By Mat K.
What work? Well, Katsura Hoshino’s D Gray Man Volume 19 comes in this week, and I still love this series. Every volume ends on a cliffhanger, and reveals something new and interesting. And frankly, the keeps getting better and better. Allen Walker and Yu Kanda (and Lenalee Lee for the gentlemen in the series) have become celebrity heart throbs amongst the Black Order. Not that this is part of the story or any big deal is made of it, but now and then you catch glimpses of how the other characters perceive them and work themselves to the standards of their “celebrities”. The are also definitely moe moments. They’re the hotties of the Black Order. In this volume we really start to get some pieces of why Allen and Kanda are special. Allen’s pieces are forming an interesting picture, while Kanda’s are still putting together the frame. Not to mention a fairly handsome gentleman in a big silly top hat appears. No spoilers. Read and enjoy.
Also continuing this week is Bakuman (finally), by the creators of Death Note Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. In Volume 2 of Bakuman Moritaka and Akito venture to publishing house Shueisha in hopes of capturing an editor’s interest. As much potential as these two rookies have, will their story impress the pros and actually get printed? I know everyone has been in love with the first volume, so here’s hoping the love affair continues with the second book.
Other books you love that are coming out this week? How about XXX Holic, Ultimate Muscle, Otomen, Lucky Star and Hikaru No Go just to name a few. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of other stuff too. I just figured I would entice you with the biggies first. Though I will bottom out the article this week with a look at a new series premiering. Continue reading
By Mat K.
Before we jump into the review, here’s what’s what with this week. There are a good handful of manga coming in this week, but that is all. I know the last couple weeks were a little bit spoiling what with the dozens of titles released at a time. I’ll mention a couple things real quick, Gantz Volume 13 (yay for Gantz being on the fast track these days), and the new Cross Game Volume 1 by Mitsuru Adachi. The series centers around a boy named Ko, the family of four sisters who live down the street and the game of baseball. This poignant coming-of-age story will change your perception of what shonen manga can be. Or it could just be a mis-labeled shojo series about baseball. But really that’s for you to read and figure out. It does look cute. Anyway, other than that there’s Inu Yasha, Case Closed (finally), Kekkaishi, Lucky Star, Yakitate Japan, and some Dean Koontz book turned into a manga.
No really, that’s pretty much it. Maybe just one or two other things. So now it’s time for a book review, since I have run out of things to say about this week’s releases. So let’s talk about Deadman Wonderland written by Jinsei Kataoka and drawn by Kazuma Kondou. If you’re an avid reader of this little article series, you might remember when I introduced the first volume some months ago, well, now we’re on to the third volume and the real mysteries are just getting under way. For those of you who missed out and have no idea what I’m talking about: Ten years have passed since the Great Tokyo Earthquake, and the people’s memories of the disaster have faded. Ganta Igarashi, a middle school evacuee, has finally begun to live a normal life…That is, until the day “Red Man” appears at his school and Ganta’s fate is changed forever. His entire class is brutally murdered, and although innocent of the crime, Ganta is sentenced to death and sent to the bizarre prison known as “Deadman Wonderland.” An insane and brutal game of prison survival begins! Continue reading
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.
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