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A look at: Phantom Thief Jeanne Volume 1 photo
A look at: Phantom Thief Jeanne Volume 1
by LB Bryant

By day Maron Kusakabe is a normal, everyday high school student. She lives in an apartment by herself, has a best friend who lives next door and she's a member of the rhythmic gymnastics team. What people don't realize, however, is that Maron's hiding a secret: at night she's a phantom thief who steals paintings in which demons reside and seals them away before those demons can eat the hearts of the paintings owner. 

For the most part things have been going well for her and the police have yet to be able to catch her. However, things change when a new phantom thief named Sinbad appears on the scene and starts trying to steal those paintings before she can. What Maron doesn't realize though is that Sinbad is actually the alter-ego of the flirtatious new transfer student named Chiaki who has moved into Maron's apartment building. Will the two learn to co-exist as friends in both of their lives or will they be forced to become enemies? 

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7:00 PM on 03.19.2014

Shinjuku boos bara billboard for HIV awareness

An interesting struggle is going on in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ni-Chome, a popular gay neighborhood. VIIV Healthcare, a pharmaceutical company that makes an HIV drug, selected popular gay artist Poko Murata to draw up an HIV awarene...

Brad Rice

10:00 AM on 03.17.2014

Insufficient Direction to get flash animation adaptation

Color this convenient: shortly after the English release of Moyoco Anno's Insufficient Direction, it's been announced that it's getting an anime adaptation. It won't be much -- 13 3-minute flash animations as a part of Animus...

Brad Rice

The Adventures of Ai-Fi 3 photo
The Adventures of Ai-Fi 3
by Karen Mead

Another Monday, another Ai-Fi 4Koma. I'm finding the four-panel format pretty challenging, because back in the day, I always used to draw comics in the form of full pages; it's hard to pare down my ideas so that they work in four panels. Despite being difficult though, it's still a lot of fun.

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Shonen Showdown 3-15-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 3-15-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Hello and welcome to Shonen Showdown, the weekly recap that--HAH! Got you! You thought you were gonna make this column late? You just delayed my clone! No one stops the recap train!

We're up tonight with the latest workplace drama from Naruto, the latest child-abuse drama from Bleach, and a new dose of awesome from Hunter x Hunter, all tonight and ready!

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Review: Insufficient Direction photo
Review: Insufficient Direction
by Brad Rice

Being an otaku isn't easy. But when you've fallen in love with someone who's king of the otaku? Well, that means you've got a long way to go to up your nerd game.

That's the struggle Rompers faces in Moyoco Anno's autobiographical manga, detailing the adventures she has in living with and marrying Hideaki Anno -- one of Japan's biggest otaku. They struggle with everything from the music in the car to decorating their house. Will Rompers survive the struggles of being a true otaku?

If you're a fan of any of Moyoco Anno's other works (Sakuran, Hataraki Man, Sugar Sugar Rune), then Insufficient Direction will provide a peek behind the curtain and see what her private life is like.

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6:00 PM on 03.14.2014

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 14

Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. The Japanese box office took a massive tanking this past weekend, dropp...

Brad Rice

The Adventures of Ai-Fi 2 photo
The Adventures of Ai-Fi 2
by Karen Mead

It's time to learn more about everybody's favorite Multipurpose Japanator Android. I don't know about you, but seeing the exploits of Chibi Ai-Fi brightens my regular Monday gloom just a little bit.

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Shonen Showdown 3-9-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 3-9-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Hey there! It's time again for some sweet Shonen Showdown goodness, so put on your happy faces, everyone!

Oh, maybe not that happy. OK, please take off your happy face now. 

It's an extra full house this week, with recaps of the best in fighting anime and manga, including Bleach, Hunter x Hunter, One Piece, and a double-header of Naruto Shippuden in addition to the Naruto manga!

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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 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