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 19 (US Release):”Loveless: Volume 10″ by Kouga Yun
Author/Artist: Kouga Yun
Translation Company/US Publisher: Viz
Genre: Seinen/Josei, Yaoi/Shounen-Ai, GLBT, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery
Publication Date: January 8, 2013 (North America)
Summary: When his beloved older brother is brutally murdered, Ritsuka is heartbroken but determined to search for answers. His only lead is Soubi, a mysterious, handsome college student who offers him an intimate link to his brother’s other life: a dark and vibrant world of spell battles and secret names. Will Ritsuka’s relationship with Soubi ultimately lead to the truth or further down the rabbit hole than he imagined possible?
Still reeling from his brother’s dramatic return, Ritsuka goes back to school in search of something normal. He’s joined by the Zero unit of Natsuo and Youji, who transfer in to keep an eye on him. But even their protection won’t be enough when a new unit named Moonless approaches Ritsuka with a dangerous and seductive proposal…
Usagi’s Take: This is one of my favorite series – it’s controversial, but still one of my favorites. This story is really about dealing with grief, unraveling mysteries, falling in love and coming of age – all at once. However, I will warn you – if you’re not into GLBT issues, this is probably not the manga for you. But still, it’s absolutely gorgeous, and goes to dangerous places – I admire Kouga for going to all of these dark places. It can’t be easy. And I’m really happy this license got scooped up by Viz after Tokyopop flopped.
Week 19 (Japanese Release): “On the Night When the Spider Lily Blooms (Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni): Volume 1” by Ryukishi 07
Author: Ryukishi 07/07th Expansion (original visual novel story)
Artist: Tsunohazu Ichirou
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Drama, Seinen
Publisher: Square Enix
Publication Date: 2011
Summary: Marie is trapped in a horrible situation. She’s being constantly tormented by her classmates and regularly molested by her teacher. With nowhere else to turn, she finds herself asking for supernatural help from one of the seven demons of the seven mysteries of her school. All she desires is the death of her cruel classmates and teacher. How far will Marie be willing to go in order to achieve the murders that would free her from her living hell?
Usagi’s Take: Another series, if you’re squicky about abuse and bullying, you should probably avoid. However, I love the author – he also did “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When the Cicadas Cry)” and “Umineko no Naku Koro ni (When the Seagulls Cry)” – two awesome visual novel series that became anime and manga in their own right and also later tied into each other. I’m hoping “Higanbana” will follow tradition and also get both an anime and manga and tie into its predecessors. This story is very dark, but it’s also very complex and will definitely keep you on your toes as you try to solve the mysteries within. 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!