SEAN: Can’t talk, too much manga!
The 2nd Blood-C from Dark Horse. CLAMP’s character designs surrounding another storyline. I was bored to tears by Vol. 1. Does it improve?
MICHELLE: No clue.
ANNA: I cannot bring myself to care about this, and as someone who read a bunch of CLAMP back in the day, that makes me a little sad.
MJ: I think that doesn’t actually compromise you as a CLAMP fan, Anna, because it’s not really CLAMP… just someone else’s storytelling with CLAMP-looking characters in it. And. Yeah. I can’t get into it either.
SEAN: Lone Wolf and Cub has been a quiet perennial for Dark Horse over the years, and it’s getting an omnibus release to introduce it to those who missed it the first time round. Which would include me.
MICHELLE: Oh, interesting! I was unaware of this.
ANNA: Yay! I read the first 6 or so volumes of this, and I’m happy it is getting a rerelease.
MJ: I’m definitely excited about this. It’s one of those series that has intimidated me with its length, so I’m thrilled to have a second shot at it!
SEAN: Kodansha has Vol. 5 of Attack on Titan, which is now officially Huge In Japan, and with the appearance of the anime I suspect will get even bigger in America. Get in on the ground floor now, kids, this is a keeper.
MJ: I’ve seen this series getting incredible buzz on Twitter, Tumblr, and other fannish spaces, that’s for sure.
SEAN: Seven Seas has another (another!) Alice in the Country of _____ spinoff. Well, given they’ve all hit the bestseller lists, you can’t fault their logic. This one stars Ace (the “of Hearts” in the title), who is possibly the most unhinged character in the series. Mmmm, can’t wait.
MICHELLE: The Ace pairing is the hardest for me to imagine, but we shall see!
ANNA: Ace is my favorite Alice character just because of the ever growing body count that piles up wherever he goes (I’m sure that says something about me but I’m not going to speculate what that means). I’m sure I’ll be buying this.
MJ: I’m really lukewarm on this series, yet even I am intrigued by the thought of an Ace-centric spinoff.
SEAN: I’ve been surprisingly entertained by Haganai, the best of Seven Seas’ ‘Moe Fall of 2012’ series, which digs deeper for both its comedy and sympathy, and is not afraid to make its horrible people deeply lonely and somewhat broken. That said, it still is a bit creepy. Fair warning.
If you want to talk about the touchstones of Yuri Fandom in North America, among the Maria-sama Ga Miterus and Utenas of the world, Kisses, Sighs and Cherry Blossom Pink was the first big hit from Ichijinsha’s “Yuri Hime” magazine. It’s actually an anthology of stories based around a high school, and the various girls’ love passions within. This was the precursor to Girl Friends, which came out over here first. Everyone I know read the scans. Now buy the manga, dammit. :)
MICHELLE: Ooh, somehow I missed this one, too!
MJ: I did too! Count me in!
SEAN: Vertical has the third volume of Knights of Sidonia, which surely has run out of ways to make everything bleak. Of course, I look forward to it proving me wrong.
MICHELLE: I don’t normally go for bleak, but Tsutomu Nihei has got my number.
ANNA: Another “yay!” from me for bleak mecha manga!
MJ: Yes, yes, YES. I’m all about this series.
SEAN: And then there’s Viz. Dawn of the Arcana has hit the big 1-0. And leaves me even further behind.
MICHELLE: I continue to enjoy this one.
ANNA: This is one of those series that gets better as it goes along, for sure.
SEAN: Demon Love Spell continues to be the Mayu Shinjo book of choice for those not fond of her Sensual Phrase/Ai Ore types of heroes and heroines. I want more fun, more cute romance, and perhaps more hot semi-consensual dream sex, because Shinjo has to have SOME kinks in there.
ANNA: I really enjoy Demon Love Spell! This volume was fun.
MJ: I’m definitely looking forward to more of this! It’s pretty adorable.
SEAN: A Devil And Her Love Song 9 is spinning out its new subplot, and rapidly running out of ways to break up its hero and heroine. Will we get more love triangles? Will Maria be snarky? Will that irritating teacher finally get his comeuppance? My guess is yes, yes, and no.
MICHELLE: I recently got caught up with this one, so I’m looking forward to staying current. Surely that teacher must get his due eventually!
MJ: We can only hope.
SEAN: For those who missed Dragon Ball, and the Dragon Ball VizBIG editions, there is now a Dragon Ball 3-in-1. There are ALWAYS new fans of Dragon Ball.
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan 15 is STILL. IN. KYOTO.
One Piece 67 means we are 2/3 of the way to 100 volumes. And we’re also starting the Punk Hazard arc in earnest. There is some comedy gold in this volume I don’t want to spoil.
MICHELLE: Yay, One Piece!
SEAN: There’s also an omnibus of One Piece, featuring Chopper’s introduction.
There’s two Pokemon books, which I usually ignore here despite them selling very well indeed. So: Black and White 10 and Diamond and Pearl 8.
And there’s Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration’s debut, which I am… not optimistic about (my favorite Kenshin character is Kaoru, so I’m used to disappointment) but will give a shot.
MICHELLE: I read the first few chapters for a Going Digital column a while back. It’s not horrible, but I am rather afraid of what will become of the glorious Kyoto Arc.
ANNA: This is OK, but reading it made me want to reread the original series more than it made me interested in this revised parallel series. I need to unearth it from my storage closet.
SEAN: Sakura Hime is edging towards a conclusion, but Vol. 10 is not it. Tanemura fans are sure to love it.
ANNA: I need to fill in the gaps in my collection and just mainline this series sometime. Tanemura is fun when you are in the mood for super-girly shoujo.
SEAN: Skip Beat! 31 continues to edge closer to Ren and Kyoko’s inner demons. This volume is still mostly Ren’s, as Cain Heel’s persona, as well as BJ’s, continue to distance him from his current ‘role’ as Ren Tsuruga.
ANNA: The Heel siblings storyline in this series fills me with glee.
SEAN: Slam Dunk is basketball! 28 volumes of it! (Must catch up one of these days…)
MICHELLE: Slam Dunk and Skip Beat! are two of my absolute favorites. I will definitely be procuring them both.
ANNA: A new volume of Slam Dunk is always an excuse to celebrate.
SEAN: The last Toriko split Komatsu off from Toriko and Zebra, and rescue seems a very long way away. Since Komatsu has become the main reason I read the series, I’m intrigued to see how he manages to survive this.
And lastly, there is Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal 3, whose title is so representational of its content that to summarize would only seem vulgar.
Does anything in this huge pile interest you?