It’s that time of month again! Come to think of it, I think it’s more than monthly these days.
March is a big month for Yen Press, with two of my very favorite series coming out next week. Bunny Drop Volume 5 jumps the story ahead a few years, as Rin, a schoolgirl in the previous book, is now in high school. Ah, the potential for teen romance.
The eagerly anticipated next volume of A Bride’s Story is also out. It tells us more of Mr. Smith, the English researcher living with the family, and his travels through that amazing history. This one I’m saving as a treat for myself.
Yen is launching Is This a Zombie?, a parody of magical girls, crossdressing, and supernatural manga that unfortunately sounds horrible. With the title, nudity, and panty shots, it’s not for me — but fans of the anime might enjoy the print version.
Continuing volumes also out at the end of this month are Pandora Hearts 9, Bamboo Blade 12 (which I should try sometime, since it’s about a girl swordfighter), The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan 5 (unlike the book with the similar title, this one is short stories and 4-koma humor strips), and Spice and Wolf 6.
Moving to Viz, we’re looking at what’s coming up in early April. Getting the second volume of A Devil and Her Love Song reminds me that I should try the series — I like the description of the lead as a girl with a “sharp tongue” and “bold attitude”.
Several popular shojo series (which I am ashamed to say I haven’t been able to get into — I should put together a post on how little shojo I’m reading these days, because I’m not sure why that is, unless it’s that I’m not as young as I hope to be) continue as well: Skip Beat! 27, Sakura Hime 7, and Oresama Teacher 8.
Last, but only because it will take much longer to read, is Anime’s Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan, a book from the University of Minnesota Press, the same folks who put out Mechademia, the scholarly journal on anime and manga. The book explores convergence among anime and merchandising, tracing it back to the debut of Astro Boy and analyzing consumer culture in light of art as commodity. I’m curious to find out more (and if I can still follow that kind of academic argument!).