SEAN: It may not be hot where you are, but Connecticut? It’s hot. Too hot. Can manga save us from the doldrums of summer?
MICHELLE: I am in Florida. Such hot. Very yuck.
MELINDA: New England, also hot. And stormy. Which sounds sexier than it is.
ANNA: I will be in Central Illinois, which will be hot and humid!
Kodansha unveils a slew of July titles. Seven Deadly Sins hits its third volume, and I have no doubt will give us a little more background on the newly-introduced Ban/Greed.
ASH: It took a few chapters to hook me, but at this point I’m looking forward to reading more of Seven Deadly Sins.
SEAN: Sherlock Bones has leapt forward in time to show our leads as adults (or adult dogs) right as the series hits its penultimate volume.
ASH: I was happy to see that the protagonists weren’t going to be stuck in high school forever.
SEAN: Fans of Akamatsu may have been keeping up with UQ Holder via Crunchyroll’s site, but for those who crave print, the 2nd volume also drops next week.
MICHELLE: I wish I had something to say about any of these, but I do not.
SEAN: And we have some more goodies from Viz. 07-GHOST has Vol. 11 come out, and I think the Manga Bookshelf team finds itself falling further and further behind?
MICHELLE: Yep. I look at the growing pile on my shelf periodically and remind myself that I need to read it.
ANNA: Me too! It is a really good series, I am looking forward to binging on back issues once I do start reading it.
SEAN: Speaking of impossible catchups, Case Closed is now at Vol. 51.
ASH: Fullmetal Alchemist is great!
MELINDA: Yes, it is! And to Sean’s point, one of the things I love best about it is that, unlike a lot of long-running manga, it is a single, coherent story with a real beginning, middle, and end. Nothing is superfluous, so yes, every volume is essential.
ANNA: I need to finish this series one day! Actually, I think I’ll start by rereading from the beginning.
SEAN: The third Ranma 1/2 omnibus introduces a major antagonist (Cologne); a major antagonist/butt-monkey (Mousse); and a minor yet incredibly irritating thorn in Ranma’s side (Gosunkugi). All this plus the usual Takahashi comedy and non-romance.
And if that’s not enough Takahashi for you, the 15th volume of Rin-Ne drops the same week, forcing unfortunate comparisons between its sedate, mild couple and Ranma 1/2’s violent, boisterous one.
MICHELLE: Some Takahashi sounds awfully appealing right now, actually.
SEAN: What manga cools you down the most?