Girls, girls, girls—and an intro to boys’ love as well

With a new volume of Sailor Moon, the end of Twin Spica, and the debut of Young Miss Holmes, not to mention new volumes of Gunslinger Girl and Ninja Girls, this week’s new manga is all about the girls. Check out my selections at MTV Geek and Lissa Pattillo’s choices in her On the Shelf column at Otaku USA.

Don’t know your BL from your shonen-ai? JManga has an ABCs of BL feature that runs through the basics of the genre and suggests ten titles for beginners, each with a special bonus attached.

Vote for your favorite comedy/slice of life manga in the latest round of Deb Aoki’s Reader’s Choice Awards at

The Manga Bookshelf bloggers discuss their Pick of the Week, and for once, everyone agrees.

Erica Friedman points out two new essays on yuri manga at the Yuricon page: The Evolution of “Recognition/Assertion of a Lesbian Identity” vs. “Akogare” in Manga, by Katherine Hanson, and The Impact Of Globalization On Yuri And Fan Activism, by Yaritza Hernandez.

News from Japan: Yoshihiro Togashi is putting Hunter x Hunter on hiatus—again. Nico Nico Seiga has launched a new site, Nico Nico Manga, which will host both official and user-uploaded manga.

Reviews: The Manga Bookshelf bloggers kick off another week with the latest round of Bookshelf Briefs. Carlo Santos has more fast-moving commentary in his latest Right Turn Only!! column at ANN. Ash Brown looks over a week’s worth of manga reading at Experiments in Manga. Dave Ferraro reviews some yaoi on the Nook at Comics-and-More.

Connie on vol. 17 of 20th Century Boys (Slightly Biased Manga)
Anna on vol. 2 of A Bride’s Story (Manga Report)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of Chobits (omnibus edition) (Blogcritics)
Connie on Cold Trilogy 3: Cold Fever (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 10 of Future Diary (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on Golgo 13: The Impossible Hit (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 5 of Gravitation (Slightly Biased Manga)
Margaret O’Connell on Husband, Honeymoon (Sequential Tart)
Kristin on vol. 4 of I’ll Give It My All… Tomorrow (Comic Attack)
Connie on vol. 8 of Kamisama Kiss (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 1 of Kiss Blue (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 14 of Mars (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 4 of Oh My Goddess (Slightly Biased Manga)
Anna on vol. 7 of Oresama Teacher (Manga Report)
Lori Henderson on Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Movie Trilogy (Good Comics for Kids)
Chris Mautner on Princess Knight (The Comics Journal)
Connie on Rainy Day Love (Slightly Biased Manga)
Kristin on vol. 1 of Skip Beat (omnibus edition)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 12 of Twin Spica (A Case Suitable for Treatment)

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  1. Sigh, how many hiatuses does HunterxHunter need?

  2. I followed up last week’s *Sequential Tart* review of the SuBLime BL manga “Husband, Honeymoon” with one of “The Bed of My Dear King”—it’s at .

    Margaret O’Connell