Upcoming 9/9/10

There are new volumes of three very enjoyable series due out this week, according to the ComicList.

In addition to being a sensitive and intelligent look at young people with big dreams (space travel, in this case), Kou Yaginuma’s Twin Spica (Vertical) is also one of the titles on the list of 50 Essential Manga for Libraries assembled by Deb (About.Com) Aoki. The third volume arrives Thursday.

The main story in Hinako Ashihara’s Sand Chronicles (Viz) came to an end in the eighth volume, but the creator still has a relative wealth of side stories to offer. Some of them arrive this week in the ninth volume. Sand Chronicles didn’t make it on the aforementioned library list, but it certainly could have. It’s a sensitive look at a girl’s gradual maturation from pre-teen to independent woman.

Yuki Yoshihara’s Butterflies, Flowers (Viz) offers further proof, if proof were needed, that women can be just as adept at smutty slapstick as men. The fourth volume delves further into the disastrous, dysfunctional office romance of a former aristocrat (now an office minion) and her former servant (now her boss). For added interest, this is the series that’s launching Viz’s sneaky, sideways steps into the josei market.

What looks good to you?

6 Responses to Upcoming 9/9/10

  1. Matthew says:

    Despite everything people say about Twin Spica I just can’t get past the covers. (Though I read the preview on Vertical’s site and that didn’t really manage to grab me either.)

    • davidpwelsh says:

      I like it quite a bit, but you never know what’s going to click and what isn’t. And there’s so much stuff in the world to read. There are plenty of critically acclaimed series that haven’t made it onto my “to read” pile.

  2. Jade Harris says:

    Between Butterflies, Flowers and Suppli I can’t honestly tell the core difference between a Josei and a Shojo book. Sex instead of kisses, offices instead of high schools and a heroine aged a few years, sure, but all I’m seeing are surface detail swaps that don’t really mean anything.

    Are recent Western forays into Josei and Seinan publishing sneaky and sideways or do the terms really have no application in the West? No offense intended towards your usage, David, but more often than not the terms seem indicators that the user is high enough level to learn Power Word:Josei and Seinan’s Acid Arrow.

  3. thirstygirl says:

    For what it’s worth (nothing) my personal definitons are
    Shoujo- regardless of the formula, Getting the Boy is the answer and the happy ending
    Josei- generally older target audience, a man may be part of the happy ending but it’s centred more around finding out who you are. I’m inclined to classify Nana at josei because they are dealing with real adult concerns regardless of the rock and roll setting.
    Shonen- winning the battle and triumphing over your rivals is the Happy Ending
    Seinen- actually I also get confused here and put what’s left over that’s not BL into here.
    This is highly unscientific but does help me put things into my book database
    : )

    • Jade Harris says:

      That’s a good point about Josei books and introspection and some decent classifications overall. Still, I just don’t find the story behind Butterflies, Flowers to be all that much sophisticated than the CMX title about the kimonos or Your and My Secret. I like it, but I don’t think it’s worth lauding as a secret precision strike into josei territory.

      My biggest problem with Seinen is people finding out Yotsuba&! was printed in a Seinen magazine, so then they freak out, thinking, ‘OMG, Yotsuba is for perverts! I’m going to be arrested for thought crimes now!’ Individual magazines all have their own flavour, but we don’t get that in English, so the broad categories are less than useless, the equivalent of an Adult Fiction section. This can also go back to people saying things like, ‘It’s actually not all juvenile girly pink nonsense despite it being a shojo book!’ I just don’t see what the use of bothering is when English publishers have done so much better categorizing under their own banners like Viz’s Signature line.

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