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11:25 PM on 03.09.2014

J-Stars Victory VS gets one final 13 minute promo

I love me a good crossover multiplayer game, and Bandai Namco's upcoming J-Stars Victory Vs. looks to fill that hole in my life quite nicely. Featuring over 50 characters from Shonen Jump characters spanning the magazine's 4...

Elliot Gay

7:00 PM on 03.08.2014

Even more manga is added to Crunchyroll

Another one of Moyoco Anno's wonderful mangas has been added to Crunchyroll's manga list called The Diary Ochibi-San. It's about a boy named Ochibi-San, who lives with his dog Nazeni, and his cat Jack. The story line fol...

Amber Hunt





6:00 PM on 03.07.2014

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 7

It's Rock the Charts with a new name. We highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. Kiki's Delivery Service (the live-action version) made its debut this we...

Brad Rice

5:00 PM on 03.07.2014

Author teases character deaths in Magi

We've all experienced it. That horrible, empty feeling when one of our favorite characters dies in an anime or manga series that we had been enjoying up to that point. Plenty of series have done it (though I won't name names ...

LB Bryant

2:00 PM on 03.07.2014

Live-action ImoCho gets first trailer

If you watch this trailer where other people can see or hear you, do not blame me because I'm warning you right now that this is NOT safe for work or public. In fact it's barely safe for private consumption.  That being ...

LB Bryant

12:00 PM on 03.07.2014

Viz racks up Assassination Classroom, One Piece, and more

Viz has my number, you guys. They've been consistently bringing the noise, bringing down the house, coming here to turn the party out. They're raising the roof to prove they can get loose, y'all, with high-profile releases li...

Brittany Vincent

11:00 AM on 03.07.2014

Crunchyroll adds new manga to their website

Crunchyroll has really been on point with their manga system lately! They've been adding new titles left and right. Recently, they've added two new ones which you can read now. Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen (Bikacho Shinshi Ka...

Amber Hunt

7:00 PM on 03.06.2014

Vertical debuts Spring 2014 reader survey

Do you want to make your voice heard? Vertical is always open to what its readers want, and their seasonal reader survey is the best way to do so. Apart from following them around at convention after convention, pestering the...

Brad Rice

1:00 PM on 03.05.2014

My Little Sister Is American web manga gets print run in Japan

One thing that I've always found interesting about manga and anime is whenever they decide to insert an American character into the series. It happened in Lucky Star, it happened in Kuroko's Basketball, it happened in Black L...

LB Bryant

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
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