A few manga review links and comments

October 25, 2009 at 2:07 pm (reviews - links)

I only had one adaptation come out this month (the second Character Guide for Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, which was my second project for Del Rey Manga), but there are three volumes coming out right at the beginning of next month: Phantom Dream vol. 4, Shinobi Life vol. 3, and Zone-00 vol. 2.

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Reviewing is still going slowly but steadily, and here are the reviews that have gone up in the last few weeks:

Honey and Clover vol. 7 (A+)
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You vol. 2 (A-)
St. Dragon Girl vol. 4 (B)
We Were There vol. 6 (A)

As you can see, I think those were some really good books. I’m always a little sad that Hagu is a deal-breaker for some people who read H&C, although given my own initial reaction to her, I can’t say I don’t understand at all. Kimi ni Todoke kind of falls under the category of “more charming than it has any right to be”; the concept is extremely simple and would so, so easy to do badly. Instead, the execution is remarkably endearing.

Today I’m writing a couple of reviews that’ll go up within the next few weeks, and I’ve got to say, I’m suddenly a lot more interested in Vampire Knight than I was before. (I just read vol. 8, and haven’t read any further, so please don’t spoil me.) What was just revealed might not have been much to write home about if it had been part of the premise all along, but as something coming up so far into the series it’s a complete shake-up of what the story has been about, and that interests me.

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