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On The Shelf: August 28, 2013

On The Shelf - August 28, 2013

The student-pocalypse is upon us! It’s the last week of August and students around the world are back to the books after this coming weekend. Enjoy your freedom while you can! Which means read, read, read! … and then continue to do so.

My must-have book for this week is Vertical Inc‘s Helter Skelter. I have a lot of faith in the company’s selection for titles as it is, and this josei story – a title aimed at older woman – about a model’s use of plastic surgery to try and keep up her career, and her spiraling madness because of it, sounds like a worthwhile drama to seek out. Plus as much as I love good on-going series, a solid one shot can often be even more satisfying.

Cage of Eden (Vol. 11) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Crimson Empire: Circumstances to Serve a Noble (Vol. 02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kingdom Hearts II (Vol. 02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Pandora Hearts (Vol. 17) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]

Otaku USA: On The Shelf – April 24, 2013

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - April 24, 2013

I’ve been pretty busy lately working on a number of freelance projects (websites, comics and launches, oh my!), but I’m never too busy for checking out the new manga. This week has some notables I’ve recently read and really enjoyed, such as Black Butler (Vol.13) and X (Vol.05).

You can read my thoughts on this week’s manga over at my On The Shelf article for Otaku USA. Enjoy! And I’ll be back~

Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit (Vol.02)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Black Butler (Vol.13)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Bunny Drop (Vol.08)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Crimson Empire: Circumstances to Serve a Noble (Vol.01)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Doubt Omnibus (Vol.01)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Flowers of Evil (Vol.05)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Is This A Zombie? (Vol.04)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Knights of Sidonia (Vol.02)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Vol.15)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Pandora Hearts (Vol.15)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Punch Up! (Vol.04)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
X 3-in-1 (Vol.05)  [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]

Quests with Quinrose – Seven Seas Adds Two New Manga Series

Quests with Quinrose - Seven Seas Licenses Two New Manga Series

Seven Seas is releasing the first of their Alice in the Country of Clover volumes this week and well-timed to the release is news that they’ve licensed another manga adaptation from the same romance game: Alice in the Country of Jokers – Circus and Liar’s Game. This new series is also drawn by the same artist, Mamenosuke Fujimaru.

Alice in the Country of Jokers is the most recent manga series based on the game and started its serialization just this past Spring. An Amazon (US) listing for the first volume lists it for release in February 2013 at a cover price of $14.99/CAN & $12.99/US. The count of 192 pages indicates the series will be published in single-volume editions (as opposed to omnibus format).

The plot of this new Alice story is very similar to those before, following a young girl named Alice as she traverses the strange realm of Wonderland dodging danger, solving mysteries and, most of all, dealing with the bevy of pretty boys who all have some interest in her. The focus of Alice in the Country of Joker is to solve and survive the mystery of the Circus and the character, Joker, himself.

Seven Seas has also licensed a title called Crimson Empire: Circumstances to Serve a Noble. It’s a series based on another game written by Quinrose, who is responsible for the Alice games. It’s drawn by Hazuki Futaba and is currently three volumes long.

Crimson Empire follows a maid named Sheila whose past as an assasin makes her the perfect servant/body-guard hybrid for the Prince she serves. While working in the palace, she finds herself surrounded by an assortment of men and realizes her social and romantic skills are the things that need the most sharpening these days.

Neither of these series are of interest to me, but it’s great seeing more books coming out for Alice which has shown it has a decent following among English manga readers. The ‘main’ Alice story – Alice in the Country of Hearts – was previously published by Tokyopop and is now coming out from Yen Press. Credit for the above licensing news goes to AnimeNewsNetwork.

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