SEAN: Ah, blissful quiet 2nd week, when I can catch up on stuff from the first week. Not that there aren’t titles of interest here.
There’s a new Blade of The Immortal, Vol. 29. I’ll just let Ash chime in here.
ASH: Oh, Blade of the Immortal? That’s my cue! We’re now down to the final few volumes as the series approaches it’s ultimate climax. It’s been one heck of a ride and I don’t expect that Samura will let up on the intensity just because the series is coming to a close.
SEAN: And if you missed Dark Horse’s Samurai Executioner back when it came out around 10 years ago, well here’s a new omnibus release for you to see what you missed. It’s pretty much pure Koike, you know what you’ll see here.
DMP has the 4th volume of Dog x Cat, another of those series whose last volume came out so long ago that I don’t think even its biggest fans remember what was happening.
MICHELLE: I utterly forgot that series existed.
MJ: I had sort of… blissfully forgotten that it existed.
SEAN: I’ll be honest, I like Fairy Tail a lot, but I’ll be glad when the monthly releases are in the past. I’m all Fairy Tail‘d out right now. For those who aren’t, here’s Vol. 38.
SEAN: Speaking of Hiro Mashima, we get the debut of one of his few remaining unlicensed series, Monster Soul. This is what he wrote in between Rave Master and Fairy Tail. Best of all, I think it’s only 2 volumes long.
MJ: Perhaps this is my chance to finally jump onto the Hiro Mashima wagon! I liked him so much as a person when he appeared at NYCC a couple of years back, but I’ve never really gotten into his work. I should try!
SEAN: In other shonen news, we get the 2nd volume of The Seven Deadly Sins, which will presumably feature a few more sins.
And Sherlock Bones hits Vol. 5, with more sleuthing and probably more dog jokes as well. I miss Kindaichi. Dogs just aren’t the same, even if they are reincarnations of Holmes.
SEAN: Vol. 4 of From the New World comes out from Vertical. Has the series gotten into the dark SF aspects even more?
ASH: Yes, it has! It’s fantastically creepy and ominous, although the fanservice can still be a little much at times.
SEAN: Lastly, double digits for Viz’s 07-GHOST, which we now know will be 17 total, as it ended a few months ago in Japan.
MICHELLE: Like I say every time a new volume of 07-Ghost comes out… I really will catch up on this someday!
ANNA: I feel like Michelle and I are 07-Ghost procrastination twins, because I do enjoy the series and do want to get caught up on it someday. I recently took the step of searching through my house for unread volumes and putting them in a pile, so I can see where I need to fill in to get a complete run. Progress!
SEAN: Is there a series here that speaks to your heart?