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Manga Before Flowers — May Manga Previews!

As far as I’m concerned there really is just one book coming out in August (although, yes, I’m sure I’ll buy more.  I always do).

Fumi Yoshinaga’s Ooku is being published by Viz and is not only my book of the month and but probably my book of the year (what can I say, there’s only a zero percent chance this isn’t going to be one of the best manga releases of the year).  I can’t even verbalize how excited I am about this book — it has won numerous prizes, including the very prestigious Tezuka Cultural Prize.  ’nuff said?  God, I hope so.

Moving on…Dark Horse has the fourth volume of oh-so-pretty Bride of the Water God and the first volume yet another Neon Genesis Evangelion manga.  Apparently, it will feature Kaworu in some capacity so I’ll probably pick it up because I’m weak to silver-haired instigators.

CMX has the fourth and final volume of Astral Project — this is a very well-executed supernatural mystery that not many people seem to know about and I’m definitely looking forward to catching up with title ASAP.

Del Rey wraps up Parasyte with volume eight and offers new volumes of two-long running favorites, Nodame Cantabile and Tsubasa.

Go! Comi soothes my shojo-lovin’ heart with a new volume of Ultimate Venus, a very palatable modern interpretation of the Cinderella fairy tale.

Viz has some great adult fare coming out, including the seventh volume of Black Lagoon, the second volume of Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, the first volume of Dogs and the fourth volume of 20th Century Boys.  My inner-teenager’s favorite over-the-top-vampire-soap-opera, aka Vampire Knight, will be giddy with the release of volume seven, and I might have to check out the debut of Black Bird, a shojo manga with disturbing themes (judging by the cover).

Yen Press releases the fourth volume of one of my favorite manhwa, Very! Very! Sweet and Kieli (the novel).  The manga was so well done — which was a little surprising since it was an adaptation — I don’t think I’ll be able to resist the novel.

So, what is on your must have list for August?


Andrew Collins

May 12, 2009 at 7:39 am

Danielle, can you tell me a little more about what Ooku is about? I don’t know anything about it, but I noticed that Viz has it listed under their signature line rather than their shoujo line. The three-sentence description in Previews makes it sound shoujo/yaoi-esque, but doesn’t give any kind of detail. I’m curious because you’re so excited about it…

As for me, my manga purchases from the new Previews will include

Berserk v31 from Dark Horse

Negima v23 from Del Rey

Dance In The Vampire Bund v4 from Seven Seas

Trinity Blood v11 from Tokyopop

and Black Lagoon v7 and 20th Century Boys v4 from Viz

Gunsmith Cats Burst v4 from Dark Horse also looks tempting, but the long delay between volumes has tempered much of my interest in the book…

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Danielle Leigh

May 12, 2009 at 7:43 am

hi Andrew! Ooku is a josei title based on a kind of Japanese alternative-history, in which men are dying off in large numbers thanks to some form of plague. Ooku is about the men of the Shogun’s “inner chamber” who are carefully protected because they are valuable source of reproduction in post-plague world (this is my basic understanding of the story). Yoshinaga is an amazing creator, her Antique Bakery and Flower of Life are instant classics, she has such a sharp sense of the human condition and can do so much with the “slice of life” format that I really want to see how she approaches this topic.

Andrew Collins

May 12, 2009 at 9:24 am

Oh, okay, thanks. Sounds like it could be interesting, though not necessarily my cup of tea. Looking forward to your review of it nonetheless. :)

By the way, this is a cool idea for a bit, Danielle. Thanks!

My list looks very much like yours. One thing I’d add is volume ten of Ghost Hunt. It’s been a looong wait. :)

Danielle Leigh

May 12, 2009 at 11:53 am

thanks, Brian! Now between Greg and I, CSBG has previews totally under control! :-)

Danielle Leigh

May 12, 2009 at 11:54 am

Michelle — you know, this is even a *light* list for me. I probably will end up buying more Viz than I listed because I always, always do.

Gantz vol 5 from Dark Horse
20th Century Boys vol 3 and Pluto vol 3 from Viz
And then whatever I need to catch up on: anything from Lone Wolf & Cub to Negima! to Full Metal Alchemist.

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