Welcome to a very belated midweek manga review. It’s so late it should probably be called something else, but it won’t be because, reasons. Another fairly slow news week, but I still managed to ferret out a few stories to tide you over before heading off to this weeks review!
- Vertical has confirmed that they’ve licenses Maybe’s The Abandoned Sacred Beasts with plans to release is starting in May of 2016. The link to the ANN article includes more information plus a short, Japanese, promotional video.
- It was announced, in the latest issue of Afternoon, that Tsutomu Nihei’s Knights of Sidonia would be ending in the November issue. Vertical is currently releases the manga in the U.S. with volume 14 set for release later this month.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for September 6th. It’s the second week of a list without Attack on Titan, Vol. 1, which had enjoyed 110 straight weeks on the list!
And now, onto this week’s review of Ninja Slayer Kills, Vol. 1!
Neo-Saitama, a futuristic dystopia straight out of a 90s cyberpunk novel, is controlled by the ruthless Soukai Syndicate. On their path to domination their cybernetically enhanced ninja battled rival gangs, uncaring of the civilians caught in the middle of the bloody gang war. Now, one year later, their actions have finally caught up with them in the form of the enigmatic Ninja Slayer! From new comer Koutarou Sekine comes Ninja Slayer Kills, Vol. 1!
With Say I Love You, Vol. 9 being released this week, it’s time to finish catching up with Kanae Haruki’s romantic drama and take a look at Say I Love You, Vols. 7 + 8! As Mei and Yamato celebrate their one year anniversary together, teen model Megumi deals with the fall out of her actions and attempts to correct the direction her life is taking. Unfortunately for Mei, part of this correction involves Megumi entering and attempting to win the annual “School Idol Contest”! The prize? A date with the winner of the male competition, and the odd’s on favorite to win that is none other than Yamato!
Welcome to a belated midweek manga review! This week I’ll be taking a look at Say I Love You, Vols. 5 + 6. It’s been a rather slow news week, but there’s still an item or two that’s caught my eye.
- Earlier this week, Shueisha announced the cancellation of Garaku.mag. Several of the series will be continuing in a digital format through the Garaku no Mori site.
- Medicos Entertainment is releasing several Ajin: Demi-Human Black Ghost figures this month. The company has also released a figure for Shinichi Izumi and Migi from Parasite as well.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for August 30.
And now, onto this week’s review of Say I Love You, Vols. 5 + 6!
After a lengthy break it’s time to return to one of last years pleasant surprises, namely Kanae Hazuki’s Say I Love You! As the date of Mei Tachibana and Yamato Kurosawa’s one year anniversary draws near, they’re relationship hits a rough point thanks to the arrivals of Yamato’s old friend, Kai, and a rival for Yamato’s affections in the form of up and coming model, Megumi. Will their relationship weather this unexpected onslaught of adolescent desires and misunderstandings, or will Mei return to the life of solitude she had when the series started? All this and more in Say I Love You, Vols. 5 + 6!
As the last volume came to its conclusion, all seemed lost. Tartaros’ plan to activate the anti-magic bombs seemed to be unstoppable, despite the efforts of Fairy Tail and their allies. Then, as all seemed lost the dragons returned! Now,Igneel and Acnologia clash in the air as the Tartaros arc comes to an end, but what will become of Fairy Tail? Hiro Mashima brings this story arc to it’s explosive, heart wrenching climax and sets the stage for the next arc with Fairy Tail, Vol. 49!
Welcome to another midweek manga review! This week I’ll be taking a look at the final three volumes of Sankarea with my review of Sankarea, Vols. 9 – 11, but first, some news items from Otakon and elsewhere!
- The licensing surprises just keep on coming with Kodansha’s announcement that they’ll be releasing Leiji Matsumoto’s Queen Emeraldas in 2016. If that wasn’t enough, they also announced plans to release Yui Sakuma’s Complex Age and Nao Emoto’s Forget Me Not as well.
- Meanwhile, Viz announced they’ve picked up Inio Asano’s Goodnight Pun Pun for a 2016 release.
- Also at Otakon, Vertical announced three new titles, Riichi Ueshiba’s Mysterious Girlfriend X, Kaori Ozaki’s The Gods Lie and Ryo Hanada’s Devil’s Line
- In non-Otakon news, the Asahi Shimbum recently ran an article about the English edition of the Attack on Titan manga having over 2 million copies in print!
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for August 2nd.
And now, onto this week’s review of Sankarea, Vols. 9 – 11!
The climatic volumes of Mitsuru Hattori’s zombie horror/comedy/romance series, Sankarea, are here! After the life altering events at the ZOMA island, Chihiro and Rea return to Japan. Unfortunately, Rea’s memory has been altered and her relationship with Chihiro has fundamentally changed. Struggling to keep Rea ignorant of the truth of her nature as a flesh eating undead monstrosity drives Chihiro to look deep into his family’s past, finally uncovering the truth of the elixir and learning the ultimate fate of his late mother. Will this information prove to his advantage, or is Rea doomed to become a mindless zombie?
After a longer than planned absence, I’m back with a new midweek manga review! The past couple of weeks have seen us go through San Diego Comicon and Anime Expo, so there’s plenty of manga related news bits floating around right now. This isn’t all of them by any stretch of the imagination, but these are the highlights that really caught my attention.
- Udon won SDCC, and quite possibly the decade, when they announced plans to release Riyoko Ikeda’s classic series, Rose of Versaille.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator Kazuki Takahashi was awarded a Comic Con Inkpot Award at Comicon! The award recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions to comics, sci-fi/fantasy and the like. Past Japanese Inkpot winners include Osamu Tezuka, Hayao Miyazaki, Naoko Takeuchi and more.
- Shigeru Mizuki’s Showa 1939 – 1944: A History of Japan and Showa 1944 – 1953: A History of Japan won the Eisner Award for “Best U.S. Editon of International Material – Asia” at this years Comicon. The series is one of several Shigeru Mizuki works to be released by Drawn & Quarterly in recent years.
- A Manga Publisher’s Roundtable was held at Comicon this year. Hosted by Deb Aoki, the panel was made up of editors from several U.S. manga publishers and the discussion focused on busting commonly held misconceptions about the U.S. industry. Topics included such things as sports manga not selling, older series being a hard sell, josei not selling, scanlations and more.
- Marvel recently unveiled a slew of their Marvel Manga Variant covers. The latest round of covers include Ant-Man: Last Days by Q Hayashida, Guardian of Knowhere by Yasuhiro Nightow, Planet Hulk by Imaishi Hiroyuki and more.
- Crunchy Roll’s Peter Fobian rolls out a new feature highlighting specific manga artists, for his first entry in the series he takes a look at Tsutomu Nihei
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for July 26th.
And now, onto the featured review of Your Lie in April, Vol. 2!
Young Arima Kosei is forced to confront his fears in an attempt to help Kaori Miyazono in her violin competition. Is this the push Arima needed to regain his confidences and embrace music once again, or will it break him even further? And just what is Kaori to him anyway? Love, music and more abound in the Naoshi Arakawa’s Your Lie in April, Vol. 2!
AX is behind us and we’re eyeball deep into Comicon, so there’s a ton of manga and manga related news to catch up on.
- At Anime Expo last weekend, Vertical announced several new title, including Keiichi Awawi’s Nichijo, Kanata Konami’s FukuFuku: Kitten Tales and the Attack on Titan: Lost Girls novel co-written by Hajime Isayama and Hiroshi Seko.
- Speaking of Attack on Titan: Lost Girls, it’s set to receive a manga adaption in Japan. Given how many other Attack on Titan spin off series and adaptions have made it Stateside, it seems like only a matter of time before this comes over here as well.
- TokyoPop held a panel at AX announcing their plan to return to publishing in 2016. There wasn’t a whole lot of information to come out of the panel, but the mere announcement of TokyoPop’s return set off some rather interesting discussions online.
- In the wake of TokyoPop’s announcement, Comics Alliance ran a piece about their past treatment of “OEL” creators, with a number of comments from several “OEL” alumni. Likewise, The Beat ran a similar article looking at TokyoPop’s return, their planned “Pop Comics” site and their handling of the “OEL” line and creators.
- Viz made several licensing announcements at AX, including their plans to release the Naruto spin off and follow up series, along with several new additions to their Shojo Beat line, including Shuriken and Pleats from Matsuri Hinoa and Behind the Scenes from Bisco Hatori.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for July 19th.
And now, onto the featured review of xxxHolic: Rei, Vol. 3!
All good things must come to an end as Watanuki is about to discover within the pages of Clamp’s xxxHolic Rei, Vol. 3. The little mysteries and oddities that have been plaguing Watanuki throughout the previous volumes of the series have been building this moment, when Watanuki is forced to make a choice…