This month is a little light on interesting manga releases, but there are still a few gems to be found in the new and fairly trim version of previews.
CMX’sVenus in Love — a sweet and gentle romance featuring the college set — returns with volume 7.
Del Rey’s only offering to lure me this month is Sayonara, Zetsubu-Sensei vol 3. I still need to read volume 2, but I enjoyed volume 1 quite a bit (and I don’t care what anyone says, I *like* the art).
DMP offers the second volume of the surprisingly delightful yaoi romance Brilliant Blue from its Doki Doki imprint, while the more explicit 801 Media has Ze volume 3 (i.e. the gay Fruits Basket).
Fanfare / Ponent Mon offers the second volume of Jiro Taniguchi’s A Distanct Neighborhood and the preview copies of the first volume (which have been floating around) have been very warmly received by manga reviewers. I can’t wait to get a chance to check it out.
First Second concludes its trilogy about a young woman’s sexual awakening with The Color of Heaven.
Vertical is already releasing volume 7 of Tezuka’s Black Jack. I’m so behind on this title — I’m in luck, though, since the stories are self-contained it is easy to pick up any volume of this entertaining series.
Once again, Viz will be making off with a significant portion of my paycheck this month. Bleach 28 and Gin Tama 14 are my must shonen picks. We Were There 6, Honey & Clover 7, Nana 18, Sand Chronicles 6, High School Debut 11 and Rasetsu 2 are practically an entire shojo manga library unto themselves. However, that still leaves the wonderful Pluto 5, Oishinbo: Vegetables and Detroit Metal City 2. Manga. It’s a sickness. Really. (I need this on a bumper sticker, I swear).
Finally, Yen Press offers another volume of the creepy Higurashi vol 4 and engaging (and also fairly creepy) Cirque due Freak vol 2.