The Manga Bookshelf team chooses their pick of the week—and it’s unanimous. (I didn’t have time to contribute to this week’s column, but if I had, I’d be in agreement with everyone else.)
Also at Manga Bookshelf, Melinda Beasi and Michelle Smith discuss King of RPGs, Pride, and a handful of other manga in their Off the Shelf column and Matt Blind lists the manga best-sellers (online sales) for the week ending October 14.
Jocelyne Allen writes about the work of Machiko Kyo (Erotics f), whose work is so far available only in Japanese.
News from Japan: Fujihiko Hosono, the creator of Gallery Fake, is bringing the series back to Big Comic Spirit for a special episode set in the Tohoku region. Hosono and seven other manga-ka will draw new manga featuring their signature characters and donate the royalties toward the rebuilding effort in Tohoku, which was hit hard by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Reviews: The Manga Bookshelf team queues up some short manga reviews in their latest Bookshelf Briefs column.
Matthew Warner on vol. 44 of Bleach (The Fandom Post)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Girl Friends: The Complete Collection (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 15 of GTO: The Early Years (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Anna on vol. 1 of Limit and vol. 1 of Paradise Kiss (Manga Report)
Kate Dacey on Mail (The Manga Critic)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 33 of Ranma 1/2 (Blogcritics)
Ken Haley on Skullman (Sequential Ink)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 24 of Slam Dunk (The Comic Book Bin)
Anna on vol. 1 of Summit of the Gods (Experiments in Manga)
Drew McCabe on vol. 12 of Toriko (Comic Attack)
Lori Henderson on vols. 12 and 14 of Vampire Knight (Manga Village)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 2 of Wandering Son (Blogcritics)