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Books

Learn how to create daicon radish animals with this upcoming book


Daicon Panda Sculpting 101
Oct 19
Are you interested in learning how to make daikon radish art?  If you answered "yes," then you'll be happy to know that Daikon Radish Artist Kimimarokku's releasing a book that teaches people the basics of creating daico... read
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Viz

Viz launches All You Need Is Kill rebrand, graphic novel


Trying to capitalize on Edge of Tomorrow adaptation
Apr 16
With the live action adaptation of All You Need Is Kill (rebranded as Edge of Tomorrow) set to release on June 6, Viz's Haikasoru line is preparing to capitalize on the blockbuster film. They'll be dropping an updated version... read
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Former porn actress Yuma Asami pens autobiography


Details her decisions to go into AV, battle with ovarian cancer
Apr 13
Yuma Asami, one of Japan's better-known adult video actresses, is spilling her secrets in a book titled Restart: Believe in Yourself. The book, set to hit Japanese shelves on May 8, details some of the reasons Asami took the ... read
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Viz releasing Princess Mononoke: The First Story


Hayao Miyazaki's original story for the iconic film.
Mar 08
Just about everyone is a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki's output, especially Princess Mononoke. But I imagine not as many folks know about the original story (of the same name) that Miyazaki put together. The book was a collection... read
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Art

UDON to publish SUBSTRATA, an artbook for a fake game


Project reunites Vigil Games and adds many more
Feb 18
Here's something a little different from UDON Entertainment. Known for publishing some pretty nifty anime and video game artbooks, UDON will publish SUBSTRARA, an artbook for a game that doesn't exist. Created as a way to reu... read
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Japan

Lawyers publish book to empower job seekers


Helps them deal with jerky bosses
Jan 28
The image of the put-upon salary man in Japanese culture is a powerful one. It is seemingly part of the cultural identity, where after college you jump in a suit and find a job at a big corporation and generally be unhappy wh... read
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Let's go on food-filled adventures
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,... read feature

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Spreading the love for a great storyteller
Haruki Murakami, today's Jtor-honored birthday boy, isn't a character from an anime or video game, but a real person who is still alive and kicking. And to mark the occasion, I am joined by Brittany and Karen in sharing our l... read feature

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Pokemon

Don't leave on Pokemon adventures without a field guide


The Field Guide to Kanto, that is, because we're old school
Dec 21
Kari Fry is so dedicated to your success as a Pokémon trainer that she created a beautiful field guide to all things Kanto. It kind of flew under our radar - this book was released at the end of November and it sold ou... read
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Kickstarter

Help fund a Moe-themed guide for headphone enthusiasts


Doujin circle Lunatic Joker turns kickstarter for help
Dec 16
Audiophiles and headphone enthusiasts may be interested in helping kick-start this interesting project we've stumbled across -- Lunatic Joker's Moe Headphone Guidebook 2013. The doujinshi guide will reportedly featu... read
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Hail to the pink-haired lady!
UDON Entertainment have revealed a nifty 12-page preview of an artbook featuring the lovely Luka Megurine all by her glamorous self. This artbook comprises over 150 illustrations on 96 pages created by over 35 artists, and it... read feature

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Books

Cower in fear! Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo is out


It's time to get spooky!
Nov 20
We may be past the halfway point in November, but that doesn't mean spirit of All Hallow's Eve has left our realm. Taking this knowledge into account, Viz has released Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo on November 19th unde... read
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Releases of the Week

Releases of the Week: Akira celebrates its 25th Birthday


Let's give our best wishes to the Birthday Boy
Nov 12
Brad is still in Ireland as we speak, so I'll be covering Releases of the Week for him today. While there aren't that many new titles coming out this week, people can look forward to the return of Akira! This time a... read
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Literature

Novelist Haruki Murakami pens a new Beatles-inspired tale


He sure does love the Beatles
Nov 12
I've been a big fan of Haruki Murakami ever since my high school years, when I realized that my local library had a treasure trove of his novels available. I love his approach to magical realism; he does it better than any li... read
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Empathy, forgiveness, and the best food in Hiroshima
In conjunction with my review of Rising from the Ashes, I was given a special opportunity to interview its author, Dr. Akiko Mikamo. In case you haven't read the review yet (and why haven't you?!), here's the basic synopsis t... read feature

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Pottermore

Pottermore is now translated to Japanese


Score for the Land of the Rising Sun
Nov 07
Yesterday, the Pottermore Insider announced that the Harry Potter online experience is now translated to and launched in Japanese. Pottermore offers a look at the things you didn't get to see in the books or films - the in-be... read
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I've always wanted to be an artist and make manga!
It was a little chilly that morning and I didn't really want to go outside. The mailman always comes so early around here. Are we his first stop? I think he really needs to relax, since I don't even get up on my days off unti... read feature

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'A survivor's message of love and the power of forgiveness'
One of the very best experiences I've ever had traveling in Japan was visiting Hiroshima. It is one of the most peaceful places on the planet, and the message that beautiful city conveys to all who pass through is one I'll ne... read feature

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I'm going to be fun this year
The Hobonichi Planner (Techo) has been around for years, and it comes in three different sizes. But it's more than just a planner - it's a record of your daily life, and a vessel for your creativity, designed to serve as an ... read feature

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Hello Kitty vol. 2

Hello Kitty's next target is your stomach


Adorable deliciousness coming our way
Oct 22
Following the release of Hello Kitty: Here We Go! (reviewed), Perfect Square have updated their site with the listing for the second book in the series, titled Delicious! Delicious! will be released on January 7th with the pr... read
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Redjuice Artbook

REDBOX, a Redjuice artbook, is a thing that's happening


All bow before the master illustrator
Oct 15
Redjuice is an illustrator I'm always happy to hear news about. I became acquainted with his work when his art started being made into truly delightful figures, thanks to my gig with Tomopop. You've got Hatsune Miku a-la Worl... read
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Pepita

Rejoice! Pepita is now available worldwide as an eBook


Takehiko Inoue's artwork for everyone!
Oct 08
Normally, I'm the kind of guy who prefers to look at his artbooks physically; however, that doesn't mean that I won't praise Viz for their recent efforts. Starting today, the company has released Pepita: Takehiko Inoue m... read
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Hello Kitty: Here We Go!

Travel the world with Hello Kitty in a new graphic novel


Hello Kitty takes you high and low
Oct 08
Hello Kitty: Here We Go! was announced way, way back when Perfect Square was still called Viz Kids. The newly re-branded VIZ Media imprint have announced the first book in this new series is now...released! Head on over to yo... read
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Kodansha Comics: October

Gear up for Kodansha Comics' October releases


Hide your wallet
Oct 06
In case you need a reminder of what comics should be on your shopping list this month, here's a look at what Kodansha Comics is releasing throughout October. Some highlights include the Sailor Moon Box Set vol. 2 (Oct. 29th),... read
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Mighty No. 9 book

Mighty No. 9 artbook and strategy guide in development


UDON Entertainment joins in the fun
Oct 01
[update: the Vita/3DS stretch goal was reached, as well as a retro-style soundtrack. Nice deal.] UDON Entertainment has recently announced that they'll be designing and releasing an official Mighty No. 9 artbook and strategy ... read
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VIZ Media: Totoro books

Celebrate Totoro's 25th anniversary with books and art


VIZ Media announces Totoro: The Novel and a spruced-up picture book
Sep 26
VIZ Media's Studio Ghibli Library imprint is celebrating 25 years of the beloved My Neighbor Totoro by releasing a new novel as well as a brand new edition of the My Neighbor Totoro Picture Book. Both titles will be available... read
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100 Masters, 100 Masterpieces
[update: added purchase links for a few territories, and also note that the posters are available for first edition sales overseas! If you have a Books Kinokuniya in your area regardless of territory, they probably already h... read feature

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Capcom 30th anniversary

Capcom 30th anniversary encyclopedia on the way


Prepare for an overdose of nostalgia
Sep 04
It's hard to believe that Capcom has been around for 30 years, but here we are celebrating their anniversary. Feeling old yet? In honor of this occasion, BradyGames is publishing the Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclop... read
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Mameshiba: Enchanted!

Mameshiba: Enchanted! released by VIZ, is magical


May or may not contain weird trivia
Sep 04
VIZ Media imprint Perfect Square have launched their third and final volume chronicling the adventures of Mameshiba, and it looks like so much fun. Here's an excerpt from the press release, which I've pasted in full below the... read
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It's Over 9000 in Spanish

Kaio-ken! It's Over 9000 powers up into a Spanish release


It's Over 9,000! en Espaol!
Jul 22
So I was just thinking about my brief time with the Spanish dub of Dragon Ball Z, and all of the sudden, Derek Padula's latest book known as It's Over 9,000! When Worldviews Collides has been published in Spanish! Para las pe... read
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acttil's e-book release

Aw snap, acttil's releasing an e-book by Nobuo Uematsu


More Uematsu for everyone!
Jul 15
Now this is an interesting turn of events. Acttil has announced that they will be releasing Blik-0 1946, a picture e-book by the great Nobuo Uematsu. Not only that, the book will include three exclusive tracks created by Uema... read
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Trails in the Sky art

Udon to bring over Trails in the Sky art books


I'm both excited and extremely saddened by this news
Jun 25
This is both great and tremendously saddening news for me. The folks at UDON have announced that they're translating and bringing both Trails in the Sky art books to NA this November. This is great news because both of these ... read
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Kiki's Delivery Service

First look at the live action Kiki's Delivery Service


Rolling with the black one piece, eh?
May 30
It's important to note that Takashi Shimizu (Ju-On) adaptation of Kiki's Delivery Service is not a live action remake of the Ghibli film. It uses the original novel as its source material, so I would advise folks to not make ... read
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Going from the darkness to the light
The Shin Megami Tensei games are known for their engaging stories, deep gameplay, complex demon fusing/summoning systems, etc. You know that when you play any of these games that you'll get a polished, solid experience. ... read feature

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A debut novel inspired by Japanese myth and anime
Kojiki is the title of an old Japanese text which attempts to explain where the islands of Japan came from. Among other things, it recounts the stories of the gods and their part in creating the land. I found that, while read... read feature

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Tokyo Vice live-action

Jake Adelstein's Tokyo Vice filmed with Daniel Radcliffe


Harry Potter and the Japanese Underworld
May 02
Here's some sweet news for fans of a diverse range of things. Fans of Harry Potter, fans of Japanese gangsters, fans of books, and fans of movies can now rejoice together, as Jake Adelstein's book Tokyo Vice is getting a... read
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Anime-inspired novel, Kojiki, on sale April 19th


Keith Yatsuhashi brings us into a whole new fantasy world, set right in Tokyo
Apr 18
Keith Yatsuhashi's debut novel, titled Kojiki, is a whole new fantasy set in Tokyo, where powerful spirits await the 18-year old Keiko Yamada following the death of her father. She sets on a mission to fulfill his dying with ... read
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Decade novel release date

Novel Attack Ride: Decade passes by as a book this week


De, De, Decade!
Apr 09
It has been known for a good while that there were plans to create novels based off of the Heisei Rider shows ranging from Kuuga to OOO. As the Decade novel known as Kamen Rider Decade: The World of Tsukasa Kadoya ~... read
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P.A. Work's newest anime

Get ready: Uchoten Kazoku is P.A. Work's newest project


Get ready to rejoice, fans of Tatami Galaxy.
Mar 21
I feel bad for not watching Tatami Galaxy, since I've heard nothing but good things from everyone that has laid eyes on it. In order to compensate for my shameful deed, I'm hear to tell you that P.A. Works's newest anime ... read
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Viz's newest acquisition

Interesting: Viz releases the Self-Reference ENGINE


This is not a Viz release.
Mar 20
Due to some instructions by the people of Viz, I am not allowed to refer to their new acquisition as a novel or a collection of short stories. Luckily, they didn't say anything about it not being a piece o... read