This nerd is still out, pretending like she’s a legit college student, going to university football games and stuff while out and about. No longer does she have the right to judge bros who come into Forbidden Planet in their plaid shorts and popped-collar polos. But just because she is watching some sports and pigging out on hotdogs doesn’t mean that she’s forgotten her manga faithful on the home front! If anything, she is more attached to y’all than ever before, so know that the rest of this article is written with extreme love for the otaku of FP!!
There’s a pretty giant array hitting our shelves this week, with a heavy emphasis on the action, thriller and generally shounen-type things, with new volumes of all three big guns (Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece) amongst them. Also worth noting is volume four of personal favourite, Grand Guignol Orchestra, and a new manga called Bloody Monday, the first volume of which is coming to us from Kodansha. Though I don’t know much about the latter, it looks super promising. I mean, hackers and conspiracies and cults? Sounds like it’s just waiting to be a Hollywood flick, but a lot brainier. The art may not be the flashiest, but it has a certain retro feel to it that makes it unique and probably worth checking out. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
By Mat K.
In case you guys out there have not been keeping up with the new releases on our website, you have to know that there is a lot going on this week. It is the first week of the first month of summer, and that means all the good stuff is pouring out. Of course this week was also Memorial Day, which brings me to one sad point of contention, that all these books get one less day in the spotlight than if it was a regular week. Now, as for the title of this weeks little article there is just that much stuff coming out, not to mention demons, ninjas, vampires, doctors and soul reapers. That’s right, all the big names come out this week and while lots of them may well be Viz titles, not all of them are.
Lets start with, once again, a massive influx of One Piece in the way of volumes 49, 50, 51, 52, and 53. In this run we bust out of the Thriller Bark story line and into Sabaody, where Luffy saves the Straw Hats from Gecko Moria. Also arriving are Bleach Volume 31 in which the journey in Hueco Mundo to save Orihime continues, and Naruto Volume 48 where Naruto has a heart to heart with the real Pain, and you learn about Pain’s history, how he was an orphan in the ninja wars, and how he and his friends were watched over and trained by Jiraiya. Continue reading
By Mat K.
Why is this week so awesome? Well, it is the first week of February and Viz has decided its time once again to avalanche us with titles. And I mean that in a good way. First and foremost, Naruto Volume 47 is here, and you know you fans have been fiending for it. Pain is attacking Konoha and they’ve taken heavy damages. The toads are doing the best they can but it won’t be enough. Even Toad Sage Naruto can’t handle all the death and destruction, and no one can tell if it’s for better or worse when one more death causes him to sprout 8 out of his 9 demon tails.
The next heavy hitter coming in this week is Berserk Volume 33, as well as D Gray Man Volume 16, Knights Of The Zodiac (Saint Seiya) Volume 28 out of nowhere, and Pokemon Adventures Volume 5. And behold, its that time of the month for another 5 straight issues of One Piece. This week sees Volumes 29, 30, 31, 32, and 33 ending the Skypeia arc and beginning the Water Seven arc By the time Shonen Jump is done spitting out these One Piece books, it will officially surpass Naruto as the most amount of single issues on our shelves. Continue reading
By Mat K.
Wow, it’s good to be back. The holidays this year were so nuts that we had to take a little hiatus. If any of you came by shopping last week you must have noticed that there were no new releases at all, in fact the only comics were some Fall Of Hulks thing and a Blackest Night issue. The good news is that it’s the first release week of the month and that means a million books you know you’ve been waiting for.
The first hunk of big news is One Piece. Now if you read Naruto, (or even if you don’t), you may remember the last couple years around this time Viz started pumping out 4 issues a month or so in order to catch up with the rapidly progressing Japanese issues. Well, apparently we started getting dangerously close to current Naruto issues, and they realized we were still desperately behind in One Piece, because in 2010 it’s Luffy’s turn. That’s right, this week 5 whole volumes of One Piece come out at once, 24-28. Continue reading
By Mat K.
Ohayo gozaimasu fellow anime fans. This week the manga news is small, but definitely still interesting. So let’s start with the big names. Vampire Hunter D the Manga Volume 4 comes in this week. I know with the 13th novel showing up just last week, all the D fans out there must be having a great December…or at least their friends know what to get them for Christmas. One Piece Volume 23 also makes it’s debut. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like it hasn’t been that long since the release of Volume 22, or maybe it’s just in relation to how long Shonen Jump books usually release. There is some news, in case some of you haven’t heard, if you remember the last couple years viz was playing catch-up with Naruto around the holiday months, but despite how we’ve come a long way with Naruto, the catch-up game will continue…with One Piece. That’s right, we’re expecting to reach the 30s maybe even as high as Volume 40 in the coming months.
Also making appearances this week are Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys Volume 6, and Ooku Volume 2. In case it’s been so long you’ve forgotten, Ooku is the new series by Fumi Yoshinaga about a town that’s stricken by disease, and the Shogun takes all the pretty men into his care and I suppose into his harem or something to keep them safe. Continue reading