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8:00 PM on 04.20.2014

Shonen Showdown 4-20-2014

Welcome to another weekly installment of Shonen Showdown, your everyday look at the latest in battle shows. This week we're catching up on the status of our favorite anime memes, and it appears that the evergreen "Moe Moe Kyu...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 04.18.2014

The Bestsellers: Naruto still can't be stopped

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. This week's manga charts prove that Naruto is still one of the most pop...

Brad Rice



10:00 AM on 04.16.2014

East meets West in manga comic tribute

Comic Book Resources has a weekly column where a stable of artists draw fan requests, compiled by theme. A recent post collected western redesigns of anime and manga characters -- something distinctly up our alley. The image ...

Brad Rice



10:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Oldboy manga hits Dark Horse Digital

If you've been in the mood to dig into some high quality manga lately, why not give Oldboy a shot? The manga that inspired the fan-favorite movie has been out for years, but not always in ready stock. Now Dark Horse has ...

Brad Rice



10:00 AM on 04.15.2014

The Adventures of Ai-Fi 5

When we last left our favorite humanoid Japanator android, she had acquired a DVD copy of the anime masterpiece Bible Black. After looking up the show in her extensive, internal anime database, she is faced with a difficult decision.

Karen Mead



9:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Shonen Showdown 4-12-2014

Alright everyone, it's time for Shonen Showdown, the weekly fighting manga and anime recap that gets it, OK, we know about the whole duality thing in Naruto's themes. Gaawhhhd.  Anyway, we've got it all for you this fine...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 PM on 04.12.2014

The Seven Deadly Sins manga gets an anime series

Nanatsu no Taizai, or better known as The Seven Deadly Sins, is a manga by Nakaba Suzuki. It's about a princess who discovers the truth about her king guards, and is forced to run away. She is trying to find the sins to help ...

Amber Hunt



11:00 AM on 04.12.2014

The World God Only Knows manga is ending soon

Sorry folks, but I'm about to make your Saturday a little miserable. We've known for a while that The World God Only Knows was due to end on its 26th volume, but we now have a date. We'll be saying goodbye to Keima, Elsie, Ha...

Chris Walden



8:00 AM on 04.12.2014

Yes, there is a Steve Jobs manga

Just when you thought manga couldn't get weirder, it did. A comic about Steve Jobs? Yup, that's right folks. An entire comic dedicated to Jobs and how Apple came to be. It may not be a huge hit world wide, but the students at...

Amber Hunt



12:00 PM on 04.11.2014

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for April 11

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. This week, Mobile Suit Gundam proves just how dominant of a force ...

Brad Rice



9:00 AM on 04.08.2014

Wolf Girl & Black Prince manga series is becoming an anime and I want in

The latest issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret is about to announce an anime edition of Ayuko Hatta's Wolf Girl & Black Prince, and I'm extremely interested. You guys remember Hot Gimmick, right? This sounds so totally ...

Brittany Vincent



8:00 AM on 04.07.2014

Shonen Showdown 4-7-2014

Happy Monday, folks! It's time to get focused on fighting off the banality of the week with Shonen Showdown, the weekly recap that's using the title bar to conveniently censor the werewolf above! Don't look! It's a....comprom...

Josh Tolentino



5:00 PM on 04.05.2014

Flowers of Evil manga ending in June

Remember how much fun I had with Flowers of Evil? I also am a fan of the manga, which does a much better job of delving into the events of the anime series further, especially given the complex nature of the relationship betw...

Brittany Vincent



12:00 PM on 04.05.2014

TokyoPop founder Stu Levy does AMA on Reddit

Buried in the midst of Reddit's Ask Me Anything section, TokyoPop founder Stu Levy popped in for two hours to answer questions from fans about the company, the industry, and manga in general. One of the more interesting quest...

Brad Rice



8:00 PM on 04.04.2014

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for April 4

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. With all of Kodansha's Attack on Titan side titles out right now, the s...

Brad Rice



8:00 PM on 03.29.2014

Shonen Showdown 3-29-2014

Welcome to the latest edition of your weekly fight-show roundup, Shonen Showdown! And now it's time for your daily Mad Ninja Skillz™ Top Tip: You can't expect to intimidate anyone when you select the "Nervous Teddy Bea...

Josh Tolentino



7:00 PM on 03.29.2014

Hidden batch of risque Tezuka art released by his daughter

Want to take a walk on the weird side? Osamu Tezuka, the god of manga, drew a lot of risque and taboo things in his lifetime. He tackled a variety of subjects (sexuality, politics, etc) that at the time pushed the boundaries ...

Ben Huber



6:00 PM on 03.28.2014

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 28

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. Here's a shocking development: Attack on Titan title tops the best...

Brad Rice



12:00 PM on 03.27.2014

Review: Deadman Wonderland Vol. 1

When the anime adaptation of Deadman Wonderland began airing on Toonami, I was intrigued -- not because I thought I'd ever be able to catch it when it came on, or that I'd remember to hit the record button on my DVR, but beca...

Brittany Vincent



5:00 PM on 03.26.2014

Read select English Kadokawa manga for free at ComicWalker

If you're a heavy user of Crunchyroll's new digital manga service or prefer to read your favorite series digitally, you might want to get in on Kadokawa's latest project, ComicWalker. ComicWalker is an online application that...

Brittany Vincent



5:00 PM on 03.25.2014

Releases of the Week: Ranma 1/2 brings back the oldies

If you're a fan of classics, this week has some good stuff for you. Namely, a Blu-ray release of Ranma 1/2, and the latest volume of Gundam: The Origin. For all of the younger fans out there, these are great ways to get into ...

Brad Rice



3:00 PM on 03.24.2014

Square Enix and Yen Press announce worldwide digital partnership

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 ...

Brad Rice



12:00 PM on 03.24.2014

JapanaTerror 016: Manhole

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...

Brittany Vincent



8:00 AM on 03.24.2014

The Adventures of Ai-Fi 4

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?

Karen Mead



11:45 PM on 03.22.2014

Shonen Showdown 3-22-2014

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 th...

Josh Tolentino



6:00 PM on 03.21.2014

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 21

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 Ja...

Brad Rice



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



5:00 PM on 03.20.2014

A look at: Phantom Thief Jeanne Volume 1

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, howev...

LB Bryant



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



8:00 AM on 03.17.2014

The Adventures of Ai-Fi 3

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.

Karen Mead



11:59 PM on 03.15.2014

Shonen Showdown 3-15-2014

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!

Josh Tolentino



4:01 PM on 03.15.2014

Review: Insufficient Direction

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 autobiograp...

Brad Rice



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



1:00 PM on 03.10.2014

The Adventures of Ai-Fi 2

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.

Karen Mead



11:55 PM on 03.09.2014

Shonen Showdown 3-9-2014

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 ...

Josh Tolentino



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



2:00 PM on 03.03.2014

The Adventures of Ai-Fi 1

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 ...

Karen Mead



8:00 AM on 03.03.2014

JapanaTerror 014: The Female Fridge No. 1

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 somethin...

Brittany Vincent



8:00 AM on 03.02.2014

Shonen Showdown 3-2-2014

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...

Josh Tolentino




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