Manga the week of 10/12

Hallelujah, hallelujah. Midtown Comcis has finally taken the first step, admitted they had a Kodansha problem, and is getting in 3-4 months worth of titles next week. I won’t list them here as I’ve been listing them here in previous weeks while whining. No more whining! Hooray!

As for non-Kodansha things, there’s a new Vampire Hunter D novel out. It’s the 17th, showing that the difficulty selling Japanese novels here in North America does not particularly extend to novels with Vampire in their names.

And Viz has their typical 2nd week, aka ‘non-Jump or Beat stuff’. We get the 15th Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, which may be the final one depending how the author’s contract reads. He moved from Shueisha to Kodansha, acrimoniously, and is continuing the series there in the magazine Evening. What this means here… we don’t know yet.

Cross Game Vol. 5 gives us Vols. 10 & 11 of the original Japanese release, and introduces a character who’s guaranteed to shake things up… though this being Adachi, that generally means their eyes widen somewhat.

We also have the 40th (!) Volume of Case Closed, The 6th Hyde & Closer, the 28th Kekkaishi, and the 7th Maoh Juvenile Remix (this volume remixed by Frankie Knuckles) from our friends at Shonen Sunday, an imprint which NEEDS MORE LOVE AND SALES. But is, admittedly, probably not getting either anytime soon. Sigh. I don’t get North American readers.

Lastly, we have the new March Story, a manga by a Korean artist that runs in Sunday Gene-X; the 17th volume of Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys (hasn’t Bolan had his car crash by now?), and Yen is putting out the 2nd Twilight graphic novel, hopefully to get more money from readers so they can license other things.

What are you buying so you can read it on your way to Comic-Con next week?

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  1. I already had Cross Game 5 and 20th Century Boys 17 on preorder weeks ago. I can’t wait to start reading them.

  2. I got Maoh 7 in the mail from The Right Stuf yesterday, early yay! Shonen Sunday is one of my favorite imprints actually! I do collect Kekkaishi, but I’ll usually wait for 3 or 4 vols to be out and buy them all at once, I’m up to 27, so I’ll probably be waiting until 30 or 31 is out before getting 28.

  3. I’ll be getting 20th Century Boys 17 and Cross Game 5 this weekend. Can’t wait to read them!

  4. The Bolan ref reminds me to comment that, if you can’t imagine the opening guitar strains of the song being played over the PA system in opening pages of this series, get thee hence to YouTube immediately. It is exceedingly awesome.

  5. I get every Kekkaishi volume, agreed on the needs more love thing :)


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