I’ve put my Inuyasha manga collection up on Ebay. I need to make some space, and little extra money never hurt. Here are the auctions, please check them out.
Inuyasha Volumes 1-5
Inuyasha Volumes 6-10
Inuyasha Volumes 11-15
Inuyasha Volumes 16-20
Inuyasha Volumes 21-25
Inuyasha Volumes 26-31
Or you can check out my Manga for Sale or Trade page. I’m willing to deal on multiple volumes and shipping.
Viz Media’s solicitations for October and November seemed outrageous as I went through the latest Previews. They solicited 46 volumes of manga and novels! My jaw dropped at how much they were putting out! So, I decided to break down the releases, looking at them by imprint and how much of a difference the price increase would make, if any.
Continue reading Breakin’ It Down: Viz Media
It’s another slow week for news in general, though there were some cool announcements and interesting discussions. There’s still some SDCC fallout too. That should start petering out though as NYAF starts to loom ahead.
Video Recap of Ikki Panel at SDCC
Over at the Ikki Blog, Viz has put together a nearly 4 minute recap of the Ikki panel at SDCC. It’s no the same as being there, but it’ll give you an idea of what went on. A full recording of the panel would have been much cooler though.
Continue reading This Week in Manga: 8/8-8/14/09
Pokémon Adventures Volume 1
By Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Viz Media
Age Rating: All Ages
Red doesn’t just want to train Pokémon, he wants to be their friend too. Bulbasaur and Poliwhirl seem game. But independent Pikachu won’t be so easy to win over!
What was the story about?
This story is about a 10 year old trainer named Red. He goes through many adventures.
What did you like about the story?
I loved the part when Bill was picked up by Fearow. I just couldn’t stop laughing at Mr. Director. I love the part when a Pidgey poops on Professor Oak. I think the pokemon Red chose were great because they help him.
What did you dislike about the story?
I just hate Blue for hurting the Kangaskhan and it’s young.
Would you recommend the story to kids your age? Why?
Yes, because pokemon are so loveable!
It’s been a slow week for news, part of which can be blamed on the Twitter DDOS attack Thursday and Friday. My reading list is way down too. I spent the week writing my Black Jack thesis and reading graphic novels for Good Comics for Kids Summer Reading Challenge. I should be back to reading more manga this week. Maybe.
Continue reading This Week in Manga 8/1-8/7/09
I know this is late, but SDCC threw everything off schedule. Everything will back by this week. I hope.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Otakon ran this weekend. Did you notice? There were no announcements from manga publishers, and really not a lot of announcements in general. Whoever planned for this years Otakon really blew it. Placing it between the biggest industry cons was a serious mistake. Attendance was barely changed from last years numbers. Even with this economy, AX showed a reasonable rise, and SDCC sold out at least two months sooner than last year. So it’s not that people aren’t going to the cons, they just need more time in between to replenish cash reserves. Otakon, stay in August.
Continue reading This Week in Manga 7/18-7/24/09
I’m gonna try and make this a weekly feature, rounding up the stories from the week I found most interesting from the web and twitter. Of course, I’ll be adding my own two cents with some commentary on the news items.
Anime Expo – 7/2-7/5/09
Normally associated with anime (obviously), manga pubs usually have a presence at AX, as a booth and/or panel. Though, with the tough economy, smaller pubs seem to be fleeing the crowds and expense of SDCC, in favor of a more targeted audience. Here ae some items I want to highlight.
Continue reading This Week in Manga For 7/4-7/10/09
Gimmick! Volume 3
By: Youzaburou Kanari & Kuroko Yabuguchi
Publisher: Viz Media
Age Rating: T+ (Older Teens)
Gimmick! is the story of Kohei Nagase, an up-and-coming young makeup and special effects artist who loves his work and is capable of amazingly intricate work. If you ever saw the movie F/X, starring Bryan Brown and Brian Dennehy, you get the idea. If you didn’t see it, go out, rent the movie and watch it right now. Go. I’ll wait.
This volume finishes the “Over the Rainbow” story started in the last volume, plus most of a second story, “TB Confidential” and a one-shot. There aren’t any spectacular reveals in “Over the Rainbow”, it’s obvious it was simply room that prevented it from being printed in the previous volume and it’s a bit disappointing to have waited a couple of months for what is essentially wrap-up. At least this time, “TB Confidential” ended on a cliffhanger, but I can’t help wondering why they didn’t just put the complete story into this volume and move the one-shot elsewhere?
Continue reading Brian’s Spot: Gimmick Volume 3
Gimmick! Volume 2
ByYouzaburou Kanari & Kuroko Yabuguchi
Publsiher: Viz Media
Rating: T+ (Older Teens)
Volume 2 opens with the continuation of the Alien Panic storyline, Kohei and his partner Kannazuki are hot on the trail of the criminals who tricked him into constructing a complex alien animatronic creature in the last issue. Now they’re using the prop as a diversion while they commit crimes and Kohei is none to happy about it. What’s worse, the criminals have framed Kohei for their crimes! Next, in The Mask of Del Fuego one-shot, Kohei helps a famous actor disguise himself from a stalker, only to find that she’s not the only one out to get him. Finally, in the beginning chapters of Over the Rainbow, a young woman named Mone is convinced that Kohei killed her father. He has to find the truth and discovers it’s closer than he thought.
Honestly, all I can say is if you liked the first volume, you’ll enjoy this one as well, it’s more of the same entertaining stories. Kohei comes up with an endless array of nifty gadgets and gizmos, most of them pretty over-the-top, to save his never-ending list of clients. I’ll have to admit, however, that the “oh no, the police are after me” started to run very thin as time wore on in Alien Panic. Also, I have to wonder where Kohei gets the time to create some of these masterful appliances, does he always wear a blood squib chestpiece, just on the off-chance he might get shot? Some stories are a bit long on the “ooh, ah” factor, a little short on the logic.
That’s not to say these aren’t fun, light-hearted manga, the character of Kohei is wonderful, Kannazuki is fun to read about, and seeing how they get out of the various jams is always interesting, so long as you don’t think about it too hard. Just accept that whatever happens, happens, don’t wonder why, don’t try to figure out how, it just does. If you can do that, you’ll have a good time and blow some time chuckling.