Manga Tipsheet: Too Many Manga!

There’s a bewildering array of new manga out this week, from classics like “Lone Wolf and Cub” (a new edition) and Osamu Tezuka’s “Twin Knights” to a new “Alice” manga and the last volume of “Bakuman.” If you’re worried about damage to your wallet, consider going digital: Viz just announced their annual summer sale, with all their digital manga on their own service and the Nook marked down until September 5.

Let’s start off with some Tezuka: “The Twin Knights” is the sequel to Tezuka’s “Princess Knight,” which Vertical published in two deluxe volumes two years ago. The original story was about Princess Sapphire, who was forced to live as a male so she could inherit the throne of her kingdom. In “The Twin Knights,” Sapphire is happily married and the queen of her realm, but when she gives birth to twins, a boy and a girl, questions again rise about the succession to the throne. Prince Daisy is kidnapped, leaving Princess Violetta to dress like a prince and head off on a series of adventures. This one-shot manga brings more cross-dressing swashbuckling with a real shoujo sensibility, and it looks like a good read both as a classic of historical importance and in its own right.

If you’re in the mood for more Tezuka, Digital is releasing the first two volumes of his “Triton of the Sea” as an omnibus, with one more to follow. This is, as you might guess, Tezuka’s re-imagining of Atlantis and all sorts of other undersea legends. It’s the story of a truth-seeker who finds a baby, Triton, the last of an undersea race, which triggers a series of alarming events.

This is Viz’s big Shonen Jump/Shojo Beat release week, and the lead item has to be vol. 20 of “Bakuman.” It’s been a long road for Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi, the two aspiring manga creators that this series has been following for ten years, and in this final volume, questions are answered and plot threads are wrapped up. Just like in real life! Viz has a good lineup this week, vol. 62 of “Naruto” leading the pack, plus vol. 10 of “A Devil and Her Love Song,” vol. 13 of “Kamisama Kiss,” vol. 21 of “Kaze Hikaru,” vol. 17 of “Kimi ni Todoke,” vol. 10 of “Library Wars,” vol. 16 of “Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan,” vol. 29 of “Slam Dunk,” vol. 14 of “Tegami Bachi,” and vol. 17 of the manga I named “most underrated” at San Diego Comic Con, “Toriko.” Do yourself a favor and check it out. And for Pokemon fans, there’s vol. 1 of “Pokemon Adventures: HeartGold and SoulSilver” and vol. 11 of “Pokemon Black and White.

Seven Seas has increased their output lately, and this month brings a flurry of new titles. The one that will probably turn the most heads is “Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Clockmaker’s Story,” a one-shot manga set in the world of the insanely popular (and also, just plane insane) “Alice in the Country of Hearts.” Also new this week: vol. 8 of “A Certain Scientific Railgun,” vol. 2 of “The Sacred Blacksmith,” and vol. 2 of “World War Blue,” plus a couple of omnibus editions: vols. 7-9 of “Dance in the Vampire Bund” and vol. 2 of “Kanokon.” It looks like the two omnibus volumes of “Witch Buster,” which were due out in July, are out this week as well.

But wait! There’s more! Dark Horse has the second volume of their omnibus edition of “Lone Wolf and Cub” out this week (look at that amazing cover!), and Kodansha has vol. 31 of “The Wallflower.

OK, that’s it. Phew. Time to sit back and read some manga.