Welcome to another midweek manga review! This time I’ll be taking a look at Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 4, but first some news…
- The Attack on Titan train keeps on chugging along with Funimation’s announcement that they’ve licensed the live action Attack on Titan movies.
- Earlier today at AX, Viz announced that Haikasoru will be releasing the first three volumes of Yoshiki Tanaka’s Legend of the Galactic Heroes novels in 2016!
- With a panel at SDCC and AX in the offing, Brigid Alverson takes a look at the history of Tokyopop.
- While the next bit is not technically manga related, it is kinda/sorta related to a Japanese franchise. Namely, American comic book publisher, BOOM! has acquired the rights to produce a Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers comic.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for July 12th.
And now, onto the featured review of Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 4!
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 4
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 +)
The adventures of Kuklo and company trundle on with Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 4! Satoshi Shiki’s adaption of Ryo Suzukaze’s light novel continues as Kuklo is sentenced to exile for his purported involvement in the raid on the Innocencio mansion and the death of Dario Innocencio. Once more he finds himself beyond the wall, but this time with none of the protection of the Survey Corps, forcing him and fellow prison Cardina Baumeister, to engage in a desperate nighttime race for safety.
Welcome to another midweek manga review, here at Sequential Ink! This time around I’ll be looking at The Seven Deadly Sins, Vols. 5 – 8 from Nakaba Suzuki, but first some news…
- Last week saw DMP unveil their latest Osamu Tezuka Kickstarter project. This time around they’re aiming to publish Storm Fairy, with an eye towards a Unico reprint, and a physical release of Crime and Punishment as well. They’ve already reached their initial goal, but the Unico and Crime and Punishment stretch goals remain open.
- After five years, Jason Thompson’s ANN column “House of 1000 Manga” is coming to an end. To celebrate it’s impending finale this weeks installment is a look back at Shaenon Garrity’s 10 favorite series.
- Elsewhere, horror site Dread Central takes a look at the recent spate of live action manga adaptions.
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for June 28th.
And now, onto the featured review of The Seven Deadly Sins, Vols. 5 – 8!
The adventures of Meliodas and the rest of the Sins continue in Nakaba Suzuki’s The Seven Deadly Sins, Vols. 5 – 8! These volumes see the Sins enter into a fighting tournament in an attempt to retrieve Diane’s Holy Weapon, a giant sized war hammer! As per usual, things don’t go according to plan and they soon find themselves embroiled in a battle with some familiar faces who are part of the New Generation of Holy Knights! Revelations, mysteries and more await the Sins in these four volumes.
Welcome to another midweek manga review, here at Sequential Ink! This week I’ll be taking a look at the Kodansha Comics of Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, but before we get to that, some news from the past week.
- Fred Schodt recently appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio for a short discussion about Osamu Tezuka and Astro Boy.
- Eichiro Oda, creator of One Piece set a Guinness World Record for “the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.” One Piece had over 320 million copies in print worldwide as of last year. The official listing of the record can be found on the Guinness World Records site.
- Viz’s digital Shonen Jump will be running Bikkuri and Rem’s Folie à Deux in the June 22nd issue. The one-shot manga was the winner of Kodansha’s International Manga Competition back in 2007!
- And last but not least, the New York Times Best Sellers List for June 21st.
And now, onto the featured review of Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Vols. 1 + 2!
By sheer accident, high school bad boy, Ryu Yamada discovers he has the ability to swap bodies with Urara Shiraishi, the class genius! What ensues is two volumes of hijinks, self discovery, bonding and more! Who knew body swapping could be so much fun? Well, apparently Miki Yoshikawa did and the proof is in Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Vols. 1 + 2!
While Yato struggles with a possible cure for Hiyori’s half ayakashi problem, something’s rotten in the house of Bishamon. Adachitoka turns their eye to what being a shinki entails, the problems that can arise with them, and their relationships with the gods in Noragami, Vol. 4!
The men and women of Fairy Tail face their greatest challenge to date, when a group of demons known as Tartaros enacts a plan to destroy all magic in the world! Can Natsu, Grey, Erza and the rest defeat these powerful new foes? And if so, at what cost? Hiro Mashima pulls out all the stops to deliver a non-stop action adventure tale in Fairy Tail, Vols. 43 – 48!
Being a new transfer student is never easy, but for Shoko this is especially true to her deafness. Her lack of hearing quickly attracts the attention of Shoyo, a young boy who will do anything to keep himself entertained, including bullying Shoko relentlessly. I had heard some very good things about this series, but beyond the basic premise I really had no idea what to expect from it. What I got was a powerful and emotional tale about a bully and his victim. From Yoshitoki Oima comes the series that won her the “New Creator Prize” at the 19th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, A Silent Voice, Vol. 1
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!