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This Week at Manga Village ** 5/7/08

Come Visit Manga Village!We’ve got something old, some new, something shojo, and lots of shonen this week at Manga Village! Dan Polley starts the festivities off with Suzuka Volume 7 from Del Rey. Then Charles Tan gets a little D Gray-Man Volume 8 from Viz Media, but he seems up to the challenge. John Thomas takes us back to an oldie from Dark Horse’s past with Reiko, the Zombie Shop Volume 1, but don’t let that scare you. ‘Cause it’s time to get wild with some Wild Ones Volume 2 from Viz Media.

Over in the colums, we’ve got our picks for the week, with lots of suggestions, but only one recommendation. Hope you got your economic stimulus check, cause you’re going to need it!

Need something to keep the kids quiet so Mom has a peaceful Mother’s Day this Sunday? Then go to Good Comics for Kids and check out the new releases and picks for this week.

This Week at Manga Village ** 4/23/08

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It’s snack time at Manga Village! Our reviewers serve up some tasty titles. Come enjoy a bite, but be careful that something dark and demonic doesn’t get them first! Dan Polley has some fresh from the oven Yakitate Japan Vol. 9 from Viz. For dessert, enjoy some Honey & Clover Vol. 1 from Viz by me. From the shadows though, comes Charles Tan and the graphic novel Dark Wraith of Shannara from Del Rey. John Thomas brings My Dearest Devil Princess Vol. 2 from Broccoli Books to finish it all off.

Then come check out our weekly picks from this weeks meager releases. It wasn’t easy, but at least one publisher got a nearly unanimous endorsement from us. Make with the clicky to find out who it is!

And if you’re wondering what happened to my Kids Comics releases, I’ve moved them over to Word Balloons, the blog about kids comics and manga. You can catch all my kid comic recommendations there. This weeks list is up now.

This Week at Manga Village ** 4/9/08

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New week, new reviews! We’ve got a full compliment this week. Lissa Patillo leads off this week with a return to Nightmares for Sale Volume 2 from Aurora Publishing. Hope she kept the receipt. John Thomas takes a slight detour away from manga to get sucked into Black Hole from Pantheon. Charles Tan takes a look at a shojo omnibus from Tokyopop with Kare Kano Volume 1-3 Collection. Dan Polley gives a good licking to Mamotte! Lollipop Volume 4 from Del Rey.  And I close the book on The Guin Saga Manga: The Seven Magi Volume 3 from Vertical Inc.

We’ve also got our weekly picks from this week’s new releases, and there were a lot of good books this week, so go check out our recommendations.

This Week at Manga Village **4/2/08**

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New reviews from the crew at Manga Village are up! Starting things off, I revisit a title from Shojo Beat’s beginnings with Kaze Hikaru Volume 8 from Viz. Dan Polley has the first of two reviews as he breezes through Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time Volume 1 from Viz. Lissa Pattillo flies by Innocent Bird Volume 3 from Blu/Tokyopop. Charles Tan takes you through the Portus from Viz, and Dan Polley returns with not one but TWO volumes of Fairy Tale Volumes 1 & 2 from Del Rey!

We’ve also got our weekly picks to satisfy the Manly Manga urge to the Boy’s Love obsession, to a touch of shojo and lots of shonen in between! Come share the manga love with us!

This Week at Manga Village ** 3/26/08

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The Manga Village reviewers have been working hard this week to give you another great batch of reviews. Charles Tan starts us off with a tour of the Museum of Terror: Tomie Volume 1 from Dark Horse. John’s all packed for another delivery from Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Volume 4 also from Dark Horse. Lissa Pattillo finds out how Boys Be Volume 1 from Tokyopop. Dan Polley gets a last shot at Golgo 13 Volume 13 from Viz. And, going for the three-peat, I catch a class at Monkey High! Volume 1 from Viz.

We’ve also got our weekly picks up from everyone except for John. He’s probably off raiding Akihabara no doubt, like any good otaku. Think he’ll bring something for his wonderful editor? No, I didn’t think so either. But what we are hoping for are some great stories about his time there, so keep watching for them!

This Week at Manga Village ** 3/19/08

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Another week, and another round of reviews. What have we got? John Thomas teaches us Death Note: How to Read Vol 13 from Viz. Then Lissa Pattillo satisfys that BL desire by casting a Crimson Spell Vol 1 from Kitty Media. I blast off for one last trip to Andromeda Stories Vol 3, for the end of this sci-fi classic from Vertical, Inc. Dan Polly also takes a trip, this time to Miki Falls: Winter Vol 4 for the conclusion of the teen romance from Harper Collins Publishers. Charles Tan gets a part time job with Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol 1 from Dark Horse.

Then, we make our weekly picks from this week’s manga. It’s a smaller list, but the distribution between publishers is more even. There are still some good books coming out, including two novels translated by our reviewer John Thomas! So come get your read on with us!

This Week at Manga Village ** 3/12/08

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This week at Manga Village, we’ve got another batch of reviews for you. John Thomas is getting small with is review of Minima Volume 1 from Del Rey. Things aren’t looking so divine to Dan Polley with his review of My Heavenly Hockey Club Volume 3 also from Del Rey. Charles Tan, on the other hand, kicks it with Eyeshield 21 Volume 2 from Viz. I’d like to flip mine off though, with Volume 1 of Switch from Viz. Don’t “hulk out” until you read the review of it though.

We’ve also got our picks from the new releases this month. There’s shojo, shonen, a touch of seinen with a sprinkle of old school, and a side order of BL, so come check them out!

This Week at Manga Village ** 3/06/08

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This week we’re cooking up the sweets at Manga Village! Dan Polley is serving up some shojo with Kitchen Princess Vol. 5 from Del Rey Manga. Charles Tan is ready with a cure if you eat too much with Death Note Vol. 2 from Viz. Or you can hit the streets to work off some of that good eating with John Thomas and his review of Tekkon Kinkrete from Viz. Pass the time running with some Andromeda Stories Vol 2 from Vertical by me.

Then, check out our latest picks from the manga coming out this week. As usual, we have an all-you-can-eat buffet of picks to satisfy your manga hunger.

This Week at Manga Village ** 2/27/08

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We’ve got another week of “something for everyone” at Manga Village! For the Manly Man, Dan Polley shoots out a review of Golgo 13 Vol 12 from Viz. For some sweet shojo goodness, Lissa Pattillo goes to the Yume Kira Dream Shoppe from Viz. Charles Tan continues the horror with Uzumaki Vol 2 from Viz while John Thomas takes a flight on All Nippon Airline: Paradise at 30,000 Feet for some Yaoi comedy from Digital Manga Publishing. I’ve got some good anti-hero action in Togari Vol 5 from Viz. 4 out of 5 reviewer prefer Viz Media this week.

Over in the columns, we give our Picks for the week, and then Charles Tan explains Why he Loves Sports Manga. Come check out these and our other columns and reviews. Everyone’s welcome at Manga Village.

This Week at Manga Village ** 2/20/08

Horror, fantasy, ninjas, cars and some BL are all waiting for you at the Manga Village! This week, Charles Tan gives his take on Uzumaki Vol 1 from Viz. Dan Polley, another new addition (Yay!) brings the tale of ninjas in love with Tail of the Moon Vol 8 from Viz. Lissa Pattillo has some sweet boy lovin’ with You and Harujion from June/DMP.  Finally, it’s me with some magical land romping in Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden vol 6 from Viz.

Over in our columns, John Thomas throws his hat into the debate and asks “What is Manga?” Check it out, and then tell us what you think in the comments section. We love to get comments. Then we give our Weekly Picks in Pick ‘n’ Mix, and a little news in our new News column.

Thanks for dropping by and enjoy your stay!

This Week at Manga Village ** 2/13/08

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The latest round of reviews are up at Manga Village. As well as our usual reviewers, we’d like to welcome a new addition: Michael Aronson. He’ll be contribution articles as well as reviews.

Our reviews this week cover the spectrum of manga. We start off with some BL, Poison Cherry Drive from Kitty Media reviewed by Lissa Pattillo. Michael Aronson looks at The Astro Boy Essays from Stonebridge Press. John Thomas goes for the odd jobs with Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol. 1 from Dark Horse. Charles Tan and I get into the swordplay with Ruruoni Kenshin (VIZBig Edition) Vol. 1 from Viz, and The Guin Saga: The Seven Magi Vol. 2 from Verticle.

Then, check out our weekly picks of the new releases coming out this week. Like our reviews, our picks cover the manga spectrum. Then, check out Manga in the Philippines, and see what it’s like to be a manga lover in the Philippines.

This Week at Manga Village ** 2/06/08

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It’s time to check the results of another week at Manga Village! And in honor of Super Tuesday that just passed, we’ve got some reviews that fit political life. Charles Tan starts off with the classic political drama Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President Book One from Viz. This is definitely worth a look in light of the current campaigns. If you can find it. Do some womanizing with Lissa Pattillo’s review of Ral Omega Grad Vol 1 from Viz, and then face the conseqences with Nana Vol 8 from Viz. reviewed by me. And finally, get rid of that pesky rival with a visit from Hell Girl Vol 1 from Del Rey reviewed by John Thomas. If you’re in politics, you know you’re going to Hell anyway….

Check out what we recommend to pick up this week in our Picks ‘n’ Mix column.

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