Upcoming 11/14/2007

So clearly, the release of the week is Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together from Oni. The rest of the comics industry might be forgiven for just taking it easy in the face of such a formidable arrival, but they aren’t.

Heck, even Oni isn’t, and they’re releasing Courtney Crumrin and the Fire-Thief’s Tale from Ted Naifeh. (I’ve really got to catch up on this series, because I’ve loved what I’ve read.)

I’ll be covering it in more detail in next week’s Flipped, but I will say I really enjoyed Yuki Nakaji’s Venus in Love (CMX). It’s a sweet slice of college life about a girl and a guy who are in love with the same guy.

A new title from Fumi Yoshinaga is always worth a look, and Digital Manga offers Garden Dreams. I tend to favor her contemporary stories to her period pieces, but I generally can’t resist either, and I’m intrigued that this one isn’t part of the Juné imprint.

The previous volume of Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket (Tokyopop) offered the biggest bombshell in a while, and the eighteenth installment promises even more shocks. But really, the whole thing could be nothing but characters talking about their favorite onigiri filling and I’d still buy it.

And yes, I’m still a Shojo Beat junkie, thanks to the inclusion of Honey and Clover and Sand Chronicles. Well played, Viz.

7 Responses to Upcoming 11/14/2007

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  2. danielle leigh says:

    Generally our lists might diverge quite a bit but I am amused to note that tomorrow I’m buying EVERYTHING you list except the Courtney Crumrin book (not that I don’t like those books, but I usually borrow instead of buy ’em).

    And I’m very pleased to hear nice things about “Venus in Love” since the author has been hit or miss for me….

  3. davidpwelsh says:

    What else has Nakaji written? Venus isn’t perfect by any means, but I really liked the tone and the characters.

  4. danielle leigh says:

    hmmmm…I believe I’ve confused her with Banri Hidaka (“I hate you more than anyone” also published by CMX) since the art styles looked so similar to me.

  5. Sebastian says:

    While “Venus in Love” got a couple years head start and is almost complete in French and German (11 of 12 volumes), we still have to see any other series by Nakaji. In the U.S., on the other hand, a second series of hers is starting in parallel: “Zig*Zag” vol.1 is also new this month, from Tokyopop.


    There’s more untapped material, though. Amazon Japan lists 50+ volumes in some 10 series and one-shots from her since the mid-80s. “Zig*Zag” is her latest series, while “Venus in Love” was its immediate predecessor.

  6. Sebastian says:

    Anyways, it’s nice to see someone liking the series, for a change. Most advance reviews I’ve seen were neutral or negative. Personally, I think it stands out pleasantly from most other shoujo series, for the age of characters (college/uni instead of high school), art style, and (visual) humor and for the lighthearted feel of the story. Of course one could argue it’s pure fluff and not be too wrong, but since there’s so little of that around, it’s a welcome change, to me. It’s definitely among my favourite series.

  7. davidpwelsh says:

    I just really like the slice-of-life quality and the university setting in Venus, and the sweetness of the gay-guy/straight-girl friendly rivalry. I’m giving it the Flipped treatment next week, partly because I like it and partly because it has a hopelessly generic name, which ties into my theme.

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