Manga Monday – Week 30

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 30 (US Release): “Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Volume 1″ by Magica Quartet

madokaorikoTitle: “Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Volume 1″

Author/Artist: Magica Quartet

US Publisher: Yen Press

Genre: Magical Girls, Paranormal, Sequel, Seinen

Summary: Oriko, a magical girl with the gift of foresight, knows the fate that awaits any girl who accepts Kyubey’s offer of supernatural powers. But when she is struck with a terrible vision of the future – of the devastation caused by the transformation of a single, powerful witch – she decides to take action and prevent the girl from becoming a magical girl in the first place. To draw Kyubey away from the girl’s potential, she directs him instead to Yuma, a little girl whose parents were killed by a witch. Despite Yuma’s eagerness to gain powers that will enable her to protect herself, that gift will be the thing that ultimately destroys her…

Why?: Yet another part of the “Madoka Magica” canon, and a kind-of sequel to the series, this is a two-volume punch to the face and only should be read after you familiarize yourself with the original story, because this one is definitely full of spoilers. That being said, it’s still a great little sequel/side-story to the original, and while I don’t love the art in this one as I do as the original or “Kazumi Magica”, it’s still really great and highly recommended!

Week 30 (Japanese Release): “Saint Young Men (Saint Onii-chan): Volume 1” by Nakamura Hikaru

Saint_Young_Men_Vol01_CoverTitle: “Saint Young Men (Saint Onii-chan): Volume 1”

Author/Artist: Nakamura Hikaru

Genre: Comedy, Satire, Seinen, Slice-of-Life

Publication Date: 2007

Publisher: Kodansha

Summary: What if Jesus and Buddha were living on Earth in modern times? What if they shared an apartment in Japan? Saint Young Men is a humorous manga about the daily lives of Jesus and Buddha, with each chapter focusing on some element of modern life, such as Disneyland, rush hour on the train, Christmas, the public pool, carnivals, and more.

Why?: Obviously not good reading material for the easily offended or deeply religious, this is an excellent comedy that I’ve been meaning to feature for awhile here at Manga Monday. I’ve been reading this for a few months now and it’s rapidly made itself up into my top ten current favorites just because it’s so funny and cute and absolutely witty. The anime adaptation is out, and I hope both the manga and the anime get licensed, though I have the feeling it might not because it might offend people. Here’s hoping anyway. If you’re looking for a funny, cute, new slice of life manga? Give “Saint Young Men” a try.


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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