Manga Before Flowers -- May Manga Previews!

As far as I'm concerned there really is just one book coming out in August (although, yes, I'm sure I'll buy more.  I always do).

Fumi Yoshinaga's Ooku is being published by Viz and is not only my book of the month and but probably my book of the year (what can I say, there's only a zero percent chance this isn't going to be one of the best manga releases of the year).  I can't even verbalize how excited I am about this book -- it has won numerous prizes, including the very prestigious Tezuka Cultural Prize.  'nuff said?  God, I hope so.

Moving on...Dark Horse has the fourth volume of oh-so-pretty Bride of the Water God and the first volume yet another Neon Genesis Evangelion manga.  Apparently, it will feature Kaworu in some capacity so I'll probably pick it up because I'm weak to silver-haired instigators.

CMX has the fourth and final volume of Astral Project -- this is a very well-executed supernatural mystery that not many people seem to know about and I'm definitely looking forward to catching up with title ASAP.

Del Rey wraps up Parasyte with volume eight and offers new volumes of two-long running favorites, Nodame Cantabile and Tsubasa.

Go! Comi soothes my shojo-lovin' heart with a new volume of Ultimate Venus, a very palatable modern interpretation of the Cinderella fairy tale.

Viz has some great adult fare coming out, including the seventh volume of Black Lagoon, the second volume of Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, the first volume of Dogs and the fourth volume of 20th Century Boys.  My inner-teenager's favorite over-the-top-vampire-soap-opera, aka Vampire Knight, will be giddy with the release of volume seven, and I might have to check out the debut of Black Bird, a shojo manga with disturbing themes (judging by the cover).

Yen Press releases the fourth volume of one of my favorite manhwa, Very! Very! Sweet and Kieli (the novel).  The manga was so well done -- which was a little surprising since it was an adaptation -- I don't think I'll be able to resist the novel.

So, what is on your must have list for August?

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