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5:30 PM on 03.04.2014

Viz licenses Naoki Urasawa's Master Keaton manga

Here's an unexpected announcement: Viz Media has licensed Naoki Urasawa's (of Monster, Pluto, and 20th Century Boys fame) Master Keaton manga series. The classic series ran from 1988 to 1994, inspired a TV anime, and a host o...

Ben Huber

3:00 PM on 03.04.2014

Let Manga 4 Movies recap the Oscars in hilarious Engrish

I'll admit it: I love Engrish. Yes, I know it's not exactly PC to say it that way, but there's no better way to characterize Japan (and some other countries') unique approach and use of English language, to amusing effect for...

Josh Tolentino







The Adventures of Ai-Fi 1 photo
The Adventures of Ai-Fi 1
by Karen Mead

You know what Mondays have been missing? Chibi Ai-Fi comics, that's what!

Ladies and Gentlemen: from the pen of minimally qualified comic artist Karen Mead! Entire weeks in the making! Starring the breakout new character who is at least one dude's "waifu" on 4chan, Ai-Fi! It's The Adventures of Ai-Fi in convenient, four-panel doses optimized for your sequential viewing pleasure! I learned how to use Manga Studio 5.0, kind-of-sort-of! BEHOLD:

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JapanaTerror 014: The Female Fridge No. 1 photo
JapanaTerror 014: The Female Fridge No. 1
by Brittany Vincent

When the landscape of western horror simply isn't extreme enough for you, you need another way to satisfy your cravings. Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers may be enough to terrify the masses, but you're looking for something a little more exotic, right? Lucky for you, the land that brought you your favorite anime series is rife with decidedly more disturbing offerings. We bring you JapanaTerror, a weekly rendezvous with the disgusting and the depraved. Whether it's anime, manga, film, or a novel, you'll find something of value to disturb and delight. We'll cover everything, from bizarre body horror to the craziest thrill rides we can find. Pull those covers tight and lock the doors, because you're about to be haunted.

Title: The Female Fridge No. 1
Author: Tori-Miki
Published: Comic Cue
Released: 2000

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Shonen Showdown 3-2-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 3-2-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Welcome to this week's round of Shonen Showdown, the weekly anime and manga battlin' recap that's coming to you today courtesy of booting into Safe Mode! Aww yeah, core drivers, networking support, and nothing else, coming at you this weekend!

That said, our stripped-down circumstances this week won't stop us from giving you the very latest in hot Hunter x Hunter, Naruto and Bleach recaps, all of which are set below and hosted on our site, which is thankfully more reliable than a bad set of video drivers!

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5:00 PM on 03.01.2014

Two new motion mangas added to Crunchyroll

Two new motion mangas have been added to Crunchyroll recently! One goes by the name of Hadigirl, which is roughly about a girl who is visited by a fairy. The fairy gives the main character, Sae, various tasks to do with ...

Amber Hunt

5:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/28

I'm impressed that after 10 weeks, The Eternal Zero still holds a grip on Japanese audiences. The film cleared $75 million in revenue, which is certainly a feat for any film in Japan. I doubt that the film will keep its curre...

Brad Rice



A Look @: Oh My Goddess!, Volume 45 photo
A Look @: Oh My Goddess!, Volume 45
by Karen Mead

As long as Kosuke Fujishima's most celebrated manga has been running, it wasn't actually around during Benjamin Franklin's time. We can discern this because if it had been, his famous quotation would have stated that the only certainties in life were "death, taxes and Oh My Goddess!" That's how inevitable each new volume feels.

The series has been slogging along for something like 25 years, and though there have been some plot twists here and there, the fundamentals seem set in stone: Keichi and Belldandy love each other, but Bell's two meddling sisters make trouble for them. Keichi and Belldandy love each other, but their relationship will never advance beyond the hand-holding, kindergarten level for some reason; presumably because Fujishima is a pretty classy fellow and has no interest in sullying his premiere series with dirty Goddess/human sex. Keichi and Belldandy love each other, but the plot will never really progress, and so on and so forth.

Or at least, that's what we thought. The last few volumes of OMG! have turned what we thought we knew about this series on its head, and I'm honestly not sure how I feel about it yet.

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8:00 AM on 02.27.2014

Pupa author has new horror manga in the works

It's no secret that I found the anime adaptation of Pupa to be a huge disappointment. All you have to do is listen to our weekly podcast to know that much. However from what I hear the original manga is actually quite good wh...

LB Bryant



Shonen Showdown 2-22-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 2-22-2014
by Josh Tolentino

It's that time on Saturday, people: The time to FIGHT! It's Shonen Showdown time!

It's a week of epic reversals as Bleach makes us EAT last week's harsh judgment and Naruto turns a heel into (half a) face, while One Piece drops in the weirdos and runs into a sugar-wall, and Hunter x Hunter reveals its oh-so-effective coping mechanism for stress: EXPLOSIONS!

Join us now as Pedro, Chris and yours truly charge up and punch in with the latest battle anime and manga recaps!

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12:00 PM on 02.21.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/21

It took a naked man strapped to a car to unseat The Eternal Zero at the Japanese box office. Takashi Miike's The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji is an adaptation of Noboru Takahashi's manga by the same name, which sells lik...

Brad Rice

3:30 PM on 02.20.2014

Kodansha makes three big announcements

On their official tumblr (is that where all the cool kids are hanging out these days? I wouldn't know), Kodansha Comics made three big announcements this week including two new licenses and the reveal of a brand new omnibus r...

LB Bryant



Perfect Square launches limited time digital manga sale photo
Perfect Square launches limited time digital manga sale
by Kristina Pino

Take advantage of a sale on digital manga being offered by VIZ Media's all-ages imprint Perfect Square, running now until February 28th. Titles such as Hello Kitty: Delicious! (reviewed), Uglydoll: Eat Dat!, and all of their Pokémon books are discounted. Some volumes are brought down by just US$1 from the already reduced digital price, while others are marked all the way down to US$1.99.

If you've been meaning to try any of the awesome books that Perfect Square offer, now's a great time to grab a few. Don't let the "all-ages" rating fool you into thinking you're above enjoying them: VIZ Media have some truly fantastic, talented, and experienced artists, writers, and others working on their PS titles.

For a look at their full catalog, check out Perfect Square's main site. Digital releases for Perfect Square titles are available through their iPad app.

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6:00 PM on 02.19.2014

Countdown to March on Death Note 10th Anniversary Site

Man, I hadn't thought I'd be writing about Death Note anytime soon. The 10th anniversary of Death Note is coming up (holy crap it's been 10 years?), so there's going to be a bit of a celebration. A website went up to promote ...

Ben Huber



JapanaTerror 013: Superglue photo
JapanaTerror 013: Superglue
by Brittany Vincent

When the landscape of western horror simply isn't extreme enough for you, you need another way to satisfy your cravings. Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers may be enough to terrify the masses, but you're looking for something a little more exotic, right? Lucky for you, the land that brought you your favorite anime series is rife with decidedly more disturbing offerings. We bring you JapanaTerror, a weekly rendezvous with the disgusting and the depraved. Whether it's anime, manga, film, or a novel, you'll find something of value to disturb and delight. We'll cover everything, from bizarre body horror to the craziest thrill rides we can find. Pull those covers tight and lock the doors, because you're about to be haunted.

Title: Superglue
Author: Kago Shintaro
Published: Kasutoro Shiki
Released: 1999

It may have taken a short break, but JapanaTerror is back with a vengeance! It is the terror that flaps in the night! It's also been sorely missed. But I'm back with a new story to whet your appetites for all things grisly. Kago Shintaro, a perennial JapanaTerror favorite, penned Superglue as part of a compilation: Kasutoro Shiki, which is also home to several other disturbing and yet extremely enjoyable short works.

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4:00 PM on 02.17.2014

Five new characters join the J-Stars Victory Vs. roster

Getting sick of all the J-Stars news? I certainly hope not, because here's the next serving! According to a leaked scan of this month's V-Jump, there are five more combatants joining the already sizeable cast; three as fully ...

Chris Walden



Shonen Showdown 2-16-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 2-16-2014
by Josh Tolentino

It's time again for Shonen Showdown, the weekly fighting anime and manga roundup that's opting to use this week's header selection to anticipate the end result of many a successful Valentine's eve! How did your love-love day go?

Speaking of things we love, it's time to talk about comics and cartoons chock-full of wanton violence! With pirate epic One Piece on break this week, we've got the usual complement of Bleach, Naruto, and Hunter x Hunter to get you pumped! Get on below and join us in this shonen action love-fest!

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11:00 AM on 02.14.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/14

I think Japan's just about ready for Valentine's Day, with something like Back Number's Fish, a song about lost love. Watch the music video above if you want to see a guy singing about losing his love. Because what gets you ...

Brad Rice



Shonen Showdown 2-8-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 2-8-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Welcome to the past-midnight edition of Shonen Showdown, your weekly roundup of anime and manga's most belligerent battle series! What's so different about the past-midnight edition and the usual one? Well, we've hot hot hot* lip-locking action between Naruto and Sakura for one!

Well, that's not much, to be honest, but to make it up to you, dear reader, we've also got a full complement of Bleach, One Piece, and Hunter x Hunter recaps in here, too! Y'know, to make it a real party.

*Actually, it's not so hot when one party is gravely injured and on the verge of death.

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10:00 AM on 02.07.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/7

Well, this is suprising. I honestly never expected The Wolf of Wall Street to debut high in Japan. The movie is three hours long, heavy on dialogue, and has more cocaine than Bogota. Perhaps it's the cocaine that's the big dr...

Brad Rice

10:00 PM on 02.06.2014

Recently My Sister Is Unusual getting live-action movie

It is absolutely no secret that I do not like ImoCho (Recently My Sister Is Unusual). I watched one episode and checked out simply because the series made me physically uncomfortable to watch. So why am I bringing this up? Be...

LB Bryant

8:00 PM on 02.06.2014

Live-action Say 'I Love You' gets trailer

I absolutely adored the anime adaptation of the shoujo romantic drama Say 'I Love You'. I thought that it was extremely well done and just a very sweet and touching story. However once I heard that it was getting a live actio...

LB Bryant



A Look @ Fairy Tail Volume 33 & 34 photo
A Look @ Fairy Tail Volume 33 & 34
by Pedro Cortes

Before we take a look at the latest volumes of Fairy Tail, let’s take a look at where we’re at in the story. The members of Fairy Tail are in the midst of the Grand Magic Games. Held to determine which guild is the strongest, Fairy Tail has been at the bottom of the rankings for the last several years due to all of the strongest members being shifted through time in prior volumes. In order to restore their reputation, the time-displaced members gather together and challenge the world, though things are quite a bit different from when they last were around.

After barely squeaking by the first portion of the competition, the members of Fairy Tail have not been performing well in the one-on-one fights. Lucy and Mystogan both lost their matches, leaving both Fairy Tail teams dead last. They’re going to have to make some points quick or they risk falling too far behind to catch up. However, if there’s one thing you can bet on, it’s that Fairy Tail will find some way to come out on top.

Hit the jump to find out how!

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12:00 PM on 02.03.2014

Son Goku's mother to be revealed next month

I never put much thought into Son Goku's origins. I just knew he was the son of Bardock and left it at that. Being that I was a kid when I was watching Dragon Ball, the science behind Goku's inception didn't go though my head...

Hiroko Yamamura







Shonen Showdown 2-2-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 2-2-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Hey everyone, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL fighting Japanese cartoons and comics?! Yeah, that's the answer I wanna hear! It's time for Shonen Showdown, the most "super" bowl of hot action anime and manga you're gonna get on a cold Sunday!

So, pack in to our stadium-sized internet place and grab the latest updates on your favorite fighters! We've got teams from all over, including the Konoha Magical Ninjas and the Soul Society Samurai up and ready for the kickoff, the slashoff, and the Summon-Giant-Statue-Monster-off!

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7:00 PM on 01.31.2014

South Korea hosts 'Comfort Women' exhibit at French con

The Japanese government is none too pleased by an exhibit at France's Festival de la Bande Dessinee d'Angouleme, one of the biggest manga festivals in Europe. The exhibit in question details Japan's atrocities during World Wa...

Brad Rice

5:00 PM on 01.31.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/31

Once again, The Eternal Zero is showing little signs of stopping its domination of the Japanese box office. Japan has a habit of latching on to a film and keeping it in the #1 spot for 10 weeks or so, shrugging off all other ...

Brad Rice

10:00 AM on 01.31.2014

Deadman Wonderland manga reprint hitting shelves via Viz

Deadman Wonderland was one of those series I sped through because it hit all the high notes I was looking for: ultraviolent, gripping, and chock-full of existential terror. I was into it, man, and just when it was getting goo...

Brittany Vincent



Shonen Showdown 1-25-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 1-25-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Hello and welcome to the latest installement of Shonen Showdown, your weekly recap of the best in battle anime and manga! We've got the full cast in this week, with sweet double-dose recaps of One Piece, Naruto, and Hunter x Hunter all present and accounted for. Oh, and Bleach gets all religious on everyone's ass, and for no particularly good reason as far as I can tell.

Either way, that doesn't diminish the quality of today's cover page celebrating Naruto's 15th year in publication. Fifteen years. That's crazy

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9:00 PM on 01.24.2014

Vertical licenses Tonari no Seki-kun manga

Once again proving themselves to be a shrewd company, Vertical Publishing has licensed Tonari no Seki-kun, by manga author Takuma Morishige, and will release it under the title My Neighbor Seki this fall. Vertical's Ed Chavez...

Ben Huber