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Manga Review – Tokyo Mew Mew

Tokyo Mew Mew Omnibus Volume 1

Tokyo Mew Mew
東京ミュウミュウ
IKUMI Mia (art), YOSHIDA Reiko (story)
Shoujo – Magical girl, romance, comedy, action
7 Volumes (original), 3 Volumes (omnibus) (complete)
Tokyopop / Kodansha USA

Summary:

Ichigo was an ordinary middle school student until a freak accident merged her DNA with that of an iriomote wildcat! With her new powers, Ichigo must defeat aliens who infect animals and find the other girls who had their DNA altered. And she also has to hide her cat transformation from her crush…

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News – The Seven Deadly Sins & Yowamushi Pedal win Kodansha Manga Awards

ANN reports US licensed series The Seven Deadly Sins and Yowamushi Pedal tied for best shounen manga in the 39th Kodansha Manga Awards. The first series is simu-published by Crunchyroll, and Kodansha USA releases the print volumes. Yowamushi Pedal was recently acquired by Yen Press. The winners for best shoujo manga, general manga, and the special award are not licensed in the US.

I really like The Seven Deadly Sins. It’s a series that seems like it would be rather typical shounen fare, but it puts enough twists to make it fresh. I never paid much attention to Yowamushi Pedal until Yen Press announced their license and so many people were ecstatic. This news makes me more interested now.

Manga Review – The Heroic Legend of Arslan

The Heroic Legend of Arslan Volume 1

The Heroic Legend of Arslan
アルスラーン戦記 (Arslan Senki)
ARAKAWA Hiromu (art), TANAKA Yoshiki (story)
Shounen – Action, adventure, fantasy, war, historical
22 Chapters / 2 Volumes (ongoing)
Crunchyroll / Kodansha USA

Summary:

Arslan is the prince of Pars, a country with great wealth and slaves. He is surprised to learn some view slavery as a cruel, that all men are considered equal under the god Yaldabaoth. But when the followers of Yaldabaoth attack, Arslan must face many trials and decisions in order to reclaim his kingdom.

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Opinion – Supporting Official Releases

I recently posted an article about Shojo Beat’s editor discussing licenses. One of the major points was that scanlation views do not necessarily translate into sales. This is wrong. While I, too, am guilty, I do not condone not supporting the releases when they are available in your country and/or language. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons people use as justifications and why they just don’t stick.

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Manga Review – Kiss Him, Not Me

Kiss Him, Not Me

Kiss Him, Not Me
私がモテてどうすんだ (Watashi ga Motete Dousunda)
Junko
Shoujo – Romance, comedy, reverse harem
24 Chapters (ongoing)
Crunchyroll / Kodansha USA

Summary:

Kae is a self-proclaimed fujoshi who spends most of her days watching anime and dreaming of BL. But when her favorite character dies, she is so grief-stricken that she ends up losing a lot of weight. The once-heavy Kae is now a beauty! Her sudden transformation intrigues four boys, but she can’t get rid of her BL fantasies.

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Manga Review – UQ Holder!

UQ Holder! Volume 1

UQ Holder!
AKAMATSU Ken
Shounen – Fantasy, action, comedy
74 Chapters, 4 Volumes (ongoing)
Crunchyroll / Kodansha USA

Summary:

Tota and his friends dream of leaving their backwater town and climbing the tower to the capital. But they can’t leave until they defeat the powerful Yukihime, Tota’s guardian. But who is Yukihime really? And what about Tota’s parents and grandfather, a man named Negi Springfield…?

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EXPIRED Deal Alert – Kodansha USA Manga Sale at Right Stuf!

It’s time for another publisher sale at Right Stuf. Get 33% off MSRP all Kodansha USA manga, and 40% if you’re a member of Got Anime ($12/yr). Sale goes until April 20th.

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Right Stuf currently has Viz’s releases up to August. Great time to fill in the holes in your collection or get all your upcoming favorites. Free shipping on $49 or more for US or $250 for Canada.

Quick Recommendations:

A Silent Voice (volumes 1-3 available to order)
Shugo Chara! (volumes 1-12 available to order)
The Seven Deadly Sins (volumes 1-10 available to order)

What are you picking up in this sale?

News – A Silent Voice Wins New Creator Prize at 19th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Awards

A Silent Voice by OIMA Yoshitoki was the only manga with a license in the US to win at the 19th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize ceremony. It won in the New Creator Prize category. The manga series is rare story about boy meets deaf girl. A Silent Voice is licensed by Kodansha USA. Back issues can be read on Crunchyroll with a subscription.

This is an excellent series, and I am looking forward to owning physical copies when Kodansha USA starts releasing the volumes in May.

Other licensed series up for consideration for a prize were Naruto and Assassination Classroom. The full list of winners can be read on ANN.

Manga Review – Manga Dogs

Manga Dogs Volume 1

Manga Dogs
GDGD-Dogs
TOYAMA Ema
Shoujo – Comedy, reverse harem
3 Volumes (complete)
Kodansha USA

Summary:

Fifteen-year-old Kanna is a manga artist, but her series is in danger of being cancelled. She enrolls in a new manga course, but it’s worthless! And, much to her annoyance, three guys decided to learn about writing and drawing from Kanna, and they all have delusional ideas about what being a pro means!

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Manga Review – Kitchen Princess

Kitchen Princess Omnibus Volume 1

Kitchen Princess
キッチンのお姫さま (Kitchen no Ohime-sama)
ANDO Natsumi (Art), KOBAYASHI Miyuki (Story)
Shoujo – Romance, comedy, drama
10 Volumes, 4 Omnibuses (complete)
Kodansha USA

Summary:

When she was young, orphan Najika was saved by a boy and then given a flan. Najika promises to one day return the favor and make the best dessert in the world for him. Her search has led her to an elite school where everyone has a special talent. But despite her love of cooking, she has trouble fitting in. Will she make friends, and will she find her Flan Prince?

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