I didn’t intend to go to such a place, I’ll admit. However since my companion for the day had begrudgingly biked from our hostel to Demachi Masugata Shopping District for my Tamako Market pilgrimage, I felt like I owed them. Also, I just didn’t feel like going to Arashiyama after biking around in the sun and the museum was waaaay closer to our hostel.
I’m doing a post about Oninagi after all these years not because Oninagi is particularly good or anything. No, it’s painfully average despite it’s cool artstyle. No, it’s because Oninagi is a series that Yen Press had shrouded in mystery. It’s just that I thought that I would never own volume four and even when that finally happened, it wasn’t even normal.
It was a mystery that puzzled me for years. This was around the time of Del Ray going under so I have many unfinished series in my collection now but it was always this one that was most puzzling. Why did Yen Press suddenly stop publishing it? On the last volume, at that.
I feel the insesinant need to comment whenever Yen Press licenses something to my liking. The North American market for manga has been in a dismal state since Tokyopop closes and I found little I wanted to read anymore. (Goddammit Del Ray) So with news of Tokyopop trying to get their act together (which is, if I can be really honest, annoying and almost unwelcome from me. They already lost their licenses and so now plenty of less popular books will never be finished) and this, I am pretty impressed.
I was planning on reading Soul Eater Not after finally finishing the anime series a few weeks ago (and learning what really goes down in the manga) when I heard Not was sort of yuribait. Well yuribait is frustrating but in my stylish shounen? I’ll accept it this time. I need to start reading the actual Soul Eater manga once again (I’m only on volume two or three) but I will def be picking this one up.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is an almost unsurprising choice. Yen Press knows what is popular in ways Tokyopop didn’t. I couldn’t really imagine TP picking this up anyways. I have read this, anyways. Say what you will about the manga but the art is great, Walpurgis’s minions being the other puella magi that Homura knew was a GREAT addition I wish they would have done in the show for MAXIMUM EMOTIONAL IMPACT, and twintail Homura at the end is the cutest thing in the world. I don’t want to meet the person who doesn’t think post-Madoka twintail-Homura is the cutest thing ever. While it is only three volumes and nearly a word for word adaption of the anime series, I will also be picking this one up. Hopefully this leads them to also release Kazumi (which I started reading and is pretty bland and stupid) and Oriko (which I haven’t read but love Kirika) or even possible the light novel adaption. There is another anthology in the works, though, and that is what I hope would be published first. Given how they milk Higurashi (so will they license Umineko when Higurashi is done) and more specifically, Haruhi, it seems that if sales are well enough we won’t really have to wonder about the Madoka spinoffs getting licensed at all.
This is where Yen Press gets clever. Alice in the Country of Hearts was a Tokyopop license that
I loved they lost. Instead of releasing the volumes in order, they’re releasing three ominibuses so readers like myself can’t pick up the last book that Tokyopop didn’t have a chance to release. I’m undeiced here. I love the series but since I already have all of the Tokyopop books, I don’t want to buy them all again. On the other hand, my collection is incomplete and I’d sort of like to finish this incarnation of Heart no Kuni.
Don’t forget! Tomorrow the second volume of the Kieli graphic novel releases. For those not familiar, this takes place after where the two volume manga series leaves off with Kieli and Harvey heading to the ‘sea of sand’. The manga covered the first volume. I for one am insanely excited and hope that I see more people reading this great series in the future.
You can order the novel at Right Stuf, here.