So, I’ve seen this feature on a few book blogs out there, and decided to make this feature my own. After suggestions from friends, Manga Mondays comes to Birth of a New Witch! I’ll try to give equal billing to manga being released both in the US and in Japan, since US licensing takes awhile and I read manga in both languages. I want to cater to other fans out there who do the same.
Confused by some of the terms I use in this feature? See Week 1 for clarification on my most commonly used terms.
And now, to this week’s US and Japanese choices!
Week 12 (US Release): “FLCL (Omnibus Edition)” by GAINAX & Ueda Hajime
Artist: Ueda Hajime
Translation Company/US Publisher: Dark Horse Comics (Previously: Tokyopop)
Summary: The complete FLCL manga adaptation-now with bonus color illustrations and remastered story pages! In this surreal sci-fi romp, a sullen Japanese boy finds himself in the middle of an interstellar conspiracy. As his home life unravels, a sexy space assassin becomes his family maid, and his own head becomes a portal for armed robots. Life as he knows it is quickly falling apart, and Naota doesn’t know who’s friend or foe! One thing’s for certain – he has to grow up quick and save his hometown, whether he wants to or not!
Usagi’s Take: It’s so good to see one of my favorite manga (stemming from one of my favorite anime) rereleased in the edition it deserves! My review for this omnibus edition of “FLCL” will be up soon, but all I can say is WOW. Dark Horse has done a fantastic job with the rerelease – the color plates are gorgeous and I can’t wait to see the final result. As for the manga itself, it’s far darker than the anime – there’s more sex, more violence, and more things that are only lightly touched upon in the anime. I’d recommend this for middle to older YA audiences and up as it does get pretty dark. But it’s really fun and quirky and definitely not your standard manga fare, so it’s highly recommended!
Week 12 (Japanese Release): “Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (The Dusk Maiden of Amnesia): Volume 1” by Maybe
Publication Date: 2008-09
Publisher: Square Enix
Summary: A young woman, by some strange occurrence, was left to die alone in the former building of the Academy for Sincere Teachings. Mysteriously, there is one person who can see her in ghost form: Niiya Teiichi, a freshman. Now they both seek to find out the reasoning behind her death, and what could have caused it.
Usagi’s Take: I fell in love with this series awhile back, and I was surprised to find out it was finally getting an anime a few months ago. The anime started airing in Japan last week, and it’s pretty faithful to the original. The manga is as magical as the title makes it out to be, and the murder mystery is its heart but there’s a bit of potential romance sprinkled in as well, so I think everyone will find something to like about this title. We can only hope that with the success of the anime that both the anime and manga will make its way over to the States soon! Highly recommended!
What about you? Do you read manga? If so, feel free to participate with your own manga monday segment and link up in the comments section!