Publisher Del Rey has just put out some brand-spankin’-new manga, and we’ve got your preview.
Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima: In a world full of magic, teenage wizard Lucy is looking for a guild to call home. By chance, she comes across Natsu, a boy raised by a dragon who can control fire. Natsu brings Lucy into the Fairy Tail guild where, along with Natsu’s cat-pal Happy, they take on strange jobs to earn a living and battle wicked wizards.
This manga is definitely for the Naruto crowd and would make a fairly popular anime. It has magically-inclined teens with a rag-tag cast of characters, each unique in both powers and flaws. It’s very easy to get into if you want something light and fun. The downside is the dialogue which occasionally seems disjointed. And seriously, almost every screen of Lucy could read: “Oh look, my boobs!”
Yozakura Quartet by Suzuhito Yasuda: Hime is a superheroine. Ao can read minds. Kotoha can conjure up anything with the right word. And Akina...well, he’s just a regular guy surrounded by three supergirls (and one normal girl and a demon boy, so why this is called “Quartet” is beyond us). Together, they protect the town of Sakurashin. But that’s not easy, as the town faces demon dogs and other supernatural threats!
Overall, this one is just okay, but has potential. The characters are delightful, unique, and fun, but the storyline falls a little flat. Sure, only the first volume is out so it’s hard to judge on the plot, but it’ll have to beef up a bit to really get readers hooked.
Minima! by Machiko Sakurai: What would you do if your favorite toy came to life and became your best friend? (For one, change meds.) Well, that’s just what happens to Ame Oikawa, a shy schoolgirl. Nicori is a super-cute doll with a mind of its own—and a plan to make Ame’s dreams come true! (What’s that Man-At-Arms? Kill them all?)
If you’re reading this, then Minima! is probably not for you. This is truly one for the tween girls. It’s middle school angst that’s relatable to youths without being whiny.
We gotta give Del Rey props for providing its readers with explanations of both honorifics and Japanese references. Thank you!
Next week, we promise to bring you something dark and bloody.
-- Courtney Kraft