Saturday, December 1, 2012


As 2012 comes to an end, I decided to dedicate December to reviewing some of the latest manga titles to come out this year (and by 'latest', I mean brand new - no re-releases).  As it's also the holiday season, and thus the season for gifts, I also decided to do something special for my readers, whether you've been reading since May or just started stopping by.

From the 3rd to Christmas Day, I will be posting 12 reviews of 12 new series, and you the reader will have a chance to win your choice of 6 of them.  That's right - the winner will receive 6 brand-spankin'-new volumes of their choice from the 12 reviewed this month, along with a personalized thank you note from yours truly.

How do you enter?  It's very simple.  You just have to leave a comment below noting what your favorite manga release from 2012 was.  It can be anything - single volume or omnibus, brand new or ongoing.  Simply state what that release was and why you liked it, and on Christmas Day one commenter at random will be chosen to win the aforementioned gift package.

Of course, there's no way to know what you might win unless you keep reading, so stay tuned and good luck!


  1. Ack, I have gotten so behind on my manga buying this year that I don't really have a lot to say here, especially since I, ahem, have read ahead on many of the English releases. But I did discover that Seven Seas is (was? they haven't updated in a while) putting the first volume of Lizzie Newton online for free and I enjoyed that way more than I thought I would. Pretty art, fun characters, there was a lot of thought put into the mystery, totally planning on buying it when I get a chance and without that internet release I wouldn't have known about it at all. ^^

  2. You claim that this is simple thing to do, but it actually is very difficult to say what the best manga of the year was due to the fact that there are so many great ones ^>^ I'm going probably going to answer this question (the best I can)by citing a Tezuka work like Barbara or the re-release of Message to Adolf (Tezuka is a genius and these works are particularly interesting works by the God of Comics) or, Fallen Words by Yoyishiro Tatsumi (a amazing collection of short stories by Tatsumi set within period Japan).

  3. There's been plenty of good manga put you this year, but for me, the best was the four volumes of 20th Century Boys put out by Viz. I'm a really big fan of Naoki Urasawa's work and I'm quiet happy that Viz has been publishing his more recent series in English. These volumes were what I expect from the series: great art and layout, tight writing, and plenty of suspense and mystery. My only complaint is that I have to wait a few more months for the last couple volumes.
    I also want to give kudos to Verticle for putting Paradise Kiss back into print, since it's great and should be print.

  4. I'd have to go with Barbara. My exposure to Tezuka manga is limited, but I loved it. It was much darker than I expected from the creator of Astro Boy, and even his art design seemed to reflect that, being less cartoony than his earlier works. I really like the idea of the muses, and the early vignettes are a lot of fun, if a tad repetitive.