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On The Shelf: July 17th, 2013

On The Shelf: July 17th, 2013

The last volume of Sailor Moon is out this week! Noooooo… … Well, at least until the two volumes of short story extras come out. But still, very sad.

Another classic is getting a new go, fresh from the start – Lone Wolf and Cub. The length and odd format of this series has always been a deterrent to me, but now at a larger trim size and in omnibus format, I may finally read one of the longest running manga series in North America.

07-Ghost (Vol.05) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
I’ll Give It My All…Tomorrow (Vol.05) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Limit (Vol.06) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Missions of Love (Vol.04) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Sailor Moon (Vol.12) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]


Otaku USA: On The Shelf – June 5th, 2013

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - June 5th, 2013

I have a feeling June is going to be one of those months where my manga budget gets stretched… …by a lot. Enjoy the first wave of manga out this month, and check out my thoughts at Otaku USA’s On The Shelf article for books out this week.

Are You Alice? (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Black God (Vol.10) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Blood Lad (Vol.03) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Blood-C (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
BTOOOM! (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Dragonball 3-in-1 (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Durarara!! Saika Arc (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
GTO: 14 Days in Shonan (Vol.09) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Missions of Love (Vol.03) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Omamori Himari (Vol.10) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Pokemon Black & White (Vol.10) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Sacred Blacksmith (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Soul Eater (Vol.14) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan (Vol.04) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Thermae Romae (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Umineko: Turn of the Golden Witch (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]


Otaku USA: On The Shelf – January 16, 2013

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - January 16, 2013

Heart of Thomas! I was able to buy this book last week, but Diamond Comics is now officially shipping it out to bookstores. Be sure to grab a copy while you can!

You can read my thoughts and first impressions of all this week’s titles over at Otaku USA’s On The Shelf column.

Afterschool Charisma (Vol.07) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Dogs (Vol.07) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Heart of Thomas [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Jormungand (Vol.10) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Missions of Love (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]


Otaku USA: On The Shelf – November 14, 2012

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - November 12, 2012

It’s week two of wow-is-there-ever-a-lot-of-new-manga-coming-out-this-month (aka, November). There’s a lot of variety this week too – new books, old books, back-from-the-dead books, boys’ love, shonen, 4-koma, shoujo,  whatever the heck Excel Saga is, and more! Ahhh, I wish I could afford them all!

You can read my thoughts on a number of this week’s books over at Otaku USA’s On The Shelf article.

07 Ghost (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Arons Absurd Armada Omnibus (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Bad Teachers’ Equation (Vol.05) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Blood Blockade Battlefront (Vol.03) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Bunny Drop (Vol.07) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Cross Game (Vol.08) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Excel Saga (Vol.24) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Inu-Yasha VizBIG (Vol.13) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan (Vol.06) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Missions of Love (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Nabari no Ou (Vol.12) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Neon Genesis Evangelion 3-in-1 (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Omamori Himari (Vol.09) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Rin-Ne (Vol.10) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Secret Thorns [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro (Vol.03) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Sleepless Nights [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Soul Eater (Vol.11) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Soul Eater Not! (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Spice and Wolf (Vol.07) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Start With A Happy Ending (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Umineko When They Cry: Golden Witch (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]

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Kodansha Comics Speaks and Shares Three New Manga Licenses

Kodansha Comics Announces Three New Licenses

It’s another round of manga license time! With this many new licenses prior to the thick of convention season I hope it means good for the summer months. This time it’s Kodansha Comics who sent out a press release, which in itself came as a surprise considering the silence that usually comes from them outside of book releases.

Battle Angel Alita: Last Order – Yukito Kishiro
Danza – Natsume Ono
Missions of Love (Watashi ni xx Shinasai) – Ema Toyama

Battle Angel Alita: Last Order is a relicense, having been originally published by Viz Media. Viz released the fifteenth volume back in October 2011 and Kodansha Comics will continue from there with volume sixteen in December of this year. The series is currently in tournament mode as its character duke it out to win the Zenith of Things Tournament.

Danza is a title I was surprised to see on the list, if only because Viz Media pretty much has a monopoly on Natsume Ono’s work. It’s great to see more of her work published in English and I’ve always enjoyed her short story collections the most. Danza is a one book release with six different stories. You can read a synopsis of them in Kodansha’s PR if you’re curious for more details on the story specifics. The title is scheduled to be released in December 2012 as well, with an Amazon.ca listing already up.

Last up from Kodansha today was their confirmation of Watashi ni xx Shinasai – or Missions of Love, as it’s now been renamed. At last! I contacted Kodansha Comics about this over a month ago when the listing popped up on Amazon. Alas, I got no response, which is pretty standard from them (busy, understaffed bees over there I’m left to assume). Ema Toyama has had two other series published in English already – I Am Here! (Del Rey) and Pixie Pop (Tokyopop). Missions of Love is about a secret phone novel author who blackmails a popular classmate into performing  “daring missions of love” to gain live-inspiration for her work. The first volume is currently scheduled for November 2012.


PR: Kodansha Comics Adds Three New Titles to Fall List

Kodansha Comics Adds Three New Titles to Fall List: Missions of Love, Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, and Danza

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (April 23, 2012) – Kodansha USA Publishing is excited to announce three new titles set to debut in the final two months of the year. November sees the publication of popular shojo author Ema Toyama’s newest manga, Missions of Love, while December marks the return of Yukito Kishiro’s classic manga, Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, and the debut of fan-favorite author Natsume Ono’s Danza.

Missions of Love was originally published as Watashi ni xx Shinasai! In school, Yukina is a cold and distant girl, while Shigure is the most perfect, good-looking guy. But the two of them have a secret, and their extraordinary “love” is about to start! Yukina, under the pen name ‘Yupina’, is actually a popular cell phone novelist. When she discovers Shigure’s devious womanizing ways, she blackmails him to complete daring ‘Missions of Love’ for her to write about. Will these missions give them an opportunity to fall in love with each other? Author Ema Toyama is well known to American audiences for I Am Here!, which is published by Kodansha Comics, and Pixie Pop.

Battle Angel Alita: Last Order takes readers back to the world of cyborg battles and intrigue made so popular by creator Yukito Kishiro. Alita is a cyborg reborn with no knowledge of her mysterious past. Fighting in the Zenith of Things Tournament is the only way to rescue the brain of her friend, Lou, and the tournament has entered into its final rounds. Will Alita survive to fulfill her quest? Find out in Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, volume 16, the first volume in the series to be published by Kodansha Comics!

Danza is a collection of six short stories that chronicle interpersonal relationships by House of Five Leaves and Ristorante Paradiso author Natsume Ono. In “Rubber Boots,” the death of a business partner brings an estranged father and his adult son back together. The sudden appearance of a mysterious stranger helps a widower father reconnect with his precocious young son in “Memories of the Lake.” A German-American man struggles to bond with his “Diorama”-constructing Japanese father-in-law. A young Italian officer experiences payback of a humorous nature in “The Gelateria and the Carabinieri.” “Smoke” finds a man confronting the older brother he resents when they are both trapped in the rubble of a castle after an earthquake hits. And in “Partners”, a rookie cop in the NYPD starts harboring distrust towards his veteran partner after hearing some unsettling rumors.

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