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 29 (US Release): “Sankarea: Volume 1” by Hattori Mitsuru
Author/Artist: Hattori Mitsuru
US Publisher: Kodansha USA
Genre: Zombies, Paranormal Romance, Comedy
Publication Date: June 11, 2013 (North America)
Summary: “I ONLY LIKE ZOMBIE GIRLS.”
Since he was little, Chihiro has felt an unusual emotional connection to zombie movies. It’s not that he feels bad for the survivors – instead he fantasizes about comforting the poor undead girls they slaughter! When his beloved pet passes away, he decides to brew up a resurrection potion in secret. But he’s discovered by popular girl and local heiress Sanka Rea, whose life isn’t as perfect as it seems… and Furuya suggests that she could serve as a test subject!
Usagi’s Take: This was one of my favorite series of last year – it’s hilarious, touching, and deals with one of my favorite subjects – bio-ethics! Granted, it’s couched in mad science and zombies, but it stills brings up the moral issue of “should I bring back the dead if I can?”. This one is probably best for mid to mature YA, as it has boobies in it, but it’s not graphic. Just, you know, boobs. Definitely highly recommended, and I’m so glad that this is finally getting brought over here.
Week 29 (Japanese Release): “Electric Girl & Youth Boy (Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko): Volume 1” by Iruma Hitoma & Yamane Masato
Author: Iruma Hitoma (author of the original novels)
Artist: Yamane Masato
Genre: Slice-of-life, sci-fi, tough stuff, comedy
Publication Date: 2010
Summary: The story revolves around a highschool boy named Niwa Makoto. He lives with his aunt’s family since his parents are away on business. It is there where he meets his mysterious cousin of the same age Touwa Erio — who happens to tie a futon mattress around her upper body and is a self-proclaimed alien. Her staple food is pizza. Erio had been missing for half a year and was found floating in the sea. She doesn’t remember anything about what happened during that period of time, but she began to think that it was the act of an alien and wanders the neighbourhood wrapped in the futon.
Usagi’s Take: Another one of my favorites from last year, and now I really want to read the novels that inspired both the manga and the anime. Erio is definitely one of my favorite female characters now, because she’s so wonky and weird and absolutely loveable. Also, can I just say that I love the art they did for this? It’s almost exactly like the art in the novels, but a different artist. And I just love them both. If you want something that’s slower in pace but is funny and heartwarming, “Denpa Onna” is definitely the manga for you. I’m hoping it gets brought stateside and soon.
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!