SEAN: It’s a last volume, so what the heck: I’ll make Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan my pick for this week. When it started, it was all about ‘how can this quarter yokai boy who’s heir to the night parade of demons possibly hide his identity at school?’. That got thrown out after about half a volume, and progressed, as most Jump series to, to bigger and bigger battles. Still, it was surprisingly entertaining, I really loved watching Tsurara try to get her man (and mostly fail). I’ll miss it.
MICHELLE: My pick of the week, the fifth 3-in-1 omnibus of High School Debut is essentially my manga BFF. Cue internal montage of the two of us going on a shopping spree, trying on fancy hats at some snooty boutique, and then later laughing together over our salads. Possibly some frozen yogurt would figure in, as well.
ANNA: There is a ton of good manga coming out this week! I think I’m going to have to go with the second volume of Assassination Classroom. I wonder what murderous jokes about alien tentacles the second volume will serve up!
ASH: Okay, so I know Sean tried to convince us that we weren’t allowed to choose Black Rose Alice two weeks in a row, but I didn’t pick it last week and it really is the manga that I’m most excited for. So far the series has been marvelously creepy and disconcerting; I’m very curious to see where it goes.
MJ: I admit I don’t really have a real pick this week, so I’ll go off list and highlight a digital offering that is currently free to read online. That would be Kaiju’s The Ring of Saturn, which I reviewed here over the weekend. Intertwining the reality of emotional growing pains with the music of Gustav Holst, it’s a quick but satisfying read that leaves readers with a lot to think about. If you’re stuck home in the snow like a bunch of us are today, why not check out this digital goodness?