I know we have a lot of manga readers out there... sometimes the Teen Zone is littered with random volumes of Naruto, Bleach, Fruits Basket, and Death Note. I see people carrying stacks of volumes down to the main desk for check out, using their chins to hold the pile steady. And I love reading it too... they can be quick reads, but pack a powerful punch, whether it's action, comedy, romance, or horror. Or sometimes all of those things. Shiny New Manga!
But what can make me crazy about some series is the way they go on and on. And on. For instance Naruto's 58th volume comes out today. Do you know how much shelf space that takes up? Reading some of these series is a big investment in time, space, and money. Luckily, you have a library that loves to provide you with manga! That's why I want to take a moment to tell you about some of the new series we've added over the past year, and some sleepers you may have missed.
The best thing about the library, in my opinion, is that we're your library. We're here to serve you, so that means if you have a series that you think would be a good addition to the library's collection, let us know. Manga is for kids, teens, and adults, so suggestions from all ages are welcome! We aren't able to get everything - there's shelf space to consider and a budget to stick to - but we do our best to represent different interests. Make sure to check the Teen Zone for most of our manga collection, but you'll also find several series in the children's comics and some coming soon the adult graphic novel collection (now featured behind the reference desk)!
Afterschool Charisma by Kumiko Suekane
St. Kleio Academy is a very exclusive school: all of the students are clones of famous historical figures such as Beethoven, Queen Elizabeth I, Napoleon, Mozart, and Freud. All of them, that is, except for Shiro Kamiya. As Shiro struggles to adapt to this unusual campus, St. Kleio's first graduate, the clone of John F. Kennedy, is killed. Are the clones doomed to repeat the fate of their genetic progenitors, or can they create their own destinies? And how does a normal boy like Shiro fit in?
Arisa by Natsumi Ando
Tsubasa thinks that her pretty and popular twin sister, Arisa, has the perfect life. Everyone at school loves Arisa - unlike the hot-tempered Tsubasa, whose nickname is “the Demon Princess.” But when Arisa attempts suicide, Tsubasa learns that her seemingly perfect sister has been keeping some dark secrets. Now Tsubasa is going undercover at school - disguised as Arisa - in search of the truth. But will Arisa’s secrets shatter Tsubasa’s life, too?
Black Butler by Yana Toboso
When a terrible fire claims his parents, Ciel Phantomhive must step up as the head of his father's company and as Earl of Phantomhive Manor. It would be a lot for the young boy to handle were it not for his faithful butler, Sebastian. Ever at Ciel's side, it seems there's little Sebastian can't do, whether it's saving a dinner party gone awry or probing the dark secrets of London's underbelly. He's almost too good to be true... or at least, too good to be human...
Blue Exorcist by Kato Kazue
Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth: the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin's veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. Can Rin fight demons and keep his infernal bloodline a secret? It won't be easy, especially when drawing his father's sword releases the demonic power within him!
A Bride's Story by Kaoru Mori
At the age of twenty, Amir is sent to a neighboring town to be wed. Her surprise at learning her new husband, Karluk, is eight years younger than she is is quickly replaced by a deep affection for the boy and his family. Though she hails from just beyond the mountains, Amir's clan has very different customs, foods, and clothes from what Karluk is used to. As the two of them learn more about each other through their day-to-day lives, the bond of respect and love grows stronger.
Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima
Cute girl wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a club for the most powerful wizards. But instead, her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates led by a devious magician. Her only hope is Natsu, a strange boy she happens to meet on her travels. Natsu’s not your typical hero – he gets motion sickness, eats like a pig, and his best friend is a talking cat. With friends like this, is Lucy better off with her enemies?
Library Wars: Love & War by Hiro Arikawa and Art by Kiiro Yumi
In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves: the Library Forces! Iku Kasahara has dreamed of joining the Library Defense Force ever since one of its soldiers stepped in to protect her favorite book from being confiscated in a bookstore when she was younger. But now that she's finally a recruit, she's finding her dream job to be a bit of a nightmare. Especially since her hard-hearted drill instructor seems to have it out for her!
Natsume's Book of Friends by Yuki Midorikaw
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi (reprint)
Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evils and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. She meets other girls destined to be Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts), and together, they fight the forces of evil! This reprinted version of Sailor Moon will be completely true to original.
Twin Spica by Kou Yaginuma
In a Tokyo in the not too distant future, a young girl studies diligently with ambitions of soon attending space academy. And yet, every time she looks up to the stars with tremendous hope for the future, there is a sense of melancholy in her heart. A sadness surrounds Asumi, as the very concept of space exploration has profoundly changed her life for as long as she can remember. But she is not alone. A young man wearing a lion's mask is always beside her. He speaks of the constellations and galaxies as if he they were home. He knows what it is like to love the stars. Now in spirit he will forever be with Asumi guiding her on her path to space where she hopes to be reunited with the spirits of not only her space traveler friend, but the mother she lost more than ten years ago.