The Josei Alphabet: S

“S” is for…

Sekai de Ichiban Yasashii Ongaku, written and illustrated by Mari Ozawa, originally serialized in Kodansha’s Kiss, 16 volumes. Most series about single parents that have been licensed are about single fathers, so this tale of a single mother would be most welcome. Also, I’m kind of in love with the covers; you can view more of them at Kodansha’s site for the title.

Shibou to lu Na no Fuku o Kite, written and illustrated by Moyocco (Sugar Sugar Rune, Happy Mania) Anno, originally serialized in Shufu to Seikatsusha’s Shuukan Josei, one volume. Anno looks at a woman’s ambivalent struggle with her weight in a thin-dominated society.

Shin Yami no Koe – Kaidan, written and illustrated by Junji (Uzumaki, Gyo, Tomie) Ito, originally serialized in Asahi Sonorama’s Nemuki, one volume. I’m not a huge horror fan, but I find Ito’s work irresistibly unsettling, so I’d love to read this collection of shorts created for a josei magazine.

Silver, written by Penny Jordan, adapted to manga by Kazuko Fujita, originally serialized in Shogakukan’s Josei Seven, nine volumes. An innocent heiress marries badly and realizes that her husband was just in it for the money. She remakes herself into the perfect woman to avenge herself and her family. It sounds kind of trashy but awesome.

Spicy Pink, written and illustrated by Wataru (Ultra Maniac, Marmalade Boy) Yoshizumi, originally serialized in Shueisha’s Chorus, two volumes, published in French by Glénat. I would be happy as a clam if someone finally decided to publish a josei series from this terrific creator. This one’s about a busy mangaka with no time for a social life who meets an obnoxious but not entirely unpromising doctor on a group date.

Josei Magazines:

Licensed josei:

  • Saiyuki Reload, written and illustrated by Kazuya Minekura, originally serialized in Ichijinsha’s Comic Zero-Sum, published in English by Tokyopop, 10 volumes.
  • Sengoku Nights, written by Kei Kusunoki, illustrated by Kaoru Oohashi, originally serialized in Shueisha’s Comic Crimson, published in English by Tokyopop, two volumes.
  • Suppli, written and illustrated by Mari Okazaki, originally serialized in Shodensha’s Feel Young, partly published in English by Tokyopop, 10 volumes plus extra.

What starts with “S” in your josei alphabet?

Reader recommendations and reminders:

  • Sounds of Love, written and illustrated by Rin Tanaka, originally serialized in Ohzora Shuppan’s Renai Hakusho Pastel, published in English by Luv Luv Press, three volumes.
  • Sugiru Juunana no Haru, written by Fuyumi Ono, illustrated by Kotetsuko Yamamoto, currently running in Gentosha’s Spica
  • Shuukatsu!! – Kimi ni Naitei, written and illustrated by Aki Yoshino, originally serialized in Shogakukan’s Petit Comic, two volumes.