I really enjoy Matsuri Akino’s manga. Pet Shop of Horrors is what hooked me. Then I checked out the other titles by her available from Tokyopop, and I got a wonderful surprise when I read Genju no Seiza. In volume 4, Count D from Petshop of Horrors made a cameo appearance! I loved the cross over. It worked perfectly with Count D being friends with Sohki, the mythical Kirin. I really enjoy stories with shared/extended universes, as long as I can read ALL of the stories.
So now, I’m reading Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo, and I get to volume 3. The last story in the volume, Dalsegno, features a cat named Femto who comes to stay at Count D’s Pet Shop for a few days. While there, he meets another cat, a Sphynx named Amon. Count D explains to Amon who Femto is, and in that frame is the charactiture of Akino, a kappa, holding a sign saying “Please read the details in the Reisha manga series.” AHHH! There’s another Akino series in the PSoH universe?!
The full title of the series is Reikan Shouhou Kabushikigaisha, or Psychic Business Corporation. It’s about Kanenari Tokiwa, a man that deals with the spirit world. He exorcises spirits, convincing them to move on to the next world. Femto is Tokiwa’s cat.
It sounds like a great series, and I can only hope that will be licensed eventually. Perhaps when Genju no Seiza is complete, and if Tokyopopo is still around, we might see it.
I don’t hang out at Tokyopop.com anymore, but I still get all their newsletters, just to keep abreast with what’s going on. In the newest newsletter, there is a poll about e-books. Which would you prefer? Apple iphone, Sony e-Reader, Amazon Kindle, or none, reading paper books. Accompanying this in the newsletter is a video of a comparison review of the e-Reader and the Kindle. Viewing the video shows Tokyopop’s bias for the e-Reader (as that is where they have OEL manga available). The influence of this video seems to be reflected in poll, as the e-Reader has the second most votes, and most for a digital device.
I have to hand it to Tokyopop for continuing to show some support for ebooks and the e-Reader. With it’s recent problems, publishing books electronically can be a good call to keep the fanbase happy while Tokyopop struggles through these tough times. It could also help to grow ebooks, in the same way that they did with OEL. If they would keep their books updated and make them easy to get, they might just make ebooks successful.
Continue reading Tokyopop and the Sony e-Reader
“On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, Eleven Band Member Battle,”
Rin Amami has a dream of becoming a singer like his mother, but it’s an impossible dream. He has the voice of a frog. He has all but given up on his dream until a chance meeting with a new boyband, the Beatmen and their manager rekindles his hopes. He may possess the legendary Dragon Voice. He begins training with the Beatmen, his abrasive personality causing problems, but some how they keep on climbing up the charts.
Dragon Voice is a series I was late coming to, but I’m really glad I did! A “male version of Jem and the Holograms” doesn’t even come close to doing it justice. The characters have great personalities that don’t always mesh well, which only increases the fun. The situations are a little outrageous, but with some of the Tokusatsu shows that have been seen recently, could a Voice Rangers really be that far out? Dragon Voice also has one of the best volumes I’ve ever read. In volume 7, there is a big battle of the bands between three groups; The Beatmen, Privee, and Baby Naked. They are competing for the right to play at Koshien, the big High School Baseball Tournament. All three bands perform at once, with the audience deciding who’s the best throughout the show. There are twists and turns as the bands struggle to keep a lead, increasing the tension with every chapter. I was just WOW’ed by the end.
Dragon Voice has been greatly underrated by both Tokyopop and the fans. It’s a fun music based title that doesn’t take itself too seriously, so the reader can have fun with the characters. If you’re a fan of music or Tokusatsu then definitely pick this up.
Nine-tailed Fox Spirit,
Eight Dragon Priestess Guardians,
Seven Dragon Balls,
Six Girl Volleyball Team,
Five Bronze Saints!
Four Friends in Winter,
Three Siblings Cards,
Two Girls named Nana,
And a One Piece for the Pirate King.”
It’s that time of year again when ghosts and goblins come out to play. Do you want to get into the Halloween spirit, but just don’t know what to get? Well, here’s a list of manga that I’ve either read, or know something about enough to recommend (or warn you away from).
I first posted this on my Tokyopop blog, but I’m bringing here with a few updates. Well, I thought it was going to be just a few, but every time I start to think I’m done, I come up with another book! I tried to keep the books in this list to more appropriate to a Halloween theme, than just ghosts, vampires and monsters, etc. It would take forever to list ALL manga with those in it!
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Lissa of Kuriosity did some searching of Amazon for Tokyopop titles, and while she spotted some new licenses, I’m more concerned with the fates of older series. Some of my favorites that show their staying power such as Chibi Vampire and Petshop of Horrors: Tokyo appear frequently on the list. Manga based on properties such as TV, video games and Harper Collins YA novels also seem to be doing well for them as they alot as well.
But what really caught my eye was the relisting of Dragon Voice Volume 11! The final volume was cancelled from it August 2008 listing, and I thought it was gone for good. I don’t think it sold all that well, so to see it listed for a July 2009 release raises my hopes some what. I won’t have to live the rest of my life not knowing how it ends! I was also surprised to see that Lupin III: Most Wanted also appeared on the list. I didn’t think that one sold well either, but it’s got two volumes over a six month period, which appears to complete this series as well.
Perhaps then there is hope that Kindaichi Case Files might get it’s last volume? Tokyopop never officially confirmed it’s end, other than to cancel the solicitation for January 2009, and internet rumors. Perhaps the news of its death was premature? I sure do hope so. I’d rather wait a few years to get the end of my favorite titles than to see them vanish forever.
Mail Order Ninja Volume 1
Story by Joshua Elder; Art by Erich Owen
Age Rating: 8-12 (Youth)
Genre: Comedy, Action
What is the story about?
It is about Timmy ordering a ninja from a catalog named Jacques Co. Industries.
What did you like about the story?
I like the drawings. I also like the ninja. And I like the comic ad for Jacques Co. Industries.
What did you dislike about the story?
Would you recommend the story to kids your age?
Warriors: The Rise of Scourge
Written by Erin Hunter and Dan Jolley
Art by Bettina Kurkoski
Publisher: Tokyopop (Harper Collins)
Age Rating: Y (10+)
Tiny, a small kit with a loving mother and two siblings that dislike him, at one point, visited the forest. He was attacked by the patrol from Thunderclan (Tigerstar attacked him) and Bluefur pulled them away. Tiny went to the city in fear of being thrown into a river. He then stuck a dog tooth into his coller, and told a lie, which made him change his name to Scourge.
I liked this side-issue. It completely changed how I thought about Scourge. Before, I thought of him as an ugly cat with hatred but from this manga, I learn that it was his bad past that shaped him and he’s actually kind of cute.
Did I like it:
100% sure. I definitely like it, Scourge is cute, but his past shaped him into what he had become. He may be small, but he proved his littermates wrong. He killed Tigerstar nine times over and Tigerstar deserved it.
Could there be anything changed:
Nothing, not from my eyes. The manga is as good as perfect, from what I see.
Is this for children:
There is a bit of death, and some blood. As far as I’m concerned, it might be for children if they can handle cats dying.
The Mysterians Volume 1
Story by Jay Antani, Art by Matt Hentshel
Age Rating: Older Teen
My name is Vox. I am the last surviving member of an underground resistance. Our mission: Expose and destroy a vast and sinister plot to take over planet Earth. Aliens have infiltrated the Earth’s entire political, industrial, military and socio-industrial complex. They are determined to extinguish life on our planet. Since birth, the five of you were fated to receive this message. You are possessed of extraordinary abilities… Logan, you have superior strength and superhuman intuition. Leelee, no Olympian has ever had your level of agility. Jenna and Jamie, your parents knew of your telekinesis and ESP when you were still children. Tony, your intellect is off the charts. The entire world needs you. You must use your talents to join together and stop this invasion…And in doing so, the five of you will become…The Mysterians!
Science Fiction doesn’t get nearly as much love in manga as it should, but this title seems to be trying to make up for lost time, and does a pretty good job of it! Even with the fairly generic plot of “5 strangers from all walks of life coming together to save the world”, rich character development makes the difference.
Continue reading Digital Review: The Mysterians Volume 1
I just got this in my email today. I’ve been buying stuff from Deepdiscout.com ever since they were Deepdiscountdvd.com. But they’ve expanded, starting last year to include books, cds, games and even cell phones! But it’s mostly dvds I buy, with the occasional manga when the price is right.
Starting today, until 8/17/08 (Sunday, 11:59PM CST), they are having a 5-for-4 sale on select (very select) Tokyopop titles. Deep Discount already slashes their prices by 20% (on average), but there selection can be hit and miss. This sale is no different. You can get volumes 1-3 of Cherry Juice, but only volumes 1 and 5 of Bizenghast. There are only 41 titles on the list, (including quite a few Fruits Basket) but a lot of volume 1s. So, if you want to check out a series or two, this is a good way to pick up some samples cheap.
AS I promised, here are a few reviews of some Tokyopop titles. There won’t be too many more though, as they keep canceling my favorite titles. I’m down at least three titles so far, and the bad news just keeps coming… Oh well, I’ll just have to enjoy what I’ve for as long as it lasts.
Continue reading Good Witch of the West 5 and Grenadier 5