If you can’t believe we’re already a few weeks into 2014, take a look back and reminisce about the year that was 2013 – a year that proved massive in the land of manga. Here are some of last year’s highlights:
This one may just be the next big thing. Magi is an Arabian Nights themed manga adventure featuring characters such as Aladdin, Ali Baba, Morgiana and Sinbad with a Japanese spin. Magi follows these characters as they journey to discover their destiny. It features plenty of action, adventure and magic. Fans of titles such as One Piece, Fullmetal Alchemist and Blue Exorcist should definitely give this one a look.
We love our 3-in-1s. With three volumes in one book for little more than the cost of a single volume, what isn’t to love? I’ve mentioned Bleach, Naruto and One Piece in a previous post, and now there’s a few more to add. Fan favourite D.Gray-Man has started to be released in these combined volumes, and is well worth a read if you haven’t already. Also new to these collections is one that needs little introduction. The classic Dragonball manga series is also now available in 3-in-1s.
Some of you may be reading this and thinking there’s nothing new about InuYasha. However, it’s a personal favourite and it, too, is seeing a release of 3-in-1 collections which are new in-store. These collections, however, are a little more interesting. The original English release saw the images in the manga being flipped as to be read from left to right. These collections present the manga in its original Japanese right to left format. They also boast a slightly larger page size, which is very nice to look at.
Chances are most readers have heard of Pokemon. Saying it is popular is like calling Harry Potter fairly well liked. With the October release of the new games, X & Y, Pokemon has never been bigger. The Pokemon Adventures manga throws you into the world of the games like never before. There’s a manga series for each game in the series up until Black and White. Grab your favourite, or start where it all began with the original and see the characters you know and love in ways you never imagined.