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26th February 2013

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To Come to See Your Glasses Kick Butt, Kaoru Mori Style!

Yucchi, the main character of 'To Come to See', a short story about glasses in Kaoru Mori's 'Anything and Something'.

"I can see. I can see. I can see!"

To my fellow glasses wearers, have you thought about how important wearing them are to you? Despite being a target of ridicule at times, your glasses can bring out the best in you. In one of the short stories in "Kaoru Mori’s Anything and Something", we take a look at a young girl who regained her confidence after getting a pair of glasses. It comes at an interesting time where perception of people wearing glasses is changing for the better.

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Tagged: Kaoru MoriKaoru Mori Anything and Somethingmangamanga psychologypsychologypsychology of glassesYen Pressstereotypesglasses stereotypeKaoru Mori To Come to See

7th January 2013

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2013 Psychological Manga to Watch - “Are You Alice?”

Volume 1 cover to "Are You Alice?"

"We live on scraps of paper that failed to becomes stories".

2013 is here and with it comes a new variety of eccentric English-licensed manga titles to hit the shelves. One of the more alluring and psychologically intense titles to come out this summer will be "Are You Alice?" by Ikumi Katagiri and Ai Ninomiya. This is another manga that’s heavily based on the fairy tale “Alice in Wonderland”. It’s a very complex manga that will leave readers in suspense and wonder as they discover a world where life is just a game and its participants are nothing but pawns. 

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Tagged: Ai NinomiyaAlice in Wonderland mangaAre You Alice?Ikumi KatarigiYen Pressmangamanga charactermanga psychologyAlice in Wonderland

16th June 2012

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Otaku Vampires? Vampire/Ghost Love? Here Comes BLOOD LAD!

An otaku vampire helping a ghost girl come back to life? Where do I sign up for Yuki Kodama’s BLOOD LAD?

I know Yen Press is hyping up their upcoming Twilight: The Graphic Novel releases, but we need more “realistic” vampires (i.e. don’t sparkle) and Statz (the otaku vampire) looks to be one of them. Blood Lad will hit stateside in the future courtesy of Yen Press.

Yuki Kodama's Blood Lad Volume 6 cover.

I don’t know about you guys, but I got a Durarara!!! meets Blue Exorcist feel just from looking at this cover. Though the series is a dark comedy for the most part.

This title also makes me think about Vampire Knight. Female human and male vampire relations are quite the evolution of the “good girl loves bad boy” trope. A worthy topic to explore for the blog, perhaps?


Tagged: Blood LadKadokawa ComicsKadokawa ShotenStatzYen PressYuki Kodamamangamanga PV trailerotaku culturevampirescomedy manga

26th November 2011

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The 2011 Great Manga Holiday Gift Guide!

Yotsuba Koiwai is in the Christmas spirit!

It’s that time of year once again. The season of giving. Time to find out who’s been naughty or nice. Thankfully, there are a variety of manga series that appeal to folks who’ve been good all year or just a bit bad. In collaboration with the 2011 Great Manga Gift Guides, it’s time to present Manga Therapy’s 2011 Great Manga Holiday Gift Guide!

Here are a few manga titles that I feel make great gifts for readers.

Blue Exorcist Volume 1 Cover

Blue Exorcist (Volume 1-5+) by Kazue Kato, VIZ Media

Does it make sense that I have to start off with one of the hottest shonen titles in 2011? Blue Exorcist is a manga that continues the dominance of female mangaka writing shonen manga. The characterization is very well-done and the plot is original. Also, girls will fall in love with Rin and Yukio Okumura.

Fullmetal Alchemist Complete Box Set Volumes 1-27

Fullmetal Alchemist Complete Box Set (Volumes 1-27) by Hiromu Arakawa, VIZ Media

Hiromu Arakawa’s grand masterpiece in one box set. Do I really need to say anymore? FMA is arguably one of the most epic manga series ever written. This series has everything you want in a shonen manga. From start to finish, you will enjoy the journey of the Elric brothers as they show off the power & perseverance of humanity.

Drifters Volume 1 Cover

Drifters Volume 1 by Kohta Hirano, Dark Horse Comics

Time travel? Check. Historical figures? Check. Lots of violent fighting to stop evil? Check. Drifters is an interesting title that highlights how cruel people can be. Plus, it’s from the same guy who did Hellsing. The main villain also looks like a Nazgul from Lord of the Rings.

The Drops of God, Volume 1

The Drops of God Volume 1 by Tadashi Agi & Shu Okimoto, Vertical Inc.

This is for those who want to read a manga title that doesn’t focus on violence & sex. This international phenomenon has impacted reality in many ways and has received much press attention from popular media outlets. If you’re a wine enthusiast, you will LOVE this manga. For anyone else, it’s a nice change of pace from the usual manga you see everyday.

A Bride's Story, Volume 1 Cover

'A Bride's Story' Volumes 1-2 by Kaoru Mori, Yen Press

A title that has won critical acclaim in both Japan & America. The story focuses on a young lady named Amira, who marries a younger boy named Karluk in the Middle East. The artwork is gorgeous and realistic. This is a cute and fascinating title that takes a look at the structure of family and marriage.

20th Century Boys, Volume 1 Cover

20th Century Boys (Volumes 1-15+) by Naoki Urasawa, VIZ Media

One of the most suspenseful manga I have ever read, period. The Eisner Award-nominated 20th Century Boys is a title full of mystery and intrigue. If you want a title that throws crazy plot twists and you love crazy cult figures, then this is your book.

Sailor Moon Volume 1 Cover

Sailor Moon (Volumes 1-2+) by Naoko Takeuchi, Kodansha Comics

This is the female role model that all the little girls should look up to. All I can say is that it’s a good title to show to young teenage female readers interested in manga. It’s also a great history lesson for them as well as they get a chance to read one of the most influential shojou manga out there.

Princess Knight Volume 1 Cover

Princess Knight Volume 1 by Osamu Tezuka, Vertical Inc.

A gem that would help set the tone for shoujo manga. You can’t help but admire Princess Sapphire and her determination to be a hero to others. This is another influential title that I feel young female manga readers HAVE to read.

The Book of Human Insects Cover

The Book of Human Insects by Osamu Tezuka, Vertical Inc.

An intense, thought-provoking story where you see how certain people can be very manipulative towards others. The main protagonist isn’t someone you can actually root for. This title is recommended for those who love complex characters in their stories.

This is just a small sample of what I would recommend. What other manga titles do you think would make great gifts for readers? Post in the comments section below and let me know what you would give!


Tagged: mangaholiday giftsSailor MoonBlue ExorcistThe Drops of GodA Bride's StoryDriftersFullmetal Alchemist20th Century BoysKodansha ComicsVertical Inc.Yen PressVIZ MediaDark Horse ComicsThe Book of Human InsectsPrincess KnightOsamu TezukaKazue KatoHiromu ArakawaNaoko TakeuchiNaoki Urasawa

21st October 2011

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New York Comic-Con 2011 Adventure Log!

New York Comic-Con 2011 entrance on Thursday

On October 13-16, 2011, the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention landed upon New York City once again with an infusion of comic book artists, celebrities, video game developers, and of course, a LARGE number of cosplayers. New York Comic-Con 2011 managed to draw an attendance of 105,000 over the span of 4 days. A lot of things happened, so get ready for a somewhat extensive recap.

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Tagged: Kodansha ComicsNYCC 2011New York Anime FestivalNew York Comic-ConShueisha PublishingVIZ MediaYen Pressanimemangapop culture conventionsvideo gamesVertical Publishing

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