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 24 (US Release): “Library Wars (Toshokan Sensou): Love & War – Volume 9″ by Yumi Kiiro & Arikawa Hiro
Author: Arikawa Hiro (original novel author for “Library Wars – Toshokan Sensou” series)
Artist: Yumi Kiiro
Translation Company/US publisher: Viz
Genre: Dystopia, Shoujo
Publication Date: April 2, 2013 (Viz – North America)
Summary: In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves–the Library Forces!
Usagi’s Take: A spin-off from one of my favorite light novel series, “Library Wars”, “Library Wars: Love & War” is targeted more toward the shoujo audience who may have or have not read the original novels. This means less emphasis on fighting and more on romance, but since the source material is more or less untouched from the original novels, I have no problem with that. A popular and long-running manga that’s still being serialized in Japan, I’m a huge fan of this one, and I’m glad that Viz is really booking it (but still taking quality into account) when getting caught up on publishing the rest of the volumes out so far. If you’re looking for romance in a dystopian future that doesn’t have a love triangle in it, definitely check out this title.
Week 23 (Japanese Release): “Robotics;Notes: Volume 1” by Asakawa Keiji & 5pb/Nitro+
Author: 5pb/Nitro+ (original visual novel authors)
Artist: Asakawa Keiji
Publication Date: July 10, 2012 (Japan)
Publisher: Mag Garden
Summary: Based off of the third game in 5pb.’s Science Adventure series following “Chaos;Head” and “Steins;Gate”, “Robotics;Notes” is described as an “Augmented Science Adventure”. 2019, Divergence Ratio 1.048596. The near future, where a device popularly called the PokeCom, packaged with PhoneDroid OS, spreads, bringing the Augmented Reality world close to existence.
Chuuoutanegashima High School’s Robot Research Club is in danger of losing its club status. Kaito Yashio, one of only two members, is only obsessed with robot fighting games, showing no interest in the Robo Club even in this situation. The reckless, useless club head, Akiho Senomiya, aims to complete a giant robot, struggling hard to avoid losing the club’s status.
Then, one day, Kaito discovers the A.R. annotation that becomes the Kimishima Report. Written in that report is the indictment of someone named Kou Kimishima’s conspiracy involving the world. (via VNDB & Wikipedia)
Usagi’s Take: One of SIX (you heard it, six) manga being published based on either the anime or the original visual novel by 5pb and Nitro+, this is another one of my new favorites in 2012. I haven’t played the game yet, but damn, do I! I’ve played the other two games in the Science Adventure series, and really enjoyed them (and their anime adaptations – can’t wait for the “Steins;Gate” movie later this year!), and I didn’t think anything would be able to top “Steins;Gate” – but I was wrong. This one is the most paranoid of the three, which is saying a lot. I’m having a lot of fun with this series and I definitely can’t wait to check out the other five manga associated with it. If you want something really original and fun that has a sci-fi edge to it, definitely check this series out!
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!