akatsuki no yona early!

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So I have no idea why I got Yona of the Dawn volume 1 so early, considering the street release date is August 6th, but I’m not complaining!

Anyway, here is my loot from the end of July!

On the continuing manga front, we have Food Wars volume 13, which covers the end of the Autumn Elections and the first half of the Stagiare arc. The current second season of the anime has just covered through chapter 80, which is about 2/3rds of volume 10, so for anyone who wants to experience the anime first, hold back on reading anything past volume 9 for now.

Horimiya continues to excel at just being a very thoughtful high school romance that cares most about its interpersonal relationships and interactions between characters as they encounter each other or something new. It contains natural humor in what is ultimately very normal situations, and so the humor arises from the weirdness that surrounds each and every person, even in real life, as they strive to find their place and make impressions on others. It’s not a bold or flashy manga, so it doesn’t always come to mind immediately, but I would definitely rank it very high on my favorite list.

My Monster Secret starts showing its teeth (or should I say fangs?) with volume 3, where we get to some content that isn’t shown in the anime adaptation. Aizawa Nagisa’s brother, Ryou, is one half of the comedy-gold duo, along with Shima, who make up some of the most hilarious, roll-on-the-floor gut-busting content in the later chapters. It’s really too bad they decided to make the anime a standalone, since we do lose some characters and chapters that make the series so enjoyable. I can’t remember if the anime includes any of it, but the faux-intimidating horror faces are some of the best panels, since they’re basically indicators of an upcoming incredible punch line :) We also get the original Mikan/Fuku-chan origin chapter, which I think works way better than how the anime did it. I also prefer my head-canon where Fuku-chan is voiced by a middle aged man rather than the anime’s squeaky, high-pitched woman :x

Last in the manga is the aforementioned Yona of the Dawn. I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, but I am a huge, huge fan of the anime, so I am really excited that VIZ took a chance and picked up the very long-running manga, which is currently at 20+ volumes. I hope somehow another anime season comes, but, until then, I’ll slowly collect the English manga releases!

Finally, there are 2 light novels. First is Log Horizon volume 5, which I believe will cover the entire or maybe just the first half of the last arc in season 1 of the anime, the Akiba fair and commerce war. Then, we have the highly-anticipated first volume of Re:Zero! The anime is still airing in its third arc and is a pretty hot conversation topic in the anime world right now with how intense the events are in the anime and how unconventional the material is compared to more typical stories of similar veins, specifically the “transported to another world” genre. I’m not sure when I’ll get around to reading it, since I’m pretty behind on my books and also devoting a lot of time to Granblue Fantasy, but I have high hopes for it to be great!

and here’s what came in today

rs75So with the catchup done, here’s what came in today!

For long-running series, we have Skip Beat 30 and Nisekoi 15-16. Hataraku Maou High School is just kind of a fun thing to own, I like the LN/anime so much that I’m willing to support the spinoff manga, which is pretty funny in its own right.

So what are the highlights? First, Haikyu!! is one of my favorite newer shounen series. It’s not super original or anything, but I really like that it feels more like a shounen adventure story that just happens to be volleyball instead of, say, slaying dragons or roaming the countryside. The energy is always high, and the characters are all distinct with varied personalities and agendas. Production IG did an amazing job on the anime (season 3 this fall!), so I’m happy the series is getting enough exposure to earn a North American manga pickup :)

The Ancient Magus’s Bride (I disagree with the lack of additional S, but that’s neither here nor there ;P) is definitely one of Seven Seas’s standout hits. While it’s not a long-running popular hit like Naruto/Bleach/Titans/Tokyo Ghoul, (almost?) every volume has been listed on the top 10 best sellers for the week it released. I love the art and the pure sense of wonder that Yamazaki conveys in the series, something that tends to get lost in the more popular shounen series. I think One Piece does a decent job at retaining the wonder as well, but it’s just so high-energy that Magus’s Bride more reserved, focused style of wonder is distinct enough to distinguish itself.

I have a feeling that Kamachi Kazuma didn’t quite intend Shokuhou Misaki to be as big a part of the Railgun spinoff as she is, but her character was so immediately magnetic and interesting that he kind of rolled with the punches and gave her more spotlight. Because if he actually planned for it, that does not bode well for my wallet if he continues putting out quality characters in his work. Volume 11 of A Certain Scientific Railgun kicks off a new arc and immediately brings back Shokuhou as Misaka’s not-so-friendly rival, though that does get a bit sidelined by Shirai and Uiharu’s short adventure and the exploration of the new MacGuffin, the Indian Poker cards. As, again, I follow the scanlations, I know this arc gets pretty involved, and Shokuhou definitely plays a major part, so I eagerly await the official releases! The one unfortunate thing of Seven Seas catching up to the Japanese releases is how much gap there is between releases :( however, in this case, it was a good thing, since I definitely didn’t remember one piece in volume 11 connecting to the current Japanese chapters…!

Finally, a short word regarding Twin Star Exorcists. I hate the anime. It makes the manga look bad. But the manga is pretty great. Read the manga. Don’t stain your mind with the anime. Please.