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 27 (US Release): “No. 6: Volume 1” by Asano Atsuko & Kino Hinoki
Author: Adapted from the original novels by Asan0 Atsuko
Artist: Kino Hinoki
US Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Boys’ Love, Seinen/Shoujo
Publication Date: June 11, 2013 (North America)
Summary: A PERFECT LIFE, IN A PERFECT CITY
For Shion, an elite student in the technologically sophisticated city No. 6, life is carefully choreographed. School, study, and the occasional visit with his friend and classmate Safu. One fateful day, however, he takes a misstep, sheltering an injured boy his age from a typhoon. Known only as Rat, this boy is a VC – a fugitive living outside the computerized tapestry of city control – and helping him will throw Shion’s life into chaos and start him down a path to discovering the appalling secrets behind the superficial perfection of No. 6.
Usagi’s Take: I really enjoyed the anime when it aired last year (or was it 2011? I can’t even remember), and I know there’s a lot more to what story was actually aired, so I was excited to find out about the manga, which was adapted from the book. It’s a really good series, full of twists and turns you really don’t see coming, and it definitely has a lot of surprises up its sleeve. If you don’t mind two dudes in love, definitely check out “No. 6”!
Week 27 (Japanese Release): “Blast of Tempest (Zetsuen no Tempest): Volume 1” by Shirodaira Kyou & Arihide Sano & Saizaki Ren
Author/Artists: Shirodaira Kyou & Arihide Sano & Saizaki Ren
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Survivalism/Dystopia, Paranormal, Romance, Retellings, Shounen
Publication Date: 2009
Summary: The point of view begins with Hakaze, a witch who ended up on a deserted island. Changing point of views, we now look at Yoshino and Mahiro. Yoshino and Mahiro were best friends, but one day Mahiro suddenly disappeared. Yoshino assumed that he found a clue to whoever murdered his family. Despite the close bond they had, Yoshino has no idea where Mahiro is. However, one day when Yoshino was putting flowers on Mahiros’ family’s grave, a woman questions Yoshino about Mahiro at gun point. According to the woman, Mahiro got involved with some serious issues that will inevitably put the human race in a catastrophic situation, and the Japanese government is desperately looking for Mahiro. Apparently some sort of “magic” is involved. What happened to Mahiro? And who is this Hakaze girl? What does Hakaze have to do with this? (via mangaupdates)
Usagi’s Take: Like the title suggests, this series does quite a few Shakespeare retellings and it’s absolutely fabulous at it. I absolutely love this series – it’s become one of my 2013 favorites so far. It goes to a lot of strange places (and dark ones, too), and deals with all kinds of issues couched as magical survivalism. Love it. I really hope that this gets released here across the pond really soon, as it really is a great little series.
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!