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Review: Aquarion Evol Vol. 1

It’s “Manga Monday” and we’re checking out the first volume to Aquarion Evol written by Shoji Kawamori, art by Aogiri, and published by One Peace Books.

Twelve thousand years after Genesis of Aquarion on the planet Vega, Amata Sora meets Mikono Suzushiro. Together, part of the organization Neo-DEAVA, they must defend their planet from relentless invaders attacking from Altair, a sister planet devoid of females. These two unexpected heroes, along with other young men and women, known as Elements, pilot massive robots called Aquaria, in defense of their planet, in a battle against malicious assailants trying to abduct woman from their home planet.

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Hinamatsuri Vol. 1

It’s Monday so we’re bringing you “Manga Monday” with a review of Hinamatsuri Vol. 1 from Masao Ohtake and published by One Peace Books.

Nitta is an ambitious, young member of the Ashikawa-gumi yakuza syndicate. One day, a mysterious, oval-shaped object falls out of thin air into his apartment, and suddenly changes everything! Inside of the object is an expressionless young girl named Hina. The girl has formidable telekinetic powers that she uses to threaten Nitta, forcing him to allow her to live in his apartment.

How does that all work out and is this a manga to get? Check out our video review and find out!

You can get it in comic shops now and book stores starting September 18. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Monday Manga Review: Kuma Miko Volume 1: Girl Meets Bear

kuma-mikoMachi is 14 years old and has spent her whole life in the Touhoku Mountains as a miko. Raised alongside a talking bear, Natsu, she knows nothing of modern life. But, she’s enthralled with its mysteries and determined to figure them out. Natsu attempts to prepare her for the trials and tribulations she will face entering the fast-paced city in this comical coming of age story of a backwoods girl in Japan.

Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear is a cute manga starring a young girl and a bear in a magical world. Written and art by Masume Yoshimoto, the manga series is adorable and pretty weird.

Much of this first volume is a slice of life in a way focused on Natsu who wants to escape her role and small time life for the fast-paced city. At its core, the story is a parent dealing with their rebellious teenager, but in this case the parent is a talking bear.

Filled with lore, rituals, and a spiritual world, this first volume is very Japanese and I have a feeling the more familiar with the culture and world you are, the more you’d appreciate the series and manga.

I mentioned the story is weird and there’s an odd sexual tone throughout the manga, including a story about people with bears, and a lot of sexual harassment. But, that harassment is constantly called out and it is mentioned multiple times that Natsu is underage. It’s a bit weird to read and I can only think things might flow a bit better in the original Japanese. The English translation at times is a bit stilted and some things are quite clear.

The art is lovely in a kids story sort of way. The art perfectly matches the tone of the manga’s story though nothing really stands out. Still, there’s lots of detail and the characters are very distinctive.

The first volume isn’t pulse-pounding action and that slower pace stands out. It’s not something I find regularly in the world of manga. There’s a focus on tradition here in many ways. For those interested in Japanese culture, this is a manga that might be right up your ally.

Story: Masume Yoshimoto Art: Masume Yoshimoto
Story: 6 Art: 7.70 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

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Claudio Sanchez goes Kid Crazy with Children’s Picture Book

Claudio Sanchez leaked news that he has completed a children’s picture book and it’s slated for release this fall. The book, entitled Kid Crazy and the Kilowatt King follows a young boy who thirsts for adventure in the bustling and colorful City of Ever. In the story, a robot named Denunzio Spatta Gots warns Kid of the grumpy Kilowatt King, who forces visitors to the city to sing for him. The two set sail in a car made of bread through beautiful and bizarre landscapes, passing extraordinary sights like candy bar men, robot travelers, and dancing elephants. When Kid eventually comes face to face with the curmudgony king, he decides it’s time someone teaches the rotten ruler a lesson about the power of the word, “Please.”

The 72-page book features fantastical art from newcomer Arthur Mask, and will be published through One Peace Books. A pre-order was launched today on Sanchez’s own Evil Ink Comics website, with some exclusive bundles shipping in time for the book’s October 4th street date.

Kid Crazy and the Kilowatt King

Review – Breathe Deeply

I’m still rather new to manga, so diving into Breathe Deeply, there was a bit of a hurdle getting down how to actually read it.  But, that’s on me, not this graphic novel.  Breathe Deeply is a medical thriller that’s peppered with philosophical debates about life and death and medical ethics.

A battle ensues over life and death, belief and science, ethics and progress. Two boys, Sei and Oishi, fall madly in love for Yuko. Her loss wreaks havoc in their young lives as bitter memories cease to fade and their tender hearts cling to the dream where debilitating illness disappears in the face of science. But, what would happen if they discovered all they believed was a lie? Will mercy and love prevail?

Sei and Oishi’s lives are devastated as the girl they love dies from a heart condition, which drives their lives further as they search for methods to treat heart problems.  The two compete while weaving a morally questionable world of academics and science research.  In a society that encourages organ donation, how does the idea of scientifically fixing organ issues play out?

It’s an interesting spin out of control as they both compete with each other and others.  It’s a great read and definitely isn’t the manga I’ve read in the past.

The art is beautiful and had be lingering on pages to just see all the small details I was missing.  There’s also a mix of dream sequences of the past jumbled with the scientific race of the present.

There’s enough drama here for an entire season of Greys Anatomy, E.R. or St. Elsewhere.  If you like medical dramas or just a good discussion about morality, ethics and science, I really recommend this.  A great read that got me to pause and think about my beliefs in science and fate.

Story: Yamaaki Doton Art: Yamaaki Doton Publisher: One Peace Books

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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One Peace Books Announces the Upcoming Release of Breathe Deeply

Official Press Release

One Peace Books Announces the Upcoming Release of Breathe Deeply
Breathe Deeply will be available nationwide on October 15, 2011

NEW YORK, NY – One Peace Books announces the upcoming release of Breathe Deeply (ISBN: 978-1-935548-07-2, Trade Paper, 472 pages, $16.95, Category: Graphic Fiction, available wherever fine books are sold).

Breathe Deeply begs readers to forget what they know about manga. This exhilarating piece of graphic fiction will leave the reader with no alternative but to judge it on its own merits. Award-winning manga-ka team Doton Yamazaki broke the mold when they created this controversial medical thriller, and it will break your heart every time you read it.

A battle ensues over life and death, belief and science, ethics and progress. Two boys, Sei and Oishi, fall madly in love for Yuko. Her loss wreaks havoc in their young lives as bitter memories cease to fade and their tender hearts cling to the dream where debilitating illness disappears in the face of science. But, what would happen if they discovered all they believed was a lie? Will mercy and love prevail?

This exhilarating masterpiece of graphic fiction will force you to forget what you know about manga.

Doton Yamaaki is the name for a husband and wife storytelling team. Together they have won numerous awards for graphic fiction, including the Chiba Tetsuya Young Dept. Award and the Japanese Manga Open’s Watase Seizou Award. Their work has been serialized in numerous magazines, including Mister Magazine, Morning, and Kindai Mahjong Gold. This is their first work to be translated into English.

A best seller in Japan, Breathe Deeply will be released in the United States on October 15, 2011.

Based in New York, One Peace Books (www.onepeacebooks.com) specializes in publishing visually compelling motivational literature. One Peace Books endeavors to publish literature for global readership and is committed to its core belief that quality literature should not be limited by borders or race, but should reach people all over the world.