October Manga Reading Wrap-Up

My wrap-up for reading in October. I read a lot. I finally am starting to feel like I’m getting my regular reading pace back. In previous years I would read twice as much in a month. It’s hard to get back to that pace.

I would say that I’ll be back to my old reading self soon, but November will be significantly leaner – it’s been a hard month. Which means I’m spending my time doing other things besides reading.

Plus, my sister has decided that she & I should start a second channel together, dedicated to our second favourite thing: crafting. Actually, mostly “planning”. So, looking at that is also taking up a significant portion of my time.

I probably won’t be doing full wrap-ups starting next year. This is just too long. When you go to the video (if you go the video) I’ve time stamped all of the manga I talk about in the video in the description box on Youtube which you can use to only hear me talk about specific titles. Hopefully that will help. I’ve read quite a variety of things (old and new + various demographic reads). Enjoy.

 

Manga I talk about in this video:

  • Start with a Happy Ending, 1 / Risa Motoyama
  • Behind the Scenes, 2 / Bisco Hatori
  • Classical Medley, 1-2 / Sanae Kana
  • Color of Rage / Seisako Kano & Kazuo Koike
  • Flower in a Storm, 1-2 / Shigoyoshi Takagi
  • Flowers & Bees, 1-2 / Moyocco Anno
  • Fragments of Horror / Junji Ito
  • Hell Baby / Hideshi Hino (horror)
  • I Am a Hero, 1 / Kengo Hanazawa
  • Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear, 1 / Masume Yoshimoto
  • Lycanthrope Leo, 1 / Kenjo Kaji
  • Maid War Chronicle, 1-2 / Ran
  • Meteor Prince, 1-2 / Meca Tanaka
  • Naruto, 1-15 / Masashi Kishimoto
  • Oh, My Brother!, 1-2 / Ken Saito
  • Papillon, 1-6 / Miwa Ueda
  • Skip Beat!, 37 / Yoshiki Nakamura
  • St. Lunatic High School, 1-2 / Majiko!
  • Sweet & Sensitive, 1-2 / Park Eun-Ah
  • The World I Create, 1 / Ayami Kazuma
  • Until the Full Moon / Sanami Mato
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October Manga Haul

This is a pretty big haul of new and old manga.

Titles I talk about in this video include:

  • Attack on Titan Colossal Edition, 3 / Hajime Isayama
  • Haikyuu!, 4-5 / Haruichi Furidate
  • Kuma Miko Girl Meets Bear, 1 / Masume Yoshimoto
  • Kuroko’s Basketball, 3&4 / Tadatoshi Fujimaki
  • Sweetness & Lightning, 2 / Gido Amagakure
  • Kitaro meets Nurarihyon / Shigeru Mizuki
  • Welcome to the Ballroom, 1 / Tomo Takeuchi
  • Inuyashiki, 5 / Hiruya Oku
  • Happiness, 1 / Shuzo Oshimi
  • Platinum End, 1 / Tsugumi Oba & Takeshi Obata
  • Ultraman, 1-5 / Eichi Shimizu & Shimokuji
  • Black Jack Special (single issue)
  • Black Jack, 1 / Osamu Tezuka
  • Parasyte, 1 / Hitoshi Iwaaki
  • Juline, 3 / Narumi Kakinouchi
  • Black & White, 2-3 / Taiyo Matsumoto
  • Spellbound (single issues) / Tomoko Taniguchi
  • Shadow Lady (single issues) / Matsukazu Katsura
  • They Were 11 (single issues) / Moto Hagio
  • Strain, 2-3 / Buronson & Ryoko Ikegami
  • Seraphic Feather, 2 / Hiroyuki Utatane & Yo Morimoto
  • Sailor Moon, 3, 7, 10 / Naoko Takeuchi
  • Saint Tail, 2 / Megumi Tachikawa
  • Project X Seven Eleven / Tadashi Ikeda & Naomi Kimura
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena, 2 / Chiho Saito & Be-Papas
  • Slayers (Single Issues)
  • Slayers Specials (Single Issues)
  • Slayers Premium /
  • Rayearth, 1-3 / CLAMP

 

Platinum End / by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

Platinum End, Vol. 1Platinum End, Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A depressed youth is saved by a morally ambiguous angel who gives him supernatural gifts that he must use as a candidate to become the next “god”.

Platinum End has a pretty epic start but I’m not entirely confident in it’s future. At this point it may decide to go straight into battle fantasy manga, rather than really focus on the story, and that would be a shame. But, we won’t know for at least 2 volumes.

There was quite a bit of explanation on how this fantasy system works and what the rules of the competition are, so it doesn’t have as much impact or flow as smoothly as you’d hope from a first volume.

It feels a little bit like a re-imagining of death note. [A comparison that they can’t escape.] What if Light didn’t go on a killing spree? What kind of world would he create then? I think it’s an intelligent re-working of a fan favourite. And will create a different enough story from Death Note.

The concept bases itself in an idea that there are several candidates to become the next “god” and they must battle each other to find out who will be chosen. It is a pretty usual one that you’d see in shonen (fantasy battle) series like Shaman King, Hoshin Engi, Gestalt, and many others. So, if you liked any of these series, this might be for you.

However, as far as mood it might be a little darker than death note in terms of imagery, and it does deal with abuse, depression and suicide so if those are things that bother you, you might want to avoid this title.

Overall I enjoyed it! And, I’m crossing my fingers for the rest of the series.

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Blood Sucker: the Legend of Zipangu / by Saki Okuse and Aki Shimizu

Blood Sucker: Legend of Zipangu, Volume 2Blood Sucker: Legend of Zipangu, Volume 2 by Saki Okuse

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

At this point in the series the only thing saving it is the action sequences and art drawn by Aki Shimizu. Shimizu is a great artist, it’s such a shame that only 1 of his series actually got a complete release in English.

As for the story, it is quite confusing. I don’t think that’s entirely the author’s fault though. There were quite a few times where I was questioning the translation decision. I don’t have the original Japanese so I can’t compare, but there was something off about quite a number of phrases. They just didn’t feel authentic.

This volume is basically an introduction of characters. There are short vignettes, some as short as a page, to introduce characters and situations. It has a feeling that all will be revealed and relative at one point in time. But, it is difficult to wait for any sort of clarity.

Then on top of the confusion, my particular volume has a printing error. A block of missing pages, and some duplicate pages. But, the fact that you don’t notice that there is something missing right away is a pretty good illustration of how jumpy the actual story is.

I’m going to keep reading since I have the rest of the volumes. And, at the very least, I believe I should read all of the manga I buy. But, I’m also not really able to recommend this title to anyone either (at least, not yet). And, I haven’t even gotten to the biggest blot on the series that happens at volume 7 when the series finished releasing incomplete.

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