Manga Mentions 1.10

Appleseed Vol 4: I really enjoyed this last volume (although there are some other bonus material books available) of Shirow Masamune's Appleseed, even though the plot is pretty complex and full of political espionage. There's some good insight into Deunan's character (and she loses an eye!) and some fantastic hand-to-hand fight choreography, but I'm most impressed with the incredible artwork and detailed scenes of large, futuristic urban areas!

Black Jack Vol 3: This is such a great manga for morning reading, since the stories are the perfect length! I realized that the timeline is a little out of order at times, since Pinoko's age doesn't seem right, but I'm not sure if that's how they were published or just collected in this volume (I don't care either way!). My favorite chapter this time is when Black Jack operates on himself in the middle of Australia while dingoes are chomping at his portable sterile surgical bubble!

Nana Vol 5: There's a reason why Nana is such a popular manga, and that's because it's so easy to get wrapped up in the characters and their emotional lives! Nana and Ren get back together and Hachiko (the cute Nana) hooks up with Takumi, though she has feelings for Yasu and Nobu at the same time. It doesn't matter that I already know the plot, because when I finish one volume I can't wait to start the next one!

Nana Vol 6: The emotional drama gets even deeper in this volume, since Nobu confesses his love to Hachiko, who is still hopelessly addicted to Takumi. The point of view narration is so wonderful in this manga, and I loved Hachiko's explanation about her relationship with Takumi and how they understand (and intensify) each other's weakness. Since Nana is staying with Ren now, this is a sad time for poor Hachiko.

Mahoromatic Vol 1: Although I didn't really want to start a new series, I couldn't resist getting this one for free from PaperBack Swap, especially since I really fell in love with the anime on DVD years ago. It was lots of fun reliving all the hilarious scenes, since it seems the anime was taken almost word-for-word from the manga. Mahoro is so cute, so I'm afraid I'm getting sucked in to reading the whole series!