Upcoming 10/13/2010

It’s not a wildly inspiring ComicList this week, so I’ll focus on one title that earned #mangamonday tweets from both Kate (The Manga Critic) Dacey and Sean (A Case Suitable for Treatment) Gaffney.

That would be Mitsuru Adachi’s Cross Game from Viz’s Shonen Sunday imprint. It’s about baseball, and there are few sports I find duller, but Kate assures me that she shares my view of America’s pastime and still found the comic to be a lot of fun. And it wouldn’t be the first time I enjoyed a manga in spite of not sharing any of the interests or obsessions of the characters.

Here’s what Viz has to say:

“The series centers around a boy named Ko, the family of four sisters who live down the street and the game of baseball. This poignant coming-of-age story will change your perception of what shonen manga can be.”

And speaking of Shonen Sunday, several other titles from that imprint are due to arrive in comic shops Wednesday. You can sample big chunks of all of them at Viz’s online anthology site.

5 Responses to Upcoming 10/13/2010

  1. DerikB says:

    Cross Game (based on the 10+ chapters I’ve read online so far) is a lot of fun. And while it is about baseball, it’s not just about baseball. Having a read a good bit of some of Adachi’s other baseball manga, they never seem to be too technical in their baseball content. It’s really about the characters and relationships.

    Plus Adachi’s style is great. I did a real brief post last week: http://madinkbeard.com/blog/archives/a-page-from-cross-game

  2. Eric Henwood-Greer says:

    I’ll probably end up checking this out–nothing about the story, theme or characters enthralls me too much, but I do love the way he does layouts and much of his art.

    Actually, I would recommend keeping your eyes open for the two short story collections of his work, Short Program, Viz released 5-10 years back (the first one was in their earlier larger, flipped format the second, in the current unflipped standard). They include some sports short works, and also an interesting selection of his stories from shonen magazines, as well as shoujo youth magazines (Ciao primarily, I think) and some josei (Petit Comic). It should be pointed out that his style really doesn’t change all that much between the genres. I see the first one in bargain bins of book and comic stores all the time for a couple of bucks.

  3. judi(togainunochi) says:

    Being a lover of sports manga and anime, I’ll be in on this one.

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