Welcome to another midweek manga review! This week will see an end to Kairi Shimotsuki’s Brave 10, but before we get to that have some news!
- Viz Editor, Hope Donovan, recently down with the comics site Panels to answer 10 questions.
- Starting in September, Dark Horse will be re-releasing Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy in an omnibus format!
- In light of my recent reviews of the first two volumes, I thought it was worth noting that Enokids’ Kotoura-San will be ending in Japan with the April release of volume seven. DMP currently has volumes 1 – 3 available through Emanga.com.
- As part of the advertising campaign for the Japanese release of 24: Live Another Day, Fairy Tail creator Hiro Mashima drew Jack Bauer.
- And last but not least,, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of Feb. 21st.
And now onto this weeks review of Brave 10, Vols. 7 + 8!
After 8 volumes Kairi Shomotsuki brings the Brave 10 to an end. After protecting Isanami and her mysterious power from a number of different warlords, Sanada has finally assembled all 10 of his warriors only to be faced with a betrayal from within. This betrayal was merely a prelude to an all out assault from the Iga Grotesque Five, an elite group of ninja led by Hattori Hanzo with designs on capturing Isanami and using her power to change the fate of the world. It all hangs in the balance with this final two volumes full of blood, action and battles!
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.
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.
Welcome back to another midweek manga review! Hope you’ve all been catching the Monday reviews, this week’s was a look at The Seven Deadly Sins, Vol. 3. I’m going to try and continue to Monday reviews for as long as I can, but I’ll be heading back to school soon so we’ll see how long it lasts. I’ll always make sure to have one for Wednesday, regardless of what happens to the Monday one. Anyway, this week I’ll be taking a look a Kairi Shimotsuki’s Brave 10, Vols. 5 + 6, but first some news…
- Last Wednesday Kodansha Comics held an event at Kinokuniya Bookstore in NYC and during it they announced a slew of new releases! Among the licensed titles were The Science of Attack on Titan by Rikao Yanagita, Appleseed: Alpha by Sexy Voice and Robo creator Iou Kuroda, and Die Wergelder by Blade of the Immortal creator Hiroaki Samura.
- Yesterday Marvel announced plans to release the recent Marvel/Attack on Titan crossover as part of their Free Comic Book Day line up.
- Haikasoru is hyped about their upcoming release of Dendera, a novel about a society created by elderly women left to die on a mountain side which comes under threat by from a hungry bear, that they’re celebrating with a giveaway!
- Earlier in the month WBUR, a Boston NPR affiliate, ran a short piece about the Tiger Mask phenomena that popped up in Japan a few years ago.
- And finally, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of Jan. 10th.
And now onto this weeks review of Brave 10, Vols. 5 + 6!
Over the past four volumes of Kairi Shimotsuki’s Brave 10 mysteries have been built up, cryptic dialogue thrown around, but little has really been explained. Well that’s about to change! With only two more volumes to go, everything is laid bare at last as Yukimura Sanada finally reveals his plans and reasons behind gathering the cadre of elite warriors known as the Brave 10. Just what are his plans for the mysterious item known as the Kushimitama and how do Saizo and the other Braves fit into the picture? All is revealed in these two volumes!
Japanese comedy series tend to be rather hit or miss with me. There’s just something about the type of humor that makes its way into them that falls flat on its face for me. Kotoura-San, Vol. 1 by Enokids isn’t that different, but at least it’s not offensively bad like certain strains of Japanese humor that often turn up in manga and anime. Originally published on a website, Koutura-San tells the story a young psychic girl who tends to keep to herself due to her mind reading powers, and how her life changes when she transfers to a new school and finds herself caught up in their small ESP club.
Welcome to this pre-U.S. Thanksgiving edition of my midweek manga reviews! This week I’ll be looking at Brave 10, Vol. 4 by Kairi Shimotsuki and published by DMP. But first, some news!
- Last week it was revealed that Tsutomu Nihei’s Blame! would be receiving an anime adaption, but in an odd twist the adaption would be within the second season of Knights of Sidonia. The details became clear a few days ago with the release of the first trailer for Blame!
- How on the heels of the Marvel/Attack on Titan crossover, Marvel has announced that White Fox, a character created for a Marvel web series in Korea, will be appearing in Marvel’s American comics as part of the Avengers.
- And finally, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of Nov. 23rd.
With the news out of the way, it’s time for this week’s review of Brave 10, Vol. 4!
The fourth volume of Kairi Shimotsuki’s historical fantasy, Brave 10, furthers the continuing adventures of Saizo, Isanami, Sarutobi Sasuke and the rest of the warriors who comprise Yukimura Sanada’s Ten Braves, as they attempt to fend off attempts by rival warlords and their minions to capture Isanami and the mysterious power of the Kushitama. This volume features crazy monks, mysterious ninjas, internal rivalries and Saizo excerise a surprising amount of self awareness as the plot thickens and one of the Braves takes his leave.
After last weeks small delay, I’m back on track with my midweek manga reviews! This time around I’ll be taking a look at Kimagure Orange Road, Vols. 2 + 3, but first some news…
- More information regarding the Attack on Titan/Marvel cross over has come out, including the fact that it’s set to appear in the next few days in the pages of Brutus magazine in Japan.
- Over at Manga Xanadu, Lori Henderson has a nice write up about Vertical Comics upcoming digital releases for a number of their Tezuka series.
- Viz Media has opened it’s Fall 2014 Anime and Manga survey its anime/manga licensing survey. It’s rife with questions about buying, viewing and reading habits, and also has a section for license suggestions. Taking it will also give you a chance to win a $400 prize package.
- And finally, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of Nov. 16th.
And now, onto this weeks review of Kimagure Orange Road, Vols. 2 + 3..
Izumi Matsumoto’s classic 80s teen romance manga series continues with Kimagure Orange Road, Vols. 2 + 3! These volumes are full of the romantic comedy hijinks you’d expect, as missed signals, misunderstandings and more plague Kyosuke as he wrestles with his feeling for Ayukawa despite his ongoing relationship with her best friend, Hikaru. While the first volume felt a bit flat and bland, the humor and development in these two volumes helps with that problem tremendously, as does Matsumoto’s decision to grow out the supporting cast with in the form of Ayukawa’s boss at a restaurant, and by the introduction of Yuu, a childhood friend of Hikaru and Ayukawa’s who’s got designs on winning Hikaru’s heart.