Category: Shonen Jump Comics

Slow January For Manga

By Mat K.

I’m opening this week with sorry for missing everyone last week. There was a lot of post New Year’s counting and inventory that needed to be done, so I passed the torch to Shannon just that one time. Now I’m back and, well, there is not a lot to talk about. As this week’s title points out, it has been a slow January so far. a dozen or less books per week. Usually we’re used to the beginning of a month spitting out at least 20 books. Either way there is still some interesting stuff coming out. And oddly enough, there are no premier series. Usually there are at least one or two, but everything this week is at least the second volume of whatever it is.

One of the more impressive books coming in this week is the second volume of the Jiro Taniguchi series Summit Of The Gods. It’s written by Yumemakura Baku, but let’s face it, everyone dies to find a Jiro Taniguchi book. On his third expedition in June 1924, Mallory and his climbing partner, Andrew Irvine, disappeared on the North-East ridge during their ascent, having been sighted only a few hundred meters from the summit. In 1993, in a small Nepalese store, Makoto Fukamachi, photographer for a Japanese expedition to conquer Mount Everest, stumbles across an old camera – a Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak Special. Could it be Mallory’s camera? Did it hold the secret of whether Mallory and Irvine made it to the summit almost three decades before Hillary? Continue reading

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New Manga: Great Work Continues

By Mat K.

What work? Well, Katsura Hoshino’s D Gray Man Volume 19 comes in this week, and I still love this series. Every volume ends on a cliffhanger, and reveals something new and interesting. And frankly, the keeps getting better and better. Allen Walker and Yu Kanda (and Lenalee Lee for the gentlemen in the series) have become celebrity heart throbs amongst the Black Order. Not that this is part of the story or any big deal is made of it, but now and then you catch glimpses of how the other characters perceive them and work themselves to the standards of their “celebrities”. The are also definitely moe moments. They’re the hotties of the Black Order. In this volume we really start to get some pieces of why Allen and Kanda are special. Allen’s pieces are forming an interesting picture, while Kanda’s are still putting together the frame. Not to mention a fairly handsome gentleman in a big silly top hat appears. No spoilers. Read and enjoy.

Also continuing this week is Bakuman (finally), by the creators of Death Note Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. In Volume 2 of Bakuman Moritaka and Akito venture to publishing house Shueisha in hopes of capturing an editor’s interest. As much potential as these two rookies have, will their story impress the pros and actually get printed? I know everyone has been in love with the first volume, so here’s hoping the love affair continues with the second book.

Other books you love that are coming out this week? How about XXX Holic, Ultimate Muscle, Otomen, Lucky Star and Hikaru No Go just to name a few. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of other stuff too. I just figured I would entice you with the biggies first. Though I will bottom out the article this week with a look at a new series premiering. Continue reading

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New Manga: Needles Are People Too

By Mat K.

So, there is a lot of interesting stuff coming in this week, surely not the kind of week to scoff at, and definitely the kind of week in which you should just muster the energy to get out of the house and come around here. I know, I know, it’s been rainy and gray for the last week and a half. Well, get over it, a little rain never melted anyone.

So, if you’re wondering what this week’s title is talking about, let me introduce you to a promising new series called 7 Billion Needles by Nobuaki Tadano. Loosely based on Hal Clement’s golden age title Needle, this gripping homage follows the life of a teenage girl whose melancholy days are dramatically changed when her body becomes host to an alien life form caught up in an intergalactic manhunt. Always sporting her headphones to try to close out the people and the world around her, Hikaru is a somewhat reclusive teenage girl. Within her body resides another lifeform known as Ciel, a hunter in search of an intergalactic murderer intent on wiping out humanity. In 7 Billion Needles, two lives share one heart as they race to protect each other and the memories they cherish. So, get it? Yeah when I first looked at it I thought “7 billion, that’s an awfully specific number of needles.” Then I read the description and realized it was a planet-wide manhunt, therefore searching for the proverbial one in a haystack. Also, as someone who has been blocking out humanity with headphones since i was 11, this book looks awesome. Continue reading

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Mad Dash In August: New Manga Releases

By Mat K.

Mad dash? Why yes. Remember last week, when I mentioned how there were a ton of books coming out and I wasn’t sure if it was August coming early, or just a lucky week for the end of July? Well, as it turns out, July was just a very lucky month. And I mean that in the sense that just one week later, the first official release week of August, is another ton of books, both new and long awaited, that I know you are all going to be anxious to read. So let’s jump right in with the first of many interesting things, The Bleach Official Bootleg: Color Bleach+. This indispensable guide takes you behind the scenes of the shadowy world of the Soul Reapers. Read all about the illustrious Thirteen Court Guard Companies, study for the grueling entrance exam to Soul Reaper Academy, get tips on fighting effectively, take the personality quiz and more. This book includes 72 pages of full-color manga spun off from the original Bleach story. Continue reading

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Hello/Goodbye: New Release Manga Comes and Goes

By Mat K.

So, the title for this weeks article is fairly self-explanatory. This week we say farewell to a title as it’s final issue is here, and then we welcome a new title by a couple of your favorite creators. Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation ends in a blast this week with Volume 18. If you all remember from the last volume everything hit the fan and every able body went to the Magic Law School in Europe that had been overrun by ghosts, and one of those ghosts was sucking the energy out of all the major Magic Law users, oh, and Muhyo could not keep his eyes open and kept falling into a deep sleep.In this final issue Muhyo has finally woken from his long slumber, but will his prodigious display of power be enough to stop Vector? Moreover, will Muhyo and Roji be able to keep it together when it seems like everything and everyone is threatening to drag the duo apart?

Now for the new kid on the block. With Tsugumi Ohba writing and Takeshi Obata drawing, (that’s right, the same guys who teamed up to bring you Death Note), bring us Bakuman, which is in a completely different gear than their first series. Average student Moritaka Mashiro enjoys drawing for fun. When his classmate and aspiring writer Akito Takagi discovers his talent, he begs Moritaka to team up with him as a manga-creating duo. But what exactly does it take to make it in the manga-publishing world? I know, it sounds almost autobiographical, but you know that old saying: write what you know. This is definitely the kind of series all you aspiring manga artists out there can get in to. Forget those “How To Draw Manga” books, this is the good stuff. Continue reading

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Manga And Magic; New Manga 7-21-10

By Mat K.

So, today’s title is pretty self explanatory, oh yeah, manga is first on the block, followed by Magic: The Gathering, which I know isn’t exactly anime related like you guys are used to reading in my columns, but hey, this is the Manga and Gaming department up here on the second floor of Forbidden Planet NYC, I have a little bit of a duty to go on about whatever I deem necessary. Besides, to be perfectly frank, there are only a hand full of manga titles coming in this week, and I doubt I could fill this entire article with the stuff that is arriving. So, big names first. Much to my surprise and amazement, Akira Volume 3 by Kodansha Books is showing up this week. Yeah, despite the 8 month wait between the first and second volumes, the third comes very briefly after number 2. I guess they are trying to catch up. Sweet.

Speaking of reprints, two of the other titles in our little handful of books this week are the VizBig editions of Dragon Ball Z Volume 8, and Vagabond Volume 8. I have to say as I’m writing this, if each of these things is 3 books in one, I’m not entirely sure how the Dragon Ball Z one is going to work out. Technically the 8th volume would bring you up to book 24, but there are only 26 in total, so either 8 will the final book and be super thick, or they’ll put out 9 and it will be a bit slimmer than its predecessors. But I digress. Continue reading

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There’s Always Something To See: New Manga Releases

By Mat K.

One might expect a little more excitement from a week in the middle of the summer, but all is not lost, there are still quite a few interesting things, some old friends as well as brand new faces. Okay, enough with the personifying of manga, here’s the beef: Inu Yasha Volume 50 shows up this week, and aside from being proud that they finally picked up the pace of it’s production, we must celebrate that it finally made it to this milestone. And by celebrate, I mean buy. It seems to me lately that a lot of people still like Inu Yasha, even miss it, but by and large have lost interest in the progression of the story. Well, for anyone keen on learning the origins of the powers of the brothers’ great swords, and to see Naraku try to corrupt the purity Kagome instilled in the Shikon jewel, it is still dramatic and exciting as before. Besides, who doesn’t love watching Inu Yasha and Sesshomaru duke it out? Continue reading

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Darker Than Angels

By Mat K.

Okay, so there are a lot of nifty things coming in this week, and right now we have to go over the first and fore most: Darker Than Black Omnibus Edition written by Tensai Okamura and Bones, and drawn by Nokiya. This is coming at us from Yen Press, which most of the books this week actually are as well, and I do believe that this is the first omnibus deal coming from them, and by golly they picked a good one. Unlike Viz and Tokyopop who have been issuing compilations of series they’ve already put out (ie: Fruits Basket or Dragon Ball Z), Yen seems to be taking the Dark Horse approach and picking up a new series in the bigger and better format. Continue reading

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Pirates, Robots & Ghosts! Oh my!

By Mat K.

In case you guys out there have not been keeping up with the new releases on our website, you have to know that there is a lot going on this week. It is the first week of the first month of summer, and that means all the good stuff is pouring out. Of course this week was also Memorial Day, which brings me to one sad point of contention, that all these books get one less day in the spotlight than if it was a regular week. Now, as for the title of this weeks little article there is just that much stuff coming out, not to mention demons, ninjas, vampires, doctors and soul reapers. That’s right, all the big names come out this week and while lots of them may well be Viz titles, not all of them are.

Lets start with, once again, a massive influx of One Piece in the way of volumes 49, 50, 51, 52, and 53. In this run we bust out of the Thriller Bark story line and into Sabaody, where Luffy saves the Straw Hats from Gecko Moria. Also arriving are Bleach Volume 31 in which the journey in Hueco Mundo to save Orihime continues, and Naruto Volume 48 where Naruto has a heart to heart with the real Pain, and you learn about Pain’s history, how he was an orphan in the ninja wars, and how he and his friends were watched over and trained by Jiraiya. Continue reading

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Saturn Provocateur & Other New Manga for May

By Mat K.

So this week is a small release week in quantity, barely even ten things are coming out, but the good news is, this week belongs t Dark Horse who is releasing a few choice titles for you guys. First on the list is the amazingly belated Hellsing Volume 10 by Kohta Hirano. Now this is supposed to be the final volume, and from what has been happening since Volume 9, it damn well better be. Aside from the fact that I don’t think the fan base can wait another however many years for an 11th Volume, let’s face it, I’ve been into the series since high school, it has been about 10 years, it’s time for it to end. Just as long Alucard…and therefor Allegra, ends up on top.

Also popping in from Dark Horse are Oh My Goddess Volume 35, Gantz Volume 10, and Vampire Hunter D the 14th Novel: Dark Road parts 1 & 2. See? Lots of tasty stuff this week.

Now, what does Hellsing have to do with Saturn? Absolutely nothing. Just because it is the most desired book doesn’t mean it’s the only book. Viz is releasing a couple brand new series this week as well. The first of which is Saturn Apartments by Hisae Iwaoka. Far in the future, humankind has evacuated the Earth in order to preserve it. Humans now reside in a gigantic structure that forms a ring around the Earth, thirty-five kilometers up in the sky. The society of the Ring is highly stratified: the higher the floor, the greater the status. Mitsu, the lowly son of a window washer, has just graduated junior high. When his father disappears and is assumed dead, Mitsu must take on his father’s occupation. Continue reading

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Darkness Falls In MangaLand

By Mat K.

Oh yeah, let the dark, eerie, and gothic fans herald their day for it is here. No I’m not just being dismal, but it is a little funny how one of the dark titles coming in this week is Black Butler Volume 2 by Yana Toboso, which just saw the release of Volume 1 last week. It is almost as if it was rushed just to meet with the other eerie series coming in this week. In this issue Jack the Ripper is on the loose and Queen Victoria demands Ciel Phantomhive and his superhuman(ish) butler the head up the investigation. Of course what will happen when the investigation takes a surprising turn?

Next on the list of dark expectations is the second volume of Pandora Hearts by Jun Mochizuki, and can I just say: Finally! I first caught eye of this in Japanese at a Japanese book store and loved the artwork, and was thrilled when some months later I discovered it would become printed in English, so I could finally find out whats going on. And the first volume came out forever ago. I’ve been dying here waiting, after all, it was a bit of a cliff-hanger. Oz may have survived his stint in the Abyss, but he is no closer to discovering the truth behind the “sin” for which he was condemned. On the advice of a mysterious man who appeared to him when Alice regained the first of her memories, Oz, along with Alice and Pandora’s Raven, embarks on a mission to investigate the site of his disastrous coming-of-age ceremony in search of answers. Continue reading

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The Legend Continues

By Mat K.

Welcome to another exciting issue of your favorite manga updater. I know some of you are wondering what legend, and why is it continuing? A) I like Kung Fu, the old show, and the second series they made where Caine had a son who was a cop. And B) there seems to be only one series premier out of the whole lot. There are at least 23 other books coming in, and they are all continuations. Which I suppose is fantastic because people are always waiting for the next issue of the books they adore, but either way I’m a bit surprised.

The premiering series this week Flower Storm by Shigeyoshi Takagi. Riko Sassoku is trying to lead a normal high school life when Ran Tachibana bursts into her classroom carrying a gun and telling her that her life is now his. Ran, the richest, most powerful 17-year-old in Japan wants her as his wife, and he’s not taking no for an answer! If Ran can’t capture her by five o’clock the next day, he’ll give up on her, but he has all that money can buy at his disposal. However, Riko has one trick up her sleeve–she has superpowers! Continue reading

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New Magic the Gathering Release:Eldrazi To Invade Zendikar!

By Mat K.

Don’t worry folks, the manga news isn’t phased out this week, I can still get to it in a minute. But for all of you who come upstairs know that aside from manga we also sell Magic The Gathering, and this Friday heralds the release of the third and final set in the Zendikar block: Rise Of The Eldrazi. In case anyone is unfamiliar and not checking out the spoilers online, Eldrazi are essentially Lovecraftian elder god kind of things. They are massive, with insane abilities, and completely colorless (without even being artifacts). Not to mention they are also expensive, and yet somehow this new set manages to provide lots of ways to get them into the field quickly. For creatures that can cost anywhere between 10 and 15 (colorless) mana to play, there are also tons of cards that spit out little eldrazi drone tokens that can be sacrificed to add a mana to your mana pool, so it really doesn’t take much. Continue reading

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March On Viz

By Mat K.

Welcome boys and girls to the first release week of March, and it all belongs to Viz. The Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat go flying this week and I’m sure you’ll be getting a little giddy. First on my “things I’ve been waiting for” list is Tegami Bachi Volume 2. It’s a little annoying that it’s going to be taking so long to release the indiviudal volumes, but that’s the price we pay when a series is also being run in Shonen Jump magazine. WaqWaq and Tegami Bachi both released they’re first volumes at the same time. And while WaqWaq itself has not been entirely punctual, as much as I love it, at least it has made it as far as the third book already. Now we finally get to see the second book of Tegami Bachi, and I’m ready for more of it’s twilight watercolor style, (that’s twilight as in the time between sun and moon). Continue reading

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Black Gods and Soul Eaters: Shonen and Gaming Manga

by Mat K.

Okay, before I get into the manga spiel for the week, let me start with talking about the new Pokemon set. As most of you Poke-Fans out there know, the new game “Heart Gold Soul Silver” is set to release. So of course there is the brand new card expansion bearing the same name. Just as with the first Diamond & Pearl set, the new Heart Gold Soul Silver features three new decks instead of just 2. The decks feature new awesome art editions of Meganium for the Growth Clash deck (grass and fighting), Feraligator for the Mind Flood deck (water and psychic), and Typhlosion on the Ember Spark deck (fire and electricity). Continue reading

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