Bookshelf Overload: November 2017

Since in a few weeks I will be retiring Experiments in Manga, this will be the final Bookshelf Overload posted here. However, I am thinking of ways that I might be able to feature some of the interesting media that I find by leveraging my Twitter account more effectively. As for the things that found their way into my home in November, I once again picked up more anime than I generally do. (Granted, two of those, Skip Beat! and Mind Game were the results of Kickstarters that I supported way back when.) November saw the release of several debuts that I was particularly excited about, including  ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Department, Volume 1 by Natsume Ono, Arakawa Under the Bridge, Omnibus 1 by Hikaru Nakamura, To Your Eternity, Volume 1 by Yoshitoki Oima (okay, technically it was released on the last day of October), as well as the Parasyte tribute anthology Neo-Parasyte M. I also recently discovered that a small publisher based out of Yokohama, Black Hook Press, is releasing gekiga manga in translation, such as Takashi Fukutani’s Dokudami Tenement. One more acquisition from November that I’d like to highlight is Denise Schroeder’s The Good Prince, Volume 1 which collects the first three chapters of that  webcomic. My introduction to Schroeder’s work was through the utterly charming comic Before You Go, so I’m happy to get my hands on more of her work in print.

ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Department, Volume 1 by Natsume Ono
Arakawa Under the Bridge, Omnibus 1 by Hikaru Nakamura
Complex Age, Volumes 3-4 by Yui Sakuma
Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 3 by Ryoko Kui
Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, Volume 3 by Haruko Kumota
Devilman Grimoire, Volume 1 written by Go Nagai, illustrated by Rui Takato
Dokudami Tenement, Volume 1 by Takashi Fukutani
Erased, Omnibus 3 by Kei Sanbe
Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, Volume 19 written by Yuto Tsukuda, illustrated by Shun Saeki
The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún, Volume 3 by Nagabe
In This Corner of the World by Fumiyo Kouno
Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler, Volume 1 written by Homura Kawamoto, illustrated by Tōru Naomura
Land of the Lustrous, Volumes 2-3 by Haruko Ichikawa
Murciélago, Volume 4 by Yoshimurakana
Neo-Parasyte M by Various
Ōoku: The Inner Chambers, Volume 13 by Fumi Yoshinaga
A Polar Bear in Love, Volume 1 by Koromo
Requiem of the Rose King, Volume 7 by Aya Kanno
Shirley, Volume 1 by Kaoru Mori
Skip Beat!, Omnibus 2-12 by Yoshiki Nakamura
Sweetness and Lightning, Volume 8 by Gido Amagakure
To Your Eternity, Volume 1 by Yoshitoki Oima

After Laughter by Jonathan Djob Nkondo
As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman
Barbara by Nicole Miles
A Body Beneath by Michael DeForge
Elysium by Caroline Dougherty and Femi Sobowale
Everyone’s an Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun
The Good Prince, Volume 1 by Denise Schroeder
Goro, Issue 2 by Sarah Horrocks
A Long Distance by Jean Wei
Love Your Rogue by Billie Snippet
Men + Monsters, Volume 1 by Aero Zero
Musings of a Muslim Hipster by Areeba Siddique
The Pit of Tar by Jeremy Sorese
Sukibito Diary by Chu Nap
Super Tokyoland by Benjamin Reiss
What Is Left by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Sari Sari by Corinne Caro and Issel De Leon

Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Volume 5: Mobilization by Yoshiki Tanaka

The Ise Stories: Ise Monogatari translated by Joshua S. Mostow and Royall Tyler
Panic and Deaf by Xiaosheng Liang

Genocidal Organ directed by Shukō Murase
In This Corner of the World directed by Sunao Katabuchi
Kaiba directed by Masaaki Yuasa
Mind Game directed by Masaaki Yuasa
Skip Beat! directed by Kiyoko Sayama
Tokyo Godfathers directed by Satoshi Kon
Your Name directed by Makoto Shinkai

Funeral Parade of Roses directed by Toshio Matsumoto

Bookshelf Overload: October 2017

Another month, another mountain of media that somehow made its way into my possession! (Actually, I know exactly how.) Thanks to some fantastic sales, I finally got around to filling in the gaps in my collection of Takehiko Inoue’s Vagabond. I also ended up buying more anime than I usually do, too. In particular, Sentai Filmworks announced back in September that it would be discontinuing DVDs and has since been working to clear out stock. Since my eyesight is poor enough that I don’t usually notice a difference in visual quality between DVD and Blu-ray releases, I took the opportunity to pick up Space Brothers and a few other things at a greatly discounted price. As for October manga debuts, I was greatly impressed by Spirit Circle, Volume 1 by Satoshi Mizukami. I was also really looking forward to the release of Yokai Rental Shop, Volume 1 by Shin Mashiba since I enjoyed the creator’s earlier series Nightmare Inspector. Notably, manga translator and yokai scholar Zack Davisson released a new work in October, too–Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan is one of the newest titles from Chin Music Press, a publisher that takes great care with physical production and design, so in addition to being interesting, it’s also a beautiful book.

Ajin: Demi-Human, Volume 10 by Gamon Sakurai
Akuma no Riddle, Volumes 2-4 written by Yun Kouga, illustrated by Sunao Minakata
Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, Volume 20 written by Yuto Tsukuda, illustrated by Shun Saeki
Gangsta: Cursed, Volume 3 written by Kohske, illustrated by Syuhei Kamo
Imperfect Girl, Volume 1 by Mitsuru Hattori
Jackass! by Scarlet Beriko
The Key to the Kingdom, Volumes 1-6 by Kyoko Shitou
Kitaro’s Strange Adventures by Shigeru Mizuki
Prison School, Omnibus 8 by Akira Hiramoto
Spirit Circle, Volume 1 by Satoshi Mizukami
Super Dimensional Love Gun by Shintaro Kago
Vagabond, Omnibus 7-8 by Takehiko Inoue
Yokai Rental Shop, Volume 1 by Shin Mashiba

The Academic Hour by Keren Katz
Awaken, Volume 1 by Koti Saavedra
The Big Book of Bisexual Trials and Errors by Elizabeth Beier
Can I Pet Your Werewolf? edited by Kel McDonald and Molly Muldoon
Cosmoknights: Prologue by Hannah Fisher
Flutter, Volume 3 written by Jennie Wood, illustrated by Jeff McComsey
Fujoshi Trapped in a Seme’s Perfect Body, Volume 3 written by Seru, illustrated by Joberu
Generations by Flavia Biondi
Goro, Issue 1 by Sarah Horrocks
Ladycastle written by Delilah Dawson, illustrated by Ashley A. Woods
Mis(h)adra by Iasmin Omar Ata
Oh Joy, Sex Toy, Volume 4 created by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan
Spinning by Tillie Walden
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag

Light Novels!
Juni Taisen: Zodiac War written by Nisiosin, illustrated by Hikaru Nakamura

The Explosion Chronicles by Yan Lianke
Milky Way Railroad by Kenji Miyazawa
Snakelust by Kenji Kagagami

Japanese Gothic Tales by Kyōka Izumi

Bashō’s Narrow Road: Spring and Autumn Passages by Bashō Matsuo
Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan by Zack Davisson
The Silver Spoon: Memoir of a Boyhood in Japan by Kansuke Naka

Food Wars! directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani
Gosick, Part 2 directed by Hitoshi Nanba
Hozuki’s Coolheadedness directed by Hiro Kaburaki
Orange directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki
Pet Shop of Horrors directed by Toshio Hirata
Space Brothers directed by Ayumu Watanabe

Bookshelf Overload: August 2017

Over the last few months my manga buying habits have been slowly changing. In general I’m preordering less (which is rather unfortunate as that’s one of the best ways to support the manga industry), opting to wait to catch up on series until there’s a good sale of some sort. And so, in August I ended up finally picking up more of Akane Shimizu’s delightfully entertaining and educational Cells at Work! and Haruichi Furudate’s upbeat sports manga Haikyu!! among other things. As for older series that are new to me, I discovered that Izumi Tsubaki’s Oresama Teacher has a mix of humor and heart that I find irresistible. However, there were a few August releases that I was particularly looking forward to, like Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 2 by Ryoko Kui, Otherworld Barbara, Omnibus 2 by Moto Hagio, and the comic Fantasy Sports, Volume 3 by Sam Bosma. I also decided to give the anime Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace directed by Seiji Kishi a try, mostly because I came across a set for a great price and because I have an affinity for all things even tangentially related to Edogawa Rampo.

Assassin’s Creed: Awakening, Volume 1 written by Takashi Yano, illustrated by Kenji Oiwa
Blame!, Omnibus 4 by Tsutomu Nihei
Cells at Work!, Volumes 2-3 by Akane Shimizu
The Crater by Osamu Tezuka
Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 2 by Ryoko Kui
Drifters, Volume 4 by Kohta Hirano
Fruits Basket, Omnibus 3 by Natsuki Takaya
Girls’ Last Tour, Volume 2 Tsukumizu
Goodnight Punpun, Volume 7 by Inio Asano
Haikyu!!, Volumes 13-15 by Haruichi Furudate
Iceland by Yuichi Yokoyama
I Am a Hero, Omnibus 4 by Kengo Hanazawa
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Part 3: Stardust Crusaders, Volume 4 by Hirohiko Araki
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time by Akira Himekawa
Love and Lies, Volume 1 by Musawo
Nirvana, Volume 1 by Jin and Sayuki
Melody of Iron and Other Short Stories by Osamu Tezuka
Murciélago, Volume 3 by Yoshimurakana
My Love Story!!, Volume 13 written by Kazune Kawahara, illustrated by Aruko
Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi, Volumes 6 by Nanao
Oresama Teacher, Volumes 2-13 by Izumi Tsubaki
Otherworld Barbara, Omnibus 2 by Moto Hagio
Queen Emeraldas, Volume 2 by Leiji Matsumoto
Record of the Glass Castle by Osamu Tezuka
She and Her Cat written by Makoto Shinkai, illustrated by Tsubasa Yamaguchi
Sweetness and Lightning, Volumes 6-7 by Gido Amagakure
Survival in the Office, Volume 1 by Risu Akizuki
Under the Air by Osamu Tezuka
What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Volume 12 by Fumi Yoshinaga
Wolfsmund, Volume 8 by Mitsuhisa Kuji
Yona of the Dawn, Volume 7 by Mizuho Kusanagi
Yowamushi Pedal, Omnibus 6 by Wataru Watanabe

Always Raining Here, Volume 2 by Hazel and Bell
By Chance or Providence by Becky Cloonan, colors by Lee Loughridge
Dates, Volume 2 edited by Zora Gilbert and Cat Parra
Fantasy Sports, Volume 3: The Green King by Sam Bosma
Fallen, Volumes 1-2 by Burukku Ogawa
How to Be Alive by Tara Booth
Mirror Mirror, Volume 2 edited by Julia Gfrörer and Sean T. Collins
Monster Pop!, Volumes 1-2 by Maya Kern
Moonshot, Volumes 1-2 edited by Hope Nicholson
Short Gay Stories by Hanna-Pirita Lehkonen
Sound of Snow Falling by Maggie Umber
Starfighter, Chapter 4 by HamletMachine
Titty-Time, Volume 2 by Amanda Lafrenais

The Book of the Dead by Shinobu Origuchi

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood & Battle Tendency directed by Naokatsu Tsuda and Ken’ichi Suzuki
Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace directed by Seiji Kishi

Bookshelf Overload: July 2017

I ended up picking up a few more things than I had initially planned to in July (including more anime series than usual). Partly to blame was the huge month-long anniversary sale at RightStuf. Granted, some of the items that I ordered during the sale didn’t arrive until August, so they won’t be found in the list below. Also not represented (although perhaps they should be) are the books that I bought as replacements for some of the materials that I already owned but lost to water damage from a radiator leak last month. But as for the manga to arrive in July that do appear on the list below that I was especially happy to see, there was Kentaro Miura’s Berserk, Volume 38 (the previous volume was published in 2013), Shigeru Mizuki’s Kitaro and the Great Tanuki War (technically released in June), and Izumi Tsubaki’s Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Volume 8 (which continues to be a delight). I also finally got around to picking up Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki’s Oishinbo, A la Carte: Izakaya: Pub Food, the final volume of the series to be published in English. July had a fair number of interesting debuts in store for me, too, including Gou Tanabe’s H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound and Other Stories (a nice addition to the horror manga available in translation), Yuki Fumino’s I Hear the Sunspot (a truly lovely manga), and Haruko Ichikawa’s Land of the Lustrous, Volume 1 (which, if nothing else, has stunning artwork).

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Volume 7 by Kore Yamazaki
Berserk, Volume 38 by Kentaro Miura
Blame!, Omnibus 2 by Tsutomu Nihei
Bungo Stray Dogs, Volume 3 by Kafka Asagiri
Don’t Be Cruel: Plus+, Volume 1 by Yonezou Nekota
Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, Volume 18 written by Yuto Tsukuda, illustrated by Shun Saeki
Fruits Basket, Omnibus 2 by Natsuki Takaya
Hana & Hina After School, Volume 2 by Milk Morinaga
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound and Other Stories by Gou Tanabe
I Hear the Sunspot by Yuki Fumino
Kitaro and the Great Tanuki War by Shigeru Mizuki
Land of the Lustrous, Volume 1 by Haruko Ichikawa
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Omnibuses 3-5 by Akira Himekawa
Love Com, Volumes 5-13 by Aya Nakahara
Million Tears, Volume 1 by Yuana Kazumi
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Volume 8 by Izumi Tsubaki
Oishinbo, A la Carte: Izakaya: Pub Food written by Tetsu Kariya, illustrated by Akira Hanasaki
Princess Jellyfish, Omnibus 5 by Akiko Higashimura
Samurai Crusader, Volumes 1-3 written by Hiroi Oji, illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami
Twinkle Stars, Omnibus 3 by Natsuki Takaya
Your Name, Volume 1 written by Makoto Shinkai, illustrated by Ranmaru Kotone

The Backstagers, Volume 1 written by James Tynion IV, illustrated by Rian Sygh
Blood Brothers: Hermanos de Sangre written by Fabian Rangel Jr., illustrated by Javier Martin Caba
Electric Ant, Issue 1: Your First Kiss edited by Ryan Sands
For When You Can’t Sleep at Night by Skye Ali
Husband & Husband, Volume 1 by Aaron Ferrara
Living Space by Elise Schuenke
Loved & Lost written by Tyler Chin-Tanner
Ravina the Witch? by Junko Mizuno
Rutabaga the Adventure Chef, Book 2: Feasts of Fury by Eric Colossal
Stages of Rot by Linnea Sterte

Gosick, Volumes 1-2 by Kazuki Sakuraba
Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Volume 4: Strategem by Yoshiki Tanaka
Your Name by Makoto Shinkai

Captain Harlock Space Pirate: The Complete Series directed by Rintaro
Death Parade: The Complete Series directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa
Gangsta: The Complete Series directed by Shukō Murase
Gosick: The Complete Series, Part 1 directed by Hitoshi Nanba
The Story of Saiunkoku: Season 1, Parts 1-3 directed by Jun Shishido
Space Dandy, Seasons 1-2  directed by Shinichirō Watanabe
Yona of the Dawn, Parts 1-2 directed by Kazuhiro Yoneda

Bookshelf Overload: June 2017

After the ridiculousness of May’s Bookshelf Overload, the number of manga, comics, and other books that I picked up in June seems completely reasonable. But even though it was a small month, it was still a great month. First of all, one of the manga I was most looking forward to this year was released–Kabi Nagata’s My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness. (Although the work is more than deserving of it, I won’t be doing a formal, in-depth review, but I did write a Quick Take of it a few weeks ago.) I was also particularly excited for the debut of Satoru Noda’s Golden Kamuy and the continuation of Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga in June. Hirohiko Araki’s Manga in Theory and Practice: The Craft of Creating Manga should also present an interesting read once I finally get the chance to get around to it. Currently, though, I’m reading Kazuki Sakuraba’s novel A Small Charred Face. It isn’t due to be released until September, but the folks at Haikasoru were kind enough to send me an advanced copy. I really enjoyed Sakuraba’s Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas and have been looking forward to the translation of A Small Charred Face for quite some time. So far, it’s been fantastic; look for a review to come soon!

After Hours, Volume 1 by Yuhta Nishio
Dorohedoro, Volume 21 by Q Hayashida
Erased, Omnibus 2 by Kei Sanbe
Golden Kamuy, Volume 1 by Satoru Noda
Goodnight Punpun, Omnibus 6 by Inio Asano
Liselotte & Witch’s Forest, Volumes 1-3 by Natsuki Takaya
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Kabi Nagata
Pet Shop of Horrors, Volume 9 by Matsuri Akino
Prison School, Omnibus 7 by Akira Hiramoto
The Royal Tutor, Volume 1 by Higasa Akai
Sweetness and Lightning, Volume 5 by Gido Amagakure
Ten Count, Volume 4 by Rihito Takarai
Vagabond, Omnibuses 10-12 by Takehiko Inoue
Vinland Saga, Omnibus 9 by Makoto Yukimura
The Water Dragon’s Bride, Volume 1 by Rei Toma

Bara Emergency, Collection 1 by Nero O’Reilly
Boundless by Jillian Tamaki
Boy, I Love You edited by Kou Chen, Emily Forster, and Eric Alexander Arroyo.
Combed Clap of Thunder by Zach Hazard Vaupen
Cosmic Commandos by Chris Eliopoulos
Deanthology: Collected Works of Dechanique, 1995-2016 by Deanna Echanique
Destiny, NY, Volume 1 written by Pat Shand, illustrated by Manuel Preitano
Let’s Speak English by Mary Cagle
Not Drunk Enough, Volume 1 by Tessa Stone
Siegfried, Volume 3 by Alex Alice
Space Battle Lunchtime, Volume 2 by Natalie Riess
Steam Clean by Laura Kenins

The Great Passage by Shion Miura
The Sacred Era by Aramaki Yoshio
Slow Boat by Hideo Furukawa
A Small Charred Face by Kazuki Sakuraba
Sound! Euphonium by Ayano Takeda

The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History, 1962―1976 by Frank Dikötter
Manga in Theory and Practice: The Craft of Creating Manga by Hirohiko Araki