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Attack on Titan: The Anime Guide

March 3, 2018 Leave a 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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Ghost in the Shell 1.5 Human-Error Processor – Deluxe Edition

July 24, 2017 1 comment

Ghost in the Shell 1.5 Deluxe EditionGhost in the Shell 1.5 Human-Error Processor: Deluxe Edition
By Shirow Masamune, Translation & English Adaption by Frederik L. Schodt and Toren Smith, Additional Translation by Stephen Paul
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: Mature (18 +)

Released after Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface, Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor takes place between the the first and second Ghost in the Shell series and represents Shirow’s first, aborted attempt to continue the Ghost in the Shell franchise in manga form. As a result, Ghost in the Shell 1.5 is an unfinished project. It’s essentially a short story collection depicting several different investigations undertaken by a post-Kusanagi Section 9. Togusa and Batou become the main two characters, with several of the other supporting cast being fleshed out a bit here and there over the course of the volume.
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Princess Jellyfish, Vol. 2

July 10, 2017 1 comment

Princess Jellyfish, Vol. 2Princess Jellyfish, Vol. 2
By Akiko Higashimura, Translation by Sarah Alys Lindholm.
Kodansha Comics, 384 pp.
Rating: Teens (16 +)

Tsukimi and Kuranosuke struggle to find a way to keep Amars from being destroyed in the name of urban renewal and development! If that wasn’t bad enough, Tsukimi slowly begins to realize that she’s fallen in love with someone, a thing she never thought possible. Can Tsukimi confront a part of herself she never knew existed, while attempting to save her home? Akiko Higashimura’s brilliant series continues, with Princess Jellyfish, Vol. 2!
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That Wolf-Boy is Mine, Vol. 1

June 26, 2017 Leave a comment

That Wolf-Boy is Mine, Vol. 1That Wolf-Boy is Mine, Vol. 1
By Yoko Nogiri, Translation by Alethea and Athena Nibley.
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: Teens (13 +)

After crossing classmates at her Tokyo school, Komugi finds herself a social pariah. Thankfully, her mom’s leaving town and offers Komugi a choice. Stay in Tokyo, or move to the countryside to live with her father. Komugi takes this opportunity to start over with a blank slate and a chance to make friends at her new school! Unfortunately for her, those friends harbor a secret of the supernatural kind which promise to make her life even far more complicated than it was before. From Yoko Nogiri, comes the romantic drama-comedy, That Wolf-Boy is Mine!
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Noragami: Stray Stories

June 19, 2017 1 comment

Noragami: Stray Stories
By Adachitoka, Translation by Alethea and Athena Nibley.
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: Older Teens (16 +)

From Adachitoka comes the first spin-off to the hit Noragami series, Noragami: Stray Stories! This single volume contains several short stand alone tales of Yato, Yukine, Hiyori and the rest of the cast. Throughout the volume Yato and co. find themselves sucked into weird, awkward, and downright silly situations. These range from answering a prayer from a suicidal office worker, Yato getting a stalker, and an encounter with a serial killer. Don’t let the set ups fool you, Adachitoka manages to take each one in a surprisingly light and engaging direction, making for a surprisingly enjoyable comedic read!
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