It’s a sparse week for new releases, but this week’s list makes up in quality for what it lacks in quantity: Fresh volumes of “Sailor Moon,” “Fairy Tail,” and “Limit,” as well as a new issue of Shonen Jump with an Akira Toriyama one-shot. Dive right in!
Kodansha kicks off the week with vol. 9 of “Sailor Moon.” There’s a lot going on: Usagi and Chibi-Usa have switched bodies, Mamoru is ill, and the Sailor Guardians have to deal with the tricksters of the Dead Moon Circus (which would be a great name for a band, BTW). And there’s plenty more, because Sailor Moon always has a lot going on.
This is a good week for Kodansha, because here comes volume 23 of “Fairy Tail.” If you have fallen behind on “Fairy Tail,” now is the time to catch up, because as they announced at NYCC, Kodansha Comics will be ramping up their publishing schedule for this series: Starting with the next volume, in March, they will publish a volume a month in print and two volumes a month digitally. Since the series is 35 volumes (and still going) in Japan, that means that by the end of the year, the digital releases will be caught up with Japan and the print volumes won’t be too far behind. Kodansha has also redesigned the books, with a new cover design and improved sound effects (see the examples here). Want more? Kodansha has vol. 37 of “Negima,” which is the next to last volume in the series, and vol. 10 of “Deltora Quest.”
Vertical has just one new release: Vol. 3 of “Limit,” by Keiko Suenobu, which tosses a gaggle of schoolgirls into a Lord-of-the-Flies situation—and shifts the power from the bullies to the bullied. Suenobu is the creator of “Life,” which was published by Tokyopop back in the day, and she is an accomplished shoujo manga storyteller.
Viz doesn’t have any new tankoubon this week, but if you have been thinking about sampling their digital magazine Shonen Jump, this might be the week to gamble that 99 cents, because the January 28 issue includes Kintoki, a one-shot story by “Dragon Ball” creator Akira Toriyama. And if the rest of the magazine seems daunting, check out Joe McCulloch’s guide to Shonen Jump for some pointers on where to start.