SEAN: Another week, another pile. Here we go.
I may not really enjoy Gantz, but it certainly sells in comic shops, and is popular enough that the author’s new title was just announced at NYCC. We’re still a few volumes from the end over here.
Animal Land, an underrated Kodansha title, has reached Vol. 10. I always mean to go back and check this out, but never do.
MICHELLE: I honestly had no idea this was still going.
SEAN: If you still haven’t gotten the first four Attack on Titan volumes, Kodansha has a nice box set of them for you.
No. 6 has hit Vol. 9, and there are many Manga Bookshelf peeps excited about that.
ASH: I’m looking forward to it! (I just hope the manga’s ending is handled better than the anime adaptation’s was.)
SEAN: Sankarea has also hit Volume 9, and has pretty much ceased to be a fanservice-filled romantic comedy entirely. At this point you wonder who will remain alive at the end.
In case manga was not enough Alice for you, Seven Seas has the light novel Alice in the Country of Diamonds: Bet on My Heart. Blood is the love interest du jour, I believe.
ANNA: I wonder if this series will ever run out of card suits and have to incorporate an additional organizational system drawn from other games like Jenga or Yatzee.
Arpeggio of Blue Steel impressed me more than I expected, and I am eager to see if the second volume can keep it up.
Thought you’d read all of Dance in the Vampire Bund, had you? Never! There are still the… Secret Chronicles. (makes scary woooo gestures with fingers)
Haganai 9 won’t get you many friends, but it should still provide a lot of laughs and some heart as well.
Seven Seas debuts the manga version of No Game, No Life. With the light novel out next year, this series is getting a lot of push. It looks pretty fanservice-heavy, but hey.
Vertical also has a new debut with Vol. 1 of Witchcraft Works. I reviewed it over here.
ASH: I’m rather curious about Witchcraft Works.
SEAN: Viz is releasing an 18-volume Black Bird Box Set, which… why? I thought we were done! (weeps)
MJ: NO… no… nooooooo…
MICHELLE: I know what I’m getting MJfor Christmas!
MJ: *stare of death*
MICHELLE: Dude. That’s harsh.
MJ: It was the mildest response I could come up with.
ANNA: Not a fan of Black Bird but hey, at least we have a series to point people to if they really enjoy wound licking.
SEAN: And Monster gets a 2nd omnibus Perfect Edition.
MICHELLE: I have fond memories of Monster
ANNA: I might buy these omnibus editions for myself as a holiday present!
SEAN: For Hayao Miyazaki fans, Princess Mononoke: The First Story is a must buy, being the original early 80s idea he had for the eventual movie to come.
And for alt-manga fans, you can’t go wrong with a new volume of Sunny.
ASH: That’s true!
MJ: Finally, something for me to get excited about this week!
MICHELLE: Same here! I was beginning to despair.
ANNA: Alt-manga isn’t my favorite thing, but Sunny is great.
SEAN: Lastly, there’s a new Vagabond, still trundling along even after 3 dozen books.
ASH: I’ve really been meaning to catch up with Vagabond; Inoue does some fantastic work.
ANNA: I love the 3 in 1 Vagabond editions.
SEAN: Is there a book here that’s right for you?
MICHELLE: Just one, apparently!