SEAN: The holidays are over and it’s back to the grind, but we have some manga here to help you along.
Dark Horse is not only putting out Shinji Ikari Raising Project omnibuses, but also the actual series. Vol. 17 is the 2nd to last. Love those Evangelion AUs.
Kodansha has a few books. I was very pleased with the first volume of In/Spectre, whose female lead basically ticks many marks I look for in female leads. I am very excited for Vol. 2.
ASH: I’m very curious to see how this series unfolds!
SEAN: And we also get a 3rd volume of That Wolf-Boy Is Mine!, though the wolf boy himself may say otherwise.
MICHELLE: I really enjoyed the first two volumes and am looking forward to the third!
SEAN: Meanwhile, the 12th Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches starts to show us how it intends to move on after for all intents and purposes ending last volume.
ASH: The series seems to have done this a few times now.
SEAN: The big publisher this week is Seven Seas, with five titles. First we have a 9th volume of techno thriller Arpeggio of Blue Steel.
And a 3rd volume of Zero Sum-tastic action series Battle Rabbits.
The debut this week is The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún, which is a mouthful but I have high hopes. Also known as Totsukuni no Shoujo, it’s a Mag Garden title from Comic Blade. We haven’t seen much of them since the old Tokyopop days. It seems to be along the lines of Ancient Magus’ Bride and similar titles.
ASH: I am looking forward to this one immensely; possibly one of my most anticipated debuts of the year.
ANNA: This sounds interesting to me.
MELINDA: Oh, this. I’m definitely interested in this!
SEAN: Golden Time’s 6th volume continues to show us that law school students can have just as many angsty romantic triangles as high school students.
And the always gloriously silly My Monster Secret has a 5th volume.
Speaking of silly, or at least just plain weird, there’s a 6th volume of Nichijou from Vertical Comics.
Viz closes things out. First we have a 61st volume of Case Closed, which continues to feature lots of mysteries and lots of pointing.
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition’s first volume was a huge bestseller, and I suspect the second, which will have Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, should do equally well.
Lastly, Ranma 1/2 has its second to last omnibus, which means that at least one of its many hanging subplots will get wrapped up. No, really, it will. But not any of the romantic ones, fear not.
ASH: Still glad Ranma is getting a re-release!
SEAN: There’s some really good titles here. What interests you?
MICHELLE: Apparently only wolf boys!