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!
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.