MELINDA: The shipping list this week is formidable, and while I expect Tezuka’s Unico will get a lot of the manga blogosphere’s attention, there are also new volumes forthcoming of favorites like Bunny Drop and even an intriguing debut series, Doubt. But given my personal excitement over the latest volume of Jun Mochizuki’s epic fantasy series, Pandora Hearts, I’ve got to do the predictable thing and give that series another boost. I got a chance to read volume fifteen this weekend, and I have to say that it’s even more dramatic than I expected; Even as a consistent fan of the series, I’ll admit I’m blown away but several of the volume’s major revelations, and… yeah, wow. That’s all I can really say. Despite the fact that most of my favorite characters barely register in this volume, it’s got me firmly in its thrall. And I may have new favorite characters. This remains to be seen. Oh, Pandora Hearts, you intrigue me so!
MICHELLE: Gah, I don’t even know what my pick is this week. I’m a few volumes behind on Pandora Hearts and I’m feeling a little trepidatious about Bunny Drop these days. So I guess I’m going with Doubt, a series that I know virtually nothing about except that it involves a deadly survival game of some sort.
SEAN: Despite my many issues with its abrupt, inconclusive ending, my pick of the week is going to be the 38th and final volume of Negima!, mostly as I enjoyed the series for so long and it produced so many awesome characters to root for. A series that started as merely “Harem Potter” turned into a very emotional, action-oriented battle manga, even if it never quite abandoned what Kodansha wanted Akamatsu to write: more nude girls. I hope that someday he revisits it to answer a few of the questions the audience still has after this volume.
Readers, what looks good to you this week?