Manga News: Hunter x Hunter returns in 2018

HxH fans can rejoice because the on and off series Hunter x Hunter manga is expected to come back on January 29th. The last time we saw the manga, it was on chapter 380 and it starred Kurapika in the Dark Continent arc. The recent chapter recently stopped in August 31st. Let’s hope this stays longer in the Shonen Jump magazine. Are you guys excited for the return?

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Terrible news: Rurouni Kenshin Hokkaido Arc in hiatus because of creator’s crime!

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Don’t you hate it when you wake and you get bad news? I do and here is what is going on.

Recently announced today from Shueisha, Jump SQ will not be releasing any Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc chapters for a while. As a matter of fact, this series is going to be on indefinite hiatus! If the series is on hiatus in Japan, that means fans in America will also miss out on Kenshin.

Why you may ask?

The reason why the series is on indefinite hiatus is because it is reported by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police that the manga creator Nobuhiro Watsuki is charged for possession of child pornography. According to authorities, Watsuki had more child porn in his office and hidden away recently in October. The porn he had was in DVDs and it was about young girls in early teens. Watsuki comments about it by saying, “liked girls in late elementary school to around the second year of middle school.”

Police also found more in his home which dates back to 2015. For Watsuki’s crime, he is entailed for a year of imprisonment and has to pay a fine of 1 million yen (in USA currency it is $8,800).

Now with this said, Watsuki later expresses his deep sorrow and regrets ever doing the crime. With this crime now, it’s going to be a long time until Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc to come back.

 

Death Note All-in-One Manga Edition unboxing

Some of you may have seen my Twitter but I recently bought the entire manga collection Death Note all in one book, literally! As a way to promote the live-action Netflix film Death Note movie, Viz Media, English Company that license the manga and anime of titles like Death Note, Naruto and others, licenses and re-release the entire 12-volume of Death Note and compile it into a single book. With this book in my collection, I will talk about the interesting details of the book and I won’t spoil anything related to the story.

When you buy the book new, it has a promotional sticker attached to the plastic wrap promoting the Netflix movie. The book itself is actually encased in a protective case that helps clear away from dust and keep the pages white.

The white sleeve case displays Light with the characters in front and on the edges, it shows the Shinigami Ryuk staring at you. Once you take out the case, you get the book itself with all the pages compressed and the cross on the cover.

Here comes the meat! The book is very small compared to the other manga I own. According to the description, the manga edition has shrunk to pocket size for easy holding and make it easier than caring it like a VizBig or carrying a case of individual books. I was worried that the book was going to have transparent pages; from I heard, the 3-in-1 of the Dragon Ball manga had issues where the paper was too thin. However, the pages in the manga here wasn’t see through and it felt really fine. The binding of the book is pretty strong and durable! You can turn the page to all the way back to the book or start in the beginning and it doesn’t damage the book. I did look into the book and we do get an Epilogue chapter as promised but the took away the funny comic panels instead. One of the comic that I liked is when Ryuk asks Santa Light for a silver GameBoy Advance SP, but it didn’t show up and I think the only way to see it again is if you have the individual books or the black editions (2-in-1).

Overall, the One-in-All set is perfect for new and old fans. It helps collect the entire story and the price is reasonable. I got my book from Barnes and Noble for $28 online and that was with taxes in it. If you don’t mind having a large pocket as oppose to a manga volume, I would recommend it.

 

New Rurouni Kenshin manga joins Shonen Jump magazine

If you are like me and already subscribed to the English Weekly Shonen Jump, I got good news to tell you. It’s been announced in this week issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine that the popular and classic Shonen manga Rurouni Kenshin will be joining the magazine and it will be a new series. According to the announcement, this new series will take place after the side story Rurouni Kenshin Side Story and the protagonist will be Kenshin. The story will be focused on Hokkaido and it will consist of five arcs! The new series will begin next Monday!

 

Tokyo Ghoul manga is ending!

Announced at his Twitter and interview with Barnes and Noble, Viz manga editor Joel Enos announced that the manga Tokyo Ghoul, by Sui Ishida, will be ending. The manga’s last volume will be volume 14 and it is set to be released on August 15. You can read the interview in the hyperlink above as he mentions about his experience with working with Tokyo Ghoul in the English manga. He also mentioned he will also be working on the sequel manga Tokyo Ghoul: re and the manga is set to be released on October 17.

Joel Enos is the manga editor to the manga series Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul: re and both manga are owned by Viz.

Anime/Manga News: Jack Skellington, Kenshin, Outlaw Star and Sword Art Online?!

The Nightmare Before Christmas manga sequel!

If you like Tim Burton’s movies, you may have remember the classic Disney animated movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s been announced by manga company Tokyopop that they are planning to do a special manga sequel to the beloved 1993 movie. The sequel will be called the Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey. The story will focus on the ghost dog Zero and the story is about him getting lost in Christmas Town and Jack must go and find him. The manga will be led by DJ Milky  (pseudonym for Stu Levy and founder of Tokyopop) and the art will be from Studio DICE, they also did the manga art of Beauty and the Beast. The manga will be out in Spring 2018 with two different formats: a black-in-white pocket sized volume and full color paperback formats.

Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc

Revealed in a September issue in Japan, the upcoming manga series Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc will begin in September 4th. The protagonist will star as Kenshin yet again and the manga arc will have 5 arcs.

Outlaw Star joins Toonami

Recently announced, Toonami will be ending the anime series Ghost of the Shell and replacing the slot is the classic anime series Outlaw Star. The anime will be joining Toonami in August 19th, 2:30 a.m.

Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale gets novel sequel in Japan copies!

Remember the movie Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale? Aniplex announced that in the Japanese Limited Edition DVD/Blu-Ray copies of the movie will have a novel that takes place 8 days later after the movie written by Reki Kawahara himself and character designer abec. The novel sequel is called Sword Art Online: Cordial Code. Here is the plot synopsis:

The sequel story is set eight days after the “Ordinal Scale” incident told in the film. Kirito finally decides to retire from Ordinal Scale, and when he starts initializing the data, he receives a new message from Yuna for her desktop mascot app. Kirito automatically tries to install it and to say good-by to the AR idol, but she says, “Kirito, help me.” with mysterious gestures. Is this just a gimmick of the app, or…? To find out the truth, Kirito goes to see a man.

Currently in Japan, the movie is set to be released in September 27th for home DVDs.

NEWS: Fairy Tail Ending! One Piece port! Parasyte Tribute Manga!

Fairy Tail

Even though I haven’t started the series yet, I know that this series is popular for fans. Mangaka Hiro Mashima revealed in his 61st volume of the manga Fairy Tail that the story will be concluding 2 more volumes!

Also mentioned, Mashima also plans tp work on another new series involving new characters and new worlds.

It’s already old news, but the recent Fairy Tail movie Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry website confirmed that the manga is already in the last arc.

One Piece

Announced in the 24th issue of the Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump, the video game One Piece: Unlimited World Red be receiving a PS4 and Nintendo Switch port. The game will also be changed and titled in the name One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition. The game will include all the DLCs in it and an offline 2 player co-op. The game was originally sold in Japan November 2013 for 3DS and June 2014 for PS3, PS Vita and Wii U. The game later later got released for North America in July 14 and Europe got it in June 2014. You can read my old review here. Hopefully we get this game soon.

Parasyte

Manga publisher and license company Kodansha confirmed that they will be releasing the tribute manga to Parasyte called Neo Parayste m (in Japan it’s called Neo Kiseijū). The book is will be out to be sold in November 14 and it will collect 12 short stories done by many authors like Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail) and Akira Hiramoto (Prison School). Here is the synopsis to the original Parasyte manga:

The manga takes place in a world where alien beings called Parasites come to Earth and start taking over humans by entering in through their noses and ears and attaching themselves to their brains. One alien called Migi is only able to take over high school student Shinichi Izumi’s right arm, and is unable to control Shinichi completely. Migi and Shinichi learn to co-exist, and the two battle other Parasites who see humans only as food.

The manga even got an anime called Parasyte: the Maxim and it was licensed and dubbed for English from Sentai Filmworks.

Kingdom Hearts manga review

YenPress describes it:

After a terrible storm shatters the peace of his tropical island home, a young boy named Sora is set adrift from his world and his friends, Riku and Kairi. Meanwhile, Disney Castle is in an uproar when it is discovered that King Mickey has gone missing, leaving it up to Court Wizard Donald and Captain Goofy to find him! When Sora, in search of his friends, and Donald and Goofy, in search of their king, cross paths, their fateful encounter will change the destiny of the universe forever!

by Shiro Amano

(No Spoilers)

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OWLS Blog Tour: Rosario + Vampire – Colorful Love

“Colors”

“Colors” refers to people of color in anime. For this monthly topic, we will be discussing how people of color or characters of different “races” (a literal alien race) are represented in anime. Some topics we considering is the dangers of stereotyping, bi-racial characters, and the importance of racial inclusion.

In this topic, I will be talking about the importance of color in the real world and in the anime world and manga world of Akihisa Ikeda‘s series Rosario + Vampire. (I will be mostly using the manga instead)

(Might have spoilers of the series but are very minor, it cover mostly volumes 1 and 10 from the season 1 manga.) Continue reading

Anime Jungle Experience

I am going to be quick on this post. Today was my unofficial, or unhappy birthday today and for this day, my family took me on a trip to Little Tokyo. They know that I love anime and manga and my fascination on Japanese culture. Little Tokyo was an exciting place to go. In a funny way, it was like being in actual Tokyo from Japan. My family and I went to the Anime Jungle, also known as the Entertainment Hobby Shop Jungle. I went to three stores and I bought something from each one. I got my first ever Pop! figure of Kirito from Sword Art Online, two manga books of Rosario Vampire Season 2, and a Tobi mask from Naruto Shippuden.

My actual birthday is on March 28th!