Who’s the weird, green-haired tyke all the manga readers like? Yotsuba&! Yes, the fourth volume of Kyohiko Azuma’s much-loved, long-dormant series arrives Wednesday in better comic shops everywhere courtesy of ADV. I’ll let you absorb that for a moment, then distract you with the knowledge that Tokyopop has picked up Ai Morinaga’s delightful Your and My Secret, along with 37 other titles. ADV squeezed out a single volume of the series years ago, then left us all hanging.

Fantagraphics releases Human Diastrophism, the second collection of Gilbert Hernandez’s richly entertaining Palomar stories. Information can be found by scrolling down this page, and while they’re a step up from ADV by having information on recent and upcoming releases at all, I’d really love it if they’d give a blogger a break and start building some pages that would let me link directly.

Speaking of gender ambiguity, Go! Comi delivers the fourth volume of Setona Mizushiro’s After School Nightmare. (And Go! Comi has updated its web sight to profile two upcoming releases, Ryo Takagi’s The Devil Within and Takeru Kirishima’s Kanna.)

It had to happen sooner or later, and if I’m going to be entirely honest, I’ll admit that I’m happy it’s sooner. Can you imagine what Death Note (Viz – Shonen Jump Advanced) would have turned into if it had been one of those 20-plus-volume monstrosities? The very suspenseful series ends with the 12th volume this week, which seems just about right in terms of length.

9 Responses to Upcoming

  1. mark thorpe says:

    Alright, cool, finally the FLCL novel is being released from tokyopop – although I’m not sure that it’s groundbreaking news considering, if you looked at the very last page of the Trinity Blood novel, the title was listed in the Pop Fiction coming attractions. Am I the only one who read and loved the Trinity Blood novel? Concerning Death Note vol. 12; isn’t it nice to have a graphic form of story telling that has an actual ending and not an ifinite army of writers and artists being fed to the meat grinder for the sake of keeping ‘beloved characters’ around to rot in nerdite continuity forever?

  2. davidpwelsh says:

    Consistent creators and closure are definite pluses, aren’t they?

  3. gynocrat says:

    I believe most Japanese series [shounen especially] to come to end…only after their fanbase stops showing interest…I mean, I’ve seen many a series beaten to death in serialization, long after the story should’ve ended. 0_0

    Perhaps when certain caped crusaders stop selling books, then we might see an end to retcons and different worlds.

  4. davidpwelsh says:

    Fair point, Tina. Having fallen asleep a third of the way through the latest volume Sgt. Frog, I’m not going to argue against the possibility of series outliving their freshness date.

    Might Death Note be an exception, though? It seems like it was pretty tightly planned.

  5. Huff says:

    “Might Death Note be an exception, though? It seems like it was pretty tightly planned.”

    I though the whole second half was lackluster in general, but the ending makes that look genius. I’ve always felt Death Note is overrated, but even the hardcore fans seem to despise the ending.
    Glad to see the L&R books are coming on a fairly clockwork schedule unlike the Hate collections (its finished so I guess I shouldn’t complain). I’m only buying Gilbert’s collections since I already own the Locas hardcover, but if I didn’t Girl from… would definitely be my pick of the week. Death of Speedy is just astounding. Of course the stories in the new Palomar trade are brilliant too, but Jamie just really hits his stride around that time.
    Oh, and of course w00t for Yotsuba&!.

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  7. John Jakala says:

    According to this post over at Telophase’s LJ, Death Note was largely made up as it went along, which still surprises me. (In the comments Telophase even says that Tsugumi Ohba’s editors had to rein her in so she wouldn’t throw in every crazy idea she thought of the instant she thought of it.)

    And I feel like the last person who’s still enjoying Sgt. Frog and hopes it never ends. I thought the latest book was one of the best we’ve seen lately. The parody of Yakitate!! Japan (at least that’s what I assume was being parodied) alone was worth the price of admission!

  8. ChunHyang72 says:

    According to this post over at Telophase’s LJ, Death Note was largely made up as it went along, which still surprises me.

    I guess I’m just a weirdo, but this comment doesn’t surprise me at all! I really tried to like Death Note, but I found the first seven volumes very talky and poorly plotted. I gave up in frustration because I felt the author didn’t have a plan for her story.

  9. John Jakala says:


    No, even though I got completely hooked on Death Note from the start, I can see how it wouldn’t be for everyone. Even I agreed that one of the recent volumes (it might have been 11) was a little too much of the nested Russian doll mind games that others complain about.

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