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 16 (US Release):”Neon Genesis Evangelion: Volume 13″ by GAINAX/Khara
Artist: Sadamoto Yoshiyuki
Translation company/US publisher: Viz
Genre: Apocalyptic/Dystopian, Coming of Age, Seinen
Publication Date: November 2, 2012 (Simultaneous Worldwide Release – Japan AND North America!)
Summary: In Volume 13, as mankind tilts on the brink of the Third Impact, human feelings are fault lines; good, for cracking the world open, or bad, to be welded forever shut. 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.
The world hangs in the balance as Asuka fights to survive an onslaught of Evas determined to destroy her. Shinji rushes to help but he may be too late – deep inside the NERV command center, Dr. Ikari is about to set in motion the last act of the Instrumentality Project. Everything has gone according to Ikari’s plans so far, but even he cannot foresee the role Shinji will play in determining the future! (via comiclist.com)
Usagi’s Take: I can’t believe this one is getting worldwide simultaneous release, guys! I’m so excited, I can’t even. “Evangelion” was one of the first anime I ever watched, manga I ever read, and the third movie in the “Rebuild” quartet, “Evangelion 3.0: Quickening” comes out November 17th. I’ve rewatched the series at least fifty times, and read the manga at least five. I love that it’s still ongoing even though the series has long ended on TV, so I can’t wait to see what happens next. This one has a little something for everyone – religion, psychology, coming of age, dystopian/apocalyptic elements…seriously, if you haven’t read or watched this classic yet, I highly recommend you do so! It’s in my top five of favorites.
Week 16 (Japanese Release): “Eureka Seven AO: Volume 1”
Artist: Katou Yuuichi
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Mecha, Shounen, Action, Alternate History
Publication Date: 2012
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
Summary: Manga sequel to the Eureka Seven anime series. The story centers around a boy named Ao who “sets ‘destiny’ in motion again when he holds the ‘power'”. The story is set on Okinawa’s isolated island of Iwado, which has seen a growing movement advocating a return to an autonomous government. Ao Fukai, a 12-year-old boy with a missing father, lives on the island with an old doctor named Toshio and is about to enter middle school. Ao’s mother was taken away a decade ago by unknown individuals. Naru Arata, Ao’s 12-year-old childhood friend and the story’s heroine, lives with her father, older sister, and grandmother. She has a “Yuta” power awakened within her due to an incident when she was young. A mysterious entity called “Secret” suddenly appears and launches an attack on the Scub Coral lifeform on the island. Ao launches a certain military FP called “Nirvash” aboard a Japanese military transport in his fervent desire to protect the island.
Usagi’s Take: I loved the original “Eureka Seven” series, and now we’re going back thousands of years into the past to see how it all began. I love retellings of my favorite series, and so far this one isn’t half bad, not half bad at all. I wonder if any of the other characters from the original series (Renton or Anemone, for example) aside from Eureka will be making any appearances. That’d be awesome. I’m also watching the anime and enjoying it a LOT, so if you like a show that’s full of action and sci-fi (and aliens!), as well as alternate history, “Eureka Seven AO” is definitely a series for you!