Peeking at IKKI

IKKIViz sent out more information on its SIGIKKI imprint yesterday, and I thought I’d try and track down some additional information on the titles. I think that Viz’s approach – gauging and building demand before committing to print and physical distribution costs – is interesting, and I hope it works out for them. I also think a lot of the imprint’s possible titles sound really intriguing, so part of that hope is selfish. I just want to read the books.

Here’s the link to Shogakukan’s IKKI site, and here’s the Wikipedia entry on the magazine. Below are covers of the titles listed in Viz’s release. You can click on any of them to see their pages at Shogakukan’s web site; once there, you can click on the button with the magnifying glass and you can browse some sample pages, or click on the hyperlink in the lower table to the right of the cover image to see additional volumes of the series.

Afterschool Charisma By Kumiko Suekane

Afterschool Charisma By Kumiko Suekane


Bokurano: OURS By Mohiro Kitoh

Bokurano: OURS By Mohiro Kitoh


Dorohedoro By Q Hayashida

Dorohedoro By Q Hayashida


House of Five Leaves By Natsume Ono

House of Five Leaves By Natsume Ono


I’ll Give it My All…Tomorrow By Shunju Aono

I’ll Give it My All…Tomorrow By Shunju Aono


Kingyo Used Books By Seimu Yoshizaki

Kingyo Used Books By Seimu Yoshizaki


Saturn Apartments By Hisae Iwaoka

Saturn Apartments By Hisae Iwaoka


Tokyo Flow Chart By Eiji Miruno

Tokyo Flow Chart By Eiji Miruno

Because I’m always curious to see just how envious I should be of the French, here’s the rundown on which titles are already available there, and from whom:

  • Bokurano from Asuka
  • Dorohedoro from Soleil
  • House of Five Leaves published as Goyô by Kana
  • Only three… we’re not as far behind as usual! Last but not least, I’ll post a quick poll:

    Feel free to pick as many as interest you. And this is one of those HTML hell posts for me, so if anything looks funky or goes the wrong place, please mention it in the comments so I can clean it up.

    6 Responses to Peeking at IKKI

    1. JRBrown says:

      Whohoo, Natsume Ono! She also has a book forthcoming in English from Viz (Not Simple). She’s done some interesting BL under the penname basso (no caps – trés avant-guarde); perhaps if these two do well someone will pick up Amato Amaro or Orso e Intellettuale.

    2. James Moar says:

      They pretty much all look intriguing, though being in Britain I’ll have to wait for any paper editions that come out.

      I strongly recommend Bokurano, which I read a fair chunk of when it looked like an unlikely candidate for official release. Here’s the opening to the anime version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05p646nlYS0

    3. Suzu says:

      Don’t be that envious, Dorohedoro is only up to volume 6 and it’s been running since 2004. :( I love that series but it’s frustrating to wait that long for a series, also it’s very expensive. (20$)

    4. […] Welsh takes a look at IKKI magazine at Precocious Curmudgeon, and he has another license request: What Did You Eat […]

    5. Eoin says:

      I’ve read some of Hisae Iwaoka’s short stories and I loved them. He’s crafted himself a really unique, lighthearted and cute-but-not-moe-cute style of storytelling. And his art is gorgeous as well.

      Kingyo Used Books sounds interesting as well, the premise is certainly unique at least. Given the place the story is set in, I hope it goes at a meditative and quiet pace like Mushishi, then I’d definitely be into it!

    6. […] by Natsume Ono; AFTERSCHOOL CHARISMA, by Kumiko Suekane; and TOKYO FLOW CHART, by Eiji Miruno. David Welsh did some more research on the Japanese […]

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