There’s currently 43 Viz Select series that people can buy. Let’s review the first chapter of all them! (or at least try without burning our eyes)
Title: Inari Konkon
Genre: Slice of Life, Magical Girl, Romance
Publisher: Kodokawa Shoten (JP, US)
Artist/Writer: Morohe Yoshida
Translation: Andrew Gibler & Jenn Forsyth
Serialized in: Young Ace
Review copy provided by the publisher.
I was a big fan of the Inari Kon Kon anime in 2014 and I always hoped that the manga would be licensed as well since I knew the ending was a little different. Well, in a way the series is licensed! Japanese publisher Kadokawa launched an English version of their BookWalker app last year (as well as a separate app, ComicWalker) and this is one of the titles that has since been added. BookWalker even has the entire series already for sale so let’s see if the manga was as charming as the anime!
Title: Persona 4 Dancing All Night
Genre: Dancing Rhythm Game
System: PS Vita
Release Date: 06-25-2015 (JP)
A rhythm game featuring Persona 4 music and, more importantly, Yu Narukami’s swag dance moves.
- So much finally revealed. And here I was thinking Charlotte would fizzle away…but where exactly have I seen this before?…
I started thinking about the Resurrection F screening recently. Aside from the film, the interesting moments came before it started. There was the red carpet roll out for Sean Schemmel and Chris Sabat. You had the people all gathered around them. And then there were Saiyans. Lots of Saiyans. It’s safe to say that cosplaying on a Monday night is a very big deal, and Dragon Ball Z has been a very big deal to a lot of people.
That’s why, as we reach the halfway point of the Summer anime season, the worst anime related news happens to be Dragon Ball Super, and the fact that it’s not actually streaming on FUNimation.
Title: Sweetness and Lightning (Amaama to Inazuma)
Genre: Slice of Life, Food
Publisher: Kodansha (JP), Crunchyroll (US)
Artist/Writer: Gido Amagakure
Serialized in: good! Afternoon
Original Release Date: July 15, 2015
Crunchyroll is on a roll lately with their manga releases; this series came out in the same wave that gave us The Morose Mononokean (Kiri Wazawa) and Princess Jellyfish (Akiko Higashimura) so it’s really nice to not only have another manga “publisher” at this point but one that puts out such different series! The story, where a widower and his young daughter try to re-work their lives and find solace with an equally lonely young girl, actually reminded me of yet another Crunchyroll series, Father and Son. But where Father and Son aimed for comedy before all else, Sweetness and Lightning goes for a decidedly more bittersweet tone instead.
Time sure flies fast, I have just celebrated my fifth month in Japan. I can’t believe I have already been living there for 5 months already. And I still haven’t seen a seiyuu event, isn’t it sad?
Thankfully I can talk about seiyuu here and annoy everyone with Maaya Sakamoto.
My favorite : Shinobu (Monogatari Series)
Not sure if you should try out Kohei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia? Here’s some reviews to see if it’s worth your while!
I bemoaned Kohei Horikoshi’s lack of success. Oumagadoki Zoo was a manga that had a solid 5 volume run, and once Barrage hit English Weekly Shonen Jump, I was thinking the sky’s the limit. That’s why I blogged it.
…It ended in 16 chapters.
Not everyone can trot out a One Piece or Naruto and have their first work hit it big. Ever heard of Kiben Gakuha, Yotsuya Senpai no Kaidan? That series lasted 3 volumes in WSJ Japan. That mangaka, Haruichi Furudate, is working on Haikyuu. People I know bemoaned what happened to Double Arts, which was canned and only lasted 3 volumes. The author, Naoshi Komi, is working on Nisekoi.
My Hero Academia embodies not giving up. Most shounen series are like that, but it takes importance here since if you’re a hero, giving up is not an option. For Horikoshi’s third series in Jump, it takes that literally, since the main character is “quirkless”.
- Life goes back to normal, kind of. It’s a dull kind of normal, now imouto’s not around, but at least we see even more of a connection between Yuu and Nao.
Title: Lucky Star
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Publisher: Kadokawen Shoten (JP), Viz Media (US)
Artist/Writer: Kagami Yoshimizu
Serialized in: Comptiq
Original Release Date: August 19, 2014
Review copy provided by the publisher
Lucky Star wasn’t exactly popular when I started getting into anime and manga in 2007, but everyone could recognize its overly high-pitched song and dance routine from the anime and there were parodies of it everywhere. But, like a lot of the more niche, otaku comedies, there’s very little in the story that lends itself to longevity. That’s not a knock against LS; there are very few comics like it that really stick around for years and years. Even Genshiken, which was also hugely well-known at the same time and also still running, has faded away; it’s no wonder that an even more oddball title like this one has been largely forgotten.