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Otaku USA: On The Shelf – April 10, 2013

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - April 10, 2013

New books! New books! New books! … and that’s all the cleverness I can offer today. But you can read all about this week’s new releases over at my On The Shelf article for Otaku USA. Enjoy!

Case Closed (Vol.46) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Excel Saga (Vol.25) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Itsuwaribito (Vol.08) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Loveless 2-in-1 (Vol.03) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Oh My Goddess (Vol.44) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Tiger & Bunny (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Unico [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]


Dark Horse Delivers Lone Wolves, Vocaloids and a Terada Artbook at Sakura Con

Dark Horse Deliveres Lone Wolves, Vocaloids and a Terada Artbook at Sakura Con

Dark Horse had some news at the recently passed Sakura-Con, appealing to fans of the old, the new and the just outright shiny. Of the news, however, they had just the one new title announcement:

Hatsune Miku: Unofficial Hatsune Mix – KEI

This manga is by the original designer for Hatsune Miku, so you’re getting your vocaloid fix straight from the source. For those unfamiliar with Hatsune Miku, I recommend Wikipedia for a quick overview of the phenomena and character. Currently this series is three volumes in Japan and Dark Horse will include several full colour illustrations. My experience of Hatsune Miku stops at knowing who she is and the technology that birthed her, so I’m actually a little curious to see how a story starring her goes in manga format.

Dark Horse also re-announced their plans for the sequel series to Lone Wolf and Club, by Hideki Mori & Kazuo Koike. They had already stated they had the license for this title back in 2006, but apparently it’s had some significant delays since then. The company announced in October that they’ll be re-releasing the original Lone Wolf and Club as omnibus editions so the timing of this sequel update fits well.

And last up for new stuff, Dark Horse also revealed they’ll be releasing a new art book – The Art of Katsuya Terada. As the name suggests, this collection of art is by Katsuya Terada, whose works include being character design for Blood: The Last Vampire and his comic series, The Monkey King, which Dark Horse is currently publishing.

Credit for the news and details goes to Anime News Network.


Otaku USA: On The Shelf – March 27, 2013

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - March 27, 2013

Much to my sadness there were no new volumes of manga released last week, hence no On The Shelf article for March 20th. We’re back to regular manga business this week however, so you can check out my On The Shelf articlefor Otaku USA to read about the goodies now available!

Angelic Layer (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Blood Lad Omnibus (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Durarara Saika Arc (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Genshiken Second Season (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Higurashi When They Cry: Massacre (Vol.21) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Jack Frost (Vol.07) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Soul Eater (Vol.13) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]


Otaku USA: On The Shelf – March 13, 2013

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - March 13, 2013

A new Wednesday and a new batch of comics! My knowledge of what day of the week it is often comes from when new books come out, so I’ve really been throwing myself for a loop lately with these late On The Shelf posts. Eep! Not this week though – Wednesday posting, on time!

Without further ado, you can read my thoughts on this week’s new books over at my On The Shelf article for Otaku USA.

07 Ghost (Vol.03) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
21st Century Boys (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Arata the Legend (Vol.13) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Blade of the Immortal (Vol.26): Blizzard [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Fullmetal Alchemist 3-in-1 (Vol.04) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
His Favorite (Vol.03) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Neon Genesis Evangelion 3-in-1 (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Paradise Kiss (Vol.03) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Rin-Ne (Vol.11) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Tokyo Babylon (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon 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]


Otaku USA: On The Shelf – February 20, 2013

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - February 20, 2013

Not much manga out this week, which is a little odd for a month’s mid-week. Maybe there wasn’t enough manga-karma left after the manga licenses last week? Who knows! Still some good stuff though~ You can read my thoughts on this week’s releases at the usual place, Otaku USA’s On The Shelf article.

Dance in the Vampire Bund Omnibus (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Lizzie Newton: Victorian Mysteries (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Neon Genesis Evangelion Comic Tribute [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
The Wallflower (Vol.30) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]


Otaku USA: On The Shelf – February 13, 2013

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - February 13, 2013

Our snow here was short-lived, two feet of beautiful white fluff now little more than some crusty banks after a night of rain. It was rather disappointing! On the other hand, it means there’s nothing but some distance between me and new comics.

For my thoughts on the new manga out this week, you can check out my On The Shelf article for Otaku USA.

Awkward Silence (Vol.03) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Deltora Quest (Vol.10) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Hayate the Combat Butler (Vol.21) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Hiroaki Samura’s Emerald & Other Stories [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
InuYasha VIZBig (Vol.14) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Knights of Sidonia (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]


Otaku USA: On The Shelf – January 30, 2013

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - January 30, 2013

January’s going out with a bit of a whimper, but still, manga! And a Legend of Zelda book that is a must have for many. You can read about the manga titles out this week over at my On The Shelf article for Otaku USA.

Bloody Monday (Vol.09) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
The Limit (Vol.03) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]


Swag Bag: Zombies, Zeal and Melancholy

Swag Bag: Zombies, Zeal and Melancholy

Diamond Comics has been sneaking out some releases early this year, so this week’s swag bag (which is actually last week’s by purchase time) includes a couple Yen Press books that I didn’t expect to be seeing until sometime this week. No complaints from me! It just means more budget for what arrives at Strange Adventures tomorrow.

My first purchase last week though was Dark Horse‘s Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (Vol. 13), as I missed it when it was released back in mid December. We only get a couple volumes of this series a year, at best, so I’m always excited to get a new one. Most of the volumes are still episodic in nature, but randomly there’s a sudden plot development that I never see coming. This was one of those volumes! I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about this particular reveal, and it really feels like it came out of no where, but I’m eager to see where the story goes with it.

Another episodic series was next in my bag with Natsume’s Book of Friends (Vol. 13). Plot development is far less in-your-face in this series, and any forward progression is done via subtle character development and the occasional new face. The second half of this volume is made up of two flashbacks following the perspective of Natsume’s school friends and how they met him. We rarely see much of those who aren’t affiliated with yokai, so it was fun getting a glimpse of Natsume from someone else’s angle. This series is always so… relaxingly sad?  Soothingly melancholic? It’s a tough feeling to pinpoint, but I’m sure those who read the series understand what I mean.

Black Butler (Vol. 12)The first of my two early Yen Press buys was A Bride’s Story (Vol. 04). This volume is a big tone change from earlier books, and it’s pretty great because of that. It’s not that I haven’t enjoyed each volume of A Bride’s Story, but I love that this volume is a lot more fun than usual. The twin girls on the cover are the book’s focus and it’s entertaining watching them tear around their little village trying to find perfect husbands.

And last up this shopping trip was Black Butler (Vol. 12). I wasn’t feeling all that excited to get this book since recent volumes of the series have felt a bit lackluster  Still pretty, but the story just hasn’t been clicking for me. And now zombies? Eh… And yet, my ambivalence to it was rewarded this time with surprise and awe! This could possibly be my favourite volume of the series to date. The art was top notch, the fan-service abundant but classy and all the beautiful Victorian clothing was looking especially attractive when worn by people kicking some series zombie butt. Now I’m really looking forward to the next volume.

That does it for this week’s Swag Bag. As always, feel more than free to share what purchases you’ve made recently and if you’d recommend them!


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