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New Manga: January 2009

(image – cover of Tarot Cafe Novel, published by Tokyopop)

This list only covers new manga series:

Castle of Dreams – Tokyopop

Crown – Go! Comi

Dangerous Feelings – DMP

Divine Melody – DrMaster

Don’t Rush Love – 801

Double Trouble – DMP

Fire Investigator Nanase – CMX

Heaven’s Will – VIZ

InVisible – Gomanga

The Manzai Comics – Aurora

Maximum Ride – Yen

Momo Tama – Tokyopop

The Name of The Flower – CMX

Phantom Dream – Tokyopop

Take Me To Heaven – Deux

Togainu no Chi – Tokyopop

Tricky Prince – DMP

Where Has Love Gone – DMP

Other manga/anime related books:

500 Essential Anime Movies – Collins

Oishinbo – VIZ

The Tarot Cafe Novel – Tokyopop

Thoughts on releases…

Combine the fact that the characters in Maximum Ride have wings, were genetically engineered, have scientists and erasers out to get them and one of them has to save the world, it seems like a potentially exciting ride?!

After reading a preview of Togainu no Chi in Anime Insider 64, it does seem dark and post-apocalyptic, even if the art could be more detailed. Here’s hoping it’s better than the game adaptation of Hellgate!

Devine Melody is a complex tale of a female fox demon and a love triangle between the humans she is trying to repay. Sounds like an interesting mix of fantasy, drama and romance.

The preview of Phantom Dream doesn’t grab me, but there are a lot of Fruits Basket fans who will love it.

The Castle of Dreams preview looks like it has been pieced together without any love for the art. :(

I like the random sex change theme in InVisible, how can a girl who has transformed into a boy pretend to be a girl? However, the preview seems slow to get going.

An arsonist helps a firefighter solve crimes in Fire Investigator Nanase, for some reason I pictured the arsonist like Hannibal Lecter in a cell :/ I read it involves mind games so I’m quite excited about this one.

The are lots of supernatural manga where characters can see ghosts, some of you might have been enjoying watching Natsume Yuujinchou. Heaven’s Will is interesting because the companion character is a cross dressing male exorcist!

Momo Tama is light hearted silliness from the creator of Peace Maker Kurogane.

I wonder if the Manzai Comics will be a drama about their lives or a funny look at comedians?

Crown seems like the main title aimed at a shoujo audience.

I read a preview of The Name of The Flower and was pleasantly surprised that instead of a soppy shoujo I found a girl dealing with her emotions in order to recover from depression, i liked the pacing and the art.

A little bit confused about the 500 Essential Anime Movies book, when the product description is about 500 essential graphic novels?  Eh? If it is about movies I hope Nitaboh is in there. If it’s about manga Blame!, Planetes and Battle Angel Alita better be in there! Along with Freesia…not that anyone’s published it yet :/

Oishinbo, a drama manga about Japanese cuisine? Well this I have to read, since I enjoyed Bartender.

The cover art of Tarot Cafe looks gorgeous, but I haven’t had a lot of joy from manga to novel volumes recently, so I’m not getting my hopes up!

Yaoi: Dangerous Feelings (student love triangle), Don’t Rush Love (boys share a room at uni, one wonders obsessively what the other is doing when he should be sleeping), Double Trouble (guy fancies his brother-in-law), Take Me To Heaven (supernatural one-shot where the ghosts bring them together), Tricky Prince (Students dress a boy up as a princess and he is noticed by the prince), Where Has Love Gone (office romance).

Continuing series of interest:

.hack//G.U. 4 – Tokyopop

If fans of MMORPG can tear themselves away from their online battles they might enjoy this series.

Astral Project 2 – CMX

From the author of Old Boy. That should grab your attention! It seems a random supernatural tale.

B. ICHI 2 – Yen

Super powers that come with a price, the price of doing good!

Burst Angel 2 – Tokyopop

For fans of the Burst Angel anime, or girls with guns!

Castlevania 2 – Tokyopop

Love the creepy feeling to this fantasy, check out the free preview!

Croquis Pop 3 – Yen

All manga artists will want to paint the Dead Zone!

Dark Edge 10 – DrMaster

I am loving this horror manga, with zombie school girls, this is one school you don’t want to be in after dark…

Fate/Stay Night 2 – Tokyopop

Fans of the anime will want to pick this up!

Gantz 3 – Dark Horse

The preview is only 3 pages long which is frustrating enough to leave you wishing you had your own copy.

Gon 7 – CMX

Final volume, everyone likes dinosaurs!

Hell Girl 5 – Del Rey

For anyone who likes their character studies with a supernatural theme. for your grudge Hell Girl will take another’s soul to Hell, and your soul will be eternally damned.

Kurohime 9 – VIZ

A fallen witch searches for love in a world of evil, in this volume they fight a snow goddess. Loving the cover art.

NANA 14 – VIZ

It’s NANA! Yay! :)

Nui 2 – Broccoli

…because it might be time to start wondering what would happen if your stuffed toys turned into men, I know you’ve got some, even if they’re hidden away in a dark attic…

Parasyte 6 – Del Rey

Another really enjoyable horror series, how would you feel if you had to share your body with an alien parastye?

Project ARMS 21 – VIZ

A world of nano-machines, cybernetic assassins, powerful telekinetic opponents, and secret organization dedicated to bringing forth the next evolution of humankind” That’s enough to make me think I should be reading this…

StarCraft: Frontline 2 – Tokyopop

If the preview of the first volume is anything to go by, the second volume should be action packed and pretty:

Switch 6 – VIZ

Loved the Switch OAV and now I can’t wait to read the manga!

The Wallflower 18 – Del Rey

Sunako’s mental gothiness never fails to disappoint and make you giggle.

Also, fans of horror movies might be interested in Flowers From Hell which is about horror cinema in Japan. Arcade Mania sounds like an exciting read for any fans of bizarre arcade games or fellow viewers of the awesome Game Center CX!

New Manga: November 2008

(Image – Inukami, published by Gomanga)

New Manga: October 2008 has been updated with Tokyopop’s releases, a yaoi, and an exciting yuri title!

This list only covers new manga series:

07-GHOST – Go! Comi

Ai Yori Ayoshi (Vols 1-3) – Tokyopop

As You Like It – Self Made Hero

Black Sun – 801 Media

A Capable Man – Tokyopop

Captive Hearts – VIZ

Dark Walker – June

The Dawn of Love – June

Dragon Ball (Collector’s Edition) – VIZ

Dry Heat – June

Freshmen – Deux

Gankutsuou – Del Rey

Go West! – CMX

Hanky Panky – Deux

Hayate X Blade – Gomanga

Higurashi When They Cry – Yen Press

Inukami – Gomanga

Junior Escort – June

Lovers and Souls – Deux

Othello – Tokyopop

Shinobi Life – Tokyopop

Sounds of Love – Luv Luv Press

Suihelibe – CMX

Temperature Rising – June

We Were There – VIZ

Yokaiden – Del Rey

Other manga/anime related books:

The Akiba: A Manga Guide to Akihabara – Japan Publications Trading.

Bleach SOULs. Official Character Book – VIZ

Comikers Art 3 – HarperCollins

Drawing Manga Kit – Arcturus Publishing

Fun with Pokemon – VIZ

Greek and Roman Mythology: The Tales of the Gods – YoungJin Singapore Pte Ltd.

The Manga Guide to Statistics – No Starch Press

Mechademia 3 – University of Minnesota Press

Thoughts on releases…

If you haven’t heard of Higurashi no Naku Koroni…where have you been? I’m sure lots of otaku are bouncing up and down with excitement over Higurashi When They Cry.

I can’t find out much about the storyline of Yokaiden, but it’s supernatural, and judging by Nina Matsumoto’s website, I’m looking forward to it.

If you can’t get enough of anime where the females treat their male as a pet slave, then Captive Hearts is for you! Megumi is cursed to be Suzuka’s slave, but in this case it seems it is not ideal for her, so perhaps it will be a refreshing take on the situation. There’s a role reversal in Inukami, where boy meets girl Inukami and gets more than he bargained for.

In 07-GHOST magical boy Teito struggles in an academy. This has great reviews, but why not decide for yourself with the 25 page manga preview.

Girls handcuffed to each other with swords! That should be enough to lure people over to Hayate X Blade. *Grin*

I’m wondering how to pronounce Suihelibe, the cover art certainly looks colourful and exciting, boy meets alien girl in a story suitable for all ages.

Anyone remember that strange sci-fi anime where the beautiful clothes patterns moved differently to the surrounding movement? Anyone else get excited about it? If so you’ll be as intrigued as I am by the Gankutsuou manga adaptation!

Go West is about a Japanese girl in the Wild West…so another publisher hoping to cash in on manga that translates to a Western audience?  For fans of Western influenced anime. I wonder how it compares to things like Gun X Sword and Afro Samurai.

You might be more excited about We Were There, if you realise it’s the manga that Bokura ga Ita was based on. I’ve only seen one episode which seems like a very sweet, slice of life, romance with pretty artwork.

Girl meets ninja in, Shinobi Life, a romance from Tokyopop, great for girls who get the hots for ninja? Sounds of Love might appeal to fans of La Corda D’Oro or Nodame Cantabile who wish it was a bit steamier, considering this is a mature release.

If you haven’t been overloaded with the harem genre, Ai Yori Ayoshi is being compiled into one big volume!

For fans of Manga Shakespeare, Othello and As You Like It are out this month.

OK, technically Mechademia isn’t new, but I feel it’s worth bringing to people’s attention. “Exploring the possibilities and perils of a posthuman future through visionary works of Japanese anime and manga.” How could you resist? Anyone interested in the Japanese vision of the future in anime and manga should be given something to think about.

The Manga Guide to Statisticseh? After squinting at the screen to see if I’d read that right, it’s actually great to see manga being used as a helpful teaching method. I’ve met so many people who loath statistics – maybe this can make it a little fun? Edumanga woohoo! The sample pages made me smile, no wonder it’s a hit in Japan. If you’re falling off your chair in excitement, No Starch Press with be publishing the Manga Guide to Databases, and the Manga Guide to Calculus soon!

The Manga Guide to Akihabara looks like a must buy for anyone wondering what to do on their geeky holiday to Japan!

For budding manga artists the Drawing Manga Kit looks colourful and fun. It’s the sort of thing I would have liked as a stocking filler when I was a kid! Fun with Pokemon looks like a better way to entertain younger children who would rather play games than draw pictures.

Comikers Art 3 is another series which isn’t new, but would be of interest to anyone learning about the art of manga storytelling. You might even buy it for the artwork, if the beautiful cover is anything to go by. It appeals to me, because I want to see guides to creating manga that appeal to me visually, far too many how-to-draw-manga books are drawn in an unappealing way. They have a cute widget counting down the hours until you can purchase it on their website, not really relevant but ever so cute!

Greek and Roman Mythology is aimed at 9-12 year olds to introduce them to the gods, it seems to be the first in a series of at least 3 volumes.

Diehard Bleach fans will want the Bleach SOULs character book as it comes with stickers, a poster, manga and more! I’m not sure what makes the Collector’s Edition of Dragon Ball (and Dragon Ball Z) different (it’s a hardback?) but fans have plenty to enjoy considering the art book was published last month.

Yaoi fans have plenty to keep them occupied in Black Sun (lust in a time of war in the Middle Eastern Empire), A Capable Man (best school friend/cousin  love triangle), Dark Walker (high school wet dreams), The Dawn of Love (an erotic love battle), Dry Heat (pure male love is here!), Freshmen (high school romance), Hanky Panky (geek/host club owner…well the title says it all really), Junior Escort (love in the world of show business), Lovers and Souls (art student prostitute – love the cover art) and Temperature Rising (falling in love with a male escort).

Overall this month, plenty of variety on the manga front even though there are fewer releases (those lookng for horror should stick to October’s releases), as always, lots for the yaoi fans.