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On The Shelf: July 31, 2013

On The Shelf: July 31, 2013

July is one of those special months that ends up having five Wednesdays, so that means five days for new manga to come out. And despite this being the last day of July, it still has a good amount of books coming out too.

My top pick today easily goes to Vertical Inc‘s release of Twin Knight. This one shot book is Osamu Tezuka’s sequel to his popular Princess Knight. Before Vertical announced this title, I didn’t even know there was a sequel. This makes me even more excited to buy it as I’ve intentionally avoided reading anything about Twin Knight so as much is a surprise as possible.

Yen Press also has some gems with a stack of new Kingdom Hearts books. These are all re-translated and repackaged series originally published by Tokyopop. This weeks’ include the second, and final, volume of the first story, Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, a complete one shot release of the second story, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, and the first of two volumes for the follow-up story, Kingdom Hearts II.

I’ll also be revisiting an old favourite with Viz Media‘s newest omnibus volume of Hana Kimi. Romantic drama and cross-dressing fun~

Bloody Monday (Vol.11) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Fairy Tail (Vol.28) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Hana-Kimi Omnibus (Vol.05) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Heroman (Vol.05) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Gantz (Vol.28) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kingdom Hearts II (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Twin Knight [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]


On The Shelf: June 26, 2013

On The Shelf: June 26, 2013

It’s a busy week for Kuriousity as half our writers, myself included, gear up for the upcoming Animaritime. It’s the final prep-day countdown! But that doesn’t stop us from oogling this week’s new assortment of manga, which includes a whole bunch of new Yen Press books.

I really enjoyed Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories which Yen Press is releasing as a single omnibus. Unfortunately my feelings weren’t as generous for Puella Magi Kazumi Magica. To each their own of course, and this week offers plenty to choose from. Buy and enjoy!

Aron’s Absurd Armada (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Fairy Tail (Vol.27) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class (Vol.05) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Heroman (Vol.05) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Higurashi: When They Cry – Festival Accompanying Arc (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Nabari No Ou (Vol.14) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Negima! Magister Negi Magi Omnibus (Vol.07) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Pandora Hearts (Vol.16) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Spice & Wolf (Vol.08) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Triage X (Vol.03) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Oreimo (Vol.03) [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]


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]


Review: Heroman (Vol. 01)

Heroman (Vol. 01)

Author: Stan Lee / BONES
Manga-ka: Tamon Ohta
Publisher: Vertical Inc
Rating: Teen (13+)
Release Date: October 2012

Synopsis: “Orphaned American teen Joseph Carter Jones, aka Joey, lives with his grandmother in Central City, Los Angeles. When he’s not in class you can generally find him working diligently at a diner to help make ends meet at home. Upon hearing of a new toy robot called the Heybo, Joey becomes set on the idea that acquiring one will change his for the better. Unfortunately, he cannot afford to buy the machine on his meager salary. His luck changes when he picks up a broken-down Heybo abandoned by a school bully. In Joey’s eyes this used bot could be a source of strength. It could turn him into a hero for (cheerleader) Lina and his school… if he can make it work.”

Stan Lee is a cherished comics creator, and even in his old age is still a great showman and astute business man. While lending his name and conceptual ideas to numerous properties this past decade, his efforts have recently extended to Japan. It’s resulted in a few major media properties that have made their way back to the USA. Vertical’s licensing efforts have in turn resulted in bringing one of these, Heroman, to domestic readers. With an amicable style, and an inviting presentation, Heroman presents itself as an excellent series that will serve well as both a great introduction to manga for new readers brought in by Lee’s name and a great series for long time fans bored with the tropes of other shonen series. Tamon Ohta elevates Lee’s concepts to match the promise of such a collaboration. Heroman is a solid read that’s easily recommendable.

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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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MangaNext 2012: Vertical Announces New Licenses, Artbook

MangaNext 2012 - Vertical Inc

New Jersey is home to North America’s only manga-specific convention this weekend – MangaNext. Along with it’s impressive guest list (if only it didn’t cost me $6500 to fly down last minute!), the convention is also the platform for some manga industry news.

Vertical Inc‘s Ed Chavez is attending the event and had two new manga licenses to announce at the company panel today:

Heroman – Stan Lee & Tamon Ohta
Limit – Keiko Suenobu

Heroman is a five volume series written by Marvel-character famed, Stan Lee. The story is illustrated by Tamon Ohta, who I couldn’t find any works from prior aside from ANN’s credit for art in the Heroman anime. This is Stan Lee’s second direct collaboration with a manga-artist – the first being Ultimo, published in English by Viz Media. Heroman is about a boy named Joey who discovers a discarded toy in the trash only to then find himself fighting alongside it to become a hero.

Limit is a six volume, psychological shoujo series from the creator of the Tokyopop published Life, Keiko Suenobu. It’s a pretty solid indication right there what kind of series this is going to be coupled with it’s suspenseful sounding plot. The story follows a young woman named Kanno who has lived indifferently towards her school and classmates. She’s forced to see things differently when a bus crash leaves her and four other survivors trapped on a cliff.

Along with these two titles, Vertical Inc also licensed a novel titled Grey Men and, to the foreseen surprise of many on Twitter, the Queen’s Blade Complete Visual Collection artbook (fantasy fanservice that’s a hentai without the sex). Ed Chavez has mentioned in the past that he wants consumers to see Vertical as a more diverse publisher and something so different from their most well-known series is definitely getting that point across. ANN has more information available on these two acquisitions.

I didn’t see any news reported on Twitter from the con-goers on when these books are scheduled to be published but I’ll definitely be purchasing both Heroman and Limit when they’re available. A fun, innocent looking shonen and a thought-provoking shoujo both look great to me!


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