Lissa Pattillo spots a new title and some omnibuses (omnibi?) of existing series in the Del Rey listings on Amazon. And Andrew Cunningham spots the elusive third volume of Me and the Devil Blues (it’s not out in Japan yet), also on Amazon.
Sadie Mattox lists her top 5 “melodrama” manga at Extremely Graphic.
Kate Dacey asks the readers: What kind of rating system would you prefer?
John Thomas is talkin’ Dororo in the latest Sci-Guys podcast.
News from Japan: It seems like things have been slow over there lately, but now they are starting to pick up. Canned Dogs reports that Takenashi Eri, creator of Kannagi, is ill and is taking a year off following surgery. Also, a Japanese company has established a manga award, possibly with an eye toward going into the business itself. Glass Mask is coming to a close, ANN reports, and four new series will launch in Monthly Dragon Age magazine.
Reviews: Chris Mautner bemoans the demise of Cromartie High School, which was published by the now-defunct ADV, at Robot 6. Also at Robot 6, I review the webcomic Skin Horse, which is not manga but is drawn by manga editor and maven Shaenon Garrity. Snow Wildsmith takes a look at three fantasy romance manhwa, vol. 1 of Sarasah, vol. 1 of Pig Bride, and vol. 1 of 13th Boy, at Good Comics for Kids. And at Manga Xanadu, Lori Henderson does a “drive-by” review of the series on Viz’s Shonen Sunday website.
D.M. Evans on Author’s Pet (Manga Jouhou)
Billy Aguiar on vol. 1 of The Battle of Genryu: Origin (Prospero’s Manga)
Connie on vols. 28, 29, and 30 of Berserk (Slightly Biased Manga)
Clive Owen on vol. 5 of Black Lagoon (Animanga Nation)
Danielle Leigh on vols. 7 and 8 of Black Lagoon (Comics Should Be Good!)
Snow Wildsmith on vol. 1 of Bloody Kiss (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Julie on vol. 1 of Broken Blade (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Courtney Kraft on Color (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Katherine Farmar on The Color of Love (Comics Village)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on Color of Rage (i heart manga)
Ed Sizemore on vol. 2 of Detroit Metal City (Comics Worth Reading)
Danielle Van Gorder on vol. 5 of Fairy Tail (Mania.com)
Sesho on vol. 3 of Fullmetal Alchemist (Sesho’s Anime and Manga Reviews)
Courtney Kraft on Game X Rush (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Emily on Hime-Chan no Ribbon (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Courtney Kraft on vols. 1-3 of Junior Escort (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Kinukitty on vols. 1-3 of Kiss All the Boys (The Hooded Utilitarian)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 3 of Kitchen Princess (i heart manga)
Erica Friedman on Linkage (Okazu)
Connie on vol. 13 of Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation (Slightly Biased Manga)
Joe McCulloch on Mushishi (comiXology)
NotHayama on Nana (Sleep Is For the Weak)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Oishinbo a la Carte 5: Vegetables (Comics Worth Reading)
Connie on vol. 2 of Rasetsu (Slightly Biased Manga)
Megan M. on vol. 2 of Rasetsu (There it is, Plain as Daylight)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 5 of Sand Chronicles (There it is, Plain as Daylight)
Danica Davidson on vol. 1 of Sarasah (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Ken Haley on vol. 1 of The Summit of the Gods (Manga Recon)
Deb Aoki on vol. 1 of Tegami Bachi (About.com)
Lianne Sentar on Togaino no Chu (Sleep Is For the Weak)
Julie on vol. 7 of Vampire Knight (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Comicsgirl on vol. 1 of X-Men: Misfits (Comicsgirl)
David Brothers on vol. 6 of Yotsuba&! (4thletter)