Welcome to another midweek manga review! This time I’ll be taking a look at Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 4, but first some news…
- The Attack on Titan train keeps on chugging along with Funimation’s announcement that they’ve licensed the live action Attack on Titan movies.
- Earlier today at AX, Viz announced that Haikasoru will be releasing the first three volumes of Yoshiki Tanaka’s Legend of the Galactic Heroes novels in 2016!
- With a panel at SDCC and AX in the offing, Brigid Alverson takes a look at the history of Tokyopop.
- While the next bit is not technically manga related, it is kinda/sorta related to a Japanese franchise. Namely, American comic book publisher, BOOM! has acquired the rights to produce a Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers comic.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for July 12th.
And now, onto the featured review of Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 4!
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 4
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 +)
The adventures of Kuklo and company trundle on with Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 4! Satoshi Shiki’s adaption of Ryo Suzukaze’s light novel continues as Kuklo is sentenced to exile for his purported involvement in the raid on the Innocencio mansion and the death of Dario Innocencio. Once more he finds himself beyond the wall, but this time with none of the protection of the Survey Corps, forcing him and fellow prison Cardina Baumeister, to engage in a desperate nighttime race for safety.
Noko is an overweight office worker who copes with bullies at work and an abusive boyfriend at home, by eating. Unfortunately, this creates something of a vicious cycle, as the more she eats the bigger she gets and the more abuse her co-workers heap upon her. While things look like they couldn’t get much worse for Noko, she’s about to discover that they can. Published in 1997 as part of a weekly magazine aimed at adult women, In Clothes Called Fat is Moyoco Anno’s unnerving portrait of a woman’s struggle with her weight and lack of self esteem.
Welcome to another midweek manga review, here at Sequential Ink! This time around I’ll be looking at The Seven Deadly Sins, Vols. 5 – 8 from Nakaba Suzuki, but first some news…
- Last week saw DMP unveil their latest Osamu Tezuka Kickstarter project. This time around they’re aiming to publish Storm Fairy, with an eye towards a Unico reprint, and a physical release of Crime and Punishment as well. They’ve already reached their initial goal, but the Unico and Crime and Punishment stretch goals remain open.
- After five years, Jason Thompson’s ANN column “House of 1000 Manga” is coming to an end. To celebrate it’s impending finale this weeks installment is a look back at Shaenon Garrity’s 10 favorite series.
- Elsewhere, horror site Dread Central takes a look at the recent spate of live action manga adaptions.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for June 28th.
And now, onto the featured review of The Seven Deadly Sins, Vols. 5 – 8!
The adventures of Meliodas and the rest of the Sins continue in Nakaba Suzuki’s The Seven Deadly Sins, Vols. 5 – 8! These volumes see the Sins enter into a fighting tournament in an attempt to retrieve Diane’s Holy Weapon, a giant sized war hammer! As per usual, things don’t go according to plan and they soon find themselves embroiled in a battle with some familiar faces who are part of the New Generation of Holy Knights! Revelations, mysteries and more await the Sins in these four volumes.
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!