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Preview: Sherlock: A Study in Pink #2

SHERLOCK: A STUDY IN PINK #2

Concept by: Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss
Writer: Steven Moffat
Artist: Jay.
Cover A: Jay.
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: Claudia Iannicello
FC – 32PP – $3.99 – ON SALE: Jul 13

The Japanese SHERLOCK Manga continues in an all-new English edition, adapting the episodes of the smash-hit BBC America/Hartswood Films TV show! As Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John (Martin Freeman) move in to 221B Baker Street and begin their tentative crime-solving partnership, the mystery of a citywide spate of ‘serial suicides’ remains – and Sherlock is dragged deeper into the depraved world of the killer!

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Dragon Ball Super, Revolutionary Girl Utena, The Water Dragon’s Bride, and Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt come to VIZ

VIZMedia-RectLogo-NoTMVIZ Media detailed a bevy of publishing acquisitions during its official panel event held this past weekend at the 2016 Anime Expo in Los Angeles, CA.

VIZ Media delighted manga readers as it detailed a host of upcoming new titles to be published under the company’s various imprints. The new series include the continuation of Akira Toriyama’s seminal series, Dragon Ball, in the new Dragon Ball Super. The landmark shojo series Revolutionary Girl Utena returns in a deluxe complete manga box set. Shojo readers also will not want to miss The Water Dragon’s Bride, a brand new work by the creator of Dawn of the Arcana. Delighting sci-fi fans, VIZ Media announced the debut later this year of the mecha action manga Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt. The company also announced Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V and the release of Rurouni Kenshin in new 3-in-1 omnibus editions.

New VIZ Signature Acquisition:

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT · Available Fall 2016

Story & Art by Yasuo Ohtagaki, Original Concept by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino

An epic story of war and survival set in the legendary Gundam universe! In the Universal Century year 0079, humanity is divided between Earth and huge space colonies known as Sides. The colony known as Side 3 proclaims independence as the Principality of Zeon, and declares war on the Earth Federation. As the conflict nears the one-year mark, the Earth Federation and the forces of Zeon are locked in a fierce battle for the Thunderbolt Sector, an area of space scarred by the wreckage of destroyed colonies.

 

New Shonen Jump Acquisitions:

DRAGON BALL SUPER · Available Spring 2017

Story by Akira Toriyama, Story & Art by Toyotaro

Goku’s adventure from the bestselling classic manga DRAGON BALL continues in this new series! Ever since Goku became Earth’s greatest hero and gathered the seven Dragon Balls to defeat the evil Boo, his life on Earth has grown a little dull. But new threats loom overhead, and Goku and his friends will have to defend the planet once again!

 

RUROUNI KENSHIN 3-in-1 · Available Winter 2017

By Nobuhiro Watsuki

Experience the beloved samurai action series in bargain 3-in-1 omnibus editions! Action, romance, and historical intrigue help make Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin, the tale of a wandering swordsman set against the backdrop of the Meiji Restoration, one of the most popular Shonen Jump titles of all time.

 

YU-GI-OH! ARC V · Available Spring 2017

Original Concept by Kazuki Takahashi, Production Support by Studio Dice, Story by Shin Yoshida, Art by Naohito Miyoshi, Duel Composition by Masahiro Hikokubo

The latest series based on the hit collectible card game! Action Duels have become a global sensation, but what is the dark secret behind them that threatens to destroy the world? Exclusive rare card inside (limited to first printing).

 

New Shojo Beat Acquisitions

REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA Deluxe Box Set · Available Spring 2017

Story and Art by Chiho Saito, Created by Be-Papas

The entire series of Revolutionary Girl Utena plus The Adolescence of Utena are collected into two hardcover omnibus volumes with color pages of the original covers and poster in this long-awaited collector’s set. Utena strives to be strong and noble like the childhood prince she yearns to meet again. But when she finds herself seduced into the twisted duels of Ohtori Academy, can she become the prince she’s been waiting for?

 

THE WATER DRAGON’S BRIDE · Available Spring 2017

By Rei Toma

The newest fantasy adventure romance by the bestselling author of DAWN OF THE ARCANA (also published by VIZ Media)! In the blink of an eye, a modern-day girl named Asahi is whisked away from her warm and happy home and stranded in a strange and mysterious world where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god! What plans are in store for her, and what will happen when she comes face to face with this god?

VIZ Announces Kaikyu!! and Kuroko’s Basketball

VIZ Media has announced to new manga English releases. Haikyu!! will see release on July 5th and Kuroko’s Basketball sees its first volume on shelves August 2nd.

Created by Haruichi Furudate, Haikyu!! depicts the on- and off-the-court drama of a driven young volleyball player. Ever 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?

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

In 2015 the manga won the Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shonen category.

Created by Tadatoshi Fujimaki Kuroko’s Basketball has become a global sensation. In Kuroko’s Basketball, when incoming first-year student Taiga Kagami joins the Seirin High basketball team, he meets Tetsuya Kuroko, a mysterious boy who’s plain beyond words. But Kagami’s in for the shock of his life when he learns that the practically invisible Kuroko was once a member of “The Miracle Generation” – the undefeated, legendary team – and he wants Kagami’s help taking down each of his old teammates!

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Around the Tubes

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #1 1It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get and enjoy? What was a stinker? Sound off in the comments!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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Medium – On the Death of James Rhodes — War Machine ‘Making America White Again’ one page at a time – If you read one thing in this post.

CBR – AMC Renews “Preacher” for Season 2 – Awesome!

The Advocate – The Secret to Battling Homophobia in Japan’s Schools: Manga – Very cool!

CBLDF – How the Comics Code Laid the Foundation for LGBTQ Comix – A very interesting read and some solid history.

CBR – New “Arrow” Casting Brings Hal Jordan One Step Closer to Star City – Well ok then.

CBR – Vinnie Jones Joins “Kingsman” Sequel in Mystery Role – Everything is improved with more Vinnie Jones. Especially if he sings.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Black Panther #3

Comic Vine – Cryptocracy #1

Newsarama – Jade Street Protection Services #1

Fandom Post – Semiautomagic

Review: Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-kun

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It’s hard to confess your feelings for someone, especially when that someone gives you an autograph because you said you were their fan instead of actually saying how you felt. Even more so when that boy turns out to be a shojo manga creator that you idolize. And if you think that’s bad, you don’t even know the end of it for the series Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-kun or Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun. This series is a romantic comedy and published Square Enix in Japan and Yen Press in America. It’s currently ongoing, having started in 2011 and recently had an anime adaptation in 2014 produced by Dogakobo.

The series is pretty episodic, but the overarching “plot” is that Sakura is trying to confess her feelings to Nozaki, maybe muddles her words a bit and is instead enlisted into helping with Nozaki’s secret manga career. Though, she doesn’t exactly protest to it, because it lets her get closer to her crush and really learn who he is as a person. Along the way, Sakura ends up meeting other people coerced into helping Nozaki and more, all while having fun adventures. And misinterpreting Nozaki’s intentions to the pain of the reader, but hey, she’ll learn one day right? Well, we can only hope.

Character wise, I would say that this is a fun series for characters and changing up some archetypes, especially with the full cast.

So, first off we have Chiyo Sakura, she’s ultimately a romantic at heart and often lets that blind her from the reality of her situation. She constantly thinking of the romance she could be having with Nozaki, but is also happy with their current situation. Sakura is also slowly coming into her own as the story goes along, learning about others and herself in certain plotlines while still maintaining what makes her character.

Then we have Umetaro Nozaki, who is… For lack of a better word oblivious. He can’t seem to figure out that Sakura is in love with him, even though everyone else can. He secretly works as a manga artist for a romance series, while having no experience himself in love. So, when Sakura arrives he not only enlists her for line work but also to help him understand certain aspects of romance. He doesn’t think much beyond story plots and characters for his work, which often makes him seem sort of curt and rude.

Mikoto Mikoshiba is also one of Nozaki’s assistants and comes off as a popular handsome guy. In reality, he is actually shy and deals with a lot of embarrassment at some of the things he says. He also deals with anxiety around other people, easily uncomfortable around large groups of people he doesn’t know. He’s also low-key an otaku, who collects anime figurines and practices dating through dating sims. While he is sort of the comic relief he also is genuinely a fun character that just is trying his best.

Mikoto’s best friend Yu Kashima is the prince of the school despite being a girl. She’s also the star of the drama club, thanks to not only her acting talent but also her height. She’s constantly vying for Hori’s attention despite not having open romantic intentions for him. While being an airhead most of the time, she is a genuinely good character who wants to help out Hori as much as she can.

Masayuki Hori is the president of the drama club and another assistant for Nozaki. He’s amazingly good at acting, but is highly conscious of his height. Kashima is a pain in the neck for him, despite the very romantic undertones between the two and he often reacts violently towards her whenever she acts inappropriately or disrupts important situations. Despite this, he’s probably the more mature characters or rather the “straight-man.”

And these are only a few of the characters! There are others, but I honestly want to avoid spoilers as much as I can here, even with this series being so short and episodic. Also, many of the characters, at least the main two, are very cookie cutter and don’t really do much thanks to the rambunctious supporting cast. Still, these characters were refreshing, especially in a genre that really favors tsunderes. They really stretched some of the archetypes, but ultimately stayed true to the formula. It’s also a show that’s never mean to other characters, like intentionally. They poke fun at each other, but nothing is really malicious.

The art for this series is very… Cute and pretty. Which fits with the genre it’s in. The anime was produced by Dogakobo, who haven’t really done a whole lot of big name series beyond visual novel adaptations. But it was directed by Mitsue Yamazaki who is known for Durarara. The art is very shojo but, much like the characters, changes a lot of the usual genre archetype. It also isn’t too soft animation wise, instead having sharp lines. It’s also a very bright anime color wise. Sakura is soft and cute whereas Nozaki is sharp and muscular. It’s an anime that really seems, at least to me, to be very good for different characters and how they appear. Now, for the manga, I have no real idea. I haven’t read it, but from what I’ve seen it’s very similar and still has a lot of the same characteristics. It is a little softer line wise for me, but still has the fun that the anime has. I think both have their merits and worth taking a look into.

Sound wise, this was a good series. Now, I’ve only heard the Japanese dub and the very short English dubbed OVAs, but it was well done. All the voices match the characters, especially Yuichi Nakamura as Nozaki, who is also known for his work as Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Tetsuro Kuroo in Haikyuu, and Yuuki Ono as Masayuki Hori, also known for his work as Josuke Higashitaka in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable. It definitely seemed like the cast was having fun with the stories and characters they were playing. The music itself is a bit underwhelming comparatively, but this usually how it goes for a Rom-Com anime. It’s light and fluffy, but also dark in other places for when the mood is right. The opening is Kimi Janakya Dame Mitai, which was performed by Masayoshi Oishi, and it’s a fun song that matches the fun opening animation. It’s just a light song to match the sort of up and down lightness of the show. Then there’s Uraomote Fortune, the ending theme, which honestly I didn’t feel was that great. Like it matched the show and Sakura’s feelings. Yet, when compared with the opening theme it comes off a bit… Dull. It’s pretty, don’t get me wrong, but when compared to the overall anime it seems to match only a very small portion of the series.

I watched this 12-episode series in the span of like three days with a friend, suffice to say, it’s a quick watch. But if you’re looking for a show that gives you a complete and fulfilling ending, well sorry but it’s not gonna be this show. I still feel denied, but also felt compelled to read the manga which is ongoing. However, sometimes an unsatisfying end is good? Though, I don’t think it really works with this series, especially with how it was executed.

Ultimately, I think that this series was a quick watch that had some really good times. It’s legitimately fun in very specific spots. So, if you think it’s up your alley… Look into it?

Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-kun: 7/10

Review: Sherlock: A Study in Pink #1

Sherlock_Manga Cover_ASherlock Holmes has enjoyed a long and varied life on screen and off screen as the world’s fascination with the world’s most eccentric detective has spawned more than its share of copycats. One of the most interesting versions is Monk, who instead of a drug addiction, suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder. The other version is Psych, where the main character is a fake psychic with excellent deduction skills. The last television comparison I can make, and one that may seem offbeat, is House, where instead criminal cases he solves medical ones that would flummox most doctors.

On the big screen, the most effective versions were the ones from my childhood, as I strongly remember Disney’s take, with the Great Mouse Detective, which not only captivated me as a child, but inspired me to read detective novels. The next take that had a great effect on me, is Young Sherlock Holmes, which was Steven Spielberg’s take on the character, as his imprint is all throughout, but Sherlock’s spirit sincerely shines through. The most recent offbeat take, was Mr. Holmes, which finds an older Sherlock, played by Sir Ian McClellan, revisiting an old case, as the viewer sees that most of the time, truth is truly stranger than fiction. Within the comics realm, creators have simply done more than all the other mediums combined, as his anon has taken more diverse paths as well as creating an expanded universe in the most unique way.

Most recently, Titan Comics, home of the Doctor Who properties, have dipped their toes in  adapting one of the more well known stories of Sir Conan Doyle, A Study in Pink, which instead of doing a direct adaptation, they are using the script from the extremely popular BBC reboot. Within this story, the reader is introduced to Dr. John Watson, an Iraq War Veteran, who writes a blog as a form of therapy. You are then introduced to Sherlock Holmes, an eccentric, violin playing hermit, who works as consultant to Scotland Yard. Nothing much is told about the actual case, but both characters are introduced to each other, before becoming roommates.

Overall, an interesting retelling of a classic tale in the canon, but in ways that would otherwise be deemed unorthodox, and ones I know Sir Doyle I can only imagine he would actually appreciate. The story by Steven Moffat is definitely firing on all cylinders, as it is as strong as it was on television. The art by Jay is not only true the manga styling it was meant to be but also to how the actual actors look like. Altogether, an interesting first issue, which I will definitely be following.

Story: Steven Moffat Art: Jay
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Sherlock: A Study in Pink #1

SHERLOCK: A STUDY IN PINK #1

Writers: Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss
Art & Adaptation: Jay
Cover A: Jay
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: Alex Ronald
Cover D: Rod Reis
Cover E: Question No. 6
B&W – 52pp – $4.99 – On Sale: June 8

The Japanese SHERLOCK Manga comes to the USA and UK for the first time ever! Adapting the episodes of the smash-hit BBC America/Hartswood Films TV show that sees Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) tackling brain-teasing crimes in modern-day London, this stunning manga is presented in its original right to-left reading order, and in the full chapters as originally serialised. Each oversized issue comes with a selection of BRAND-NEW covers by some of the best Sherlock artists around! #1 kicks things off with a 52pp special. Meet Sherlock and Watson for the first time… all over again!

Sherlock: A Study in Pink #1 hits comic stores and digital platforms on June 8

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Over $175 in Kodansha Manga from Humble Bundle including Attack on Titan, Battle Angel Alita, Space Brothers & More

Attack on Titan Vol 3Humble Bundle has a new comics bundle, this time focused on manga from Kodansha Comics with the “Humble Manga Bundle Kodansha Comics“. Humble Bundle is a “pay what you want” platform  where you decide what you’d like to contribute and how it will be divided up. The bundles help support charities, in this case the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Worldreader, and the Mental Health Foundation. So, when you pledge you can split the amount between Humble Bundle, Kodansha, and those charities.

The basic level gets you Attack on Titan Vol. 1, Parasyte Vol. 1, Inuyashiki Vol. 1, Vinland Saga Vol. 1, and Space Brothers Vol. 1.

For those who pledge more than the average (currently $9.16), you’ll also get Attack on Titan Vol. 2, Parasyte Vol. 2, Inuyashiki Vol. 2, Ajin: Demi-Human Vol. 1, and The Heroic Legend of Arslan Vol. 1.

For those who pledge $17 or more, you also get Attack on Titan Vol. 3, Ajin: Demi-Human Vol. 2, Knights of Sidonia Vol. 1, The 7 Deadly Sins Vol. 1, and Battle Angel Alita: Last Order Omnibus Vol. 1.

You can get all of that now.

VIZ Media Launches New Manga Series The Heiress and the Chauffeur

ADKG-NEW3media-SBVIZ Media expands its shojo manga roster with the May 3rd launch of The Heiress and the Chauffeur, a new 2-volume series by creator Keiko Ishihara depicting the romance between a turn-of-the-century heiress and her devoted servant.

The Heiress and the Chauffeur is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will be released under the Shojo Beat imprint with an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The series also launches digitally on May 3rd via VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App (iOS and Android), as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and GooglePlay stores.

At an all-girls school during the Taisho era of Japan, rumors swirl that heiress Sayaka Yoshimura is having a forbidden love affair with her chauffeur, Shinobu Narutaki! Sayaka scoffs at the rumors, but could a romance between master and servant actually be brewing?

In the opening volume, Sayaka wears a crimson ribbon that signals she is at the top of her class, and her classmates all revere her. So when Narutaki ignores decorum and breaks school rules to protect Sayaka, will she stand by him or dismiss him as the school demands?

Manga creator Keiko Ishihara began her manga career with Keisan Desu Kara (It’s All Calculated). Her other works include Strange Dragon, which was serialized in Japan in LaLa magazine.

Review: Chrono Crusade

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I’m about to get nostalgic here. This was one of the first series I ever watched, I rented the DVDs from Blockbuster, and have a lot of love for it. Except, recently, I re-watched it. Chrono Crusade is that anime. It was written and illustrated by Daisuke Moriyama also known for his work on World Embryo. Published in Comic Dragon and Monthly Dragon Age from November 1998- June 2004. It was then adapted into a 24-episode series by Gonzo, where it ran on Fuji TV, it’s run was from November 2003-June 2004. The anime, as most go, did not follow the original manga, which hurts its story immensely.

The story follows Sister Rosette Christopher and her assistant Chrono in the 1920s as they search for her long lost sibling. As well as deal with Chrono’s shadowy past as a demon/devil, which becomes more crucial as the plot advances. It also shows the Order of Magdalene which Rosette works for, a holy group made in order to fight the growing demon problem in the world, especially with the elusive group of demons called Sinners. Who may have something to do with Chrono? Along the way they gain new allies and enemies, while dealing with the issues at hand, such as finding the Apostles of God and stopping the end of the world.

Rosette Christopher is the protagonist of the series and is an elite exorcist of the order. Though she is impulsive and selfish, she genuinely tries her best. She has a mysterious past with Chrono, which is pretty much cleared up in the second volume. Rosette is also a contractor. Which means her life is slowly being drained by a demon. But that’s beside the point, she’s trying to make the most out of her short lifespan, often saying that despite her short life she’ll live longer than anyone ever believed she would. She often gets in trouble and is actually, in hindsight, sort of an annoying character that can grow on you the longer you read or watch. She’s to be the bright light of hope at the end of the tunnel who knows how short and precious life is in actuality.

Chrono is Rosette’s assistant and contractor. Surprise! It’s sort of revealed right away, so no worries. Yes, Chrono is a demon, but he’s trying to be a good person. This is because he owes Rosette his life and more, but also because he’s tired of hurting people. When compared to Rosette, he’s a much quieter, almost stoic. He plays the part of the mild young boy perfectly, though he is constantly plagued by everything he’s done and the continuing guilt in what has happened to Rosette because of him. His past continues to become more and more important as the plot grows, especially as it intertwines with Rosette’s. He’s the more endearing character of the series and this is because he’s the character that probably goes through the most character growth next to Rosette.

Azmaria Hendirch is the Songtress of Vegas, a twelve-year-old with the gift of healing through song. She’s soft spoken and easily shaken due to low self-worth. Rosette and Chrono save her and she begins tagging along on their adventures as a junior member of the Order. She looks up to Rosette, even if everyone questions it. Unfortunately, Azmaria doesn’t get a lot of actual growth till the last three volumes of the manga. Which, doesn’t make up for her being a tool to further Rosette’s storyline. She merely there for Rosette to see herself in and for sad comical relief.

There’s a lot more characters, but really to keep this as spoiler free as I can, I’ll cut it short here. It will also make the story seem complicated and contrived, which it really, really can be.

So, upfront, the manga is far prettier than the anime. Though, even that is dated. I can’t be too harsh though, because it was good at the time. Still, the anime was too bright at times and had uneven eye to face ratio. Just poor anatomy in general at times. It also really like fanservice, which was basically non-existent in the manga, at least overt fanservice wasn’t. It had a direction it was going for that was very much a part of its time, it wanted to appeal to a certain audience. In doing so, it made it have no appeal in the current times. The animation was done by Gonzo studio, better known for their work on Samurai 7 or Full Metal Panic! It also was just unkind to hair and the details that became so beautiful in the manga. On the subject of the manga, as I said, it is dated now, but holds up far better than the anime. It had far more attention to detail on the characters and really shined in the way hair moved on the pages or mouths were shaped. Like many series it became beautiful the longer it went on as a manga.

The sound of the series is a lot different, considering that the opening and ending themes are pretty beautiful and the stand out sounds of the series. Tsubasa wa Pleasure Line by Minami Kuribayashi was the theme and had an uplifting sound that showed the hopeful side of the series. Saeko Chiba’s Sayonara Solitaire was the ending them and acted as a literal building goodbye for the series and characters, the artist also was the voice of Azmaria in the Japanese release. The rest of the sound is nothing to really make a note, but was composed by Masumi Ito, known for her work on Azumanga Daioh and Scrapped Princess. The series, both English and Japanese, is not the prettiest to listen to and I would much rather recommend reading the manga. It’s actually pretty cringe worthy, considering that a majority of Rosette’s lines are fast and… Screechy. Hilary Haag voiced Rosette and is better known for her work as Satsuki Miyanoshita from Ghost Stories or Hermia from Princess Tutu. Greg Ayres played Chrono, but is better known for his voice as Kaoru Hitachiin from Ouran High School Host Club or Nagisa Hazuki from Free! Both of them worked hard and it’s clear, but the series is just very dated by the changes made to dialogue and how the characters just sound in general. Which isn’t to say the Japanese is much better, because it’s not. This is definitely a series that works best as a manga, where you can read things rather than listen.

This is a good series, I swear, just in a specific form. I fully endorse the manga where you’re going to get the original story, which frankly was much better when compared to the anime, and see it’s progression. It’s also a short read, only 8 volumes! While it’s a definitely a dated series it’s worth a look into. I’m not sure if it was popular or not, but it’s one of those series that I frequently tell people about and not many people know about it. At least not from what I’ve seen.

Overall Rating: 6.5/10

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