New Manga: December 2008

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(Image – Object of Desire published by Luv Luv)

This list only covers new manga series:

1520 – Udon

Akihabara@Deep – Media Blasters

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Blue Sheep Reverie – DMP

Gaba Kawa – VIZ

His Arrogance – 801 Media

Object of Desire – Luv Luv

Princess AI – The Prism of Midnight Dawn – Tokyopop

Sea View – DMP

Secret Moon – DMP

Shards of Affection – DMP

St. Dragon Girl – VIZ

White Brand – DMP

Y Square Plus – Yen

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You Will Fall In Love – BLU

Other manga/anime related books:

Genshiken Official Book – Del Rey

The Manga Guide to Databases – No Starch Press

Pokemon Creator: Satoshi Tajiri – KidHaven Press

Thoughts on releases…

Object of Desire, how about an 18+ josei manga to warm you up on a cold winter morning? Sounds good to me! There is a 10 page preview if you just can’t wait, I like the storytelling style.

Think Akihabara@Deep was out last month? Pretty sure I saw it in Orbital Manga; it seems to be an internet crime drama, intriguing!

Y Square Plus, looks like a gem for shoujo romance fans, more shoujo with demon slaying in St. Dragon Girl. Surprisingly there is yet more demon shoujo on offer in Gaba Kawa.

In 1520, 15 year olds fluctuate in age between 15, 10 and 5 in a fantasy world. A shounen title, should I get excited about this?

Princess AI is a fantasy for older teens, so perhaps it is amazing, (the font size on Tokyopop descriptions is a bit small and I’m too tired from work to squint). The artwork looks ok but doesn’t scream originality.

genshiken.jpgFans of Genshiken can become excited over the Genshiken Official Book because there is a free poster, Kujibiki Unbalance trading cards, and enough knowledge to make you a new improved otaku!

The Manga Guide to Databases, it seems you now know exactly want to ask Santa for Christmas to rescue you from the deep dark void of database ignorance.

Yaoi fans have plenty on offer, Blue Sheep Reverie (revenge mystery), His Arrogance (Model Love) Sea View (university attraction), Secret Moon (vampire love), Shards of Affection (warriors, priests, scientists and monsters!) White Brand (cousins love in school), and You Will Fall In Love (love for a teacher in an archery club).

It’s one of the mildly depressing moments where I feel justified complaining about the ratio of new yaoi to all other manga genres. Sigh. At least there is one josei title aimed at me, and databases aimed at…someone.

Special Mention:

I absolutely adore the artwork and cyborg-ness of Battle Angel Alita, which reminds me I need to flesh out my odd random volumes I bought in a sale.

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Maka Maka 2. You NEED this in your life if you are a yuri fan.

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Reading Club 2, this cover artwork is just too awesome – I am going to have to check out this series!

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