It's a big week this week, with new volumes of CLAMP's Gate 7, Chi's Sweet Home, and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, as well as a gaggle of unusual shoujo and shonen titles from Digital.
The pick of the week is definitely vol. 2 of Gate 7, CLAMP's ghost story set in old (and new) Kyoto. In the first volume, we saw high school student Chikahito stumble into an alternate world while on a visit to the historic part of Kyoto. He falls into the company of an odd group of supernatural warriors, and we have the beginnings of a plot with roots in Japanese history. While the first volume had its flaws, the storytelling had firmed up quite a bit by the end, and I'm looking forward to volume 2.
Also out this week: Vol. 8 of Chi's Sweet Home, the beautifully produced full-color manga about the adventures of a cute cat and her host family. This will be the last volume for a while, as Vertical's releases have caught up with the Japanese books, so savor it slowly.
Digital Manga is best known for yaoi manga, but they have some nice shoujo and shonen releases coming this week. Vol. 8 of Itazura na Kiss has the happy couple going on summer vacation, where misunderstandings and hijinks are sure to ensue. This series is a cute romantic comedy about an enthusiastic (but not too bright) girl, her smart (but not too emotional) husband, and their wacky families. It's good, clean, soap-opera fun, even if most of the characters are over the top. Also on the way are vol. 3 of Moon and Blood, a paranormal romance, vol. 2 of Replica, a surreal manga about battles among toys, and vol. 2 of Countdown 7 Days, a series about a dead boy fighting his way through the afterlife in the hope that he can come back to life.
This is the big release week for Yen Press, with six new volumes, all in ongoing series. Vol. 8 of Soul Eater continues the story of the school for weapon meisters and their partners, who are human weapons. This series has a nice, clean art style and I'd recommend just jumping in, but vol. 8 begins with part 2 of two-part story. Check out the free preview chapter at the link to see if you'll like it. Also out this week: Vol. 11 of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, vol. 3 of Higurashi When They Cry: Atonement Arc, vol. 9 of Nabari no Ou, vol. 6 of Omamori Himori, and vol. 11 of Sumomomo Momomo.
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