SEAN: My pick of the Week is definitely the 10th volume of DMP’s Itazura Na Kiss. I know it’s bad for me. I know I will spend half the volume asking why Kotoko can’t think before she acts or apply herself to any chosen path. And I will spend the other half wondering how Naoki plans to be a doctor when he has all the empathy of a rock, and has the complete inability to understand how people with emotions might function. I will get annoyed and frustrated. But I don’t care. It’s Shoujo Manga Classic time.
MICHELLE: I don’t know how I could possibly describe the joys and frustrations of Itazura na Kiss better than Sean has done, so please allow me to say “me too, all the way!”
ANNA: I’m really torn, because this is one of those weeks where a ton of great manga is coming out! I’m happy to see Itazura Na Kiss being released in print again! Gangsta is becoming slightly addictive for me whenever I want a seinen fix. But since Itazura Na Kiss seems to be getting plenty of love I’m going to have to go with Volume 2 of What Did You Eat Yesterday?.
ASH: I’m torn this week, too, but since Anna chose What Did You Eat Yesterday? (which I’m looking forward to a great deal) I’ll pick Gangsta to make sure it gets on the list. It’s not so often you get a manga with such a diverse cast in addition to interesting characters and plenty of action. I enjoyed the first volume immensely.
MJ: I’ll go with Anna this week, because though I’m interested in these other series, there is really no option for me that could eclipse the second volume Fumi Yoshinaga’s What Did You Eat Yesterday? I finally picked up a copy of the first volume a week or so ago, and I’ll never wait that long again (yes, I pre-ordered volume two). This series is an amalgamation of everything I love best about Yoshinaga’s work—lovingly-written dialogue, charmingly believable relationships, and FOOD. This is a book I will likely consume the second it hits my front porch. It’s absolutely my week’s must-buy manga.