SEAN: It may not be hot where you are, but Connecticut? It’s hot. Too hot. Can manga save us from the doldrums of summer?
MICHELLE: I am in Florida. Such hot. Very yuck.
MJ: New England, also hot. And stormy. Which sounds sexier than it is.
ANNA: I will be in Central Illinois, which will be hot and humid!
SEAN: Digital Manga Publishing has another BL series trundle along, with Vol. 5 of multi-punctuated Hey Class President!!.
Kodansha unveils a slew of July titles. Seven Deadly Sins hits its third volume, and I have no doubt will give us a little more background on the newly-introduced Ban/Greed.
ASH: It took a few chapters to hook me, but at this point I’m looking forward to reading more of Seven Deadly Sins.
SEAN: Sherlock Bones has leapt forward in time to show our leads as adults (or adult dogs) right as the series hits its penultimate volume.
ASH: I was happy to see that the protagonists weren’t going to be stuck in high school forever.
SEAN: Fans of Akamatsu may have been keeping up with UQ Holder via Crunchyroll’s site, but for those who crave print, the 2nd volume also drops next week.
MICHELLE: I wish I had something to say about any of these, but I do not.
SEAN: And we have some more goodies from Viz. 07-GHOST has Vol. 11 come out, and I think the Manga Bookshelf team finds itself falling further and further behind?
MICHELLE: Yep. I look at the growing pile on my shelf periodically and remind myself that I need to read it.
ANNA: Me too! It is a really good series, I am looking forward to binging on back issues once I do start reading it.
SEAN: Speaking of impossible catchups, Case Closed is now at Vol. 51.
Fullmetal Alchemist is down to its last two omnibuses. If you get all nine, you’ll have the truly essential parts of this manga – which is to say, all of it.
ASH: Fullmetal Alchemist is great!
MJ: Yes, it is! And to Sean’s point, one of the things I love best about it is that, unlike a lot of long-running manga, it is a single, coherent story with a real beginning, middle, and end. Nothing is superfluous, so yes, every volume is essential.
ANNA: I need to finish this series one day! Actually, I think I’ll start by rereading from the beginning.
SEAN: The third Ranma 1/2 omnibus introduces a major antagonist (Cologne); a major antagonist/butt-monkey (Mousse); and a minor yet incredibly irritating thorn in Ranma’s side (Gosunkugi). All this plus the usual Takahashi comedy and non-romance.
And if that’s not enough Takahashi for you, the 15th volume of Rin-Ne drops the same week, forcing unfortunate comparisons between its sedate, mild couple and Ranma 1/2’s violent, boisterous one.
MICHELLE: Some Takahashi sounds awfully appealing right now, actually.
SEAN: What manga cools you down the most?
Jocilyn Wagner saysJuly 4, 2014 at 7:05 am
The official release date isn’t all that clear but, pre-orders for Jen Lee Quick’s long awaited conclusion to Off*Beat are shipping!