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.
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!
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.
The Sins continue their quest to aid Princess Elizabeth in freeing the Kingdom of Brtiannia from the rule of the Holy Knights. Following the skullduggery and chaos of the previous volume, our intrepid heroes add yet another Sin to their group as they “rescue” Ban from his long captivity. After leaving a trail of wreckage in their wake, the group attempts to lay low only to find themselves being hunted by an unexpected opponent… one of their own! Nakaba Suzuki’s shonen fantasy series trucks on with The Seven Deadly Sins, Vol. 3.
Welcome to first midweek manga review of the 2015! As mentioned in Monday’s review of Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 2, I’ll be posting two reviews a week for the month of January, but only the Wednesday reviews will get the news round ups. So, before we get to my review of Noragami, Vol. 1, let’s take a look at some of the news highlights from the last month or so…
- In December, Kodansha Comics announced the acquisition of Naoshi Arakawa’s Your Lie in April, a series about a young piano prodigy.
- Viz picks up Mikansei No. 1, Sgt. Frog and Hands Off! for digital release. All three titles have previously been released in the US by Tokyopop, but if you missed them the first time around then here’s your chance to take a look at ‘em!
- Kodansha (Japan) has announced plans to release digital editions of their manga magazine simultaneously with their print editions.
- Kodansha Comics will once again be taking over Kinokuniya in New York City! The event, slated for 6 PM on Januaray 14th will feature new license announcements, a Q&A with the editors and giveaways! So if you’re in the area be sure to make your way over there.
- And finally, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of Dec. 27th.
And now onto the midweek manga review of Noragami, Vol. 1!
From Adachitoka, artist of Alive: The Final Evolution, comes the supernatural action/adventure comedy, Noragami. Noragami, Vol. 1 introduces us to Yato, a down on his luck god desperate to build up a base of worshippers. Unfortunately he’s not a terribly likable fellow and has zero marketing skills. As a result he’s forced to leave his number in some rather suspect places, such as alley way walls, bathroom stall doors, park benches and more. As one might suspect, the kind of requests, prayers and pleas for help he receives are not exactly up to his demanding standards, thus hijinks ensue.
Welcome to another midweek manga review here at Sequential Ink! This week I’ll be taking a look at Kanae Hazuki’s fascinating Shojo series in my review of Say I Love You, Vols. 3 + 4. First though, some news!
- Hours ago, Viz announced plans to release Fragments of Horror by Junji Ito in June of 2015. Junji Ito’s one of the most well known creators of horror manga in the US, with several of his works having been published over here in the last 10 years or so. In fact, this isn’t the first Junji Ito manga Viz has released, as they’re also currently home to Uzumaki and Gyo.
- Justin and Manjiorin of Organization Anti-Social Geniuses take a look at five common fears held by many US manga fans.
- DMP refuses to stay down despite their recent Kickstarter failure, and they prove that as they unveiled their newest Osamu Tezuka Kickstarter last week. This time around they hope to publish Osamu Tezuka’s Ludwig B, a two volume biography of Beethoven.
- And finally, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of Dec. 7th.
And now onto this weeks review of Say I Love You, Vols. 3 + 4!
Since the first volume, Kanae Hazuki has used Say I Love You to take a more realistic and grounded look into the love lives of teenagers. Say I Love You, Vols. 3 + 4 continue this trend, but striking a balance between more conventional shojo and her fascinating and, at times, disturbingly frank look at teen love is beginning to show it’s strain. Introverted loner, Mei, finds herself fending off new obstacles to her tender and awkward romance with the popular Yamato. This volume sees her struggling with Yamato’s burgeoning model career and struggling with her own desire to be with Yamato in a more romantic and intimate manner than she’s ever dared before.
Welcome to another midweek manga review. This week, I’ll be taking a look at No. 6, Vols. 7 + 8, but first, some news…
- Viz’s Shonen Jump anthology will be adding three new series to it’s roster in the coming weeks as part of their “Jump Start” program.
- Speaking of Viz, they’ve begun releasing digital volumes of Kiyo QJO’s Zone-00. The series was previously published in the US by Tokyopop manga.
- Moyocco Anno, creator of Insufficient Direction, Sakuran and In Clothes Called Fat, has apparently opened an Instagram account!
- Lori Henderson of Manga Xanadu talks a bit about the recent resolution of the Amazon/Hachette standoff.
- Meanwhile, over at Haikasoru, they’re running a contest where four lucky winners will receive a copy of their latest novel Asura Girl by Otaro Maijo.
- And finally, the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of Nov. 23rd.
And now, onto this weeks review of No. 6, Vols. 7 + 8…
Raised in the luxury of No. 6, a seemingly utopic city, Shion’s life changed forever when he helped a young fugitive by the name of Rat evade capture by the city’s authorities. Nearly a decade later Shion’s accused of murder and is forced to flee No. 6 with the help of Rat. No. 6, Vols. 7 + 8 sees the duo conduct a daring rescue operation, as they infiltrate No. 6’s Correctional Facility in hopes of freeing Shion’s childhood friend, Safu, from its depths. As they uncover the horrors of the Correctional Facility the duo are pushed to their physical and emotional limits as this manga adaption of Atsuko Asano’s light novels careens towards it’s climax in style, thanks to the visual stylings of Hinoki Kino!