SEAN: Mid-month always tends to bring the oddest stuff. Anything unusual here?
First off, Seven Seas apparently delayed the release of Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge 1 at the last minute, after we went to press. It’s actually out next week.
ANNA: I hope it features Ace murdering people and getting lost in the woods.
SEAN: Fairy Tail hits its mid-life crisis, as the Big 4-0 hits. Will Erza needs to buy a really big car and drive around with the wind blowing through her hair?
Seven Seas debuts a new series, with the first volume of D-Frag!. This apparently is a high school club comedy, starring one guy and a bunch of weird girls. Despite that, I’ve heard good things about it, as the emphasis is firmly on weird.
There’s also the 2nd Devils and Realist, where I suspect my ongoing enjoyment will hinge on the ridiculous denial our hero continues to exude. Do not disappoint me, manga.
ANNA: I found the ridiculous denial much more amusing than I was expecting with the first volume.
ASH: The first volume was rather amusing.
SEAN: And we have the 6th volume of fantasy/video game encyclopedia pastiche World War Blue.
Vertical gives us a 3rd volume of seinen manga What Did You Eat Yesterday?, which I’m hoping might have a bit more characterization and a bit less cooking this time, but I suspect that’s not in the cards.
MICHELLE: Phew! Finally something on this list that I will be buying for sure!
ANNA: YAY! TAKE MY MONEY, VERTICAL!!!!!!
ASH: Mine, too!
MJ: What they said, plus extra exclamation points! !!!!!!
SEAN: If you didn’t catch the suspense, tragedy, and all around terror from Urasawa’s cult classic Monster, now is the time to pick up the new Perfect Edition omnibuses.
MICHELLE: I’m glad to see this series getting a re-release. I liked it quite a bit!
ANNA: I’m looking over at my stack of unread 20th Century Boys and feeling vaguely guilty.
MICHELLE: I have a stack just like it, I’m afraid.
ASH: Personally, I like Monster just a bit more than 20th Century Boys. I’m really happy to see it back in print.
MJ: I’m thrilled about this release, since I am one of those who missed it the first time around.
SEAN: And speaking of tragedy, Viz’s new seinen debut is Terra Formars (spelling intentional), a sci-fi story of colonizing Mars which goes horribly, horribly wrong. I’m greatly looking forward to this title, even though I know it will likely gut me a lot of the time.
MICHELLE: I tend to like grim, seinen sci-fi, so I am definitely looking forward to this.
ANNA: This sounds intriguing.
ASH: Terra Formars is a series that I’ve been looking forward to, too. (Plus, I happen to have a thing for Mars…)
MJ: I’m definitely on board with this!
SEAN: What excellent yet depressing manga are you reading this week?