Bookshelf Overload: November 2013

I did it! I was finally able to complete my collection of Shotaro Ishinomori’s Cyborg 009 without having to sell a kidney! It took me a little over a year to do it, so I’m rather pleased with myself. Searching for out-of-print manga can be both exhilarating and extremely frustrating. As for the November preorders for which I was particularly excited, the most recent volume in Kentaro Miura’s epic Berserk was finally released. I actually prefer the earlier story arcs in the series, but I’m still happy to see new volumes come out. Seiichi Hayashi’s Gold Pollen and Other Stories was also released in November. It’s the first volume in PictureBox’s Masters of Alternative Manga series; I’m very interested to see what’s in store for future volumes. Another noteworthy November manga is the first of four omnibus volumes of Shigeru Mizuki’s Showa: A History of Japan from Drawn & Quarterly. I’m also looking forward to reading Haikasoru’s most recent release, a collection of related short stories from Miyuki Miyabe—Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo. And finally, there’s the license rescue of Ayano Yamane’s yaoi fantasy Crimson Spell from SuBLime Manga. Technically the first volume will be released in December, but my copy arrived a little early. Crimson Spell is my favorite Yamane manga, so I’m rather pleased that the series will finally be released in its entirety in English.

Manga!
Attack on Titan, Volume 9 by Hajime Isayama
Awkward Silence, Volume 4 by Hinako Takanaga
Berserk, Volume 37 by Kentaro Miura
Blue Morning, Volume 3 by Shoko Hidaka
Boing Boing by Yamatogawa
A Centaur’s Life, Volume 1 by Kei Murayama
Cyborg 009, Volume 9 by Shotaro Ishinomori
Crimson Spell, Volume 1 by Ayano Yamane
Dengeki Daisy, Volume 13 by Kyousuke Motomi
The Drifting Classroom, Volumes 1-3 by Kazuo Umezu
Fairy Tail, Volume 32 by Hiro Mashima
From the New World, Volume 1 written by Yusuke Kishi, illustrated by Toru Oikawa
Gold Pollen and Other Stories by Seiichi Hayashi
Lone Wolf and Cub, Omnibus 3 written by Kazuo Koike, illustrated by Goseki Kojima
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Short Stories, Volume 2 by Naoko Takeuchi
Sengoku Basara: Samurai Legends, Volume 2 by Yak Haibara
Showa: A History of Japan, 1926-1939 by Shigeru Mizuki
Sickness Unto Death, Volume 2 by Hikari Asada
Sunny, Volume 2 by Taiyo Matsumoto
Wolfsmund, Volume 2 by Mitsuhisa Kuji
Ze, Volume 7 by Yuki Shimizu

Comics!
The Lotus Eaters, Chapter 1 by Ninoya

Light Novels!
Ai No Kusabi: The Space Between, Volume 8 by Rieko Yoshihara

Novels!
A True Novel by Minae Mizumura

Anthologies!
Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo by Miyuki Miyabe

Nonfiction!
Complete Course of Japanese Conversation-Grammar by Oreste Vaccari and Enko Elisa Vaccari
Taiko Boom: Japanese Drumming in Place and Motion by Shawn Bender

Anime!
Fist of the North Star: The TV Series, Collections 3-4 directed by Toyoo Ashida
Thermae Romae directed by Azuma Tani


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