SEAN: I must admit there’s not a whole lot that’s inspiring me in this week’s list. I’m interested in Spirit Circle for sure. That said, I think my pick this week will be for Juni Taisen: Zodiac War. It’s rare that I choose what is essentially a ‘kill the cast one by one’ genre, but the creators are luring me in, so I am intrigued.
MICHELLE: Ch-ch-ch-Chihaya! I love Chihayafuru so much, and I’m dying to see what happens with Arata, now that he’s begun to think he can best honor his grandfather by continuing to show the world his style of play. I literally have geekbumps thinking about it.
ASH: I’m with Sean this week, and largely for the same reasons. I’m certainly interested in Spirit Circle having found Satoshi Mizukami’s Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer to be enjoyably quirky and even powerful at times despite its uneveness. But the release that I’m most curious about is Juni Taisen: Zodiac War simply because of the creators involved.
KATE: Add me to the “meh” column again. Instead, I’ll point budget-conscious manga readers to VIZ’s big JoJo sale. The first three story arcs — Phantom Blood, Battle Tendencies, and Stardust Crusaders — are on sale at the VIZ website. If you’re looking for a wallet-friendly way to catch up on the first eleven volumes of the JoJo saga, this is a great way to do it. Word to the wise: this is a digital-only initiative.
ANNA: And I’m going to join Michelle in picking Chihayafuru! This is one of those series I thought would never be translated so I’m delighted to celebrate each volume being released here.
MJ: The pickings are slim for me this week, but I am fairly interested in Juni Taisen: Zodiac War, based mainly on its artist, so that’s what I’ll go with.