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2011 Preview Part 1

December 24, 2010

So, the first real thing out of me after my school-induced break isn’t a review, but the manga preview for 2011. Unlike a lot of people, I just put everything I can find, instead of picking things I think will be good. I do comment on each title, so there’s some sort of suggestion, but I like for people to see options. Anyway, the first part of this is going to be novels, since it’s a smaller section and will give me time to get the other posts in order before posting them. I’m hoping to get them all out by New Year’s Eve, but we’ll see how that goes. Anyway, on to the novel preview!

As always, if I’ve missed anything, PLEASE let me know, and I’ll add to the list.

Mardock Scramble by: Tow Ubukata
Publisher: Viz Media/Haikasoru
Release Date: January 18
From the Publisher: Why me? It was to be the last thought a young prostitute, Balot, would ever have…as a human anyway. Taken in by a devious gambler named Shell, she became a slave to his cruel desires and would have been killed by his hand if not for a private investigator and his self-aware Universal Tool, Oefcoque. Now a cyborg, Balot has not only physical powers, but the ability to disrupt social environments. She chases after Shell, his partner-in-crime Boiled, and faces down a variety of insane villains in this pulse-pounding cyberpunk noir adventure.
My Ramblings: I’m so excited about this one! I haven’t gotten a chance to see the movie yet, since it’s not really licensed and I wasn’t at NYCC/NYAF to see the preview. Everything about it screams Ghost in the Shell-type cyberpunk novel and I’m all for that! It’s going to be a monster of a novel too, at just under 800 pages.

Book Girl and the Famished Spirit by: Mizuki Nomura
Book Girl volume 3
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: January 25 (Famished Spirit); July (volume 3)
From the Publisher: Life in the literary club has settled into a predictable – if unusual – routine. Junior member Konoba Inoue dutifully writes short stories for his club president, Tohko Amano, who subsequently shreds them and devours each morsel like the book-eating goblin she is. When the club begins receiving cryptic messages, though, routine goes out the window as Tohko sets out to find the culprit with Konoha in tow. When their investigation suggests that a tormented spirit might be stalking the school halls, matters quickly take an omnious turn. Is it possible that ghosts really exist, or is there something even more disturbing at play?
My Ramblings: The first volume completely won me over. I definitely suggest the series!

Full Metal Panic! Ending Day By Day by: Shouji Gatou
Omnibus of volumes 4 and 5 of the original novel
Publisher: Tokyopop
Release Date: February 1
From the Publisher: Kurz and Mao’s pursuit of a suspected traitor leads them to Sicily, where they infiltrate a castle in an attempt to apprehend him. But things go from bad to worse when they are suddenly attacked by a cadre of Arm Slaves.
My Ramblings: Hopefully I can track down a decently priced copy of volume 3 before this comes out! I really enjoyed the first two volumes, but I don’t know if I want to buy the 4th and 5th ones if I don’t know what happened between them, and unfortunately Tokyopop said they’re not reprinting the original volumes.

A Guru is Born by: Takeshi Kitano
Publisher: Vertical
Release Date: February 15
From the Publisher: Having lost his job and his girlfriend, Kazuo becomes a member of a religious sect after seeing the Guru heal an old woman in a wheelchair. He soon discovers the secrets of success in the sect are much the same as the business world, the power of suggestion playing a larger role than faith. When the Guru unexpectedly dies, Kazuo is nominated to continue the sect as the new Guru.
My Ramblings: Haven’t heard much about this one, but it’s from Vertical, so you know it’s going to be amazingly well-done!

The Twelve Kingdoms volume 5 by: Fuyumi Ono
Publisher: Tokyopop
Release Date: March 8
From the Publisher: unknown
My Ramblings: I’m really starting to worry about this one. Normally this would be up for pre-order, but it’s not anywhere and that really worries me. This had been the one light novel that Tokyopop had kept with and when I heard that they were working on Full Metal Panic! again, I was sure this one would still be good, but now I’m not so sure. :[

Chibi Vampire The Novel volume 8 by: Yuna Kagesaki
Publisher: Tokyopop
Release Date: March 8
From the Publisher: unknown
My Ramblings: Another series I don’t follow, but it’s awesome to see Tokyopop working on this one again, since there’s only one more novel volume after this!

Gosick volume 3 by: Kazuki Sakuraba
Publisher: Tokyopop
Release Date: March 15
From the publisher: unknown
My Ramblings: Hopefully this will come out as well, though who knows. It would be nice timing on the part of Tokyopop, what with the anime in Japan (depending on how long the anime is, it will be just ending or about half-way through).

Rocket Girls: The Last Planet by: Housuke Nojiri
Publisher: Viz Media/Haikasoru
Release Date: March 15
From the Publisher: When the Rocket Girls accidentally land in the yard of Yukari Morita’s old school, it looks as though their experiment is ruined. Luckily, the geeky Akane is there to save the day. Fitting the profile–she’s intelligent, enthusiastic, and petite–Akane is soon recruited by Solomon Space Association. Yukari and Akane are then given the biggest Rocket Girl mission yet: a voyage to the edge of the solar system and the minor planet of Pluto to save a NASA probe.
My Ramblings: Haven’t gotten around to the first volume, so I won’t be picking this one up until I can do that.

My Girlfriend’s A Geek volume 2 by: Pentabu
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: March 29
From the Publisher: Taiga is a college student who’s always scraping by. All he wants is a part-time job and a cute girlfriend. So when he spies a ‘help wanted’ sign outside an office and a hot girl inside, he takes the job, no questions asked. And everything’s going well, prompting him to steel his courage and ask Yuiko, a full-time employee at the office, out on date. And when she asks him if it’s okay that she’s a ‘fujoshi’, or comics/cartoon geek, he tells her it’s fine out of sheer excitement. But poor Taiga has no idea of how much trouble he’s just gotten himself into!
My Ramblings: The first volume was absolutely hilarious, I can’t wait to read the second, and sadly final, installment.

Kieli volume 4 and 5 by: Yukako Kabei
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: April (volume 4); September (volume 5)
From the Publisher (volume 4): It’s been a year and a half since Harvey left Kieli and the Corporal in Beatrix’s care. Though she hasn’t heard a word from him in all that time, Kieli can’t forget the Undying who took her under his wing. When Beatrix receives a cryptic note from Harvey indicating that he’s discovered information about Kieli’s mother, Kieli abandons the Corporal and Beatrix in an effort to track Harvey down, but the passing of time has not been kind to the Undying. Will Harvey and Kieli have a second chance at a life together, or is this the end of their story?
My Ramblings: Haven’t started this series yet, but I’ve heard good things.

Vampire Hunter D volume 16: Tyrant’s Stars parts 1&2 by: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Publisher: Dark Horse and DMP
Release Date: April 26
From the Publisher: In this chilling adventure, Vampire Hunter D has been dispatched to vanquish the ancient vampiric Noble Count Brohj, guardian of an ancient buried treasure. But when a mysterious object crashes into the earth, destroying half of the northern Frontier, D faces an even more terrifying opponent – the renegade vampire Valcua, the Ultimate Noble! Having been exiled to outer space, Valcua took his entire kingdom of strange and deadly creatures with him, and swore that when the time was right they would return to have their revenge. Unfortunately for D, that time is now.
My Ramblings: I’d really like to get into this series, but I’m not sure I could stomach it. I’ve heard it’s kind of gory…

Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince by: Noriko Ogiwara
Publisher: Viz Media/Haikasoru
Release Date: May 17
From the Publisher: Oguna is an orphan with a secret even he doesn’t know—he’s a prince and heir to a terrible power. His best friend Toko is a member of the Tachibana clan and a potential high priestess able to tame that power…or destroy it.
My Ramblings: The first volume of this series is incredible. If you haven’t read it, get off your booty and go buy a copy! Viz just re-released it in a gorgeous new paperback, so now you have no reason not to. ;] And then you’ll have the delight of knowing that the sequel is only a few months away.

Good Luck, Yukikaze by: Chōhei Kambayashi
Publisher: Viz Media/Haikasoru
Release Date: May 17
From the Publisher: A sequel to Yukikaze.
My Ramblings: I’ve utterly failed at novel reading lately because of school, so I haven’t been buying too many, and the first volume of this series (pictured) is one that I passed on. Sylphalchemist called the first volume “plane porn” and that’s certainly the vibe I get from the cover. Not sure if I’ll pick up the first volume yet (and definitely won’t get this sequel if I don’t), but I’m glad the first volume seems to done at least moderately well for Viz (or well enough to allow for the licenseing of the sequel).

The Rampage of Haruhi Suzumiya by: Nagaru Tanigawa
Publisher: Yen Press and Little, Brown
Release Date: June 7
From the Publisher: This fifth volume in the wildly fun and unpredictable Haruhi Suzumiya series features three short stories for Haruhi’s every mood–an endless (never-ending) summer, a heated (overheated) competition with the computer club, and a ski trip getaway (with a dangerous blizzard!).
My Ramblings: I’m way behind on the Haruhi novels (as in I still only have the first one…), but I really meant to catch up, because the first novel was highly amusing. I’m kind of intrigued by the short story collection that is this volume as well.

Fallout by: Tetsuo Takashima
Publisher: Vertical
Release Date: June 21
From the Publisher: A first-class letter – containing a single sheet of paper, on which is a diagram for making a nuclear bomb – is anonymously sent to an editor at the Daily Californian. A political writer at the Washington Post has a message for a “Mr. Curly” awaiting him when he gets to work. Twelve hours later, presidential advisor Frank Curly is found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a Washington D.C. park. In his hotel room is a dead 15-year-old girl, spread eagle on the bed and naked, arms and legs tied to the bedposts. Two men investigating seemingly disparate mysteries on opposite coasts unknowingly share a common bond: the clues to a conspiracy that could reshape the structure of a nation and create a terrifying new world.
My Ramblings: Sounds a bit like a John Grisham novel, and boy did I used to love those. I may just have to try it, if only for that.

Spice and Wolf volumes 4 and 5 by: Isuna Hasekura
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: June 21 (volume 4); December (volume 5)
From the Publisher (volume 4): Lawrence the traveling merchant and his companion, Holo the Wisewolf, head north in search of Holo’s home of Yoitsu. Using information obtained in the pagan town of Kumersun, they finally arrive at the small countryside village of Tereo. A church priest in Tereo is said to know the whereabouts of a monk who specializes in the tales of the pagan pantheon, but when Lawrence visits the church, he’s met instead by the unsociable Elsa. When the village’s very existence is threatened, will Lawrence and Holo be able to escape with any information about Yoitsu? Or, for that matter, their lives?
My Ramblings: Very much hooked on the Spice and Wolf series, it’s definitely something to check out!

Strawberry Panic: The Complete Novel Collection by: Sakurako Kimino
Publisher: Seven Seas
Release Date: July 7
From the Publisher: For new transfer student Aoi Nagisa, St. Miator Girls’ Academy offers her the chance at a fresh start and a way to redefine herself. But these noble intentions go out the window when she catches her first glimpse of honor student Hanazono Shizuma, whose porcelain white skin and goddess-like beauty leave Nagisa speechless. It’s puppy love at first sight, but naive Nagisa is unaware that Shizuma is a serial heartbreaker who has set her sights on Nagisa herself. Will Nagisa end up as another notch on Shizuma’s belt, or does fate have other plans in store for the new couple?
My Ramblings: I’m not really a yuri fan (though I suppose technically, I haven’t tried any yuri series yet), but I’m all too willing to buy this if it would mean that my chances of getting volume 3 of the Pita Ten novels licensed and translated would go up! Or even to get a complete collection like this one. I may just get this for it’s own value though, since it seems to be a fan favorite.

Demon City Shinjuku: The Complete Collection by: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Publisher: DMP
Release Date: July 19
From the Pulisher: Set in Shinjuku, this story is about the battle between demon Rebi Ra and the unlikely hero Kyoya Iyazoi.
My Ramblings: If I remember correctly, a lot of Kikuchi’s works actually take place in Demon City, this series in particular just happens to be named for it. Again, I’d really like to get into Kikuchi’s works, since they seem to be well-loved, but I’m not sure I could stomach them. Maybe I should just jump in with something like that that’s complete in one volume. On a somewhat related note, the omnibus trend seems to have taken hold even with novels, which is interesting.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriot by: Project Itoh
Publisher: Viz Media/Haikasoru(?)
Release Date: August
Summary: Based on the video game of the same name.
My Ramblings: I’m not really thinking about this, since I’m not into the game at all, but I’ve heard amazing things about Harmony, Project Itoh’s other licensed work, so it may be worth a read. Also, just a note that this one has not been technically announced by Viz/Haikasoru yet, but has been listed on many anime online sites, so it looks pretty likely.

Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights by: Ryu Mitsuse
Publisher: Viz Media/Haikasoru
Release Date: September
Summary of the Manga Adaptation from Baka-Updates: The manga adaptation of the famous Ryu Mitsuse’s sci-fi novel which combines the author’s interest in technology and the Buddha.
My Ramblings: The image is not the cover to the novel, I couldn’t find one, and the manga adaptation is by Moto Hagio, so win-win. But about the novel itself, it certainly sounds interesting. The mix of science and religion is definitely a subject I like reading about. A note that this one, like Metal Gear Solid 4, has not been technically announced by Viz/Haikasoru yet, but has been listed on many anime online sites, so it looks pretty likely. Also, this one was heavily hinted at by the Haikasoru staff themselves, so is almost definite.

Cage of Zeus by: Sayuri Ueda
Publisher: Viz Media/Haikasoru
Release Date: September
From the Publisher: unknown
My Ramblings: Honestly, I can’t find a single thing about this book past it being listed from Viz on online stores and news on it being listed. I can’t even find a Japanese cover, and I could barely find anything on the author, though they (he/she?) seems to have won a few awards in Japan, so it very well may be worth checking out. A note that this one, like Metal Gear Solid 4 and Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights, has not been technically announced by Viz/Haikasoru yet, but has been listed on many anime online sites, so it looks pretty likely. This one was also hinted at by the Viz staff.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 25, 2010 9:42 am

    I shall be looking forward to your posts!

    My Girlfriend’s a Geek and Book Girl sounds pretty interesting..maybe I’ll go buy it.

  2. December 26, 2010 3:38 pm

    I’m pretty much grabbing almost everything in this post. I love me some light novels.

    If Seven Seas does the omnibus thing with Pita-Ten, I shall be a happy girl :3 (heck, if they decide to continue] Shinigami no Ballad, I’d run around buck nekkid in the streets…okay not really, but I would spaz a lot xD)

    I look forward to your future posts :3

    @starburst0927 Both those books rock. Book Girl at first glance looks like it’s going to be an adorable slice of life but it turns expectantly dark…and addicting!
    My Girlfriend’s a Geek was a hoot. I felt so nerdy when I got the references mentioned xD
    Also, I enjoyed it more due to one of my friends being a yaoi fangirl xD She always keeps referencing this series!

  3. December 27, 2010 9:48 am

    It awesome you’re starting to compile these posts again ^o^
    I doubt TokyoPop would drop their normal release schedule for 12K, at least, not if they don’t want to make people angry; that series has quite some devoted followers after all~
    Strawberry Panic is a nice read for the cute moments, but that’s about it imo xD
    and hope Fujoshi Kanojo has a more appropriate cover for vol2; not that first one is bad, but it reminds me of how “off” Spice & Wolf’s vol1 cover was… >.>

  4. December 27, 2010 5:08 pm

    @starburst0927: yay, thanks~ :D

    I laughed so hard at My Girlfriend’s A Geek; I felt so much like a fujoshi at the end of it because I got almost every single one of the jokes… xD I know a lot of people who don’t like it though. If you enjoy a lot of anime/manga in-jokes, you’ll really enjoy it. :]

    @sylphalchemist: I’m certainly going to try to grab everything in this post, but I’ve been lacking in the novel department lately. ^^

    Thanks~

    @Aorii: thanks~ I like to know what’s coming, so I figured I might as well help everyone else at the same time. :]

    I should hope so! I think it’s been one of their only really well selling light novels (other than apparently the .hack novels, because they keep licensing those), so I think they’ll keep on with them.

    hmm…well, I may check out Strawberry Panic then, because I do love cute moments, and heck it’s an omnibus. :3

    haha, they actually used the Japanese cover for Fujoshi Kanojo. But it is kind of deceptive, though that can all be blamed of the Japanese this time.

  5. Niles permalink
    January 6, 2011 9:10 am

    So a third volume for Book Girl is coming out? I didn’t realize there was a second. o_o

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