MICHELLE: I already devoted a pick to danmei, so although I’m definitely happy to see the second volume of Heaven’s Official Blessing, I’ll pick Restart After Growing Hungry because the synopsis just sounds wonderful. ” Mitsuomi and Yamato fell for each other beneath the endless, unchanging countryside sky. Now, as the days go by in the small town where Mitsuomi was born and raised, and the foundling Yamato made his home, the two men are searching for the shape of their own happiness.”
SEAN: My pick this week is the Rumiko Takahashi collection Came the Mirror & Other Tales. The fact that she has so many 30+ volume series doesn’t mean she can’t write fantastic short one-chapter manga as well, as fans of Rumic World and Rumic Theater know. This should be good.
KATE: I second Sean’s recommendation! As much as I love Takahashi’s long-form series, I feel like her artistry shines brighter in her short stories. Here’s hoping that brisk sales of Came the Mirror inspires VIZ to reissue some of her older short story anthologies for a new generation of readers.
ANNA: I’m also curious about Came the Mirror, but I’m wrapping up the first volume of Heaven Official’s Blessing and enjoying it, so I’ll go ahead with the second volume as my pick!
MJ: I will admit I’ve always been kind of hit or miss with Rumiko Takahashi. In the hopes that this may be one of those hit moments for me, I’ll take a chance on Came the Mirror & Other Tales!
ASH: Came the Mirror is the debut that I am most interested in, for sure! I find that I don’t always have the time that I once did for long series, so I’m glad to see that collections of short manga are being licensed these days, too.