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12:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Shonen Jump J-Stars Victory VS+ answers all the big questions

The biggest question of them all being "When the hell is Bandai Namco releasing Jump Stars Victory VS?" in English. The answer to that is "Next summer, on the PS3, PS4, PS Vita, and all under the somehow even more nonsensica...

Josh Tolentino




Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 607-609 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 607-609
by Josh Tolentino

Longtime readers of Bleach will note that this "final" arc of the series - scare quotes here because you can never trust a Jump manga to end on time - has featured a number of breaks from author Tite Kubo's established pattern.

Every series that runs as long as Bleach and its compatriots develops its own library of favored tropes, storytelling devices, pet themes, and visual language. That's natural and expected, but since the beginning of the Vandenreich's assault on Soul Society, the series has made a habit of, if not upending, at least angling the narrative tea table to let the crockery slide around a bit.

That in mind, it's almost surprising how well the last three chapters have sketched out the "typical" anatomy of a Bleach boss-fight.

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4:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Assassination Classroom takes attendance on Viz Manga

Whenever I take informal polls as to which manga I should start covering in the wake of Naruto's closure, one of the most common recommendations I get - besides One Piece, of course - is Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom...

Josh Tolentino



Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 604 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 604
by Josh Tolentino

When last we checked in with Bleach, Quincy big boss and mutton chop aficionado Ywach had pulled a real jerk move by regifting a whole buttload of power from his Sternritter on the ground.

The intended destination of this "take from the poor, give to the rich" approach to group dynamics was clear enough, and in this chapter, we deal with the repercussions. 

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Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 699-700 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 699-700
by Josh Tolentino

....and that's that. 

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11:30 AM on 11.05.2014

Naruto may return in 2015

Let's take a big pinch of salt with this rumor, but it looks like early scans of the next issue of Shonen Jump have leaked, and with them the possibility that we've not yet seen the last of Naruto. A big splash page supp...

Josh Tolentino



Annotated Manga: Bleach 603 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach 603
by Josh Tolentino

This week seems to be one for short recaps, but where one recap this week was short because very little needed to be said that wasn't conveyed in a single panel, this week's installment of Bleach left me desperately wishing that the chapter title, "What The Hell" were a more apt descriptor of what actually went on in the pages.

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9:00 PM on 10.06.2014

The 700 Club: Naruto manga ending on November 5th, 2014

I guess Masashi Kishimoto really wasn't kidding when he claimed that his baby and brainchild Naruto would be seeing its end sometime this year. That time is in six weeks or so, as the final chapter of the decade-and-a-ha...

Josh Tolentino



Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 587 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 587
by Josh Tolentino

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Not a whole lot happens in any single chapter of Bleach. Oftentimes a given 16-20 page installment is little more than the next few steps in a fight, which can, at times, prove a challenge to recap in words, especially for a series that gets by on striking visuals and badass poses. 

Similarly, there's little here that happens in terms of plot movement, but Bleach does do something quite memorable, which is to remind us that it has a sense of humor.

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Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 682 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 682
by Josh Tolentino

If there's been one advantage to having Kaguya be a truly "God"-type enemy for Naruto and Sasuke to throw down with, it's anticipating how effin' awesome everything is going to look when it all appears in an installment of Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm

Sure, it's a bit late to expect the Kaguya fight to be rendered in loving detail this September, when Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution hits, but those games will almost certainly continue on while Naruto remains in print. Besides Dragon Ball (and perhaps moreso by now), Naruto is probably the profitable anime license from a game-adaptation perspective. Which, of course, means a lot of cool fights from Cyberconnect2, eventually.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 584-585 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 584-585
by Josh Tolentino

I've got to hand it to the Sternritter: Though we've barely known any of them for more than a panel or two, they do make quite the powerful impression.

That said, it's high time we spent these last portions of Bleach in the company of badasses we're more familiar with, yes?

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4:00 PM on 06.18.2014

Rejoice: Viz reveals their plans for Anime Expo '14

It was a glorious day when Viz Media announced that they licensed Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal. Now Viz’s planning an event for Anime Expo 2014 that’ll please Sailor Moon, Gargantia's fans. During the ...

Salvador GRodiles