Viz Media has announced five new manga series for 2010 including Grand Guignol Orchestra, the latest series from Kaori Yuki (Godchild), Gente, the sequel to Ristorante Paradiso, Library Wars: Love and War, the saga of a fearless squad that fights censorship, Nice to Meet You, Kami-sama, a shojo romance about a homeless girl who takes refuge in a shrine, and Kirby, a kodomo (children’s) manga based on the popular Saturday morning anime series that runs on the 4Kids’ CW block.
Kaori Yuki is the leading exponent of the Gothic shojo style, which she developed in such popular series as Angel Sanctuary, Cain, and Godchild. Yuki’s manga are not only stylistic innovative, they also push the narrative boundaries of shojo manga by tackling themes not often encountered in the girls’ manga category. The gender-bending Grand Guignol Orchestra takes readers to a city of fear where puppets hunt down humans. This stylish ongoing series, which has reached two volumes in
She meets a timid boy who says he has a place where she can stay, but it turns out to be a shrine complete with a guy who appears to have fox ears. This ongoing series by Karakuri Odette creator Juliette Suzuki, which has reached four volumes in
Ono is one of a relatively small group of female manga-ka specializing in creating for seinen magazines. Her current series House of Five Leaves (Saraiya Goyou), which has reached six volumes, is running in Shogakukan’s Ikki Magazine. Her sophisticated slice-of-life romances Ristorante Paradiso and Gente are published under the prestigious Viz Signature imprint. They take place in a bustling restaurant in
Also due in the fall of 2010 is Kirby, the bouncing pink blob of video game and Saturday morning TV fame who is starring the next new series appearing under the Viz Kids imprint.