Manga Giveaway: Seven Seas Sampler Winner

A Centaur's Life, Volume 1Dictatorial Grimoire, Volume 1: Cinderella
Gakuen Polizi, Volume 1Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl, Omnibus 1

And the winner of the Seven Seas Sampler manga giveaway is…Karen Swartz!

As the winner, Karen will be receiving A Centaur’s Life, Volume 1 by Kei Murayama; Dictatorial Grimoire, Volume 1: Cinderella by Ayumi Kanou; Gakuen Polizi, Volume 1 by Milk Morinaga; and Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl, Omnibus 1 written by Satoru Akahori and illustrated by Yukimaru Katsura. Over the last couple of years, Seven Seas has really taken off, adding more licenses than ever before and diversifying its catalog. So, for this giveaway, I asked people tell me a little about some of their favorite manga released by Seven Seas. I’ve compiled a list below (those with an asterisk were mentioned by more than one person), but be sure to check out the Seven Seas Sampler comments for more details.

Some favorite Seven Seas titles:
Afro Samurai by Takashi Okazaki
Alice in the Country of created by Quin Rose
Amazing Agent Luna written by Nunzio DeFillippis, Christina Weir, illustrated by Shiei
Blood Alone by Masayuki Takano
Boogiepop created by Kouhei Kadono
A Centaur’s Life by Kei Murayama
A Certain Scientific Railgun written by Kazuma Kamachi, illustrated by Motoi Fuyukawa
Citrus by Saburouta
*D-Frag! by Tomoya Haruno
Dance in the Vampire Bund by Nozomu Tamaki
*Devils and Realist written by Utako Yukihiro, illustrated by Madoka Takadono
Dragonar Academy written by Ran, illustrated by Shiki Mizuchi
Freezing by Kwang-Huyn Kim
Gakuen Polizi by Milk Morinaga
*Girl Friends by Milk Morinaga
*Gunslinger Girl by Yu Aida
*Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends written by Yomi Hirasaka, illustrated by Itachi
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto by Nami Sano
Hayate X Blade by Shizuru Hayashiya
Inukami! written by Mamizu Arisawa, illustrated by Mari Matsuzawa
Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry Blossom Pink by Milk Morinaga
Kokoro Connect written by Sadanatsu Anda, illustrated by CUTEG
*Lizzie Newton: Victorian Mysteries written by Hey-jin Jeon, illustrated by Ki-ha Lee
Love in Hell by Reiji Suzumaru
*Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer by Satoshi Mizukami
Magical Girl Apocalypse by Kentaro Sato
Strawberry Panic written by Sakurako Kimino, illustrated by Takuminamuchi
*Toradora! written by Yuyuko Takemiya, illustrated by Zekkyou
Witch Buster by Jung-man Cho
*Young Miss Holmes by Kaoru Shintani
Zero’s Familiar written by Noboru Yamaguchi, illustrated by Nana Mochizuki

Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway and shared some of your favorites; I hope to see you all again for the next one!

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  1. Whoo! Devils and Realist manga by Seven Seas Entertainment. Yep, looking back at the comments from the giveaway it seems people are quite enjoying the manga series.

    • It’s true! I think it was the most frequently mentioned title. I know that I’m enjoying the series, so far. ^_^

  2. How fascinating that no one cited that Monster Girlfriend series (I can’t even remember the title today, but didn’t see it above) as a favorite!

    Every time I see the covers posted on their twitter/tumblr, I cringe, tbh. I’m not looking forward to Citrus either. I mean, I was, but then I looked up the first volume and the drawings suggest that the content is too guys’ club for me. :(

    It’s weird, because I’ve always liked Seven Seas, but the latest stuff has been Not For Me. Maybe my tastes are changing/evolving? (I mean, Gunslinger Girl and Girl Friends are still tops, but.)

    • I thought it was interesting that no one mentioned Monster Musume, too! The series has done phenomenally well for Seven Seas. Out of the publisher’s recent licenses, many of which I’m not particularly interested in, I’m most curious about The Ancient Magus’ Bride and Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto. I’ve recently started to get into Yen Press’ Alice in the Country of Hearts, so it’s only a matter of time before I try some of Seven Seas’ Alice books. And apparently I really ought to read Gunslinger Girl! I haven’t read any of that series yet, but quite a few people mentioned it. :)

      • I suspect that I would have loved a LOT more of these titles when I was a teenager, or even into university. But at this point, and with my shrunken tolerance for certain obnoxious things, just the covers are enough for me to think Not For Me. :P

        Gunslinger Girl is interesting because it starts out a little bit moe – I started with the anime myself, and was expecting more of that – but then it gets a lot more political and philosophical, and the last few volumes aren’t cutesy at all, and it’s all war and politics. (It got kind of confusing to follow towards the end, too.) But I thought it was a really rich story and, perhaps, a little more grown-up than other stuff (it was in a seinen mag, afaik, so there’s that!)

        I have been meaning to try the Railgun series, but I could never decide if I wanted to try it or Index first, and at this point I’m waiting for one to show up at my used bookstore to get a taste first. Likewise, the Alice series!

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