Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi Volume 1

In the curious town of Utsuwa, where spirits know as ayakashi roam, lives Yue, a sheltered boy born and raised at the local shrine. On the night of the winter festival, Yue descends the mountain for the first time and encounters two boys. Though Yue wants nothing more than to become friends with his new acquaintances, Mikoto, the master of the shrine who rules over Utsuwa, declares that Yue must choose one of the boys as his “Meal”! Faced with this incomprehensible decision, what will Yue do?!

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PR: Viz Media Releases a Hunter of a Different Kind

While Monster Hunter is a well-known franchise in video game circles, it’s certainly not unknown to manga readers. We were given a taste of the franchise when Kodansha published the 4 volume series Monster Hunter Orage by Hiro Mashima, the creator of Fairy Tail. Now Viz is taking it from taste to full meal with the licenses of this 10 volume series. I enjoyed Orage and the world, so I’m looking forward to the debut of this series.

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Weekly Top Ten – March 19, 2016

Weekly Top Ten Manga

Every week, the New York Times and Amazon posts the top ten bestselling books. The New York Times gets their numbers from print sales from retailers, while Amazon calculates their own numbers. Once a month the Nielsen Bookscan posts their top twenty graphic novels of which manga is included. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, along with some commentary on the activity.

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This Week’s Manga: Ronpa For All

This Week's MangaIt seems Diamond Distributors finally found their shipment of Viz Media manga. It’s about f-ing time. But this of course makes things more difficult for the direct market buyer as there are some really good titles coming from other publishers, so those on a tight budget will have some hard choices to make.

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PR: Goodnight Punpun Launches from Viz Media

Judging by the reaction from social media after it was announced, Goodnight Punpun is something readers have been waiting licensed in the West for a while. It appears to be a polarizing title that readers will either love or hate. But Viz Media really deserves credit for picking up the series that has a Mature rating, and deals with serious issues as a coming of age story that doesn’t guarantee a happy ending.

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Weekly Top Ten – March 12, 2016

Weekly Top Ten Manga

Every week, the New York Times and Amazon posts the top ten bestselling books. The New York Times gets their numbers from print sales from retailers, while Amazon calculates their own numbers. Once a month the Nielsen Bookscan posts their top twenty graphic novels of which manga is included. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, along with some commentary on the activity.

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This Week’s Manga: Slim Pickings

This Week's Manga

Diamond Distributors is really sticking it to Viz Media. This is the second week of no titles from the publisher coming through the Direct Market. Viz releases their shonen and shojo titles on the first Tuesday of the month, which was last week. This week rolls around, and it is as sparse as green is in California lawns.  Maybe next week will be better.

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PR: Publication of Legend of the Galactic Heroes Finally Begins

As an old-time anime fan, Legend of the Galactic Heroes is a series often spoken about, but chances of an English release seemed slim. Space operas about military and political intrigue doesn’t seem like something that would appeal to anime and manga fans. But with light novels on the rise, and a very vocal US fan base, Viz Media has heard and the series will finally be out this week. Even more exciting, is the release of an audio book version, so even if you can’t look at the page, you can still be reading this amazing series.

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