Manga Giveaway: Seven Seas Sampler

The end of the month draws near, so it’s once again time for another manga giveaway at Experiments in Manga! As is tradition, November’s giveaway features multiple volumes. This month you will all have a chance to win a sampling of some of Seven Sea’s manga releases, both old and new: 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. And as always, the giveaway is open worldwide!

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

It used to be that I didn’t pay much attention to Seven Seas. It had a smallish catalog and I wasn’t particularly interested in most of the series it was publishing at the time. But with the success of Monster Musume and the various Alice series, Seven Seas has really taken off in recent years. And increased sales mean even more manga licenses. Seven Seas has been making a particular point to diversify its offerings lately. It has helped revive interest in yuri manga in English. A range of genres are being released, including slice-of-life, comedy, fantasy, horror, mystery, and science fiction among others. There are otome manga as well as quirky shounen series.  Ecchi and fanservice manga features heavily, but there are more wholesome titles, too. Seven Seas really is trying to have a little something of everything and a little something for everyone. I might not personally be interested in every license the publisher picks up, but I do like seeing the variety of works. You’ve caught my attention, Seven Seas. Now show me what you can do.

So, you may be wondering, how can you win a Seven Seas Sampler?

1) In the comments below, tell me a little about your favorite manga released or licensed by Seven Seas if you have one. (If you don’t have a favorite or haven’t read any of Seven Seas manga, just mention that.)
2) If you’re on Twitter, you can earn a bonus entry by tweeting, or retweeting, about the contest. Make sure to include a link to this post and @PhoenixTerran (that’s me).

It’s as easy as that. Each person can earn up to two entries for this giveaway. As usual, participants will have one week to submit comments. Entries can also be sent via e-mail to phoenixterran(at)gmail(dot)com which I will then post in your name. The giveaway winner will be randomly selected and announced on December 3, 2014. Happy feasting!

VERY IMPORTANT: Include some way that I can contact you. This can be an e-mail address in the comment form, a link to your website, Twitter username, or whatever. If I can’t figure out how to get a hold of you and you win, I’ll just draw another name.

Contest winner announced—Manga Giveaway: Seven Seas Sampler Winner

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  1. I’m always a sucker for adapations of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” I also enjoy “Afro Samurai” but I’ll admit I was drawn to that via the anime.

  2. 1) So far, the only one of theirs I’ve read is Boogiepop. I’d love to try the Alice series, as I’ve heard good things from others about it. And Lucifer & The Biscuit Hammer seems to be getting a lot of buzz, which makes me curious~
    2) RTing your Tweet! :D

  3. I really liked Girl Friends. Some of their recently announced licenses look promising too.

  4. My favorites have been the Milk Morinaga titles as well. I’m not crazy for a lot of their harem and moe titles, but I’ll always praise them for being one of the few to really support yuri titles.

  5. I first encountered Seven Seas many years ago, when they first released the first 2 Strawberry Panic LN’s. Then I hated them for many years for not releasing the 3rd. But, sometimes miracles happen! I’ll always be grateful to them for finally releasing that 3rd volume, and for being pretty much the only English publisher who actively releases yuri. I’ll be picking up Citrus when that comes out for sure. I also enjoy the Alice series, the Toradora manga and Devils and Realist. I just wish they’d release the rest of Lizzie Newton T.T

  6. i’ve been reading Seven Seas manga for a while, starting with Amazing Agent Luna back when i was in high school. at the time it was one of my favorite series because the characters and story were really interesting and more relatable to me as a high schooler (well, compared to other titles they had, i mean).
    i haven’t really been keeping up with their releases so i went and checked their listings just now and they have A LOT of titles i like, i didn’t even realize that u.u;;

  7. Seven Seas has some really impressive manhwa, both Lizzie Newton and Witch Buster are excellent, so I’m picking manhwa instead of manga (I’m assuming that counts as answering the question?) It’s a shame they stopped publishing Lizzie Newton

  8. Hmm this is a really hard choice between Haganai and Toradora. If I really had to pick one though it would be Toradora. I loved the anime, light novel, manga, and even the PSP game.

  9. Haley Scully says

    I haven’t read a lot of manga from Seven Seas, but out of the ones I have read, Gunslinger Girl and Dance in the Vampire Bund are my favorites. Each manga does a great job of portraying intricate, emotional stories with unique characters, and each one makes you consider different aspects of society and people. I posted a tweet about this giveaway on Twitter as @Bamboopanda27

  10. Stevywonderz says

    I’ve never read a seven seas manga but it would be nice to try something new.

  11. I haven’t read many of their things, most of their releases are too new for my library to have copies of, but I did read the entire first volume of Lizzie Newton when they had it online and that was a lot of fun! I was sad to see one of the recent Right Turn Only columns on ANN mention that the series is actually 6 volumes long but they have no intention of releasing the rest, I’d read more of it!

    And I put a tweet out here, feel free to contact me that way if I happen to be the winner!

  12. Haven’t read much of Seven Seas — they seem to specialize in very precise niches. YOUNG MISS HOLMES was cute, though, and I’m enjoying DEVILS AND REALIST in a baffled sort of way.

  13. My favorite is definitely Gunslinger Girl. Few series have gotten me as emotional as that one did.

    My Twitter is@ Suikashoujo.

  14. @tokenblackgeeks says

    I had never heard of Seven Seas until Love in hell. This manga is hilarious. The different depictions of people living and repenting in hell was very interesting. The idea of hell and the afterlife was approach very differently from what I was used to. And then there’s the romance which added to my enjoyment of the story. There’s good love stories in hell.

    I’m @tokenblackgeeks twitter

  15. Posted on behalf of Kathy Cote:

    Have never read any Seven Sea Titles, but there are quite a few that are interesting—one that caught my eye was A Centaur’s Life.

  16. Karen Swartz says

    I just started Devils and Realist, which I adore. I didn’t even know that was a Seven Seas series!

  17. I haven’t read a lot of Seven Seas titles, but there are a few titles I’m thrilled they brought over. Inukami, Young Miss Holmes, and Blood Alone come to the top of my head. I was sad they dropped Lizzie Newton. There a need for more girl detectives!


  18. Gotta admit I enjoyed the heck out of Young Miss Holmes. A girl detective and non-fanservicey battle-maids? Yeaaah.

  19. My favorite has got to be Gunslinger Girl! Besides being action packed, it’s a psychological and emotional roller coaster. The tragedy of the girls is captured magnificently and so I hold this as one of the most powerful manga I’ve read.

  20. My Favorite seven seas series would be Devils and Realists. Although the Alice stores have always been interesting and I love D-Frags comedy. I never read a Yuri title so I should try it out!


  21. animelytical says

    I have Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer to come as my first from them but I am patiently waiting for “Freezing” and “Haven’t you Heard? I’m Sakamoto” in 2015

  22. Sadly, I haven’t gotten a Seven Seas manga yet, but I’m really looking forward to the Kokoro Connect Manga – Inaba best girl – and Girl Friends.

  23. My favorite seven seas manga? Can I say all of them haha. But just to name a few it has to be railgun, d-frag, dragonar Academy, haganai, magical girl apocalypse and toradora.

  24. AirCommodore says

    The only series from Seven Seas I’ve read were Girl Friends (which I loved), and the Biscuit Hammer one (which wasn’t really my thing).

  25. Flakeybanana says

    Zero’s familiar, has always been a favourte of mine, its very upsetting that the author passed away before finishing the Light Novels. However its great to see the manga doing well.

  26. Cataquack Warrior says

    My favorite manga by Seven Seas is Zero’s Familiar, which focuses on an otaku summoned to be the familiar of a tsundere mage in a different world.

    However, my true favorite is Non Non Biyori. It centers around several kids of various age at a small rural school in the Japanese countryside, and the simplistic yet fun adventures they have. It has a nostalgic feeling to it, and is very humorous as well. However, I have only watched the anime, and still need to read the manga.

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