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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



7:00 PM on 06.26.2014

Roaches beware: Viz reveals Terra Formars' release date

As we're getting ready to say "farewell" to the month of June, Viz Media plans to release Terra Formars' first volume on July 15th. On top of that, Terra Formars' later volumes are getting the bi-monthly release treatment, wh...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 06.20.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 584-585

I've got to hand it to the Sternritter: Though we've barely known any of them for more than a panel or two, they do make quite the powerful impression. That said, it's high time we spent these last portions of Bleach in the company of badasses we're more familiar with, yes?

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 06.18.2014

Rejoice: Viz reveals their plans for Anime Expo '14

It was a glorious day when Viz Media announced that they licensed Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal. Now Viz’s planning an event for Anime Expo 2014 that’ll please Sailor Moon, Gargantia's fans. During the ...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 06.16.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 680

Now THIS is a final boss fight. And if we're all lucky? It really is the FINAL boss fight.

Josh Tolentino



11:00 PM on 06.08.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 678-679

And now we move into the endgame. Wait. Didn't I just say that? I did! Well, this is getting us off to a good start, isn't it?

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 05.29.2014

One Piece crosses 310M volumes sold

BREAKING NEWS: One Piece is pretty damn popular. Well, that might not be so breaking. It's been at the top of the shonen game for years, and now we have some numbers to back that up. With the 74th (!) volume selling four mil...

Pedro Cortes



1:00 PM on 05.26.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 675-677

And here we are: At the endgame. In the words of an Xbox marketing campaign, it's time for Naruto to finish the fight. Of course, I've said that about seven times by now, but really, more than ever, it looks like the final battle against this most final of bosses has entered its final phase.

Josh Tolentino



11:00 AM on 05.06.2014

Dragon Ball Z's Androids names revealed

Did you ever feel like you didn't know enough about the young, hip Androids 17 & 18 from Dragon Ball Z? Well, thanks to Akira Toriyama answering questions in a Q&A column, we finally know the names of our favorite and...

Pedro Cortes



5:00 PM on 05.03.2014

The Bestsellers: Thermae Romae heats up Japan

Japan's love affair with bath houses proves to dominate once again, as Thermae Romae II takes second place in the Japanese box office, behind Disney powerhouse Frozen. The first Thermae Romae movie did incredibly we...

Brad Rice



5:00 PM on 05.02.2014

Here are the 20 most popular manga

Last week on a post about the Attack on Titan manga reaching 30 million volumes sold, I wondered what the numbers were for other popular series. Several days later, Mangazenken posts which are the top 20 manga series based on...

Pedro Cortes



11:30 PM on 04.26.2014

Shonen Showdown: April 26, 2014

Welcome to Shonen Showdown, the battlin' anime and manga recap that's graduated from Ninja Academy, and is now cleared to use proper dates in its titles! Check out that fully spelled-out glory! In honor of our new author...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 04.26.2014

Watch Kaoru Mori draw a character better than you ever will

With a number of comics now produced by digital mediums, it's always nice to see when people work by hand. Kaoru Mori, creator of Emma and A Bride's Story, details the entire process in a six-video series. The first one, abo...

Brad Rice



12:00 PM on 04.26.2014

The Bestsellers: KPP's new single rocks Japan

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. I think it's no surprise that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back at the top of t...

Brad Rice



2:00 PM on 04.25.2014

Attack on Titan sells over 30 million volumes of manga

According to the Oricon sales charts, the Attack on Titan manga series surpassed 30 million copies sold this last week. This comes right after the release of the series' 13th volume, which itself sold over a million copies. T...

Pedro Cortes



12:00 PM on 04.24.2014

Majimoji Rurumo to start granting wishes this summer

For the last couple of months I've been enjoying the sports series Yowapeda. It's a solid mix of drama, sports action and comedy (though it's no Kuroko's Basketball). What I didn't know though is that the author of the origin...

LB Bryant



6:00 AM on 04.22.2014

Hunter x Hunter manga to resume

You know, I had a feeling we'd be getting this announcement soon, seeing as the Hunter x Hunter anime is creeping closer and closer to the final complete arc from the manga. If you're not clued up on what's been going on for ...

Chris Walden



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




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