Thursday, January 13, 2011

Manga the week of 1/19

Well, I can only hope that Diamond's eventual list differs from Midtown's, as otherwise next week will be one of the smallest manga weeks I've seen in ages. The manga numbers 3. 3 shall be the number the manga numbers, and the number the manga numbers shall be 3. All from our friends at Viz.

I don't really have much to say about Afterschool Charisma. It had one of the more intriguing premises from Viz's Ikki line, but just never grabbed me. In any case, Volume 2 is out this week, and will feature more thrilling clone action, I am sure.

On the flip side, the third volume of Dorohedoro has me throbbing with anticipation (so to speak), as it was easily the biggest surprise of 2010. My initial thoughts were that it would be a brutal dystopian gorefest. Which it IS - but with a sly sense of humor, some amazing characterization, and a well thought-out world that makes me want to learn more. This is easily the longest running Ikki series Viz licensed (it's at 15 volumes in Japan, and still running), so I hope sales do well enough for it to continue for a long time.

And we have Volume 24 of Fullmetal Alchemist, which is finished in Japan, but still crawls along here at the painful rate of 2 volumes per year. I don't think it's due to low sales - some suggested Viz wants to time its end with the end of the Brotherhood anime - but at least it makes each new volume a treat. It'll be hard to top the amazingness that was Chapter 95 (aka Roy/Riza fans' finest hour), but I'm sure we will see the author try.

And that's it. Any plans for purchasing?

1 comment:

  1. I preordered Fullmetal Alchemist and Afterschool Charisma, can't wait for them (especially FMA) to arrive ^_^

    -hikaru

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