SEAN: A fairly subdued third week, with a lot of recurring series and one decidedly odd debut.
On the Kodansha side, Cage of Eden has another fanservice-tastic cover for its 17th volume, but hopefully will work in some more giant extinct animals and brushes with death as well.
And we get the final volume of over-the-top manga comedy Manga Dogs with Vol. 3.
Seven Seas has a fourth volume of Black Butl—sorry, of Devils & Realist. (Their plots aren’t all that alike, but they seem to share the same aesthetic.)
And we get a 2nd volume of superhero manga Lucifer & The Biscuit Hammer, with vols. 3 & 4. The end of the first omnibus got dark pretty fast – will we get new heroes?
ASH: I had no idea what to expect from the first omnibus, and I’m not sure where the second one will be going, but I’m rather enjoying the series’ quirkiness.
SEAN: Nurse Hitomi’s Monster Infirmary is a new Seven Seas series that looks to combine monsters from mythology and slapstick comedy. And given it runs in Comic Ryu, I expect a lot of fanservice as well.
Vertical has a 5th volume of shonen card-battle manga Cardfight!! Vanguard (the exclamation point placement is very important).
And a 3rd Witchcraft Works, with more witches and badass heroines.
ASH: Another delightfully quirky series that I’m enjoying. The artwork is quite nice, too.
SEAN: Lastly, Viz has a 5th volume of dystopian action series Gangsta.
ASH: I’m actually behind in reading Gangsta, but I’ll definitely be picking up the new volume.
ANNA: I think I missed the fourth volume! I do really enjoy this series and am looking forward to catching up.
SEAN: Are you watching out for something this week?
MICHELLE: I am sad to say that literally nothing on this list particularly appeals to me. But! All hope is not lost, for there is more Boys Over Flowers on the horizon and that makes me cautiously happy!
MJ: I am sad to say the same. And I’m probably more skeptical about the Boys Over Flowers than Michelle is, so even that fills me with “meh.”
SEAN: Boys Over Flowers… so much influence, so many volumes, so much “WHY?!?!”
MICHELLE: I admit it has many flaws, but I love it anyway. I’m afraid season two will really suck, but that won’t keep me from checking it out anyway.
ANNA: I am super excited for this!