Upcoming 8/29

What evil lurks in the heart of the current ComicList? Well, none to speak of. I’m just trying to keep things fresh.

Aurora releases the first volume of Chihiro Tamaki’s Walkin’ Butterfly. In it, a girl confronts her body image issues by trying to become a model. (I thought models caused body image issues. Help me out here.)

There’s a lot of Del Rey product shipping this week. Depending on my mood, I’d peg either the sixth volume of Fuyumi Soryo’s ES or the second of Ai Morinaga’s My Heavenly Hockey Club as the highlight. I’ve already read this installment of MHHC, and it’s as delightful as the first. There are fewer deranged encounters with wildlife, but there’s a chapter where the elite titular team meats a plucky group of paupers out in the sticks that’s just a riot, even by this book’s standards.

On the down side, I found the first volume of Shiki Tsukai just too packed with inscrutable rules to be very engaging, kind of like Shakugan no Shana (Viz). As Katherine Dacey-Tsuei puts it:

“Even with the generous assortment of charts, appendices, and sidebars clarifying the nuances of its underlying “power to control the seasons” premise, however, I found this book fiendishly hard to follow, thanks to the characters’ jargon-heavy dialogue.”

A new release from Fanfare/Ponent Mon is always worth a look. This time around, it’s Tokyo is My Garden, by Frédéric Boilet and Benoît Peeters, with back-up from demi-god of manga Jiro Taniguchi. It’s about a cognac salesman living large in the title city. Having just read Ed Chavez’s enticing Otaku USA column on booze manga, this is a timely arrival.

As others have noticed, Viz begins its Naruto onslaught this week. Stock in dry goods and bottled water and pre-order those poor books that might get buried in the ninjalanche.

Two that shouldn’t be overlooked, also from Viz, are Kiyoko Arai’s pricelessly silly Beauty Pop (now in its fifth volume) and the second volume of Hideaki Sorachi’s quirky, action-packed Gin Tama (discussed here already). I wouldn’t go so far as to say all of the same people would like both, but they share an off-kilter sense of humor that serves each really well.

6 Responses to Upcoming 8/29

  1. Chloe says:

    Eh, Walkin Butterfly’s premise only really makes more sense from a Japanese perspective. From just the mid 160s range, I was easily one of the tallest females on the subway every day. 180cm is stop-and-stare kind of tall, even in Tokyo.

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  3. Katherine Dacey-Tsuei says:

    I’m glad to see I wasn’t the only one who was stumped by Shiki Tsukai. Maybe it’s an age thing, or maybe I’m just losing my patience with series that remind me of science textbooks with all their charts and sidebars.

  4. davidpwelsh says:

    I kept hearing that line from Beetlejuice in my head about books reading like stereo instructions.

  5. Jack says:

    I liked Shiki Tsukai because I’m the type of reader that can skim over some of the more monotonous rules and etc and get straight to it:

    • main character is “the one”
    • hot older girl likes him, possibly because of her duty possibly because she likes him
    • hot school mate likes him and completes a love triangle
    • the battle rules are annoyingly intricate but… original you have to admit
    • all the characters are interesting*

    I see volume 2 to be the make or break. If they’re still explaining rules and etc… I’ll give in and pass but I think it will become much better. Much like in current Naruto, nobody asks what and why is chakra and how it’s important. Hopefully by a few books time, all we’ll be thinking about is battles and babes.

    * I mean this. IMO, even the throw away bald bad guy was interesting.

  6. davidpwelsh says:

    I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority in terms of rules aversion/incomprehension, Jack. And I do agree that there was some good character work in there. I particularly liked the teacher.

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