SEAN: After a large first week, things settle down a bit, but there are several tasty titles coming out next week.
Amazon had the 7th and 8th volumes of Ze bouncing around in release date hell for so long, I feel like these books have already come out five years ago. In any case, Vol. 8 is listed for next week, so let’s cross our fingers.
MJ: I… seriously did not realize that this series went on so long.
ASH: It does! Eleven volumes total. We should see the end of the series in English sometime in 2015.
SEAN: Between the clouds, the shirts, and the hair fluttering around the cover of Crimson Spell 3, it’s sort of hard to tell where the guys are, though I assume they’re fondling each other with dark, serious expressions. (As one normally wears when fondling.)
ASH: Fondling is serious business!
SEAN: Knights of Sidonia has reached its 8th volume, and I still only half understand what’s going on at any point in the narrative. But it looks nice, and manages to keep me riveted and longing for more. Just a confused kind of riveted.
ASH: I experienced a similar sort of riveting confusion reading Nihei’s Biomega, too.
MICHELLE: Sidonia is actually lots easier to decipher than Nihei’s BLAME!, if you can believe it.
MJ: I rather love being confused in this manner.
ANNA: I also love being confused by Nihei. This is very tricky for an author to pull off, but he manages it very well!
SEAN: I can’t believe Case Closed has hit 50 volumes. Kindaichi Case Files is burning with jealousy. BURNING.
MICHELLE: The phrase “BURNING” conjures up Prince of Tennis flashbacks.
SEAN: We’re at the penultimate volume of Dawn of the Arcana, a series I got behind on and never really caught up to. I hear it had some really nice things going on, though.
MICHELLE: Yep! I like this one a lot.
ANNA: This series is really good, I enjoy it.
SEAN: Deadman Wonderland 2 also hits from Viz, and will no doubt give new meaning to the word nihilistic, at least if my impression of the first volume continues into this one.
MJ: I. Hm. Yeah. I will read it, but I don’t know.
ANNA: I read the first 2 volumes or so from the Tokyopop translation and enjoyed it, although it is incredibly dark.
SEAN: Itsuwaribito has a long ways to go before it gets to its endpoint, but it has at least hit its double digits. Vol. 11 ships next week.
ASH: Almost halfway there!
SEAN: Lastly, the 5th volume of Magi comes out, and if it has as much of Morgiana kicking ass as the 4th one did, I will be very pleased.
MICHELLE: I’m a few volumes behind with Magi now; perhaps it’s time to get caught up.
SEAN: Anything appeal?