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Manga in Minutes: Catchup Corner

Welcome to this weeks Manga in Minutes! As mentioned back in January, I’ll be playing around with some ideas and formats for the column over the coming year, and this week is one of those ideas! Every now and then, instead of a single weekly review, I’ll be posting multiple short reviews instead. But first, some news…

On to the first Catchup Corner, featuring Fairy Tail, Vols. 33 + 34, Knights of Sidonia, Vols. 3 + 4 and Trigun Maximum, Vol. 2!
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Manga in Minutes: My Little Monster, Vol. 1

Welcome to this weeks Manga in Minutes! Back to our regular format for this week, I hope everyone had a chance to read and enjoy the extensive Anime Boston 2014 con report from last week. As per usual, here’s a small collection of news, editorials and other manga related tidbits that have caught my attention from over the past week.

On to this week’s review!

My Little Monster, Vol. 1My Little Monster, Vol. 1
Created by Robico
Kodansha Comics, 194 pp
Rating: Teens (13+)

Shizuku Mizutani is a young girl dedicated to her studies, ignoring everything and anything that could keep her from achieving academic excellence! Or at least she was, until she crosses paths with Haru Yoshida, a strange classmate of hers with a bad reputation and a tendency to never show up at school. Now Shizuku’s life is increasingly entwined with that of the erratic and awkward Haru, and much to her surprise, that might not be a bad thing! Such is the set up of Robico’s My Little Monster, Vol.1!
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Manga in Minutes: Anime Boston 2014 Con Report

Anime Boston 2014Another year, another Anime Boston! Held every year at the Hynes Convention Center in downtown Boston, it took place between March 21st to 23rd. Now in it’s 12th year, Anime Boston is the premier anime convention in the New England area, and is among the top ten anime conventions of North America in general! Every year the con selects and celebrates a different theme, which serves as a backdrop for their t-shirts, promotional skits and decorations. It doesn’t stop there though, as the con also highlights fan panels that stick with the year’s themes. This year the theme was Magic, so there was a wide variety of panels focusing on things ranging from the supernatural in anime, to the Magical Girls genre. As a single individual I chose to try and give a fans eye perspective to the convention, highlighting some of the fan panels and a several industry ones as well!

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Manga in Minutes: Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 1

Welcome to another Manga in Minutes! No new license announcements this week, though there are several interesting bits of news to be had.

Not every week can be full of exciting license announcements, but every week does have a Manga in Minutes review…

Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 1Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 1
Art by Satoshi Shiji, Story by Ryo Suzukaze, “Attack on Titan” created by Hajime Isayama, Character Designs by Thores Shibamoto
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp
Rating: Older Teens (16+)

Set 70 years before the start of the main series, Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, Vol. 1 tells the story of a forgotten and covered up breach of the wall. A single Titan rampaged through a city, devouring a number of people before regurgitating them and then leaving the area. Among the half digested corpses was a pregnant woman and, against all odds, her unborn child is born alive! From Satoshi Shiju and Ryo Sukukaze comes a dark and horrific look into the past of Attack on Titan!
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Manga in Minutes: Vinland Saga, Vol. 2

Welcome to another Manga in Minutes! First up, a small roundup of manga related news items.

And now onto this weeks Manga in Minutes review…

Vinland Saga, Vol. 2Vinland Saga, Vol. 2
Created by Makoto Yukimura
Kodansha Comics, 432 pp
Rating: Older Teens (16+)

The elaborate revenge tale at the heart of Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga seems to take a back seat in the second volume, as Thorfinn, Askeladd and the rest of their company find themselves on the run through enemy territory as they attempt to protect Viking royalty. Twists and turns abound as the series heads into some unexpected territory with Vinland Saga, Vol. 2!
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Manga in Minutes: No. 6, Vols. 3 + 4

Welcome to another installment of Manga in Minutes! Before jumping into the weekly review, here are a few manga related news items from the past week that caught my attention.

And now, onto this weeks Manga in Minutes review!

No. 6, Vol. 3No.6 Vols. 3 + 4
Created by Atsuko Asano, Manga Adaption by Hinoki Kino
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Teen (13+)

Raised in the privilege and luxury of No. 6, a seeming utopia, everything changed for Shion after he rescued a young fugitive named Rat. Years later Shion finds himself accused of murder and fleeing from the forces that control No. 6 with help from Rat. The duo find themselves caught up in the tangled web the rulers of No. 6 have weaved to maintain control of the city and its people! Conspiracy, secrets and more populate Hinoki Kino’s manga adaption of Atsuko Asano’s sci-fi novel series, No. 6!
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Manga in Minutes: Vinland Saga, Vol. 1

Welcome to the latest installment of Manga in Minutes! Before I get into the standard weekly review I just wanted to give readers a quick heads up. I’ll be trying out a few new things with the column in the coming months, whether any of them will stick around or appear more than once depends on several factors, including my own fickle mood. With that in mind, this week I’ll be adding a small round up of manga related news, articles, and other links of interest. We’ll see how it goes, enjoy!

And now, on with the review!

Vinland Saga, Vol. 1Vinland Saga, Vol. 1
Created by Makoto Yukimura
Kodansha Comics, 470 pp
Rating: Older Teens (16+)

With the second volume having hit store shelves last week, I thought now would be a good time to take a look at Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga, Vol. 1! For years this has been one of the most requested titles from manga fans and now, thanks to the fine folks of Kodansha Comics, the multiple award winning series has finally arrived in the US. Vinland Saga is a historical epic, set roughly during the middle of the Viking Age in the late 10th and early 11th century, following the life of young Thorrfin as he seeks to avenge his father’s death at the hands of the viking commander, Askeladd.
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Manga in Minutes: Attack on Titan, Vols. 10 + 11

Attack on Titan, Vol. 10Attack on Titans, Vols. 10 + 11
by Hajime Isayama
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Teen (!6+)

The mystery of the Titans and their breach of the wall deepens as revelations abound in Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan, Vols. 10 + 11! Trapped in the ruins of Utgard Castle, a group sent to investigate the breach find themselves under siege from the small but steadily growing army of Titans. Low on fuel, blades and man power, can the group survive? Revelations abound in these two volumes of Attack on Titan!
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Manga in Minutes: Top 10 Comics of 2013

As you know by now, CBR has posted its list of Top 100 Comics of 2013. As one of the site contributors I took part in it, but naturally not everything I selected for my personal Top 10 made the list. With that in mind I thought I’d try something a little different to kick off the new year and post my personal Top 10 Comics of 2013 as my first column of 2014!

A little information regarding the criteria for this list. The comics/manga has to have come out in 2013 or, in the case of mini-series, the final issue had to have been published in 2013. Also, any foreign material that first saw print in the US during 2013 is eligible.

With that out of the way, here are my Top 10 picks, a runner up, and my thoughts and comments.
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Manga in Minutes: Attack on Titan, Vols. 8 + 9

Attack on Titan, Vol. 9Attack on Titan, Vol. 8 + 9
by Hajime Isayama
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Teen (16+)

A disastrous expedition beyond the wall has led to a terrifying discovery, Eren’s not the only person capable of turning into a Titan! Now Levi, Eren and Mikasa must create a plan to trap and uncover the identity of the mysterious Female Titan. Just when things couldn’t get anymore confusing or tense, word comes that the worst case scenario may have occurred, the Titans have breached the wall! Twists, turns, revelations and action all come courtesy of Hajmie Isayama in volumes 8 and 9 of his hit series, Attack on Titan!
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Manga in Minutes: Sailor Mon Short Stories, Vol. 2

Sailor Moon Short Stories, Vol. 2Sailor Moon Short Stories, Vol. 2
Created by Naoko Takeuchi
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Teen (13 +)

At long last the Kodansha Comics release of Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon comes to an end, with Sailor Moon Short Stories, Vol. 2. The second in a two volume collection of short stories contains “Princess Kaguya’s Lover”, a touching story of a cat and the man she loves, “Casa Blanca Memory”, which gives us some insight into the life of Rei/Sailor Mars, and wraps up with the comedic “Parallel Sailor Moon” It’s love, loss and wacky hijinks in the second and final volume of Sailor Moon Short Stories!
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Manga in Minutes: Fairy Tail, Vols. 31 + 32

Fairy Tail, Vol. 31Fairy Tail, Vols. 31 + 32
Created by Hiro Mashima
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Teen (13 +)

My first look at the world of Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail comes courtesy of Fairy Tail, Vols. 31 and 32! This fantasy series is set in a world full of magic and follows the adventures of the sorcerers guild known as Fairy Tail! These volumes pick up after a climatic battle, which resulted in the core members of Fairy Tail being trapped on an island in a mystical stasis for 7 years. Now they’re free and have returned to their guild, only to find that the world’s moved on and their guild has fallen far behind their rivals in powers and abilities. In an attempt to improve their guild’s standing, the Fairy Tail members enter themselves into a massive wizard tournament. Now they must face off against 7 other guilds, while being caught up in the intrigue, dark magic, and other challenges that surround the Grand Magic Games!
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Manga in Minutes: Sankarea, Vol. 3

Sankarea, Vol. 3Sankarea, Vol. 3
Created by Mitsuru Hattori
Kodansha Comics, 160pp
Rating: Older Teens (16+)

An odd mashup of horror and romantic comedy, Mitsuru Hattori’s Sankarea tells the tale of Chihiro Furuya, a teen whose obsession with zombies has recently led him into experimenting in the necromantic arts, and Sanka Rea, a rich and sheltered school girl who Furuya befriends and who aids him in his first real attempt at creating a zombie. When the potion seemingly fails, Rea returns home and quickly gets on her father’s bad side. After the fight she drinks some of the zombie potion she secretly stole in a suicide attempt, only to discover that the potion didn’t fail at all.. it works just fine! Now a zombie Rea moves in with Furuya and his family and is determined to enjoy everything she never had a chance to while properly alive!

Sankarea, Vol. 3 picks up from there and introduces further complications into the already tangled web that makes up Furuya and Rea’s lives as they find themselves under the scrutiny of a young foreign girl with ties to Furuya’s grandfather. A girl who’s fully aware of Rea’s zombie nature and who just may hold the key to preserving her slowly decaying body! Meanwhile romantic triangles simmer beneath the surface as the duo’s friends and relatives begin to deal with the new status quo!
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Manga in Minutes: Attack on Titan, Vol. 5

Attack on Titan, Vol. 5Attack on Titan, Vol. 5
by Hajime Isayama
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp
Rating: Teen (16+)

Hajime Isayama’s tale of humanity undersiege continues with Attack on Titan, Vol. 5. With the most recent Titan attack successfully repelled, the remnants of humanity are now forced to decide what to do with Eren Yaeger, a young man who was crucial to humanities push back against the Titans. The twist? He can turn into a Titan! Accusations of sacrilege, worries about what it means for humanity, paranoia and more all come together in Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan, Vol. 5!
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Manga in Minutes: Attack on Titan, Vol. 4

Attack on Titant, Vol. 4Attack on Titan, Vol. 4
Created by Hajime Isayama
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp
Rating: Teen (16 + )

The fourth volume of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan picks up right where volume three left off. The city is under attack, the Titan’s have broken through the gate and the only thing that stands in their way is Eren and the remnants of the army! After that wraps up it’s time for an extended flashback before dealing with the fall out from the shocking events of the Titans attack.
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