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Monday, January 02, 2006 |
( 1/02/2006 09:03:00 AM ) Bill S.
BUT WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HINO HORROR? – As my Comics list below makes clear, I did manage to somewhat keep up on my manga reading over the past year. Three titles that I've continued to wholeheartedly enjoy (Battle Royale, Iron Wok Jan and Nausicaa) had new English translated releases over the past year. For me, one of the best bits of manga biz in 2005 was Jan's resurrection from the defunct ComicsOne line to its place on the new DrMaster manga line (if only some American publisher would do the same for Tokyopop's canceled Kindaichi Case Files): Shinji Saijyo's culinary face-down remains a great formula series. Royale is up to its penultimate chapter, and as one who's thus far avoided both the novel and movie versions, I'm dying to see how this bloodily preposterous series gets resolved. Nausicaa has been a more leisurely read for me – Miyazaki's work pretty much demands it – and has been all the more enjoyable for it. Here's to new manga discoveries in 2006!