September 2010: New Science Fiction Manga. Demon Sacred, Neon Genesis Evangelion, 7 Billion Needles and A Drunken Dream

This list only includes manga series starting at volume 1.

Demon Sacred Volumes 1-2, 13+

There is a sickness called Return Syndrome that causes people to physically regress toward infancy until they simply disappear. If someone you loved became afflicted with it, would you give up? No! You’d do anything humanly possible to help them. You’d find a way to get someone inside the leading corporation researching a cure–the same company that seems suspiciously unwilling to share any knowledge it possesses about the sickness, even with its own workers. You might even reach beyond human means to help them. And when the inhuman comes in such gorgeous packaging, it might be hard to resist! Join Mona, K2, Rina, Mika and Shinobu as they fight against the Return Syndrome, dark company secrets, and enemies–both human and inhuman. There may even be a dragonslayer in the mix!

You can read chapter 1 online. The honeymoon, aurora, unicorns and creepiness is an unusual mix which I liked. It has more of a fantasy than sci-fi feel. The theme of a virus that causes people to grow younger could be interesting, I wonder how well the art shows people changing from old to young.

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Campus Apocalypse Volume 1, 16+

Shinji Ikari’s parents are gone, and he lives with his legal guardian, Ryoji Kaji, while attending the private NERV Academy. But no one ever told Shinji about its secrets . . . or that he’d find his fellow students Kaworu, Rei, and Asuka out on the streets late at night — fighting with sword, spear, and whip against an enemy that looks very human, but who Kaworu insists are beings called the Angels . . .”

The three page preview doesn’t give much away. A must have for fans of the anime.

7 Billion Needles

Hikaru Takabe may not be the most social of teens. Always sporting her headphones, she gives off an aloof aura that rubs her classmates the wrong way. But her not being part of the crowd takes on a different dimension when she becomes involved in an intergalactic game of cat and mouse.

Inspired by Needle, the Golden Age hard sci-fi classic by the late Hal Clement, Nobuaki Tadano’s debut work brings a unique take on alien invasion up to date and into the maelstrom that is the Japanese high school girl.

Judging by the number of positive reviews this looks worth a buy, and, as a girl I enjoy reading female focused sci-fi stories.

A Drunken Dream and Other Stories

Forty years ago, the legendary manga artist Moto Hagio reinvented the shōjo (girls’ comics) genre with an ongoing series of whip-smart, psychologically complex, and tenderly poetic stories. Here, now, in English for the very first time, as the debut release in Fantagraphics Books’ ambitious manga line of graphic novels, are ten of the very best of these tales.

The work in A Drunken Dream and Other Stories spans Hagio’s entire career, from 1970’s “Bianca” to 2007’s “The Willow Tree,” and includes the mind-bending, full-color title story; the famously heartbreaking “Iguana Girl”; and the haunting “The Child Who Comes Home” — as well as “Autumn Journey,” “Girl on Porch With Puppy,” the eerie conjoined-twins shocker “Hanshin: Half-God,” “Angel Mimic,” and one of the saddest of all romance stories, “Marié, Ten Years Later.”

A Drunken Dream and Other Stories is supplemented with a feature-length interview with Hagio, where she discusses her art, her career, and her life with the same combination of wit, candor and warmth that radiates from every panel of her comics.”

I had difficultly loading the preview from their website, but it was also on the Amazon page. It includes pages from one of the stories, and the interview with the author. While the collection seems mostly fantasy, I have read from reviews there is at least one science fiction short.

The Tatami Galaxy, Uraboku, Five Leaves, Angel Beats

The Tatami Galaxy 1 – 5/5

I LOVE THIS! Black Cupids! Making happy couples miserable, so much to take in have to pause it sometimes.

Angel Beats 5 – 4/5

Maybe Angel will be friendly now?

Uraboku 4 – 3.5/5

Why send a medium powered bad guy to do a super powered bad guy’s job? Ok awakening of powers episode. Zess is now really named Luka.

Five Leaves 3 – 2.5/5

Not enjoying this as much as before, but I’m not dropping it yet.

Sci-Fi catch up…To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, Shangri-La, Casshern Sins, Kaiba, Bounen no Xamdou, Real Drive, Code Geass

I’m not following many current series so I have time for sci-fi backlog :)

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun 1 – 4/5

Enjoying this for the character design/personalities and their superpowers rather than plot.

Shangri-La 1 – 3.5/5

I’m a little confused with all the carbon talk.

Cassern Sins 1 – 4.5/5

A little pretentious, love the setting. Kill Casshern. Devour Casshern! * I find it hard to give anything 5/5, i want to save that rating for the things that have blown me away such as the first episode of Karas, Ergo Proxy or Mushishi.

Kaiba 1 – 4/5

I don’t take drugs, but if I did, it might feel a bit like watching Kaiba. Weird!

I miss Kemonozume, I like this Kemonozume AMV.

Bounen no Xamdou 1 – 4.5/5

Airships, mutations and bunny type creatures…what’s not to like?

Real Drive 1 – 4.5/5

earth biorhythm, meta-real…and what is at the bottom of the ocean?

Code Geass 1 – 4/5

Everyone hates Britannia, oh wait, that’s us!

House of Five Leaves (2), Uraboku (2-3), Senko no Night Raid (2-4), Angel Beats (2-4)

House of Five Leaves 2 – 4.5/5

Still really enjoying this, it’s relaxing to watch, interesting characters, enjoyable background music.

Uraboku 2 – 3.5/5

Still enjoying emo bishieness.

Uraboku 3 – 5/5

Renewed excitement, Zess <3.

Senko no Night Raid 2 – 1.5/5

Rapidly losing interest, either this picks up or I drop it.

Senko no Night Raid 3 – 1/5

I want more back-stories to the characters than just the girl, the animation quality bugs me. Dropped.

Angel Beats 2 – 4.5/5

Surprised how much this improved, I loved all the traps and how they can die but come back to life.

Angel Beats 3 – 5/5

Really cute and sad!

Angel beats 4 – 3/5

Ok, I was bored by the sports bit but Yui is just too cute :3

So, yay, I can’t wait for more of these 3 series, I think perhaps I shall try and catch up on some sci-fi anime randoms too :)

Spring Anime Season 2010. First impressions and the 4 shows on my watch list

I’m looking for a few new anime series to watch in between World Of Warcraft raids and battlegrounds.

Angel Beats – at first I thought this was a terrible amnesia/school cliche thing, but then i got interested in the characters, and where this storyline is going, I mean they’re all dead, and where is God? Will someone really end up as a barnacle? I can also imagine this getting a bit samey if they keep fighting the one girl, but i’ll stick with it for now.

Arakawa Under the Bridge – very quirky and random art style but doesn’t really grab me.

B Gata H Kei – it’s funny school ecchi but not really what I’m looking for.

Giant Killing – Football anime. I facepalmed. The English voice is so monotonous!

Heroman – if my car just crashed and a giant robot ripped off my car roof, I would scream! Not going to watch.

Hime Chen! Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri – super cute, but I’m a bit old for Fairyland.

House of Five Leaves – love the OP music <3 This is wonderful, nice art, background music, more please! Poor undependable ronin. Manglobe also did the animation production for Ergo Proxy.

Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Mao – A magical academy harem, I actually quite enjoyed this, have a future prediction of being a demon lord, poor guy!

Ikkitousen Xtreme Xecutor – girls fighting with uniforms getting ripped, must be more Ikkitousen. Still not really into this.

Kaichou wa Maid-sama – amusing school/maid romance but don’t think I’ll watch more.

Kiss x Sis – I got to the bit where the girls are smelling their step brother’s pants, um, no.

K-ON!! – I love the character design but it’s more schoolgirl stuff so I get bored.

Mayoi Neko Overrun – Most amusing OP theme, but school tsundere romance thing, meh.

Ookiku Furikabutte 2 – I’m not really into sports anime, but if i was to watch one this seems one of the better series.

Rainbow – Nisha Robuko no Schichinin – ok intro music, quite graphic! Checking for parasites O_O

SD Gundam Legend of the Three Kingdoms Brave Battle Warriors – hey these little parody robots look like lego, and after that novelty wore off I stopped watching.

Senkou No Night Raid – I like the 1930s action, and the superpowers, will give it another episode.

Shin Koihime Musou – Otome Tairan – Historical, cute, girls with big boobs and weapons, would prefer something more serious, and not a girl worrying about her fat.

Shinsengumi Kitan – I usually like this kind of thing but the art didn’t impress me and boring scenes in one room.

Uraboku – emo fantasy, how I love thee! I shall watch more.

The anime I shall continue to watch:


House of Five Leaves

Senkou No Night Raid

Angel Beats