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2:00 PM on 12.14.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 607-609

Longtime readers of Bleach will note that this "final" arc of the series - scare quotes here because you can never trust a Jump manga to end on time - has featured a number of breaks from author Tite Kubo's established p...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Licensing GET: Viz obtains Fragments of Horror

Christmas may be around the corner, but isn't stopping Viz Media from making a scary announcement. In regard to this news, the company has announced that they've licensed Junji Ito's (Uzumaki, Gyo) Fragments of Horror ma...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Assassination Classroom takes attendance on Viz Manga

Whenever I take informal polls as to which manga I should start covering in the wake of Naruto's closure, one of the most common recommendations I get - besides One Piece, of course - is Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 11.26.2014

Digital Manga starts a Kickstarter to translate Ludwig B

Digital Manga Inc. is ready to do another Kickstarter to bring Tezuka's stories to the West. This time around, they're focusing on translating Ludwig B, a manga about Beethoven's childhood. Since the manga is only two volume...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 11.20.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 605-606

It's the moment you've been waiting for, Bleach fans. It's all come to this...a big fight between two senior citizens, an epic battle of who has the most magnificent facial hair and the saltiest opinions about kids today. Which grandpa will win?

Josh Tolentino



8:00 PM on 11.19.2014

Attack on Titan's live-action cast posters look real badass

I'll readily confess that I haven't paid much attention to Attack on Titan since the anime finished its run last year, but now that the live-action adaptation of Hajime Isayama's blockbuster manga is further along, I'm b...

Josh Tolentino



6:00 PM on 11.12.2014

Watch One Piece's creator doodle, and get advice from Zoro

If you've got a property as popular as One Piece floating around, it's a good idea to give it a place to weigh anchor in the unfriendly seas of the internet. I'm sure that's what Eiichiro Oda and company were thinking wh...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 PM on 11.11.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 604

When last we checked in with Bleach, Quincy big boss and mutton chop aficionado Ywach had pulled a real jerk move by regifting a whole buttload of power from his Sternritter on the ground. The intended destination of this "take from the poor, give to the rich" approach to group dynamics was clear enough, and in this chapter, we deal with the repercussions. 

Josh Tolentino



10:30 AM on 11.06.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 699-700

....and that's that. 

Josh Tolentino



11:30 AM on 11.05.2014

Naruto may return in 2015

Let's take a big pinch of salt with this rumor, but it looks like early scans of the next issue of Shonen Jump have leaked, and with them the possibility that we've not yet seen the last of Naruto. A big splash page supp...

Josh Tolentino



5:00 PM on 11.03.2014

Aw Snap: Attack on Titan to cross over with the Marvel universe

Now here's something that you don't hear everyday. Marvel Comic's Talent Scout C.B. Cebulski has announced that Attack on Titan is crossing over with the Marvel universe in Japan. Best of all, the special segment'll...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 11.03.2014

When you visit Japan, try a manga apartment

What's the first thing you want to do when you visit Japan? If your answer is "Sit around reading manga in the first room I arrive at," then Slow Curve has just the lodging for you! Slow Curve have announced that they're work...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 PM on 10.29.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach 603

This week seems to be one for short recaps, but where one recap this week was short because very little needed to be said that wasn't conveyed in a single panel, this week's installment of Bleach left me desperately wishing that the chapter title, "What The Hell" were a more apt descriptor of what actually went on in the pages.

Josh Tolentino



10:30 AM on 10.29.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 698

Oof. That's gonna leave a mark. At least it's over, though! Almost.

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Fist of the North Star goes Moe

Yes, you read the title correctly. The classic dystopian blood, guts, and martial arts series Hokuto no Ken is going moe. If Kenshiro could, he'd hit the tsubo to explode his own brain before this upcoming contest by NicoNico...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Princess Jellyfish prequel manga is a go

Fans of Princess Jellyfish have a lot to be excite about this year. The hit anime and manga series will be seeing a live-action adaptation at the end of the year, as well as two prequeal chapters in Kondansha Kiss to celebrat...

Hiroko Yamamura



9:00 PM on 10.26.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 601-602

After a couple of chapters spent seemingly breaking down Royal Guards' invincible mystique, it all gets built back up again, with the arrival of one guy: Oetsu Nimaiya. And while the precedent Bleach has established for ...

Josh Tolentino



11:30 PM on 10.25.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 695-697

At this point, we're not even three chapters from THE END OF NARUTO, and yet I'm left with little to comment on. That's not to say that these last few chapters have been bad, or the ending especially shallow, but simply that as far as "endings" go, there's simply not that much "happening" in a narrative sense.

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 10.21.2014

Death Note's Takeshi Obata drops some love at NYCC

Mangaka extraordinaire, Takashi Obata was on hand at New York Comic Con last week to the delight of Death Note, Hikaru no Go,  and Bakuman fans who were in attendance. The folks over at Viz gave us a peak at his amazing...

Hiroko Yamamura



9:00 PM on 10.20.2014

The Simpsons are pretty big Shonen JUMP readers

This one's more of a blip compared to the cameo-fest in last week's issue of Spider-Man, but I'm intrigued by a peculiar level of anime savvy shown in a new visual gag from Sunday's episode of The Simpsons. Doing their yearly...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 AM on 10.17.2014

Edge of Spider-verse packs in the anime references

While western superhero comics (known as "Ame-comi" in Glorious Nippon) don't usually fall under Japanator's purview, there's no denying that the influence of anime and manga can reach far and wide. That's exactly what's hap...

Josh Tolentino



5:00 PM on 10.10.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 598-600

Since Ywach and his party of Quincy butt-kickers have entered the Soul King's palace itself, we shift focus. Now Bleach is all about the battle between the aforementioned and the Royal Guard, who are (allegedly) above all others when it comes to all things Soul Reaper.

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 10.07.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 693-694

Well, I'm sure you've heard the news by now, but The End is near, and it's coming in six-odd chapters. It's not completely over, of course. There's still a movie to go, the anime is some months behind even if they never touch...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 PM on 10.06.2014

The 700 Club: Naruto manga ending on November 5th, 2014

I guess Masashi Kishimoto really wasn't kidding when he claimed that his baby and brainchild Naruto would be seeing its end sometime this year. That time is in six weeks or so, as the final chapter of the decade-and-a-ha...

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 10.02.2014

Sugoi Japan wants you to vote for your favorite anime and manga

Sugoi Japan is a publisher effort--by rounding up a bunch of the publishers and getting endorsements from some celebrities, maybe Japan can highlight some of the most engaging and popular anime, manga and light/entertainment ...

Jeff Chuang



10:30 PM on 09.26.2014

Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames' new trailer features more Makai Knight action

Right when I was starting to have some doubts about MAPPA's Garo anime, the show's newest trailer destroyed my main concerns. While the Makai Knights were moving too fast during the last video, the action sequences present i...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 09.21.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 596-597

The continuing freak-off that is the Vandenreich army persists in the latest installments of Bleach, as if we weren't yet sure who the good guys were in this fight. Of course, being not-a-freak has never been an especially te...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 09.11.2014

Hajime no Ippo punches a PS3 trailer right into your gut

I've never been much into boxing. It always looked so painful to watch two dudes (or ladies) smack each other in the face, even if the faces being smacked weren't mine per se. That said, boxing fiction is rife with tales of ...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 AM on 09.08.2014

Five Star Stories manga is on its way

After a bit of a break, my all time favorite manga is finally due to get back into the swing of things. Momoru Nagano's epic manga series, Five Star Stories is kind of like my Game of Thrones. It's a series that I got into as...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 09.06.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 594-595

Now that we've reached this latest stage in Bleach's Quincy v. Soul Reaper freak-off, I'm pretty glad to see that Tite Kubo still has a good handle on how to escalate a fight. Because there's nothing quite like raising the stakes.

Josh Tolentino



9:00 PM on 09.01.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 690

Welcome (again) to the second incarnation of this week's Annotated Manga for Naruto! It seems that some technical foulup wiped all the text from the recap while the watchers were looking the other way (or asleep). Never fear, though, for a good ninja always keeps a backup, and this is it. Apologies for the mixup!

Josh Tolentino



10:30 PM on 08.24.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 593

Bleach is lookin' good, if you don't mind my saying.  I don't mean that by the state of its plot or the quality of its writing, but I do think that this last chapter has put out surprisingly striking visuals, a strong contrast to the relatively lackluster panels of the last few weeks.

Josh Tolentino



8:45 PM on 08.13.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 592

When last we left the latest melee on Bleach's order of battle, Captain Kurotsuchi's revived Arrancar seemed to have GiGi Gewelle and her zombie troops in the bag.  That is, until she brought out her trump card, a "zombie" Captain Hitsugaya, who was last seen half-dead following a tussle with Bazz-B and Cang Du. Will the frozen prince live up to his reputation as a (now-posthumous) prodigy?

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 08.11.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto 688

Though we did just bid goodbye to the fifth wheel in Team 7's Reunion of Destiny, we were still left with a lingering question: Without the former final boss, how would the leads stand up to a risen deity?  More particul...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 08.03.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 591

This week's chapter of Bleach is all about endings. Not about the ending, of course, but about the endings of the fights that much up this big, dumb manga, and how they can, on occasion, not be the end.

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 08.03.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 687

Well, that was sort of a long goodbye.  Obito meets his end this chapter, and thanks to the magic of conveniently slow death-curses, he gets a chance to say his goodbyes.

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 07.29.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 686

And now it's time for everyone's favorite cowboy manga recap! Mosey on down to this 'ere ranch and let's get caught up in the tales of rootin'-est, tootin'-est cowboy that ever fought in the Fourth Ninja World War!

Josh Tolentino



9:30 PM on 07.28.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 590

What is it with Quincy and creepers? I mean, every army has one or two creepy types, but it seems to me that when Ywach summoned all the "true" Quincy to his side the only place that had them was the madhouse.  Well, whatever the reason for the Sternritter's unusually high nutball quotient, it seems that Kubo is grooming young Giselle "Gigi" Gewelle for a top spot.

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 07.17.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 685

Welcome again to your weekly dose of Association Ninja Soccer coverage. In today's update from the Interdimensional Ninja Cup 2014, and top-tier striker, Sasuke Uchiha, is ninja-running at speed toward his goal! Will he make it? Or will humanity lose against the rabbit goddess in a crushing 7-1 final tally? Check out our detailed pitch analysis below!

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 07.17.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 589

Y'know, when Urahara said that getting transport ready to take Ichigo and crew to the Royal Palace would take "a minute or sixty", he wasn't kidding. Or maybe he was kidding, since I took him about two weeks worth of chapters...

Josh Tolentino



3:30 PM on 07.11.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 588

I was reading through a bunch of my old recaps for Bleach - reading your old writing is a great way to make sure you don't get too full of yourself - and realized that I spend a lot of time talking about Bleach in generalities, rather than tackling the specifics of a given chapter or episode. Let's do that again for a bit, shall we?

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 07.10.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 684

It's time to consider what would actually happen if the above panel was more a certainty than a bait-and-switch. What if Naruto died? Well, for one, we'd probably have to change the title to Obito or Sasuke or even Team 7 if they wanted to honor the whole crew. And then the ending would probably be pretty dark.

Josh Tolentino



11:30 PM on 07.07.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 587

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Not a whole lot happens in any single chapter of Bleach. Oftentimes a given 16-20 page installment is little more than the next few steps in a fight, which can, at times, prove a ch...

Josh Tolentino



11:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Rejoice! Viz reveals their plans for JoJo: Battle Tendency

When Viz announced that at Anime Expo 2014 they're releasing JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency in North America, I couldn't help but to rejoice over this matter. While we're aware that Battle Tendency's ge...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 683

It's time now for a bit more Naruto, and to be honest, there's not all that much to say about the latest chapter despite the copious amounts of talking they do. And without a truly striking image to latch onto, the last week in Naruto ends up as yet more place-setting for the next set of steps in the fight, as well as another potentially infuriating hint-drop.

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 07.01.2014

Get ready to make great manga on your PS Vita

Japanese game publisher Granzella announced intentions to bring out their manga making app for the Playstation Vita, Manga Ka Keru sometime this year. While there doesn't seem to be many details about the app, the Vita's mult...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 07.01.2014

Watch your favorite manga artist draw effortlessly

I stumbled onto this year old video today, and was totally blown away by the amazing skills of some of my favorite mangaka. It's no question wether they can draw or not, but their ability to quickly deliver these lovely piec...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 07.01.2014

Captain Levi is featured on the cover of a ladies magazine

Dusting master extraordinaire and Survey Cops killing machine, Captain Levi has been popping up in the most unlikely places lately, This time he's chilling on the cover of the ladies magazine, FRaU like it's nothing. Levi can...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 06.29.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 682

If there's been one advantage to having Kaguya be a truly "God"-type enemy for Naruto and Sasuke to throw down with, it's anticipating how effin' awesome everything is going to look when it all appears in an installment ...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 06.28.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 586

This latest chapter of Bleach should really be a celebration of Tite Kubo's mastery of "badass" moments, and in some ways it is. The Soul Reapers have rallied, and in unintentional homage to the tokusatsu tropes tha...

Josh Tolentino




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