That Magical Girl Is a Boy: New Manga for the Week of March 28

This is Yen Press's week to shine, with a very nice lineup of continuing series and two new ones. First up is the graphic adaptation of Gail Carriger's Soulless, the story of a Victorian vampire fighter, illustrated by the incomparable rem. This is the first book in Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, and Yen has three volumes planned. The other new series is vol. 1 of Is This a Zombie?, the story of a zombie high school boy who accidentally becomes a chainsaw-weilding magical girl. If you like zombies, chainsaws, and pink, frilly dresses, then this is the manga for you.

Yen also has a treat for fans of Kaoru Mori—and of good art in general: Vol. 3 of A Bride's Story, the tale of a 20-year-old woman and her 12-year-old husband in the tribal society of 19th-century Asia. This was an era that was rich in the decorative arts, and Mori works that for all it's worth, but there is plenty of story here too. Meanwhile, vol. 5 of Bunny Drop switches the story from the tale of a single man raising his six-year-old aunt to the story of that same man and his now teenage aunt. My, how things change! Also on the list this week: Vol. 6 of Spice and Wolf, vol. 9 of Pandora Hearts, vol. 5 of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-Chan, vol. 12 of Bamboo Blade, and vol. 11 of 13th Boy.

Vertical has a thick omnibus edition of Osamu Tezuka's Dororo, which they had initially published as three separate volumes. It's a great adventure story with a twist at the end, and a good choice for Tezuka newbies. The other Vertical selection this week is vol. 2 of GTO: 14 Days in Shonan, the prequel to the classic Great Teacher Onizuka series. In this series, Onizuka has to slink away from the school where he normally teaches after a television appearance goes hilariously wrong, and he holes up in the seaside town of Shonan, where he quickly becomes enamored of a foster home full of troubled children—run by two beautiful women. What could possibly go wrong?

Finally, Del Rey (yes, they do still exist!) has House of Odd, the third manga-style adaptation of Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas novels. Artist Queenie Chan (The Dreaming) puts a nice spin on these spooky novels about a fry cook who sees ghosts. If you're curious about how the magic is made, Queenie has a step-by-step post on her blog that goes from script to finished page.

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