Appleseed Alpha

May 15, 2018 Leave a comment

Appleseed AlphaAppleseed Alpha
by Iou Kuroda, Appleseed originally created by Shirow Masamune, Part 1 translated Lillian Olsen, Part 2 translated by Stephen Paul
Kodansha Comics, 448 pp.
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

In a post-apocalyptic America, there exists an uneasy equilibrium between the cyborg run NY and a rural community of humans known as the Human Farm. The two communities exist in a stand-off in the search for resources and supplies, but the delicate balance between the two is about to be upended with the arrival of two new players; Deunan Knute and her cybernetic partner, Briearios; and the mysterious force known only as Olympus. From the creator of the award winning Sexy Voice and Robo, Iou Kuroda, comes the latest take on Shirow (Ghost in the Shell) Masumune’s other cyberpunk franchise, Appleseed Alpha!
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Queen Emeraldas, Vol. 2

May 7, 2018 Leave a comment

Cover to Queen Emeraldas, Vol. 2Queen Emeraldas, Vol. 2
by Leiji Matsumoto, translation by Zack Davisson
Kodansha Comics, 432 pp.
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

Emeraldas’s journey through the endless expanse of space has seen her cross paths with numerous others who traverse the void. Only a few of those individuals have been allowed to set foot upon her ship, The Queen Emeraldas. What has driven her to make her lonely trek through the sea of stars has been a mystery, until now. From the legendary creator, Leiji Matsumoto, comes the final collection of his classic series, Queen Emeraldas, Vol. 2.
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Complex Age, Vol. 2

May 1, 2018 Leave a comment

The cover to Complex Age, Vol. 2Complex Age, Vol. 2
by Yui Sakuma
Translation by Alethea & Athena Nibley
Kodansha Comics, 208 pgs
Rating: Older Teens (16+)

Getting older is never easy, but it can be especially tricky if you’re passionate about something whose primary demographic skews younger. Such is the case for poor Nagisa Kataura, a 26 year old anime fan and cosplayer. Nagisa’s love of cosplay has been something of a secret, a separate life from her day-to-day office job, but all that may change after she bumps into a co-worker outside of a convention while in full cosplay! Yui Sakuma’s engaging look at adulthood, passions, and societal expectations continues in Complex Age, Vol. 2.
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Attack on Titan: The Anime Guide

March 3, 2018 1 comment

Cover to Attack on Titan: The Anime GuideAttack on Titan: The Anime Guide
Planning and Text by Ryosuke Sakuma and Munehiko Inagaki, Attack on Titan created by Hajime Isayama, Translation by Ko Ransom
Kodansha Comics, 176 pp.
Rating: Teens (16+)

The wait between seasons of Attack on Titan can be rather a killer at times, but with the third season right around the corner, now seems like an opportune time to take a look at Attack on Titan: The Anime Guide! With a focus on the first season of the anime series, guide book is full of character designs, background artwork, story boards, interviews with the Japanese cast and staff of the hit anime series—including an interview with the creator of Attack on Titan, Hajime Isayama, and the director of the anime adaption, Tetsuro Araki—and more!
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Descending Stories, Vol. 1

January 21, 2018 1 comment

Descending Stories, Vol. 1
Created by Haruko Kumota, Translated by Matt Alt
Kodansha Comics, 160 pp.
Rating: Older Teens (16+)

Yotaro is fresh out prison and determined to turn his life around, and leave his gang member days in the past. To do this, he plans to study the art of rakugo, a traditional form of Japanese comedic storytelling, under one of the art’s great living masters, Yakumo Yurakutei VIII. Unfortunately for Yotaro, Yakumo has never taken on an apprentice, but this fact won’t keep Yotaro from trying. From Haruko Kumota comes Descending Stories, Vol. 1.

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Attack on Titan: Choose Your Path Adventure

January 12, 2018 3 comments

The cover for Attack on Titan: Choose Your Path AdventureAttack on Titan: Choose Your Path Adventure
Written by Tomoyuki Fujinami, Illustrated by Ryosuke Fuji and Toru Yoshii, Attack on Titan created by Hajime Isayama, Translated by Kevin Steinbach
Kodansha Comics, 256 pp.
Rating: Teens (16+)

Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan has become an international hit, and like most international hits, it’s branched out into other media and product lines. It’s been adapted into live action, anime, video games, visual novels, audio plays, light novels, and now… a Choose Your Own Adventure novel! Set during the Siege of Trost, the opening arc of the manga, Attack on Titan: Choose Your Path Adventure allows readers to take part in the the battle and fight alongside Eren, Mikasa, Armin, and the rest of their fellow cadets. Your decisions can influence the outcome of the battle, and even cause it go in new and unexpected directions unseen in the original series or its various adaptions. Will Eren and his friends die at the hands of the Titans? Will the walls fall, allowing the Titans to overrun humanity once and for all? And most importantly, will you survive long enough to find out?
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Virgil

December 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Virgil
Written by Steve Orlando, Art by J.D. Faith, and Colors by Chris Beckett
Image Comics, 96 pp.
Rating: Mature Readers

Virgil is a corrupt cop, working the mean streets of Jamaica. With his partner and childhood friend, Omar, and the rest of the force, he shakes down the local criminals, pockets the cash and drugs and leads a pretty good life. However, Virgil’s got a secret, his boyfriend Ervan. When his secret is discovered, Omar and his homophobic friends on the force turn on Virgil. Omar leads an attack on Virgil’s home, killing several of his friends, kidnapping Ervan, and leaving Virgil under a pile of corpses on the beach. Only, Virgil wasn’t dead, and now he’s out for revenge. As he tracks down Omar, Virgil must contend with corrupt, homophobic police and the criminals he once harassed. From writer Steve Orlando, and artist J.D. Faith comes the 2015 graphic novel, Virgil, a brutal tale of love and revenge.
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