New Manga and Now You Can Cosplay

By Mat K.

Hello boys and girls. Yes, this week is finally Halloween. If you have kept track over the last few years, it’s one of may favorite holidays. And fortunately for the anime crowds, its the one day a year you probably wont be laughed at for cosplaying in the middle of the street. Now conventions are acceptable enough, even I am guilty of having done it once or twice, but things like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, not so much. I don’t care if they sell bento boxes and have places to play Go, you’re scaring the normal people who go to enjoy the cherry blossoms. Last time I went to a Sakura Matsuri, I swear there was a fight between a gang of old ladies and Bleach Cosplayers. But again, I digress. ITS FRICKIN’ HALLOWEEN! So don your awesomest costume and let there be merry making. I want to see your amazing costume making skills, so come to the manga section this weekend, I’m sure we’ll have some candy or something to throw to you.

So, as for the manga coming out this week, lets start with the new stuff. Up first on the block is Summoner Girl by Hiroshi Kubota coming to us from Tokyopop. In this one, a young summoner named Hibiki wants to become the world’s most powerful summoner. In order to do so, she must travel to Earth and collect a set of powerful jewels. But along the way, she meets a strange young man, Sanjo, and discovers that she has a rival in her pursuit. Only one can be the Ultimate Summoner. What’s not to love about a magical girl series. She definitely kind of looks like Sakura, though obviously not Clamp.

Also premiering from Tokyopop is The Stellar Six Of Gingacho by Fujimoto Yuuki. In this delightful shojo romantic comedy, childhood friends Mike, Kuro, Iba, Kyuu, Sato and Mamoru, (The Stellar Six), are the children of various stores located in the Galaxy Street’s shopping center. When they get together, they’re invincible… but, sadly, after middle school, they fell out of touch. Now they have to get to know each other again, and discover new feelings while rediscovering old ones. I’m sure fun and wackyness abounds.

Last on my list for this week, (now that doesn’t mean there’s nothing else, and there are even more premiering titles, but this is all I have space for this week), is a new series by Natsumi Ando the artist of Kitchen Princess, and creator of Wild @ Heart and Zodiac P.I. Her new series, Arisa, is about twin sisters, Arisa and Tsubasa. When the twins are separated by their parent’s divorce they secretly exchange letters with each other during their separation. They are finally united after three years and Arisa asks Tsubasa to pretend to be her and spend a day in her school just for fun. At school everyone seems very nice to Tsubasa and everything seemed normal, until she finds a strange note in her sister’s shoe locker. When Tsubasa hands over the letter to Arisa, Arisa tries to kill herself. Will Tsubasa discover who sent the note and why it had such an effect on Arisa?

Anyway, thats enough spiel for you all this week. See you next time!

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