Friday, July 23, 2010

Top 5 new manga titles

List by Danielle and Diana Lee
'Love is like a storm.'
~ Flower in a storm

Debra, our lovely graphic novels cataloguer, has been buying up a storm of new titles lately for the manga collection, as some of our long-running series come to an end. With so many new stories to choose from, here are our recommendations for some of the best of the new titles! Our guest reviewer here is Diana Lee, who has been reading and reviewing as part of the Manix reading challenge - thanks Diana :)

So whether your tastes are for high school fun, friendship and love (with or without superpowers), demon clans, giant robots or bodyguards vs assassins, we've got something here for you!

Flower in a storm. Vol. 1 / story and art by Shigeyoshi Takagi
Love is like a storm. Riko Kunimi is trying to lead a normal high school life when Ran Tachibana bursts into her classroom carrying a gun and telling her that her life is now his. Ran, the richest, most powerful 17-year-old in Japan wants her as his wife, and he's not taking no for an answer! If Ran can't capture her by five o'clock the next day, he'll give up on her, but he has all that money can buy at his disposal. However, Riko has one trick up her sleeve--she has superpowers!

Diana: A rich boy who has everything falls in love with a ordinary girl who has extreme physical ability. This is their sweet love story and their dangerous adventure!!! I loved it, absolutely everything was perfect, the idea was very fresh. It completely had its own unique style and the drawing is just so cute!!! I would recommend this to all of my girl friends who loves manga just as I do.

Game x rush. Volume 1 / created by Mizuho Kusanagi
Memori is the pretty-boy mascot for his brother's bodyguard agency, solving cases and saving damsels in distress. When he runs into the skilled and witty Yuuki, he thinks he's found the perfect partner. Until he learns that Yuuki is a trained assassin who seems to know his every secret!

Danielle: A tale of two teenaged bishonen who both have semi-secret alter egos (bodyguard and assassin) - Memori and Yuuki are strong but contrasting characters who each keep you interested (as well as creating an entertaining rivalry when they're together) . The support cast are fun, too, particularly the guys' new boss, 13 yr old tycoon Sayako Oumi. I recommend it to anyone looking for something light, fun, easy on the eye and promising greater emotional depth as it continues!

Black bird. 1 / story and art by Kanoko Sakurakoji
There is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. All that changes one day when Misao is attacked by a demon. Her childhood friend Kyo suddenly returns to save her and tend to her cuts--with his tongue! It turns out Misao is the bride of prophecy, whose blood gives power to the demon clan who claims her. But most demons want to keep her power for themselves--by eating her! Now Misao is just trying to stay alive-- and decide if she likes it when Kyo licks her wounds.

Diana: A girl falls in love with a demon, but things are not easy for both of them. There are also other demons who want to take the girl as their bride too. I loved how she drew the cover. The mixed genres in this book made a perfect combination that most books find really hard to do. I felt great and satisfied after I read the book and couldn't wait for the next volume! This book is just fab. I would recommend this to all manga fans !!!

Naoki Urasawa's 20th century boys. Vol. 01, Friends / story & art by Naoki Urasawa
Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren't for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a gang of boys who try to save the world. Failed rock musician Kenji's memories of his past come rushing back when one of his childhood friends mysteriously commits suicide. Could this new death be related to the rise of a bizarre new cult that's been implicated in several other murders and disappearances? Determined to dig deeper, Kenji reunites with some of his old buddies in the hope of learning the truth behind it all.

Danielle: I've just finished Naoki's Urasawa's fabulous series Monster, and this is just as awesome. The plot twists and turns, jumping from the 70s to the 90s to 2014, and the characters are a great bunch of unlikely heroes who may have failed to live up to their childhood dreams but are courageous enough to step up when the Apocalypse threatens. Moving, mysterious and funny, recommended to anyone with the patience to follow a long, tricky plot. (Please note, though, this is catalogued in the Adult collection rather than the Teen, and contains some occasional scenes of violence and nudity).

My darling! Vol. 1: Miss Bancho / by Mayu Fujikata
Souka and her recently divorced mother are looking for a fresh start, so they move to a new place where no one knows them. Souka embraces the opportunity to leave her private school and enroll in the local tech school. But the first day is nothing like she imagined - she is the only female around! And not everyone welcomes her.

Diana: A quiet girl moves from private high school to a technical high school. She is surprised she is the only girl in the whole school because the others left as they were scared of the boys fighting. Apparently the new girl accidentally beat up the old bancho (head of the school) and became new bancho because of the succession rule : Whoever beats the old bancho becomes the new bancho. Romantic, cute and absolutely girly manga from beginning to the end. I loved the book instantly as soon as I saw the cover and read the blurb and fell in love with the manga completely as I was reading them!!! they are sooo cool!!! I absolutely loved it and intend to recommend this to all of my friends as soon as the holiday finishes up - it will be sooo cool everyone will want to read it, I 'm pretty sure!!!

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