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!
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!