ASH: There are plenty of great manga releases to choose from this week. But as happy as I am to see Junji Ito’s Uzumaki receiving the deluxe treatment, my pick unquestionably goes to Takehiko Inoue’s Real. I honestly consider it to be one of the best series currently being released in English.
MICHELLE: Yep, I’m going to have to award my pick to Real, too. I love Knights of Sidonia, but I’ll have several more chances to pick it in the coming months whereas Real seems to be yearly these days. If you thought sports manga was goofy and formulaic, Real will change your mind.
SEAN: I’ll go with Uzumaki, then. A terrific re-release, showing people who may have missed it the first time what a completely creepy and fascinating story it is. Another “I don’t normally like horror, but…” title.
MJ: And I actually do like horror, at least some of the time, so despite my own deep love for Real (and that love is pretty deep), I’ll also go with Uzumaki as my pick for this week. I am one of those people who missed it the first time around, and it’s been raved about by readers and my fellow bloggers alike. I simply can’t miss it again! Plus… I like spirals. I just do. I’m all in for Uzumaki.
What looks good to you this week?
Leslie saysOctober 15, 2013 at 9:46 pm
Hi! Neither of your picks for this week are exactly in my wheelhouse, but your high praise for Real and Slam Dunk (here and in previous posts) makes me want to check these titles out. Catching up on Real seems fairly do-able, at 12 volumes out in the U.S. But at 31 volumes to date, Slam Dunk is a different story. Any thoughts on whether Slam Dunk might receive VIZ omnibus treatment? If not, I wish VIZ would offer good deals on older volumes of long-running titles to encourage new readers on a budget. I *heart* Kaze Hikaru, but I started buying that title just two years ago, and getting caught up took out a big chunk of my manga-buying dollars – so I can’t do things like that too often. Thanks!