A few quick links for today! First off, I have a review in today’s Manga Minis, for the first volume of Tokyopop’s KimiKiss. This was a fairly depressing read and the best I can think of to say about it is that it is too bland to be offensive. It breaks my heart that this is the kind of manga Tokyopop is putting money into nowadays, while more deserving works languish in cancellation limbo. I realize that sales are (and must be) the driving force behind it all, but really, this? I read the story synopsis of the game it is based on, and it sounded more interesting than the manga. That’s pretty sad.
Secondly, don’t miss my reviews from the weekend! Yuri Monogatari is a fantastic look at lesbian comics from across the globe and a must-read for female comics fans, and Children of the Sea is a gorgeous, thoughtful supernatural mystery story nobody should miss out on.
Looking at this week’s shipping news (thanks, Kate Dacey), I see we have yet another adaptation of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time coming our way–this time of the animated film. I must admit I’m fan enough of this story to be interested in more, so I’ll probably be looking to pick that up. It might be interesting to compare it to CMX’s The Girl Who Runs Through Time, which I own but have never reviewed.
Lastly, please read Erica Friedman’s post at Ozaku where she discusses the “Girls Read Comics” project that was developed recently via Twitter as a response to some of the deeply sexist press revolving around Comic Con this year. This is a very exciting project and I’ll be advertising it more here when there is more to advertise, but if you’re interested in participating, especially as an artist, please read Erica’s post and contact project organizer Deb Aoki ASAP!
Katherine Dacey saysJuly 6, 2009 at 7:50 pm
Great minds must think alike, but I was contemplating a compare-n-contrast review of the two Girl Who Leapt Through Time manga, too! I must admit that I wasn’t enamored of the CMX version, but I found the underlying premise intriguing enough to pick up the Bandai edition. What I’d really like to see, though, is an English-language edition of the original novel. Now THAT would make the ultimate comparative review!
Thanks, as always, for the link!
Melinda Beasi saysJuly 6, 2009 at 8:45 pm
Oh, yes that would! I admit I’m interested in the Bandai version particularly since I liked the film it is based on. But yes, I would very much like to read the original novel.