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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!

This Week At Manga Village ** 8/6/08

We’ve made a few changes at Manga Village.  First and foremost, it that you can now enjoy manga and comics reviews M-F!  You will find a new review every day.  And don’t just check the manga.  John’s been busy with some comics reviews.  So check them out while they’re hot!

This weeks starts out with Charles Tan finishing the horror title Gyo Volume 2 from Viz.  I bring some rockin’ Pirate action with One Piece Volume 18 from Viz.  John Thomas is in a daze with Ghost Talker’s Daydream Volume 1 from Dark Horse.  Dan Polley has a seasonal review of Shiki Tsukai Volume 3 from Del Rey.

Over in our columns section, we have our usual picks for the week.  Come see where our money goes.  And then there’s a new monthly feature that we’re calling Manga of the Month.  At the beginning of the month, we will vote on our favorite titles from the top scores of the previous month.  Check out our best of the best!  Then head on over to Good Comics For Kids and check out my picks for week.  It’s an all manga edition, so be there or be square!

This Week at Manga Village ** 7/16/08

The denizens of our village have harvested another batch of manga reviews for your enjoyment.  Have a seat at the Inn, order some saki.  Charles Tan brings Hayate Combat Butler Volume 7 from Viz to serve you.  Dan Polley gets a cut above with Pumpkin Scissior Volume 3 from Del Rey.  John Thomas may be a little unstable with Kujibiki Unbalance Volume 1 from Del Rey.  And I don’t mind bareing my neck for Vampire Hunter D Volume 1 from Digital Manga Publishing.

Then check the menu for our weekly picks.  You might be surprised by what we choose!  And if that still isn’t enough for you, head on over to Good Comics for Kids, to see my latest picks for All Ages Comics, and Sabrina has her picks of Web comics.  There’s lots of good stuff, so check it out!

This Week at Manga Village ** 7/3/08

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I know, I’m late again.  But holidays will do that.  Anyway, despite my slowness, the rest of the gang got their reviews up on time!  John Thomas didn’t fall to pieces and got his review of Dororo Volume 2 from Vertical out on time.  I take a walk down memory lane with High School Girls Volume 9 from DR Masters.  And Charles Tan hefts a Claymore Volume 12 for some monster fighting action from Viz.

Then, we’ve got our weekly picks up, giving you a checklist of what to by for your summer reading.  And over at Good Comics For Kids, I’ve got my latest picks for All Ages.

This Week at Manga Village ** 6/25/08

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It’s time for another update from the Village Centre and see what’s up at Manga Village.  Our reviews start off with Dan Polley cleaning up his act with The Reformed from Del Rey.  John Thomas checks out a one shot from the creator of Blade of the Immortal with Ohikkoshi from Dark Horse.  Charles Tan is running back to sports with Eyeshield 21 Volume 3 from Viz.  And, I get a late night snack from Viz’s Yumekui Kenbun: Nightmare Inspector Volume 2.  Then John has a comics craving to fill and brings us a review of the graphic novel Mouse Guard: Fall 1152.

Over in our columns, we give our picks for the week from the new releases.   And just because you can’t get enough of John, check out the interview he did for the podcast Anime Today #69, and find out what makes our John tick!

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And don’t forget to check out the Good Comics for Kids blog, where you’ll not only find my All Ages Comics list for the week, but also a review of Luz, Girl of the Knowing web comic and a preview of CrumbSnatchers.

This Week at Manga Village ** 6/18/08

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Everyone’s back for this week’s reviews and picks! Charles Tan start off, and he has seen the light and is Reborn! Volume 3 from Viz. Dan Polley gets down with a little Yozukura Quartet Volume 2 from Del Rey. I got a Love*Com Volume 6 from Viz, while John loses it with MPD-Psycho Volume 5 from Dark Horse.

We’ve got our picks for the week, and I’ve written an article on the Tokyopop situation (I know, not another one). But I did this more in a Mythbusting vein than just trying to rehash old news. And don’t forget to check out the Good Comics for Kids Blog and my new releases list for all ages comics this week.

This Week at Manga Village ** 6/11/08

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It’s a goth week at Manga Village this week, where dark side is reigning supreme (mostly). Let’s get the little ray of sunshine out of the way, with Suzuka Volume 8 from Del Rey Manga by Dan Polley. Then John Thomas starts us done the dark path with Blood+ Volume 2 from Dark Horse. I finish up the gothic horror/suspense series with the last volume of Godchild Volume 8 from Viz. Then Charles Tan takes us on a final tour of the Museum of Terror Volume 3 from Dark Horse.

Over on our columns, we have our picks for the week to lighten your wallet in Manga Village Picks ‘n Mix.

And don’t forget to check out Good Comics for Kids, where I have the weekly comics list and picks for all ages, and Katherine Dacey of Pop Culture Shock has a review of the Dark Horse series Dayan.

This Week at Manga Village ** 6/4/08

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This week manga celebrates six months of manga news, views and reviews! I can’t believe how quickly the time has passed! I hope everyone has found our reviews useful and enjoyable to read. It’s a smaller celebration this week. We start this week with John Thomas’s review of Haridama: Magic Cram School from Del Rey. Rather appropriate as it’s the end of the school year, and lots of students are probably cramming. Charles Tan then gives us a look at Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Volume 6 from Dark Horse. Then I let the dogs out with Inubaka Volume 8 from Viz. They were barking up a storm anyway.

Over in the columns, we’ve got our weekly picks. It’s shojo week with all the Viz titles as well as a few sprinkled around the other publishers. Come check out if we recommend any.

This Week at Manga Village ** 5/29/08

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Well, it’s been a tough week at the Manga Village, but still, we persevere! First, Memorial Day greeted us with the site being hacked, but it’s all patched up now, with practically no damage. But then, yours truly went and caught a nasty flu bug. Trust me, don’t want this! So, things are a little late, but still up before the end of the week!

The week starts out with Enchanter Volume 1 from Digital Manga Publishing? Was I spellbound by it?  Check out the review to find out! Revisit the Museum of Terror Volume 2 from Dark Horse with Charles Tan. Dan Polley’s on vacation this week, and John Thomas had a bout with real life, but they’ll both be back next week. There’s also our weekly picks. It’s an eclectic selection as always.

Over at Good Comics for Kids, I’ve got the newest All Ages Comics list up. Sabrina Fritz has a review of many of the All Ages comics that were available on Free Comic Book Day. Come check out what she found, and the other reviews that are up!

This Week at Manga Village ** 5/21/08

Come Visit Manga Village!There’s been some freaky weather here in Southern California this week, but nothing can stop the Manga Village crew from their appointed round of reviews! Charles Tan starts us off by teaching us Death Note: How to Read Volume 13 from Viz. Dan Polley’s gonna Gacha Gacha Next Revolution Volume 6 from Del Rey. I fly in with Fairy Cube Volume 1 from Viz. John Thomas searches the rainbow for the Color of Rage from Dark Horse.

We make our weekly picks, of course, from a list that isn’t so wallet-busting, but still has some must haves. Check it out for some Memorial Day reading. (Day off! Whoo Hoo!!!)

And for the kids, check out the All Ages Comics list at the Good Comics for Kids blog, as well as the reviews and links posted by my fellow bloggers.