MJ: Though Midtown’s list hasn’t been updated since we put together our new roundtable-style Manga the Week of, I’m still going to pick from Sean’s extended list because I can’t contain my excitement over Viz’s new, lovely-looking box set of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. I missed my opportunity to buy this series previously, and though I love the film, I’ve always wanted to read the manga. This is a no-brainer for me this week. I simply must have it. Sorry, We Were There. In any other week, you’d triumph easily.
MICHELLE: MJ, you will love it. Looking back at my 2008 reviews of the series, I see the conclusion prompted me to write: “Overall, reading this series has been an interesting and enjoyable experience. It has required a lot of brain power to digest ideas, events, and their significance, but it’s been worth it. It’s not every day a manga can make you put it down and stare contemplatively at your wall for a few minutes, after all.”
Actually, I was planning to step in here and champion We Were There, but my own words have convinced me to hop aboard the Nausicaä train, too.
SEAN: It’s been a while since I’ve had it as a pick of the week, so I think it’s a good time to champion Sailor Moon again. The 8th volume wraps up the S arc with mucho apocalypse, and our senshi team is now complete. Takeuchi’s plot is dense – this is a series that rewards multiple rereads – and the art in this one is particularly gorgeous, with quite a few double page spreads. And then Super S starts, and I know the appearance of a unicorn in front of Chibi-Usa will make folks twitch, but stay with me on this one. Still one of the premier magical girl shoujo mangas.
Readers, what looks good to you this week?
Noura saysNovember 5, 2012 at 7:11 am
My pick of the week is volume 15 of Karuho Shiina’s Kimi ni todoke. I love this series and I always find myself looking forward to more. It is a great story with a great cast. It is rare but this is a shoujo where I like all the characters. I think all of the characters are interesting in their own way and I’m happy that Shiina-sensei is focusing on her secondary characters and not just the protagonists as it is the case with most shoujo manga. I am still interested the most in Ayane and how her character will be developed. Another character I love and I’m interested in is Kurumi. Can’t wait for volume 16!
Aaron saysNovember 5, 2012 at 11:19 am
I’ve got to go with Nausicaa as well