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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 1, 2013

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - May 1, 2013

It’s that time again! Almost like it happens every week. Hmmm…

There aren’t many new volumes out this week, but Kodansha Comics still makes a noticeable splash with the final volume of Ken Akamatu’s Negima. You can read my thoughts on this week’s new manga in Otaku USA’s On The Shelf.

Bloody Monday (Vol.10) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Fairy Tail (Vol.25) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Negima! (Vol.38) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]

And don’t forget, this Saturday is Free Comic Book Day!

Free Comic Book Day


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 6, 2013

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - February 6, 2013

So, last week? Not much manga. This week? Wooooow on the manga! So, so much! Where do we start? Where do we begin? How am I possibly going to carry home all the books I hope to buy tomorrow!? Hard to complain about an issue like that though I suppose.

With new volumes of Bleach, GTO: 14 Days in Shonan, Negima!, Pokemon, Sailor Moon and many more, you can check out my write-up for this week’s On The Shelf at Otaku USA.

Ai Ore (Vol.08) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus & Liars Game (Vol.01) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Bleach 3-in-1 (Vol.04) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Bleach (Vol.55) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Dawn of the Arcana (Vol.08) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Devil & Her Love Song (Vol.07) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Fairy Tail (Vol.23) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Genshiken Omnibus (Vol.03) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
GTO: 14 Days in Shonan (Vol.07) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Haganai: I Have No Friends (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Kamisama Kiss (Vol.12) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Miles Edgeworth: Ace Attorney (Vol.04) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Naruto 3-in-1 (Vol.04) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Naruto (Vol.60) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Negima! (Vol.37) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Nura Rise of the Yokai Clan (Vol.13) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
One Piece 3-in-1 (Vol.05) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Pokemon Adventures Platinum (Vol.07) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Sailor Moon (Vol.09) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Sengoku Basara Samurai Legends (Vol.02) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Skip Beat (Vol.30) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Slam Dunk (Vol.26) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Stepping on Roses (Vol.09) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Tegami Bachi (Vol.12) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Tenjo Tenge (Vol.11) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Toriko (Vol.14) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]


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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SDCC 2012: Manga News Round-Up

SDCC 2012: Manga News Round-Up

First up my apologies for the Kuriousity update hiccup this past week. A family emergency had me away for a while. Thanks to the huge relief of improvements and progress, I’m back at my desk and buried in my books again. …so, what’d I miss?

Ah yes, San Diego Comic Con – the biggest geek con in North America. Comics aren’t especially relevant there anymore as a medium, more as basis for movies and games, but it’s always had at least some manga news slipped in to take advantage of its sheer size and coverage.

Kodansha Comics’s panel seems like it was mostly just a brief Q&A session and an overview of their previously announced titles. To little surprise, they were proud to note that Sailor Moon is the number one selling manga in North America. As well it should be because it’s great (and I don’t ‘think’ that’s just nostalgia speaking)! Their website continues to be pretty far behind as updates go, excluding their front page slider, so you can’t find any info there on the titles they discussed there such as Natsume Ono’s Danza or Miles Edgeworth Investigations. So, if you’re curious about plots, release dates and covers, I recommend Amazon (CAN/US) for Kodansha Comics’ info still.

Edit: Kodansha Comics did in fact have one new manga license to announce that I missed – Negiho: Magical Little Girls. Negiho is a spin-off of the Negima series where the lead character is an adult teaching a class of kindergartners, as opposed to being a child prodigy teaching a class of teenage girls. This book is due out April 2013,  coinciding with the last volume of Negima.

Viz Media’s panel looks to have been much the same – predominantly talk of existing licenses and upcoming books instead of announcing much new. Some notable announcements were their upcoming launch of Toshin, which is their line-up of anime brand merchandise (which I hope utilizes some manga artwork for a change – I can hope, right?) and their answer to a question regarding the Tiger & Bunny manga as it being something they’re “looking into”. I haven’t seen that anime yet, as it’s never been made legally available to watch in Canada, but I hope to check it out when they finally slap it on some DVDs. Viz Media also released their manga-reading app for Android devices.

Yen Press wins for most actual news with a couple new titles. They’ve rounded up all the info on their own website, something I always love they do in such detail.

BTOOOM! – Junya Inoue
“A teenage gamer is trapped on a deserted island and forced to play a real-life version of his favorite video game! But even though he’s an expert strategist as a player, will he be able to survive this life-and-death game!”

Welcome to the Erotic Bookstore – Watanabe Pon
“In this essay manga, a young woman who works at a bookstore describes her experiences after her manager decides to open an adult toy section at the back of the shop. While the subject matter seems…erotic…the art is very cute and the tone of the story is very slice-of-life as the young woman records her observations, promotion efforts, etc.”

Another (Novels & Manga) – Yukito Ayatsuji/Hiro Kiyohara
“A teenage boy moves to a new school and learns that his classroom has been plagued by a string of gruesome deaths following the murder of a student over 25 years before.”

While BTOOOM! looks to be getting the usual Yen Press print treatment, I was sad to see Welcome to the Erotic Bookstore is going to be digital only. I’m all up for digital options, as I can definitely understand the appeal, but as a choice not the only-choice. The novel form of Another will be digital only as well, while the manga, which was originally four volumes long, will be released as a printed omnibus.

Yen Press did note though that depending on the success of these two digital editions, they may look to printing them. This is great to see, but does of course run into that issue of people not buying it because it’s not in print, which hinders its ability to ever see print, but those who do buy it digitally likely won’t buy it in print because its a double-dip. Tricky stuff to predict.

JManga also had a panel where they announced a variety of new licenses for their digital-only service. You can check out ANN’s coverage for the details. I’m a no-go on reading manga via my computer but if JManga launches their iPad app as planned this Autumn, they may make a subscriber out of me yet!

So not a whole said at SDCC but something is generally always better than nothing. With other more manga-friendly conventions such as Otakon and New York Comic Con coming up, we could very well see some more titles announced this convention season yet. Not that some publishers haven’t still made it a very lucrative summer for new titles, convention platform or not.


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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Diamond Manga Previews: February 2012

Diamond Previews: February 2012

I was a bit late picking up my Previews magazine this month so my apologies to the two of you who were wondering where the heck my second installment of Previews was (I kid! …don’t I?). So here I am taking advantage of that extra day – Happy Leap Day! This month’s previews didn’t have as much manga content as January’s but still lots of fun stuff to look forward to and order in at our local comic stores.

February 2012 Manga Previews Checklist (PDF)

You may continue reading at your own discretion for my thoughts, elaborations, random pictures and the Top 10 Selling Manga of December 2011 and Diamond Comics top selling manga of all 2011!

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Diamond Manga Previews: January 2012

Diamond Manga Previews: January 2012

Diamond Comics is North America’s largest comic book distributor. If you have a local comic store in your area, it’s very likely they get their books from them. Every month Diamond releases a giant magazine, Previews, containing all the products they have – from comics, manga, DVDs and merchandise – that will be released starting in about two months’ time, giving retailers and buyers the chance to put their orders in before shipping dates.

Previews - January 2012

I’ve been picking up the Previews magazines for years, oogling all the different books coming out from publishers and wondering how long until the stacks of Preview magazines I’ve yet to get rid of will crush me in my sleep. Starting now I’ll be writing about the different manga content published in Previews each month here on Kuriousity. This includes all the manga titles listed, the top Manga sellers as tracked by Diamond and mention of other things of interest I spot. With the small two month window, Diamond Previews has rarely been the source of new licenses but it’s a great reminder and showcase of all the books coming our way soon, plus the perfect time to get your orders in, whether through Diamond or at your online retailer of choice.

I’ll also be including with these monthly Preview posts a downloadable PDF that you can print off and check off the manga  you’d like to order. Then it’s as easy as bringing it into your local comic or book store – wherever in your area that orders in through Diamond Comics! Currently the list is just the names and does not include the Diamond order codes. I’ve never come across a store that requires them for ordering but if yours does, let me know and I’ll include them on subsequent files:

January 2012 Manga Previews Checklist (PDF)

You may continue reading at your own discretion for my thoughts, elaborations, random pictures and the Top 10 Selling Manga of November 2011!

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PR: Kodansha Comics’ New iPad App Debuts at NYCC

KODANSHA COMICS’ NEW IPAD APP DEBUTS AT NEW YORK COMIC-CON
APP CREATED AND SERVICED BY RANDOM HOUSE PUBLISHER SERVICES

App to launch with $2.99 Fairy Tail promotion in celebration of manga creator New York Comic-Con guest Hiro Mashima

NEW YORK, October 14, 2011 – Kodansha USA Publishing is proud to announce the debut of the Kodansha Comics app, appearing at midnight tonight in the iTunes store. The app was created by Random House, Inc.’s digital content team on behalf of Kodansha, a Random House Publisher Services division client. It will be free to download, with most volumes priced for sale at $4.99. The Kodansha Comics iPad app will launch with 34 books covering four series: Arisa by Natsumi Ando; Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima; Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei by Koji Kumeta; and Until the Full Moon by Sanami Matoh. Additional series will be added to the app in the near future.

In a special launch promotion designed to celebrate the appearance at New York Comic-Con of Fairy Tail creator Hiro Mashima, all fifteen volumes of Fairy Tail will be available at the special price of $2.99 each for a limited time.

Random House, Inc. has been increasing its own focus on the digital world with the acquisition in May of digital media agency Smashing Ideas, as well as with its in-house corporate digital content and services group. With numerous apps and specialized eBooks under their belt, the Random House team was the ideal choice to develop this exciting new app for Kodansha.

Servicing this app is a natural extension of Random House Publisher Services distribution agreement with Kodansha USA Publishing, which covers sales and distribution, and also editorial, production and marketing.

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