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2016 GGNT: Manga Spotlight

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Trying to decide what books to add to a collection can be tough for librarians, especially if they are short on space and/or money. Fortunately, groups such as YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, put together lists of recommendations that libraries—and really, anybody—can use. One such list is Great Graphic Novels for Teens, a […]

My Love Story!! Volume 1

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Takeo Goda is a GIANT guy with a GIANT heart. Too bad the girls don’t want him! (They want his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his […]

Manga Publishers Expand Catalogs with New License Announcements from Anime Expo 2016


Over the Fourth of July weekend, Anime and Manga fans converged on the Los Angeles Convention Center for the 24th annual Anime Expo. While anime has been the focus of the convention, in recent years manga publishers have been coming to the more specialized event to announce their new licenses. This year, five manga publishers […]

Review: ‘Kitaro: The Birth of Kitaro’

Kitaro: The Birth of Kitaro Writer/artist: Shigeru Mizuki Drawn and Quarterly; $12.95 The signature work of the late Shigeru Mizuki, who just passed away last year, was his GeGeGe no Kitaro/Hakaba no Kitaro comic. The series originally ran from 1960 to 1969 and starred Mizuki’s own idiosyncratic reinvention of a once-popular kamishibai/paper theater character. Mizuki’s […]

March Madness Manga


The month of March has a lot going on. The first day of spring, St. Patrick’s Day, the beginning of Daylight Savings Time, and sometimes, like this year, Easter, all occur within its 31 days. For sports fans, the big event is March Madness, a basketball tournament held to determine the finalists in the NCAA […]

Review: A Silent Voice, Volume 1


A Silent Voice, Volume 1 By Yoshitoki Oima Kodansha Comics; $10.99 There’s a manga about everything, so I wasn’t surprised to learn that someone had created one to discuss bullying. And though I appreciate manga more than I am a fan of it, I was eager to read A Silent Voice and see how it […]

Review: ‘Seraph of the End,’ Vols. 1-2

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It was like the end of the world when first a virus killed all humans over the age of 13 and then vampires rose up to take over the world and enslave the last of humanity while demons hunted those the vampires missed. Yuichiro lost the only family he knew trying to escape their vampire […]

Roundtable: The Return of Fruits Basket

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Manga fans got some great news last week with the announcement that Yen Press has picked up the license for Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket, along with two of her other series, Liselotte & Witch’s Forest and Twinkle Stars. Fruits Basket was revolutionary in its time, a shoujo manga that regularly hit the best-seller lists (the […]

Kodansha Manga Now Available on OverDrive

Kodansha Advanced Media, the U.S. digital arm of Japan’s largest publisher, announced this week that it is making over 500 book from 40 different series available on OverDrive. The available titles include the best-selling Attack on Titan and the long-running Fairy Tail. “Manga and libraries have always been a great fit, because of the crossover […]

Review: Assassination Classroom Volume 1

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A powerful being with the head of a smiley face and an unknown number of tentacles blasts a hole in the moon and says he’ll do the same to the earth if humanity doesn’t stop him first. He makes a deal with the world’s leaders to become the teacher of Class 3-E from Kunugigaoka Junior […]