SEAN: As always, I sort of give away what I’m picking in my Manga the Week of posts. I’ve followed the story of Konoha dealing with PTSD and slowly coming to terms with his life for the last six volumes of this series. And now we get the first of a 2-part finale, Book Girl And The Scribe Who Faced God. Given we’ve run out of characters to put through the wringer, I’ve no doubt that this volume and its sequel (out in January 2014) will answer some questions we have about Tohko, and just how much of a Book Girl she really is. And perhaps it may resolve the romantic subplots as well, though that’s honestly less important to me. This is pretty much my favorite light novel series coming out here right now, and I really want everyone to go buy it. It’s also on Kindle/Nook!
ANNA: My pick is 07-Ghost Vol. 5. I enjoy the combination of angsty protagonist and fighting priests. It is sometimes a bit incoherent, but the art has a very distinct style that makes up for the occasional lack of clarity in the action scenes. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next to Teito Klein as he becomes a fighting priest himself, and searches for the legacy of power that was taken from him.
MICHELLE: As per usual, I’m going to award my pick to Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, which reaches its twelfth volume, which sees an end to the main storyline (but not an end to releases, as there are two books of short stories still forthcoming). I like this arc, but I continue to be sad that it isn’t longer, since I adore the Starlights so. Good thing that season of the anime is released here… oh, wait.
MELINDA: Before I chimed in here, the others were loftily making predictions about what they were certain would be my choice. This, of course, made me want to subvert expectations and pick something else. Alas… I apparently am that predictable. There really is no other choice. I have to give my pick this week to the final volume of Nabari no Ou, the surprising little series that somehow made me give a crap about ninja. This week brings us its final volume, and though I’ve fallen a little behind, I’ve been wanting to marathon it for a while, and this provides the perfect excuse. I simply can’t choose anything else.
What looks good to you this week?