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Super Savings: Amazon Offers Half-Off Bakuman and One Piece Sets

Amazon Offers Half-Off Bakuman and One Piece Sets for Cyber Monday

The whole Black Friday and Cyber Monday concept is a bit foreign to many of us Canadians, but we know good deals when we see them whatever the day. When these two sales popped up in my e-mail box, how could I not share?

Bakuman: Complete Series – $80.00/CAN, $79.99/US (50% off)
Amazon CAN | Amazon USA

- includes the complete Bakuman series (volumes 1-20), artwork-decorated carrying box with handle, double-sided colour poster and special one-shot edition of Otterman (a series that exists within Bakuman)

One Piece Box Set: East Blue and Baroque Works - $93.00/CAN, $92.99/US (50% off)
Amazon CAN | Amazon USA

 - includes volumes 1-23 of One Piece,  artwork-decorated carrying box with handle, double-sided colour poster and One Piece: Romance Dawn mini-comic

These are great deals for that many books, not to mention the snazzy boxes and extra goodies. I still look at my Fullmetal Alchemist box set with a happy grin.

The Bakuman set is an especially good deal for being the entire series, making it an extra satisfying buy. I already own all the books but I almost regret it for loss of that box and chance at the Otterman one-shot. I hope many others enjoy them in my stead! It’s a series I would highly recommend to manga fans, regardless of some of its’ issues.

This sale won’t last long, so nab ‘em while you can. They’ll make a great holiday gift for a friend, family member or yourself!


Review: Bakuman (Vol. 20)

Bakuman (Vol. 20)

Author: Tsugumi Ohba
Manga-ka: Takeshi Obata
Publisher: Viz Media
Rating: Teen (13+)
Release Date: August 2013

Synopsis: “For ten years, two young men have worked as hard as they possibly could to make their manga dreams come true. Now, as they sit atop the manga world, can the promise made long ago finally be fulfilled?!”

At twenty volumes, it’s the end of Bakuman. I’ll miss this series as it gave us in-depth, if not somewhat dramatically sped up and hyped, look at being a creator in the world’s most read comic magazine, Shonen Jump. While the last volume give its characters the satisfaction of achieving their dreams, it’s odd that it focuses so much on elements barely present in previous books, instead of what the series has always been about – manga.

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On The Shelf: August 7, 2013

On The Shelf: August 7, 2013

Happy Birthday to me! Well, belated. Sort of. This week’s shipping day, August 7th, just so happened to be my birthday, and what a birthday it was! This week was a huge one for new manga – thanks predominantly to Viz Media –  and among the spoils were some of my favourite series still running.

Notables for me included Toriko (Vol. 17), the final volume of Bakuman, A Devil and Her Love Song (Vol. 10), Kamisama Kiss (Vol. 13) and the very long awaited Kaze Hikaru (Vol. 21), a title that only comes out once a year! Plenty to choose from. Seek, read and enjoy~

A Certain Scientific Railgun (Vol. 08) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
A Devil and Her Love Song (Vol. 10) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Clockmaker’s Story [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Bakuman (Vol. 20) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Dance in the Vampire Bund Omnibus (Vol. 03) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Happy Marriage!? (Vol. 01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kamisama Kiss (Vol. 13) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kaze Hikaru (Vol. 21) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kimi ni Todoke (Vol. 17) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kitaro [Amazon CAN, Amazon US]
Knights of Sidonia (Vol. 04) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Library Wars: Love & War (Vol. 10) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Naruto (Vol. 62) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (Vol. 16) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Otomen (Vol. 16) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Pokemon Adventures: Heart Gold and Soul Silver (Vol. 01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Pokemon: Black and White (Vol. 11) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Rosario + Vampire Season II (Vol. 12) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Slam Dunk (Vol. 29) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Tegami Bachi (Vol. 14) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
The Sacred Blacksmith (Vol. 02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
The Wallflower (Vol. 31) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Toriko (Vol. 17) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
World War Blue (Vol. 02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]


Otaku USA: On The Shelf – May 8, 2013

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - May 8, 2013

Oops on my belated posting of last week’s On The Shelf! But I was at TCAF, so can you blame me? I’ll have some write-ups on my recent trip there later this week. You can read my thoughts on last week’s new manga by checking out On The Shelf  for May 8, 2013 with this week’s new manga coming soon!

Bakuman (Vol.19) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]
Black Bird (Vol.16) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]
Bleach 3-in-1 (Vol.05) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]
Claymore (Vol.22) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]
Dance in the Vampire Bund (Vol.14) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]
Dengeki Daisy (Vol.12) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]
Heroman (Vol.04) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]
Hunter x Hunter (Vol.30) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]
La Corda Doro (Vol.17) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]
Naruto 3-in-1 (Vol.05) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]
Naruto (Vol.61) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]
Otomen (Vol.15) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]
Pokémon Adventures (Vol.16) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]
Psyren (Vol.10) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]
Strobe Edge (Vol.04) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]
Tegami Bachi (Vol.13) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]
Wandering Son (Vol.04) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]
We Were There (Vol.16) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]
Zero’s Familiar Omnibus (Vol.01) [Amazon CANAmazon US, RightStuf]


Swag Bag: Prequel, Vampires and Caramel Pudding

Swag Bag:  Prequels, Vampires and Caramel Pudding

Swag Bag time! I had a little shopping hiatus the past month, but, believe me, I’ve made up for it in the last couple weeks. So, without further ado, here’s the first of a few Swag Bag posts to cover it all!

To start things off with a dose of boys’ love, I bought the Digital Manga oneshot, Caramel. My first impression was that the little guy has really silly looking hair. Second impression was it looks adorable. Both were correct – the little guy had silly hair and the story was super sweet, albeit a little sad being so short.

My impulse purchase of the day was Dark Horse‘s Blood-C (Vol.01). I don’t have any real interest in the Blood franchise, and my knowledge of this anime stops at CLAMP’s involvement. Still, the cover was really nice and the interior artwork looked good too. It looks very CLAMP-like actually, I’d say very likely inspired by their more recent works such as Tsubasa. We’ll see how the monster hunting itself entertains as I read it.

Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden (Vol.11)

Something that is never impulse and always a must-have-right-now is Naoki Urasawa’s work. This week that was 21st Century Boys (Vol.02). It’s the last volume in the 20th Century Boys story. It’s so weird knowing this series is now done after all these years. I’ve already read this final volume and I’ve gotta say… I can’t remember who ‘that’ is. Oops. Time to re-read!

It never stops being weird buying a new volume of Fushigi Yugi though, such as this week’s Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden (Vol.11). Now this is a series I’ve been reading a long time. It was one of my first manga from back in the Animerica Extra days of serialization. This prequel series only has one volume left, however, and the downside to it being a prequel is we all know how it’s going to end. So sad! But it’s so good.

Then it was meta territory with Bakuman (Vol. 18) – manga about making manga! This series is fantastic; I adore every volume, even with the awkward romantic subplots. This volume addresses the intensity of manga deadlines when the two leads launch yet another series. How many pages a month!? Freaky.

I finished off my Viz Media purchases with Pokemon Adventures (Vol.15) and Afterschool Charisma (Vol.07). There was quite a wait since the last volumes of each but fortunately neither are especially complicated in the plot department (though telling the clones apart in Afterschool Charisma isn’t always easy).

And then what’s a week without an omnibus? I’m a few months late on this one but I was pleased to buy Young Miss Holmes (Casebook 3-4). The first volume was cute with this precocious niece of Sherlock Holmes solving mysteries. I loved the short cameo from the dowdy Sherlock and Watson as well.

And then lastly for manga I had to nab a digital copy of Sword and Mist, released by SuBLime. It’s a digital only release but I’ve made my peace with these as an occasional thing, and I can’t deny that SuBLime puts out a great product. This title was a must have because it’s by Hayate Kuku. She’s only had one other series released in English – Love Sickness by Digital Manga – but I really loved it. Her masculine characters and sense of humor reminds me a lot of one of my BL favorites, Naono Bohra, who unfortunately hasn’t been as embraced by English publishers as I’d like. In any case, Sword and Mist! It’s got manly men, assassins, feudal China and cross-dressing – how could I resist?

The Adventures of Superhero GirlAnd then finally was a new book by a friend of mine, Faith Erin Hicks. Out now from Dark Horse is a hardcover, full color compilation of her web comic, The Adventures of Superhero Girl. It’s been a while since I read these comic strips so it’s been fun re-experiencing all the funny in-jokes about comics and super heroes. It’s an entertaining and worthwhile purchase for sure, and I’m looking forward to finishing it cover to cover again.


Otaku USA: On The Shelf – March 6, 2013

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - March 6, 2013

Ahhhhh – forgive me, manga world! I got really behind on stuff this week. But at least the manga always goes on! You can read about the manga titles out this past week over at my On The Shelf article for Otaku USA.

Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz (Vol.04) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Bakuman (Vol.18) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Barrage (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Blood C (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Btooom (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Demon Love Spell (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden (Vol.11) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Heroman (Vol.03) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Mayo Chiki (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Negima! Omnibus (Vol.06) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
One Piece (Vol.66) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Oresama Teacher (Vol.13) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Pokemon Adventures (Vol.15) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Pokemon the Movie: Kyurem vs Sword of Justice [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Psyren (Vol.09) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Rosario Vampire Season II (Vol.11) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Skip Beat! 3-in-1 (Vol.04) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Strobe Edge (Vol.03) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Trigun: Multiple Bullets [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Vampire Knight (Vol.16) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]


PR: Viz Media Announces Exciting Shonen Jump Manga Box Set Debuts For Fall 2013

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES EXCITING SHONEN JUMP MANGA BOX SET DEBUTS FOR FALL 2013

Catch Pirate Adventures In A New ONE PIECE Box Set And Manga Industry Drama In The Complete BAKUMAN。Box Set

San Francisco, CA, February 27, 2013 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has just announced new manga (graphic novel) acquisitions scheduled for Fall release under its popular Shonen Jump imprint. The upcoming releases include the complete BAKUMAN。series box set, and a box set collection of the first part of the ONE PIECE saga.

BAKUMAN。BOX SET • Rated ‘T’ for Teens •
MSRP: $159.99 U.S. / $159.99 CAN • Available October 1st 2013
Discover the mystery of manga-making in the bestselling series by Tsugumi Ohba, the creator of the hit series DEATH NOTE, available for the first time in a complete box set. The Box Set includes Volumes 1 through 20, plus the bonus mini-comic “Otter No. 11,” along with a full-color, two-sided poster.

In BAKUMAN。, average student Moritaka Mashiro enjoys drawing for fun. When his classmate and aspiring writer Akito Takagi discovers his talent, he begs Moritaka to team up with him as a manga-creating duo. But what exactly does it take to make it in the manga-publishing world? Also catch BAKUMAN。in the pages of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump manga magazine.

ONE PIECE BOX SET: EAST BLUE & BAROQUE WORKS • Rated ‘T’ for Teens •
MSRP $185.99 U.S. / $185.99 CAN • Available November 1st 2013
A premium box set that bundles the first two story arcs of ONE PIECE, one of the most beloved and bestselling manga series of all time! The Box Set includes volumes 1-23, which comprise the series’ first two story arcs, East Blue and Baroque Works. The set includes an exclusive poster and mini-comic, and delivers great savings over buying the volumes individually to make for a true pirate’s treasure for any manga fan!

As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Fruit, an enchanted Devil Fruit that gave him the ability to stretch like rubber. The only drawback? He’ll never be able to swim again – a serious handicap for an aspiring sea dog! Years later, Luffy sets off on his quest to find the “One Piece,” said to be the greatest treasure in the world… Also catch ONE PIECE in the pages of VIZ Media’s digital Weekly Shonen Jump manga magazine.

For more information on these or other manga titles from VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump imprint, please visit ShonenJump.com.

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Otaku USA: On The Shelf – December 5, 2012

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - December 5, 2012

Feeling extra lazy today, so MANGA! Yay! Check out the list of new books released this week at my On the Shelf article for Otaku USA. Handy link-ready list below too!

Arata the Legend (Vol. 12) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Bakuman (Vol. 17) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Black Bird (Vol. 15) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Bleach (Vol. 52) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Bleach (Vol. 53) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
D. Gray Man (Vol. 23) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Dawn of the Arcana (Vol. 07) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Demon Love Spell (Vol. 01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Devil & Her Love Song (Vol. 06) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
The Earl and the Fairy (Vol. 04) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Natsume’s Book of Friends (Vol. 13) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
NGE: Shinji Ikari Raising Project (Vol. 12) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Nura Rise of the Yokai Clan (Vol. 12) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Sakura Hime: Legend of Princess Sakura (Vol. 09) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Slam Dunk (Vol. 25) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Toriko (Vol. 13) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal (Vol. 02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]


Review: Bakuman (Vol. 16)

Bakuman (Vol. 16)

Author: Tsugumi Ohba
Manga-ka: Takeshi Obata
Publisher: Viz Media
Rating: Teen (13+)
Release Date: November 2013

Synopsis: “Eiji Nizuma announces that if he can top the Weekly Shonen Jump survey results for ten straight weeks, he will have one of the manga series in the cancelled. But which series does Eiji want to cancel? And what will Ashirogi and the other manga creators do to stop him?!”

I’ve always liked Eiji Nizuma. If for any real reason, it might simply be because I’ve never had any reason to not like him. This volume bumped the indifference up to legitimate affection, however, as we get to see a very commanding and even selfish side to him. He’s always been confident, hardworking and interested in the well-being of the other artists, but I was really surprised by some of the decisions he made here in the sixteenth volume.

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Otaku USA: On The Shelf – November 7, 2012

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - November 7, 2012

Where, oh where, is all the time going!? November 7th? Really? Yikes… This is looking like a big month for new manga releases and week one is definitely starting out with a bang. Over two dozen new releases!

You can read the full list and my thoughts on a number of them over at my On The Shelf article for Otaku USA.

Ai Ore (Vol.07) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Air Gear (Vol. 26) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Bakuman (Vol.16) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Bleach (Vol.50) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Bleach (Vol.51) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Blue Exorcist (Vol.08) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Claymore (Vol.21) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
GTO Early Years (Vol.15) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Heroman (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kamisama Kiss (Vol.11) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kimi Ni Todoke (Vol.15) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Mardock Scramble (Vol. 06) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Naruto (Vol.59) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Box Set [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Negima (Vol. 36) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Neon Genesis Evangelion (Vol.13) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
One Piece (Vol.65) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Oresama Teacher (Vol.11) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Ouran High School Host Club Box Set [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Psyren (Vol.07) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Rosario Vampire Season II (Vol.10) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Sailor Moon (Vol. 08) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Strobe Edge (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Tegami Bachi (Vol.11) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Vampire Knight (Vol.15) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
We Were There (Vol. 15) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]

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