Phoning It In
It’s almost summer, which means my traveling calender is starting to fill up again. Hopefully we as a group will manage to be more active this time compared to last year, but you know how it goes. Today’s big announcement is the launch of two brand-new projects: Green Blood and Udon no Hito. In familiar Kotonoha tradition, they are as different as two manga can be.
Green Blood is the latest work by Masasumi Kakizaki, the artist behind Hideout and Rainbow. Set in mid-19th century New York, this grim and action-filled period drama explores the violent gang culture in the notorious Five Points district through the eyes of two Irish immigrant brothers. If you enjoyed Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, like I did, this manga will be right up your alley. Kakizaki’s gritty artwork seems uniquely suited to portrait the cruel and unforgiving life during some of the darkest days in this era. His story, while not on the same scale as Scorsese’s movie, is fast-paced and engaging. If you can handle explicit scenes of graphic violence and nudity, Green Blood offers a fresh and captivating experience rarely found in manga these days. This project is a joint with Easy Going Scans, who are scanlating Kakizaki’s other famous manga, Rainbow.
Since the conclusion of Happy-Go-Lucky Days our ongoing josei section has been conspicuously vacant, which is all the more reason I’m glad we’re picking up Udon no Hito, one of the most talked-about josei books of 2011. In her second josei outing, up-and-coming artist est em gives us a witty, charming, and occasionally hilarious story about love and noodles. Although I do wonder at times which of them is the bigger focus of the manga. A big thanks to Aster for translating this wonderful manga for us.
We are of course not ignoring our other projects, as is evident by the new chapters of All-Rounder Meguru and Raqiya. Thanks to Weaper for helping us out with the latter again. Hopefully, these two projects will proceed smoother from now on.