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!
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.
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! 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!
After the dramatic fight that closed out the previous volume, Yato’s new Shinki, the spirit of a deceased which can become a weapon, Yukine struggles to adjust to the after life and his new role and relationship with Yato. Tempers flare and patiences begin to fray, and if attempting to reign in his smart mouthed, disrespectful Shinki wasn’t enough trouble for Yato, he also has the unfortunate luck of crossing paths with the warrior god Bishamon who’s got a score to settle with our favorite down on his luck deity! Adachitoka, the creative team behind Alive continue to explore their world of working class Gods and evil spirits while also shedding some light on Yato’s history with Noragmi, Vols. 2 + 3!
Student Watanuki has an odd job. He works for the mysterious Yuko in her mystic shop which is visitable only to those who need her services. Over the course of these two volumes Watanuki and fellow student Domeki aid and observe Yuko as she tends to the various customers and the supernatural problems they bring with them, but even then there’s more going on than meets the eye. Clamp returns to one of their recent hit series with xxxHolic Rei, Vols. 1 + 2!
Time for another midweek manga review from yours truly! This week I’ll be taking a look at Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 3, but before we get to that, some news!
- Recently Deb Aoki was one of four judges in the 2015 Manga Translation Battle, an event sponsored by the Digital Comics Association of Japan, with support from Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. She tweeted from the event, which eventually led to a lengthy and in depth discussion regarding the manga publishing in Japan and their attempts to reach a wider international audience. She helpfully Storified the discussion which grew to include many members of the American manga publishing industry, including translators and editors, as well as fans, comic creators, and more.
- Last Wednesday saw Seven Seas add two more titles to their ever growing line up. The Testament of Sister New Devil by Kashiwa Miyako and My Monster Secret from Eiji Masuda
- Last week also saw DMP’s Kickstarter for Osamu Tezuka’s Alabaster reach it’s goal! Unfortunately none of the stretch goal wasn’t met, but at least Alabaster will be seeing print.
- Interested in a career in the American manga publishing business? Well, Kodansha Comics is looking for paid Summer interns.
- The Los Angeles Times recently conducted a short interview with author Yuya Sato about his book Dendera, which was recently released in the US by Haikasoru.
- And last but not least,, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of March 8th.
And now onto this weeks review of Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 3!
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 3
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 +)
Kuklo’s desire to see a Titan, led him to stow away in a wagon during a Survey Corp expedition and now, much to his dismay, he’s getting his wish! Meanwhile, Sharle discovers that her attempt to help Kuklo may ultimately lead to a fate worse than that she sought to rescue him from. Satoshi Shiki and Ryo Suzukaze’s look back into the long forgotten past of Hajime Isayama’s continues with Attack on Titan: Before The Fall, Vol. 3!