I’ve been getting back into Code Geass recently. One of the best things about getting back into a fandom I was already into before is that I have a lot of the stuff already. I actually found a calendar of it and put the pictures up on my wall as posters. There’s a really cute Halloween one in there! I also found the Official Comic Anthology books. These are collections of parody manga based on the characters from the anime, and they can be a real treat if you’re a really big fan of a series, like I am with this.
The earlier volumes of Queen weren’t as good as Knight – I remember not even bothering with it past vol. 2 before because 1 and 2 were so lackluster. Most of the stories in Knight were funny, the ones in the earlier Queen books just relied on basic jokes and I didn’t feel like they got the characters very well. These are better, though. There are some really nice stories in 4 and 5. The Euphie and Suzaku ones by the artist Tsukako (one in each book) are the greatest. Personally, I can’t get enough of those two in general because they are so cute, but this artist does them extraordinarily well. These two stories are so, so cute.
I was also surprised to see the Jeremiah’s Adventure parts in here – earlier episodes of this appeared in Knight. This involves Jeremiah as a little chibi orange thing going around and having moments with various characters. He meets Tianzi in vol. 4, and in vol. 5 he gets help from the Black Knights.
These are called “Queen Anthology for Boys” and “Knight Anthology for Girls”, which obviously implies fanservice, but really, for both series, there’s more fanservice on the covers and posters than in the actual book. The ones that do have fanservice are surprisingly mild, actually. The ones that are well-written are funny probably regardless of who you’re attracted to out of these characters.
The one that made me think, “Oh yeah, these are the ‘For Boys’ books,” wasn’t one of the sexual ones, though – it was the one about the moe-anthropomorphized Knightmare Frames. Yeah.
Since Bandai Entertainment shut down, these might be hard to find. I was able to find all of the Code Geass manga I wanted to get on Amazon and RightStuf, but I already had most of it. RightStuf only has vol.s 2, 4, and 5 of Queen.
These sorts of comic anthologies exist for other series, too. I think it’s relatively rare that they get translated, though. Yen Press released a Haruhi Suzumiya one, called The Misfortune of Kyon and Koizumi. If you like the boys of the SOS Brigade, you should check it out~