MICHELLE: I never did manage to read Mushishi and am excited by the prospect of following a Yuki Urushibara series from the beginning. I don’t know how I feel about the “stuck in the body of a twelve-year-old” part and I kind of doubt there will actually be any kitties, but When a Cat Faces West is still my top choice this week.
SEAN: Ever since I first read Short Cuts years ago, I’ve always loved Usamaru Furuya’s strange, dark works, and therefore I’m definitely making my pick this week The Music of Marie.
KATE: I whole-heartedly second Michelle and Sean’s picks, but I freely admit that my less responsible self thinks that Crazy Food Truck looks like a lot of fun–a kind of mash-up of Mad Max: Fury Road and The Great Food Truck Race. Paging George Miller!
ASH: These all sound intriguing for different reasons, but this week I’m throwing my lot in with Sean and The Music of Marie. More than a decade ago (I can’t believe I just typed that), I was the host of the Usamaru Furuya Manga Moveable Feast, so perhaps this is an obvious pick for me. I never thought we’d get to see more of Furuya’s work in English, though!
ANNA: There are many intriguing titles coming out this week, but the one I see myself reaching for first is The Untouchable Midori-kun. I’m always curious about josei manga and idol singers!