It's the fifth week of the month, so as often happens, the pickings are slim this week, but that gives us a chance to check out some digital titles. Print first, though.
Vertical has vol. 3 of GTO: 14 Days in Shonan for us. Tohru Fujisawa's goofy tale of a good-hearted teacher who combines badassery and naiveté in almost equal measures continues to be a fun read, and you don't have to have read the original GTO (published eons ago by Tokyopop) to enjoy it; this is a stand-alone story in which lead character Eikichi Onizuka ducks out to the provincial town of Shonan to avoid some unwanted notoriety and ends up helping out in a foster home for troubled teens. What could possibly go wrong? Vertical has a preview up at the link above so you can check it out for yourself.
Aaaand... that's it for new manga releases this week—in print. In digital, though, we have a flurry of new volumes at JManga's digital manga site. The one that caught my eye right away was vol. 3 of PoyoPoyo's Observation Diary, because it's a 4-koma gag manga about a spherical cat. Check out the preview at the site, which includes some really nice color pages. Some of the gags may leave you scratching your head (hey, that's 4-koma for you!), but the art is good and the characters are likable—it's nice to read a gag manga that isn't about four girls with varying interests, one of whom wears glasses.
JManga also has a couple of volumes of series that were originally licensed by Tokyopop: Vol. 4 of tactics, vol. 4 of The Good Witch of the West, vol. 4 of Your and My Secret, and vol. 4 of Animal Academy.
Kagome-Kagome is about a high school girl who starts a "Paranormal Observation Club," presumably to look for ghosts; volume 2 is fresh this week. And if you just can't get enough 4-koma manga about cute girls (with or without spherical cats), there are two more to choose from: vol. 3 of Yurumates and vol. 3 of Chitose Get You.
Finally, But I'm a Maid! is a short (100 pages) story about a girl who finally achieves her childhood dream of becoming a maid (really?) only to discover the family she works for has a mysterious secret. At just four bucks, it looks like a quick, fun read.