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?