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Flippin’ through Previews – October 2014

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Wait, Damian might not be dead? The hell you say!!! All the answers can be found in Previews #313 … well, probably not, but it’s nice to think so!
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Manga in Minutes: Monster Soul, Vol. 1

Another week, another Manga in Minutes! There’s a few interesting pieces that popped up on my radar over the past week, so let’s get to them.

With that out of the way, it’s time for this week’s featured review, Monster Soul, Vol. 1!

Monster Soul, Vol. 1Monster Soul, Vol. 1
by Hiro Mashima
Kodansha Comics, 176 pg
Rating: Teen (13+)

From Hiro Mashima, creator of Fairy Tail comes Monster Soul, Vol. 1! Years ago Elvenland was torn apart by a war between the humans, and the monster races. Ultimately the humans won. Now Black Airs, an elite squad of monster from the war, wanders the realm getting into all kinds of wacky hijinks.
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Manga in Minutes: Say I Love You, Vol. 1

Only a few news bits this week, but they’re pretty interesting! There’s a controversy involving a food manga, and the mother of all anime license announcements!

And now, onto this weeks review of Say You Love Me, Vol. 1.

Say I Love You, Vol. 1Say I Love You, Vol. 1
by Kanae Hazuki
Kodansha Comics, 176 pg
Rating: Older Teen (16+)

One of Kodansha’s recent shojo offerings, Kanae Hazuki’s Say I Love You, Vol. 1 is an interesting look a the burgeoning relationship between two classmates. It tells the tale of Mei Tachibana, a quiet loner who doesn’t quite fit in, and the popular Yamato, who’s her polar opposite! Along the way there’s wacky hijinks, and some surprisingly honest and touching moments dealing with the pressures faced in high school.
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Manga in Minutes: Attack on Titan, Vol. 12

Welcome to another installment of Manga in Minutes! Unlike last week, I stumbled across several nifty news items and links, so without further ado…

Onto this week’s review of Attack of Titan, Vol. 12!

Attack on Titan, Vol. 12Attack on Titans, Vol. 12
by Hajime Isayama
Kodansha Comics, 192pg
Rating: Teen (16+)

It all hits the fan in this non-stop roller coaster of a volume! After the battle in the last volume, Eren and Ymir find themselves captive and en route to parts unknown by the Collossal and Armored Titan. What ensues is 192 pages of a high speed chase through Titan territory, with one of the biggest and most important revelations to date!
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Manga in Minutes: Vinland Saga, Vol. 3

Welcome to another Manga in Minutes! Sakura-Con was held this past weekend, and there were some rather interesting licensing announcements to come out of it, so on with the news!

And now, onto this weeks review of the upcoming Vinland Saga, Vol. 3!

Vinland Saga, Vol. 3Vinland Saga, Vol. 3
Created by Makoto Yukimura
Kodansha Comics, 454 pp
Rating: Older Teens (16+)

Vinland Saga reaches a turning point, as multitude of threads converge and overlap in a bloody and brutal showdown between Askeladd’s and Thorkell’s forces, with the fate of Prince Canute hanging in the balance.
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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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