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New Releases for 8/10/11

August 13, 2011

It’s a small list this week, but a good for video game tie-ins. Bandai Entertainment releases the first volume based on the franchise Tales of the Abyss, while Udon Entertainment releases the next volume of Gigamix from the Mega Man franchise. Viz brings out their monthly batch of Shonen Sunday titles along with the US version of rival magazine Shonen Jump.

The List:

BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT
Tales Of The Abyss Asch The Bloody Volume 1 GN, $10.99

DARK HORSE COMICS
Gantz Volume 18 TP, $12.99  **Weekly Pick**

KODANSHA COMICS
Deltora Quest Volume 1 GN, $10.99  **Weekly Pick**
I Am Here Volume 2 GN, $17.99  **Weekly Pick**

UDON ENTERTAINMENT
Mega Man Gigamix Volume 2 TP, $12.95

VIZ MEDIA
Ikigami The Ultimate Limit Volume 7 GN (Of 7), $12.99  **Weekly Pick**
Inu Yasha Volume 8 GN (VIZBIG Edition), $17.99  **Weekly Pick**
Kekkaishi Volume 27 GN, $9.99
Maoh Juvenile Remix Volume 6 TP, $9.99  **Weekly Pick**
Shonen Jump Volume 9 #9 (September 2011), $4.99

The Picks:

Connie’s Pick: I’m torn this week between the VizBig Inu-Yasha volume 8 and Maoh: Juvenile Remix this week.  I am absolutely loving the Inu-Yasha re-issue, and I think the three-volume chunks are the perfect size for consuming the highly addictive action series.  But I’ve been intrigued by the last few volumes of Maoh, too, and it has a somewhat more substantial story going for it.  I’m not quite up to 6 yet, but I’ve really enjoyed the themes about group mentality and urban sprawl.  It’s definitely unusual.

Alex’s Pick: Connie has some good points, but I am actually more interested in Deltora Quest than I am in re-reading Inu Yasha (which is great, don’t get me wrong). I am not sure if the series will have what it takes to succeed with the current shonen manga market, but I am willing to give it a try.

John’s Pick: I am the predictable sort, especially when it’s a week with Gantz on the list. I am reminded I am a couple volumes behind. Time to get caught up!

Justin’s Pick: I’m secretly a little girl, and I’m glad Kodansha is continuing the series I Am Here. I’m not actually a little girl, but my 3rd grade daughter is an avid manga reader. This means I have to really search to find manga that avoids sex and fanservice, but is interesting and sophisticated and well-done. I Am Here is, so far, just that kind of series. There’s also series on the list for a grown man this week, and the last volume of Ikigami The Ultimate Limit is the book I’ll be picking up.

Lori’s Pick: My daughter was a fan of the Deltora series when she was in Middle school, so Deltora Quest from Kodansha is must, both for my daughter and me. I want to read it now too.

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