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Manga Review – Say I Love You.

Say I Love You. Volume 1

Say I Love You.
好きっていいなよ。(Suki tte Ii na yo.)
HAZUKI Kanae
Shoujo – Romance, drama, slice-of-life, smut
7 Volumes (ongoing)
Kodansha USA

Summary:

Mei is a loner. She doesn’t have friends, and she doesn’t want friends. After she mistakenly kicks the most popular boy in school, Yamato, he wants to be her friend. But Mei insists she wants nothing to do with him…

Note: this review has been updated and can be found here.

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Manga Review – Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode

Tokyo Mew Mew a La Mode Omnibus

Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode
東京ミュウミュウあ・ら・もーど
IKUMI Mia
Shoujo – Magical girl, romance, comedy, action
2 Volumes (original), 1 Volume (omnibus) (complete)
Tokyopop / Kodansha USA

Summary:

Berry wanders into Cafe Mew Mew and accidentally becomes a Mew Mew! Now merged with a rabbit and a mountain cat, Berry must join together with the other Mew Mews and take down new enemies. But can she handle her newfound powers and her budding feelings for her best friend?

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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.