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..
Welcome to yet another midweek manga review! This week I’ll be taking a look at Kodansha’s Your Lie in April, Vol. 1, but first some news…
- Seven Seas has announced that they’ll be releasing Ichigo Takano’s Orange.
- DMP’s Clockwork Apple Kickstarter has reached it’s first two stretch goals! Thanks to the first stretch goal, DMP will releasing a print copy of Brave Dan, and with the second stretch goal they’ll be reprinting Barbara as well.
- Speaking of manga Kickstarter campaigns, Shuzo Noguchi and Awesome Japan have launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance the completion and translation of his manga, The Reconds of Genshu.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for May 3rd.
And now, onto the featured review of Your Lie in April, Vol. 1!
Driven by his mother’s desire for success, young Kosei Arima was well on his way to becoming one of the most talented pianists in Japan until tragedy struck. His ill mother took a turn for the worst and passed away. The resulting trauma drove Kosei from the piano. Now, years later his world is empty and devoid of joy, or at least it was until an encounter with Kaori Miyazono, a violinist who will change his life forever. From Naoshi Arakawa comes the winner of the 37th Annual Kodansha Awards Best Shonen series, Your Lie in April, Vol. 1.
Sorry for the slight delay, as the end of the semester nears things have been a little hectic and I fell a bit behind schedule. Still, better late than never! So before we get to today’s review, have some news!
- With SDCC mere month away, the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have released their list of nominees. While most of the manga series appear in the “Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia” category, Massive Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It and Hello Kitty, Hello 40: A Celebration in 40 Stories have received nomination nods in other categories.
- After a nine month hiatus, CLAMP’s xxxHolic Rei returns to Weekly Young Magazine next week!
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for May 3rd.
And now, onto the featured review of All-Purpose Chemistry Club, Vol. 3!
After three bizarre volumes, Sho Hidaka’s comedy series,All-Purpose Chemistry Club comes to an end! Before it’s climax though, Ipponsugi, Akiyama, Boss and the rest of the gang must contend with talking eggs, relationship problems, health crisis and more!
Political maneuvering and plotting dominate Hajime Isayam’s Attack on Titan, Vol. 15, as the Survey Corps find themselves branded as outlaws and rebels. Being hunted down by the rest of the military and the enigmatic and deadly Interior MPs, the group is struggles to find a way out of the corner they’ve been painted into. Meanwhile Eren and Krista find themselves at the mercy of their kidnappers who promise to pull the curtain back on some of series longest running mysteries!
And we’re back… again. Sorry about the surprise skip day on Monday. Delayed con crud hit me hard and left me reeling. Hopefully now things will be back on track though! This week I’ll be taking a look at Knights of Sidonia, Vol. 13 from Vertical Comics, but first… an anemic looking news section!
- DMP’s Kickstarter for Osamu Tezuka’s Clockwork Apple has already met it’s goal! If the Kickstarter can meet it’s first stretch goal they’ll also publish Brave Dan for the first time in Englsh.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for April 19th.
And now, onto the featured review of Knights of Sidonia, Vol. 13!
As Nagate and the hybrid, Tsumugi, take part in a dangerous attempt to harness energy from a nearby sun, the Sidonia faces threats from ever nearing Gauna cluster ship and treachery from within as an old enemy makes his return. Tsutomu Nihei’s bizarre sci-fi, mecha, harem mash up series continues with Knights of Sidonia, Vol. 13!
And we’re back! After a small break for Anime Boston we’ll now be returning the regular two review a week schedule. Sorry about the small delay! Today I’ll be taking a look at Manga Dogs, Vol. 1 – 3 from Kodansha, but first, some news!
- Coming out of Anime Boston was a bevy of licensing announcements from Kodansha Comics. Among the new titles announced were Ninja Slayer Kills, Junji Ito’s Cat Diaries, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth P3, Shad ow of the Labyrinth P4 and Devil Survivor. Other highlights include plans to release a special editions version of Attack on Titan, Vol. 16 with playing cards and a slip cover from an unrevealed American comics artist.
- Anime Boston wasn’t the only convention occurring this weekend though! Over at Sakura-Con, Yen Press made several license announcements of their own! Among the titles they announced were Yowamushi Pedal, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun, Dragon’s Rioting, Aldnoah.Zero Season One and Sakura no Himegoto. They also rolled out a number of new digital titles as well.
- Elsewhere, DMP launched another Osamu Tezuka Kickstarter. This time around they’re hoping to raise funding for Clockwork Apple, an anthology of eight short stories.
- Meanwhile, Viz announced plans to release Grenadier and Red Hot Chili Samurai digitally. Both titles were previously published in the U.S. by Tokyopop.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for April 12th.
With that out of the way, it’s onto the featured review of Manga Dogs, Vols. 1 – 3!
At just 15, Kanna Tezuka has taken her first steps on the path to manga stardom! With her series, “Teach Me Buddha” being published she’s eager to work on her manga and jumps at the chance to join her school’s new manga program. Unfortunately her hopes for a decent learning environment and the chance to get some work done are dashed as Kanna soon finds herself stuck with three wannabe manga artists with their heads firmly in the clouds. Wackiness ensues in Manga Dogs, the latest series from Ema Toyama, the creator of Missions of Love!