Mania Anime and Manga Reviews for 12/08/2008 (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Date: Monday, December 08, 2008

Monday has arrived once again and we've got four new reviews up from four different companies for you to peruse today. The variety is once again quite apparent with what's being put out into the market, though it may not always register considering the relative deluge of product at times.

On the anime side, it's a very different mix of titles that are on deck today. Mark has stepped in to catch us up on the latest release pattern for Yu Yu Hakusho from FUNimation. Released on 11/11/2008, this new 700 minute collection of Yu Yu Hakusho Season 3 takes us further into the show in a very compact form. Those who had bought the original thirty-two odd volumes are likely kicking themselves fiercely right about now.

On the other end of the anime spectrum, Chris has a look at the 10/21/2008 release of Story of Saiunkoku Vol. #3, a release that took a good bit of time to actually come in. This release from Geneon Entertainment has been on hiatus for just about a year and getting back into it wasn't exactly easy considering the way the story arcs are set up. On the plus side, with its distribution through FUNimation, the remaining twenty-six episodes are getting released quickly in a pair of collections. Fans of good quality shoujo oriented anime will definitely be glad to get their hands on more of this.

In the manga world, Matthew is providing up a double hit of dark violent titles today. First, he's got a look at TOKYOPOP's September 2008 release of Speed Grapher Vol. #1 by Tomozo and Yusuke Kazaki, which was released in anime form by FUNimation several times over. How does it compare with the anime? Check out the review. Matthew is also digging deeper into another series with a small bodied review of the August 2008 release of The Yagyu Ninja Scrolls Vol. #4 from Del Rey. The series from Masaki Segawa continues to appeal to Matthew who has been reading this and the Basilisk books since early on.



Series: Yu Yu Hakusho, Story of Saiunkoku