Two of the best manga in print right now wrap up this week, Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys and CLAMP’s Cardcaptor Sakura, and Dark Horse launches a new CLAMP series in lovely omnibus form, Angelic Layer. Plus the otaku’s favorite, Genshiken, is back in a hefty new omnibus edition.
It’s a great week for CLAMP fans, as Dark Horse has two nice new re-releases of their books. The first is vol. 4 of Cardcaptor Sakura, the omnibus edition, which wraps up the series. This is one of the great shoujo manga of all time, and Dark Horse has done it proud with remastered illustrations and extra color pages. And they are launching their next CLAMP omnibus series with vol. 1 of Angelic Layer, which was originally published in English by Tokyopop. The new edition also has remastered art and bonus color pages.
After a flurry of releases at the beginning of the month, Viz has just two new volumes this week, but they’re both pretty choice: vol. 8 of House of Five Leaves, Natsume Ono’s tale of a diffident wandering samurai who falls in with a den of thieves, and the final volume of vol. 22 of 20th Century Boys, Naoki Urasawa’s tale of rock and roll and world domination. If you haven’t started this series yet, this would be a good week to pick up volume 1; Urasawa’s intricate, twisted plots and skillful storytelling make this one of the best, maybe the best, manga published in English to date.
Kodansha has vol. 2 of the Genshiken omnibus, for those who want to catch up before diving into the first volume of Genshiken: Second Season, which came out a couple of weeks ago. This is a great series for serious fans who will get all the in-jokes, but the relationships and conflicts are common to any group of people who share an enthusiasm, so you don’t have to be a hard-core otaku to enjoy it. (I haven’t seen the omnibus, but both the original edition of Genshiken and the new Genshiken: Second Season have copious translator’s notes in the back that explain many of the allusions.) Also out from Kodansha this week: vol. 8 of Deltora Quest.