SEAN: My pick of the week is definitely the omnibus edition of Morinaga Milk’s Kisses, Sighs and Cherry Blossom Pink, a collection of short stories (complete in one volume here) revolving around an all-girls’ school that the artist wrote for Yuri Hime magazine before moving on to the slightly more lucrative waters of Futabasha, where they created the similar Girl Friends. (Indeed, I think the 2nd half has Comic High! stories.) I seem to recall that, since it focuses on several young couples, this volume is allowed to have a more varied shape of story – including some where the ending isn’t so happy. For yuri fans, or even those who just like cute romance, this is a great pick up.
MELINDA: Wow, this is a tough week! With new volumes of such a wide variety of favorites tugging at my sleeves, from Knights of Sidonia to Demon Love Spell, it’s difficult to know what to choose! But in the end, I’ll go with Dark Horse’s new omnibus edition of the classic series Lone Wolf and Cub, which I’m experiencing now for the first time. Michelle and I both read it for yesterday’s Off the Shelf, and I was stunned by how quickly 700 pages could fly by. It’s tense, action-packed, and incredibly thought-provoking. I’ve become an instant fan!
ANNA: I’ll have to go with Skip Beat 31, it is my absolute favorite long-running shoujo series currently coming out. The Heel siblings storyline has really reinvigorated the book, placing Kyoko and Ren in some interesting and unexpected situations, showing how they continue to develop their acting and insight into each other.
MICHELLE: I really liked Lone Wolf and Cub and I’m looking forward to reading Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry Blossom Pink and a bunch of the VIZ stuff, but the heart wants what the heart wants. And what my heart wants is Skip Beat!.