Seven Seas Entertainment recently announced a very small handful of manga titles it will be bringing over to western shores. It’s early in the year, so the list consists of only three entries: Absolute Duo, Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea, and Hatsune Miku Presents: Hachune Miku’s Everyday Vocaloid Paradise. Those first two fall solidly into the fantasy category, while Vocaloid fans will recognize the name Hachune, Miku’s minuscule counterpart.
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Tor Kokonoe enrolls in Koryo Academy, a prestigious school that teaches its students to wield personalized manifestations of their souls – called Blaze – as weapons. His goal: become strong enough to avenge his younger sister’s death. His master plan hits a snag when his Blaze turns out not to be a weapon, but a shield. Luckily for him, he gets paired with the mysterious and unprecedentedly powerful Julie Sigtuna, who also seeks revenge for a certain past wrong. To judge a book by it’s cover, this is shaping up to be another schoolboy-meets-girl-with-fantasy-elements-tossed-in adventure.
Wadanohara has just returned to her ocean kingdom from a long journey, only to find a new threat about to rear its ugly head. Her long-time home faces invasion, and a figure from her past returns to try and banish her from the kingdom forever. Seven Seas has been providing the translations for Wadanohara volumes since 2015, this volume being but the latest continuation to a series based on a fan-favorite video game we’ve never heard of.
Vocaloid manga have rarely been high-stakes. That lighthearted trend continues with Hachune Miku, who takes us along for the ride as she and her friends get up to their own particular brand of comedic mischief. Did we mention this one’s fully colored?
Other acquisitions include Alice & Zouroku, Magcial Girl Special Ops Asuka, and Unmagical Girl (notice a theme here?) Do any of these sound like good reads? Or is the market becoming oversaturated with shallow, tired tropes? Leave a comment and tell us what you think of these newest entries by Seven Seas Entertainment.
Matt Eschbach is a PC, Mac and Android indie game developer and fiction writer. His works have won multiple monetary awards from various contests. Graduating college in 2012 with a major in Game Design, Matt spends his time making stuff up and then building it. His favorite hobby… is sleeping.