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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: Blade of the Immortal, Vol. 28: Raining Chaos

Welcome to another Manga in Minutes! As per usual, before jumping into the weekly review enjoy a few manga related news items from the past week that’ve caught my eye!

That’s a whole lot of licensing announcements for a single week! As always, click the links for more detailed information. And now, onto this weeks Manga in Minutes review!

Blade of the Immortal, Vol. 28Blade of the Immortal, Vol. 28: Raining Chaos
Created by Hiroaki Samura
Dark Horse, 216 pgs
Rating: Not Rated

The latest volume of Hiroaki Samura’s Blade of the Immortal picks up the pace and follows a number of clashes between the Itto-Ryu and Habaki Kagimura’s Rokki-DanKagimura’s. Last volume saw the first true clash between the two groups, and Blade of the Immortal, Vol. 28 ramps up the violence and action as this skirmish reaches its climax. Can the new Itto-Ryu forces fend off the desperate Rokki-Dan? That’s not the only clash going on though, as the Itto-Ryu’s second in command, Abayama faces off against one of the best fighters in the series, Giichi. The series is heading towards its climax, which means all bets are off on who will survive the remaining few volumes!
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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: Taimashin: The Red Spider Exorcist, Vols. 1 + 2

Welcome to another 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.

Taimashin, Vol. 1Taimashin: The Red Spider Exorcist, Vols. 1 + 2
Story by Hideyuki Kikuchi, Art by Shin Yong-Gwan
DMP
Rating: 16 +

From Hideyuki Kikuchi, the mind behind Demon City Shinjuku and Vampire Hunter D comes Taimashin: The Red Spider Exorcist. Megumi is your typical office lady and she leads a fairly non-descript life, until one unfortunate night she finds herself the prey of an enigmatic, leather clad, inhuman, whip wielding woman by the name of Inran and her associates. Stumbling through the dark alleys of a popular Korean shopping distract, Megumi chances across the one person who can save her. Akamushi Fujiwara, the Red Spider Exorcist!
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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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Say It With Manga – Western Influences in Berserk

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I may or may not cover Kentaro Miura’s Berserk in depth at a later time, but I thought this might be a bit more interesting and informative than a general series summary.  Berserk is one of the best comics I’ve ever read, hands down.  It’s also one of the more popular English-language manga among non-manga readers.  The sword-and-sorcery themes make it fairly accessible to an audience already familiar with western fantasy, but it’s also an awesome series on its own.

It is unlike other manga, but sometimes it is.  I’m going to take a look at what makes it unique among manga, and other comics, for that matter.

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Manga in Minutes: Erementar Gerade: Flag of the Bluesky, Vol. 1

Erementar Gerade: Flag of the Bluesky, Vol. 1Erementar Gerade: Flag of the Bluesky, Vols. 1
By Mayumi Azuma
DMP/Emanga, 184pp
Rating: Teen (13 +)

Mayumi Azuma returns to the world of Erementar Gerade in Erementar Gerade: Flag of the Bluesky, Vol. 1. Following an attack on the desert Kingdom of Fuajarl by Edel Garden, Princess Achea and a small group of survivors seek to reclaim the Kingdom from its usurpers and avenge her father’s death! Unbeknownst to Achea and her comrades however, Edel Garden’s forces are set to return to find what they were looking for in their initial attack upon her kingdom, her father’s Edel Raid, Jeen, who also happens to be one of the Seven Glittering Jewels, one of the most powerful Edel Raid’s in existence!
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Say It With Manga – Fumi Yoshinaga Edition

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Sorry for the absence, the holidays are a difficult time of year for me at work, and I also had to contend with switching jobs this year.  But I now have my free time back, and I’m going to be trying new things with this column.  Admittedly, one of the other problems I was having was that I was running out of topics.

This week, I’m going to be looking at the work of Fumi Yoshinaga.  Yoshinaga is one of the few artists who does work aimed at adult women who is still being translated in the current English language manga market.  Part of the reason is her popularity, I think, as she has many English-language fans already.  But her appeal lies in the stories she writes, where she has a knack for capturing the mundane in entertaining ways.  Her early work, in both Japanese and English, was mostly boy’s love one-shots and short series (which, for the uninitiated, are romance stories with gay male characters aimed at women).  Even these, her earliest works, still had their touching, quiet moments.  Yoshinaga is great at writing sympathetic characters, which makes her sometimes mundane subject matter that much better.  Her art is also spare most of the time, but she does great character facial expressions, and the detail in Ooku and her food art is quite impressive.

Here’s the Essential Fumi Yoshinaga, along with some summaries of her other work.  Also worth mentioning is the fact that her other current long-running series, What Did You Eat Yesterday, will be released by Vertical starting in March.  The story of a gay couple and the dinners they share should prove to be a delightful slice-of-life story, despite what sounds like an unexciting premise.

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Manga in Minutes: Attack on Titan, Vols. 10 + 11

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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: Triton of the Sea, Vol. 2

Triton of the Sea, Vol. 2Triton of the Sea, Vol. 2
Created by Osamu Tezuka
DMP, 436pp
Rating: Teen (13 +)

Osamu Tezuka’s tale of watery adventure and vengeance comes to its conclusion with Triton of the Sea, Vol. 2! Poseidon’s children have all fallen at the hands of Triton and the final showdown between the two rivals shall commence… or will it? Twists and turns send Triton’s tale into some rather unexpected directions in the final volume of the series.
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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: Triton of the Sea, Vol. 1

Triton of the Sea, Vol. 1Triton of the Sea, Vol. 1
Created by Osamu Tezuka
DMP, 484pp
Rating: Teen (13 +)

Digital Manga continues to build on their Osamu Tezukua line with Triton of the Sea, Vol. 1! Found abandoned in a cave, young Triton is adopted by a human family and raised as one of their own. But as he grows, he discovers his origins and the legacy of his true family. As the last surviving member of the underwater Triton clan, young Triton must train and prepare himself for the inevitable showdown with his ancestral enemies and those responsible for wiping out his biological family, the Poseidon clan!
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Say It With Manga – The Underground Anthology Edition

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I’ve always been amused by the lack of short story anthologies available in English for manga.  There’s a good reason for it.  The short story anthology graphic novel isn’t really a done thing in Japan, primarily because all manga is released serially in themed anthologies, and on any given week you can pick up hundreds of different ones with both chapters and short stories in any genre you want.  About the only type we see in English, aside from the infamous Four Shoujo Stories (a very rare and “unauthorized” graphic novel collection), are underground short story anthologies.  They appear very rarely, but are a fantastic place to see several artists and stories that usually don’t appear anywhere else.  Also, plenty of gross-out stuff.  Here are the four big ones I can think of off the top of my head, and all are worth checking out for at least a story or two.

 

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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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