I missed another week, I know, but I did have an almost good reason. Starting in October, the Good Comics for Kids blog has moved to School Library Journal, and I had to wait for my login to start posting my weekly comic list post, which I didn’t get until late in the weekend, and then I forgot. Anyway…
September finished with Metro Survive Volume 2 from DR Masters by me, and Cat Eyed Boy Volume 2 from Viz by Charles Tan. October started with Wild Rock BL from DMP/June by Katherine Farmar, and John Thomas gave his own take on Cat Eyed Boy Volume 1 from Viz.
Dan Polley started this week out with Air Gear Volume 9 from Del Rey Manga. Charles Tan got big again with the VizBIG edition of Rurouni Kenshin Volume 3 from Viz. John Thomas continued with the gore-fest that is Gantz Volume 2 from Dark Horse Comics. Katherine Farmar hopes you have enough time for her reivew of the BL title Not Enough Time from DMP/June.
We made our new releases picks for last week and this week. We also picked our Manga of the Month for September. Don’t forget that you can keep up with all our columns with this feed. At Good Comics for Kids, we not only got a new home, but new chibis! My first post is of course the All Ages list for 10/1. Katherine Dacey has a review of Suihelibe! Volume 1 from CMX. Then I’m back with the All Ages list for this week. You can follow everything we do with this RSS feed.
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.
Warriors: The Rise of Scourge
Written by Erin Hunter and Dan Jolley
Art by Bettina Kurkoski
Publisher: Tokyopop (Harper Collins)
Age Rating: Y (10+)
Tiny, a small kit with a loving mother and two siblings that dislike him, at one point, visited the forest. He was attacked by the patrol from Thunderclan (Tigerstar attacked him) and Bluefur pulled them away. Tiny went to the city in fear of being thrown into a river. He then stuck a dog tooth into his coller, and told a lie, which made him change his name to Scourge.
I liked this side-issue. It completely changed how I thought about Scourge. Before, I thought of him as an ugly cat with hatred but from this manga, I learn that it was his bad past that shaped him and he’s actually kind of cute.
Did I like it:
100% sure. I definitely like it, Scourge is cute, but his past shaped him into what he had become. He may be small, but he proved his littermates wrong. He killed Tigerstar nine times over and Tigerstar deserved it.
Could there be anything changed:
Nothing, not from my eyes. The manga is as good as perfect, from what I see.
Is this for children:
There is a bit of death, and some blood. As far as I’m concerned, it might be for children if they can handle cats dying.
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!
I’ve added a new page to help parents (or anyone else interested) in finding all ages manga from all the manga publishers available. Publishers don’t make it very obvious which of their books are for everyone. Sometimes I had to dig two or three pages deep to find it. So, I decided to make this page so that there’s all in one place. Keep checking the page, as I will update it as I find more new manga. I’ll also let you know of any updates here. So click the link above, or check the Pages in the sidebar or on top the site.
Viz will have a lot coming out in 2009, which is nice to here. It would be nice to see publishers like Del Rey and Yen Press, get some more books out. Broccoli Books and Netcomics surprised me with their selection. Netcomics even has some BL they rate as for all ages. I don’t know if I want to start the kids on that… Go Comi was another surprise, as they had no All Ages books at all.
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!
Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai
By Ryo Takamisaki
Publisher: Viz Media/VizKids
Age Rating: All Ages
Genre: Game/TV Tie-in/Action
Ash and his friends have discovered that they’re walking toward the ancient Alamos Town after befriending a girl named Alice. Once they’ve arrived, they find out that the sacred garden of Alamos town has been ransacked, the mysterious Darkrai appears, appearantly not pleased and tells Ash and everyone else to leave immediately. Strange things have been happening as well…
What I liked about this manga:
Practically everything. The best parts were Brock (he’s so loveable) and the Palkia, Dialga and Darkrai battle scenes. Being that I’m a great Pokemon fan, that adds to the liking of this manga.
What I did not like about this manga:
Almost nothing. The great graphics and how it’s extremely alike to the movie makes it hard not to like the manga. Although, the character’s scripts make it really obvious to what just happened. It makes me want to say “Dur da durrr.”
Nope, not even a script change. Baron Alberto is quite annoying, however.
Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai
By Ryo Takamisaki
Publisher: Viz Kids
Age Rating: A (All Ages)
Genre: Game/TV tie-in/Action
What is the story about?
It’s about Ash, Pikachu, and Darkrai. Darkrai fights both Dialga and Palkia before he disappears into space.
What did you like about the story?
I liked the fight against Dialga and Palkia. I also like the pokemon Dialga.
What did you dislike about the story?
I hate it when Baron turned into Lickilicky, because it is freaky. I also hate the way they drew Infernape.
Would you recommend the story to kids your age?
It’s a goth week at Manga Village this week, where dark side is reigning supreme (mostly). Let’s get the little ray of sunshine out of the way, with Suzuka Volume 8 from Del Rey Manga by Dan Polley. Then John Thomas starts us done the dark path with Blood+ Volume 2 from Dark Horse. I finish up the gothic horror/suspense series with the last volume of Godchild Volume 8 from Viz. Then Charles Tan takes us on a final tour of the Museum of Terror Volume 3 from Dark Horse.
Over on our columns, we have our picks for the week to lighten your wallet in Manga Village Picks ‘n Mix.
And don’t forget to check out Good Comics for Kids, where I have the weekly comics list and picks for all ages, and Katherine Dacey of Pop Culture Shock has a review of the Dark Horse series Dayan.