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This Week at Manga Village ** 12/12/08

It’s a new week, and a new round of reviews from the Manga Village.  Charles Tan starts things with a big dose of reality with Real Volume 1 from Viz.  Alex Hoffman balances the reality with some fantasy with Stray Little Devil Volume 1 from DR Masters.  John Thomas brings a Samurai Classic back with Lone Wolf and Cub Volume 1 from Dark Horse.  Katherine Farmar wants to Close the Last Door Volume 1from DMP/June.  I check out Record of a Fallen Vampire Volume 2 from Viz.

We’ve got our weekly picks up for last minute shopping (only a week and a half left until Christmas…) and our Manga of the Month for November.  Over at Good Comics for Kids, I have my weekly All ages comics and manga list, and Esther Keller has a review of Yen Press’ only all ages title, World of Quest.

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This Week at Manga Village ** 11/28-12/5/08

Had enough of turkey leftovers and Black Friday news?  Need to shop for that manga fan in your live?  Let the Manga Villagers help you make that shopping list!  The first week features the reviews debut of our newest reviews Justin Colussy-Estes and Alex Hoffman.  But Dan Polley starts the week with Pastel Volume 12 from Del Rey Manga.  Charles Tan shows off Puri Puri Volume 6 from DR Masters.  John Thomas cuts into Black Jack Volume 2 from Vertical.  Justin Colussy-Estes isn’t bugged by Mushishi Volume 3 from Del Rey Manga.  Alex Hoffman starts the holiday weekend with Ral Ω Grad Volume 1 from Viz Media.

December starts with my review of Nightmares For Sale Volume 1 from Aurora.  Dan Polley reviews a rare science fiction title Gankutsuou: The Count of Monty Cristo Volume 1 from Del Rey Manga.  Alex Hoffman brings us a Yen Press title, Kieli Volume 1.  Katherine Farmar makes a Manga Village first with the lowest score for the BL title World’s End from DMP/June.  Justin Colussy-Estes has a different kind of horror with Hansel & Gretel from Viz Media.

We make our weekly picks for 11/26/08 and 12/04/08.  Over at Good Comics for Kids I have my picks for all ages comics for 11/26/08 and 12/04/08.  I also have a review of the Doctor Who Classics comic series, and Brigid Alverson interviews Bryce Coleman of Tokyopop about their new color manga Orange.

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This Week at Manga Village ** 11/16/08

It’s another round of reviews from the Villagers, with this week leading off in a gentile way with A Gentleman’s Kiss from Deux by Katherine Famar.  A true Gentleman needs a butler, so Charles Tan serves us a new Hayate Combat Butler Volume 8 from Viz.  And since butlers always need some little kid to look after, Dan Polley brings the cute Mao-Chan Volume 1 from Del Rey.  But where will they all live?  How about the Magic Lover’s Tower Volume 1-2 from DR Masters reviewed by me?  And who will guard the tower?  Inukami! Volume 1 of course from Seven Seas Entertainment reviewed by John Thomas.

Over in our columns, we’ve got our picks for the week, as well as our top manga for the month of October.  It was another close run again this week.  Check out what we liked.  And then over at Good Comics for Kids, I’ve have the latest All Ages list, and check out the review of Avalon: Web of Magic by Ester Keller.

This Week at Manga Village ** 10/31/08

Ha!  I’m getting a weekly done on the actually week!  Yeah, I had to take the day off from work to do it, but hey…  Actually, I took the day off for Halloween, and this is just a benefit.  But, staying in the spirit of things, we’ve got some spooky reviews for you this week!

I start out this week with another review of Yumekui Kenbun: Nightmare Inspector Volume 4 from Viz.  SCharles Tan brings another delivery from Dark Horse with Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Volume 7.  John Thomas brings some Samurai action with Afro Samurai Volume 1 from Seven Seas Entertainment.  Afros can be scary…  Then we go for some animal themed BL with Voice or Noise Volume 1 from BLU by Katherine Farmar, and LIssa Patillo makes a guest appearance with a review of Ruff Love from Deux Press.  Some people (mostly guys) think BL is scary…  So, we’ve got something scare everyone!

We do our weekly picks for this spooky halloween, and our reviewers are either going batty or dreaming of Akihabara.  But don’t be melancholy!  We wouldn’t steer you wrong!  Over at Good Comics for Kids at School Library Journal I have the kids picks for this week, as well as some Halloween picks.

This Week at Manga Village ** 10/17-10/24/08

I guess I’ll be doing this every other week from now on.  That seems to be the pattern I’m falling into.  Not intentionally mind you.  Last weekend I was sick, and spent most of it on the couch.  It just seems to be something comes up every other weekend.  I guess that’s better than every weekend.  Anyway…on to the reviews!

I start things out with a look at Togari Volume 6 from Viz.  Charles Tan checks out an older series with Warcraft: Dragon Hunt Volume 1 from Tokyopop.  Katherine Farmar goes into a Freefall Romance from DMP/June Manga.  John Thomas takes a virtual trip to Japan with The Akiba: A Manga Guide to Akihabara from Kondansha America.  Does Dan Polley object to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Case Book Volume 1 from Del Rey?  You’ll have to click the link to find out.

Week 2 starts with  Charles Tan has more football antics with Volume 21 of Eyeshield 21 from Viz.  Katherine Farmar is back with a Deux title this time with Future Lovers Volume 1.  Dan Polley spreads his wings with a look at a new Del Rey title, Papillon Volume 1.  John Thomas ends the week with an old school series rereleased by Dark Horse Comics, Astro Boy Volumes 1 & 2.  Also check out a double dose of our weekly picks for 10/15 and 10/22.

Over at Good Comics for Kids at School Library Journal, I’ve got my newest All Ages Comics and Manga List for 10/15 and 10/22.  And while it’s not strictly manga, Sabrina Fritz has reviews up of Pendragon GN Volume 1 and Korgi GN Volume 1.  Then, just in time for the spooky holiday coming up, I have a review of Cowa! from Viz.

This Week at Manga Village ** 10/3-10/10/08

I missed another week, I know, but I did have an almost good reason.  Starting in October, the Good Comics for Kids blog has moved to School Library Journal, and I had to wait for my login to start posting my weekly comic list post, which I didn’t get until late in the weekend, and then I forgot.  Anyway…

September finished with Metro Survive Volume 2 from DR Masters by me, and Cat Eyed Boy Volume 2 from Viz by Charles Tan.  October started with Wild Rock BL from DMP/June by Katherine Farmar, and John Thomas gave his own take on Cat Eyed Boy Volume 1 from Viz.

Dan Polley started this week out with Air Gear Volume 9 from Del Rey Manga.  Charles Tan got big again with the VizBIG edition of Rurouni Kenshin Volume 3 from Viz.  John Thomas continued with the gore-fest that is Gantz Volume 2 from Dark Horse Comics.  Katherine Farmar hopes you have enough time for her reivew of the BL title Not Enough Time from DMP/June.

We made our new releases picks for last week and this week.  We also picked our Manga of the Month for September.  Don’t forget that you can keep up with all our columns with this feed.  At Good Comics for Kids, we not only got a new home, but new chibis!  My first post is of course the All Ages list for 10/1.  Katherine Dacey has a review of Suihelibe! Volume 1 from CMX.  Then I’m back with the All Ages list for this week.  You can follow everything we do with this RSS feed.

This Week at Manga Village ** 9/26/08

Another week gone, and another week of reviews from the Manga Village crew!  The week starts off with a book that should have gone up last Friday, had a remembered it was International Talk Like  Pirate Day, as Charles Tan takes us back to the beginning of One Piece Volume 1 from Viz.  Just in time for it’s new release, John Thomas has the diagnosis on Black Jack Volume 1 from Vertical.  Katherine Farmar checks out a different kind of hybrid with the BL title Hybrid Child from DMP/June.  Dan Polley isn’t quite ready to give up his soul to Hell Girl Volume 3 from Del Rey.

We’ve got our weekly picks and for the first time ever I think, we are all in agreement for one title.  The September Manga of the Month may be a forgone conclusion…  At Good Comics for Kids, I’ve got the new releases for the week.  There’s also a lot of interesting roundups about the end of DC’s Minx line.  Head on over there to check them out.

This Week at Manga Village ** 9/19/08

Still behind, I know.  Sucky week last week.  Not as bad as some, but not my best either.  But, that’s why we’ve got all these wonderful diversions, right?  To distract us from our workaday lives?  So, let’s get to it!

I start the week by giving my take on a not so great title, B.O.D.Y. Volume 2 from Viz.  Katherine Farmar brings a BL smile wih Laugh Under the Sun from DMP/June Manga.  Dan Polley cooks up Kitchen Princess Volume 7 from Del Rey Manga.  John Thomas brings a little Halloween early with The Art of Hideshi Hino from Last Gasp.  (Distrubingly appropriate, don’t you think?)

As usual, we have our weekly picks, with everyone all over the place with their favorites.  Over at Good Comics for Kids, I’ve got my weekly column, All Ages Comics list, and Esther Keller has a review of a Tokyopop manga, Vidia and the Fairy Crown, part of the Disney’s Fairies line.

This Week at Manga Village ** 9/04-9/10/08

Yeah, I know, I did it again.  I missed a week.  And I’m not going to try to make any excuses.  I’m just going to go straight into the reviews.  The first week of September started off with the newest member of our Manga Village Commune, Katherine Farmar.  She’s bringing the BL with her review of Lover’s Flat from DMP/June.  Charles Tan is ready for the return of Monday Night Football with Eyeshield 21 Volume 6 from Viz.  I check out High School Debut Volume 3 from Viz.  John Thomas gets Real Volume 1 from Viz.  Dan Polley gets his ninja on with Naruto Volume 30 from Viz.  Then check out our picks for the week.  They might be a Slam Dunk, or they might not…

This week picks up with Katherine Farmar works some magic with the DMP/June title Spell.  Charles Tan doesn’t run from Cat-Eyed Boy Volume 1 from Viz, nor does Dan Polley from I, Otaku Volume 2 from Seven Seas Entertainment.  But we lose John Thomas to MPD-Psycho Volume 6 from Dark Horse.

Over in our columns, we’ve got two you have to check out!  First is our usual picks of the week.  See if you can be as “tactful” as John was about it.  Then check out our Manga of the Month for August, with a new banner by Lissa Pattillo!  We’ve spiffed things up a bit, and tightened the format.  Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

Meanwhile, over at Good Comics for Kids, I’ve got the new All Ages Comics list for 9/4/08 and 9/10/08 up for your perusal.  Sabrina Fritz also has a review up there for Bizenghast: The Novel (yes, it’s okay to read something with more text than pictures every once in a while).

This Week at Manga Village ** 8/27/08

Summer is nearly gone, kids and college students are going back to school, and Manga Village has more great reviews for you!  Btw, how do you like the full color version of the banner?  Isn’t it great?  Wouldn’t you like something just as great for your blog/website?  Then go check out Kuriosity, Lissa Patillo’s blog and help you with her college costs!

This week Charles Tan starts us out with his take on Gantz Volume 1 from Dark Horse.  I’ve got the penultimate volume of The Cain Saga, with Godchild Volume 7 from Viz.  John Thomas gives us a history lesson not just in manga, but in Japanese history and culture with Barefoot Gen Volume 1 from Last Gasp.  Dan Polley gets his geek on with I, Otaku Volume 1 from Seven Seas Entertainment.

Over in the columns, we have out weekly picks of new releases this week.  It’s a small but good week, with the smaller pubs able to get into the spotlight for a few minutes.    Over at Good Comics For Kids, I’ve also got my All Ages Comics List up, with some picks for boys.  Also check out the article by Eva Volin, school librarian, and see what she has to say about manga for the Tween set.

This Week at Manga Village ** 8/20/08

Even though it’s the dog days of August, you won’t find the Manga Village crew laying around like lazy bouts!  The week starts off with the final volume of another Viz horror manga, Uzumaki Volume 3 by Charles Tan.  I jump back a couple of volumes to review Godchild Volume 6, also from Viz.  Dan Polley takes us over to Del Rey for Gacha Gacha: The Next Revolution Volume 7.  John Thomas finishes the week with another classic in the US, Black Magic from Dark Horse.  I remember reading this when it first came out in the 80’s.  How old does that make me?

Then we’ve got our picks for the week, with an almost, but not quite unanamous vote for weekly pick.  Over at Good Comics for Kids, I’ve got the newest All Ages Comics list.  Keep the kids reading so they’re read for school!

This Week at Manga Village ** 8/15/08

It’s the end of the week (thank goodness) and time to round up the hard work our reviews did.  BTW, like the graphic at the top?  It was drawn by Lissa Patillo of Kuri-osity, a former reviewer for us, who was so kind as to not only do all the artwork for Manga Village, but has allowed us to keep using it.  Thanks Lissa!

This week starts off again with Charles Tan looking at a modern classic Rurouni Kenshin VizBIG Volume 2 from Viz.  The first two arcs really were great.  I check out a soon to be classic Sand Chronicles Volume 2 from Viz.  It really is everything it’s hyped up to be.  Dan Polley sits one out with The Wallflower Volume 16 from Del Rey.  I really need to sit down and read this series.  John Thomas comes and goes with Translucent Volume 2 from Dark Horse.  I really wouldn’t put this at age 8+ either, it’s really meant for a teen audience 12 and up.

We’ve also got our picks up for the week.  Come see which title won the hearts of two of our reviewers!  Over at Good Comics for Kids, I’ve got the newest All Ages releases as well as hyping my All Ages Manga list.  Check it out and tell me if there’s anything I can do to improve it!