I’m pleased to see how many of the manga series Viz has been running on the SigIKKI.com site have been announced for print collection. (Much as I love sampling manga for free online, I do love my books for later rereading.) First, a couple of exceptions: Children of the Sea is the line leader, with two books already in print, and not simple was previewed on the site instead of being serialized there.
That leaves eight original series at the site. All of the first four will be out in the first half of this year. (Unless otherwise noted, all books are $12.99, the standard price for Signature line manga.)
|Bokurano: Ours||Dorohedoro||I’ll Give It My All Tomorrow||Saturn Apartments|
|February 16||March 16||May 18||May 18|
|Rated T+ (Older Teens)||Rated M (Mature)||Rated ??||Rated T (Teens)|
I’m very glad to see that Saturn Apartments is coming out, since that was my favorite of that bunch. It’s got an appeal similar to Planetes, science fiction that takes the everyday person’s point of view.
Of the next batch, only Tokyo Flow Chart doesn’t have an announced release date, and that doesn’t surprise me, since it’s rather an acquired, unusual taste. Only two chapters of it have been published online to date.
|Afterschool Charisma||House of Five Leaves||Kingyo Used Books|
|June 15||April 20||March 16|
|Rated T+ (Older Teens)||Rated T+ (Older Teens)||Rated ??|
Of this batch, I’ll be getting the first and the last (which is maybe my favorite, since it visually portrays the love of books and how much of an effect they have on readers’ lives).
There are three other series at the site, I Am a Turtle, What’s the Answer?, and Bob and His Funky Crew, but they’re too new to have books announced yet. If I had to guess, I’d bet that Answer is too odd to make it, but the Turtle series has a quiet all-ages animal appeal, although as a four-panel strip, its audience might also be limited. If you’re curious about any of these, sample them online at SigIKKI.com.