Another week gone, and another week of reviews from the Manga Village crew! The week starts off with a book that should have gone up last Friday, had a remembered it was International Talk Like Pirate Day, as Charles Tan takes us back to the beginning of One Piece Volume 1 from Viz. Just in time for it’s new release, John Thomas has the diagnosis on Black Jack Volume 1 from Vertical. Katherine Farmar checks out a different kind of hybrid with the BL title Hybrid Child from DMP/June. Dan Polley isn’t quite ready to give up his soul to Hell Girl Volume 3 from Del Rey.
We’ve got our weekly picks and for the first time ever I think, we are all in agreement for one title. The September Manga of the Month may be a forgone conclusion… At Good Comics for Kids, I’ve got the new releases for the week. There’s also a lot of interesting roundups about the end of DC’s Minx line. Head on over there to check them out.
Still behind, I know. Sucky week last week. Not as bad as some, but not my best either. But, that’s why we’ve got all these wonderful diversions, right? To distract us from our workaday lives? So, let’s get to it!
I start the week by giving my take on a not so great title, B.O.D.Y. Volume 2 from Viz. Katherine Farmar brings a BL smile wih Laugh Under the Sun from DMP/June Manga. Dan Polley cooks up Kitchen Princess Volume 7 from Del Rey Manga. John Thomas brings a little Halloween early with The Art of Hideshi Hino from Last Gasp. (Distrubingly appropriate, don’t you think?)
As usual, we have our weekly picks, with everyone all over the place with their favorites. Over at Good Comics for Kids, I’ve got my weekly column, All Ages Comics list, and Esther Keller has a review of a Tokyopop manga, Vidia and the Fairy Crown, part of the Disney’s Fairies line.
Yeah, I know, I did it again. I missed a week. And I’m not going to try to make any excuses. I’m just going to go straight into the reviews. The first week of September started off with the newest member of our Manga Village Commune, Katherine Farmar. She’s bringing the BL with her review of Lover’s Flat from DMP/June. Charles Tan is ready for the return of Monday Night Football with Eyeshield 21 Volume 6 from Viz. I check out High School Debut Volume 3 from Viz. John Thomas gets Real Volume 1 from Viz. Dan Polley gets his ninja on with Naruto Volume 30 from Viz. Then check out our picks for the week. They might be a Slam Dunk, or they might not…
This week picks up with Katherine Farmar works some magic with the DMP/June title Spell. Charles Tan doesn’t run from Cat-Eyed Boy Volume 1 from Viz, nor does Dan Polley from I, Otaku Volume 2 from Seven Seas Entertainment. But we lose John Thomas to MPD-Psycho Volume 6 from Dark Horse.
Over in our columns, we’ve got two you have to check out! First is our usual picks of the week. See if you can be as “tactful” as John was about it. Then check out our Manga of the Month for August, with a new banner by Lissa Pattillo! We’ve spiffed things up a bit, and tightened the format. Leave a comment and tell us what you think!
Meanwhile, over at Good Comics for Kids, I’ve got the new All Ages Comics list for 9/4/08 and 9/10/08 up for your perusal. Sabrina Fritz also has a review up there for Bizenghast: The Novel (yes, it’s okay to read something with more text than pictures every once in a while).
Summer is nearly gone, kids and college students are going back to school, and Manga Village has more great reviews for you! Btw, how do you like the full color version of the banner? Isn’t it great? Wouldn’t you like something just as great for your blog/website? Then go check out Kuriosity, Lissa Patillo’s blog and help you with her college costs!
This week Charles Tan starts us out with his take on Gantz Volume 1 from Dark Horse. I’ve got the penultimate volume of The Cain Saga, with Godchild Volume 7 from Viz. John Thomas gives us a history lesson not just in manga, but in Japanese history and culture with Barefoot Gen Volume 1 from Last Gasp. Dan Polley gets his geek on with I, Otaku Volume 1 from Seven Seas Entertainment.
Over in the columns, we have out weekly picks of new releases this week. It’s a small but good week, with the smaller pubs able to get into the spotlight for a few minutes. Over at Good Comics For Kids, I’ve also got my All Ages Comics List up, with some picks for boys. Also check out the article by Eva Volin, school librarian, and see what she has to say about manga for the Tween set.
Even though it’s the dog days of August, you won’t find the Manga Village crew laying around like lazy bouts! The week starts off with the final volume of another Viz horror manga, Uzumaki Volume 3 by Charles Tan. I jump back a couple of volumes to review Godchild Volume 6, also from Viz. Dan Polley takes us over to Del Rey for Gacha Gacha: The Next Revolution Volume 7. John Thomas finishes the week with another classic in the US, Black Magic from Dark Horse. I remember reading this when it first came out in the 80’s. How old does that make me?
Then we’ve got our picks for the week, with an almost, but not quite unanamous vote for weekly pick. Over at Good Comics for Kids, I’ve got the newest All Ages Comics list. Keep the kids reading so they’re read for school!
It’s the end of the week (thank goodness) and time to round up the hard work our reviews did. BTW, like the graphic at the top? It was drawn by Lissa Patillo of Kuri-osity, a former reviewer for us, who was so kind as to not only do all the artwork for Manga Village, but has allowed us to keep using it. Thanks Lissa!
This week starts off again with Charles Tan looking at a modern classic Rurouni Kenshin VizBIG Volume 2 from Viz. The first two arcs really were great. I check out a soon to be classic Sand Chronicles Volume 2 from Viz. It really is everything it’s hyped up to be. Dan Polley sits one out with The Wallflower Volume 16 from Del Rey. I really need to sit down and read this series. John Thomas comes and goes with Translucent Volume 2 from Dark Horse. I really wouldn’t put this at age 8+ either, it’s really meant for a teen audience 12 and up.
We’ve also got our picks up for the week. Come see which title won the hearts of two of our reviewers! Over at Good Comics for Kids, I’ve got the newest All Ages releases as well as hyping my All Ages Manga list. Check it out and tell me if there’s anything I can do to improve it!
We’ve made a few changes at Manga Village. First and foremost, it that you can now enjoy manga and comics reviews M-F! You will find a new review every day. And don’t just check the manga. John’s been busy with some comics reviews. So check them out while they’re hot!
This weeks starts out with Charles Tan finishing the horror title Gyo Volume 2 from Viz. I bring some rockin’ Pirate action with One Piece Volume 18 from Viz. John Thomas is in a daze with Ghost Talker’s Daydream Volume 1 from Dark Horse. Dan Polley has a seasonal review of Shiki Tsukai Volume 3 from Del Rey.
Over in our columns section, we have our usual picks for the week. Come see where our money goes. And then there’s a new monthly feature that we’re calling Manga of the Month. At the beginning of the month, we will vote on our favorite titles from the top scores of the previous month. Check out our best of the best! Then head on over to Good Comics For Kids and check out my picks for week. It’s an all manga edition, so be there or be square!
It’s a double dose of Manga Village reviews this week, since i was so busy with SDCC (and recovering from) that I forgot to post them last week! SDCC was fun, except for the crowds, which don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Some things are still worth fighting the crowds for though.
On to reviews! Dan Polley gets things started with Kasumi Volume 1 from Del Rey. John Thomas has some Me and the Devil Blues Volume 1also from Del Rey, and then runs into a Tokyo Zombie from Last Gasp. Charles Tan checks out Puri Puri Volume 5 from DR Masters and runs for Eyeshield 21 Volume 5 from Viz. I finally review Nana Volume 10 and 11 from Viz.
We still managed to get our picks in as well, for manga coming out 7/23/08 and 7/30/08. Not that there was much to pick from. I guess publishers knew no one would want to spend any money before SDCC, and would have none left after. And if you think the manga lists are paltry, wait until you see the All Ages Comcs lists for 7/23/08 and 7/30/08. I still managed to find some picks, but man, was it hard! Check them out at Good Comics for Kids.
The denizens of our village have harvested another batch of manga reviews for your enjoyment. Have a seat at the Inn, order some saki. Charles Tan brings Hayate Combat Butler Volume 7 from Viz to serve you. Dan Polley gets a cut above with Pumpkin Scissior Volume 3 from Del Rey. John Thomas may be a little unstable with Kujibiki Unbalance Volume 1 from Del Rey. And I don’t mind bareing my neck for Vampire Hunter D Volume 1 from Digital Manga Publishing.
Then check the menu for our weekly picks. You might be surprised by what we choose! And if that still isn’t enough for you, head on over to Good Comics for Kids, to see my latest picks for All Ages Comics, and Sabrina has her picks of Web comics. There’s lots of good stuff, so check it out!
We’ve been hard at work at Manga Village, bringing you another great round of reviews. Dan Polley masters the creepy-crawlies with Mushishi Volume 4 from Del Rey. Charles Tan is spiking Eyeshield 21Volume 4 from Viz Media. John Thomas checks out some stomach turning sci-fi with Gantz Volume 1 from Dark Horse. And I’ve got some historical shojo with Kaze Hikaru Volume 9 from Viz Media.
We’ve also got our weekly picks up in the columns section, as well as a special announcement in Manga Village News. Webcomic creators should take special notice! And for the kids, there’s a new All Ages Comics list for this week up at Good Comics for Kids. So start making with the clickee!
I know, I’m late again. But holidays will do that. Anyway, despite my slowness, the rest of the gang got their reviews up on time! John Thomas didn’t fall to pieces and got his review of Dororo Volume 2 from Vertical out on time. I take a walk down memory lane with High School Girls Volume 9 from DR Masters. And Charles Tan hefts a Claymore Volume 12 for some monster fighting action from Viz.
Then, we’ve got our weekly picks up, giving you a checklist of what to by for your summer reading. And over at Good Comics For Kids, I’ve got my latest picks for All Ages.
It’s time for another update from the Village Centre and see what’s up at Manga Village. Our reviews start off with Dan Polley cleaning up his act with The Reformed from Del Rey. John Thomas checks out a one shot from the creator of Blade of the Immortal with Ohikkoshi from Dark Horse. Charles Tan is running back to sports with Eyeshield 21 Volume 3 from Viz. And, I get a late night snack from Viz’s Yumekui Kenbun: Nightmare Inspector Volume 2. Then John has a comics craving to fill and brings us a review of the graphic novel Mouse Guard: Fall 1152.
Over in our columns, we give our picks for the week from the new releases. And just because you can’t get enough of John, check out the interview he did for the podcast Anime Today #69, and find out what makes our John tick!
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And don’t forget to check out the Good Comics for Kids blog, where you’ll not only find my All Ages Comics list for the week, but also a review of Luz, Girl of the Knowing web comic and a preview of CrumbSnatchers.