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Kodansha Comics Announces Fairy Tail Final Volume Celebration

The iconic manga series Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima, one of North America’s—and the world’s— all-time best-selling comics, will be releasing its final volume—Volume 63—on January 23To mark the eventFairy Tail publisher Kodansha Comics has announced #FairyTailDay celebrations at participating bookstores across the country on January 27.

On January 23, fans will have a chance to party with their fellow Fairy Tail friends “IRL” on #FairyTailDay January 27 at over 50 participating bookstores.

The first 50 fans to show up at participating stores on #FairyTailDay will receive an exclusive, full-color, 48-page, comic-book version of the final chapter of Fairy Tail. This will be the only way to get this Fairy Tail Day-exclusive chapter.

Those who show up in cosplay are eligible to win a free enamel pin. Creative types will have a shot at a pin in the “Design Your Own Guild Mark” contest. All attendees will be able to take photos in front of an exclusive Fairy Tail Day photo backdrop. Fans who hashtag #FairyTailDay on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter will also qualify for a surprise.

A list of participating locations is viewable here. Fans should check with their local stores to confirm start times.

Tokyopop Launches Konohana Kitan, Futaribeya, and Hanger in 2018

Tokyopop has announced its initial plans for moving back into Japanese manga English-language licenses with three new series.

Konohana Kitan is the first title in the publisher’s newest licenses, a slice of life fantasy story adapted into a hit anime currently streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation. Created by Sakuya Amano, Konohana Kitan is the heartwarming story of a new apprentice named Yuzu, and the other fox girls who work at a hot spring hotel called Konohatei. The staff at Konohatei live by one belief: no matter who one may truly be, no matter what, anyone who is a guest is a god. Of course, that includes you. Let the hospitality of Yuzu and the Konohatei heal your tired soul.

Also debuting is Futaribeya, a slice of life yonkoma (four-panel vertical comic strip) manga series by Yukiko. About to start her first year of high school, Sakurako Kawawa settles into her new lodgings. But when she meets her new roommate — the beautiful Kasumi Yamabuki — everything changes! From day one the responsible, level-headed Sakurako and lazy, easygoing Kasumi find themselves at odds with one another, but with their matching mugs and one bed to share, Sakurako and Kasumi’s friendship is just beginning!

The third new title is Hirotaka Kisaragi‘s Hanger, an action-packed Boys Love series set in a crime-ridden future version of Tokyo. In Neo-Tokyo, crime is rising rapidly in the wake of a new generation of super-drugs capable of enhancing the user’s physical and mental abilities. Hajime Tsukomo is a new recruit on a federal task force trained to go after these powered-up criminals. Now he must team up with Zeroichi, a so-called Hanger looking to reduce his own jail sentence in exchange for helping to take down these chemically-boosted bad guys.

​Print copies will retail for $12.99 while digitally each volume will be available for $9.99. Details on the upcoming 2018 Tokyopop manga releases are as follows:

  • Konohana Kitan with story and art by Sakuya Amano is rated Teen. Each volume is 176 pages with volume one being released 6/19/2018, volume two on 8/21/2018, volume three on 10/23/2018, and volume four on 12/4/2018.
  • Futaribeya with story and art by Yukiko is rated Teen with each volume coming in at 160 pages. The first volume will be released 9/4/2018 and second 11/16/2018.
  • Hanger with story and art by Hirotaka Kisaragi is rated Older Teen. Volume one is 192 pages and will be released 7/18/2018. Volume two is 208 pages and will be released on 9/4/2018.

Manga Monday Review: Splatoon Vol. 1

The Turf Wars have started in Inkopolis, and the team that inks the most ground will be crowned the winner! Goggles and Team Blue are ranked lower than their competitors. But with some teamwork and a touch of creativity, they might just leave their mark on this tournament!

I’ve never played the game Splatoon and really my only knowledge of it was seeing some gameplay footage when Nintendo’s Switch was announced. I picked up that it’s a video game and one that’s big on competition, where teams face off against each other to do… something. And knowing so very little I was intrigued to dive into Splatoon Vol. 1 from Sankichi Hinodeya and published by VIZ Media.

The first volume focuses on Team Blue who have entered The Turf Wars and battle out against other teams to paint areas. It’s a straightforward story we’ve seen so many times before (I’m a fan of the dance competition version) but Hinodeya focuses on a mix of humor and teamwork to make what could easily be a bland tale into something interesting.

The manga feels like it has a clear audience in mind, a younger reader who might enjoy the lessons contained within. Teamwork is the name of the game and emphasized over and over after each battle. That seems to be what puts them over the top their higher ranked opponents. There’s also the lesson to try and not pay too much attention to rankings, just go out and do your best because you never know. It’s lessons one might expect in a kids cartoon or Sesame Street and it works.

The first volume works best for that younger set but also for those that are familiar with the game. The game, I would assume based on the story, relies heavily on colors and in a black and white manga, that’s a little odd to follow. Something feels like it’s missing. The action too is a little crazy to follow at times. There’s also the characters and their changing abilities that are left open to figure out… until you get to the end. Weirdly, a chapter that explains this world and game is at the end and after reading that section everything else makes a bit more sense. If that was earlier, I might have enjoyed the volume more.

Splatoon isn’t a bad manga at all and feels like it’s aimed at a certain audience, Splatoon fans. That’s not a bad thing, but for those who aren’t familiar with the game, it leaves you a little lost in the action. By the end though, I was a bit intrigued to find out more about the video game it’s based off of and see what I’ve been missing. While the manga wasn’t totally for me, it did present a fun world where teamwork is key and that sounds like a game I might want to play.

Story: Sankichi Hinodeya Art: Sankichi Hinodeya
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

VIZ Media provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Attack on Titan x Humble Bundle to Benefit the ACLU and World Land Trust

Kodansha Comics is teaming up with Humble Bundle for the “Humble Manga Bundle: Attack on Titan Universe” bundle.

The offering amounts to over $500 worth of digital manga, or 44 complete volumes of Hajime Isayama’s monster hit manga Attack on Titan. The actual cost of the bundle is based on Humble Bundle’s unique pay-what-you-want charitable model.

The manga comes in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they can be read on computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices. Bundle buyers choose where their money goes—among Kodansha Comics, two charities, and, if they like, a third charity of their choice via the PayPal Giving Fund. If they like what Humble Bundle does, they can leave a Humble Tip too.

The bundle benefits the ACLU and World Land Trust.

This special bundle ends WEDNESDAY, January 31, 10:59 A.M. PACIFIC TIME.

Here’s what bundle buyers get with each tier:

Pay $1 or more 
Attack on Titan volumes 1-5

Pay $8 or more 
All of the above + Attack on Titan volumes 6-15 and the spinoff series:
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls volumes 1-2
Attack on Titan: No Regrets volumes 1-2

Pay $15 or more 
All of the above + Attack on Titan volumes 16-20 and the spinoff series:
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall volumes 1-11
Attack on Titan: Junior High volumes 1-4

Pay $18 or more 
All of the above + Attack on Titan volumes 21-22 and the spinoff series:
Spoof on Titan volumes 1-2
Attack on Titan Guidebook: Inside & Outside
+
The Humble Bundle exclusive never-before-released 
Attack on Titan Exclusive Artbook 
including rarely seen illustrations by Hajime Isayama and a global lineup of comics greats inspired by Attack on Titan

Manga Monday Review: Golden Kamuy Vol. 1

In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi “Immortal” Sugimoto scratches out a meager existence during the postwar gold rush on the wild frontier of Hokkaido. When he stumbles across a map to a fortune in hidden Ainu gold, he sets off on a treacherous quest to find it. But Sugimoto is not the only interested party, and everyone who knows about the gold will kill to possess it! Faced with the harsh conditions of the northern wilderness, ruthless criminals and rogue Japanese soldiers, Sugimoto will need all his skills and luck—and the help of an Ainu girl named Asirpa—to survive.

Satoru Noda‘s Golden Kamuy Vol. 1 is a fantastic debut manga volume that fills in the backstory, provides depth to characters, and delivers a solid crime story. The concept of the story is simple, a soldier attempts to find a map to a treasure that involves convicts, crooked soldiers, and a young girl to help him along. And, all of that is set upon the backdrop of the Russo-Japanese war fallout. It’s a series that crosses a whole lot of genres and pulls them off quite well.

While the story has “heist” elements to it, this first volume mainly takes place in a forest giving it a survival aspect to it all. It defies expectations in many ways and it kept me on my toes by doing so.

What’s even more interesting is its two main characters, Sugimoto and Ainu, have a lot of depth coming out of the first volume. You get a great sense of who they are, what motivates them, and their general personality. You get a backstory to them as well. That’s a hell of a lot packed into one volume and by the end you get a sense you really get these two and their dynamic.

The art by Noda is fantastic as well. There’s so much detail to everything and the juxtaposition of the nature in which a lot of the first volume takes place and the fact material wealth is the driver is fascinating. There’s an ominous feeling throughout that industrialization is right around the corner and that the encroaching technology will destroy what we’re viewing. War comes home and brings advancement and destruction.

A fantastic first volume that’s a familiar genre matched with an era you don’t see too often. An absolute must get and a great read for manga fans and those new to it.

Story: Satoru Noda Art: Satoru Noda
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

VIZ Media provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

VIZ Media Launches The New Apocalyptic Manga Series Fire Punch

VIZ Media has announced the debut of Fire Punch on January 16th.

This new dystopian thriller by creator Tatsuki Fujimoto is rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers and will be published under the VIZ Signature imprint. Volume 1 will carry a print MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN. Fire Punch also launches digitally on January 16th via viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future volumes of the series will be published on a quarterly basis.

In Fire Punch, orphaned siblings Agni and Luna, like the Ice Witch who cursed their world, are two of the “blessed,” humans who hold special abilities. However, not all who are blessed are friendly, and after another of their kind attacks Agni and decimates the orphans’ village, Agni fights to survive, vowing revenge.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we’re recovering from DC in D.C. which we’ll have lots of news out of coming in the next few days. While you wait, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Comichron – Weak December puts 2017 comic shop orders down 10%; big drop, but from a lofty perch – The chances of another up year were slim.

iO9 – Bruce Timm Wants To Make a Superman: Red Son Animated Adaptation – Yes please!

IGN – The Walking Dead Gets Season 9 Renewal and New Showrunner – Not too surprising.

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Atlas and Axis #1

The Guardian – Blankets

Geek Dad – Deadman #3

Comic Attack – Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories

Nothing But Comics – Sleepless #2

Comic Attack – Splatoon Vol. 1

Comics Bulletin – Taarna #1

Action-Packed RWBY Manga Edition Debuts From VIZ Media Next Week!

VIZ Media adds action and adventure to its publishing catalog with the release of RWBY on January 16th.

The RWBY manga is inspired by the popular online anime-style series produced by Austin, TX-based Rooster Teeth Productions. RWBY was the first western-produced anime series to be distributed in Japan. The new single-volume RWBY manga was developed in partnership with Rooster Teeth and will be published under the VIZ Signature imprint with a print MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN. The manga is illustrated by the renowned manga creator Shirow Miwa.

RWBY will also be available digitally on January 16th via viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. RWBY made its English debut in digital editions of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP.

In RWBY, the world of Remnant is filled with horrific monsters bent on the destruction of humanity. Fortunately, the kingdoms of the world have risen to combat these forces by training powerful Huntsmen and Huntresses at academies around the planet. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long are four such Huntresses in training.

New Digital Manga Titles From VIZ Media to Kick Off 2018

Readers are invited to dive into 2018 with all-new manga series! January debuts include the post-apocalyptic adventure Fire Punch and the sleek action saga RWBY. Also catch the latest new volumes for the digital-first releases of One-Punch Man Vol. 13 and Astra Lost in Space Vol. 2, as well as the not-to-be-missed series finale of Nisekoi: False Love (Vol. 25).

January Digital Manga Promotion

  • YU-GI-OH! Digital Manga Sale

Start off 2018 with discounts on the expansive collection of YU-GI-OH! titles. All YU-GI-OH! volumes, including YU-GI-OH!, YU-GI-OH!: DUELIST, and YU-GI-OH!: MILLENNIUM WORLD, will be on sale for only $4.99 each. Available through January 8th across all digital platforms.

WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Updates

Holiday Annual Subscription Sale

Don’t miss out on special holiday pricing on an annual subscription to WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP for only $19.99. The special annual subscription sale is available for a limited time only through January 15th.

Readers are invited to dive into Free Chapters of popular series in SHONEN JUMP’s free section. Check out Free Chapters.

Free chapters are available for the following series:

  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • DRAGON BALL SUPER
  • JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WAR (manga)
  • MY HERO ACADEMIA
  • MY HERO ACADEMIA: VIGILANTES
  • TOKYO GHOUL: RE
  • And More!

Notable new shojo releases for January include ANONYMOUS NOISE (Vol. 6), KIMI NI TODOKE: FROM ME TO YOU (Vol. 28), NATSUME’S BOOK OF FRIENDS (Vol. 21), and THE WATER DRAGON’S BRIDE (Vol. 4). Also catch a variety of new Shonen Jump titles such as BLUE EXORCIST (Vol. 18), HAIKYU!! (Vol. 19), and 7thGARDEN (Vol. 7). Digital exclusives for the month include BOYS OVER FLOWERS SEASON 2 (Vol. 7) and élDLIVE (Vol. 4).

Preview: Sherlock: The Great Game #6

SHERLOCK: THE GREAT GAME #6

Writer/co-creator: Mark Gatiss
Co-creator: Steven Moffat
Art: Jay.
Cover A Simon Myers
Cover B Will Brooks
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 46pp – $4.99 – On sale: January 3, 2018

FINAL ISSUE!

After an intense struggle, the Golem escapes, sparing the lives of Sherlock and John. Back at the gallery, the bomber calls, using a child as a hostage, and pressures Sherlock into proving that the suspicious painting was fake. The gallery curator admits the forgery and reveals that her accomplice is a person named Moriarty. John heads to where Andrew West’s body was discovered. Sherlock surprises him by revealing that he has been secretly investigating the case as well.Together they confront West’s fiance’s brother, and he confesses to accidentally killing him and stealing the missile plans. Sherlock retrieves the plans – however, he has no intentions of returning them to Mycroft…

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