MICHELLE: I’m reluctant to tout anything from TOKYOPOP, given that I am still bitter about past deeds, but I must admit that Ossan Idol! looks really fun. I’m worried they’ll abandon this series midway, like so many others, but I shall cautiously award it my pick of the week.
SEAN: This week’s pick is Easy Breezy for me: it’s the first volume of Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken, which if it’s even half as good as the anime will be very good indeed.
ASH: I’m certainly interested in Eizouken, too, but this week I think I’ll be focusing on catching up on Viz series, probably starting with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure before pivoting to shoujo.
MELINDA: Okay, I’ll be honest, folks. I don’t have a pick this week, because I can’t focus on anything besides the impending doom we’re facing this week in the U.S. It’s pretty all-consuming. I know they are still selling manga, but that knowledge is buried under so much anxiety, I can barely even acknowledge it. Stay safe, everyone. I’m sure you know where my meager hopes fall. Sorry I’m useless.
KATE: I’m intrigued by Ossan Idol, but my heart belongs to O, Maidens in Your Savage Season, a sharp, funny portrait of nerdy girls coming to terms with their budding sexuality. If you enjoyed the movie Booksmart, Maidens is for you, as it explores some of the same emotional (and humorous) terrain.
ANNA: I’m finding it hard to concentrate on manga right now. There’s a lot of great shoujo coming out this week, I think I’m going to pick Daytime Shooting Star, a manga that inspires both feelings of dread about potentially inappropriate relationships and hope that things all work out somehow.