SEAN: There’s a lot of new titles here next week, so it’s a great one if you want to start off a series. Even if two of those are spinoffs of an already existing series. And one is a re-release omnibus. Details, details!
I honestly keep forgetting Drifters exists. It’s one of those manga titles Dark Horse puts out once in a blue moon. That said, I believe I’ve enjoyed both volumes that have come out to date, and it’s different enough from Hellsing while still attracting fans of its author. Let’s see if I remember what happened before when I read Vol. 3.
MICHELLE: I had completely and utterly forgotten about Drifters.
ASH: I’ve been looking forward to the next volume of Drifters. It’s a bombastic series and I’ve been getting a kick out of Hirano’s liberal reimaginings of historical figures.
MJ: I was just thinking about picking up Drifters! Good timing, I guess.
SEAN: The BL manga debut of the week is Deadlock from DMP, involving going undercover in a prison to make contact with the one man who can possibly make our hero feel all squishy inside. Or something. In any case, the cover does indeed look sultry.
MJ: Is it wrong that this sounds enticing to me? I think that must be terribly wrong.
SEAN: Kodansha has most of next week’s debuts (and indeed this month’s, as we shall see). First we have Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, a manga adaptation of the novel prequel to everyone’s favorite military vs. monsters series. Different artist, but the titans are still pretty horrible.
ASH: So far it seems to be a fairly decent entry point for readers who gave up on the original Attack on Titan manga because of the art but who are still interested in the franchise. (I’m also looking forward to reading the Before the Fall novels later this year.)
SEAN: If you’re in the mood for something lighter, there’s an omnibus of the first two volumes of Attack on Titan: Junior High, which is exactly what it sounds like, and is actually quite funny.
ASH: It’s true!
MJ: Okay, I might have to check that out.
SEAN: Lastly, our shoujo debut next week is My Little Monster, a Dessert title about a girl trying to blaze through high school with top grades so she can lead an International Life of Success, and the incredibly weird boy who gets in the way of that.
MICHELLE: Hmm… Maybe.
MJ: I’m also maybe on this.
SEAN: In non-debut Kodansha titles, we have Vol. 4 of Sherlock Bones. So far, there is no sign of a dog that looks like Lucy Liu. This saddens me.
MICHELLE: Is there an otter that looks like Benedict Cumberbatch?
SEAN: SubLime has the 2nd Embracing Love omnibus, which has possibly the best BL synopsis I’ve seen in months: the two leads are so exhausted after a 10-day sex bout that it’s affect their work as adult film stars. With a description like that, it cannot possibly fail.
ASH: Embracing Love is actually one of my favorite BL series. I’m happy that SuBLime rescued this one.
SEAN: As for Vol. 2 of Hide and Seek, it looks as if one of the men is breaking the other one’s wrist on this volume’s cover. Sad to see true love end so badly.
ASH: I’m also a fan of Yaya Sakuragi manga, so it looks like this is a good week for me from SuBLime!
07-Ghost is a thing that still comes out. I still can’t really think of much to say. Seems filled with dark intrigue. Vol. 9 ships next week.
MICHELLE: I must shamefully report that I still haven’t progressed beyond the first volume. But I will one of these days!
MJ: I will speak up for Anna here and say, “yay!”
SEAN: There’s a 17th volume of Arata the Legend, which is timely given that Fushigi Yuugi just finished. Can it pick up the audience desperate for more Watase? (Or did it have them already?)
MICHELLE: I do like Arata, but it’s a series I tend to forget about between releases. Then when one shows up, I’m like, “Oh yeah! Arata exists!”
SEAN: Assuming there are still some people who have not yet read Fullmetal Alchemist (and I despair of a universe that allows such people to exist), the 7th 3-in-1 is out from Viz.
ASH: With the omnibuses getting close to the end of the series, they’re a great way to go for people just getting into Fullmetal Alchemist.
MJ: Yes, yes, yes. I’m always going to push this series.
SEAN: Lastly, the big reissue this week is Viz’s first omnibus of Ranma 1/2, the title that basically WAS Viz back in the 1990s. It was the title that, along with Sailor Moon, started the 2nd wave of North American fandom, and many folks – including myself – got into anime and manga due to Ranma. The artwork is apparently miles better than the third-generation xeroxes we used to have, and the translation, while still no doubt filled with Shampoo-isms and Kuno babies, will be touched up a little. Also, unflipped. Find out for yourself what the fuss was all about, newbie fans!
MICHELLE: I must confess that I have never read or seen any Ranma. Well, aside from the briefest glimpse of an anime episode. So I’m definitely looking forward to checking it out!
ASH: I already own the entire series, but the reissue does look tempting!
SEAN: You no buy manga this week? Sean kill! (cough) Sean is no Shampoo, that’s for sure. What are you getting this week?
wandering-dreamer saysMarch 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm
I just got my copy of My Little Monster yesterday and really must recommend it, I love shojo stories that have a slightly weird lead and the execution of the story works so much better than it sounds on paper. The characters are really fun and I feel like their quirks serve to make them more human and relatable, not into maniac pixie dream girls/boys (and, in case anyone here saw the anime, rest assured they have retranslated that questionable “rape” line so we’re all good on that front!)
AshLynx saysMarch 6, 2014 at 7:33 pm
I just wanna know when we’re gonna get some Maison Ikkoku omnibuses! Ranma might be undoubtably more popular, but it’s hard to deny that Maison Ikkoku is superior imo.
Sean Gaffney saysMarch 7, 2014 at 7:01 pm
It’s easy for me to deny, as I prefer both UY and Ranma over Maison Ikkoku. I get why it’s beloved, but its realism makes the characters MUCH harder to take, and I find my teeth grinding far more than with Ranma or UY’s blatant slapstick. I do still enjoy MI, but it’s not as good for me.
Olivia saysMarch 8, 2014 at 4:41 am
If it’s any encouragement, My Little Monster reminds me a lot of Kimi ni Todoke, if Kimi no Todoke were populated with more characters like Ayane and much snarkier.