When her parents relocated for work, Aoi chose to stay in her home town. Now living alone in an apartment, Aoi’s basically your typical high school student. Things are about to change though! After her best friends asks out Shusei, the hottest guy in school, and is coldly rejected, Aoi discovers that he’s now her next door neighbor! To make matters even more complicated, circumstances quickly force Shusei and Aoi to share an apartment! From Ayu Watanabe comes Kodansha Comics’ latest Shojo series, LDK, Vol. 1!
Kanae Hazuki’s solid exploration of love, romance, friendship and all the tangled feelings that come with them continues with Say I Love You, Vol. 9! Following the contest in the previous volume, it’s time for the King and Queen to have their date! As Mei struggles with her insecurities and feelings for Yamato, he must venture on his date with Mei’s romantic rival, Megumi. Meanwhile, we catch up with Yamamto’s brother Daichi and learn about his own personal story of love and loss.
As Natsu and Lucy attempt to rebuild Fairy Tail after a one year time skip, a new threat rears its head. The Avatar Black Magic Cult has appeared and is planning a ritual to summon Zeref. With Fairy Tail’s members separated and their fates unknown, who will be able to protect the world from this new danger? Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail, Vol. 50 ushers in a new age for the series!
Kazuya and Atsuro make plans to meet the enigmatic Naoya in Shibuya, but their plans are turned on their head when another friend, Yuzu, arrives with gifts from Naoya… three mini-computers. Once Atsuro cracks the passwords on computers the trio find a mysterious email detailing events that have yet to occur, including demonic attacks! From Satoru Matsuba comes the first volume of Devil Survivor!
After undergoing an emotional trauma, Kae returns to school with a new attractive body that gains the attention of her handsome classmates. Sadly, for Kae this isn’t a blessing but a nightmare because her mild exterior hides a dark secret.. Kae’s a fujoshi who enjoys shipping her pretty boy classmates! Now Kae’s shipping fantasies are being derailed thanks to her newly attractive body! From Junko comes the comedy, Kiss Him, Not Me, Vol. 1!
It’s been a while, I know. Sorry about that, classes have been running me ragged. I’ve got something a little different for you today, a novel review! The news and manga reviews will be returning shortly, but for today I’ll be taking a look a Sword of Honor by David Kirk!
David Kirk’s Sword of Honor is the second book is series about the life the legendary Japanese swordsman, Minamoto Musashi. Beginning shortly after the last, major battle of Japan’s Warring States Period in 1600, it depicts the feud between Miyamoto Musashi and the esteemed Yoshioka Sword School in Japan’s former capital of Kyoto.
Sorry for the delay, but it’s better late then never, right? Plus, with NYCC going on, there’s plenty of news items out there as well! So enjoy a small news round up before taking a look at my thoughts on Vinland Saga, Vol. 6!
- Kodansha announces the Attack on Titan Anthology, featuring an all star line up of Western comics creators, including Faith Erin Hicks, Gail Simone and Scott Snyder! The full line up, along with some quotes and comments from the involved parties can be found in the link.
- Viz announced several new titles, including Tadatoshi Fujimaki’s Kuroko’s Basketball, Yuki Tabata’s Black Clover and Haruichi Furudate’s Haikyu!!. A full list can be found in the link.
- After much speculation, Netflix has officially confirmed that they’ll be streaming The Seven Deadly Sins starting on Nov. 1st.
- Vertical has announced plans to release the Kizumonogatari in Dec. along with plans to begin releasing digital “audio light novels” in 2016.
- DMP recently started it’s latest Osamu Tezuka Kickstarter for Wonder 3.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for October 18th.
And now, onto this week’s review of Vinland Saga, Vol. 6!
Makoto Yukimura’s viking saga returns with Vinland Saga, Vol. 6 and it doesn’t disappoint! After years of plotting, fighting and ruling England, King Canute’s plans near their end game as he finds himself mere days away from solidifying his rule of Denmark and England. Meanwhile back on the farm, Thorfinn and Einar find themselves nearing their own goal of attaining freedom, but an escaped slave throws that all into turmoil and Thorfinn finds his new pacifistic convictions put to the test.
This is easily one of my favorite manga series currently in print and this volume does wonders to show why that is. Between the absolutely gorgeous artwork and the themes of violence and vengeance, Makoto Yukimura has created an entertaining and engaging piece of work that fulfills all the eye candy and action needs, while also asking and taking a look at the cycle of violence and how realistic it is to believe that it can ever be broken.