This post is part of the 30 Day Manga Challenge series. Day 11: Your Favorite Genre stay tuned.
We’re two weeks into April, and while there’s been a lack of those eponymous rainstorms, we do have some great manga releases from Vertical, Viz, and Yen Press showering onto shelves this month. Let’s take a look at my top three!
Like a warm breeze on a spring day, Natsume Ono’s manga breathes fresh life into a medium overrun by saccharine plots and hyperbolic characters.
Harsh contrasts of black and white. Loose penwork applied with reckless abandon. Lavish models drawn in the finest caricature of high fashion. Such are the hallmarks of Kyoko Okazaki, one of the most avant-garde mangaka of our time.
Convoluted romances and dangerous relationships can be entertaining—when handled well. But Hot Gimmick left much to be desired.
Reading Blush-DC is like watching a train wreck: you just can’t look away. If you’ve got a hankering for some good ‘ole schadenfreude, then this is the manga for you.
Harukaze no Snegurochka is a single-volume manga that highlights the tempestuous atmosphere of the 1930s Soviet Union. It follows the story of a young woman named Belka and her servant, Shchenok, as they evade the OGPU, the Soviet secret police.
At face value, Kyou no Kira-kun looks like just another shoujo manga, with staples like the unpopular girl, a charismatic boy, a cute animal sidekick, and endless high school drama. But this manga’s charm lies in how it handles all these cliches.