Manga Monday – Week 13

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 13 (US Release):”Soul Eater Not!: Volume 1″ by Ohkubo Atsushi

Title: Soul Eater Not!: Volume 1

Author: Ohkubo Atsushi

Artist: Ohkubo Atsushi

Translation company/US Publisher: Yen Press

Publication Date: July 01, 2012 (North America)

Summary: Ding-dong! DEAD-dong! Class is about to start, and you don’t want to be late on your first day of school! Join new student Tsugumi Harudori in the NOT class at Death Weapon Meister Academy, a school dedicated to training transforming Weapons like Tsugumi and the Meisters who will wield them. Tsugumi is super-nervous about enrolling at DWMA-and even more anxious about choosing her p-p-partner! Featuring an all-new cast as well as a few familiar faces, Soul Eater NOT! gives readers an exciting peek at the lives of new DWMA students!

Usagi’s Take: So this is the sequel/spin-off of “Soul Eater”. I had a lot of fun with that series, and I was really happy to hear it was getting a sequel/spin-off. Now it’s about to land in the States! If you enjoyed the first series, you are going to LOVE this one. For those new to the series, you might just want to at least look up the wikipedia article to familiarize yourself with the world as established in the first series, but you don’t have to read the entire first series to enjoy this one. I think both guys and girls will really enjoy this series – I know I am. It’s got something for everyone so I definitely recommend it!

Week 13  (Japanese Release): “Shirokuma Cafe (Polar Bear Cafe): Volume 1” by Higa Aloha

Title: “Shirokuma Cafe (Polar Bear Cafe): Volume 1”

Author: Higa Aloha

Artist: Higa Aloha

Publication Date: 2006

Publisher: Shougakukan

Summary: “Shirokuma Cafe” revolves around a Canadian white bear that quits his boring job and starts a cafeteria near a zoo. He loves telling tall tales and always brags about himself. According to him, he was picked up by a human couple who owns a diner while he was drifting around on an iceberg.

Though he has lost all contact with his Canadian family, he has discovered a new home in serving the diners’ clientele, thanks to the kind couple. His café is an embodiment of his personality. The place is always packed with many regulars, animals and humans, who are drawn by his charismatic magnetism. (via MAL).

Usagi’s Take: I’ve been watching the anime, and they’ve done a fantastic job adapting the original material. I knew I just had to feature it here on Manga Monday. There’s a lot of puns (which translate out pretty well, always a plus), and I hope that this gets a US translation soon so that everyone can share in the hilarity. It’s family friendly, and generally not only funny but also really cute and charming. Again, I think this is another manga that will have a little something for everyone even though it is labeled as a Josei genre manga. Just check out these puns. How can you resist?!:

(Not the best translation, but it was the best I could find on short notice. Thanks, tumblr! So yeah. Let’s hope this gets picked up for US distro sooner rather than later. I need more Shirokuma-kun in my life! Definitely highly recommended for everyone of all ages.

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!


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