It’s Viz’s big week, and a couple of titles people have been waiting for are being released. Maid-Sama is a former Tokyopop title where only 8 of the 18 volumes were released. This series in one of the rare pick ups from Viz that is getting a print release as well as digital, and is under the Shojo Beat imprint instead of Viz Select. The series fits perfectly in the Shojo Beat imprint with its story of a girl who appears to be tough-as-nails and a boy hater, but also works part-time at a maid cafe where she is found out by the popular boy at school. They are coming out as 2-in-1, so it will be no time before the series is caught up with the previous release, and fans will be getting new material. Also new this week is the first volume of My Hero Academia. This series by the creator of Barrage has seriously caught on with fans on both sides of the Pacific. Here, only the first chapter was released in Weekly Shonen Jump before the title jumped to current serialization, so this is the first chance for readers to see (legally) what happened in the intervening chapters.
It’s a fairly quiet release list for this week, but there are some strong titles to liven it up. If you haven’t read A Silent Voice Vol 1 from Kodansha Comics, go read it, right now. I’ll wait. If you haven’t heard of A Silent Voice, have you been living under a rock? The first volume has had tremendous word of mouth that’s pushed it’s sales up to Fairy Tail levels. The story sneaks up on you and then crushes your with so much emotion. But it’s a story that needs to be told, and read. I put off reading it for a while, for fear of all those emotions, but once I did, I was glad. I can’t wait now to see what happens in vol 2. Seven Seas Entertainment made a score when they picked up Haven’t You Heard I’m Sakamoto. The series was nominated for several awards, including the Manga Taisho. It’s one of the several Seven Seas’ titles I’ve been looking forward to reading.
Chi’s Sweet Home is a title I have been reading and loving, even though as the series has gone on, it’s gotten a little darker. But going back to the “good old days” of volumes 1-3 just fills you with so much fun and hope. Vertical Comics has made that easy for the last few readers out there who haven’t managed to pick it up with their new Complete Chi’s Sweet Home Vol 1. It collects the first three volumes of the series that tells Chi’s adventures with the Yamadas and Blackie the “bearcat.” If you already have these volumes, don’t worry, Vertical has found a way to make you want to buy it again. There are bonus comics included from creator Konami Kanata’s previous series Fuku Fuku, about an adult cat who lives with an older woman. Fuku Fuku was funny and charming and just another reason to pick up this volume.
Full List per Diamond Distributors:
Fairy Tail Volume 49 GN, $10.99
Silent Voice Volume 2 GN, $10.99
Yamada-Kun And The Seven Witches Volume 3 GN, $10.99
SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
Dragonar Academy Volume 7 GN, $12.99
Haven’t You Heard I’m Sakamoto Volume 1 GN, $12.99
Complete Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 1 TP, $24.95
It’s that time of month again when I have to place my Previews order. But now, besides my usual problems of deciding what to buy, I have to wonder if the books I order will be canceled. Diamond Distributing has had their red pen going at break-neck speed, what with canceling the entire Yen Press solicitation from last month’s order. They’re back again and while not the only publisher to get red-lined, they just the most jaw-dropping. So, do I chance another manga order through Previews? I want to support what titles I can with pre-orders, but is it a losing battle with Diamond who seem happy to slash their catalog back to the stone age of just DC, Marvel, Dark Horse and Image?
If I want a manga to survive, and I want the publishers to know I enjoy the title by pre-ordering it, will the publisher still get my message even after Diamond cancels my order? Do the publishers see the numbers before the cancellation order comes down? Am I wasting time pre-ordering with Diamond and risking my favorite, not so popular manga to an untimely death?
I ponder these questions even as I prepare my next order. I’m playing it fairly safe, though, that’s just the way it came down, and not because I chose not to order from anyone in particular for fear of the titles getting canceled. These are my orders for this month:
- CMX – Two Flowers for the Dragon v5
- Tokyopop – Chibi Vampire v14
- Viz Media – Gimmick! v9
- Viz Media – Knights of the Zodiac v27
- Viz Media – Wild Ones v8
- Viz Media – Pokemon Diamond & Pearl v5
Chibi Vampire is a must, as it’s the final volume, and the same goes for Gimmick! Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya is on the penultimate volume, and there is no way I am missing out seeing this title finish! I still really enjoy Wild Ones even if no one else seems to, and Two Flowers for the Dragon has the double bonus of being good and having a good discount.
I hope Diamond lives up to their name, and keeps distributing the manga, not just comics, we love. I can see the divide between manga and comic readers growing if Diamond continues to feel the need to cancel manga from their catalog. And that’s something we really don’t need. There is already a wide chasm, that those of us that read both can barely straddle. We shouldn’t be forced to chose one over the other.