Manga Monday – Week 22

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 22 (US Release): “Letter Bee (Tegami Bachi): Volume 11″ by Asada Hiroyuki

Title:“Letter Bee (Tegami Bachi): Volume 11″

Author/Artist: Asada Hiroyuki

Translation Company/US Publisher: Viz

Publication Date: November 6, 2012 (North America)

Genre: Seinen, Slice of Life, Paranormal, Awesome

Summary: Largo Lloyd, ousted director of the Beehive, saves the life of a Marauder – and, in return, demands to be taken to the leader of Reverse. Will the Letter Bees finally penetrate to the heart of the rebel organization? Meanwhile, with his hero Gauche returning home at last, things are looking up for Lag… until he discovers the shocking truth about Gauche!

Usagi’s Take: I’m so behind with this series it’s not even funny, but I love it to death. It’s absolutely beautiful – at times brutal, at times tender, at times heartbreaking and it definitely has something for everyone. There’s action, there’s romance, there’s angst…yeah, this is definitely one of my favorite series, and I hope it gets a third anime season soon. It’s really that lovely.

Week 22 (Japanese Release): “Ryushika, Ryushika: Volume 1″ by Yoshitoshi ABe

Title:“Ryushika, Ryushika: Volume 1″

Author/Artist: Yoshitoshi ABe

Genre: Seinen, Slice of Life

Publication Date: 2009

Publisher: Square Enix

Summary: The daily life of a girl nicknamed Ryoshka (spelled Ryushika in katakana) with a wild imagination.

Usagi’s Take: This is a first for ABe – doing a very solid slice of life series. The only thing closest to it would be his previous work, “NieA Under Seven”, but that had aliens involved. Anyway, I love this series – it’s very slow, and it lingers on the little happy details of daily life. ABe’s work just gets better as he gets older. I hope this series makes it over to the States soon – it’s a genuine pleasure to read.

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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