MICHELLE: On any ordinary week, I would be seconding that pick heartily, especially since my love of Chihayafuru is significantly tinged with gratitude. I’m really looking forward to Drowning Love and Our Precious Conversations, too, but I gotta award my vote to the second volume of The Girl from the Other Side. It’s a lovely, magical series with the sort of main character who I just can’t help but love with all my heart.
KATE: This week, I only have eyes for one manga: the latest volume of The Girl From the Other Side. It’s easily the best thing I’ve read this year, with a hauntingly beautiful story and gorgeous pen-and-ink drawings. I had to pinch myself when I realized that it’s published by Seven Seas, everyone’s favorite purveyor of monster girl T&A.
ANNA: Like many people, I’m excited about both The Girl From the Other Side and Chihayafuru, two very different manga. I think I’m going to have to give the edge to Chihayafuru though, the extended flashback in the first volume has me very curious about what’s happening with a more grown-up version of the characters. I’ve been waiting impatiently for the second volume!
ASH: Likewise, I’m interested in both Chihayafuru and The Girl from the Other Side, but in my case The Girl from the Other Side is the obvious choice for my pick of the week. I absolutely loved the first volume with it’s striking artwork, intriguing characters, and mysterious atmosphere. I’m really glad that Seven Seas licenses such a wide variety of material!