By Shannon H.
There is a small but strong wave of darkly satisfying manga this week. In particular, the long-awaited second volume of March Story, a lovely horror manhwa with the most elegant gothic drawings to be seen in a good while. Also worth noting is the newest Vampire Hunter D novel (Volume 16), which begins the first half of a tale in which D takes on a legion of vampiric alien creatures. Like the other D novels, this chilling addition to the saga has been translated with a care for good prose, and features spot illustrations by renowned Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano. If just the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Vampire Hunter D realm wasn’t enough of a draw, I can promise you that Amano’s distinctive blend of traditional and modern Japanese visual aesthetics is more than enough reason to check it out. Amano is, without a doubt, not just a significant contributor to manga and video games, but to the greater world of fine arts at large. Continue reading
By Mat K.
As you may have been able to extrapolate from the title, this is another Viz heavy week, and none too soon. Everything this week with the exception of two books is either Shonen Jump or Shojo Beat. So let us start with this week’s nonconformists from DMP. The first of the two is an exciting release. Hideyuki Kikuchi’s Vampire Hunter D and the form of it’s manga adaptation Volume 5. I know lots of you love Yoshitaka Amano, but you know you also love Vampire Hunter D no matter what form, and Saiko Takaki is a perfectly elegant artist. This time, in a world where even the smallest and most remote village is being terrorized by the monsters that stalk the night, there is a hamlet, prosperous and peaceful, where mortals and vampires have lived in peace for years. It is there that sleeping beauty, Sheavil Schmidt has slept, neither waking nor aging, for thirty years since first receiving the vampire’s immortal kiss. The mysterious Vampire Hunter D is lured to the tranquil oasis by recurrent dreams of the beautiful, undying girl bathed in an eerie blue light and dancing in a ghostly chateau. 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