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.

PR: Sweet New Manga from Shojo Beat

Maki Minami has become another of Viz Media’s go-to creators with this, her third series to be published by the Shojo Beat imprint. It’s starting up at a perfect time as well, as Voice Over! Seiyuu Academy has just ended. I don’t know if I’ll read it, since it uses the Rich-to-Poor trope that I don’t care for, but it can some times work for me, so may be I’ll at least check out the first volume.

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Weekly Top Ten – August 29, 2015

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 and Vizmanga.com 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, and some way-off analysis of the activity.

NYTBS

New York times Bestseller List for the week ending August 22, 2015

  1. Tokyo Ghoul 2Tokyo Ghoul Vol 2    
  2. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon Novel Vol 3    
  3. Monster Musume Vol 7     ↓ 1
  4. Naruto Vol 71     ↓ 1
  5. Citrus Vol 3     
  6. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1     ↓ 1
  7. Food Wars! Vol 7     ↑ 1
  8. My Hero Academia Vol 1     ↓ 5
  9. One Piece Vol 75     ↓ 5
  10. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood Vol 3     ↓ 3

Three different titles from three different publishers debut this week. Seven Seas Entertainment’s Monster Musume Vol 7 loses its hold on the top spot, but is joined by Citrus Vol 3 coming in at #5. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon Novel Vol 3 jumps in at #2 but it is also now the lone Yen Press title. Taking the top spot is Tokyo Ghoul Vol 2 in its print debut and joining the rest of the Viz Media titles which still hold on to the rest of the spots. Conspicuous by its absence is Attack on Titan Vol 1, a practical staple for months. But I wouldn’t count it out so quickly. A new Attack on Titan volume came out this week, so I think we will be seeing its return very soon.

Amazon

Amazon.com for the week ending August 29, 2015

  1. Attack on Titan v16Attack on Titan Vol 16      ↑ 3
  2. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 2     ↓ 1
  3. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1     
  4. One Punch Man Vol 1     
  5. Naruto Vol 71     ↓ 2
  6. Monster Musume Vol 7     ↓ 4
  7. Naruto Vol 72     ↓ 2
  8. One Punch Man Vol 2     
  9. Attack on Titan Vol 16 Special Edition    
  10. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 3     ↓ 2

All Attack on Titan disappeared from Amazon last week, but with the release of the newest vol 16, it goes for a double dose, as the regular release takes the top spot, and the Special Edition returns at #9. Tokyo Ghoul seems determined to prove it is as popular as Attack on Titan as it is gets all three of its volumes on the list, the last being a pre-order. One Punch Man and Naruto both get multiple volumes on the list, leaving only Monster Musume Vol 7 all alone and surrounded.

∗ = New Release
↑ = Title moved up specified # of spots
↓ = Title moved down specified # of spots
↔ = Title didn’t moved from previous week with total # of weeks
↵ = Title returned after dropping off list with total # of weeks (when available)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Volume 1-3

Once Shinji didn’t care about anything; then he found people to fight for–only to learn that he couldn’t protect them, or keep those he let into his heart from going away. As mankind tilts on the brink of the apocalyptic Third Impact, human feelings are fault lines leading to destruction and just maybe, redemption and rebirth.

Neon Genesis Evangelion 1Neon Genesis Evangelion Volume 1-3
By Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Publisher: Viz Media
Age Rating: Older Teen
Genre: Sci-Fi
Price: $19.99 USD

Neon Genesis Evangelion is an anime from the 1990s that defined a generation, and changed the mecha genre. I was never able to watch more than a few episodes of the anime, so I thought reading the manga adaptation would be a better way to go. Nope. My first instincts were correct. These first three volumes are slow and boring with a protagonist that you spend most of the time wanting to slap silly.

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This Week’s Manga: Crazy For Manga

This Week's Manga

Fairy Tail Mistral 1And I thought last week was gonna be a wallet burner! This week is nearly just as bad! Kodansha hits with a wave of titles, including a couple of new ones. The first Fairy Tail spin-off in English is finally here. Blue Mistral is a shojo that features Wendy Marvell, the 12-year-old wizard from Fairy Tail as she goes on her first solo mission. I’d pick this up just for being from Fairy Tail, but the shojo aspect just makes it all the more attractive. Also new out this week is Inuyashiki, the story of a middle-aged man who gets a new lease on life after being struck by a light from the sky. The premise sounds familiar, but look like it will be anything but. Other big hitters out this week are Attack on Titan Before the Fall, Attack on Titan, and Say I Love You. Kodansha is not pulling any punches!

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Weekly Top Ten – August 22, 2015

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 and Vizmanga.com 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, and some way-off analysis of the activity.

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Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 1

On her sixteenth birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral estate that she’s never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house and one seems to have already taken over her role!

Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 1
Demon Prince of Momochi House 1By Aya Shouoto
Publisher: Viz Media
Age Rating: Teen
Genre: Supernatural/Romance
Price: $9.99

I was really looking forward to reading the first volume of Demon Prince of Momochi House, and was lucky enough to get a friend to pick it up for me as SDCC (along with one of Viz’s con bags). I read it the same night it arrived, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. I was let down by the stale characters and a story that didn’t seem to go anywhere.

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Viz Media Adds New Yu-Gi-Oh! Series to Weekly Shonen Jump

It seems an edition of the US Weekly Shonen Jump magazine isn’t complete with a Yu-Gi-Oh manga being serialized in it. The first Yu-Gi-Oh manga was among the debut titles, and every new title was added to the magazine for most of their runs up to Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, which just ended in June. So it’s time to load up the next one.

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This Week’s Manga: Wallet Burner

This Week's Manga

Noragami 6 Well, this is a bad week for the wallet. A lot of good books are out this week, starting with Kodansha’s newest Noragami Stray God Vol 6. With this series going on a bi-monthly rotation, keeping up is going to be a little more work. Alice in the Country of Hearts returns to Seven Seas with Peter trying to woo the fair Alice in White Rabbit and Some Afternoon Tea Vol 1. They are also releasing the first volume of Bodacious Space Pirates Abyss of Hyperspace. I’ve read about this series in Otaku USA and it looks interesting. I just don’t know if it’s Buy It Now interesting.

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Neko Atsume Gets Web Manga and CDs

Neko AtsumeI’ve never denied it. I’m a crazy cat lady. I’ve grown up with cats and can barely remember a time when I didn’t have a little furball as a pet. So when tweets about the Japanese game Neko Atsume, or Cat Collecting, started appearing in my time line, I had to check it out. Calling it a game might give the wrong impression. It starts out with just a typical looking back yard, and using fish as currency, you can buy toys and better quality food to attract cats to come to your yard and play with your toys. The thing is though, you can’t be watching. You have to close or reduce the game for the cats to come. It’s sort of random who will come and when.

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PR: Viz Media Releases Ultraman Manga Reboot

Ultraman is a Japanese superhero who has been getting a lot of attention lately in the US. Crunchyroll has been streaming the older episodes and now Viz Media has licensed the manga that acts as a sequel to original TV series, to attract old and new fans alike. And it’s finally out this week!

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