Manga Giveaway: Umineko Giveaway Winner

And the winner of the Umineko: When They Cry manga giveaway is…Monica Mistal!

As the winner Monica will be receiving the first omnibus of Ryukishi07 and Kei Natsumi’s manga Umineko: When They Cry as published by Yen Press. Umineko: When They Cry is one of many manga recently released in English which are based on video games, visual novels, or dating sims. For this giveaway, I was interested in learning about some of the other video game inspired manga that people have read. (Check out the giveaway comments for all of the responses.)

 A selection of video game manga licensed in English:
.hack//Alcor written by Kanami Amou, illustrated by Rena Izumibara
.hack//XXXX by Megane Kikuya
Alice in the Country of Clover by Mamenosuke Fujimaru
Alice in the Country of Hearts by Soumei Hoshino
Comic Party by Sekihiko Inui
La Corda d’Oro by Yuki Kure
Crimson Empire: Circumstances to Serve a Noble by Hazuki Futaba
Disgaea by Arashi Shindō
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories by Hekaton
Disgaea 3: School of Devils by Shin Sasaki
Fate/Stay Night by Datto Nishiwaki
Gakuen Heaven by You Higuri
Galaxy Angel by Kanan
Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time by Tohko Mizuno
Higurashi: When They Cry written by Ryukishi07
KimiKiss by Tarō Shinonome
Kingdom Hearts by Shiro Amano
The Legend of Zelda by Akira Himekawa
Lunar Legend Tsukihime written by Type-Moon, illustrated by Sasaki Shonen
Megaman Gigamix by Hitoshi Ariga
Megaman Megamix by Hitoshi Ariga
Megaman NT Warrior by Ryo Takamisaki
Megaman ZX by Shin Ogino
Miles Edgeworth written by Kenji Kuroda, illustrated by Kazuo Maekawa
Monster Hunter Orage by Hiro Mashima
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney written by Kenji Kuroda, illustrated by Kazuo Maekawa
Pokemon Adventures written by Hidenori Kusaka
Ral Ω Grad written by Tsuneo Takano, illustrated by Takeshi Obata
Sakura Taisen written by Hiroi Ouji, illustrated by Itsuki Masa
Shin Megami Tensei: Kahn by Kazuaki Yanagisawa
Sengoku Basara: Samurai Legends by Yak Haibara
Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows written by Kenichirō Takaki, illustrated by Amami Takatsume
Starry Sky by Haru Minagawa
Street Fighter: Sakura Ganbaru! by Masahiko Nakahira
Street Fighter II by Masaomi Kanzaki
Suikoden III: The Successor of Fate by Aki Shimizu
To Heart by Ukyou Takao
Ugly Duckling’s Love Revolution by Yuuki Fujinari 
Umineko: When They Cry written by Ryukishi07

If you’re looking for video game inspired manga, comics, and art, the publisher you should really be paying attention to is Udon Entertainment. Recently, both Yen Press and Seven Seas have also been making a good showing of manga adaptations of video games. Thank you to everyone who entered May’s manga giveaway and shared the video game manga that you’ve read with me. I hope to see you all again for June’s giveaway!

Manga Giveaway: Umineko Giveaway

It’s nearly the end of May, which means its time for another manga giveaway! This month you have the opportunity to win the first volume of Ryukishi07 and Kei Natsumi’s Umineko: When They Cry as published by Yen Press. The omnibus (equivalent to the first two volumes in the original Japanese release of the series) collects the first half of the Legend of the Golden Witch story arc. As always, the giveaway is open worldwide!

I’m not sure that it’s ever really come up here at Experiments in Manga before, but I’m a bit of a gamer. My “specialty” is Euro-style boardgames and abstract strategy games (and I like to pretend that I’m a decent mahjong player), but I enjoy games of all sorts, including video games. Recently I’ve noticed more and more manga being released in English that are based on or adaptations of video games, visual novels, and dating sims. I’m not sure if there has been an actual increase in these type of licenses or not; it may just be that I’m paying more attention to what’s being released nowadays. Either way, Umineko: When They Cry is one well-known example of a recent manga that is an adaptation of a game. Though to be honest, while I have read the manga, I haven’t actually played the original game myself.

So, you may be wondering, how can you the first omnibus of Umineko?

1) In the comments below, tell me about a manga that you’ve read that was based on a game. (If you’ve never read one, you can simply mention that.)
2) For a second entry, name another manga that is an adaptation of a game which hasn’t yet been mentioned by me or by someone else.
3) If you’re on Twitter, you can earn a bonus entry by tweeting about the contest. Make sure to include a link to this post and @PhoenixTerran (that’s me).

So there you have it! Each person can earn up to three entries for this giveaway. As usual, you will have one week to submit your entries. If you have trouble leaving comments, or if you would prefer, you can e-mail me your entry at phoenixterran(at)gmail(dot)com and I will post the comment in your name. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on June 5, 2013. Game on!

VERY IMPORTANT: Include some way that I can contact you. This can be an e-mail address, 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: Umineko Giveaway Winner

My Week in Manga: January 7-January 13, 2013

My News and Reviews

Last week I posted the most recent edition of Library Love, a recurring feature in which I take a quick look at the manga that I’ve been reading from my local library. I also reviewed Frederik L. Schodt’s newest work Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe. It’s a fantastic book and very easy to recommend, especially if you’re interested in Japanese history and/or 19th-century popular culture. And speaking of Frederik L. Schodt, The Japan Times Online recently posted a great interview with him—Frederik Schodt: Japan’s pop culture ambassador to the world.

This week I’ll be gearing up for the Moyoco Anno Manga Moveable Feast which will be hosted here at Experiments in Manga. The Feast will begin on Sunday, January 20. If you haven’t seen the Call for Participation, please do check it out. I’d love to see as many people as possible contribute to the Feast. I hosted the Usamaru Furuya Manga Moveable Feast last year which I think was fairly successful. I hope that I can manage to pull it off again! I really appreciate everyone who has helped to get the word out about the upcoming Feast.

Quick Takes

Danza by Natsume Ono. I’m a fan of Ono and so was very excited to see Danza licensed. Danza is a collection of six of her short manga, originally serialized in Morning Two. I quite enjoyed the volume. Thematically, all of the stories in Danza feature male-bonding and relationships of one sort or another (fathers and sons, coworkers, brothers, and so on.) I didn’t find Danza to be particularly stunning, profound, or life-changing, but it was a very satisfying collection overall. The stories range from the delightfully charming to the melancholic and bittersweet. Ono also tries her hand at science fiction (specifically time travel), a genre I haven’t seen her work in before, which was interesting to see.

Garden Dreams by Fumi Yoshinaga. Garden Dreams was the only work by Yoshinaga currently available in English that I hadn’t read yet. It’s a collection of four closely connected stories (although they might not appear to be related at first) surrounding the life and tragic loves of Baron Victor Bianni as well as the young man who becomes his personal bard. The artwork in Garden Dreams is fairly sparse, with very little use of backgrounds. This was a little disappointing since the manga takes place in a historical setting which I would have loved to have actually seen. But her characters are all attractive and their designs are all easily distinguished. Garden Dreams isn’t Yoshinaga’s strongest work, but it was still enjoyable. I particularly liked the manga’s trick ending.

Rurouni Kenshin, Omnibus 5 (equivalent to Volumes 13-15) by Nobuhiro Watsuki. A continuation of the long Kyoto story arc, the fifth omnibus of Rurouni Kenshin begins a sequence of duels as Kenshin and his allies begin to face Shishio and his underlings head on. These volumes are fairly action-packed and battle heavy, which I enjoyed. Granted, some of the fights can be rather ridiculous and over the top, but they’re exciting, too. Occasionally Watsuki’s action sequences can be difficult to follow, but many of the duels feature some very cool moves and techniques. I was very pleased to see Okinawan kobudō (which I study) show up. There’s also a fight in a library and even a cross-dresser in this omnibus for good measure.

Umineko: When They Cry, Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch, Volume 1 written by Ryukishi07, illustrated by Kei Natsumi. The first volume of Yen Press’ edition of Umineko collects the first two volumes of the original Japanese release. The manga is based on a series of visual novels (none of which I have played). Perhaps I would have a better opinion of the manga if I was more familiar with the franchise, but Umineko just isn’t working for me. Eighteen characters stuck on an island bickering over inheritance issues and I don’t care about or like a single one of them. Nearly 400 pages pass before anything even remotely interesting happens in the manga. Granted, the big revel is suitably and effectively shocking, but I’m not sure that the buildup was worth it.