This Week’s Manga: Rose Week

This Week's Manga

Dictatorial Grimoire CCAfter a heavy shonen and shojo release week last week, this week is a little on the lighter side. Seven Seas releases an omnibus of Dictatorial Grimoire, collecting all three volumes of the series into one book for a lower price. I’ve truly come to appreciate omnibuses for price and shelf space. I’ve considered Dictatorial Grimoire before, but this omnibus make it much more attractive.

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PR: Weekly Shonen Jump Leaps onto comiXology and Kindle

Viz Media makes another move to spread its manga to other platforms as Weekly Shonen Jump finally jumps from the Vizmanga app to get on comiXology and Amazon’s Kindle. The jump to just these two platforms and not Nook, Kobo, iOS, or Googleplay is probably due to Amazon’s ownership of comiXology. Hopefully Viz will be able to announce expanding to those other platforms soon as well.

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Weekly Top Ten – September 5, 2015

Weekly Top Ten Manga

Every week, the New York Times and Amazon posts the top ten bestselling books. The New York Times gets their numbers from print sales from retailers, while Amazon and Vizmanga.com calculates their own numbers. Once a month the Nielsen Bookscan posts their top twenty graphic novels of which manga is included. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, and some way-off analysis of the activity.

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Attack on Titan Junior High Volume 1

For five years, Eren Yeager has nursed a grudge against the Titans. Now he’s about to enter junior high with these massive creatures as classmates, and he won’t let his chance for revenge go to waste! Watch as your favorite trainees take on the Titans…in class, music club and dodgeball!

Attack on Titan Junior High Volume 1
Attack on Titan Junior High 1By Saki Nakagawa
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Age Rating: Older Teen
Genre: Comedy
Price: $16.99

Attack on Titan has had a lot of spin-off titles. Some have been serious, like No Regrets and Before the Fall, adding to the mythos of the world. Junior High is not that kind of spin-off. Following a trend that seems to have become popular, it takes the characters from the main series and drops them into a high school setting so the hilarity can ensue. It is an irreverent take that is meant to be funny, but is more hit and miss with its humor.

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This Week’s Manga: Witch Manga to Pick?

This Week's Manga

Yamada Kun 4It’s rare that a week goes by and there isn’t something I want on it. This week is not NOT one of those weeks. Kodansha releases the fourth volume of Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches, a series I have become a recent convert for. I didn’t think I would like it with the gender switching and all, but it’s turned out to be a surprisingly fun rom-com. Not high on my list though is Ninja Slayer Kills Vol 1. It hits all the wrong buttons with me. What probably doesn’t is The Ancient Magus’ Bride from Seven Seas which is releasing Volume 2 this week.

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PR: Sweet New Manga from Shojo Beat

Maki Minami has become another of Viz Media’s go-to creators with this, her third series to be published by the Shojo Beat imprint. It’s starting up at a perfect time as well, as Voice Over! Seiyuu Academy has just ended. I don’t know if I’ll read it, since it uses the Rich-to-Poor trope that I don’t care for, but it can some times work for me, so may be I’ll at least check out the first volume.

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Weekly Top Ten – August 29, 2015

Weekly Top Ten Manga

Every week, the New York Times and Amazon posts the top ten bestselling books. The New York Times gets their numbers from print sales from retailers, while Amazon and Vizmanga.com calculates their own numbers. Once a month the Nielsen Bookscan posts their top twenty graphic novels of which manga is included. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, and some way-off analysis of the activity.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion Volume 1-3

Once Shinji didn’t care about anything; then he found people to fight for–only to learn that he couldn’t protect them, or keep those he let into his heart from going away. As mankind tilts on the brink of the apocalyptic Third Impact, human feelings are fault lines leading to destruction and just maybe, redemption and rebirth.

Neon Genesis Evangelion 1Neon Genesis Evangelion Volume 1-3
By Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Publisher: Viz Media
Age Rating: Older Teen
Genre: Sci-Fi
Price: $19.99 USD

Neon Genesis Evangelion is an anime from the 1990s that defined a generation, and changed the mecha genre. I was never able to watch more than a few episodes of the anime, so I thought reading the manga adaptation would be a better way to go. Nope. My first instincts were correct. These first three volumes are slow and boring with a protagonist that you spend most of the time wanting to slap silly.

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This Week’s Manga: Crazy For Manga

This Week's Manga

Fairy Tail Mistral 1And I thought last week was gonna be a wallet burner! This week is nearly just as bad! Kodansha hits with a wave of titles, including a couple of new ones. The first Fairy Tail spin-off in English is finally here. Blue Mistral is a shojo that features Wendy Marvell, the 12-year-old wizard from Fairy Tail as she goes on her first solo mission. I’d pick this up just for being from Fairy Tail, but the shojo aspect just makes it all the more attractive. Also new out this week is Inuyashiki, the story of a middle-aged man who gets a new lease on life after being struck by a light from the sky. The premise sounds familiar, but look like it will be anything but. Other big hitters out this week are Attack on Titan Before the Fall, Attack on Titan, and Say I Love You. Kodansha is not pulling any punches!

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