Friday linkblogging

I was going to review Go! Comi’s Train + Train, but Katherine Dacey-Tsuei covers everything I’d want to say over at Manga Recon. I particularly agree with her assessment of the art:

“Given the description of the Special Train, I expected Tomomasa Takuma to have a field day rendering the different cars. But he does little with the set-up, offering us only a generic-looking glimpse of the mall car. (Forgive me if I let out a grumpy sigh—the MALL car?! Wouldn’t a school have a library and a gym?) His action scenes are no great shakes, either. Despite the heavy use of speed lines, the characters look firmly tethered to the ground.”

TangognaT isn’t especially inspired by the debut either. It’s very competent shônen, but there’s plenty of excellent shônen out there. (Like, say, Bleach.)

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Speaking of excellent shônen, Shaenon Garrity places Kekkaishi in that category in the latest installment of her Overlooked Manga Festival. From her all-caps review of The Drifting Classroom to her declaration that “MANGA CAN HAVE ALL (her) BABIES” in reaction to Gerard and Jacques, Garrity is the funniest manga critic going.

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At Yet Another Comics Blog, Dave Carter offers a list of unlicensed manga he’d like to see in English. They all sound good, but Palepoli tops my list of nag-worthy books. Because I’m an essentially envious person, I had to look and see if it had been published in France. Doesn’t look like it.

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I’m also an extremely forgetful person, so I neglected to pre-order a copy of PINNED! from Yaoi Press. After reading the interview with Yamila Abraham in the latest Sequential Tart, I feel kind of badly about that. At least I can read the first volume.

6 Responses to Friday linkblogging

  1. ChunHyang72 says:

    Thanks for the review linkage! After all that Go!Comi shojo goodness, I had really, really high hopes for Train + Train. I’ll just have to console myself with the next installment of Cantarella:,/o>, I guess!

    I’m also glad to see Kekkaishi getting some love from someone as funny and influential as Shannon. Can’t say enough good things about this series!

  2. ChunHyang72 says:

    Don’t let me near the HTML.

  3. davidpwelsh says:

    I’ve always been really taken with train travel, so that was an added point of interest beyond the general level of Go! Comi excellence.

    But I think it’s time for a K-themed trip to the bookstore. Kekkaishi and Kitchen Princess, here I come! (Hopefully.)

  4. Adam says:

    Much of Palepoli’s content was made available as a part of VIZ’s “Secret Comics Japan” and in an issue of PULP.

    http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Comics-Japan-Underground-Now/dp/1569313725

  5. davidpwelsh says:

    Was that the bulk of Palepoli? I thought there was a lot more of it. But I’ll just switch my nagging to “anything by Furuya Usamaru” if it was.

  6. “Was that the bulk of Palepoli?”

    I don’t think so, though I can’t be sure, since I can’t seem to find my copy of either Palepoli or Secret Comics Japan at the moment. But “anything by Furuya Usamaru” is good, too.

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