Manga Giveaway: Merman in My Tub Giveaway Winner

Merman in My Tub, Volume 1And the winner of the Merman in My Tub giveaway is… Haley!

As the winner, Haley will be receiving Itokichi’s Merman in My Tub, Volume 1 as released in English by Seven Seas. Over the last few years, Seven Seas has impressed me with its ever-expanding catalog. In fact, the publisher as a whole was my pick of the year, and I counted some of Seven Sea’s more atypical licenses among my favorites of 2015. For this giveaway, I asked that participants tell me a little about their own favorite manga from 2015. Be sure to check out the giveaway comments for all of the details!

Some favorite manga released in English in 2015:
The Ancient Magus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki
Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui
Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall written by Ryo Suzukaze, illustrated by Satoshi Shiki
Case Closed by Gosho Aoyama
The Demon Prince of Momochi House by Aya Shouoto
Emma by Kaoru Mori
Even so, I Will Love You Tenderly by Kou Yoneda
Fragments of Horror by Junji Ito
Haven’t you heard? I’m Sakamoto by Nami Sano
Henshin by Ken Niimura
The Heroic Legend of Arslan by Hiromu Arakawa
Idol Dreams by Arina Tanemura
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki
Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu by Junji Ito
Livingstone written by Tomohiro Maekawa, illustrated by Jinsei Kataoka
Love Stage!! by Eiki Eiki and Taishi Zaou
Master Keaton by Hokusei Katsushika, Takashi Nagasaki, illustrated by Naoki Urasawa
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun by Izumi Tsubaki
My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
Noragami by Adachitoka
Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi written by by HaccaWorks*, illustrated by Nanao
Requiem of the Rose King by Aya Kanno
Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign written by Takaya Kagami, illustrated by Yamato Yamamoto
A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima
So Cute It Hurts!! by Go Ikeyamada
Your Lie in April by Naoshi Arakawa
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches by Miki Yoshikawa
Yowamushi Pedal by Wataru Watanabe
Yukarism by Chika Shiomi

Thank you to everyone who shared your manga favorites from 2015 with me! There are a few manga on the list above that I actually haven’t read yet, but I’m definitely looking forward to giving them a try. Here’s to a great 2016!

Manga Giveaway: Merman in My Tub Giveaway

There may only be a few days left in December and in 2015, but there’s still time for one last manga giveaway before the year is through. For 2015’s final giveaway, I wanted to be sure to feature one of the many manga series to debut in the last year, so this month you all have the chance to win the first volume of Itokichi’s Merman in My Tub as published by Seven Seas. As always, the giveaway is open worldwide!

Merman in My Tub, Volume 1

Last week I posted my list of manga, comics, and novels that I found to be particularly notable in 2015. And just a few days ago, the Manga Bookshelf crew (myself included) declared our pick of the year. For the last few years I’ve gotten away with picking a single publisher rather than a single manga and in 2015 it was Seven Seas that caught my eye. The publisher has been steadily expanding the number and different types of manga it has to offer—Merman in My Tub was one of eighteen (if I’m counting correctly) new series from Seven Seas to debut in 2015.

So, you may be wondering, how can you win a Merman in My Tub, Volume 1?

1) In the comments below, tell me a little about one of your favorite manga to be released in 2015 (in English or not), whether it be a debut or part of an ongoing series. (Don’t have a favorite, simply 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).

There it is! Everyone has one week to submit comments and can earn up to two entries for this giveaway. If needed or desired, entries can also be emailed directly to me at phoenixterran(at)gmail(dot)com, and I will then post the comments here in your name. The giveaway winner will be randomly selected and announced on January 6, 2016. Good luck, and Happy New Year!

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: Merman in My Tub Giveaway Winner

My Week in Manga: December 14-December 20, 2015

My News and Reviews

Only one in-depth review was posted at Experiments in Manga last week. I should be getting back to my regular blogging schedule very soon, though. As for the said review, I took a look at Setona Mizushiro’s After School Nightmare, Volume 7 as part of my monthly horror manga review project. After School Nightmare is an effectively unsettling work, but it’s also engrossing. The seventh volume has some particularly chilling developments and revelations. (And that’s it from me at the moment!)

Quick Takes

Black Rose Alice, Volume 4Black Rose Alice, Volumes 4-6 by Setona Mizushiro. From what I can tell, Black Rose Alice is currently on hiatus in Japan. Fortunately, the first six volumes appear to complete the first major story arc of the manga. While I certainly hope that the Black Rose Alice continues, and I look forward to seeing how it develops, at least readers are provided with some resolution and closure for what could be a long wait. This second half of the first arc deals with the aftermath of Leo’s demise. The relationship dynamics in Black Rose Alice have always been a little peculiar and unnerving, but as they begin to fracture under the strain of the loss of Leo it’s shown just how strong and just how tenuous they can be at the same time. These volumes also include the reappearance of Koya, which throws the situation into even more turmoil, and the revelation of the twins tragic backstory. Emotions run high and the drama is intense as everything seems to be falling apart. Black Rose Alice continues to be dark and creepy and Mizushiro’s vampires are still some of the most unusual ones that I’ve come across.

Itazura na Kiss, Volume 1Itazura na Kiss, Volumes 1-3 by Kaoru Tada. Considering the number of boys’ love titles that Digital Manga releases in print (as well as its recent efforts to translate all of Osamu Tezuka’s works and its foray into hentai) it can be easy to forget that the publisher has other interesting manga in its catalog, too. Itazura na Kiss is one such series, a classic shoujo manga from the nineties which was extremely successful in Japan and elsewhere in Asia. The story is about Kotoko, an academically-challenged young woman in high school who has fallen in love Naoki, another student who is a legitimate genius. He also turns out to be a huge jerk, but every once in a while he shows a warmer, kinder side of himself. So far, I have been enjoying Itazura na Kiss, perhaps more than I expected. Kotoko shows wonderful strength of character and even Naoki’s unpleasant personality has more depth to it than initially appears. Despite the best efforts of their parents who would love to see them married, the romance between the two of them is believably slow to develop. I also like that the story doesn’t get stuck in high school and follows Naoki and Kotoko as they enter college.

Merman in My Tub, Volume 1Merman in My Tub, Volume 1 by Itokichi. Seven Seas has made something of a name for itself as the publisher of monster girl manga, but with Merman in My Tub monster boys are now better represented as well. The basic and appropriately ridiculous premise of Merman in My Tub is that Wakasa, a merman, has become a permanent resident in the bathtub of Tatsumi, a young man who rescued him from a polluted river. His mere presence causes all sorts of problems and inconveniences for Tatsumi, especially when his other aquatic acquaintances begin showing up, too. The series is a largely episodic four-panel comedy manga although there are some small story arcs, recurring characters, and running jokes. There is also plenty of boys’ love tease and innuendo. (In part Itokichi seems to have created the series as an excuse to draw half-naked men.) At the same time, Merman in My Tub makes use of some of the vaguely incestuous little sister/big brother tropes that can be fairly prevalent these days. As a result, though it has its charm, the series sometimes seems a little confused about which audience it’s trying to appeal to.