A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{February 24, 2013}   Comics and manga of the week (81)

GUIDE DU MAUVAIS PERE - JAQUETTE.inddAnother French manga week. Just as I was getting close to catching up… I bought a whole new pile of French manga. I am incorrigible.

Coelacanth, volume 2 (French) by Kayoko Shimotsu

  • This is the second and final volume of a bizarre murder mystery. The murders themselves are solved after a few misleading clues but the overarching story of Hisano and Yukinari’s emotional troubles is left open ended. IIt is an interesting story with a unique art style but  think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the two volumes together.

Crash, volume 5 (French) by Yuka Fujiwara

  • After staring in a drama, the boys from Crash take a much needed trip to a hot spring. But even on vacation, their manager Hana is thinking up ways to help them grow as artists. Meanwhile Kiri is starting to realize his feelings for her. Not my favorite series but it is fun and full of energy.

Gisele Alain, volume 2 (French) by Sui Kasai

  • In this second volume, we learn more about the past that led Gisele to leave a life of privilege to become a jack-of-all-trades. She also meets a somewhat shady man in the same trade and is determined to learn from him. Gisele is naive, head strong and sweet and it’s a pleasure following her adventures.

GTO, volume 23, 24 & 25 (French) by Toru Fujisawa

  • The classic school comedy comes to an explosive end with lots of drama, violence and startling revelations. As usual Onizuka defies death and common sense to save the day. I found the last storyline a bit over the top, even for GTO and the rehabilitation of principal Daimon a little unbelievable. But GTO is a classic, not to be missed. The final double volume also contains several chapters of Bad Company which recounts Onizuka’s middle school days.

Le Guide du Mauvais Pere, volume 1 (French) by Guy Delisle

  • A series of gags about parenthood by noted Quebecois comic artist Delisle. As funny as his travelogues are insightful.

Piece, volume 2 & 3 (French) by Hinako Ashihara

  • The death of a former classmate leads Mizuho to investigate the life and relationships of the discrete girl. In the process she is forced to confront her own feelings and relationships. I like Mizuho, she appears cold to most but she has rather complex feelings and it is a pleasure to watch her grow. Ashihara has a rare skill for fascinating, complex characters. You can’t even hate the worst of them. I can’t wait to see how this mystery and love story unfolds.

Princess Jellyfish, volume 7 (French) by Akiko Higashimura

  • The otaku girls at Amamizu, aided by the flamboyant and cross-dressed Kuranosuke, put on a fashion show for their line of jellyfish dresses. Tsukimi grows in courage and confidence and we learn more about Kuranosuke’s mysterious mother. I look forward to every volume of this series.

Silver Diamond, volume 7 (French) by Shiho Sugiura

  • As Rakan and his friends decide to head to the capital and face the evil prince, the dangers the encounter grow more deadly. They are faced with a man who can control stone and a terrifying stone wolf. I continue to enjoy this fantasy adventure. The BL element remains little more than a gag but I can see a nice love story developing.

Thermae Romae, volume 5 (French) by Mari Yamazaki

  • Lucius, the roman architect, continues to live and learn in the modern Japanese resort town of Ito. But Ito is threatened by unscrupulous developers, Emperor Hadrien is on his death bed and Lucius is falling for his Japanese Diana. This was a fun and unique manga from the start but the storyline that has been continuing since volume 4 is even better. I can’t believe there’s only one volume left!

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