So no sooner do I post that initial Viz line-up than I get the company’s latest catalog in the mail, with a whole bunch of titles I were unaware of. Oh well. Let’s continue our preview with a look at what the house that Naruto built has planned for the summer:
Detroit Metal City Vol. 1 by Kiminori Wakasugi. I’ve heard quite a few good things about this, a seinen comedy about a shy, aspiring musician who finds himself fronting an indie death metal band. To his horror he discovers he’s pretty good at it. It’s already been made into an anime series and a live-action movie over in Japan. $12.99.
Gestalt Vol. 1 by Yun Kouga. The creator of the popular series Loveless and Earthian offers another fantasy story, this time about a “priest” who goes on a dangerous quest to discover the truth behind a mysterious legend, and the young, mute girl he encounters along the way. $8.99.
Rasetsu by Chika Shiomi. A shojo series from the author of Yurara about an 18-year-old psychic who must find true love by her 20th birthday or fall prey to a powerful spirit who wants to claim her as his own. $8.99.
Tail of the Moon Prequel: The Other Hanzo(u) by Rinko Ueda. An early chapter in what is apparently a very popular series (the catalog says the first 13 volumes have sold over 100k!). $8.99.
Children of the Sea vol. 1 by Daisuke Igarashi. Part of Viz’s Signature Line, this is a critically acclaimed manga about a girl obsessed with the sea who meets two boys that can swim and breathe underwater. I’m assuming there’s no relation to the Black Sabbath song. $14.99.
Kimi Ni Todoke: From Me to You Vol. 1 by Karuho Shiina. Underneath Sawako’s scary exterior lies an ordinary teen-ager. Can she make friends even though everyone is afraid to come near her? This won the Kodansha Manga Award last year in the shojo category. $8.99.
Black Bird Vol. 1 by Kanoko Sakurakoji. More supernatural stuff. A young girl learns she’s the “bride of prophecy,” which puts her in the crosshairs of a host of demons who want her dead. Except for one who just wants to lick her blood. Yeah, I think I described that one pretty accurately. $8.99.
WaqWaq vol. 1 by Ryu Fujisaki. A young boy volunteers to become a cyborg to battle the machines that are attacking humanity in this shonen series from the author of Hoshin Engi. $7.99.
Ooku: The Inner Chambers by Fumi Yoshinaga. Set in Edo-era Japan, a plague decimates the male population of the country. Now women serve in the highest roles, even Shogun, while men are kept in harems. This ongoing collectionn of short stories has won lots of prizes and prestige. No surprise it’s part of Viz’s Signature Line. $12.99.
Tegami Bachi by Hiroyuki Asada. A steampunk tale about a postman who delivers letters to people separated from those they love. That doesn’t sound very steampunk to me, but what do I know? $7.99.