MCM Stock Preview: Part Deux

Continuing our brief stock overview, here’s some more manga (and manhwa) to look out for!

Natsume’s Book of Friends – For as long as he can remember, Natsume Takashi has been “blessed” with the ability to see spirits, a power which he inherited from his Grandmother. Upon her death, Natsume is left her “Book of Friends”, a book which contains the names of all the spirits that she has bullied into servitude. Contrary to his grandmother, Natsume decides to release the spirits, rather than enslave them, however the Book of Friends is a highly prized item in the spirit world, so his task may not be as easy as it sounds.

Shortlisted for the Manga Taisho award in 2008, Natsume’s Book of Friends collects a number of stand alone chapters, and assembles them into a pleasant and thoughtful series of manga.

One Fine Day– This “slice of life” series follows the adventures of No-ah, a warm-hearted magician, and his pets Nanai, the dog, Guru, the cat and Rang the mouse. Viewed mostly from the point of view of the pets, One Fine Day is a light-hearted, whimsical story suited to anyone who can appreciate the cuteness of talking hedgehogs and anthropomorphic animals.

Higurashi When They Cry(a.k.a Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, OR When Cicadas Cry) – Based on a popular Japanese murder mystery video game series, Higurashi is set in a fictional village, to which main character Keiichi Maebara moves, making friends with new classmates Rena Ryugu, Mion Sonozaki, Rika Furude, and Satoko Houjou. Life seems normal in the village, until Keiichi uncovers secrets surrounding the “Watanagashi Festival”, a celebration to give thanks to the local god, and soon Keiichi finds himself in the midst of the strange events connected with the festival.

Told through multiple story arcs, Higurashi follows Keiichi as he discovers more about his friends and the village he as moved to, slowly uncovering the truth behind the mysteries.

As well as the title’s mentioned previously, we’ll (hopefully) be stocking the manga series of popular anime Soul Eater, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind manga, and D.N. Angel (including latest volumes 12 and 13). We’re yet to place our anime stock order, but you can expect some exciting titles in that too! 🙂


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