Attack on Titan: Lost Girls, Vol. 1

June 2, 2017 1 comment

Attack on Titan: Lost Girls, Vol. 1Attack on Titan: Lost Girls, Vol. 1
Written by Hiroshi Seko, Art by Ryosuke Fuji, Attack on Titan originally created by Hajime Isayama, Translation by Ko Ransom
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: OT (16+)

From writer Hiroshi Seko and artist, Ryosuke Fuji, comes the latest Attack on Titan spin off series, Attack on Titan: Lost Girls! This short, two volume series focuses on the women of the franchise, with Annie Leonhart taking center stage in this volume. Annie finds herself dragged into an investigation which takes her to the grimy back alleys of Stohess District in search of the wealthy businessman’s missing daughter.
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Cells at Work!, Vol. 1

May 29, 2017 1 comment

Cells at Work!, Vol. 1Cells at Work!, Vol. 1
by Akane Shimizu, Translation by Yamato Tanaka
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: T (13+)

Creator Akane Shimizu anthropomorphizes the never ending war between the body’s immune system and diseases, viruses, and other sundry infections! The world this biological battle is set in takes the form of a city in which cells are blue collar workers and citizens, while the diseases look like they stepped off the set of Power Rangers or Kamen Rider. Can the various cells fend off allergies, influenza and more? Find out, in Cells at Work!, Vol. 1!
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Fire Force, Vol. 1

May 21, 2017 1 comment

Fire Force, Vol. 1Fire Force, Vol. 1
by Atsushi Ohkubo, Translation by Alethea Nibley and Athena Nibley
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: T (13+)

Tokyo is beset by a wave of spontaneous human combustion, but the victims don’t just burn to death, they become creatures known as infernal. To combat this threat, Tokyo puts together the Special Fire Force, a group made up of ex-military, fire fighters, and those who have manifested special abilities due to encounters with infernals. Enter Shinra, as a child he lost his mother and brother to a mysterious fire caused by an infernal, but he was left to take the blame. Determined to keep others from losing their families, he becomes the latest recruit to Fire Force Company 8! From Atsushi Ohkubo, the creator of Soul Eater, comes Fire Force, Vol. 1!
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Ichi-F: A Worker’s Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

May 15, 2017 1 comment

by Kazuto Tatsuta, Translation by Stephen Paul
Kodansha Comics, 536 pp.
Rating: T (13+)

March 11, 2011, saw Japan rocked by one of the largest earthquakes of modern history. In the wake of the 9.0 quake, a massive tsunami devastated the region, wiping away entire towns, and leading to multiple meltdowns at the coastal Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. In the wake of that disaster people from around Japan came to the region as part of the clean up effort. Ichi-F is the story of the clean up efforts from one of those workers. In this mammoth 500 +page volume, Kazuto Tatsuta offers readers a peak into the daily life of the blue collar clean up crews and the slow but steady progress the region and its people are making towards recovery.
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My Brother’s Husband, Vol. 1

May 2, 2017 5 comments

My Brother's Husband, Vol. 1My Brother’s Husband, Vol. 1
by Gengoroh Tagame, Translation by Anne Ishii
Pantheon Books, 352 pp.
Rating: Not Rated

My Brother’s Husband, Vol. 1 tells the story of Yaichi, a divorced, single parent who works from home as he raises his daughter, Kana. Following the death of his estranged brother, Ryoji, Yaichi finds his life changing as he opens his home to his brother’s widowed husband, Mike. From Gengoroh Tagame comes a thoughtful look at family and prejudice in Japan.
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Vinland Saga, Vol. 8

March 26, 2017 1 comment

Vinland Saga, Vol. 8Vinland Saga, Vol. 8
by Makoto Yukimura, Translation by Stephen Paul
Kodansha Comics, 416 pp
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

After a long, painful journey, Thorfinn is home. Unfortunately the family reunion is short lived as he sets out once to seek out his destiny and to make amends for his blood spattered past. With fellow freed slave, Einar and the legendary Leif Erickson, Thorfinn leaves to establish a peaceful society in Vinland. Before he can do that, he’ll need money, supplies and men. To this end he seeks out the wealth viking, Halfdan. What should be a simple yes or no proposal quickly becomes complicated with weddings, misunderstandings and more, as Makoto Yukimura’s viking epic continues, with Vinland Saga, Vol. 8!
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The Ghost in the Shell – Deluxe Edition

March 5, 2017 1 comment

The Ghost in the Shell: Deluxe EditionThe Ghost in the Shell: Deluxe Edition
by Shirow Masamune, Translation & English Adaption by Frederik L. Schodt and Toren Smith, Additional Translation by Stephen Paul
Kodansha Comics, 352 pp
Rating: Mature (18 +)

Just in time for the release of the live action, Kodansha rolls out a new edition of Shirow Masamune’s classic manga, The Ghost in the Shell!

Originally published in the late 80s/early 90s, Ghost in the Shell was one of the major manga/anime franchises to make its way to the U.S. in the 90s. Mamoru Oshii’s anime adaption was a staple of Blockbuster rental stores and helped introduced a new generation to the world of Japanese comics and animation. The manga was no different. Initially published by Dark Horse Comics 90s, the series was translated/localized by the late, great Toren Smith and his Studio Proteus, and regularly appeared on the rack of comic and book stores throughout the 90s, back before the U.S. manga scene really exploded into what it is today. Over the years it’s seen numerous reissues and reprints and now Kodansha is rolling out a new “Deluxe Edition,” just in time for the upcoming release of the live action movie!
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