SEAN: Given I have the least surprising pick of the week, I guess I will go first. This is probably the last chance for me to urge you all to give Higurashi: When They Cry a try. Umineko has more depth, but also is a lot more depressing and filled with broken suffering people. Higurashi also has those people, but the entire story is about the power of friendship and learning to trust each other and managing to work past your issues and deal with your past without letting it rule you… or, in the case of Miyo Takano, letting it rule you after all. It’s been quite a ride. Let’s see how it ends.
ASH: I’m not sure if my pick will be surprising or not, but I’m going to go with the final volume of Bunny Drop. I loved the early series, and there are some great things about the later part, too, but it’s been a long time since a manga has been able to make me so incredibly angry. It wasn’t so much the direction that the story turned that upset me as it was how Unita handled it. I felt cheated. And yet I’m intensely curious about this volume of short stories.
MICHELLE: I have mixed feelings about how Bunny Drop turned out, certainly, but volume ten is still the only thing coming out this week that appeals to me, so I guess it’s my pick by default.
MJ: My pick may indeed be surprising, but I’m leaning overwhelmingly toward the first volume of the light novel series Sword Art Online. I do not watch much anime, but my husband introduced me to the anime adaptation of this series (available on Crunchyroll, for those who might be interested), and I absolutely loved it—particularly the first arc, “Aincrad,” which is the subject of this novel. Though the series’ second arc features more “damsel in distress” than I would like, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to re-experience my favorite storyline in its original format. I’m so glad to see this being published in English!
teezoen saysApril 24, 2014 at 8:27 am
I felt the same way about Usagi Drop as I did about Oreimo. Now, I’m coming at it from the anime only perspectice. Both of them, up to the point where they “went there”, were amazing. Oreimo’s humor was truly hilarious, even if it was awkward due to the subject matter. It talked about a sister driving a brother crazy, but a brother who cared about her nonetheless. It was perfect. And then that happened. Usagi Drop I’ve only ever seen from the “younger” perspective, but that was a heartwarming story about a single man learning about responsibility by taking care of a child. And I thought it was great. I loved both of those series. And then that happened.
*sigh* I really wanted to look at the manga for each, so I could keep reading the story, but after hearing secondhand what it’s headed towards in both, I just really don’t care to keep reading. I’d much rather go after the Spice and Wolf LN.