Greetings everyone, sorry for the late Quick Picks. Been working on the Movie and OVA guide after submitting the Spring 2014 Anime Simulcast Guide article to Tom this week. For this week, we have a large selection. I'm psyched for World War Blue, No. 6, and Fairy Tail. For series I haven't tried, I'm interested in Love in Hell, and Missions of Love. World War Blue is a parody of the console wars between Sega and Nintendo. I love picking up video game references. No. 6 is my favorite dystopian themed series next to Shin Sekai Yori. However, I like Shin Sekai Yori anime more than the manga due to the manga having too many fan service scenes. Fairy Tail is one of my favorite Shonen series. I'm glad to see the anime come back for this spring season.
All comments are welcome. I would love your two cents on these series. What series are you interested in? Thank you.
Sources: All plot summaries and data are from ANN's Manga Releases page. Thanks to PikaHyper for uploading the English covers. He's a cool wiki editor who contributes a ton in Comic Vine, but he also helped us Anime Vice folks back then.
Past Quick Pick Manga Threads
|A Certain Scientific Railgun Volume 9|
Welcome to a world where mysticism and science collide, and supernatural powers are derived from either science or religion. At the heart of this world is Academy City, an advanced metropolis whose population is comprised mostly of students. The majority of students are enrolled in the city’s "Power Curriculum Program," where they must learn to master their latent psychic powers. Out of several million students, only seven are deemed powerful enough to have Level 5 status.
Meet Mikoto Misaka, the third most powerful Level 5 esper in Academy City. Together with her best friend Kuroko Shirai and the other members of Judgment, a student-run law enforcement agency, Mikoto delves deep into the dark heart of the scientific sprawl she calls home, and uncovers secrets she wishes she hadn’t!
|Afterschool Charism Volume 9|
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, a 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?
|Devils and Realist Volume 1|
William Twining has it all: a sharp intelligence, dashing good looks, and a noble station in life. There's only one problem: he's broke. Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment Suggested retail price: $12.99 With no way to finance his prestigious education, William decides to search through his uncle's mansion for something of value to sell. But William's logical worldview is about to take a hit, when he comes across a mystical seal which he unintentionally uses to summon a demon.
The demon's name is Dantalion, a Grand Duke of Hell, who informs the young nobleman of his destiny - that he is the new "Elector," whose sole responsibility is to appoint the next ruler of Hell in place of Lucifer. Such news might drive a lesser man mad, but not William Twining. He's a realist whose views don't allow for the existence of demons, even when scores of demonic candidates begin to knock down his door and seek his favor. None of this can possibly be real, can it? Besides, he's got bills to pay.
|Dorohedoro Volume 12|
In a city so dismal it's known only as "the Hole," a clan of Sorcerers has been plucking people off the streets to use as guinea pigs for atrocious "experiments" in the black arts. In a dark alley, Nikaido found Caiman, a man with a reptile head and a bad case of amnesia. To undo the spell, they're hunting and killing the Sorcerers in the Hole, hoping that eventually they'll kill the right one. But when En, the head Sorcerer, gets word of a lizard-man slaughtering his people, he sends a crew of "cleaners" into the Hole, igniting a war between two worlds.
|Fairy Tail Volume 37|
To the surprise of no one, Natsu hasn't really thought through his plan to rescue Lucy. Along the way, they face a death trap, a team of magical executioners, and... another Lucy?! Meanwhile Erza struggles through a three-way free-for-all with the world's two other most powerful women wizards! Will the world survive Fairy Tail's attempts to save it?!
|Love in Hell Volume 3|
Love in Hell is a hilarious and irreverant new manga series that takes place in a setting that is endlessly fascinating—Hell. For fans of supernatural comedies like Rosario + Vampire, Love in Hell is sure to entertain those who like their stories devilishly naughty. Rintaro Senkawa is a regular guy in his mid-20’s who got a little drunk one night and fell to his death. But that is just the beginning of Rintaro’s story, as he finds himself unexpectedly in Hell where he meets his guide, the painfully sexy devil Koyori. Can Rintaro take his situation seriously enough to repent for the sins of his former life, or is he fated to be eternally tempted, teased, and tortured by scantily-clad devils with iron spiked clubs?
|Missions of Love Volume 7|
Faced with the knowledge of Mami’s true feelings for him, Shigure has a choice to make...can he reject the girl who loves and needs him? When Yukina realizes the future of her missions is in peril, she decides she may have to make up his mind for him.
|Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Detective Diary Volume 2|
First rule of finding yourself in a hole: stop digging! Too bad Shinji can't seem to take that advice - not while he's in debt to the Kaji Detective Agency, while doing all the work of its lazy proprietors! And what should be a relaxing break with Rei at the aquarium turns into an embarrassing encounter with a rival.
|No. 6 Volume 6|
In an underground cavern connected to the Correctional Facility, Shion and Rat meet the mysterious Elder, who promises to reveal the secrets of No. 6. But it turns out the grotesque origins of the Holy City are intertwined with Rat's past. Meanwhile, as No. 6 lurches to life for the Holyday, more and more citizens begins to exhibit strange symptoms...
It is the 14th Century and as the Swiss begin to initiate their movements toward independence a fortress in the Alps known as the Wolfsmund continues to strike fear amongst the German and Italian communities that dare threaten Hapsburg (Austrian) rule!
|World War Blue Volume 5|
Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment Suggested retail price: $12.99
In the continent of Consume, an endless war rages between bitter rivals: the Segua Kingdom vs. the Ninteldo Empire. Upon his dinosaur steed, the stern Emperor Marcus has led the Ninteldo Empire to near-victory. Now, with the majority of Consume under its control, Ninteldo has Segua up against the ropes.