SEAN: The rest of the world is getting Yen next week, so feel free to add their books here. The rest of the pile is fairly muted, though as always, not without interest.
Air Gear is one of those Shonen Magazine series that just runs and runs, with its combination of roller blading, conspiracy, and pretty girls. If you missed it first time around, or miss Tenjo Tenge, Kodansha has an omnibus of the first three volumes.
MICHELLE: Air Gear is just never going to be something I’m interested in, alas.
MJ: Alas, that goes for me as well.
ANNA: I actually read and enjoyed the first few volumes of Air Gear but not enough to want to read the whole thing. Also, I started to get creeped out as the series progressed.
SEAN: Fairy Tail‘s speedup is not quite as hectic as One Piece or Naruto‘s were, but it’s still coming out at a decent clip. Here’s Vol. 26, where the whole S-class exam thing continues to go straight to hell.
MICHELLE: I have fallen so far behind with Fairy Tail that catching up is daunting.
SEAN: As for Mardock Scramble 7, I’m pretty sure that’s the final volume. Which is good, as I really have run out of things to say about it. I’d try “best prostitute cyborg manga ever”, but given this is Japan, I suspect there’s 10-12 others I’m forgetting.
MJ: I really do like Mardock Scramble, and though I don’t have confidence that I can remember all the “prostitute cyborg manga,” I suspect it would be my favorite. So I’ll take the risk!
SEAN: The big release for me this week is also a final volume, and given the apparently tepid sales, may be our last glimpse of Onizuka here in North America. But GTO: 14 Days in Shonan has been a hell of a ride, and the 9th volume wraps things up.
MICHELLE: Yet another one I like but have fallen behind on. Stupid life, getting in the way of my manga reading!
MJ: This is gonna be a spoiler for Pick of the Week, but I LOVE THIS SERIES. I’m very sorry to see it end, but I’m sure it’ll be fantastic.
SEAN: And on the ‘things I forgot’ list, Yen also has the 2nd and final volume of Welcome to the Erotic Bookstore out digitally. Admittedly, I forgot about it as it’s only listed on Yen and Hachette websites. But then, the same was true of Vol. 1, which seemed unavailable till it was. In any case, cute slice-of-life sex shop antics!
This is, Erotic Bookstore aside, a fairly manly week of manga. What manga makes you feel like a MAN?