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recentanimenews · 4 months ago
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The Manga Review, 5/13/22
April sales figures are in, and manga continues to dominate the NPD Adult Graphic Novels list. Though the list includes some perennial favorites–Berserk, Demon Slayer, My Hero Academia—Spy x Family saw a big jump in sales after its anime debuted on Crunchyroll last month. ICv2’s Brigid Alverson points out that  “April marks the fourth consecutive month that manga has completely filled the chart of the top 20 Adult graphic novels in the book channel.” Manga sales aren’t quite as robust in comic book stores, but three titles made ComicsHub’s Top 20 Graphic Novels for April: Chainsaw Man (4), Kaiju No. 8 (16), and Spy x Family (20). For additional insights into the current state of the manga, check our Madeline Dunnett’s recent post at Anime News Network.
MANGA NEWS
Kodansha just announced the winners of its 46th annual Manga Awards. [Anime News Network]
With less than three weeks to go, Sam Sattin and Guruhiru’s Kickstarter campaign for Unico: Awakening has exceeded its pledge goal of $50,000. The story is “an homage to the God of Manga’s original messaging of social welfare and eco-consciousness.” [Kickstarter]
Good news for Moto Hagio fans: Fantagraphics will be re-printing the first volume of The Poe Clan this summer. While there’s no official release date for the new edition, the long-awaited second volume will be released on July 26, 2022. [Fantagraphics]
Drawn and Quarterly will be publishing Nejishiki, an anthology of short stories by Yoshiharu Tsuge. Look for it in stores in April 2023. [Drawn and Quarterly]
Earlier this week, Yen Press announced that it will publish Sho Harusono’s Hirano and Kaguira, a spin-off of Sasaki and Miyano. [Yen Press]
Brace yourself: Seven Seas just announced even more new manga licenses! Among the most promising are Polar Bear Café: Collector’s Edition and Ex-Yakuza and Stray Kitten, which is pretty much what it sounds like: a former mobster indulges his softer side by rescuing a cat from the streets. [Seven Seas]
Over at The OASG, Justin and Helen round up the latest anime, manga, and licensing news. [The OASG Podcast]
FEATURES AND INTERVIEWS
Patricia Thang takes issue with the marketing label “manga-inspired,” arguing that “To call a comic ‘manga-inspired’ is akin to me saying, ‘Here’s a painting I did! It’s art-inspired! You’d think (or at least hope) I was joking, right? Because what in the fuck would that even mean?!” [Book Riot]
On the most recent Manga in Your Ears podcast, Kory, Helen, and Apryl dissect two manga by Naoki Urasawa: Sneeze, a short story anthology, and Asadora!, his latest series. [Manga in Your Ears]
Andy and Elliot dedicate the latest episode of the Screentone Club to City Hunter and Goodbye-Eri. [Screentone Club]
Walt Richardson and Emily Myers review the April issue of Shonen Jump. [Multiversity Comics]
The Mangasplainers turn their attention to Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler, “the smash hit seinen manga that pits trust-fund-teens against one another in battles that cause embarrassment and ecstasy, skirting the line between schadenfreude and sadism!” [Mangasplaining]
As the spring anime season kicks into gear, Silvana Reyes Lopez recommends fifteen “unmissable” manga adaptations, from Chainsaw Man to Kakegurui Twin. [Book Riot]
Wondering what to read after Black Clover wraps up later this year? Christian Markle has a few recommendations. [Honey’s Anime]
Brianna Lawrence argues that Death Note Short Stories is more than just a sequel or a companion to the original series; it’s a thoughtful exploration of “how the government would react if such a terrifying weapon was available.” [The Mary Sue]
In an interview with TCJ’s Alex Deuben, Ken Niimura discusses his latest work, Never Open It: The Taboo Trilogy, which re-tells three of Japan’s most famous folk tales. “What I like about these stories… is that they’re pretty open ended,” Niimura explains. “They can be interpreted in many different ways. For example, there’s what’s considered to be the standard version of ‘The Crane Wife,’ but there are actually different versions depending on the region, the era, with many differences to the characters, the ending, etc…” [The Comics Journal]
REVIEWS
Readers in search of “hallucinogenic” stories might want to check out Keiichi Koike’s Heaven’s Door: Extra Works. “In some of these stories, the scale is pure Akira, but the detail and fluidness of the line are absolutely Moebius,” reviewer James Hepplewhite opines. Speaking of over-the-top manga, Megan D. revisits one of the most ludicrous series Tokyopop ever published: The Qwaser of Stigmata. (No, really; this manga goes to eleven.)
After School!, Vols. 1-2 (Krystallina, Daiyamanga)
Apollo’s Song (SKJAM, SKJAM! Reviews)
A Bride’s Story, Vol. 13 (Sakura Aries, The Fandom Post)
Bungo Stray Dogs Wan!, Vol. 1 (Rebecca Silverman, Anime News Network)
A Centaur’s Life (Megan D., The Manga Test Drive)
Dead Mount Death Play, Vol. 7 (Josh Piedra, The Outerhaven)
Death Note Short Stories (Joseph Luster, Otaku USA)
Death Note Short Stories (Kate Sánchez, But Why Tho?)
Dissolving Classroom (King Baby Duck, Boston Bastard Brigade)
Dr. STONE, Vol. 21 (Marina Z., But Why Tho?)
Eclair Bleue, Eclair Rouge, and Eclair Orange (Jaime, Yuri Stargirl)
Hinowa ga CRUSH!, Vol. 6 (Josh Piedra, The Outerhaven)
Hinowa ga CRUSH!, Vol. 6 (Krystallina, The OASG)
I Want to Be a Wall, Vol. 1 (Danica Davidson, Otaku USA)
Little Miss P: The Fourth Day (Demelza, Anime UK News)
Love of Kill, Vol. 7 (Krystallina, The OASG)
Made in Abyss (Harry, Honey’s Anime)
Magic Artisan Dahlia Wilts No More, Vol. 1 (Justin, The OASG)
The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady, Vol. 1 (Sakura Eries, The Fandom Post)
Marionette Generation (Megan D., The Manga Test Drive)
Moriarty the Patriot, Vols. 6-7 (King Baby Duck, The Boston Bastard Brigade)
The Music of Marie (Krystallina, Daiyamanga)
Our Colors (Publisher’s Weekly)
Our Teachers Are Dating, Vol. 4 (Erica Friedman, Okazu)
Our Teachers Are Dating, Vol. 4 (Jaime, Yuri Stargirl)
The Royal Tutor, Vol. 16 (Sakura Eries, The Fandom Post)
Seimaiden (Megan D., The Manga Test Drive)
Spy x Family, Vol. 7 (Rebecca Silverman, Anime News Network)
The Transcendent One-Sided Love of Yoshida the Catch, Vol. 1 (Rebecca Silverman, Anime News Network)
Walkin’ Butterfly (Megan D., The Manga Test Drive)
By: Katherine Dacey
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melonreads · 2 months ago
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more bookshelf shots from my old place
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aaasherr · 2 months ago
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being a collector and living with your parents is so hard, my room is so small and i dont have any room for my STUFF but i have so much STUFF
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emiartcorner · 28 days ago
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Out of context meme image I created for my friend we are BEEFING
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epistula-nonerubescit · 9 months ago
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i actually reorganize my bookshelves once a week
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literatureaesthetic · a year ago
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05.07.21
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— literatureaesthetic
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godzilla-reads · 5 months ago
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April 11, 2022
When in doubt reading block, grab from the Junji Ito shelf 🤞
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hydrangeaz · 5 months ago
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blueskittlesart · 9 months ago
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WHAAAAAT HOW WAIT WHAT DID YOU SAY HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE PLEASE-
LONG STORY SHORT. i mentioned that im considering repainting the bunny chair i made for the class into a blupee during final crit today and prof luke was like “what’s that” and i was like “ok do you know legend of zelda. the video games.“ and the man looked me in the eyes and said NO
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darkmagiciangirl · a year ago
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Broke: Damian as a vet
Woke: Damian as a soft tortured artist with way too many pets
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recentanimenews · 4 months ago
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Modern Villainess: It’s Not Easy Building a Corporate Empire Before the Crash, Vol. 1
By Tofuro Futsukaichi and Kei. Released in Japan as “Gendai Shakai de Otome Game no Akuyaku Reijou wo Suru no wa Chotto Taihen” by Overlap Novels. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Translated by Alexandra Owen-Burns.
One of the most common afterwords in light novels, particularly when a book was originally published on the web, is the author talking about how they were only writing this book to amuse themselves and they had no idea it would get fans, or get published, or get an anime, etc. Usually I take this with a grain of salt, particularly when the book ends up having all the most popular cliches that are currently selling. With Modern Villainess, though, I 100% believe the author was not writing this for anyone but themselves, because it really does not seem to care about the common cliches. Our reincarnated-as-a-child heroine does not bother to act childish except to occasionally say “yay, pudding!”. About the only cliche that remains in place is the heroine believing that, no matter what changes she makes, she is doomed. But the answer in this case is not to learn magic and swordplay (non-existent), or make friends (though she does do that). It’s to become a tycoon.
As you’d expect by now, our heroine has been reborn into the life of a villainess from an otome game. Only this otome game is set in an alternate-world modern Japan, and she ends up ruined by the bubble bursting in 2008. In order to avoid that, she’ll need to invest wisely. Shame that she’s just a little kid. Also, both her parents are dead. And she’s sort of exiled from the family due to various scandals. Oh, and she might be descended from Russian royalty. And, yes, her family’s finances are in danger. Fortunately, she has a savvy butler who simply accepts that this girl is a genius, and so she sets out to fix her life via mergers, investments, buying up debt, and making herself a Very Important Person to the government of Japan. Unfortunately, that also attracts the attention of other countries.
The goal here was to write a villainess book that was not like others, which this mostly manages to do. She still has a mini-harem of young, brilliant boys, all of whom are set to “betray her” at the end of the otome game. But for the most part, this book is about economics. So much economics. The glossary at the end of each chapter, when added up, runs to about 25-30 pages. It can be difficult to keep track of the bankers, lenders, oil barons, and politicians who come into Runa’s life, but it’s also a lot of fun seeing her managing to outflummox everyone with the power of her Swiss bank account. (Those who don’t like capitalism will want to skip this, trust me.) Despite essentially being the star of Monopoly, Runa is surprisingly likeable, and we do occasionally see her making mistakes, which is refreshing. It’s a lot of fun if you can get through the pages and pages of money, power, and the combination therein.
Our heroine is still in elementary school at the end of this volume, so we’ve got a ways to go before we get to the ominous prologue (where we also see the heroine, who otherwise doesn’t show up). If you want something different in your villainess books, give this a shot.
(Also, kudos to her friend Hotaru, who actually does seem to have magic powers in an otherwise magicless book. And also looks exactly like Hotaru from Sailor Moon.)
By: Sean Gaffney
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melonreads · 27 days ago
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okay last bookshelf pic i promise (lying)
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angrypaperearthquake · 9 months ago
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Merry Christmas everyone! I got a bookshelf for Christmas and I'm so excited to finally display my Yona of the Dawn manga collection (I know it's small, I can only buy 4 a month so I don't go over budget 😅)
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BUT what I'm super excited about are these bookends I purchased on Amazon! They are dragons breathing fire and I thought it was a fantastic homage to the series. I'm thinking about painting them too, maybe to match the four dragons: gold, silver, metallic green, and metallic blue. I'm not very artistic, but I know how to use a spray can. What do y'all think?
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Here's the link:
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celestialmega · 3 months ago
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Futari no Renai Shoka, Our Romance Bookshelf, ふたりの恋愛書架 by yamazaki Kore.
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slutforanimeandaesthicshit · 4 months ago
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One can inevitably seduce me with their sword fighting skills (:
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chibi-n00b · a year ago
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Finally got my Jun Mochizuki shelf organized how I wanted!
(It’s very blue)
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