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 26 (US Release): “Haganai -I Don’t Have Many Friends (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai): Volume 1″ by Hirasaka Yomi & Itachi
Author: Itachi (original novels)
Artist: Hirasaka Yomi
US translation/Publisher: Seven Seas/Macmillan
Publication Date: November 13, 2012 (North America)
Summary: Recent high school transfer student Hasegawa Kodaka is pathetically inept at making friends. When he comes across the brash loner Mikazuki Yozora, who typically chats with her imaginary friend, the two outsiders become the unlikeliest of allies. Realizing that they have no hope of a normal social life, the two outcasts decide to form a group called “The Neighbor’s Club” in order to make friends and maybe even learn a thing or two about social skills. A wild and offbeat comedy about social outcasts who are obsessed with fandom.
Usagi’s Take: I’m not usually one for parody or comedy-only based stories, but this one just takes the cake. “Haganai” is ridiculously fun. Short for the original title based off of the light novel series, “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai”, it’s just this bunch of high school misfits that are trying to make friends with each other and just not succeeding very well. It’s wonderful, and definitely highly recommended. If you need a good laugh, “Haganai” is a manga you definitely need to give a try.
Week 26 (Japanese Release): “From the New World (Shinsekai Yori): Volume 1” by Kishi Yuusuke & Oikawa Tooru
Author: adapted from the novel by Kishi Yuusuke
Artist: Oikawa Tooru
Genre: Utopia/Dystopia, paranormal, paranormal romance, adventure, survival, shounen, sci-fi
Publication Date: 2012
Summary: The story is set in Japan a millennium from now. Five children — the protagonist Saki, Satoru, Maria, Mamoru, and Shun — have been born and raised in a tranquil town that can be described as a utopia, overflowing with water and green foilage. The world is ruled by people who have the “cursed power” or the “gods’ power” of telekinesis.
After a certain incident, Saki and the others come to realize the true nature of their world. Before long, they learn everything, including the bloody history that brought humanity to this state. The five throw themselves into life-threatening adventure and fighting to protect friends and a world on the brink of collapse. (via Manga Updates)
Usagi’s Take: I’ve been keeping up with the anime series (which has been licensed here by Sentai Filmworks), and I can’t wait to read the original novel, but I really love this series. It’s new, it’s fresh, and the plot twists just keep coming. Just when you think you have everything figured out, there’s something new that comes along that totally overturns everything you’ve put together. I love stories like that, so I hope this one gets picked up for publication here in the States!
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!