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Review: Diary of a Tokyo Teen

To be completely blunt, I didn't expect much going into Christine Mari Inzer's Diary of a Tokyo Teen. When I was approached for a review of the book, I accepted because I really dug the art and figured it'd be a nice, light little read that...

 
 
 
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J-Novel Club adds multidimensional bathing and more

J-Novel Club, a website that carries Japanese light novels in English to its members has now added two more titles to its growing list of available series to read. The Faraway Paladin and Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension will both be...

 
 
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Dive into FLCL's key frames with E-SAKUGA's upcoming product

There's something wonderful about seeing the hard work that goes into creating an animated piece. One nice thing about this process is seeing the project's key frames that make each scene pop out. Speaking of which, FLCL is getting an E-SAK...

 
 
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Review: Sushi: Jiro Gastronomy

It wouldn't be too much of a stretch at this point to declare that Jiro Ono - head chef at Tokyo's Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant - is one of the most visible Japanese culinary professionals in the world. Thanks to his and his restaurant's sta...

 
 
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Review: Japanese Tattoos: History * Culture * Design

What comes to mind when one thinks of "tattoos"? Some might imagine the anchor on Popeye's forearm, the pointy tribal band encircling a local gym fiend's bicep, or the crude inkings associated with prison art.Thinking of "Japanese tattoos" ...

 
 
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Rejoice: Viz Media to release a new Amano art book next week

There's something nice about companies releasing art books that feature an artist's older pieces. Not only do you get the chance to see how the person's work has evolved, but it also gives people the chance to see that creator's classic pie...

 
 
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Review: Kizumonogatari

I don't think I could ever think of the Monogatari series without Shaft's trademark animation and visuals. It would be like eating PB and J sandwiches all my life and then discovering peanut butter could exist on starch without its conserve...

 
 
 
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Review: The Art of Grasshopper Manufacture

Grasshopper Manufacture, to put it simply, is a Japanese game company. Their games are surreal and weird. Each one looks, sounds, and plays differently. And it's all from the mind of video game auteur Suda51. Art direction plays an extremel...

 
 
 
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Viz launches All You Need Is Kill rebrand, graphic novel

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 of the book, r...

 
 
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Former porn actress Yuma Asami pens autobiography

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 plunge into the...

 
 
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Viz releasing Princess Mononoke: The First Story

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 of rough illus...

 
 
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UDON to publish SUBSTRATA, an artbook for a fake game

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 reunite the creati...

 
 
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Lawyers publish book to empower job seekers

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 while chipping aw...

 
 
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A Look @ Hello Kitty: Delicious!

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...

 
 
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Happy birthday, Haruki Murakami!

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 love and appreci...

 
 
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Don't leave on Pokemon adventures without a field guide

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 out last week - b...

 
 
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Help fund a Moe-themed guide for headphone enthusiasts

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 feature an in-depth ...

 
 
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An artbook preview just for Luka Megurine's biggest fans

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's available fo...

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

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 under the Haikasoru...

 
 
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Releases of the Week: Akira celebrates its 25th Birthday

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 around, FUNimati...

 
 
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Novelist Haruki Murakami pens a new Beatles-inspired tale

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 living author I'm...

 
 
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An interview with Dr Akiko Mikamo

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 to get you ready...

 
 
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Pottermore is now translated to Japanese

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-between stuff, an...

 
 
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Review: Make Your Own 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 until dinnertime an...

 
 
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Review: Rising from the Ashes by Dr Akiko Mikamo

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 never forget. It'...

 
 
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A Look @: The Hobonichi Planner

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 "anything" book...

 
 
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Hello Kitty's next target is your stomach

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 price listed at U...

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

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 World Is Mine, Laci...

 
 
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Rejoice! Pepita is now available worldwide as an eBook

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 meets Gaudi ...

 
 
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Travel the world with Hello Kitty in a new graphic novel

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 your favorite boo...

 
 
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Gear up for Kodansha Comics' October releases

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), Fairy Tail vol...

 
 
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Mighty No. 9 artbook and strategy guide in development

[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 guide. UDON wil...

 
 
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Celebrate Totoro's 25th anniversary with books and art

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 on October 1st...

 
 
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Review: 100 Masters of Bishoujo Painting vol. 2

[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 have these in st...

 
 
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Capcom 30th anniversary encyclopedia on the way

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 Encyclopedia on October...

 
 
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Mameshiba: Enchanted! released by VIZ, is magical

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 jump: “...

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

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 personas que solo...

 
 




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Little Witch Academia (Season 1) "My name is Akko and I love to get Wakko"

 

Japanator Unboxing: TokyoTreat - February 2017"Sweet Strawberry, Savory Seafood"

 

Digimon Adventure tri: Reunion Blu-Ray Set"A New Digi-Adventure Emerges!"

 

Boruto: Naruto the Movie Blu-ray Set"The New Generation hits Blu-Ray!"

 

Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa)"Can I ask you your name?"

 

Ghost in the Shell"Cyber-Bodied"

 

Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale"Is this the (Augmented) Real Life?"

 

One Piece Film Gold"Welcome to Grand Tesoro!"

 

Kaiju Girls"Unleash your inner Monster Soul"

 

Orange"Would you change your past?"

 

God Eater 2: Rage Burst"New Look, Same Great Taste"

 

A.W. Phoenix Festa"Bland Stories & Battles"

 
 
 
 
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