrous loss against Lusitanian invaders, young Prince Arslan finds himself on the run. Searching for a safe haven with his trusted alley, Daryun, the two make their way to the abode of an exiled member of Pars’s court. Meanwhile the Lusitianian army marches on Pars’s capital, Ecbatana, to claim victory once and for all. War, religion, equality, freedom and more all collide inThe Heroic Legend of Arslan, Vols. 2 + 3, as Hiromu Arakawa continues her adaption of Yoshiki Tanaka’s hit novel series!
Time for another midweek manga review! This week I’ll be taking a look at Mitsuhisa Kuji’s Wolfsmund, Vol. 6 from Vertical Comics, but first some news…
- These slipped by me last week, but Seven Seas has licensed Wataru Karasuma’s Not Lives and Katuhisa Kigitsu’s Franken Fan
- If you’re going to NYCC than you’ve hit the jackpot! Earlier this week Viz announced that Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of Naruto will be appearing at the convention!
- DMP’s Kickstarter for Osamu Tezuka’s Clockwork Apple has managed to hit it’s third stretch goal, meaning that Swallowing the Earth will be getting a new printing.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for May 10th.
And now, onto the featured review of Wolfsmund, Vol. 6!
Set in the 1300s, Mitsuhisa Kuji’s Wolfsmund is the retelling of the William Tell legend and the Swiss people’s battle for independence from Hapsburg rule. Specifically it focuses in on the castle guarding a mountain pass known as the Wolfsmund, ruled by the cruel and sadistic Wolfram. For six volumes he’s stood in the way of all those who would pass through his gates and has taken life after life, until now. Walter, the son of the Swiss folk hero William Tell, faces off against Wolfram in the dungeons beneath Wolfsmund as the united Swiss forces lay siege to the castle..