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.
Attack on Titan takes an even darker turn in this volume as the Survey Corp find themselves stretching their morality and humanity to the breaking point. Meanwhile a figure from Levi’s past comes back to haunt him, ushering in a whole new threat for Eren and his comrades to deal with. All this means that Attack on Titan, Vol. 14 is full of what we’ve come to expect from Hajime Isayama, big reveals, big twists and crazy action sequences!
Welcome to my slightly belated midweek manga review of From the New World, Vol. 7! Living in the North East these past few weeks have meant being buried under snow, between the shoveling, raking and classes I’ve fallen a little behind my intended Monday/Wednesday posting schedule, but at least I’m still getting two out a week. At any rate, before we get the main event, enjoy these few news items…
- Viz has announced that Toshiaki Iwashiro’s Kagamigami will be added to it’s digital edition of Weekly Shonen Jump. Toshiaki Iswashiro is the creator of Psyren, which is also published in the Viz.
- Fans of Crunchyroll’s simulpub edition of Seven Deadly Sins are in for a bit of a delay, as the series takes a short break due to Nakaba Suzuki’s sudden illness.
- And finally, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of Jan. 24th.
And now onto this weeks review of From the New World, Vol. 7!
From the New World, Vol. 7 is the final volume of Toru Oikawa’s adaption oh Yusuke Kishi’s award winning novel. Like many of the current Kodansha and Vertical Comics titles, this was originally serialized in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, alongside the fan favorite Attack on Titan and the critical darling Flowers of Evil. Set in a post apocalyptic world populated by psychic humans and mutant animals, From the New World, Vol. 7 brings an end to the trials and tribulations of Saki and Satoru as they engage in their final showdown with the Squealer, the Morph Rat leading the revolt against the human population.
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.
Before we get to my midweek manga review of Vinland Saga, Vol. 5, have a few news items that caught my attention in what seemed like a rather slow news week.
- It’s just been announced that Katsuhiro Otomo has been awarded the Grand Prix at Angoulême. The award is voted on by other cartoonists and is awarded to someone based upon the body of work produced over their career. Previous winners include Will Eisner, Moebius, Art Spiegelman and Akira Toriyama.
- Hot on the success of their recent Ludwig B. Kickstarter, DMP rolls out another one for Osamu Tezuka’s Alabaster!
- With Crunchyroll announcing a line of original digital comics called Crunchy Originals, Brigid Alverson sat down for a chat with Patrick Macias, co-creator of the line’s first series HYPERSONIC music club.
- Earlier in the week Viz announced plans to release Shotaro Ishinomori’s Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past in a single volume this May. The series initially saw print in the US via the old Nintendo Power magazine in the 80s and has long been out of print.
- Speaking of Viz, starting this week Viz will be running Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia in their digital edition of Shonen Jump.
- And finally, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of Jan. 17th.
And now onto this weeks review of Vinland Saga, Vol. 5!
Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga enters into a new phase as, what fans have dubbed, “The Farmland Saga” gets under way with volume five! Thorfinn, once a deadly and determined fighter driven by a need for vengeance is now a broken man, serving as a slave on a farm working day to day with nary a hope or dream to sustain him. Filled with Apathy, Thorfinn finds himself attracting some unwanted attention from the farm’s overseers, attention which forces him to confront his past if he has any hope of a future.
Tsutomu Nihei’s bizarre sci-fi/mecha/harem series trucks ever onwards to it’s weird biological horror field future with Knights of Sidonia, Vol. 12! Nagate and his companions in the Garde squads are assigned to the newly created defense cruiser, Mizuki, as it launches from the Sidonia to undertake a scientific mission involving a nearby sun. As one would expect this hardly goes off without a hitch and soon the Mizuki, Nagate and the rest of the Garde pilots find themselves up against a horde of the biological nightmares known as the Gauna.