Category Archives: Manga Monday

Dark Horse is Releasing the Ultimate Guide to Berserk

No Guts, no glory! Dark Horse Manga has announced the indispensable owner’s manual for Berserk readers with the Berserk Official Guidebook! Still going strong after over twenty-five years in Japan, Berserk is one of the most popular and longest-running seinen series ever published in North America. Dark Horse Manga has sold over 1.5 million translated print editions of creator Kentaro Miura’s Berserk since 2003. The Berserk Official Guidebook will serve as the ultimate authority for the New York Times bestselling series.

Created by Kentaro Miura, Berserk has conquered the worlds of manga and anime, and now this essential roadmap to the sprawling Berserk universe explores the characters, creatures, settings, and stories of Berserk’s first 38 volumes. Profusely illustrated and including never-before-seen art (including an eight-page color section) and author notes, the Berserk Official Guidebook is a comprehensive tour through the epic adventure, shocking horror, and graveyard humor that can be only Berserk!

The Berserk Official Guidebook goes on sale March 14, 2018, is 200 pages paperback, and priced at $14.99.

Homestruck is Coming to Print Courtesy of VIZ Media

VIZ Media has announced the acquisition of the Homestruck web comic and plans for its print release beginning in April 2018.

Created by Andrew Hussie, Homestruck Book 1: Act 1 & Act 2 is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will be published in April 2018. Future books in the series will be released by VIZ Media on a quarterly basis. Each volume will be a deluxe hardcover, full-color edition of roughly 400 pages in length and will feature new cover art and other exclusive content. Animated content in the web comic will be rendered as frames on the print page, and every page will feature commentary from Andrew Hussie. Digital editions of each volume will also be available through partner storefronts.

In Homestruck, on his 13th birthday, John Egbert starts playing a mysterious videogame calledSburb. Unfortunately, this triggers the apocalypse. Fortunately, he and his friends can create the universe anew – if they can beat the game. But there’s another group of players trolling them to unknown ends, and a big bad who might be impossible to defeat. They’ll need a lot of teamwork, a little luck, and some inspired shenanigans along the way to make it through this mind-bending, genre-defying adventure.

VIZ Media’s October Digital Manga Releases

VIZ Media has revealed its digital manga updates for October with several notable new series, popular continuing titles, and exciting updates to the VIZ Manga App.

Notable new series launches for the month include Tokyo Ghoul: Re, the sequel to the smash hit horror manga, and the sci-fi action drama, Astra Lost in Space. Also debuting is Nisoisin’s celebrated light novel, Juni Taisen: Zodiac War. Shojo manga fans will not want to miss the series finales of three acclaimed series, Honey So Sweet (Vol. 8), Kamisama Kiss (Vol. 25), and So Cute It Hurts!! (Vol. 15).

Manga readers are invited to enjoy October’s offerings on the go with the all new VIZ Manga App. Readers can dive into an array of FREE content straight from the pages of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump as well as upcoming hit manga series and one-shots. The new app brings the best of VIZ Manga and Weekly Shonen Jump to users’ mobile devices, which includes a more intuitive layout to help fans find their favorite series at their fingertips.

October Digital Manga Promotion

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Digital Manga Sale

Celebrate creator Hirohiko Araki’s groundbreaking series. All volumes of JoJo’S Bizarre Adventure (Phantom Blood, Battle Tendency, and Stardust Crusaders story arcs) will be on sale for only $7.99 per volume. Available through October 9th across all digital platforms.

 

WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Updates

Check out SHONEN JUMP’s free section for a variety of manga content. This month, catch all-new chapters of the manga adaptation of Juni Taisen: Zodiac War from the creator of Medaka Box (Akira Akatsuki), just in time for the light novel’s release! Juni Taisen chapters will be released in English simultaneously with their debut in Japan.

Free chapters are available now for the following series:

  • Juni Taisen: Zodiac War
  • Black Cover
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
  • Dragon Ball Super
  • Tokyo Ghoul: Re
  • And More!

Digital manga updates for October also include new volumes for 20 continuing VIZ Media series. New additions include Assassination Classroom (Vol. 18), Food Wars!: Shokugeki No Soma (Vol. 20), Haikyu!! (Vol. 16), and the digital first! Platinum End (Vol. 4). New shojo additions include The Demon Prince of Momochi House (Vol. 10), The Water Dragon’s Bride (Vol. 3) and Yona the Dawn (Vol. 8). Digital exclusive titles released this month include The Children Nowadays (Vol. 6), Boys Over Flowers Season 2 (Vol. 6), élDLive (Vol. 3), and The Emperor and I (Vol. 2). Don’t miss the series finale of Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter (Vol. 10)!

New York Comic Con 2017: VIZ Media Announces New Manga

VIZ Media announced a variety of notable new publishing acquisitions during its official panel event held this past weekend at New York Comic Con 2017.

The new acquisitions set for release in 2018 include the fairy tale-inspired fantasy adventure, Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle, as well as impressive Perfect Edition releases for Naoki Urasawa’s two-time Eisner award winning manga series, 20TH Century Boys, and its sequel, 21ST Century Boys. The Perfect Editions offer 2-in-1 omnibus releases of both series and will feature new cover art by Naoki Urasawa.

Also scheduled for release in 2018 will be a pair of One Piece Color Walk art books that each feature bold color images and character illustrations from the world’s most popular manga series presented in hardcover box set editions. Finally, VIZ Media also announced Amigurumi: San-X Crochet Patterns, a craft book featuring designs for a host of popular San-X characters like Rilakkuma, Sentimental Circus, and more!

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.

SLEEPY PRINCESS IN THE DEMON CASTLE, Vol. 1
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Summer 2018

Sshhh! Princess Syalis is trying to get a good night’s sleep. Some shut-eye. Forty winks. Catch some Z’s. Long ago in olden times when people and demons lived together in—well, disharmony, really – a demon king kidnaps a human princess and imprisons her in his castle. Bereft, the princess’s subjects beat their chests in anguish…until a hero arises to spearhead Project Rescue Our Princess! While waiting for her knight in shining armor, what’s an imprisoned princess to do …? Teddy-bear guards with bat wings are all very well, but her dungeon cell is bo-o-o-ring! So, she decides to wile away the long hours by sleeping. Now if only she could get comfortable…and didn’t suffer from insomnia…

 

20TH CENTURY BOYS: THE PERFECT EDITION
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts Fall 2018

The PERFECT EDITION presents a 2-in-1 bind-up of Naoki Urasawa’s two-time Eisner award winning manga series.

Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren’t for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world.

 

21ST CENTURY BOYS: THE PERFECT EDITION
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens

War is over. The Friend is dead. Mankind no longer faces the threat of extinction. Peace has finally come to Tokyo… Or has it? The mystery still remains. Nobody knows who the Friend was and where he came from. The only clue is hidden deep within the memories – the memories of the hero Kenji. It is time to open Pandora’s Box to discover what is left at the bottom.

 

ONE PIECE COLOR WALK: EAST BLUE TO SKYPIEA
Debuts Summer 2018

Color images and special illustrations from the world’s most popular manga, ONE PIECE! This compendium of the first three Color Walk art books features 300+ pages of beautiful color art and conversations between creator Eiichiro Oda and other famous manga artists.

 

ONE PIECE COLOR WALK: WATER SEVEN TO PARAMOUNT WAR
Debuts Summer 2018

Color images and special illustrations from the world’s most popular manga, ONE PIECE! This compendium of three Color Walk art books features 300+ pages of beautiful color art and conversations between creator Eiichiro Oda and other famous manga artists.

 

AMIGURUMI: SAN-X CROCHET PATTERNS
Debuts Summer 2018

Featuring Rilakkuma, Sentimental Circus and more!

Amigurumi are cute crocheted stuffed animals from Japan. Combine amigurumi with San-X and you get the most adorable crocheted characters! This book of patterns with full-color photographs will show you how to make characters like Rilakkuma and friends, Tarepanda, Sumikko Gurashi and more, plus their accessories.

 

SuBLime Manga Imprint Announces Participation At YaoiCon 2017

SuBLime heads to North America’s largest dedicated yaoi fan convention as it announces its participation at YaoiCon 2017. YaoiCon takes place October 6th-8th at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, CA. SuBLime will be located in Booth #22 in the Dealer’s Hall.

This year, SuBLime is proud to welcome YaoiCon 2017 official Guest of Honor, Sakira, who is the creator of SuBLime’s Pretty Men Fighting Dirty. Attendees are also invited to catch the official SuBLime panel and stop by the SuBLime booth for exclusive discounts on a variety of top yaoi manga.

YaoiCon is a one-of-a-kind 18+ convention for fans of all things yaoi. The annual convention delights attendees with a fun, fan-centric atmosphere and unique programming, which includes the Guest of Honor panel and autograph session, industry and fan panels, and the iconic and not-to-be-missed Bishounen Auction.

Saturday, October 7th

5:00pm – 6:30pm SuBLime Industry Panel

Bayshore Panel Room 2

Will your OTP finally make its debut in English? Join SuBLime for its panel full of yaoi news, games, and prizes and be the first to hear this year’s new yaoi title announcements!

 

During YaoiCon 2017, SuBLime’s booth will offer a wide array of popular yaoi manga titles for sale at discounted rates! Fans can also pick up a prestreet copy of Jackass! before it’s available anywhere else.

FINDER DELUXE EDITION · By Ayano Yamane

Show Special Price: $10 each or $36 for all 4 volumes available!

Freelance photographer Akihito Takaba is captured by the very subject he’s been stalking in his viewfinder – the handsome and enigmatic crime lord Ryuichi Asami! The older man ravages him, both body and mind. Does this mean the end for the naive photographer, or will he live to shoot another day?

 

JACKASS! · By Scarlet Beriko

Show Special Price: $10 – prestreet!

Practical Keisuke’s incredibly handsome best friend Masayuki has always rubbed him just a little bit the wrong way. Maybe it’s because Masayuki is rich, carefree, and so stunningly handsome that he can, and does, have any girl he wants? But one day, when Keisuke accidentally wears his older sister’s panty hose to gym class, it’s suddenly his hot friend who’s doing the rubbing…on Keisuke’s panty hose-clad legs! Has he unwittingly unleashed a secret fetish that will change their relationship forever?

 

THE WORLD’S GREATEST FIRST LOVE · By Shungiku Nakamura

Show Special Price: $10 each or $72 for all 8 volumes available!

When Ritsu Onodera changes jobs, looking for a fresh start, he’s not exactly thrilled when his new boss turns out to be his old flame. Ritsu’s determined to leave all that in the past – but how can he when his boss is just as determined that they have a future!

 

TEN COUNT · By Rihito Takarai

Show Special Price: $10 each or $45 for all 5 volumes available!

Corporate secretary Shirotani suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. One day he meets Kurose, a therapist who offers to take him through a ten-step program to cure him of his compulsion. As the two go through each of the ten steps, Shirotani ‘s attraction to his counselor grows.

IRE’s Korean Manhwa En Garde on Lezhin

Lezhin Comics, South Korea’s largest paid platform for digital comics has debuted IRE’s En Garde, a new sport series following two close friends and fencers.

En Garde tells the story of Shin Yunwoo and Yoo Mir. These two teens are competitive fencers in addition to being the best of friends, but while Shin Yunwoo is the more experienced and mature competitor, his counterpart seems to demonstrate something more. When Shin Yunwoo suffers defeat, two seemingly sinister recruiters approach him with a proposition.

En Garde was created by IRE, a young Korean comic book artist, who has developed a devoted following online. The series debuted with 10 of the 18 chapters available to read for free. Lezhin readers can purchase additional chapters for 3 coins each.

This week’s debut follows last week’s premier of Lee Yul’s A Compendium of Ghosts, a beautiful and haunting story rendered to reflect a Korean folklore influence, with five chapters available to read for free. The series was a recipient of the 2013 Korea Content Awards, honoring creatives, and presented by Korea’s prime minister.

Yaoi Manga Publisher SuBLime Debuts Romantic Comedy Series Jackass!

SuBLime, the leading global English-language yaoi manga publisher, announces the English-language debut of creator Scarlet Beriko’s Jackass! on October 10th.

Jackass! is rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers and will be available as a single-volume release in both print and digital formats. Print editions will carry an MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN each. The digital versions will carry an MSRP of $6.99 U.S. Readers have two methods of digital access to the volume on SuBLimeManga.com – via a DRM-free downloadable PDF, viewable on any enabled eReader device and computer, as well as via the online manga viewer. Readers can also purchase a digital version through the NOOK, Kindle and Kobo eReaders as well as on Google Play.

In Jackass!, practical Keisuke’s incredibly handsome best friend Masayuki has always rubbed him just a little bit the wrong way. Maybe it’s because Masayuki is rich, carefree, and so stunningly handsome that he can, and does, have any girl he wants. But one day, when Keisuke accidentally wears his older sister’s panty hose to gym class, it’s suddenly his hot friend who’s doing the rubbing…on Keisuke’s panty hose-clad legs! Has he unwittingly unleashed a secret fetish that will change their relationship forever?

Hiro Mashima is a New York Comic Con 2017 Guest of Honor

With Fairy Tail, one of North America’s—and the world’s— all-time best-selling comics, nearing the end of its historic run, it’s time to celebrate and reflect on manga creator Hiro Mashima’s accomplishments with the man himself and all his fans in New York City October 5 through 8 at New York Comic ConKodansha Comics, in partnership with Funimation, has announced the slate of events Hiro Mashima will be attending as New York Comic Con 2017 Guest of Honor.

Along with Mashima’s personal appearances, Kodansha Comics will be hosting “The World of Fairy Tail” art exhibition at its NYCC booth (#2109), selling and giving away con-exclusive Fairy Tail merchandise, selling pre-street releases of the Fairy Tail S short-story collection, and digitally releasing during NYCC the complete 35-volume run of Mashima’s original breakout hit, Rave Master.

EVENTS

The following list of events is not a complete list of all appearances Hiro Mashima will be making in New York City October 5-8. For a list with the most recent updates, along with information about how to get tickets to events, visit kodanshacomics.com.

Hiro Mashima: The Magical World of Fairy Tail 
October 5 (Thursday), 6:30 p.m. Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street
Head to Japan Society’s beautiful auditorium for an intimate evening chat with Mashima-sensei. Hear about Fairy Tail’s origins and its creator’s struggles and triumphs over the years, then enjoy a Q&A followed by reception with the Fairy Tail localization team. Chance to win a special gift!

Kodansha Comics Presents Celebrate Fairy Tail: Live-Sketch and Q&A with Hiro Mashima
October 6 (Friday), 2:30 p.m. New York Comic Con, Javits Center, Main Stage
Glimpse in person Hiro Mashima’s creative process! Mashima-sensei will be drawing live and engaging in an off-the-cuff chat with his fans in this one-of-a-kind appearance. Attendees will get a special gift!

Signing and sketch
October 6 (Friday), 4 p.m. New York Comic Con, Javits Center, Autograph Hall
Hiro Mashima celebrates the ending of his iconic manga series, Fairy Tail, with his fans at this unique event. Recipients will get a signed card with a personalized sketch from one of the world’s most popular manga-ka!

Kodansha Comics and Funimation Present Celebrate Fairy Tail: A Chat with Hiro Mashima
October 7 (Saturday), 11 a.m. New York Comic Con, Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street
Mashima looks back on his manga career and what went into his uniquely long-running masterwork. Attendees will get special gifts!

Signing and sketch
October 7 (Saturday), 2 p.m. New York Comic Con, Javits Center, Autograph Hall

Funimation booth signing and sketch
October 8 (Sunday), 10:15 a.m. New York Comic Con, Javits Center, Funimation booth #542
Come to the Funimation booth in your favorite Fairy Tail cosplay! Recipients will get a signed shikishi with a personalized sketch from one of the world’s most popular manga-ka.

ART EXHIBITION

Kodansha Comics will be celebrating Hiro Mashima and his completion of Fairy Tail through New York Comic Con with a special “The World of Fairy Tail” art gallery exhibition at Kodansha Comics’s NYCC booth (#2109). The exhibition will display curated manga art from throughout Mashima’s Fairy Tail run, with a secondary display in NYCC’s Artist Alley (table C14).

CONVENTION-EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE

Both the Funimation booth (#542) and the Kodansha Comics booth (#2109) will be handing out cute Happy pins—only available at NYCC 2017!

Additional con-exclusive retail and free Fairy Tail merchandise will be available at the Kodansha Comics booth (#2109), including:

  • NYCC 2017 Commemorative Fairy Tail tote bag—free with any Kodansha Comics email signup
  • Fairy Tail mini-shikishi (signing card) featuring a new illustration by Hiro Mashima—free with any purchase at the Kodansha Comics booth
  • The Art of Fairy Tail mini-artbook—free with any purchase over $50 at the Kodansha Comics booth
  • Limited-edition Fairy Tail enamel pin sets
  • Limited-edition ​Fairy Tail genga replicas
  • Limited-edition Fairy Tail deluxe poster
  • Limited-edition Fairy Tail mini-poster set

The Kodansha Comics booth will also be selling new Fairy Tail books before their official street dates, including Fairy Tail S, the long-awaited collection of short stories set in theFairy Tail universe.

DIGITAL RELEASES

As part of its celebration of all things Hiro Mashima, starting October 3 Kodansha Comics will be releasing through all of its digital-partner retail channels the complete 35-volume run of Mashima’s original fantasy-action breakout hit, Rave Master. Originally one of the bestselling titles published by Tokyopop, Rave Master has been out of print for years. All volumes are being released on October 3 at a special promotional price. A preview of Chapter 1 can be read here.

Udon Entertainment’s Dragon’s Crown Manga, Out this October

The Fighter, the Sorceress, the Elf, the Wizard, the Amazon, and the Dwarf! These six heroes have come together to quest for riches, for glory, and for the honor of the kingdom of Hydeland! (Though really, it’s mostly for the riches…) Join an epic journey through catacombs, castles, and labyrinths, in the fun and fantastic video game manga – Dragon’s Crown!

Adapted and drawn by artist Yuztan, Dragon’s Crown captures all the hard hitting action, sexiness and silliness of the beat-em-up RPG. Created by George Kamitani and Vanillaware, the game is known for its gorgeous artwork and designs, and the manga certainly lives up to that visual legacy.

Dragon’s Crown Volume 1 arrives in stores everywhere October 2017.  A second and final volume of the series will follow in 2018. The first manga volume will retail for $12.99 and be 196 pages.

New Tokyo Ghoul Manga Sequel – Tokyo Ghoul: Re this October

VIZ Media has announced the sequel to the smash-hit horror/action manga series with the launch of Tokyo Ghoul: Re on October 17th.

The new series, by Tokyo Ghoul creator Sui Ishida, will be published in print and digital editions under the VIZ Signature imprint. Tokyo Ghoul: Re is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens; Volume 1 will carry a print MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN. The series will also be available digitally via VIZ.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play Store. Subsequent volumes will be published in English on a bi-monthly basis.

In Tokyo Ghoul: Re, the Commission of Counter Ghoul is the only organization fighting the Ghoul menace, and they will use every tool at their disposal to protect humanity from its ultimate predator. Their newest weapon in this hidden war is an experimental procedure that implants human investigators with a Ghoul’s Kagune, giving them Ghoul powers and abilities. But both the procedure and the newly formed Qs Squad are untested. Will they become heroes…or monsters?!

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