Manga Update

Weekly Manga Minute #15

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For this week’s Manga Minute, we take a look at three different manga deals that will wet your appetite for some new and old manga alike. From a 3-in-1 deal, to a brand new series, take a look at what Kodansha and Viz got in store for you.

1. Rurouni Kenshin 3-in-1s Are Here!

Rurouni Kenshin fans, listen up! Viz Media knows that the last few years have been amazing for ya’ll. There have been three great and enjoyable movies released. Additionally, fans got a look at the story from a different point of view from the Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration manga.

Finally, Weekly Shonen Jump ran a special two-part series called Rurouni Kenshin Side Story: The Ex-Con Ashitaro. Well the party isn’t ready to stop just yet because the series is now in a 3-in-1 format. These combos are a fan’s fantasy as you are able to finally enjoy the stories without paying so much.

Viz Media writes:

“One of the Rurouni Kenshin manga’s greatest strengths is the period in which it takes place. It’s set in the Meiji Era, which signified the end of the samurai. Swords are outlawed and Japan was becoming modernized and westernized. Naturally, when an era ends, there are those reluctant to give up the old ways, and that’s where a lot of the drama in the series comes from. It’s chock-full of bitter swordsmen who can’t survive in the new world and prefer to die fighting than acclimate. In other words, real men!”

Now’s the time to get your manga read on!

Rurouni Kenshin 3-in-1 Manga Cover

Check out Viz.com for more info

2. That Wolf-Boy Is Mine 3 coming January 10th!

One of the manga that we’ve had our eyes on for a hot minute is That Wolf-Boy Is Mine. This newer shoujo manga captivates us with blending the narratives of slice of life with the supernatural all in the beautiful atmosphere of a countryside area.

The story follows Kusonoki Komugi who lives with her mother in Tokyo and can’t get along with her classmates. Her mother’s business trips are constant and therefore she has to stay with her father in Hokkaido for a year. She wants to have the opportunity to make new friends. One day she sits next to Ookami Yuu, a popular boy who tells her she smells good.

Kodansha’s description for the manga is a bit spoilerish but it goes:

“After Rin shares some profound insights with Komugi about her crush, she learns it’s easier to bottle up her feelings for the wolf-boy, Yu. As Komugi gets to really know Rin the fox, his cold exterior slowly melts away–and Yu can’t help but be concerned. In order to let someone new into his heart, Yu struggles to confront his emotional trauma from the past. But by the time Yu realizes his true emotions, something unthinkable has happened to Komugi …”

That Wolf-Boy Is Mine 3 - Manga - Cover

Check out KodanshaComics.com for more info

3. New manga series: Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 1

We’re always on the lookout for new manga, and this manga looks very promising. The art looks phenomenal and minimalist. The story itself is also intriguing.

Penguin Random House description reads:

“A hapless young man is released from prison with nothing to his name, but he knows exactly what he wants: to train in the art of rakugo comedic storytelling. After seeing an unforgettable performance from one of Japan’s greatest masters, Yakumo Yurakutei VIII, during his time in jail, he will settle for nothing less than to become apprentice to the best. Yakumo, notorious for taking no students, is persuaded to take him on, and nicknames him Yotaro—the fool. Yotaro has no formal training or elegance, but something about his charisma reminds Yakumo of someone from his past.”

The description additionally promises a story that will include a “saga of a generation of love, art, and storytelling.” This in other words means that the manga will take a more classic approach to its story, just like its art style.

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 1 - Manga - Cover

Head over to Penguin Random House to pre-order your copy today.