For the first time in nearly a decade, Junji Ito returns to the horror genre with Fragments of Horror, a new collection of short stories of the macabre, bizarre and horrifying. Best known for his horror masterpieces, Uzumaki and Gyo, Junji Ito is one of the most well known creators of horror manga in the U.S. Will Fragments of Horror live up to the expectations and reputation of the previous works of his released here?
Welcome to another midweek manga review, here at Sequential Ink! This week I’ll be taking a look at the Kodansha Comics of Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, but before we get to that, some news from the past week.
- Fred Schodt recently appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio for a short discussion about Osamu Tezuka and Astro Boy.
- Eichiro Oda, creator of One Piece set a Guinness World Record for “the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.” One Piece had over 320 million copies in print worldwide as of last year. The official listing of the record can be found on the Guinness World Records site.
- Viz’s digital Shonen Jump will be running Bikkuri and Rem’s Folie à Deux in the June 22nd issue. The one-shot manga was the winner of Kodansha’s International Manga Competition back in 2007!
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for June 21st.
And now, onto the featured review of Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Vols. 1 + 2!
By sheer accident, high school bad boy, Ryu Yamada discovers he has the ability to swap bodies with Urara Shiraishi, the class genius! What ensues is two volumes of hijinks, self discovery, bonding and more! Who knew body swapping could be so much fun? Well, apparently Miki Yoshikawa did and the proof is in Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Vols. 1 + 2!
Set some 70 years before the events of Attack on Titan, Attack on Titan: Kuklo Unbound details a turning point in humanity’s struggle against the implacable Titans, a turning point that comes with a most unexpected backstory. Following a rampage by a Titan through Shingangshina district, a lone child emerges from his dead mother’s womb. Dubbed the Titan’s Son, Kuklo, he will go on to create an art that will change the world of Attack on Titan for all time. From Ryo Suzukaze and Thores Shibamoto, comes an untold tale from the history of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan!
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!