Amazon's Best Graphic Novels of 2017 List Includes Twilight Princess, My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness, My Brother's Husband Manga
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Amazon announced its Best Books of 2017 list last week, including a list of 20 books in the "Comics & Graphic Novels" category. The unranked list includes the first volume of Akira Himekawa's The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Kabi Nagata's My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness, and the first volume of Gengoroh Tagame's My Brother's Husband.
Viz Media licensed The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and released its second volume on August 8. The company describes the manga:
Link must defeat evil at every turn in his perilous quest to help Princess Zelda!
Once upon a time, wizards tried to conquer the Sacred Realm of Hyrule. The Spirits of Light sealed the wizards' power within the Shadow Crystal and banished them to the Twilight Realm beyond the Mirror of Twilight. Now, an evil menace is trying to find Midna, Princess of the Twilight Realm, and the fragments of the Shadow Crystal to gain the power to rule over both the Twilight Realm and the World of Light.
Link once trained in swordsmanship, hoping to protect the world of Hyrule. After a fateful meeting, he sought out the anonymity and peace of life in a small village. But danger and adventure always find heroes to set things right, and when the dark minions of the King of Shadows threaten his new home, Link answers the call!
Manga creator duo Himekawa launched the Twilight Princess manga in MangaONE in February 2016, where it serializes every other week. The app revealed earlier this month that the manga is taking a break, and it will return on January 22. Twilight Princess marks the pair's return to drawing The Legend of Zelda manga after an eight-year hiatus. Shogakukan published the manga's third volume in Japan in May.
Seven Seas released My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness on June 6, and it describes the manga:
The heart-rending autobiographical manga that's taken the internet by storm!
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness is an honest and heartfelt look at one young woman's exploration of her sexuality, mental well-being, and growing up in our modern age. Told using expressive artwork that invokes both laughter and tears, this moving and highly entertaining single volume depicts not only the artist's burgeoning sexuality, but many other personal aspects of her life that will resonate with readers.
Nagata originally published the manga on art website Pixiv, and East Press published the one-volume manga in print in Japan in June 2016.
Pantheon Books is releasing My Brother's Husband in two-in-one omnibus volumes and released the first volume on May 2. It describes the story:
My Brother's Husband is a family drama that begins with the auspicious arrival of Mike, a Canadian who has come to pay respects to the family of his recently deceased Japanese husband Ryoji, whose only remaining immediate family member is Yaichi—an identical twin brother. As Mike gets accustomed to Japanese morays and the surprising idiosyncrasies of living with Yaichi and his daughter Kana, the sleepy Japanese suburb also learns the true meaning of family.
Tagame launched the manga in Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine in November 2014 and ended it this past May. Futabasha published the manga's fourth compiled volume in July. The manga was nominated for Best Comic at this year's 44th annual Angoulême International Comics Festival. The manga also won an Excellence Award at the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2015.