Food appreciation manga Oishinbo is a phenomenon, running in Big Comics Spirits for over a 100 volumes. North America got a sample when Viz published seven topically organized "a la Carte" volumes. At two volumes, Inio Asano's sometimes strange, sometimes violent, often moving What A Wonderful World! is significantly shorter, but still remarkable. Both of these seinen (older, male audience) works are now making their debut on Viz's digital manga platform.
Viz's digital release plans for the first half of August include
OISHINBO Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Available Now!
Written by Tetsu Kariya and illustrated by Akira Hanasaki, OISHINBO is considered to be the epitome of food manga and defined the genre while selling more than 100 million copies in Japan since its debut in 1983. The series depicts the adventures of journalist Shiro Yamaoka, who writes for the fictional newspaper Tozai News. As part of the celebrations for its 100th anniversary, the publishers commission the creation of the "Ultimate Menu," a model meal embodying the pinnacle of Japanese cuisine. This all-important task has been entrusted to journalist Yamaoka Shirō, an inveterate cynic who possesses no initiative – but also an incredibly refined palate and an encyclopedic knowledge of food.
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD! Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
Available August 8th
A poignant collection of intersecting vignettes depicting twenty-something angst, WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD! explores the various ways that modern life can be at once ridiculous and sublime, terrible and precious, wasted and celebrated. What begins with a college dropout bored of her mediocre routine soon becomes a fantastic series about the unexpected ways that lives intersect. Filled with magical realism in the face of the cold reality of modern life, these stories are about discovering something precious in the chaos of daily existence.
Additional new VIZ Media manga volumes launching include:
VIZ Media’s digital manga platform allows for universal access for fans for reading manga from their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and now, VIZManga.com for desktop/laptop computers and Android-powered devices with built-in web browsers.