I feel like I really ought to stop opening my mouth, because 2 weeks ago I was sounding so hopeful for a flush of new releases, and then last week we had only five. This week gets worse, there are only two books coming in, so I might as well cover them both. But first, can somebody please tell me if I jinxed this whole year? Because there have been so many minimalist release weeks, and we’re halfway through February already. Don’t get me wrong, the quality (for the most part) of the books coming seems to be much more discriminatory, and maaaaybe some of the reason is that in the last year or so, so many companies have gone out of business, so there just appear to be less books. I mean, we’ve seen Ice Kunion hit the road, we’ve said good-bye to Go Comi!, we haven’t heard hide nor hair from Net Comics, and CMX was flat out dissolved.
By Mat K.
Hello boys and girls and welcome the Saint Patrick’s week. There’s not a whole lot going on in the manga department this week, but that is not to say there is nothing. There are a couple of new books that are definitely worth checking out. The first one up is Bunny Drop Volume 1 by Yumi Unita. The story goes a thirty year-old bachelor named Daikichi has to go to his grandfather’s funeral. He’s floored when he finds out gramps had an illegitimate child with a younger lover. While the whole family is shocked, the rest of the family seems to be embarrassed and not want anything to do with the poor silent girl. In a fit of angry spontaneity, Daikichi decides to take her in himself! But will living with this overgrown teenager of a man help Rin come out of her shell? And won’t this turn of events spell doom for Daikichi’s love life? Drama and wackyness ensue. This is definitely a side-step from your typical manga formula. Continue reading
By Mat K.
At first glance, as you run down our new release manga section on our website, the week looks interesting but with a couple exceptions (like Detroit Metal City Volume 4), overall not too exciting. But then you get to the bottom of the list and you have to blink twice because your eyes can’t quite make sense out of what you think you’re seeing. Stephanie Meyer has invaded the manga shelves! That’s right, the Twilight Manga Volume 1 has arrived. Now the cover merely states “Twilight The Graphic Novel”, though distributor listings actually say “Twilight Manga”. And the adaptation is done by Young Kim, which would technically make it manhwa anyway, but I digress. I know this comes as good news to many Twilight fans out there. You finally get to see your precious Edward in manga form. And I will say this, the cover art doesn’t look terrible. I suppose I’m just glad that Shakespere and the Bible made it to manga form before Twilight did.
And now that I’ve said that, I’ll say this: apparently, we’re not allowed to sell the Twilight Manga until March 16th. Apparently they just shipped it out a bit early to tease us all.
Now, big news in my book is the arrival of a new Yuu Watase series (if you’re not familliar, Yuu did Fushigi Yugi and Ceres: The Celestial Legend). Her new series is Arata The Legend, and is her first venture into shonen books, as opposed to her usual shojo stylings. Basically in a world where humans and gods coexist, Arata is the unfortunate successor to the matriarchal Hime Clan, unfortunate because if he’s not cross-dressing to hide his gender one minute, he’s fleeing for his life the next. Fun times. Watase does the celestial gods and humans thing really well; reincarnations, genetic clones, living stories, and alternate worlds. She’s always fun, magical, action packed, and sad. Continue reading