MICHELLE: I’ll definitely be picking up the latest Waiting for Spring, and I’m somewhat curious about A Kiss, for Real, but the release that really makes me squee this week is the third volume of Shojo FIGHT!. The first two volumes hooked me good and I’m extremely happy to get to read more about Neri, the girl who sometimes turns into a jerk when she lets herself play volleyball without restraint and who wants to change. It’s good stuff!
SEAN: I’m a sucker for a good Guide Book, given how few of them are actually translated over here. So my pick goes to The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Merkmal. That said, I also want to read the new Shojo FIGHT!, and Kabukimonogatari is definitely near the top of my list too.
KATE: I was mourning the demise of Crimson Hero for years… that is, until Kodansha started publishing Shojo FIGHT!!, the best sports manga you’re not reading. It’s got great characters, great volleyball matches, and real-life conflicts that remind us how hard it can be for competitive female athletes. So I’m joining Michelle and Sean and bumping this one to the top of my list. (Sorry… not sorry.)
ASH: Alas! If only Shojo FIGHT!! was being released in print, I’m sure it would be my pick, too. And so instead, this week have my eyes on The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Merkmal.
ANNA: I have to join everyone else in picking Shojo Fight!! Good sports manga with female protagonists is hard to find in translation, so a new volume is a treat for sure.