I want to cut down on the manga I buy, I really do. But Viz just keeps making it harder! Six new licenses have been found for the publisher, 2 of which I’m going to have to get. While all the attention seems to be going to Detroit Metal City and Ooku, Rasetsu no Hana and Black Bird are the ones that are taking mine.
Rasetsu no Hana is a kind of sequel to the Viz Shojo Beat title, Yurara (Yurara no Tsuki). It features Yako, the water using medium that was attracted to Yurara’s spirit guardian. He joins a “ghostbusting” company and meets their medium, Rasetsu, who is said to be cursed by an evil spirit, and just happens to be the spitting image of Yurara’s spirit guardian. I really enjoyed Yurara, and had hoped that Viz would get this one too. It’s already at 5 volumes and is still ongoing, already surpassing the series that spawned it. It looks like it’s going to take a while for Yako to get this girl.
Black Bird is a supernatural high school series by the creator of Backstage Prince. Misao has a special power that lets her see the “mysterious things” that exist in the world. One day, she is attacked and nearly eaten by goblins, but is saved by Kyo, a boy from her past who seemed to have the same ability as her. Turn’s out, Kyo is actually a goblin, and Misao has been targeted as goblin food. Can she trust Kyo? Will she still marry him just like they promised as children? And what will her school life be like now that Kyo’s become Misao’s homeroom teacher? I really liked Backstage Prince, and was disappointed that it was only two volumes. I hope this one is just as good. This title is currently at 6 volumes and ongoing.
Now, these titles won’t be coming out until Summer of 2009. Rasetsu is due in June, and Black Bird in August. I can only hope by then, most of the other titles I buy will have finished, and I don’t take on more (Like that’s gonna happen). And of course that these titles really are as good as I hope they will be.