All posts by Lori Henderson

Lori Henderson is the writer and reviewer for the manga blog, Manga Xanadu. She also keeps a personal blog at Fangirl Xanadu, and a writing blog at Muse of Xanadu. She contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. As the mother of two teen daughters, she needs all the escape she can get, which reading and writing about manga gives her.

The Birth of Kitaro

Our hero Kitaro inherits all the super powers of his people, and with this greedy frenemy (mostly) on his side, and some help from his father, Kitaro packs a wallop that few yokai are strong enough to survive. Will Kitaro’s inhuman strength and whip-like hair be enough to stop these powerful yokai from spreading evil across Japan? We shall see!

Shigeru Mizuki’s Kitaro: The Birth of Kitaro
By Shigeru Mizuki; Translated by Zack Davisson
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Age Rating: All Ages
Genre: Supernatural
Price: $12.95

I enjoyed the first Kitaro compilation Drawn & Quarterly released back in 2014, so I has happy to hear that they had licensed more of the series. This first volume doesn’t disappoint as it features stories from its first two years of serialization.

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PR: Viz Media’s November Digital Offerings

Viz continues to expand their digital library, and this month they are making an addition I’ve been waiting years for! Fumi Yoshinaga’s Ooku: The Inner Chamber is finally coming out digitally! I fell in love with this series when I first read it for a Manga Movable Feast, but lack of space had me wishing it was available in digital. And now it is! The entire series available so far will be released at once. That is just awesome! And just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

I’m also interested in checking out RWBY. My daughter likes it, and I like checking out things she likes. Our tastes tend to align. I’m not as excited about the Haikyuu!! Flash sale (ends tomorrow!). I thought I would like that series more than I did. I read the first two volumes and just didn’t engage with the characters much. Should I give it another volume or two?

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Is “Comics vs Manga” Relevant?

san-diego-comic-conA couple of tweets came across my Twitter timeline making some unfavorable comments about a panel at SDCC 2016; “Comics vs Manga: Which is Better.”  The panel was supposed to have a “panel of experts” in both comics and manga, and looked to compare things such as getting started, diversity, plot, sales, and fandom. I didn’t attend the panel, but I respect the commentor’s opinion. And the description of the panel didn’t make me think I should doubt them.

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This Week’s Manga: Titanic Hoops

This Week's Manga

KurokosBasketball-Omni01-3DViz Media releases all their new shonen and shojo titles this week, which includes a couple of debut titles. Kuroko’s Basketball is finally released, after months of anticipation. I didn’t think I’d be interested in this series when it was announced, but now I have to admit some curiosity about it, and will pick up a digital copy of the 2-in-1 omnibus. I don’t have the shelf space for print. I’m also curious about Yona of the Dawn, a new shojo. I’ve seen it come up a lot in my twitter feed. It’s by the creator of Mugen Spiral, NG Life, and Game x Rush, all of which had been published by Tokyopop back in the day. I wasn’t going to check it out, but knowing what she did previously, maybe I will now. There’s also the second volume of Haikyu!, and I still haven’t had a chance to read the first one! T_T

Attack on Titan 19 SEKodansha has Attack on Titan Volume 19, whose special edition includes the second part of the anime OVA No Regrets, making that a must have. There’s also the 15th volume of Say I Love You. How did that get to 15 volumes?! I am so far behind, but it has been made worse by having all my books packed up in boxes, and I don’t know where anything is! I need my bookshelves!!

PR: Viz Media Slam Dunks Another Sports Manga

I’ve enjoyed the sports manga that’s come out such as Slam Dunk and Cross Game, but none of them really struck me until recently with Yowamushi Pedal. My enjoyment of that series has me taking another look at sports manga, and this series, Kuroko’s Basketball, has a really intriguing premise and characters that has me looking forward to its debut.

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Weekly Top Ten – July 30, 2016

Weekly Top Ten Manga

Every week, the New York Times and Amazon posts the top ten bestselling books. The New York Times gets their numbers from print sales from retailers, while Amazon calculates their own numbers. Once a month the Nielsen Bookscan posts their top twenty graphic novels of which manga is included. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, along with some commentary on the activity.

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This Week’s Manga: Going Old School

This Week's Manga

Queen Emeraldas 1It’s Yen Press’ big week for releases, but it’s Kodansha who is stealing the spotlight with their release of the old school manga Queen Emeraldas. The deluxe hardback sold out at Anime Expo, and will hopefully continue to sell well, so we can get not just older titles, but also more Leji Matsumoto. I would really love an official release of Space Battleship Yamato and Space Pirate Captain Harlock!

That’s not to say Yen Press doesn’t have any titles worthy of picking up. The third volume of Fruits Basket Collector Edition comes out, and I will finally get into new material I haven’t read yet. Also out is Liselotte and the Witch’s Forest Vol 1, Takaya’s latest series. Filling the lighter side of my bookshelf is Horimiya Vol 4 and The Devil is a Part-Timer Vol 6.

Immortal Hounds 1Vertical Comics releases the first volume of a new series that sounds intriguing. Immortal Hounds is set in a world where everyone is immortal, but those few people who want their mortality back are hunted.  It’s got just the right kind of twist to draw you in. I know I want to check it out.

Weekly Top Ten – July 23, 2016

Weekly Top Ten Manga

Every week, the New York Times and Amazon posts the top ten bestselling books. The New York Times gets their numbers from print sales from retailers, while Amazon calculates their own numbers. Once a month the Nielsen Bookscan posts their top twenty graphic novels of which manga is included. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, along with some commentary on the activity.

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Bleach Manga Comes To An End – Finally

BleachVolume1TiteKubo612_fI wasn’t sold on Bleach when it was first announced, but fortunately, I had a subscription to Shonen Jump back in the day, and read the first few chapters, and was hooked. I really liked the characters and the world that Kubo had created for them.  I was a huge Bleach fan, buying the books as they came out, watching the anime, and even collecting the toys from Toynami, several sets of gashapon, and the trading cards. I loved the first arc in Soul Society.

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PR: Yen Press Joins Kadokawa’s Book Walker

It shouldn’t be any kind of surprise that Yen Press showed up on Book Walker. They have had a relationship with parent company Kadokawa for quite some time.  I just wonder why it took so long for it too happen. I would think the hold back was on the Yen Press/Hachette side, since more titles on Book Walker can only be a good thing. Well, at least they’re here now.

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PR: Viz Media at San Diego Comic Con 2016

It’s Viz’s 30th Anniversary, but they’re bringing the party to SDCC with guests, panels, and exclusives for fans to enjoy.  Highlights I wish I could go to are the Pokemon Adventures manga creators panel, the 30th Anniversary Shikishi and Retrospective Displays, and of course the exclusives! I considered the pre-release of Yona of the Dawn, but I was disappointed by the last pre-release I got, so I think the  Art of Pokemon Adventures would interest me more, just so I can get the convention bag. Cause I gotta get them all!

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Weekly Top Ten – July 16, 2016

Weekly Top Ten Manga

Every week, the New York Times and Amazon posts the top ten bestselling books. The New York Times gets their numbers from print sales from retailers, while Amazon calculates their own numbers. Once a month the Nielsen Bookscan posts their top twenty graphic novels of which manga is included. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, along with some commentary on the activity.

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