Follow-up of the previous post, featuring the second half of the series.
Do keep in mind that the impressions are based mostly on just the first volume 😛
I’ve been in Japan for the past two weeks and I got a chance to go around different bookstores and manga cafes, checking out any manga that looked interesting and skimming through series promoted by each store.
It was a lot of fun, and I managed to find ten or so series that caught my attention solely from the cover art, and went ahead grabbed the first volume of each from ebookjapan.
The result was actually a lot better than I expected, and I was pleasantly surprised by most of them. A few of them had already been translated before, but most of them are pretty new and unknown from what I can tell.
I’ll be sharing my first impressions of these series solely based on their first volume split into two posts. Here are the first
five six (I can’t count).
The “kamikaze” tactic, the infamous suicide bombers of imperial Japan, is a well known public fact of WWII. But kamikaze wasn’t the only suicide tactic that Japan opted for in their desperate moments. As their eventual defeat became more and more apparent, Japan basked their hopes on one naval weapon to overturn the tides of war: the Kaiten (“Turn the Heavens“), a manned, suicide torpedo that trades one operator’s life for a whole battleship.
Tokkuo no Shima (Isle of Tokkou) by Sato Shuho is a story of one Kaiten pilot, Watanabe Yuzou, from his time as a troubled enlistee with doubts about the purpose of throwing away his life, to a determined solider, a lifeless instructor that lost his purpose, and finally a man of conviction that came to a realization as to what he is dying for.
“Cancellation” – the dreaded reality that all struggling series has to face when they fail to gather enough fans to keep going. Any avid manga reader that’s been reading around for a while will sooner or later run into a series that captivates their heart, only to find out that it got cut short by the axe hammer. It’s easy to find fans lamenting over the sudden end, and many get glorified for their “lost potential“.
While such conversations usually revolve around Shounen Jump series, there is one series from Shogakukan’s now-defunct seinen magazine, Young Sunday, that gets frequently cited by various mangaka and editors alike as one of the most unfortunate instance of a series getting cut short. It is the ambitious sci-fi astronaut manga by Yamada Yoshihiro from the year 2000: Dokyo Boshi (度胸星).
The first of Weekly Shounen Sunday’s new Spring lineup is here, starting with basketball manga, switch. Other than that, this month’s issue of monthly Gessan came out.