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New Manga Releases: OMG Stuff!

By Mat K.

Welcome otaku boys and girls, and I’m dry on article titles for now. Moving forward, this week isn’t very tremendous in terms of quantity of new books coming out, despite it being the first week of December, but there are definitely some desired or at least intriguing books coming in. I’ll start with some small mentions. TokyoPop puts out Lagoon Engine Volume 7 this week, a record 3 years after volume 6, (that’s right, six came out in 2007 folks), but I ranted enough about that last week. They also put out NG Life volume 7. From the Del Rey side of things, they’re continuing their omnibus editions playing catch up with their titles with Papillon Volume 5 and 6 together, and Psycho Busters volumes 6 and 7 together. I still think these are pretty neat, except you lose the art for the covers of the inside volumes. Also, Inukami Omnibus and Inubaka Crazy For Dogs volume 17 show up this week, and we are listing them as new because even though they were supposed to arrive a couple weeks ago, due to mix ups they did not, but are here now.

Now for some big ones. The sweet new premier this week is Osamu Tezuka’s Ayako, coming to us from Vertical Publishing. Ayako defies the conventions of Tezuka’s previous mangas by utilizing a completely original cast and relying solely on historical drama to drive the plot. Set in the aftermath of World War II, Ayako focuses its attention on the Tenge clan, a once powerful family of landowners living in a rural community in northern Japan. The war and American occupation have begun to erode the fabric that binds them all together. And when the family seems to have completely fallen apart, they decide to turn their collective rage on what they believe to be the source of their troubles, the newest member of the Tenge family, the youngest sister Ayako. Continue reading

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Manga New Releases: Shinjuku Say Wha?

By Mat K.

Happy Thanksgiving folks and welcome to another exciting issue of your favorite manga update column. There’s a decent about of things showing up this week, but by no means one of those giant “everyting-comes-out-at-once” weeks. So if you have a lot of cooking and traveling to do, you will be glad to know there wont be 30 different books you know you have to pick up. But if you’re one of those who needs reading material because you can’t stand actually interacting with those creatures that call themselves your family, don’t worry there is still plenty of good stuff for you to distract yourself with.

Manga New Releases: Shinjuku Say Wha?There are definitely a few things you need to hear about but let’s start with a few highlights I feel need to be pointed out, either out of actual interest or amazement that it exists. First on the list is DNAngel Volume 13. You were not expecting it, I know, at least not this soon. It only took them 3 or so years to print Volume 12 after 11 came out, but it’s true, only a couple months after the release of DNAngel 12, here comes 13! Rejoice! Also, Lagoon Engine Volume 6 is here. I have to say, I thought the series was over at 4, then, about 2 years ago Volume 5 appeared and the fans were thrilled. And then you thought it was over again, but apparently not, because here comes 6. Continue reading

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