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Square Enix and Yen Press announce worldwide digital partnership photo
Square Enix and Yen Press announce worldwide digital partnership
by Brad Rice

Yen Press and Square Enix just announced a partnership to put eBook versions of 175 manga titles online, giving the English-language versions of Square Enix's manga worldwide reach. Starting April 8, you'll be able to access some of Yen Press's most popular titles through Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, and Kobo digital platforms.

Initially the service will start with just Soul Eater, Black Butler, and Doubt, but Yen Press will roll out more titles throughout April and the coming months. It gives you something to look forward to each week!

In addition to that, Soul Eater, Soul Eater NOT!, and Secret will all see weekly chapter releases in digital form, starting on April 14th. It's a way to keep fans reading in between the volume releases.

I'll admit that I'm a little surprised they didn't announce joining Comixology, which seems to be the go-to place for reading American comics. It's the industry standard for Marvel and DC, and it's not a bad market to tap into. Comixology might not be available in every marketplace, but it's still worth a shot, no?

Check out the full press release after the jump.

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JapanaTerror 016: Manhole photo
JapanaTerror 016: Manhole
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: Manhole
Author: Tetsuya Tsutsui
Published: Square Enix
Released: 2004

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The Adventures of Ai-Fi 4 photo
The Adventures of Ai-Fi 4
by Karen Mead

Weekly 4Koma time. In this installment, Ai-Fi continues on her mission to acquire anime DVDs for bored Japanator editors to review...but at what cost?

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Shonen Showdown 3-22-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 3-22-2014
by Josh Tolentino

It's time now for Shonen Showdown, the recap that doesn't want your pity or your mourning, for it is doing what it was always meant to do...recap battle anime and manga, and recap it hard.

We've got a full house today with the latest offerings from our talented fighter-writers, with the latest recaps of Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, Bleach and One Piece! Get on below and commemorate the loss of a man among men, Might Guy!

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The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 21 photo
The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 21
by Brad Rice

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.

Japan loves Disney. Everyone loves Frozen. So it's only natural that Japan love Frozen just as much as everyone else. The film debuted like gangbuster, raking in over $7.5 million, which is blockbuster status in Japan. Expect that to reign over the charts for the next few months. Other kid-friendly films topped this week's box office numbers, presumably because people had a hard time getting in to see Frozen.

On the music side, people are rolling out cherry blossom-themed songs because, well, it's that time of year. It's amazing how the Japanese music industry churns out these one-hit wonder songs, they sell like hotcakes, and then everyone moves on.

Gotta love it. Let's take a look at the top titles from each list:

Oricon's Top Three Songs

1. Sakura, Minna Tabeta by HKT48
2. Kimi ga Inai, Ano Hi Kara by Acid Black Cherry
3. Sakura Appareshon by Denpagumi Inc.

New York Times' Top Three Manga

1. One Piece Vol. 70
2. Blue Exorcist Vol. 11
3. Pokemon Adventures Vol. 21

Japan's Top Three Box Office Films

1. Frozen
2. Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Daimakyo
3. Precure All Stars New Stage 3

Check out the full lists after the jump!

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8:00 PM on 03.20.2014

Ah! My Goddess manga ending next month

After 25 years of publication, Kosuke Fujishima's Ah! My Goddess will end in the next issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon, on sale April 25. There's also mention of a "super important" announcement, but no other details are...

Pedro Cortes



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