Monday, May 04, 2015
I am, as always, hampered by the fact that I haven't read any of these books, and possibly also by the fact that it's a bright sunny Sunday morning as I type this, and I could be doing more pleasant things in places more pleasant than this blogger's basement. But here we go, with this week's crop: four manga volumes from two different publishers.
I'll start out with one big book from Yen Press: Etorouji Shiono's Ubel Blatt, Vol. 2, continuing an epic fantasy story in a vaguely medieval-German world (hence the title). I reviewed the first volume -- confusingly numbered zero -- last year, so see that link for more details of the storyline and world. This series could be of particular interest to Michael Moorcock fansa, since Shiono also has a weak, elfin hero with a creepy black weapon and a secret of doom and despair.
Tetsuya Tsutsui is here with Prophecy, Part 3, which actually concludes this relatively short story of cybercrime and social-media bullying.
And then there's Ajin: Demi-Human, Vol. 4 by Gamon Sakurai, about a sub-group of humans who cannot be killed and who are thus declared not human because of it. As is typical for manga, the central story focused on a typical teenage boy -- Japan is the world leader in tight audience identification characters -- and his new life once he discovers he's one of these "demi-humans."
Last for me this week is Ryu Mizunagi's Witchcraft Works, Vol. 4. This one is a magical school story, though the main character is pretty much exactly like the one I described a paragraph ago: manga delights in heroes who are essentially interchangeable.