- Posted by Johanna on September 6, 2010 at 2:33 pm
- Category: Shopping Guide
Del Rey Manga
It’s reassuring to see Del Rey list eight new manga volumes this month, given recent concern about their plans for the format. And they’re mostly single books, too, with only one of the omnibus combined editions they’ve been putting out recently. (That one finishes off the Rave Master series (SEP10 0981, $24.99) on December 1, rescheduled from June 2011.)
I’m also noticing writeups that are a lot more friendly to this particular purchasing audience, who might not be as familiar with manga as some. Ghost Hunt Volume 11 (SEP10 0976, $11.99), for example, is compared to Buffy [the Vampire Slayer] and The Ring, and there’s lots of “for fans of [another well-known manga series]” or “by the author of [other title]” mentions. Those connections are a help to buyers with limited knowledge.
Top of my list from Del Rey is their Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei Book 8 (SEP10 0982, $10.99), described as both “Heathers goes to Japan” and “for readers of Genshiken and Mushishi“. (I see the former, not so much the latter, connection, but I admire how creative their ad writer is being.) I enjoy the series for its black humor, distinctive look, and episodic nature.
I’m also intrigued by the Del Rey debut of I Am Here! Volume 1 (SEP10 0977, $16.99 — that higher price is because it’s almost 500 pages). It’s about a romance between a shy blogger and the most popular boy in class. That’s something many readers can either relate to or dream about.
Sometimes I miss Tokyopop’s expansive catalog spreads they used to run during the flush times. With 17 books listed on only two pages here, it can be difficult to read the little text, especially since it’s white on black. The only thing I want to mention is the final volume of Sgt. Frog, Book 20 (SEP10 1131, $10.99). Wow, it seems like ages ago that I first read this series. (In manga terms, I guess five years is an era.)
Tokyopop is only offering one yaoi title this month, and there’s no mention of the Blu imprint. Since that site hasn’t been updated since April, is there something they aren’t telling us about their yaoi plans?
The backbone of my manga buying these days, with several new installments of series I’m enjoying, all due in December:
|20th Century Boys 12||Library Wars 3||Butterflies, Flowers 5||Ooku 5|
|SEP10 1166||SEP10 1177||SEP10 1183||SEP10 1189|
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Since I have become a Fumi Yoshinaga fangirl, the manga I’m most excited about ordering this month is Not Love But Delicious Foods (SEP10 1204, $10.99). It’s all about a manga artist who enjoys eating out with friends. I cannot wait to savor this.