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Manga Review: Evergreen, Vols 3-4

Evergreen 4Author: Yuyuko Takemiya (Story) / Akira Kasukabe (Art)
Genre: Romance, Drama, Shounen
Publisher: Seven Seas (US) / ASCII Media Works (JP)
Release Date: November 17, 2015 / March 15, 2016
Original Magazine: Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh

Things are looking up for Hotaka. Though the road’s been bumpy, Hotaka finds himself genuine friends with his long time crush and school swimming queen, Awaya Niki — and could they wind up being even more? There may not be time to find out; as feelings and family secrets come to light, everything the pair knows threatens to be torn apart.

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Manga Review: Evergreen, Vols 1-2

Evergreen 1 Author: Yuyuko Takemiya (Story) / Akira Kasukabe (Art)
Genre: Romance, Drama, Shounen
Publisher: Seven Seas (US) / ASCII Media Works (JP)
Release Date: May 12, 2015 / August 11, 2015
Original Magazine: Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh

Yoshimatsu Hotaka thinks of himself as weak, much like his late father. Though he’s had a long-standing crush on top swimmer Awaya Niki, a heart disease has kept Hotaka from participating in the regular swimming practice. As luck would have it, Hotaka is forced to make up the swim practices after school, where an accidental run-in with Awaya Niki changes everything.

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Manga Review: Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Vols 1-2

Arpeggio 1Title: Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Vols 1-2
Author: Ark Performance
Genre: Science Fiction, Seinen
Publisher: Seven Seas (US)/Shonen Gahosha (JP)
Original Magazine: Young King OURs

Arpeggio of Blue Steel strikes me as a bit of an odd duck and unlike the majority of my other reviews, I’m not quite sure where to start. To play it safe then, a quick synopsis: Years ago, the Fleet of Fog, a group of seemingly unmanned ships, seized control of Earth’s last frontier: the oceans. Marine travel has since been made virtually impossible, though the people one day hope to turn the tide. Enter one Chihaya Gunzou. With a chance encounter, Gunzou finds himself paired with ex-Fog submarine I-401 and and its corresponding “mental model” Iona, an avatar in the shape of a young girl. When Gunzou and his crew are approached by the government and tasked with transporting “humanity’s last hope” across the Fog-filled seas, will they be up to the task?

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Seven Seas Gets Spooky in April with License of Franken Fran

Franken FranThis past Tuesday, manga publisher Seven Seas teased on social media about an upcoming license reveal. Seven Seas license reveals are hands down my favorites, but this time they cleverly noted that there were “no clues this time for you to dissect our license choice,” although they were gracious enough to mention that “…this manga has not been (re) animated yet.”

Turns out the license (and clever hints) were for the fan-favorite horror comedy Franken Fran! An eight volume series by Katsuhisa Kigitsu, Franken Fran was originally serialized in seinen magazine Champion Red. I first heard about this series back in 2011, thanks to a license request post from the now defunct Manga Curmudgeon; I’ve definitely heard of this series referred to as darker version of Black Jack. Jason Thompson over at ANN also focused on the series pre-license in a 2013 of House of 1000 Manga column.

Also just in time for the announcement, Justin over at Organization Anti-Social Geniuses touches base with Lissa Pattillo on what exactly prompted the long awaited license, including the increased interest in “monster girls.” The series will be released in four 2-volume omnibuses, with the first due out in January 2016. More of the press release below:

Somewhere, out in the sticks of rural Japan, there is a mysterious manor that is home to the greatest surgeon who ever lived. But when the surgeon goes missing, his reanimated daughter, Fran, takes up the family profession, and despite her Frankenstein-like ways, cares deeply for her patients and holds steadfast to the Hippocratic Oath. Fran’s creed? “All lives must be saved, no matter the cost!”

Readers will join Fran, her twisted sister Veronica, and the rest of her monstrous entourage in a gruesomely hilarious tale that would put Mary Shelley to shame! Because for Franken Fran, the ends always justify the means, no matter what ungodly creations emerge from her lab.

Franken Fran is one of our most requested licenses of all time,” said Seven Seas publisher Jason DeAngelis. “We already have such a passionate fanbase for monster girls—like for our bestselling series, Monster Musume—so Franken Fran is a great fit. It really pushes the envelope as both a horror and comedy.”

Feedly Friday: October 17, 2014

Feedly Friday is a weekly round-up of manga-related links from my Feedly/RSS reader and around the web.

Justin was fairly busy at last weekend’s New York Comic Con, evidenced by his numerous write-ups over at OASG. Write-ups include “A Conversation With Senior Brand Manager at Crunchyroll, Tiffany Chen,” “Gen Manga and Talking About The Manga Industry With Robert McGuire,” “Why They Think It’s Worth It To Buy Manga: Publishers and Fans Side,” and finally “The Three Things That Actually Made This Year’s NYCC Great, and Not So Great.”

If you haven’t caught up on all of NYCC’s manga licensing announcements, Lori Henderson has a great round-up of Yen’s licenses, including my beloved Emma. Viz Media also licensed a couple of new series, including current fan favorite Tokyo Ghoul.

Also super interesting news from NYCC: Vertical announces a manga and prose imprint split with the Vertical Comics line. I’m particularly glad to see Ed mention that currently running Vertical series will retain the previous Vertical logo for consistency.

House of 1000 Manga over at ANN has had two great write-ups recently: one about a lesser known Titan manga, the other about a should-be-better-known Corpse Delivery Service.

Just in time, Ash looks at manga line I’ve been curious about for months, Udon Entertainment’s Manga Classics line. Les Miserables manga-style, anyone?

Over at The Beautiful World, Foxy Lady & Neko look at the anime and manga that had an impact on us.

I love when people ask about trim sizes, and Seven Seas gets two: one about their new “seven licenses in seven days” releases (full write-up here) and the other about the upcoming Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer. Seven Seas also reveals office copies for the first Lucifer omnibus.

Over at Manga Bookshelf, Melinda shines a light on shoujo fantasy classic, Basara.

Cartoon Geek Corner – Sickness Unto Death, Vols. 1-2
A Case Suitable for Treatment – The Garden of Words
Experiments in Manga – Sweet Blue Flowers, Vol. 1
Manga Xanadu – Attack on Titan, Vols. 1-7
Cartoon Geek Corner – Watamote, Vols. 1-3
Sequential Ink – Kimagure Orange Road, Vol. 1
A Case Suitable for Treatment – Witchcraft Works, Vol. 1
Experiments in Manga – Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena
Manga Test Drive – GYO
Nageboshi Reviews – Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Vol. 1
Sequential Ink – Vinland Saga, Vol. 4

Did I miss anything? Feel free to shoot me links in the comments! Until next week!