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2011 Preview Part 2: Omnibus Volumes

December 25, 2010

I decided to do a separate post this year for all the omnibus volumes, since there are some really interesting ones coming in the next year, and some notable continuing series being re-issued in omnibus format. As always, in order by release date, and if there are two with the same date, then they are alphabetical. All titles behind the cut. Enjoy~

EDIT: Updated with Blood Alone and Gunslinger Girl, both Seven Seas titles. Thanks to Adam and utilsabound for the tips!

EDIT 2: Updated with The Betrayal Knows My Name, Higurashi When They Cry: Demon Exposing Arc, Sasameke, and Dragon Girl, all from Yen Press. Thanks to Abriel for the tip! (I really need to check all the publishers next time, though I did have some of these for the next post, I just didn’t realize some of them were going to be omnibus format.) Abriel also mentioned Goong, which Yen has switched over to an omnibus format, but I have decided to do a manwha post as well, so it will be listed there instead of in this list.

EDIT 3: Added Inukami and Hayate Blade from Seven Seas. Double checked the site and these are the only other omnibus volumes from them. Thanks to Loreli for reminding me.

EDIT 4: Added Negima from Kodansha and Venus Versus Virus volume 2 from Seven Seas (not listed on their site, but listed on Amazon). Thanks to sylphalchemist!

Death Note – Black Edition by: Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
Publisher: Viz Media/Shonen Jump Advanced imprint
Release Date: volume 1 – January (technically December 28, 2010)
volume 2 – March 1; volume 3 – May 3; volume 4 – May 3; volume 5 – September 6
From the Publisher: Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects–and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. Will Light’s noble goal succeed, or will the Death Note turn him into the very thing he fights against?
My Ramblings: This whole omnibus thing is seriously awesome  for me! I watched the Death Note anime on [Adult Swim], but didn’t ever get the manga, so this is the perfect way for me to get the whole thing. Plus these are supposed to be really nice. They’ve been released in this format in a few other countries already and they look awesome! Even the edges of the pages are black! It looks like the French version has color pages, but I’m not sure if that holds for the US release. Saw some copies in the bookstore and they do in fact have color pages!

Cross Game by: Mitsuru Adachi
Publisher: Viz Media/Shonen Sunday imprint
Release Date: volume 2 – January 11; volume 3 – April 12; volume 4 – July 12
From the Publisher: Cross Game is a moving drama that is heartfelt and true, yet in the brilliant hands of manga artist Mitsuru Adachi, delightfully flows with a light and amusing touch. The series centers around a boy named Ko, the family of four sisters who live down the street and the game of baseball. This poignant coming-of-age story will change your perception of what shonen manga can be.
My Ramblings: I really need to get the first volume of this series. The anime is amazing (watch it on Hulu right this instant if you haven’t already!), I cried so much at the first episode. I don’t even like baseball, but this series makes me want to watch baseball non-stop.

Magic Knight Rayearth by: CLAMP
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: January 18
From the Publisher: Umi, Hikaru, and Fuu are three schoolgirls out on a field trip to Tokyo Tower, whisked suddenly away by a strange voice and light to Cephiro, a world full of spirits and sorcery. They were summoned here through the last remaining strength of the Princess Emeraude, who hopes that they are the trio destined to become the magic knights legend says can save her realm! But how are a bunch of junior-high-school kids supposed to defeat the dark might of the sinister Lord Zagato . . . with only an exceedingly strange bunny creature named Mokona as their guide . . . ?
My Ramblings: I’m kind of worried, since this has disappeared from the Dark Horse website. I’d really like to be able to purchase this, so hopefully it will still be released.

Gunslinger Girl by: Yu Aida
Publisher: Seven Seas
Release Date: volume 1 – February 1; volume 2 – May
From the Publisher: The Social Welfare Agency in Italy is not what it seems. Yes, it rescues young girls who have been brutalized, but it then brainwashes them and turns them into ruthless killers for an elite and secret counter-terrorism unit for the Italian government.
Enter a young girl named Henrietta. After witnessing the savage murder of her family and barely surviving, the Agency takes her in and repairs her injuries using the latest in cybernetic technology. All traces of Henrietta’s past are wiped from her mind, as she becomes one of the Agency’s most lethal assassins.
My Ramblings: Thanks to both Adam and utilsabound for tipping me off about this one! Gunslinger Girl is one title I haven’t read much about, though I do know about the anime. The cover looks gorgeous, so I’m going to try and check this one out.

Magic Knight Rayearth 2 by: CLAMP
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: February 1
From the Publisher: Umi, Hikaru, and Fuu have returned to Earth from Cefiro, but all three know they have been forever changed by their adventures there. Haunted by the decisions they made and the unresolved war between Zagato and Emeraude, the Magic Knights journey to Cefiro once more, this time with a sense of duty. But who was it that had the strength of heart to summon them again, if it was not the Princess Emeraude? Is it the person who, as Clef says, could replace her as the Pillar of Cefiro?
My Ramblings: Like the first volume, this has disappeared from the Dark Horse website. :[ Same as the first volume.

InuYasha VIZBIG by: Rumiko Takahashi
Publisher: Viz Media/Shonen Sunday imprint
Release Date: volume 6 – February 8; volume 7 – May 10
From the Publisher: With the power granted by a large piece of the Shikon Jewel, Naraku’s scheming is in high gear as his minions go forth to do his bidding. Kikyo, the priestess whose duty it once was to guard the jewel, gave the fragment to him, but why? Then Inuyasha takes on another of Naraku’s evil offspring, a demon that inhabits the very sword his half brother Sesshomaru wields. Naraku’s human origins may yet prove to be his downfall if Kikyo can exploit his weaknesses by forcing him to make a difficult choice, one that is mirrored by Inuyasha’s lost love for Kikyo and a possible future with Kagome!
My Ramblings: I really should get the manga version of this. I watched the whole original anime on [Adult Swim] and then The Final Act anime simulcast by Viz, but I’d really like to try the manga as well. Thank goodness for omnibus volumes that make 50-some volume series seem less intimidating. ;]

Dragon Girl by: Toru Fujieda
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: volume 2 – February 22
From the Publisher: For all of her young life, fiesty, fierce Rinna Aizen has only had room in her heart for one man — Sakuya, the erstwhile captain of the most legendary cheering squad in the history of Shoryu Senior High…who also happens to be her dad! But as Rinna, following in her father’s footsteps, struggles to raise the Shoryu squad back to up to its former glory, will she also find a space opening up in her heart for one of the many boys in her life?!
My Ramblings: Thanks again to Abriel for the tip (this one just slipped my mind)! I am loving the covers Yen used for this series. I also love that they switched it to an omnibus series from the original 5 volumes. Plus that meant that they’re over-sized volumes and they’re gorgeous. I haven’t picked up the first volume yet, though I fully intend to as the series has gotten good reviews and it looks amazing in person! (The only reason I didn’t get it when I saw it was because I was looking for something specific at the time.)

Inukami by: Mamizu Arisawa and Mari Matsuzawa
Publisher: Seven Seas
Release Date: volume 2 – March
From the Publisher: Inukami: a sacred being with a dog-like appearance that forges a contract with a powerful human tamer to help them eliminate evil monsters and demons.
Though Kawahira Keita is the descendent of a long line of Inukami-tamers, he seems to lack the necessary ability and has been forsaken by his family. One day, he meets a cute Inukami named Yoko, who, at first glance, looks graceful, obedient, and beautiful…but upon forging a contract with her, Keita discovers that Yoko is a wild and mischievous Inukami that no one has ever been able to control.
My Ramblings: Don’t know much about this series, but it’s nice to see it being reprinted in an omnibus format. Thanks to Loreli for reminding me to add it!

Itazura na Kiss volume 5 by: Kaoru Tada
Publisher: DMP
Release Date: March 15
From the Publisher: Genius Naoki has finally figured out that he wants to be a doctor! But when Mr. Irie suddenly collapses, Naoki is forced to put aside his own dreams to help run his father’s company in its hour of need. Meanwhile, sweet Kotoko wants nothing more than to lend the stressed-out Naoki a helping hand…but will her efforts only cause more trouble? And who is this new beauty making eyes at her beloved housemate?!
My Ramblings: I’m guessing volume 6 will be released sometime next year as well, but I can’t find a definite date yet. DMP also recently announced on twitter that they’ve licensed volume 7 as well, so yay~ It must be doing fairly well for them to continue with it. I’m absolutely loving all that I’ve read of this series thus far.

Hayate x Blade by: Shizuru Hayashiya
Publisher: Seven Seas
Release Date: volume 2 – April
From the Publisher: The all-girls boarding school Tenchi Academy isn’t just known for its quality academics–it’s also known for training the top sword fighters in the country. Students in the special “Sword Bearer” program compete in a school-wide battle known as the Star Stealing, striving to win both money and fame.
Enter Kurogane Hayate. With her sister Nagi recovering from a lingering injury, the spunky and cheerful Hayate must take her place at the Academy until Nagi is well enough to return. When Hayate learns of the mountain of debt her old orphanage, the Dandelion Garden, owes to Yakuza loan sharks, she decides to become a sword-bearer and win the Star Stealing.
There’s just one problem…she needs a partner to compete and the one girl Hayate has her eye on wants nothing to do with her!
My Ramblings: Another series I don’t know much about at all, but yay for more omnibus volumes from Seven Seas! Thanks again to Loreli for reminding me of this one.

Blood Alone by: Masayuki Takano
Publisher: Seven Seas
Release Date: volume 1 – May; volume 4* – September
From the Publisher: Witness the touching relationship between young vampiress Misaki and her human companion, the former vampire hunter turned investigative author, Kurose Kuroe, whom she’d die to protect. For recently turned vampire Minato Misaki, vampirism and the beastly powers that come with it are something that she wouldn’t wish upon her worst enemy, let alone her beloved Kuroe. But Kuroe’s supernatural investigations make him a regular target of not only vampires but of all sorts of undead creatures of the night. The only way to save him from these deadly threats may be to do the one thing that Misaki fears the most: to turn Kuroe into a vampire for his own protection.
My Ramblings: Thanks again to Adam for letting me know about this one!! Apparently I just failed with the Seven Seas manga, I’ll definitely get their other releases for the next few posts! From their website, it looks like Seven Seas is going to release an omnibus of volumes 1-3 of the original and then begin releasing the next volumes in singles (*hence volume 1 then volume 4). Three volumes is usually a good indicator of how a series will be (though certainly exceptions exist), so this is a great way to push this series, which honestly I had not heard of before.

Higurashi When They Cry: Demon Exposing Arc by: Ryukishi07 and En Kito
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: May 31
From the Publisher: It’s been almost a year since Natsumi and her family moved from the town of Onigafuchi. Her grandmother, a native of Hinamizawa village, fears that they will be cursed for abandoning the mountains, but Natsumi has never been happier, making new friends and enjoying school life. When a terrible gas explosion in Hinamizawa wipes out everyone in the village, her grandmother is convinced it is the wrath of the village god, Oyashiro-sama. Natsumi’s family has never taken Grandmother’s beliefs seriously, but her devotion to Oyashiro-sama has taken a frightening turn. Have the old woman’s fanatical convictions gone too far?
My Ramblings: I read some of one of the Higurashi series in the print edition of Yen Plus, and honestly  it kind of freaked me out. Definitely not my cup of tea, but would definitely be good for horror buffs! Thanks to Abriel for the tip!

Cardcaptor Sakura volume 2 by: CLAMP
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: June 1
From the Publisher: The beautiful new teacher in Sakura’s class, Kaho Mizuki, soon reveals that she’s a shrine maiden with magic powers of her own. But, as always, the struggle to capture the Clow cards is woven together with the mysterious–and complicated–threads of love and affection between Sakura and all the people in her life. Will her heart be strong enough as she faces the one who will judge her worthiness to master the cards at last?
My Ramblings: Again, this has disappeared from the Dark Horse website, and Amazon now has it for release in June. I’d really love to actually have all of Cardcaptor Sakura, since I never got the Tokyopop version and let’s face it, the Dark Horse version would be so much nicer to have!

The Betrayal Knows My Name (Uraboku) by: Hotaru Odagiri
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: June 21
From the Publisher: As an infant, Yuki Sakurai was abandoned in the bushes near an orphanage. The mystery of his parentage deepens when Yuki discovers he has a strange ability: when he touches others, he can feel their emotions. Because of his upbringing, the teenage Yuki strives to be independent so that he won’t be a burden on those around him, but this attitude coupled with his powers can sometimes feel isolating. Little does he know that he has never really been alone. Someone has been watching him from the shadows ever since he was left in the bushes all those years ago…But can Yuki trust the silver-eyed boy who claims to be his protector…and to know the truth of Yuki’s past?
My Ramblings: Thanks to Abriel for the tip!! The series is streaming legally on crunchyroll, but I haven’t watched it. Honestly, I’m not into yaoi, or even really yaoi subtext (unless it just happens to be there, for example I love Black Butler for what it is, not because of the yaoi subtext), but I have a feeling this will do well for Yen for just that reason. I’ve heard a fair amount of fangirls wanting this series, so way to go Yen. ;]

Sasameke by: Ryuji Gotsubo
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: volume 2 – June 21
From the Publisher: Elementary school soccer whiz Rakuichi Nagahama drew national attention a few years back with his IMPRESSIVE athletic skills. After disappearing to Italy for three years, Rakuichi reluctantly returns to the remote town where he grew up. The local high school soccer team can’t wait to get their hands on the prodigy, despite the fact that he was obviously a FAILURE in Italy. But Rakuichi’s not sure he’s ready to get back on the field. Sure, his best friend from elementary school (now a hot babe) can’t wait to see him play again…and his childhood rivals are eager to have another go against him…and the entire school is counting on him…but how can Rakuichi live up to their expectations when he’s sworn off the sport for good?
My Ramblings: Thanks to Abriel for the tip! I really want to get the first volume of this sometime in the near future (aka before the second volume comes out). Honestly, what got me was that the author was the illustrator of the Twilight series in Japan, and I had seen the illustrations from them and loved the style. I’ve seen some good reviews of the series itself as well, so this one is definitely promising!

Tenjo Tenge by: Oh! Great
Publisher: Viz Media/Viz Signature imprint
Release Date: volume 1 – June 21; volume 2 – August 18
From the Publisher: Knuckle-busting brawls, badass babes, and the toughest student body ever to mix it up under one roof. Welcome to Todo High, where the only rule is: get strong or get schooled. Soichiro Nagi and Bob Makihara have always been the meanest street brawlers around. When they enter Todo High they plan on carving out a reputation as the strongest fighters in their new school—easier said than done in a place that’s dedicated to training its students in the art of combat!
My Ramblings: I watched the anime on Fuse, and this isn’t really my cup of tea. I am really glad for all the fans of the series though, that finally get to see the series finished in English (and not in an edited format!).

Bleach by: Tite Kubo
Publisher: Viz Media/Shonen Jump imprint
Release Date: volume 1 – June 7; volume 2 – July 5; volume 3 – August 2
From the Publisher: Ichigo Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts–he was born with the gift. When his family is attacked by a Hollow–a malevolent lost soul–Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured spirits themselves find peace. (General summary for the series found on the Viz website.)
My Ramblings: This, and the Kekkaishi, Naruto, and Fullmetal Alchemist omnibus volumes are going to be $14.99 each and have 3 of the original volumes in each new omnibus. I’m guessing they’ll be like the One Piece: East Blue omnibus volumes, which means they won’t be the best quality, but they definitely serve the purpose of getting new readers into the series. If you plan on getting these, know that they’ll probably go out of print really quickly (again, if the One Piece: East Blue volumes are any indication), so buy them when you have the chance! On the subject of Bleach itself, I’ve heard the manga is better than the anime (less fillers and stuff obviously), but can’t really vouch for that myself.

Fullmetal Alchemist by: Hiromu Arakawa
Publisher: Viz Media
Release Date: volume 1 – June 7; volume 2 – July 5; volume 3 – August 2
From the Publisher:In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical “auto-mail” limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his and his brother’s bodies…the legendary Philosopher’s Stone. (General summary for the series found on the Viz website.)
My Ramblings: Nice to see this series getting the omnibus treatment as well! This is probably my favorite shonen series, I do read a few, but this one definitely takes the cake. I highly suggest it!

Naruto by: Masashi Kishimoto
Publisher: Viz Media/Shonen Jump imprint
Release Date: volume 1 – June 7; volume 2 – July 5; volume 3 – August 2
From the Publisher: Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He’s got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world’s greatest ninja! (General summary for the series found on the Viz website.)
My Ramblings: Maybe this will be the way for me to go to get the first couple of volumes that I’m missing (yes, I follow Naruto, it’s one of the very, very few long-running shonen series I do follow). It’s honestly fun, though the later volumes are kind of driving me nuts right now!

Kekkaishi by: Yellow Tanabe
Publisher: Viz Media/Shonen Sunday imprint
Release Date: volume 1 – June 7; volume 2 – July 5; volume 3 – August 2
From the Publisher: By night, teenager Yoshimori Sumimura is a “kekkaishi”–a demon-hunter who specializes in creating magical barriers around his prey. By day, Yoshimori’s got other demons to battle: an addiction to sweets and a seriously crotchety grandfather! Yoshimori’s pretty neighbor and childhood friend, Tokine Yukimura, is also a kekkaishi, but their families are feuding over who is the true practitioner of the art. (General summary for the series found on the Viz website.)
My Ramblings: I really enjoyed the anime version (thanks to Viz for being awesome and putting it all on Hulu/VizAnime!), so I may just have to pick up the manga version this way, since everyone loves a nice omnibus, and I’d really like to follow the manga, as I believe the anime has an anime only ending.

Negima! Magister Negi Magi by: Ken Akamatsu
Publisher: Kodansha
Release Date: June 14
Del Rey’s description from volume 1: Ten-year-old prodigy Negi Springfield, has just graduated from magic academy. He dreams of becoming a master wizard. Instead he’s sent to Japan to teach English . . . at an all-girls high school! All the students are delighted with their cute new teacher—except for Asuna, who resents Negi for replacing the teacher she secretly has a crush on.
Although he is forbidden to display his magical powers, sometimes Negi can’t resist. And when Asuna discovers Negi’s secret, she vows to make his life as difficult as possible— just the thing to prepare Negi for the challenges of life as a master wizard!
My Ramblings: Some sources have this as being just an omnibus of the first 3 volumes (as in there will only be one omnibus) seemingly to fix the fact that the first three Del Rey volumes were apparently horrible (according to some readers on ANN, I myself don’t have Negima), so I’m not sure if there will be a Negima omnibus 2 or not, but we’ll see. In any case, Kodansha is also continuing the series from where Del Rey left off. Also, thanks to sylphalchemist for reminding me of this one!!

Vagabond VIZBIG by: Takehiko Inoue
Publisher: Viz Media/Viz Signature imprint
Release Date: volume 10 – July 19
From the Publisher: Musashi is at the greatest crossroads of his life. After surviving his single-handed battle against the seventy men of Yoshioka Clan, Musashi is left with an injury that may lead to the end of his sword-fighting days. Could this mean he will escape from the spiral of death and killing that has been at the very center of his being for so long, or will the way of the sword be too tempting for him to walk away from?
My Ramblings: Not something I follow, but good for those who do. The VIZBIG editions are top notch, and it’s great to see more of them.

I Am Here! by: Ema Toyama
Publisher: Kodansha
Release Date: July 26
From the Publisher: Invisible to her classmates, Hikage Sumino is an eighth grader with no self-esteem. Her only friends are the visitors to her Internet blog. One day, the most popular boy in the grade suddenly talks to her. Encouraged by this twist of fate, Hikage determines to transform her life.
My Ramblings: Definitely have to grab the first volume now! Can’t wait to read both at once~ Thank goodness this is one of the titles that Kodansha is finishing. :]

Venus Versus Virus by: Atsushu Suzumi
Publisher: Seven Seas
Release Date: volume 2 – August 2
From the Publisher: Sumire Takahana is a seemingly normal school girl cursed with the ability to see malevolent ghosts known as “Viruses.” Her life hits a crossroads after a run-in with a “gothic lolita” clad monster killer for hire, Lucia Nahashia. Not content to stay on the sidelines while these “Viruses” prey on the weak, Sumire decides to join forces with the mysterious eyepatch-wearing Lucia to hunt down these “Viruses” before they can hurt anyone else.
My Ramblings: This is actually a series I remember meaning to check out, but never got around to, so I may have to go back now and get the first omnibus volume and then this one.

unnamed Tezuka title by: Osamu Tezuka
Publisher: Vertical
Release Date: October
From the Publisher:
My Ramblings: This title is supposed to be fully announced in January, it’s an omnibus volume of some Tezuka series, which is already released in French. Whatever it is, it’s Tezuka, and it’s from Vertical, so it’s sure to be awesome!

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  1. December 31, 2010 2:04 am

    I was randomly looking around on amazon for that Death Note omnibus when I found these two:

    Negimi! Omnibus
    June 14, 2011
    (http://www.amazon.com/Negima-Omnibus-Magister-Negi-Magi/dp/1935429620/ref=sr_1_33?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1293778441&sr=1-33)

    Venus Versus Virus Omnibus #2
    Aug 2, 2011
    (http://www.amazon.com/Venus-Versus-Virus-Omnibus-2/dp/1935934015/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1293778681&sr=1-10)

    [Not sure if you already had these but were going to include them in another post :3]
    Thanks again for doing these posts <3

  2. December 31, 2010 11:00 am

    @cookiekarin5: Yupyup, they were actually supposed to come out this year, but Dark Horse keeps delaying them, so we’ll see. Though the first volume of the Cardcaptor Sakura omnibus is out already. I saw it in stores the other day and it’s gorgeous. It’s the size of the Clover omnibus and not the Chobits ones. :D heh, I definitely bought only manga so far with my Christmas money. :3

    @sylphalchemist: derf, I totally knew about the Negima! one, since it’s Kodansha…I just completely forgot! xD

    I didn’t know about the Venus Versus Virus one, I saw the first omnibus on Seven Seas’ site, but it didn’t have a second volume listed, so I had no idea. Adding~

  3. Abriel permalink
    February 20, 2011 7:38 pm

    Just checked the Dark Horse website now:

    http://www.darkhorse.com/Manga/Upcoming

    Seems like Dark Horse has set new release dates for the 2nd volume of Cardcaptor Sakura and the 1st volume of Magic Knight Rayearth.

    Hopefully Dark Horse meets the dates^_^

    • February 20, 2011 7:49 pm

      oh my gosh! That’s awesome! I was actually afraid they’d been canceled, because they had been completely taken off the Dark Horse website some time ago and that happened with another series that they canceled. Also, a member of a CLAMP LiveJournal community who works in the industry was looking and noticed that they had “canceled” them, but some people were speculating that they were just changing the date, though the person who was posting seemed to think that was unlikely. I’m glad to see they’re back on the Dark Horse website though, because that is SOOO much more promising now!! :D Thanks for the info!!!

  4. Abriel permalink
    March 7, 2011 7:40 pm

    You might also want to add Tokyo Babylon and Angelic Layer by Clamp:

    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-03-07/dark-horse-adds-angelic-layer-tokyo-babylon-omnibuses

    *____* Dark Horse has confirmed it’s awesomeness to Clamp!

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