SEAN: As the month of August draws to a close, it’s a quiet week for manga. Peaceful. Let us see what mild, calming titles we have out. But soft, lest we disturb the young ‘uns!
We have a trio of titles from Kodansha. First is Attack on Titan 6, beginning its speedup! Oh dear, this doesn’t seem quiet and peaceful at all. In fact, it may involve people getting killed messily. Despite that, it really is a fantastic title that deserves your attention. Perhaps if you whispered the dialogue as you read.
MICHELLE: I still haven’t read any of this one, and now six volumes is seeming like quite an investment. I dunno…
MELINDA: I’m thinking that when I finally get around to restarting this series, I’ll definitely whisper the dialogue in my head.
SEAN: Fairy Tail has proven to be loud and boisterous in the past, and I suspect that Volume 29 will be no different, meaning it’s really not adding to the appeal of this quiet, peaceful week of manga. Still, it has a good heart, and is a great title for those who love a strong sense of loyalty and justice, the bonds of family and friendship, and punching things.
MELINDA: I *heart* punching things. You know. Quietly.
SEAN: The second volume of Sankarea is also shipping. I’m afraid that zombies are really never mellow and friendly. I blame their upbringing. That said, the first volume was funnier and more heartwarming than I expected, and has a father character who looks to explore a dark side to overprotective anime dads. A very dark side.
MICHELLE: That upbringing line is priceless.
MELINDA: What can I say? You’re weirdly making me feel like reading this.
SEAN: Seven Seas has the second volume of Crimson Empire. I suspect the main reason this series was licensed is so that the company could release more volumes of the far more popular Alice in the Country of Hearts, whose one-shots tend to have Crimson Empire short stories in the back. Nevertheless, it’s filled with swordplay and battles, so absolutely does not meet our criteria at all.
MELINDA: What she said.
ANNA: I enjoyed the first volume, but I have a high tolerance for reverse harem titles.
SEAN: Lastly, there’s Chi! Yes, perfect! Chi’s Sweet Home 10 from Vertical gives us an adorable cat and her adventures with her family! It’s like floating downstream on a quiet river. Everyone loves Chi.
MICHELLE: I certainly love Chi!
MELINDA: A lovely addition to the week! Every week could use a little Chi.
SEAN: A perfect way to end this quiet, peaceful week of manga. Well, except for those other four titles. What looks good to you?