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

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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11:00 AM on 11.12.2013

Novelist Haruki Murakami pens a new Beatles-inspired tale

I've been a big fan of Haruki Murakami ever since my high school years, when I realized that my local library had a treasure trove of his novels available. I love his approach to magical realism; he does it better than any li...

Karen Mead



An interview with Dr Akiko Mikamo photo
An interview with Dr Akiko Mikamo
by Kristina Pino

In conjunction with my review of Rising from the Ashes, I was given a special opportunity to interview its author, Dr. Akiko Mikamo. In case you haven't read the review yet (and why haven't you?!), here's the basic synopsis to get you ready for the rest of this article:

This is a true and incredible story of a Japanese adolescent, Shinji Mikamo, who miraculously survived the first atomic bombing of human kinds. He was on top of his house roof with nothing to shield him at only ¾ of a mile (1,200m) from the epicenter in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 toward the end of the World War II.

But what made Shinji stand out from most of the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or even of many other man-made disasters in our history, he never hated Americans as aggressors. He somehow saw things from a much bigger perspective even in the very strict Japanese military government’s mind control of civilians during the war.

Now, read on to see Dr. Mikamo's responses to 10 questions I sent her way after reading her book.

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10:00 AM on 11.07.2013

Pottermore is now translated to Japanese

Yesterday, the Pottermore Insider announced that the Harry Potter online experience is now translated to and launched in Japanese. Pottermore offers a look at the things you didn't get to see in the books or films - the in-be...

Kristina Pino



Review: Make Your Own Manga photo
Review: Make Your Own Manga
by Ben Huber

It was a little chilly that morning and I didn't really want to go outside. The mailman always comes so early around here. Are we his first stop? I think he really needs to relax, since I don't even get up on my days off until dinnertime anyway. Still, I was waiting for a package, so my anticipation won out against the cold of autumn. Wrapped in a scarf that possessed no typical scarf abilities (such as keeping things warm) and a coat that had the stats of a JRPG hero's first leather tunic, I set out on my trek to the mailbox.

Dark and treacherous was the road, and I nearly died in the process, tripping over my cat. Would anyone even find my body out here? Who'd even notice I was gone? Fear pushed me onward, and after crossing the twenty feet of dangerous terrain, I reached the mailbox and opened it. Inside lay a golden prize! Well, more golden-brown, I suppose. Those mailing envelopes are more of a tan than anything. Inside was going to be one of the greatest challenges of my short and tenuous writing career, so I rushed inside and tore it open with gusto. Here it is, laid bare.

Make Your Own Manga: Create Your Own Original Anime Stories and Manga Comics
Elaine Tipping, Gar Molloy, Robin Edwards, Erwin Prasetya
Adams Media
MSRP: $16.95 [Amazon

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Review: Rising from the Ashes by Dr Akiko Mikamo photo
Review: Rising from the Ashes by Dr Akiko Mikamo
by Kristina Pino

One of the very best experiences I've ever had traveling in Japan was visiting Hiroshima. It is one of the most peaceful places on the planet, and the message that beautiful city conveys to all who pass through is one I'll never forget. It's difficult to describe how it feels to walk through its Memorial Peace Park and Museum, or put to words how the silence there is at once haunting, yet comforting.

Hiroshima today is a beacon of hope and peace, and a city that celebrates cultural diversity (and, might I add, amazing food). Its local people have every right to be angry and bitter about their history, yet they remain vigilant in their mission to push aside any feelings of resentment, and instead show the world that it's important for us all to strive to understand each other.

The book Rising from the Ashes by Dr Akiko Mikamo perfectly exemplifies this message and conveys the story of her father, who is still alive today, and his experiences starting from the morning the bomb dropped.

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A Look @: The Hobonichi Planner photo
A Look @: The Hobonichi Planner
by Kristina Pino

The Hobonichi Planner (Techo) has been around for years, and it comes in three different sizes. But it's more than just a planner - it's a record of your daily life, and a vessel for your creativity, designed to serve as an "anything" book you can (and should) use every day. It was translated into English for the first time this year, and the 2014 edition of the planner is now available for purchase.

This new planner boasts a few improvements from this year's. It features global holidays, a snazzier-looking cover, and a "Coming Up!" page at the beginning of each month to jot down your outlook of the coming weeks. All of these elements combined with the features the Techo already had make for a solid book that I see myself brutalizing lovingly as soon as December begins.

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8:00 AM on 10.22.2013

Hello Kitty's next target is your stomach

Following the release of Hello Kitty: Here We Go! (reviewed), Perfect Square have updated their site with the listing for the second book in the series, titled Delicious! Delicious! will be released on January 7th with the pr...

Kristina Pino

12:00 PM on 10.15.2013

REDBOX, a Redjuice artbook, is a thing that's happening

Redjuice is an illustrator I'm always happy to hear news about. I became acquainted with his work when his art started being made into truly delightful figures, thanks to my gig with Tomopop. You've got Hatsune Miku a-la Worl...

Kristina Pino

11:00 PM on 10.08.2013

Rejoice! Pepita is now available worldwide as an eBook

Normally, I'm the kind of guy who prefers to look at his artbooks physically; however, that doesn't mean that I won't praise Viz for their recent efforts. Starting today, the company has released Pepita: Takehiko Inoue m...

Salvador GRodiles

2:00 PM on 10.08.2013

Travel the world with Hello Kitty in a new graphic novel

Hello Kitty: Here We Go! was announced way, way back when Perfect Square was still called Viz Kids. The newly re-branded VIZ Media imprint have announced the first book in this new series is now...released! Head on over to yo...

Kristina Pino





12:00 PM on 10.06.2013

Gear up for Kodansha Comics' October releases

In case you need a reminder of what comics should be on your shopping list this month, here's a look at what Kodansha Comics is releasing throughout October. Some highlights include the Sailor Moon Box Set vol. 2 (Oct. 29th),...

Kristina Pino