Sailormoon_New_Edition_11

A new Ken Akamatsu series launches, a much-beloved shoujo series ends—such is the circle of manga life. This week's highlights also include another magical-school comedy, this one starring a bumbling witch, and a fresh volume of "Sailor Moon."

Read More...

Monkey-King-21

The Eisner Award nominations are always a good reading list, especially if you're looking for something a little bit different. The manga that get nominated each year tend to be more literary than popular, especially in the traditional manga category, Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia. The Eisner judges have yet to nominate "Naruto" or "Sailor Moon" for the award; as a judge myself last year, I advocated for The Story of Saiunkoku to be included in the Young Adult category, but there were so many other good teen books that it didn't make the final cut. Read More...

Sabrina-TheMagicWithin1-0The mid-2000s were the heyday of the Original English Language (OEL) manga movement. Viz, Tokyopop, and ADV Manga (remember them?) were churning out new titles, and American fans were making comics of their own. Tokyopop provided a road to publication via their Rising Stars of Manga competition, and Tania del Rio was one of the early winners. But del Rio took a very different path from her peers—rather than creating a short series for Tokyopop or going it alone with a webcomic, she took manga right to the heart of mainstream comics, redesigning "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" in manga style for Archie Comics. Read More...

manga_crop

The anime/manga con season kicked off this past weekend with SakuraCon, and both Yen Press and Dark Horse showed up with some new manga titles to announce.

Read More...

We have a deluge of new titles this week, with some classics—"Sailor Moon" and "Mobile Suit Gundam: Origins"—sharing shelf space with some cheeky newcomers, including a new "Durarara!!" series.

Sailor Moon 10

Let's kick it off with Volume 10 of "Sailor Moon," which sounds as action-packed as, well, every other volume of "Sailor Moon": Read More...

Young King Ours may not be as well known as Shonen Jump, but as manga magazines go, it has spawned some popular series, including "Hellsing," "Trigun Maximum," and "Excel Saga." Its tagline is "The Most Eccentric Manga Magazine," and while critic Erica Friedman thinks that's a bit of an overstatement, it is true that Young King Ours is the home of some wacky stories.

Soredemo_Machi_wa_Mawatteiru_Volume1_Cover

One of those stories is the delightful "Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru," often abbreviated to "SoreMachi," the story of a high school girl, Hatori, who works in a seaside cafe with a collection of goofy characters. It's a cafe comedy with a bit of story to it, drawn in a clear-lined, expressive style by manga-ka Masakazu Ishiguro, and it has been adapted into an anime released by Sentai, "And Yet the Town Moves."

Unfortunately for English-speaking readers, "SoreMachi" is currently published only by the digital manga service JManga, which will shut down on May 30. However, we have a preview of the manga below, which will stay up, and before it disappears altogether I wanted to post the lively interview I had at New York Comic Con with Ishiguro and his editor, Masahiro Ohno. Interviews with manga creators and editors tend to be frustratingly shallow (my favorite color is yellow, I collect interesting fabrics) but Ishiguro and Ohno really cut loose in this interview and talked frankly about their lives in the business. Read More...

21stcenturyboys

It's a very slow week for new manga releases, but we have two very different titles that are worth a look. This might be a good week to catch up on some long-running series—or save your money for next week's onslaught of new titles from Yen, Vertical, and Kodansha Comics.

Read More...

jmanga

One of the great experiments in digital manga came to an end yesterday when JManga announced that they are shutting down its online manga site. They stopped selling points yesterday; readers who have points in their accounts can still buy manga until March 26, but no one will be able to access their manga after May 30. JManga is refunding unused points in the form of Amazon gift cards. Its sister site JManga7 has already shut down.

Read More...

clamp_maga_crop

This week we get a fresh look at three series that have been around for a while, with new volumes of Ai Yazawa's "Paradise Kiss," CLAMP's "Tokyo Babylon," and the classic mecha story "Neon Genesis Evangelion."

Read More...

Blood-C-crop

This week brings a lot of new manga: A new series in the Blood world from Dark Horse, some fresh volumes of Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat stalwarts, more Alice, and the third volume of Heroman, a manga created by Stan Lee and brought to life by BONES.

Read More...

neongenesis_crop

There's not much on the shelves for newcomers to manga this week—every new release is either halfway through a series or a riff on a classic. Still, there's plenty of good reading here, and it comes in generous servings, too, as most of this week's new releases are omnibus editions.

Read More...

Kaikisen

The new manga license announcements keep on coming, and it's looking like this will be a good year.

The big announcement came at last weekend's Katsucon, where Vertical marketing director Ed Chavez announced that Vertical has licensed "Tropic of the Sea (Kaikisen)," by the late Satoshi Kon, who is best known as the director of "Paprika," "Tokyo Godfathers," and other well-regarded anime. Kon began his career as a manga artist, and "Tropic of the Sea" ran in Kodansha's "Young Magazine" in 1990. It's a fairly classic sort of story about a seaside town where the locals have a sort of understanding with the mythic people of the sea, until developers come in and turn everything upside down. Watch for it in September; it looks like Vertical will publish it as a single volume, which is how it appeared in Japan.

Read More...

Sweet-Rein_575

A high school girl who finds out she is Santa Claus, an aspiring voice actress at a special seiyuu academy, and an Arabian-nights tale of adventure and trickery are among the latest batch of new manga titles announced by Viz this week. Here's the rundown.

Read More...

This is a light week for new manga releases, but what there is, is choice: A collection of short stories and the first volume of a new sci-fi series, plus some new volumes in a couple of interesting ongoing series.

Read More...

Up here in the Northeast we're preparing for an epic snowstorm; and on our way back from the grocery store, we're going to stop by the comics shop and check out some new manga. After all, even if the power goes out, we can still read manga by candlelight. In fact, that sounds sort of nice.

With a single exception, everything out this week is another volume in a long-running series. The one new story is "Beautiful Creatures," the graphic novel based on the Caster Chronicles novels. Check out our preview of the first chapter and watch out for the movie, which premieres next week.

Read More...

Top Categories

©2014 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. MTV and all related titles and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.