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8:00 PM on 04.16.2014

Viz launches All You Need Is Kill rebrand, graphic novel

With the live action adaptation of All You Need Is Kill (rebranded as Edge of Tomorrow) set to release on June 6, Viz's Haikasoru line is preparing to capitalize on the blockbuster film. They'll be dropping an updated version...

Brad Rice


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8:00 PM on 04.13.2014

Former porn actress Yuma Asami pens autobiography

Yuma Asami, one of Japan's better-known adult video actresses, is spilling her secrets in a book titled Restart: Believe in Yourself. The book, set to hit Japanese shelves on May 8, details some of the reasons Asami took the ...

Brad Rice

10:00 AM on 03.08.2014

Viz releasing Princess Mononoke: The First Story

Just about everyone is a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki's output, especially Princess Mononoke. But I imagine not as many folks know about the original story (of the same name) that Miyazaki put together. The book was a collection...

Ben Huber

2:00 PM on 02.18.2014

UDON to publish SUBSTRATA, an artbook for a fake game

Here's something a little different from UDON Entertainment. Known for publishing some pretty nifty anime and video game artbooks, UDON will publish SUBSTRARA, an artbook for a game that doesn't exist. Created as a way to reu...

Pedro Cortes

6:00 PM on 01.28.2014

Lawyers publish book to empower job seekers

The image of the put-upon salary man in Japanese culture is a powerful one. It is seemingly part of the cultural identity, where after college you jump in a suit and find a job at a big corporation and generally be unhappy wh...

Pedro Cortes



A Look @ Hello Kitty: Delicious!  photo
A Look @ Hello Kitty: Delicious!
by Kristina Pino

The first volume in the Hello Kitty (reviewed) series published by Perfect Square was all about travel, and it didn't disappoint; we went all over the world and beyond. This second volume promised to have our mouths watering, and once again, it didn't disappoint; I think I have cavities.

Jacob Chabot and Jorge Monlongo return and are accompanied by Ian McGinty and Stephanie Buscema for a whole new set of adventures featuring Japan's favorite feline (move aside, Maru). All of the stories are food-related, though that isn't a stretch in Hello Kitty's cake-filled world under regular circumstances.

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Happy birthday, Haruki Murakami! photo
Happy birthday, Haruki Murakami!
by Kristina Pino

Haruki Murakami, today's Jtor-honored birthday boy, isn't a character from an anime or video game, but a real person who is still alive and kicking. And to mark the occasion, I am joined by Brittany and Karen in sharing our love and appreciation for the man and his work. Before we get to that though, here are the basics:

Haruki Murakami is a Kyoto-born Japanese writer who has had numerous works of fiction and nonfiction published, as well as articles and essays on various magazines and papers (like this one), and has received many awards for his work. Some of his most notable literary works include Norwegian Wood, 1Q84, and a memoir entitled What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.

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10:00 AM on 12.21.2013

Don't leave on Pokemon adventures without a field guide

Kari Fry is so dedicated to your success as a Pokémon trainer that she created a beautiful field guide to all things Kanto. It kind of flew under our radar - this book was released at the end of November and it sold ou...

Kristina Pino

4:30 PM on 12.16.2013

Help fund a Moe-themed guide for headphone enthusiasts

Audiophiles and headphone enthusiasts may be interested in helping kick-start this interesting project we've stumbled across -- Lunatic Joker's Moe Headphone Guidebook 2013. The doujinshi guide will reportedly featu...

Tim Sheehy



An artbook preview just for Luka Megurine's biggest fans photo
An artbook preview just for Luka Megurine's biggest fans
by Kristina Pino

UDON Entertainment have revealed a nifty 12-page preview of an artbook featuring the lovely Luka Megurine all by her glamorous self. This artbook comprises over 150 illustrations on 96 pages created by over 35 artists, and it's available for you to purchase right meow.

The book's cover is metallic and the pages are 8.25" x 11.75". It does indeed look like a fab release for fans and perhaps even an ideal holiday gift. I only took one photo (besides a crop of the cover art) from UDON's site for this post, so be sure you click through to their blog to see the full preview. Just make sure you hide your wallet before clicking.

That being said, this book was released last month and its listing on Amazon is a fair bit below MSRP at the time of writing, so now's a great time to pick it up if you're going to.

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10:00 AM on 11.20.2013

Cower in fear! Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo is out

We may be past the halfway point in November, but that doesn't mean spirit of All Hallow's Eve has left our realm. Taking this knowledge into account, Viz has released Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo on November 19th unde...

Salvador G Rodiles







Releases of the Week: Akira celebrates its 25th Birthday photo
Releases of the Week: Akira celebrates its 25th Birthday
by Salvador G Rodiles

Brad is still in Ireland as we speak, so I'll be covering Releases of the Week for him today. While there aren't that many new titles coming out this week, people can look forward to the return of Akira! This time around, FUNimation is including both dubs of the film, along with a bunch of neat extras that will make any Akira fan explode! Best of all, the movie arrives just in time for its 25th Anniversary-- Happy Birthday, Akira!

To those who are more interested in reading things, Fullmetal Alchemist gets another omnibus volume, and Vertical releases a helpful book that teaches people how to make sushi in the comfort of their own home. Come to think of it, all of this talk about food is making me hungry right now. If anything, I'll have to add Sushi Simplicity to my list of things to buy. 

At the end of the day, there are a few notable things within this small roster of new releases. If you're planning on buying any of the items from the list, be sure to let us know in the comments! 

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