Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Welcome to Shibuya-Cho

Welcome back to another exciting issue my friends. I thought I'd get this week started by saying that apparently "Del Rey" is the magic word for August, (now what do we do when we hear the secret word?). Again we haven't been bum rushed with a release of titles even though it's the beginning of the month, (and by bum rushed, i mean 60 titles as opposed to a good regular 20-ish). But at least there's a good amount coming in on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Also, the last ten or twelve days have been real good as far as Del Rey's manga titles. We're talking Air Gear v. 5, Alive v. 1, Gundam Seed Destiny v. 4, Guru Guru Pon Chan v. 9, Kitchen Princess v. 3, Nodame Cantobile v. 10, Pichi Pichi Pitch v. 6, School Rumble v. 6, Sugar Sugar Rune v. 6, and Tsubasa v. 14. Suffice to say it's about time for some of these titles.

There are a few other things I'm excited to see this week, the top of which are Princess*Princess v. 4 by Mikiyo Tsuda, and Tenjho Tenge v. 15 by Oh! Great, (who you might remember from my rave last week as the creator of Air Gear). At the short and swift of it, Tenjho Tenge is about a blonde shrimp and his tall American friend who decided they would take over their new high school on their first day, only to get their asses handed to them royally. After some convincing they decide to join one of the schools martial arts clubs. Love, destiny, horrible violence and brilliant action follow as they fight to protect the club from being forcibly disbanded.

And over on the other and of the spectrum is Princess*Princess. Simply enough. it's about a boy who gets accepted into an all boys' school, but this school has a strange tradition. In order to keep up the morale of the rest of the student body three freshmen are chosen every year to become "princesses" and perform certain civic duties such as cheering for their classmates at sporting events, (dressed up, of course, in costumes provided by the drama club), and being at any of the school's special events. Now how do you get a teenage boy to dress in a skirt and be sweet to other boys? Free room and meals for the whole year, that's how. And of course, as always, wackiness ensues. At least it's a good week for fun books! See y'all next time!

Ja Ne!
Mat K.



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