These are my top 10 most anticipated new manga releasing in Winter 2017/2018 (or from December 2017 to March 2018). At this point, I don’t know how many of these I will be able to collect, but these are certainly the ones I am most eager to pick up!
Takane & Hana by Yuki Shiwasu. I’ve already got this title pre-ordered. I don’t know much about it, except that a few people I follow on twitter were excited about the release announcement. I don’t actually want to know what this is about before I read it. But, I’ll let you know what I think, when I get to it.
Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card by Clamp. Pretty excited about this new installment in the Cardcaptor Sakura series. I’ve had a chance to flip through this at Chapters, and the art has definitely been updated for this new series (I’m not sure yet how I feel about that). This title is already out, but I’m going to hold out for a bit to see if my sister won’t pick this up instead.
Cutie Honey a Go! Go! by Go Nagai & Anno Hideaki. A lot of my anticipated releases come high on nostalgia. Cutie Honey is one of those. I’ve still never read a title by Go Nagai, so I’m really curious what he has to offer. But more importantly, Cutie Honey is just one of those series that reminds me of my university days and my blossoming obsession with anime.
Saint Seiya : Saintia Sho by Chimaki Kuori. Yes. This! I can’t believe this is something that exists! I am so excited about reading this new Saint Seiya title. Again, a title bursting with nostalgia, but coming at the story or world from a completely new angle. I don’t know what to expect with this series, but I can’t wait to read it!
Voices of a Distant Star by Makoto Shinkai and Mizu Sahara. Again. Nostalgia takes hold! Voices of a Distant Star was a film that I saw over a decade ago. Later, I remember seeing the manga in stores when it was published by Tokyopop and thinking to myself that I would collect it later. Unfortunately later never came. I am so excited that this renewed interest in Makoto Shinkai’s work means that I have a second opportunity to add this to my collection. You can be assured, that this time I won’t miss out!
Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa. I believe this is a slice-of-life series by the author of Fullmetal Alchemist. I think my most controversial opinion regarding manga, is that I don’t like Fullmetal Alchemist. I can see the appeal, but I just really hate the themes, setting, magic, and characters in it. I’m sorry. It’s just all of the things I don’t like in manga merged into one series. But, I’m still interested in finding out more about the author. I don’t like her penultimate work — but maybe I’ll like this one? I’ve been interested in picking this up since I heard of it’s existence several years ago. Crossing my fingers that this is a title by Arakawa that I’ll actually like!
Red Colored Elegy by Seiichi Hayashi. This is a reprint of a title that I read, again, probably about a decade ago. I had borrowed if from the library when I was fairly new at reading manga. It is different than anything I had read up until that point. And frankly, I was not ready for it. Now, I have quite a bit more experience reading alternative, and gekiga manga. I think it’s time to revisit this title. I had actually recently borrowed this from the library thinking that it was never going to get published, because I know my sister has had this on pre-order for years. Can’t wait to chow down on this!
Orange: Future by Ichigo Takano. I believe this is a companion story to the popular 5 volume (or 2 omnibus) Orange. I don’t know if it follows the same characters, or is a continuation of the same story, but what I do know is that Orange is a beautiful series. And I can’t wait to read more from the same “world.” I hope it is as impactful as the original series.
Kaguya-sama : Love is War by Aka Akasaka. This is my “wild card” in this list. Again, I title I don’t know too much about. I don’t actually research much before I try new series. I like the cover, the title is intriguing, and the short synopsis I’ve read has put this into my anticipated titles. From what I can tell this is a shoujo manga where the guy and girl are in love with each other, but because they are competing or fighting they are resisting telling each other. Sort of like, “the first person who confesses, loses.” If this is actually what this manga is about, I will be completely sold on the story. It sounds really fun and unique, and can’t wait to give it a try!
Perfect Blue : Complete Metamorphosis by Yoshikazu Takeuchi. This last title that I’m interested in is actually a prose novel, and not manga. It is the title that inspired the Satoshi Kon film of the same name. I’m currently trying to be really discerning with the novels I buy this year (because last year felt like such a waste of money), but this is a top contender for when I get to splurge a little. I’ve read a few Japanese novels which have been the inspiration for various manga or anime, and have really enjoyed the experience. And despite it only being January 2018, I already am starting to think about what I want to do with my reading in 2019. I have a feeling that I’m going to give myself permission to read a lot of Japanese novels next year! I’d like this to be one of them!
What about you? What new releases are on your radar for the Winter season??