Manga Monday – Week 23

mangamondaySo, 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 23 (US Release):  “Tiger & Bunny: Volume 1” by Sakakibara Mizuki

A14861-1553487631.1351627587Title: “Tiger & Bunny: Volume 1”

Author/Artist: Sakakibara Mizuki

Translation company/US Publisher: Viz

Publication Date: April 9, 2013 (North America)

Genre: Shounen, Superheroes

Summary: The official manga tie-in to the international smash-hit animated series!

Superpowered humans known as NEXT appeared in the world 45 years ago. Some of them fight crime in the city of Stern Bild while promoting their corporate sponsors on the hit show “HERO TV.” The people love their superheroes, even if they don’t completely understand them, and not all of the NEXT use their powers for good.

Veteran hero Wild Tiger has years of experience fighting crime, but his ratings have been slipping. Under orders from his new employer, Wild Tiger finds himself forced to team up with Barnaby Brooks Jr., a rookie with an attitude. Overcoming their differences will be at least as difficult for this mismatched duo as taking down superpowered bad guys!

Usagi’s Take: This is actually one of FOUR (yes, four) manga versions of the anime show, but I rather like this first one. This series is a LOT of fun, and I’m glad it’s finally hitting Stateside. It’s incredibly silly and just a whole lot of fun. If you’re looking for a good superhero-centric manga that’s not about magical girls (and there’s just not a lot of those out there), DEFINITELY give T&B a chance. My review for them is coming soon, so be on the lookout for that!

Week 22 (Japanese Release): “Sherlock: A Study in Pink (Pink-Iro no Kenkyuu): Volume 1” by Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, & Jay.

news_large_SHERLOCKTitle: “Sherlock: A Study in Pink (Pink-Iro no Kenkyuu)”

Author: Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss (2010 BBC version), based on original “Sherlock Holmes” series by Conan Arthur Doyle

Artist: Jay.

Publication Date: 2012 (original serialization date, actual manga volume release date unknown)

Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten

Summary: An adaptation of the BBC re-imagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series, Sherlock, which aired in 2010 (season 1) and 2012 (season 2), with season 3 currently in the works.

Usagi’s Take: You guys know how much I love “Sherlock”, so when I heard there was a manga adaptation in the works, I flipped out. And I can honestly say, that even though there isn’t a release date set for the first volume of manga? It’s awesome. I’ve been reading the individual serialized chapters, and they’re great. I’m just wondering when the UK will get them, and then hopefully all of us in NA. It’s seriously good, and I can’t wait to get the actual book into my hands!

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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