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Preview: Sherlock: A Study in Pink #4

SHERLOCK : A STUDY IN PINK #4

Concept by: Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss
Writer: Steven Moffat
Artist: Jay.
Cover A: Yijeng Jiang
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: Simon Myers
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: September 14

Sherlock and John take to the streets of London on a breathless foot chase – but is their quarry any closer to being caught? What kind of mind does it take to baffle – and challenge – the peerless Sherlock Holmes?! The mystery deepens in the latest thrilling issue of the Sherlock manga!

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Loot Anime’s Next Theme Revealed – DEMI-HUMAN!

They walk among us. Less than human, sometimes MORE than human! The creepy. The powerful. The DEMI-HUMAN. Are you one of them… or the one that fights against them? Gear up with collectibles, home goods, apparel and more from some of your favorite monster-powered anime and manga series in the next Loot Anime box! You can pre-order it now.

Expect items from One-Punch Man, Bleach, Tokyo Ghoul, and Twin Star Exorcists!

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The Promised Neverland Joins Weekly Shonen Jump

weekly-shonen-jump-9-5-16-coverVIZ Media kicks off September with a fresh digital manga update highlighted by the latest entry in the Weekly Shonen Jump lineup as well as new additions to scores of other popular continuing titles.

Shojo and classic manga fans won’t want to miss September’s special digital sale. The Classic Shojo Beat Fantasy Sale covers entire series runs for timeless shojo fantasy titles and takes place each week throughout the month. Check in each week for the latest shojo series featured in the September sale!

Weekly Shonen Jump readers can look forward to Jump Start series, The Promised Neverland, officially joining the magazine’s lineup this month. Weekly Shonen Jump is the world’s premier manga brand and leading international weekly manga magazine.

The first three chapters of The Promised Neverland will also be available on the Weekly Shonen Jump website’s free section along with the continued serialization of Astra Lost in Space, a new science fiction survival epic from Kenta Shinohara, the creator of Sket Dance! Other series currently available in Weekly Shonen Jump’s free section include The Emperor and I, Haikyu!!, One-Punch Man, Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sahringan Legend and more!

ceres-gn01In The Promised Neverland, life at Grace Field House has been good for Emma and her fellow orphans. While the daily studying and exams they have to take are tough, their loving caretaker provides them with delicious foods and plenty of playtime. But perhaps not everything is as it seems.


VIZ Media is also celebrating classic shojo fantasy manga series throughout September! Specially curated digital sales will discount every available volume of a featured series to $4.99 each and will be available across all digital platforms for a limited time.

First up is Ceres: The Celestial Legend which has a digital sale running September 6th–12th. The sale includes volumes 1-14.

Check VIZ.com each week throughout the rest of the month for additional shojo fantasy manga titles to be featured in this month’s digital sale!

Loot Anime Episode 10 “Back to School” 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 “Back to School“! There’s lots of items for you to start the school year right!

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!

Loot Crate provided Graphic Policy with a FREE box for review.
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EE Spotlight: Great Deals on Anime and Manga Collectibles! BOGO 40% Off

This is the anime-zing sale you’ve been waiting for from Entertainment Earth! For a limited time only, buy one, get one 40% off on awe-inspiring collectibles from Great Eastern Entertainment. That’s hundreds of items discounted from Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, and others! Don’t wait – buy now and save!

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VIZ Media Plugs in With Super Mario Adventures and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

SuperMarioAdventuresVIZ Media at Otakon announced that they’re preparing to deliver two fresh doses of video game-inspired manga excitement as it announces the acquisition of the publishing rights for the classic series Super Mario Adventures, as well as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the latest manga title inspired by the beloved ‘80s-era video game title.

Super Mario Adventures is set for release in October of this year; The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is scheduled to launch in March 2017.

New VIZ Media Manga Publishing Acquisitions:

SUPER MARIO ADVENTURES · Available October 2016

Long out of print, this stunning, full-color graphic novel features a story by Kentaro Takekuma and art by Charlie Nozawa, and will become available once again for the first time in more than 20 years!! Super Mario Adventures, inspired by the bestselling Super Mario™ video game franchise, is a collection of comics that originally ran in Nintendo Power™ magazine in 1992-93.

The peril-plagued Princess Toadstool is kidnapped by the diabolical deadbeat Bowser™ but super plumbers Mario™ and Luigi™ hatch a plan with their new friend Yoshi™ to rescue her. Are the Super Mario Bros’ plans a pipe dream? Can they stop the Koopa King before he forces the Princess to be his bride?!

 

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS · Available Spring 2017

The newest series from THE Legend of Zelda manga creator Akira Himekawa continues the fantastic adventures inspired by the video game of the same name and is set for an English debut in March 2017.

Once upon a time, wizards tried to conquer the Sacred Realm of Hyrule. The Spirits of Light sealed the wizards’ power within the Shadow Crystal and banished them to the Twilight Realm beyond the Mirror of Twilight. Now, an evil menace is trying to find Midna, Princess of the Twilight Realm, and the fragments of the Shadow Crystal to gain the power to rule over both the Twilight Realm and the World of Light.

VIZ Media also publishes the bestselling The Legend of Zelda manga series and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Preview: Sherlock: A Study in Pink #3

SHERLOCK: A STUDY IN PINK #3

Concept by: Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss
Writer: Steven Moffat
Artist: Jay.
Cover A: Jay.
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: Simon Myers
Cover D: Question No 6
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Aug 10

The three-patch problem of A Study In Pink continues to unravel, in this thrilling manga adaptation of the smash-hit SHERLOCK TV series! John is pulled into a web of deceit, as he comes face-to-face with the man who describes himself as Sherlock’s “arch-enemy” – and Sherlock sets a trap for a serial murderer!

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Loot Anime Episode 9 “Squadron” 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 “Squadron”!

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.

Loot Crate provided Graphic Policy with a FREE box for review.
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SDCC 2016: Making a Living in Manga: From Fan to Pro and Manga Publishing Pros Industry Roundtable Panels

Jamie Coville of TheComicBooks.com has posted and shared two more panels from San Diego Comic-Con 2016. Check them out below!



Making a Living in Manga: From Fan to Pro (53:31, 49mb)
[Panel Recording and Picture by Deb Aoki of MangaComicsManga.com]
It’s one thing to cosplay at a con and draw fan art, but how can you turn your passion for manga, anime, and cosplay into a real career? Get the real deal on what it takes to make the leap from fan to pro from people who know what it takes to succeed, as well as the common pitfalls to avoid. Join Lillian Diaz-Pryzbyl (head of comics, Sparkler Monthly), Christopher Butcher (director, Toronto Comic Arts Festival), Mark DeVera (publishing sales manager, VIZ Media), Misaki C. Kido (marketing director, Kodansha Advanced Media), Mari Morimoto (translator, Naruto), Marlene First (editor, VIZ Media), Erik Ko (director, Udon Entertainment) and Maria Victoria Robado (artist/letterer/ colorist, Jem) as they talk about how they turned their passion for manga, anime and cosplay into a career and what they look for when they’re hiring artists, writers and editors. Discussion and Q&A session moderated by Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Anime News Network)


Manga Publishing Pros Industry Roundtable (56:14, 51.4mb)
[Panel Recording and Picture by Deb Aoki of MangaComicsManga.com] After a few years of fading fortunes, manga publishing is catching its second wind. More manga and light novels are hitting the shelves in bookstores and comic shops, and more titles than ever are available in digital formats the same day/date as in Japan. So have things truly turned around for Japanese comics in North America? Get a taste of what’s hot, what’s not, and what’s next for manga in North America and Japan from top publishing pros, including Kurt Hassler (publisher and managing director, Yen Press), Michael Gombos (director of international publishing and licensing, Dark Horse Comics), Ben Applegate (associate director, publisher services, Penguin Random House), Erik Ko (chief of operations, Udon Entertainment) and Stu Levy (TOKYOPOP). Moderated by Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Anime News Network).

Review: Cardcaptor Sakura

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A magical girl that fights using magical cards to fight even more magical cards while also dealing with her 6th grade nonexistent love life? Well, if that isn’t a CLAMP storyline then I don’t know what is. Yes, everyone, today we’re covering CLAMP’s Cardcaptor Sakura, one of the groups most famous and influential series. It definitely shows in the group’s later work considering Tsubasa and xxxHolic, as well as the new series that follows Cardcaptor’s lead in middle school. The original manga ran from 1996 to 2000 under the Japanese publisher Kodansha and the English Publishers Madman Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics. The anime under the same name ran from 1998 to 2000 and was made by Studio Madhouse. Recently, this month actually, the sequel series Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Edition began serialization in the magazine Nakayoshi.

Now the story follows Sakura Kinomoto who accidentally releases the magic cards, called Clow Cards, across the city when she’s messing around in her basement. After this, she is chosen by the mascot character and guardian of the cards to find them. And all she wanted to do was work up the courage to confess her feelings to a boy and get by in school alongside her best friend. Along the way she goes through some over the top adventures and grows up, I guess? It’s a show that started with the monster of the week vibe before going into long arcs in the span of like 70 episodes. It’s also a genre that CLAMP had never tried out before and it shows.

The main character Sakura, as stated above, who is a ten-year-old school girl who is just too sweet to be real. She tries super hard despite struggling to understand all the magic and adventure going on around her. In the beginning of the series she pretty openly has a crush on her older brother’s best friend Yukito, this is important I swear. Altogether, Sakura isn’t really anything beyond a strong willed girl doing her best? And that’s not bad, not at all, but it feels like they never let her really be more. She’s there to smile and be sweet because the plot demands for it. She’s always trying her best and stays positive in almost every situation, which is endearing but somewhat unrealistic.

Kero or his formal name Cerberus is the mascot character who is the guardian of the Clow Cards and ends up making Sakura find them again. You’d think he’d be this cool and mature figure cause of the whole guardian thing, but he’s just… Not? Mascot character syndrome I swear. He likes eating and playing video games and is sort of annoying as most mascot characters are. He does genuinely care about Sakura though and wants to help her get the job done. In his true form he looks like a lion with wings while his fake form looks like a stuffed animal with wings.

Then there’s Tomoyo Daidouji, Sakura’s best friend. She’s a kind rich girl who grew up around maids and bodyguards. She is someone who just wants to be with Sakura forever as a friend or something more, anything really. She also ends up filming most of Sakura’s adventures while supplying cute magical girl outfits for the other to wear. She mostly does that for her own enjoyment, but she genuinely cares for Sakura and wants the other to be happy.

Finally, there’s Syaoran Li who is a lot different from the character he is in Tsubasa. In this series, Syaoran is a descendant of the creator of the Clow Cards, which makes him believe he’s the only one who should be hunting for them. This makes him initially volatile towards Sakura as he forces his way into her business and life. Along the way though, he does begin to respect her as a cardcaptor and friend. He is originally from China, but moves to Japan in response to the cards being released to gather them. Basically, he’s a mean little kid who starts to get nice because friendship fixes everything.

There’s a whole lot of other character’s but for spoiler’s sake I’ll leave them be. The one thing I will say is that CLAMP does a lot with characters here, things you’d expect and things you wouldn’t. For instance, the group really likes writing forbidden or “taboo” relationships, something that shows up in many of their series. They do this in multiple ways in Cardcaptor, some that are really interesting and beautifully done, such as the openly LGBTQ+ relationships that we can see in the background and characters who are deeply connected to Sakura. And all of this is being viewed through Sakura who loves everyone no matter how they identify. This was something that I really enjoyed about the series, that CLAMP was giving representation and showing it to a young audience and presenting the LGBTQ+ in such a positive way to said audience. Plus, they continue to do that with much of their later work, they keep giving representation in their own way and helping many young people see themselves in popular media.

But then it gets to the relationships that are actually… Really questionable? Like, very young underage girl with a 20+ teacher questionable, which they end up romanticizing. I’m not gonna get into it though, because most of these relationships or subjects don’t really appear in the anime, instead they’re mildly hinted at compared to being out and open in the manga.

Animation wise this is an older series, but it’s actually not that bad. It holds up pretty well in comparison to a lot of other series that were produced at the time. It was produced by Madhouse, known also for Chobits and One Punch Man, a company that only got better with time. I would say that it really is similar a lot of series that were produced at the same time. It has a similar line style to that of many other magical girl series being produced at the time or even series like Battle Athletes that had heavy outlines on characters. It has extremely thick lines and for the anime was very subject to the “moe blob” face. You know the one, where the mouth is a little too close to the eyes, but honestly proportion wise, compared to other CLAMP series, it’s well done. This is a visually appealing series. It’s bright and full of color. I would say that the manga seems a lot softer in art style comparatively, everything seems softer or more gentle in how it appears. Which really works with a lot of the underlying themes in the series, because the characters stay soft despite everything that is thrown at them. The manga itself was serialized in Nakayoshi then collected in 12 books by Kodansha which would then be licensed by Tokyopop here in America. I will say that the manga has gorgeous art. CLAMP does beautifully in this genre, especially when you inspect each separate Clow Card and see the detail. Which, is something compared to how lackluster the sound of the anime is.

Sound wise, the anime is a bit forgettable. I wouldn’t say any of the opening or ending music is iconic or that the voice acting is outstanding, I’ve also only seen the Japanese version. Still, the shows score was composed by Takayuki Negishi alongside Masafumi Mima. The score itself works really well for the shojo genre and is pretty to listen to. It just isn’t… That notworthy? It doesn’t have the same feel that other CLAMP scores have, at least not for me personally, but that could be because it is such a specific genre. For voice acting, like I said it’s a good, but it’s not outstanding like many people like to claim it is. Every actor does a good job, especially Sakura Tange as Sakura, who hasn’t done much other work and Motoko Kumai who plays Syaoran, know also for her work in Chobits as Sumomo and MAR as Ginta.  I haven’t seen the English dub and from what I’ve heard I don’t want to.

You see, this series was also dubbed during the day and age of localizing the character’s name and taking huge liberties with their characters. Tomoyo became Madison for instance. They got rid of a lot of things that they felt would be inappropriate or not reach the English audience. Ocean Studios did the English dub in works with the series American licensor Nelvana and actually got rid of the original musical score and replaced it with their own. There was another dub done by Omni Productions that was a lot more faithful to the Japanese version. This series was also aired out of order to appeal to male viewers more than the intended female audience. So basically, this series was butchered when it aired here in America originally and everything I’ve heard and looked up implies that the dub and editing of said dub was panned universally with how bad it was.

I would say Carcaptor is maybe worth a watch, despite anything I said above, or maybe even worth a read? I personally have only read a few chapters of the manga, after watching the entirety of the anime in like the span of two weeks, because magical girl as a genre is not my personal favorite. It is a series that tries to do a lot of fun things with the genre itself! If you like this type of storytelling or even are just looking to try something out, I would completely suggest looking into this show. I may not have enjoyed the series to its fullest, but someone else out there might adore it. What matters is that the series is fun and tries new things but remains true to CLAMP as a group of creators.

Cardcaptor Sakura: 7/10

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