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Viz launches All You Need Is Kill rebrand, graphic novel

Trying to capitalize on Edge of Tomorrow adaptation
Apr 16
// Brad Rice
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...

Former porn actress Yuma Asami pens autobiography

Details her decisions to go into AV, battle with ovarian cancer
Apr 13
// Brad Rice
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 ...

Viz releasing Princess Mononoke: The First Story

Hayao Miyazaki's original story for the iconic film.
Mar 08
// Ben Huber
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...
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UDON to publish SUBSTRATA, an artbook for a fake game

Project reunites Vigil Games and adds many more
Feb 18
// Pedro Cortes
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...
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Lawyers publish book to empower job seekers

Helps them deal with jerky bosses
Jan 28
// Pedro Cortes
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...

A Look @ Hello Kitty: Delicious!

Jan 15 // Kristina Pino
Hello Kitty: Delicious! Published by: Perfect Square (a VIZ Media imprint)Story and Art: Jacob Chabot, Jorge Monlongo, Ian McGinty, Stephanie BuscemaRelease Date: Jan. 7, 2014MSRP: US$7.99 (print) US$4.99 (digital) [BUY] Hello Kitty: Delicious! follows the adventures (and some misadventures) of Hello Kitty, her family and friends, as they run into spaghetti monsters, aliens, giants with a sweet tooth, hectic candy-filled dreams, and more. The cast is the same from last time, in terms of the book's characters, but the humans making the stories change things up a little. We still have Jacob and Jorge, who present a more traditional approach to Kitty's art style accompanied by inventive speech-less storytelling. But their stories are complimented by not just one, but two guests in the book who both have very distinctive styles to apply to our hero: Ian McGinty and Stephanie Buscema. Ian McGinty had two segments in this book: "Sweet Dreams" and "Food Fright." One of those is a rad call-back to old school horror; can ya guess which one? His line work is a bit more detailed than that of the other artists, and he had colorist Michael Wiggam to really bring it all to life. I loved having a third artist with longer stories in this book because it brought diversity into it. It's not that Jacob and Jorge aren't inventive -- they are incredible -- but a third person with a totally different art style, as well as a different way of telling stories, rounded things off fabulously. Ian will be returning for the third book in this series. Stephanie Buscema covered the little interlude sections, like Susie Ghahremani did for the previous volume. Hers were pretty much one-page deals, and I'm honestly sad that she won't be getting an encore in the next book. She is heavily influenced by "1950s kitsch and vintage children's books," and it shows in the best way. You can get an idea of her style by checking out this portfolio. I just wish I could buy one of her Hello Kitty pages as an art print. It should be fairly obvious by now that I think you need to throw your money at your nearest bookseller or tablet to support this release. Hello Kitty: Here We Go! was a strong first volume in this new series, and volume two kept everything that was fantastic about it and then added more awesome sauce to the mix. You don't need to have read one to enjoy the other, and given its structure of (mostly*) independent short stories, it's also a good "pick up and put down" sort of book. These comics have universal appeal and are suitable for all ages (some references may escape a younger audience, but the humor will remain). Be sure to check back here in April to see my thoughts on volume three. *One of the stories in this book references a previous one, but not in a way that you have to have read both to "get" it.
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Let's go on food-filled adventures
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,...

Happy birthday, Haruki Murakami!

Jan 12 // Kristina Pino
As you may surmise from the title of that last book I listed, Murakami leads an active life and keeps a solid, daily workout routine. He runs marathons and has completed Ironman competitions. Before he became an author in his late-20's, he ran a jazz bar and married young. Fun fact: Murakami owns over 6,000 records. In his life, he's also been a university professor, an avid traveler, and a political essayist (lookie here). Oh, and Murakami loves cats. This is probably the best summation of Murakami and his work I came across while looking for factoids to share here (via): Haruki Murakami is an iconic figure of postmodern literature known mostly for his unreal, humorous work focusing on the loneliness and empty mindedness of Japan’s work dominated generation. My personal introduction to Murakami's work was the English-language release of 1Q84. I hadn't heard of him much before that book came out, and I decided to dive right in to that monster of a hardback, which sucked me right in from the start and just wouldn't let go. It's a wild ride, and though some folks criticize Murakami's writing style for being repetitive (and some even said 1Q84 was plain vague or even lazy), I hadn't been exposed to his other works to have a point for comparison. He won me over with that book, and I followed it up with The Elephant Vanishes so I could just enjoy bite-sized Murakami-style fiction. There's so much great work out there to enjoy with his name attached to it, that I honestly don't know where to go next. [Editor's Note: Kris, read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle! Oh wait, I'm supposed to wait until my turn to talk at the bottom.] I've been thinking I should grab Norwegian Wood, especially since there's a film adaptation, which means I can delay my "moving on" from that story that much longer. I don't think that I would have had the same appreciation for Murakami's work if I'd read it as little as five years ago. 1Q84 was a Christmas gift from a friend in 2011, shortly after its release in October. That's the year that I really began to adjust my literary tastes, and broaden my literary horizons much more aggressively. I started blogging about books, I read hard science fiction for the first time, and found literary love in nonfiction and young adult fantasy. I even started reading comics again that year; 2011 was big. So it was really the best time for me to pick up a work that was written in a completely different style from what I'd been used to and be receptive to it. I'm happy to say that Murakami came into my life at exactly the right time to rope me in as a life-long fan. And now that you've got some factoids and some of my own personal insight, let's round this off with some words from Brittany and Karen, who are also enthusiastic Murakami fans. Brittany Vincent says: I started reading Murakami during a weird time in my life. I had just started a new job I wasn't adjusting to well, I barely had time for friends or family, and my bizarre schedule coupled with the fact that I was staying at a relative's house for an entire summer kept me down in the dumps. It was a low time, but I was close to a Borders, and the fact that I could sometimes stop there after work gave me something to look forward to. I had dabbled with Murakami's Norwegian Wood, but I wanted something even more infinitely personal. I wanted something to believe in; a love story. One that eschewed the Nicholas Sparks bullshit and reveled in something more transcendental. I wanted to bury myself in a world that explored the whirlwind whimsy of romance and the soul-crushing loneliness of being. I chose Sputnik Sweetheart, finished it, crawled into bed at 4:30 in the afternoon, and cried myself to sleep. I mourned the person I thought I had been and mourned the person I was becoming. I listened to The Pixies' Debaser on repeat, thinking it might give me strength. I reread Sputnik Sweetheart and wished with all my might that I didn't have to put my scrubs on and head back to the job I was working that I so severely disliked as my friends and family lived on without me. I found solace, no matter how temporary, in knowing Murakami seemed to understand. Or at least had a more intermediate knowledge of the unbearable sadness I had dealt with then. And for that, he made a lifelong fan. I hope he has many more happy birthdays over the years. I know he helped make my 20th palatable. Karen Mead says: Strangely, I first found out about Haruki Murakami because of "the other" Murakami. I was interested in picking up Coin Locker Babies, Ryu Murakami's disturbing novel about infants abandoned in lockers, only it sounded way too dark and hard-core for me. During my investigation of Ryu Murakami though, I read some comments to the effect of "Well you know, the other famous Murakami-- Haruki Murakami-- writes much more accessible stuff." At the time, I was just starting to get really into Japanese culture and wanted brownie points for reading actual books instead of just manga, so this "accessible" Murakami seemed like a great place to start. While it's true that most of Haruki Murakami's work is more accessible than something like Coin Locker Babies, that hardly makes it all sweetness and light; the WWII-flashback sequence in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (the first Murakami novel I tackled), is quite possibly the most horrifying thing I've ever read. Still, while it can get very dark on occasion, Murakami's world in general is a gentler, dreamlike place that appeals to the senses. There's something effortless about reading Murakami that I haven't found in any other author's work; while his books have plots, characters, resolutions and all those sorts of important structural things, reading his work reminds me of drifting in and out of a daydream. It seems like once the story starts, I'm getting pulled along-- as though by a subtle tug of the current-- rather than choosing to read words on a page. Fortunately, the neighborhood library at the time had most of Murakami's works. I didn't read all of them-- for some reason, I can never quite get into After Dark. But I've devoured the grand majority-- the Gibson-esque Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, A Wild Sheep Chase and its equally surreal sequels, and the incredibly poignant Norwegian Wood. I've had Murakami's latest work (available in English at any rate), 1Q84, sitting on my night table for about a month now. It's not that I don't want to start it, but I have to wait until I'm ready to start drifting along in that current-- because once I start it, I doubt much else will get done. Murakami is often called "The Japanese John Irving," due to his writing style (and in part because he's the translator for Irving's books into Japanese.) However, having quite a bit of both, personally I prefer Murakami's work; he somehow manages to merge dreamlike elements with a matter-of-factness that makes the story feel grounded, no matter what kind of logic-defying things are going on. As far as I've read, no one handles magical realism better. Another thing that distinguishes Murakami's work is just how often his characters eat; in most books, we tend to assume that characters do things like eat lunch in between important scenes, but it's not uncommon in a Murakami novel to get a description of every single meal consumed during the protagonist's journey. Maybe this just appeals to me on a food-porn level, but I also like the attention to detail; it's part of what makes Murakami's characters feel like real human beings instead of just devices. Years after going on my reading binge, I did read Coin Locker Babies by Ryu Murakami, and I was right the first time-- it was way too dark for me. But I owe Mr. Murakami a debt, because without him I wouldn't have discovered "my" Murakami. I highly recommend his work, although don't try to get into Haruki Murakami and start a new diet at the same time-- the constant references to delicious food will do you in.
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Spreading the love for a great storyteller
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 l...

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Don't leave on Pokemon adventures without a field guide

The Field Guide to Kanto, that is, because we're old school
Dec 21
// Kristina Pino
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...
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Help fund a Moe-themed guide for headphone enthusiasts

Doujin circle Lunatic Joker turns kickstarter for help
Dec 16
// Tim Sheehy
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...
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Hail to the pink-haired lady!
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...

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

It's time to get spooky!
Nov 20
// Salvador G Rodiles
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...
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Releases of the Week: Akira celebrates its 25th Birthday

Let's give our best wishes to the Birthday Boy
Nov 12
// 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 a...
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Novelist Haruki Murakami pens a new Beatles-inspired tale

He sure does love the Beatles
Nov 12
// Karen Mead
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...

An interview with Dr Akiko Mikamo

Nov 07 // Kristina Pino
Kristina: The book reads like it was narrated to me by Shinji himself. What was the general writing process like? Dr. Mikamo: I grew up listening to his stories and always wanted to tell his stories to the world in a book since I was a child. When I co-started our non-profit charity organization for peace education and promotion, San Diego-WISH:Worldwide Initiative to Safeguard Humanity, in 2010, I felt it was important to have the book out to reach out to more people all over the world with his messages. My father was 84 years old at the time (now 87), and I felt I needed to take actions while his memory is intact. I wrote my initial draft in 3 days and 3 nights straight with few breaks as I knew exactly what I wanted to write. Then, it took me 3 years to research historical facts for accuracy, interview my father on the phone and via fax back and forth for further details, edit, explore publishers, and finally published it on July 15 this year. Kristina: If Ashes is successful enough, do you think you'll write more of what he has to say? Dr. Mikamo: Yes, he and I have a lot to convey to the world. He is a wise man and has many sayings based on his experiences and beliefs, such as "Ten years to build trust, One moment to lose it."  I will also write about [humanity] in terms of empathy and tolerance of people that are different from yourself, on a similar topic to forgiveness. I mean a various type of diversity including physical and mental disabilities or the absence of, race and ethnicity, religious preference, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, gender, educational level, and so on. I will probably portray the examples of my elder sister, other real people and their family relationships as well as what we could do to make a better world with different people holding hands. My next focus includes how to understand and support persons with mental or developmental disabilities as I'm a clinical and medical psychologist in practice. Kristina: Are there any plans to translate this book to Japanese and release it overseas? Dr. Mikamo: Yes, I'm in the planning stage for the Japanese version now, and I hope to publish it in the first half of 2014. I would like to have it translated into many other languages in the near future, too. Kristina: Was the book Shinji's idea? How did it all begin? Dr. Mikamo: Shinji has been asked to give talks and share his experiences many times, and he has had bits and pieces of stories written down. But putting all in a book in English was my idea, encouraged by my fellow students at INSEAD, a leading international business school I attended in Europe for my executive masters degree in consulting from 2009-2010. The classmates there are mostly executives and consultants who come from many countries, and they told me my father's story was one of the most moving stories they had ever heard.  Kristina: What led you to the decision to write this book from your father's perspective? Dr. Mikamo: I was partly influenced by Clint Eastwood's movie, Letters from Iwojima, and how it was from the young main character's (Saigo's) perspective. It just felt right to "speak" to the audience as if my father (especially, as a young man) were talking to each of them. Kristina: Do you believe in coincidence? I believe everything has a meaning, but it is sometimes not so obvious at the time. One may later realize 2 things happened at the same time for a reason. Kristina: If your mother had had a voice in this book, what lessons would she have imparted on readers? Dr. Mikamo: She passed away 6 years ago, and it was very unfortunate she didn't get to see this book come to life. She was a very traditional Japanese woman, who had learned to swallow all the pain and keep it to herself.  She had taught me the virtue of tolerance and accepting. So her voice was not in the book directly, but her silent voice was reflected in the book through my personality and perspectives. Kristina: Are there any films or other books you'd recommend to people who loved Ashes and want to see more material like it? This includes both the historical aspects of the story as well as its ultimate message of empathy and forgiveness. Dr. Mikamo: It's not directly about forgiveness, but I think Letters from Iwojima is a brilliant and very touching movie about the WWII in the Pacific involving Japan. It really expands one's perspective when you watch it with Flags of Our Fathers also on Iwojima by Clint Eastwood.   For children, I recommend Sadako and One Thousand Cranes by Eleanor Coerr. Tariq Kahmisa Foundation in San Diego is a not-for-profit organization to educate teens to eliminate teen violence, and it is based on the importance of forgiveness. It was co-founded by the father of a teenager who was killed by a 13-year-old gang member and the murderer's grandfather. "The Amish Project" is a fictional play by Jessica Dickey (playwright and actress) based on a true story of a schoolhouse shooting, and it is a powerful story of forgiveness. Kristina: Do you have any advice for people who are living in or planning to move abroad somewhere, even if just to study abroad? Dr. Mikamo: To put aside judgment on people, behavior, or customs using your own scales, and to listen, observe, and try to understand where they are coming from first. You don't have to agree with them, but just try to understand and empathize. You will gain so much more. Not only will you learn about other cultures, but you will also gain a new and expanded perspective on your own. Kristina: Besides visiting the Memorial Park and Museum, what is one unmissable experience travelers should have when visiting Hiroshima? Dr. Mikamo: To visit Miyajima (Itsukushima Island) with the big shinto shrine and Torii gate. Very historical and beautiful. There is a photo in my book toward the back with a couple of deer with the Torii gate in the background. It is one of the Three Best Scenes of Japan. You can take a ferry there from the coast, or you can take a boat there from the river next to the Atomic Bomb Dome. And you MUST try the Hiroshima favorite, "Okonomiyaki." It's a casual meal with layers of crepe, veggies, thin meat or seafood, eggs, and with or without noodles. Hiroshima has its own famous special style, and the sauce is to die for. Okonomiyaki teppan (iron grill) restaurant is almost on every corner, and it's like what pizza is to Americans: just more nutritious and much healthier. Thank you so much, again! Akiko Mikamo Japanator would like to thank Dr. Mikamo once again for taking the time to grant us this interview. We look forward to covering more of her work in the future.
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Empathy, forgiveness, and the best food in Hiroshima
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 t...

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Pottermore is now translated to Japanese

Score for the Land of the Rising Sun
Nov 07
// Kristina Pino
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...

Review: Make Your Own Manga

Nov 06 // Ben Huber
Truly, I had hit the jackpot. Make Your Own Manga declares proudly its intentions on the cover: make your own "anime stories" and "manga comics." This product is not aimed at me, for sure. It's also probably not aimed at you either, dear reader. It features the drawings of several webcomic and print-published artists, and they fill the pages of the book with their work -- just not the speech bubbles. That's up to you! The quality of the art varies from story to story. Some, like Elaine Tipping's work, are well-drawn, but feature the most boring layouts possible. Gar Malloy appears to have drawn everything with a Sharpie (perhaps the default brush in Photoshop?), or at the very least has not discovered the importance of line variety yet. Robin Edwards' stuff feels like it needs one more pass to be finished. Erwin Prasetya on the other hand feels like the most accomplished artist in this collection. Erwin's work is dynamic and fluid, with interesting layouts and unique angles... also shading. Those stories have shading. And even despite the lack of text in the speech bubbles, you can definitely feel the pacing of the short stories. It's a night-and-day difference from the rest of the book. It's a silly little book designed to grab kids who have caught on to anime and manga and want to make their own but haven't developed their artistic abilities yet, so I can't really fault it for what it is. I just wish all the art had been up the standards of Prasetya's work. Still, it's a fun little diversion that fills the exact purpose it has set out for: blank manga pages for the reader to fill in. Make Your Own Manga is a perfectly fine book for your younger sibling or nephew who just got into manga and wants to get creative. Now, what you've all really been waiting for... I give it a deep-dish cheese pizza out of 10. 6.0 – Okay (6’s are flawed, but still enjoyable. These titles may not have attempted to do anything special or interesting, but they are nonetheless enjoyable. These typically make great rental fodder or bargain grab.)
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I've always wanted to be an artist and make manga!
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 unti...

Review: Rising from the Ashes by Dr Akiko Mikamo

Nov 05 // Kristina Pino
Rising from the Ashes: A True Story of Survival and Forgiveness from HiroshimaDr. Akiko MikamoLulu Publishing Released September 4, 2013MSRP: US$14.99 PB [BUY] US$9.99 eBook [BUY] Rising from the Ashes is a quick read. At only 206 pages, it doesn't take long to physically get through. By the time you're done though, you might feel like much more time has gone by. Though the story is penned by Dr. Mikamo, the words are all a recollection from the perspective of her father, Shinji Mikamo. It was he who was standing on the rooftop of his home, getting some work done with his father, when suddenly the world turned upside down. He then recounts in meticulous detail the grueling days that followed, what his father (Dr. Makimo's grandfather) did to ensure his survival, and his life after the disaster. Besides the details of his personal experiences, Shinji sets the scene for Japan during that period of history. He talks about the political situation, what the public was led to believe opposed to what was really going on, the various restrictions that were in place, and the aftermath. His story continues all the way into the present. Though the material in the story is heavy and the writing a little somber, it isn't the sort of book that you'll feel depressed reading. Shinji pours plenty of heart and substance into his words, and emphasizes the importance of forgiveness and looking more at the big picture. Of course, he also went to great lengths to instill his philosophy in his children, including the author, who is the president of  San Diego WISH and a practicing psychologist. Shinji's story is absolutely incredible, and if you can't get yourself to Hiroshima for a visit in the foreseeable future, then this is the easiest way to teleport there. This is a book I recommend even if you have visited the Memorial Peace Park and Museum. You'll definitely learn some history as recounted from a different perspective (a first-hand one), and you'll also learn the origin of some cultural aspects of Japan that are still intact (at least somewhat) today. The only mild lament I have about this book is I wish it had been a little longer, if only because I am interested in learning more. [9.5 – Exceptional. One of the best things its genre has ever produced. You'll find few memoirs as important or insightful as this one.]
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'A survivor's message of love and the power of forgiveness'
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 ne...

A Look @: The Hobonichi Planner

Oct 30 // Kristina Pino
Hobonichi TechoHobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun and Arts&ScienceRelease: October, 2013MSRP: ¥2,500 [BUY] [embed]30215:3017:0[/embed] As I mentioned before, the Techo isn't just a planner. It's a book that you can do anything with. If you want to use it as a journal for your thoughts, a scrapbook, doodle book, recipe book, or scratch pages for lists and notes, it all works out. The pages can take it - they're made to withstand the creativity of its users, as you can see in the promo video above. Since the book doesn't actually start up until December, I messed around with some of the memo pages to see how they handled various materials I have lying around in my apartment. The only things I didn't try were pastels and watercolors, but I suspect they would have been just fine. Nothing bled through the pages, because they're designed to not absorb anything to begin with. It's fantastic. Features I love most: Flexible spine makes it so the book stays open on any page you flip to Not one, but three separate spaces where you can jot down appointments, deadlines, meetings, and other scheduled events that are apart from the actual day-to-day pages Graph layout on each day's page to maximize your use of limited space Encouragement to just paste another layer or pocket to any page you run out of space on, because it's your book and you can do whatever you want I can't really name any drawbacks to the Techo. It's kind of a dream come true for me, since I carry around both an agenda and a journal which I use as a day-to-day book for doodling, writing down whatever I need to remember later, making lists, or drafting editorials I plan to publish online later (ah, the freelance life). This one book would replace both of those, and it takes up less space. If I buy a case for it, I could even (neatly) carry around an arsenal of craft supplies with it and still save on space. I made a video (located at the top of this post) to accompany this review. I'd also like to mention that as I finally begin to use the planner, I'll periodically update whoever wants to know on how the thing is holding up and whether I'm still happy and excited about it. I mean, I'm the kind of person who color-codes her notes and even has color-coded sticky tabs for easy indexing. And I like scrapbooking. And making lists. And scribbling things with different colored pens. And this one little book will pretty much let me combine all of these things, plus function as a planner. There is no losing.
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I'm going to be fun this year
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 ...

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Hello Kitty vol. 2

Hello Kitty's next target is your stomach

Adorable deliciousness coming our way
Oct 22
// Kristina Pino
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...
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Redjuice Artbook

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

All bow before the master illustrator
Oct 15
// Kristina Pino
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...
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Rejoice! Pepita is now available worldwide as an eBook

Takehiko Inoue's artwork for everyone!
Oct 08
// Salvador G Rodiles
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...
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Hello Kitty: Here We Go!

Travel the world with Hello Kitty in a new graphic novel

Hello Kitty takes you high and low
Oct 08
// Kristina Pino
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...
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Kodansha Comics: October

Gear up for Kodansha Comics' October releases

Hide your wallet
Oct 06
// Kristina Pino
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),...
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Mighty No. 9 book

Mighty No. 9 artbook and strategy guide in development

UDON Entertainment joins in the fun
Oct 01
// Kristina Pino
[update: the Vita/3DS stretch goal was reached, as well as a retro-style soundtrack. Nice deal.] UDON Entertainment has recently announced that they'll be designing and releasing an official Mighty No. 9 artbook and strategy ...
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VIZ Media: Totoro books

Celebrate Totoro's 25th anniversary with books and art

VIZ Media announces Totoro: The Novel and a spruced-up picture book
Sep 26
// Kristina Pino
VIZ Media's Studio Ghibli Library imprint is celebrating 25 years of the beloved My Neighbor Totoro by releasing a new novel as well as a brand new edition of the My Neighbor Totoro Picture Book. Both titles will be available...
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100 Masters, 100 Masterpieces
[update: added purchase links for a few territories, and also note that the posters are available for first edition sales overseas! If you have a Books Kinokuniya in your area regardless of territory, they probably already h...

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Capcom 30th anniversary

Capcom 30th anniversary encyclopedia on the way

Prepare for an overdose of nostalgia
Sep 04
// Elliot Gay
It's hard to believe that Capcom has been around for 30 years, but here we are celebrating their anniversary. Feeling old yet? In honor of this occasion, BradyGames is publishing the Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclop...
Mameshiba: Enchanted!  photo
Mameshiba: Enchanted!

Mameshiba: Enchanted! released by VIZ, is magical

May or may not contain weird trivia
Sep 04
// Kristina Pino
VIZ Media imprint Perfect Square have launched their third and final volume chronicling the adventures of Mameshiba, and it looks like so much fun. Here's an excerpt from the press release, which I've pasted in full below the...
It's Over 9000 in Spanish photo
It's Over 9000 in Spanish

Kaio-ken! It's Over 9000 powers up into a Spanish release

It's Over 9,000! en Espaol!
Jul 22
// Salvador G Rodiles
So I was just thinking about my brief time with the Spanish dub of Dragon Ball Z, and all of the sudden, Derek Padula's latest book known as It's Over 9,000! When Worldviews Collides has been published in Spanish! Para las pe...
acttil's e-book release  photo
acttil's e-book release

Aw snap, acttil's releasing an e-book by Nobuo Uematsu

More Uematsu for everyone!
Jul 15
// Salvador G Rodiles
Now this is an interesting turn of events. Acttil has announced that they will be releasing Blik-0 1946, a picture e-book by the great Nobuo Uematsu. Not only that, the book will include three exclusive tracks created by Uema...

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