MICHELLE: I have read very few light novels and, to be honest, very few appeal to me. Sound! Euphonium is an exception, though. It’s about a high-school band—the kind with cumbersome brass instruments—and looks cute!
SEAN: Lots of my favorites, including Dorohedoro and Kitaro, and I’m also interested in Golden Kamuy. But like Michelle, my pick this week is definitely Sound! Euphonium. It’s not the sort of title you see translated to English at all, and I really want to see it succeed. Plus, brass band!
KATE: Is there a manga of Sound! Euphonium? Because I’d read that in a heartbeat. Until that arrives on bookshelves, I’m going to plug Golden Kamuy, a manly-man adventure in the vein of Kazuo Koike. The story takes place on the Hokkaido frontier in the waning days of the Russo-Japanese War. Though Golden Kamuy is violent — OK, really violent — it’s got a gonzo plot and great characters. Oh, and bears. Hungry ones. Here’s my two cents on volume one.
ASH: Wow! There are so many things being released this week that I’m interested in that it’s hard to choose just one. As for ongoing series, Dorohedoro is always high on my list, as is Kitaro. I’m really curious to see how Erased continues to develop, too. As for the debuts, I’m with everyone else so far–it’s Sound! Euphonium and Golden Kamuy for me!
ANNA: Thanks to Kate’s review, I’m definitely curious about Golden Kamuy. Manly adventure manga set in Hokkaido sounds like a fun summer diversion.
MELINDA: Add me to the Sound! Euphonium crowd, here! I’m interested in many of these (especially the second volume of Erased), and Kate’s mention of bears intrigues the John Irving fan in me, but for once, a novel is sounding the most appealing. I figure I should go with that and give it a try!