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5:00 PM on 01.22.2014

Mahou Shoujo of the End licensed by Seven Seas Ent.

Zettai shoujo mokushiroku! Gleefully horrific dark mahou shoujo manga Mahou Shoujo of the End has finally been acquired by Seven Seas Entertainment. Personally, I couldn't be happier, since I've been wanting to read it for some time now, and it's finally going to be available in English! 

Brittany Vincent

Shonen Showdown 1-18-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 1-18-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of Shonen Showdown, your weekly battle anime and manga recap that's been left to ponder the ultimate question: What does the need to poo feel like? Truly, an inquiry for the ages.

While Chris and Pedro are currently indisposed answering that most pressing of issues, as well as helping prepare the next phase of Shonen Showdown's evolution (Editor's Note: What?! I thought this was your final form!), you're here with me and the latest episodes and chapters of Naruto and Bleach! Read on for more ninja madness and spectactular swordsmanship!

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Yaoi imprint SuBLime celebrates its anniversary photo
Yaoi imprint SuBLime celebrates its anniversary
by Tim Sheehy

If you're big on boys love, or just feel the occasional urge to stock up on some yaoi, Viz Media has got you covered. Their specialized Yaoi-centric manga imprint, SuBLime -- oh, the BL is capitalized... I see what they did there -- is celebrating their second anniversary and have partnered with the popular online retailer Right Stuf to offer everyone 50% off select bundles for a limited time. The list only extends to certain print editions, and includes titles such as Awkward Silence, His Favorite, Punch Up!, select works from Yaya Sakuragi, and more. Click here for a full list.

The 50% off extends only to the bundled packages, however individual print editions of each of these series are available for just $6.76, each. That's actually 48% off the MSRP, so you're still getting a pretty good deal if you'd rather pick and choose. Just keep in mind that all these titles are rated 'M' for mature, and probably for good reason. To call some of the content questionable would be putting it mildly.

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7:00 PM on 01.17.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/17

With the new year well under way, we've got some fresh music from AKB48 star Misaki Iwasa topping this week's charts, with the cast of Kuroko no Basketball following up shortly thereafter. Who says industry-manufactured pop i...

Brad Rice

Exploring shoujo manga photo
Exploring shoujo manga
by Karen Mead

Look guys, it's my first video! Let it never be said that I've been left behind in the age of new technology by sticking solely to writing text! Actually, I've totally been left behind in the age of new technology (I worked in newspapers, for crying out loud), but um...I have a webcam now?

Anyway, I'm trying to decide which monthly shoujo manga magazine I want to subscribe to, so I bought a whole bunch to see which ones had the best stories. They all came with cool little extras (called furoku), so I figured I'd do a video so you could see what they all come with, plus give my general impressions so far.

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6:00 PM on 01.16.2014

Tokyo Ghoul anime adaptation shambling into production

File this one under "awesome" and "I'm totally interested." The tenth volume of Sui Ishida's horror series Tokyo Ghoul will come with a special announcement on Friday: the long-running manga has been green-lit for an anime a...

Brittany Vincent

4:00 PM on 01.16.2014

Hisoka joins J-Stars as support, plus new screenshots

Well that didn't take very long! After yesterday's news of four new characters, we have a leak revealing the two bonus villains that were teased via silhouettes. Of course, like many people figured, it's Toguro from Yu Yu Hak...

Chris Walden

A Look @ Hello Kitty: Delicious!  photo
A Look @ Hello Kitty: Delicious!
by Kristina Pino

The first volume in the Hello Kitty (reviewed) series published by Perfect Square was all about travel, and it didn't disappoint; we went all over the world and beyond. This second volume promised to have our mouths watering, and once again, it didn't disappoint; I think I have cavities.

Jacob Chabot and Jorge Monlongo return and are accompanied by Ian McGinty and Stephanie Buscema for a whole new set of adventures featuring Japan's favorite feline (move aside, Maru). All of the stories are food-related, though that isn't a stretch in Hello Kitty's cake-filled world under regular circumstances.

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A Look @ Nisekoi, vol. 1 photo
A Look @ Nisekoi, vol. 1
by Kristina Pino

Nisekoi turned out to be one of those happy discoveries you sometimes stumble upon when you aren't looking for anything particular, read a silly synopsis, and think, "Why not?" I wasn't too sure what to expect from this coming in, except that it was probably a romantic comedy.

And it is.

It's a romantic comedy that's apparently published in Shonen Jump, and the first volume which comprises the first seven chapters had heaps of fighting in it -- between the lead male character and a girl he has to pretend to date in order to appease the rival gangs they belong to.

Let's have a quick look at the copy before I move on with my thoughts:

It’s hate at first sight—or rather a knee to the head at first sight —when Raku Ichijo meets Chitoge Kirisaki! Unfortunately, Raku’s gangster father arranges a false love match between Raku and their rival gang leader’s daughter, who just so happens to be Chitoge! Raku’s searching for his childhood sweetheart from ten years ago, however, with a pendant around his neck as a memento...but he can't even remember the girl’s name or face!

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4:40 PM on 01.12.2014

Vertical licenses Witchcraft Works manga

Although they've yet to make any official announcements, it appears Vertical has licensed the Witchcraft Works manga, originally published in Kodansha's bi-monthly seinen magazine good! Afternoon. Amazon and Random House...

Tim Sheehy

Shonen Showdown 1-12-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 1-12-2014
by Josh Tolentino

It's the first Shonen Showdown of 2014! Hooray! And it's all anime, what with most of the manga taking their New Year's hiatus. But that's OK too, it'll give us time to meditate on the ideal state of filler content in our modern, fight-show loving society.

So come, join us in the Garden of Contemplation (of Fighting), where your gurus and chant leaders will be Hunter x Hunter, One Piece, and Naruto Shippuden!

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10:00 AM on 01.12.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/10

Are you ready for some Golden Bomber? Their new single "101st Curse" debuts this week, and skyrockets to the top of the Oricon charts. Visual kei cannot be stopped. Elsewhere on the Oricon charts, the Christmas music scene dr...

Brad Rice

11:00 AM on 01.11.2014

Hello Kitty is preparing to surprise you in April

This week saw the release of Hello Kitty Delicious!, the second volume in the new Hello Kitty manga series being published by VIZ Media's Perfect Square imprint. And hot on its heels is the listing of Hello Kitty Surprise!, w...

Kristina Pino

8:00 AM on 01.09.2014

PSA: You have to pre-order BL for B&N to stock it

With Barnes and Noble and Books a Million as the only major chains remaining in the US, publishers have a harder time getting less-than-mainstream titles (BL, for example) onto store shelves. Ed Chavez of Vertical is calling ...

Brad Rice

9:00 AM on 01.08.2014

From vampires to motherly love

Creator of the Dance in the Vampire Bund manga, Nozomu Tamaki, is back with a brand new series, but it's nothing like his very loved vampire story. Uchi no Musume ni Te o Dasu na! or, Keep Your Hands Off My Dau...

Amber Hunt

2:00 PM on 01.07.2014

Rurouni Kenshin enemy manga spinoff

Did anyone here get a chance to go to Otakon Vegas? The show featured a panel for well-known novelist, Kaworu Kurosaki, wife of manga artist Nobuhiro Watsuki. She let everyone know that there will in fact be a Rurouni Ke...

Amber Hunt

11:00 AM on 01.07.2014

Crunchyroll announce three new manga for simulpub library

For all you lovelies who don't live in Japan, but want to read comics just as they are released, Crunchyroll has this nifty simulpub thing going on with a bunch of Kodansha's titles including Attack on Titan and Fairy Tail, a...

Kristina Pino

6:00 PM on 01.01.2014

Inu x Boku SS manga ending later in 2014

Having just recently completed one viewing of the anime adaptation of Inu x Boku SS, I'm quite saddened that its manga companion will be coming to an end this year. Hey, remember how I was just talking about there being a lot...

Brittany Vincent

5:00 PM on 01.01.2014

Sora no Otoshimono manga drawing to an end

Is it just me, or does it seem like a lot of anime and manga series are ending lately? Seems like we've run several announcements on that very topic over the past few months, and now we've got yet another to bring to your attention.

Brittany Vincent

12:00 PM on 12.31.2013

Moyashimon manga ending Jan. 22nd

It seems in this day and age that the cool way of breaking the news to everyone is through Twitter. Word travels fast on the Twitter express, and you can be sure that it's no bull when it comes from the creator's own account....

Josh Totman

Shonen Showdown 12-29-2013 photo
Shonen Showdown 12-29-2013
by Josh Tolentino

Hey there, and welcome to the SUPERSTAR fighting anime and manga roundup, Shonen Showdown! And yeah, bro, we DO even Star!

We Star so much that we brought you the last chapters of the latest big fights of 2013, with Naruto, Bleach and Hunter x Hunter ready for you! Can you defeat their New Year's resolutions? And if you can't, will your New Year's resolution be to defeat them? It better be!

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10:00 AM on 12.27.2013

Simulpub of All You Need is Kill on the way

You might've heard that the Japanese light novel All You Need is Kill is getting a Hollywood movie adaption starring Tom Cruise. Yes, it's a little weird that it's happening at all. Granted, the movie's titled is being change...

Ben Huber

5:00 PM on 12.25.2013

Romantica Clock manga airing this February

There's a distinct shortage of shoujo series out there right now, especially for the upcoming season of anime, and that's like, totally unacceptable. That's why I'm so excited to see an anime adaptation of The Romantica Clock. I've never actually read the manga, but it's been running in Ribon since last year.

Brittany Vincent

5:00 PM on 12.24.2013

SuBLime Yaoi manga now available for Kindle

I won't pretend to read, or even truly understand the fascination with Boys Love genre, but I know there's a fair amount of you out there who do, so some of you may be really excited by this bit of news. VIZ Media's yaoi mang...

Tim Sheehy

Shonen Showdown 12-23-2013 photo
Shonen Showdown 12-23-2013
by Josh Tolentino

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Shonen Showdown, your weekly roundup of all things things to do with the things we do - and what we do is recap your favorite battle anime and manga each week, no matter what gets stuck in our gullets!

The usual suspects, including Hunter x Hunter, Naruto, One Piece and Bleach made it in just in time to take a break for Christmas. What with their respective magazines adopting strange release patterns as the year transitions, this'll be the last guaranteed installment of Shonen Showdown before the new year! Enjoy your gifts, folks, and try not to think too much about conflict as you celebrate the holidays!

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9:00 AM on 12.21.2013

Enter a mob war with JoJo: All Star Battle's new details

As Namco Bandai winds down towards the halfway point of their Bizarre Adventure, the traveling game development company is ready to give us a quick recap on JoJo's fifth story that covers the adventures of Giorno Giovana...

Salvador G Rodiles

VIZ Media announce a big sale and some new additions photo
VIZ Media announce a big sale and some new additions
by Kristina Pino

Viz Media have announced that from now through January 15th, all of the manga titles purchasable at Viz Manga (or on the VIZ Manga app) are 20% off. This includes such titles as Naruto and One Piece, Hana Kimi, Magi, Honey and Clover, Ouran High School Host Club, Boys Over Flowers, Nana, Ruroni Kenshin, and Toriko.

For those who are a few volumes behind, or in other cases, well-stocked except for a few missing teeth on your shelf, this is a nice sale to get all caught up. The store boasts over 2,000 volumes of manga in total, and there's sure to be something for everyone. If nothing else, maybe this is a great opportunity to get that one friend or family member to try starting a new series.

Now, on to the new stuff!

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Shonen Showdown 12-14-2013 photo
Shonen Showdown 12-14-2013
by Josh Tolentino

Hello and welcome to Shonen Showdown, the latest in battle anime, manga, and JUSTICE BEAMS!

Today we're both educated and entertained by the latest in Hunter x Hunter, Bleach, and Naruto, while simultaneously reminded of the value of animation. Get on below and consume your recommended dose of nutritious, delicious great-justice fighting!

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11:00 PM on 12.13.2013

Rock the Charts for the Week of December 13th

I can't help but wonder what the Japanese reaction to Keanu Reeves' 47 Ronin will be. A lot of people went and saw it, with the film generating over $1 million at the box office on opening weekend, but i can't imagine it hang...

Brad Rice

Review: Sailor Moon photo
Review: Sailor Moon
by Karen Mead

As a Sailor Moon fan, or "Moonie" of 15 years, it's kind of amazing that I never got around to reading the entire manga until now. I guess it's not that weird when you think about it; early on, I was all about anime and had little interest in manga, then by the time I was interested, the old Tokyopop editions of the manga were out of print. I did buy the Japanese editions at Kinokuniya a few years back, but that was more for the sake of having them as collectibles; my rudimentary Japanese knowledge only provided me with tiny bits and pieces of the story.

Still, all this time I've been hearing from fans that the manga is far superior to the anime. The manga's alleged quality has almost reached mythic status: "Tuxedo Mask is so much more useful in the manga," Moonies whisper reverently in my ear. "Rei's character is so much more interesting. The tone is so much more mature than the anime. The end of the last arc actually makes sense," etc. etc. etc.

All this is a roundabout way of saying that while I'd like to approach the manga with fresh eyes, and avoid the mistake of constantly comparing it to the anime, I really can't help it; I'm a fan who's seen all 200 episodes of the TV series (and all three movies), and I can't pretend otherwise. I can only say that I've endeavored to avoid comparing the two in a way that seems unfair. That bias acknowledged and out of the way, were the fans right about the superiority of the manga: the original, unadulterated Sailor Moon story? To be honest, even as I sit here the proud owner of 14 volumes of Naoko Takeuchi's fantasy opus, I'm still not sure.

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