By Mat K.
Okay, some good news this week for all of the squealing fan girls out there. As you might already know, we got the Hetalia Axis Powers anime in stock a couple weeks ago. Now you will be super thrilled to learn that now the manga is here. The book by Himaruya Hidekaz and brought to us by TokyoPop finally makes its debut in the states. This is one of those titles that you people have been begging me for way before they had plans to release them. I’m taking a second to remind people that just because it exists in Japan already, and you are watching or reading it online, does NOT mean that it is available in English (or for that matter, caught up with what you’ve been seeing in Japan). Seriously. But I digress.
Back to Hetalia. These hilarious 4-panel comic strips in which the world’s powers take on ridiculous stereotypes have finally made their English-language debut! During World War 1, gruff Germany finds Italy hiding in a wooden box of tomatoes. Germany takes Italy as prisoner, but instead of war-like interrogation, Italy becomes more of the nuisance and unwanted guest. World War I quickly comes to an end, but World War II is right on its heels! This time, Italy tries his best to become friends with Germany. They soon befriend Japan, and the three of them form the Axis Powers. Meanwhile, America, who loves heroism and hamburgers, tries to form a treaty, as Great Britain reminisces about when America was his loving child! World War Two was never this funny! Continue reading
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
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