SEAN: It’s the week of NYCC, so let’s keep this Manga the Week of short and sweet.
Dark Horse has a 10th Lone Wolf and Cub omnibus.
ASH: I really need to sit down and catch up with Lone Wolf and Cub now that it’s being released in an edition I can actually read…
SEAN: Kodansha debuts a series that some may have already seen on Crunchyroll’s manga site, the very well titled Kiss Him, Not Me. A warning: there is ‘sudden weight-loss makes me attractive’ here, as in Let’s Dance a Waltz. That said, the annoying premise is used entirely for comedy here, as our heroine is far more interested in pairing her hot guy suitors with each other.
MICHELLE: Yeah, I saw the weight loss thing and it disinclined me to investigate further. I’ll wait on others’ reviews of this one.
MJ: Ugh, not that again.
SEAN: Noragami is up to Volume 7 and making me wish I’d kept up with it, as it’s apparently insanely popular now.
ASH: Very popular! I’ve been enjoying it, too.
SEAN: From Seven Seas, Dance in the Vampire Bund II: Scarlet Order 3. Sean 0.
If you missed the Love in Hell volumes from a while back, there’s a Complete Collection coming out, also from Seven Seas.
The Seven Seas debut is Merman in My Tub, from Media Factory’s oddball magazine Comic Gene. If Monster Girls are a big hit, will Monster Guys sell just as well? Especially if there’s BL subtext?
MJ: Hm. Maybe?
ASH: I’m willing to give it a try!
ANNA: Hasn’t there already been a merman BL/yaoi title published over here? Is this an established genre?
SEAN: SubLime gives us a 3rd volume of The World’s Greatest First Love. Amazon seems to be listing Vol. 4 for next week as well, but I’m not sure if that’s accurate.
ASH: Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s not. Volumes 3 throu 5 were delayed some.
SEAN: And Vertical has a 7th Witchcraft Works. They’ve almost caught up with Japan.
ASH: Another series I need to catch up on myself!
SEAN: Viz has a 56th volume of Case Closed, and will never, ever catch up with Japan, but at least it’s still coming out regularly.
Deadman Wonderland continues to head for a climax, but it’s not there yet with Vol. 11.
Lastly, we get a 14th volume of Magi, which continues to features our leads separating to have their own adventures/level up.
MICHELLE: Yay, Magi!
ANNA: Woo hoo for Magi!
SEAN: Anything from this list catch your eye?
JRB saysOctober 8, 2015 at 4:02 pm
“I’ll wait on others’ reviews of this one.”
I’m looking forwards to Kiss Him, Not Me. I was following it on Crunchyroll, and I thought it was pretty funny (I stopped when the paper copy was announced, since I’m going to buy it anyway and might as well save the fun of the first reading for print). Although it looks like the obvious Best Guy, Tall Silent Eccentric Dude (whose actual name I disremember), is not going to be a major romantic focus, dammit. :(
Very much looking forwards to Merman in My Tub, as the anime was just the sort of oddball nuttery that appeals to me (and quite pretty-looking too). I must say that that is the world’s worst title; I guess The Circumstances of My Home’s Bathtub was too long and cumbersome, but Merman in My Tub is so dim, literalistic and dull…
“Hasn’t there already been a merman BL/yaoi title published over here? Is this an established genre?”
Yes (Selfish Mr. Mermaid), and not as far as I can tell, respectively. Although by now vampires/werewolves/yokai have been pretty well played out, so maybe it’s due?