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VIZ Media Expands Digital Manga Offerings On Overdrive Reading Platform

onepunchman_gn01_coverVIZ Media has announced that it has expanded its relationship with the digital reading platform, OverDrive. An impressive collection of newly added digital manga titles by some of the genre’s most popular and renowned creators are now available at participating public and school libraries in the United States and Canada on the platform.

OverDrive is a leading digital reading platform, supplying the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video and periodicals to 36,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide, including 90 percent of all public libraries in the U.S.

New VIZ Media / OverDrive series debuts for January 2017 include a genre-spanning collection of more than 48 titles, comprising over 650 volumes.

New VIZ Media /Overdrive manga series include:

  • Blue Exorcist
  • Dragon Ball
  • One-Punch Man
  • Tokyo Ghoul
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Parts 1, 2, & 3
  • Rurouni Kenshin
  • My Love Story!!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!

And scores more!

Additional manga titles will continue to be added throughout 2017.

Kodansha Comics Digital Debut – New Oima Series, Descending Stories and More!

toyoureternity_cover_ch_001Kodansha Comics kicks off 2017 with the digital debut on January 24th of Yoshitoki Oima’s newest manga serial, the spiritual fantasy To Your Eternity. Following the critically acclaimed A Silent Voice—which was nominated for an Eisner and named one of 2016’s “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” by the American Library Association—Oima goes in a completely new direction with this compelling tale of an abandoned native boy journeying alone in the frozen north with only a mysterious wolf for a companion.

The first 10 chapters of To Your Eternity will be available on January 24th as digital editions only on comiXology and Kindle. They are currently available for preorder. January 24th is the same day Chapter 10 appears in Japan; new chapters will follow every week in simultaneous timing thereafter. Chapters will be priced at 99 cents each.

Also going on sale January 24th is the new series by legendary manga artist Hiroaki Samura (Blade of the Immortal, Die Wergelder), Wave, Listen to Me! Something of a departure for the action-oriented Samura, Wave turns its attention to modern life in the big city, as a despondent young woman inadvertently finds herself the host of a hit talk-radio show.wavelistentome_001_cover

Rounding out the trio of debuts on the 24th will be Deathtopia, the latest gonzo thriller from Cage of Eden’s Yoshinobu Yamada, about a young man who gains supernatural powers from an accident but then finds himself embroiled with a serial killer with a disturbing fondness for eyeballs and a band of intriguing beauties in hot pursuit.

January also saw the digital release of Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, the surprise-hit drama about the art of traditional Japanese storytelling, whose anime Season 2 is currently simulcast on Crunchyroll. The print edition of Descending Stories had been previously announced for May 2017, but digital readers can jump into Volume 1 right now.

Volume 1s of Wave, Listen to Me! and Deathtopia are available January 24th across all Kodansha Comics digital book channels: BookWalker, comiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook.

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Berserk is Back!

berserk-vol-38After over three years of anticipation by fans, from creator Kentaro Miura comes Berserk Volume 38, a sprawling adult fantasy epic of fierce imagination!

On July 5, Guts the Black Swordsman and company will reach the isle of Skellig in hopes that elven magic can cure the afflicted Casca, but the cure could come at a deadly cost. Meanwhile, Guts’s Band of the Hawk comrade Rickert journeys to the city of Falconia, the seat of power for Griffith, the resurrected former Hawks commander. But the glittering towers of Falconia cast the darkest of shadows, and a legion of demonic monstrosities dwell in the darkness!

This is one of the most popular and longest-running seinen manga series ever published in North America, with over a million copies sold. Berserk has also recently reemerged on the New York Times best-selling manga list!

Review: Haikui!! Vol. 1

haikyu-vol-1Ever since he saw the legendary player known as “the Little Giant” compete at the national volleyball finals, Shoyo Hinata has been aiming to be the best volleyball player ever! Who says you need to be tall to play volleyball when you can jump higher than anyone else?

After losing his first and last volleyball match against Tobio Kageyama, “the King of the Court,” Shoyo Hinata swears to become his rival after graduating middle school. But, what happens when the guy he wants to defeat ends up being his teammate?!

Just like Shoyo Hinata I’m not the tallest, in fact I’m pretty short at 5’6″. I also love playing volleyball and have fond memories playing it during the summer with friends even briefly considering attempting to join a team. All of that had me excited to check out Haruichi Furudate‘s volleyball manga Haikyu!!. And, I was pleasantly surprised as to what I found.

The manga begins setting up the Shoyo/Tobio dynamic as the two face off in a tournament in middle school. The story is a bit choppy which made it a little hard to follow but the flow felt a little like the beginning of a film setting up the main story to come. But, once that main story starts going it’s really good and not at all what I expected.

I didn’t read the blurb of the manga so seeing the story actually being about these “rivals” having to work together is a chance. I went in expecting an action filled manga filled with action scenes of matches, imagine the end of the first Karate Kid with all of the different matches, but volleyball. But no, the story really is about two people having to work together and get along, not the actual matches and action.

There’s something that feels very “Japanese” about the story as it is about stamping out individualism, working as a team, and falling in line with leadership, all characteristics I’ve come across in my dealing with the corporate culture.

The art by Furudate is fantastic. Even when characters are arguing and not playing there’s something that’s captivating about it and what I really enjoyed is that Furudate makes sure to emphasize how much smaller Shoyo is compared to everyone else. It’s an important part of the story and the art reiterates that.

If you like volleyball, this is one to check out and shows there’s manga for everyone. It’s not the action filled focus I expected, instead, its heart is about what it takes to create a team.

Story: Haruichi Furudate Art: Haruichi Furudate
Story: 7.95 Art: 8.05 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Read

Around the Tubes

fls_cv14_dsIt’s a new week and we’re kicking it off with our “Manga Monday” and look at the weekend’s box office results. While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Atlantic – Superhero Comics Are Largely a Response to Trauma – Agree? Disagree?

How To Love Comics – If You’re Ever In Kyoto You Must Visit The Kyoto International Manga Museum – This sounds really cool!

The Beat – A year of free comics – Eugenie Shark by Nicole Marie Burton – Go, go read free comics!

The Comichron – December 2016 comics sales estimates online; all new Comichron charts are now sortable, searchable! – Data! Data! Data!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – All-Star Batman #6

Talking Comics – The Flash #14

Preview: Assassin’s Creed: Awakening #3

ASSASSIN’S CREED AWAKENING #3

Writer: Yano Takashi
Artist: Oiwa Kenji
Cover A: Oiwa Kenji
Cover B: Andi Tong
Cover C: Yifeng Jiang
FC – 48pp – $4.99 – On sale: January 11

The third chapter of the Assassin’s Creed manga – collected for the first time in English. Set in the time of the best selling video game, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag.

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Got to Catch Them All with Pokémon Adventures Black 2 & White 2, Out now from Viz Media

pokemonadventuresblack2white2-gn01VIZ Media adds to its extensive Pokémon collection with the release of the Pokémon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 manga series, now available.

The series is written by Hidenori Kusaka with artwork by Satoshi Yamamoto, and is based on the best-selling Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 video games. The Pokémon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 manga series is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and volumes will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN each.

Pokémon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 delivers a brand new adventure featuring readers’ favorite Pokémon game characters that jump out of the screen and onto the pages of this latest action-packed manga series!

Two years have passed since Team Plasma was defeated and Trainer Black was sucked into the Light Stone along with Legendary Pokémon Reshiram. Now Team Plasma is back to its wicked ways, controlling other people’s Pokémon and even wild Pokémon with technology. Luckily, a new young hero and Looker of the International Police are on their trail.

Colress, the new leader of Team Plasma, is attacking the Unova region. His machines control Pokémon, wielding their powers for evil instead of good. Fortunately, a way to jam the signals is stored on a memory card. But who has the card…? A girl at the Pokémon Trainers’ School! Maybe that’s why our hero is such a flirt—he’s just doing his job gathering intel. But he’d better stop playing the field and find that card fast before someone beats him to it!

Review: One Punch-Man Vol. 1

one-punch-man-vol-1_cA manga series that packs quite the punch!

Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem—he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! Every time a promising villain appears, he beats the snot out of ’em with one punch! Can Saitama finally find an opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life some meaning? Or is he doomed to a life of superpowered boredom?

From the web to the printed page (and to the screen in an anime) One and Yusuke Murata‘s One Punch-Man definitely delivers a punch in this first volume. For a while now I’ve heard about this manga series and hadn’t taken a look, so it felt like a smart idea to dive into the first volume for a “Manga Monday” review.

I honestly knew very little going in other than it stars a bald-headed character that packs a punch. And after finishing the first volume, I’m not sure there’s a lot more than that. One Punch-Man feels like it has a goal to spoof Western superhero comics and over the top manga. The character literally just walks up to the enemy and punches him.

It’s pretty straight forward, yet there’s still something deeper that can be debated about the series. Is it really about a search for purpose? For challenge? For satisfaction? Or is it just about punching things? It’s hard to say if the series gets much deeper than this since I just read the first volume, but on the surface, it’s not too deep… but could be.

There is a choppy flow to the manga which I wasn’t too keen on. I’m not sure how much of that was the original writing and how much is the translation by John Werry. It’s been years since I could read Japanese, so can’t really say, but it’d be interesting to see how the flow of the narrative differs between the Japanese and English dialogue.

Murata’s art is dynamic though. For as sparse as the dialogue is at times, the art speaks for the story. The power of the punch, the flow of what’s going on, it’s all there in the art. There’s sections where the comic is silent it feels like, but the story of the battle is still conveyed.

The first volume is interesting and I can see the appeal of the manga. There’s a goofy simplicity and innocence to it all that’s entertaining and fun. It’s a quick read, though you’ll linger staring at the art, and most importantly it’s entertaining and has me wanting to check out more.

Story: One Art: Yusuke Murata
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Viz Media provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: School Judgement Vol. 1, Gakkyu Hotei

school-judgement-vol-1-gakkyu-hoteiAt Tenbin Elementary, there is only one way to settle a dispute – in a court of law! All quarrels bypass the teachers and are settled by some of the best lawyers in the country… who also happen to be elementary school students.

The accused this time is a boy named Tento. His crime? The murder of a beloved member of the classroom! Luckily for him, the state has sent him a defense attorney – Abaku Inugami. But is this wild young lawyer skilled enough to ronpa his client off the hook?

Kids acting like lawyers? The concept might sound bizarre, but the manga works for so many reasons and I found myself wanting more immediately when I finished this first volume. Thankfully there’s a few more already released for me to dive into.

Written by Nobuaki Emoki, School Judgement: Gakkyu Hotei takes mock-trial to a whole new level with what feels like real stakes, but what could be a serious tone has enough weird thrown in (baby judges!) to get you to smile and laugh. Emoki has put together what feels like a real world with a set of rules and a system of how to deal with everything that feels fleshed out and has had some real thought put into it.

The dealing with witnesses and gathering of evidence feels like it’s out of Sherlock Holmes, but the excitement amps up every time as scenes, like witnesses on the stand, feel like a battle is being waged. The manga has visuals worthy of any “battle” comic out there, except in this case it’s a battle with evidence and through words.

That excitement and battle sense is due to artist Takeshi Obata‘s work which just looks amazing. There’s an energy and excitement about the entire comic and the panels that I found myself really enjoying the series. And the infusion of style by Obata had me actually contemplating cosplaying as Abaku Inugami by the time I got to the end of the first volume.

And thankfully there’s more to come! More ronpa, more mystery, more manga please! No excuse me while I figure out how to get my hair right…

Story: Nobuaki Emoki Art: Takeshi Obata
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Viz Media provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Loot Anime Episode 14 “Galaxy” Unboxing

Loot Anime is a geek box by Loot Crate and Crunchyroll focused on the anime fans. This month’s box has a theme of “Galaxy“! There’s lots space-faring adventure!

We open up the box to show off what’s inside and what we think of the box.

You can order next month’s box now!

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