New Manga: Needles Are People Too

By Mat K.

So, there is a lot of interesting stuff coming in this week, surely not the kind of week to scoff at, and definitely the kind of week in which you should just muster the energy to get out of the house and come around here. I know, I know, it’s been rainy and gray for the last week and a half. Well, get over it, a little rain never melted anyone.

So, if you’re wondering what this week’s title is talking about, let me introduce you to a promising new series called 7 Billion Needles by Nobuaki Tadano. Loosely based on Hal Clement’s golden age title Needle, this gripping homage follows the life of a teenage girl whose melancholy days are dramatically changed when her body becomes host to an alien life form caught up in an intergalactic manhunt. Always sporting her headphones to try to close out the people and the world around her, Hikaru is a somewhat reclusive teenage girl. Within her body resides another lifeform known as Ciel, a hunter in search of an intergalactic murderer intent on wiping out humanity. In 7 Billion Needles, two lives share one heart as they race to protect each other and the memories they cherish. So, get it? Yeah when I first looked at it I thought “7 billion, that’s an awfully specific number of needles.” Then I read the description and realized it was a planet-wide manhunt, therefore searching for the proverbial one in a haystack. Also, as someone who has been blocking out humanity with headphones since i was 11, this book looks awesome.

But that’s not all this week, oh no. Finally Naruto Volume 49 makes an appearance. Now the second most asked Naruto question I get, (after “When’s the next Naruto book coming out?”), is “How close to the Japanese chapters are the English books?”. Here is your answer as far as book 49 is concerned: the five leaders of the strongest villages in the ninja world meet to discuss the fate of their universe–and how to deal with the ever-looming threat of the rogue organization, the Akatsuki–plans are made that will affect Naruto deeply. The new Hokage, leader of Naruto’s village, is not afraid to make the final end move against Sasuke. There. If you already read the series online you know exactly what’s happening and how far behind we are. If you don’t, then you live in peaceful bliss, don’t fret over how far behind we are and just enjoy it when it gets here.

There is one other new series from an old friend showing up this week that I think there is bound to be some excitement over. If anyone knows Angel Sanctuary, Godchild, Fairy Cube, or The Cain Saga then you know and love Kaori Yuki. And you will also be intrigued to hear about her new series Grand Guignol Orchestra (according to wiki that’s pronounced “gin-yol”). Goth-loli style and accordions? Wicked. To sum it up, Lucille loves heading up the traveling Royal Orchestra, roving from town to town entertaining the masses and making money. But now the musicians have met their toughest audience: people infected with the Guignol Virus, turning them into zombie dolls intent on killing all humans!

Anyway, there’s all that and definitely plenty more, so get up and enjoy it. See you all next time.

Ja Ne!

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