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 33 (US Release): “March Story: Volume 4″ by Kim Hyung-Min
Author: Kim Hyung-Min
Artist: Yang Kyung-Il
US Publisher: Viz
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tales Retold, AWESOME
Publication Date: October 16, 2012 (North America)
Summary: Among the quiet villages and towns of 18th century Europe, demons known as the Ill hide within the most beautiful works of art, sparked to life by the torment of their creators. Attracted by their jewel-like allure, the unwary find themselves possessed by the Ill and driven to horrific acts of violence. Only the hunters of the Ciste Vihad can dispel the Ill. The Ill prey upon human feelings, using them as both a lure and a weapon. March must conceal her feelings for Rodin lest the Ill that lies inside her should awaken and destroy her. When Rodin receives an invitation to a fancy dress ball, March surreptitiously tags along. The gala has also attracted a devilish guest who thirsts for the blood of the young maidens in attendance. March faces her terrifying past once again, and this time all of her friends are in danger!
Usagi’s Take: One of my favorite manwha/manga fusion titles, this one has a gorgeous, dreamy sensibility to it with utterly brutal battle scenes and scary monsters that are also deliciously wicked. Sadly, there’s not a lot of information on this title out there -it appears to be manga, just done by two Korean artists and published in Japan. Which is rare (don’t get me started on how rare -that’s a history lesson all in itself), but interesting nonetheless. I can’t wait until volume 5 comes out – since the story isn’t over in volume 4. Come on and give us more “March Story”, Viz!
Week 32 (Japanese Release): “The Borderline of Emptiness (Kara no Koukai): Volume 1″ by Type-Moon/Nasu Kinoko
Author: Nasu Kinoko/Type-Moon
Artist: Tenkyuu Sphere
Publication Date: 2010
Genre: Murder mystery, paranormal, romance
Summary: A very popular early work from Kinoko Nasu from the Tsukihime & Fate fame, the Kara no Kyoukai universe has meet great success as an animated film adaptation, novels and radio dramas.
Kara no Kyoukai depicts a world were the true dark nature of the human being is being reviewed and exposed by shocking and ruthless events, and in the center of it all we have Ryougi Shiki, the true heir to the long lived, wealthy and mysterious Ryougi clan and Kokuto Mikiya, a would be normal high school student if it wouldn’t be for his amazing deductive & investigative progress.
The moment Kokuto and Shiki meet is the moment that the wheel of fate started to turn, however is this fate moving forward naturally on it’s own accord, or is it all being orchestrated from behind the scenes by an enigmatic persona? Only time will tell. (via Baka Updates)
Usagi’s Take: I love anything by Type-Moon, and this was one of my first introductions to Nasu’s work. They made 7 amazing films out of this novel, which is also this manga right here. It’s devistating when you consider the human condition, brutal and unforgiving yet heartbreakingly beautiful. I absolutely love the entire “Kara no Kyoukai” franchise and all that comes with it, because it’s definitely unflinching when it comes to examining human values. Also, DID/GID issues are brought up, which automatically gets a YES THIS IS AWESOME from me. However, it’s not for everyone – it gets pretty dark, and pretty violent, so if you’re squicky about that sort of thing, steer clear. Otherwise I’d definitely recommend it.
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!