This Week’s New Manga: The Mensches of Haruhi Suzumiya

It’s the last week of the month, and that means it’s time for a blizzard of new releases from Yen Press, with one new volume from Kodansha.

Let’s kick off the week with yet another volume set in the Haruhiverse: “The Misfortune of Kyon & Koizumi.” If you have ever read “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya,” or watched the anime you already know Kyon; he’s the nice-guy narrator who is generally on the receiving end of Haruhi’s demands. Itsuke Koizumi is a bit more complicated. Even if you’re new to Haruhi, this one-shot spin-off is an easy read, just a collection of short comics and drawings about the guys of the SOS Brigade.

Here’s the blurb for “Umineko When They Cry: Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch,” vol. 2:

Each year, the Ushiromiya family gathers at the secluded mansion of its patriarch, the elderly Kinzo.

Have we learned nothing from the works of Agatha Christie? Getting together in a secluded mansion with a bunch of people, all of whom have agendas of their own (mostly involving an inheritance) is a recipe for trouble, and “Umineko” delivers with bloody splendor.

Everything else from Yen is fairly far along in a series: Vol. 3 of “Until Death Do Us Part,” the story of a 12-year-old girl who can see the future fleeing from kidnappers with the help of a blind swordsman; vol. 5 of “The Betrayal Knows My Name”; and vol. 14 of “Pandora Hearts.” And if you have fallen behind on “Nabari no Ou,” now’s the time to catch up, as vol. 13, out this month, is the next-to-last volume in the series.

Kodansha has just one new volume this week: Vol. 6 of “Negima,” their satisfyingly hefty omnibus edition that gathers up three of the original volumes.

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