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My Hero Academia – The Dawn Of A New Era For Shonen Jump

Throughout our childhood we’re told time and time again to enjoy it while we can. As teenagers, as school students, as growing human beings we’re once again told to enjoy every single moment. All the while it’s drilled into our heads that, once we become adults, we’ll only be left with a longing for the type of life we lead as young men and women. That’s possibly why nostalgia is such a power feeling. For many of you reading this article and definitely for us writing this article, the early days of our adolescence were spent enthralled by things like Anime or Manga. A possible memory burned into the minds of those people is that of waiting for a new issue of Weekly Shonen jump or the latest volume of your favorite Manga to be released. Back then it seemed as though all that mattered was what happened to Naruto next or how Ichigo Kurosaki (“Bleach”) was going to defeat the next Hollow. It turns out that what our parents said was entirely true; that, as adults, …

LBX: Little Battlers Experience Volume 1 Review

It’s zoids but not really. It’s crush gear without the wheels. It’s Little Battlers Experience, the latest craze to sweep the children of Japan by storm. Stop me if this sounds familiar to you. Because boy oh boy is this a familiar ride. If you’ve ever read a kids shonen manga or watched a shonen anime, you’ve likely seen something like this before. But you know what? That’s alright because Little Battlers Experience or LBX for short is actually pretty fun. Like many kids shonen manga before it, Little Battlers Experience revolves around a world that revolves around a children’s game and the toys involved in it. Even the evil criminal organizations are obsessed with LBX and love to LBX battle in order to solve all disputes. But in the world of kids shonen, that is just par for the course and LBX is no exception to the rule. LBX follows Van Yamano a young boy whose father who went missing after a mysterious LBX incident on a plane to an LBX event. Van seeks …

World Trigger Volume Three – Review

The world is in constant danger of a “Neighbour” attack. The last time the “Neighbours” got a full chance to wreak havoc in the realm of the humans, many people perished. That’s why a little government-run organisation called “Border” was established: To develop an army of capable soldiers, each trained to take on and despatch the other-worldly forces before they get a chance to, once again, claim the lives of the innocent. There’s a problem, though. I huge one. One that will soon come to prove detrimental to the well-being of our dimension, and one that happens to be the the fault of those who’re supposed to be defending us. What first entered my life as a terrible Anime series has quickly become one of my favorite contemporary Manga titles and without the support of Madman Entertainment who has provided us with review copies I would have never gotten the chance to experience “World Trigger”, so to them I say “thank you”, and to you out there I say “let’s get on with this review”! …

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume 3 Review

Vampires, Demons, Cursed Gear, Horsemen. With these powerhouses of fiction failing miserably at any form of co-existence, one would not be remiss to expect a series of conflicts to permeate the world. Why, one might even say the situation is down right apocalyptic. Who are we kidding? It is most assuredly that. The world, as we the reading audience know it, is over and chaos reigns. But, as we the reading audience also know it, villainy does not often prosper in a world where the good guys can tentatively tame demons. Sure it might not be the cleanest solution, but when has that ever been the most fun? Grab your stylish threads and inconceivably powerful weapon on the way through because you’ve just been promoted to Moon Demon Company. Well Yu and friends have at least. Now fully fledged soldiers and gearing to kick some serious blood-sucker hide, the recently established Shinoa Squad is responsibly amped about their first mission. However, as we are so thoughtfully told, Moon Demon Company works in groups of five, …

Assassination Classroom Volume One – Review

Yeah, I’ll admit it; I sometimes miss my high school days. I do, I do. I hate saying so though, especially because my Mother would always lecture me on the importance of enjoying my experience there while I could. It’s funny, she never spoke to me about anything regarding academic excellence. She always pushed me further into the things that I loved but never forced me to do anything I didn’t have even a shred of enjoyment doing. Maybe that’s why I decided early on that I was going to be a comedian, or that I was going to be a writer, or that I was going to be a graphic novelist. I was never given the spiel about being a doctor or a lawyer because, to her, what is important isn’t money or status but happiness. Amazingly, there were only a few teachers in my time that ever preached the same way of thinking; that doing something you love is ultimately more rewarding than being at the top of your class or on the very last …

Kodansha Launching New Manga Magazine About Rage

Kodansha have just made a major announced a brand new magazine will be joining their line-up. The new magazine is to be titled Shonen Magazine R and will apparently feature stories focused on the theme of ‘Rage’, hence the R in the magazine title. So given the theme of ‘Rage’ being the central focus on the magazine are we to expect a full magazine of Eren Jaegar yelling at things? Only time will tell. The magazine is scheduled to be released on the 20th of every even numbered month (how’s that for a complicated release schedule?) with the first issue due to be released on the 13th of February. Okay then. So who’s ready for a wholesome helping of rage? -30-

“Terra Formars” Live-Action Film To Be Directed By Takashi Miike

There’s always a huge worry when it comes to live-action film adaptations of your favorite Anime or Manga and it usually lies in who it is that’s decided to spearhead development. An unfit director could mean the death of a film and it strikes at the hearts of all the series’ fans. It looks as though “Terra Formars” will not be causing too much distress with its live-action adaptation (which has just been green-lit) because the man behind it all will be none other than Takashi Miike. Yes, Takashi Miike, possibly one of the best directors, period, but also one of the most suited to adapt a story like “Terra Formars”. He is, without a doubt, my favorite Japanese director and with films like “Crows Zero”, “Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney”, “Tokyo Tribe, and “Ichi The Killer” under his belt, I can imagine most of you reading this love his work too. As far as detailed information goes; there really isn’t any. The announcement in Shueisha’s Young Jump magazine stated only that the film has been green-lit …

Three Idiots Play: The Attack On Titan Tribute Game

What happens when you put three idiots into a situation they THINK they can do well in but, realistically speaking, they have absolutely no chance at survival? You get this video. Luke, Frank and Kane decide it’s time to take on the destructive force of an army of Titans in the “Attack On Titan” tribute game which, while unofficial and full of bugs, is still one hell of an entertaining web game. Watch as these three buffoons live, die and repeat…well, maybe just die and repeat. There’s not a lot of “living” that goes on in this video. What starts off as a simple competition to see who the greatest Titan killer is quickly turns into a fight for the sake of humanity as the boys ditch the silly contention once they realise the world is in a whole bunch of danger. Watch as we glitch through Titan faces and even sometimes the game itself while we do our best to survive the harsh wasteland that is “Attack On Titan”. If you want to play …

Pluto Volume 3 Review

Pluto has been on my mind for weeks. After reading the heart-stopping third volume, I was left awestruck. What could I possibly hope to say that could do this justice? How could I possibly convey the thoughts racing through my head? How could I ever critically assess this masterpiece? It is a task that has rolled around in my mind as I dragged my feet on putting this piece together. As I sat pondering Urasawa’s genius manga, a familiar song began to sound from my radio. Suddenly it hit me, this is what Pluto is really all about. “Love and hate, get it wrong, She cut me right back down to size, Sleep the day, let it fade, Who was there to take your place? No one knows, never will, Mostly me and mostly you. What do you say? What do you do, when it all comes down?” – Gavin Rossdale (Comedown by Bush) So what does it all mean? To cut a long story short, Pluto is an epic exploration of existentialism and the things …

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – Luffy, Law, Doflamingo, Fujitora Gameplay Videos Released

Yo! By now you surely know that there’s another “One Piece” video game on the way right? Of course! The third in the series of “Pirate Warriors” brawlers is set for a release in both Japan and the West this year, and the Publishers of the upcoming title Bandai Namco Games have just released another set of gameplay trailers that each focus on a different character. This isn’t strange for Bandai Namco Games who are constantly giving the pop culture world pieces of pre-release media like screenshots and videos. “Pirate Warriors 3” will feature the same gameplay mechanics fans of the series have come to know and love but, for the sake of those who HAVE played all the games in the series, it will also feature some updated features so that the game doesn’t come across as boring. With a whole new character roster and some awesome-looking graphics, it’s a little hard to pass up what will hopefully be the best “One Piece” video game to date. There is no specific Western release date …

Take On Titans In The New “MapleStory” Collaboration Event

You know, back when I was a little younger I used to love Nexon’s “MapleStory”. I’d get up early before school, log on to my parent’s computer and quietly play as much as I could of what is apparently one of the most addictive games around. Even though I no longer play “MapleStory” I still love seeing new updates to the game and the latest is something I think Anime fans in general are really going to dig. “MapleStory” isn’t any stranger to Anime collaborations: The art style is clearly inspired by the pop culture juggernaut and, in the past, they’ve even come together with series’ like “Sword Art Online”. Well the latest Anime to infiltrate the world of “Maple Story” is none other than “Attack On Titan”; possibly one of the Anime worlds most favoured contemporary Animes. In this new event players are given the opportunity to show just how good or bad they’d work in the world of “Attack On Titan” as they team up with the characters from the much-loved series. Take …

VAGABOND (VIZBIG EDITION): VOLUME FOUR – REVIEW

With every new volume of “Vagabond” comes another lesson about combat and about life, as well as a very happy Frank Inglese because recently “Vagabond” has quickly become one of my favorite Manga titles of all time. Based on the true-to-life story of Miyamoto Musashi, “Vagabond” follows the young warrior on his way to worldwide supremacy as history’s greatest master of the sword. From the battle of Sekigahara all the way up until his death, famed Mangaka Takehiko Inoue takes us on a visual journey through the blood-filled times of an ancient Japan and thanks to Madman Entertainment I’ve, once again, been given the chance to review the latest volume. It’s quite funny: People constantly complain about the monotony of repetition. It’s usually a huge issue with video games but you come across this time and time again when it comes to things like Anime and Manga too. Every volume of “Vagabond” is, at its most basic, about Miyamoto Musashi going to fight another school. It’s seemingly very simple but what’s amazing is that it is …

20th Century Boys Volume 3 Review

In its third volume 20th Century Boys has gone all in. The stage was set in volumes 1 and 2 and now the show has truly begun. After all the build up and moving pieces into place, this explosive volume brings us more closer than ever to the cult of Friends and their enigmatic figurehead. As Kenji dives deeper into this mystery he finds himself more and more deeply entangled within it. So much so that a childhood story created by the boys winds up being a prophecy of sorts, leaving Kenji racking his brain to remember what comes next. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, Naoki Urasawa is a special kind of genius. The way he adds layer upon layer to this tale all the while peeling layers back is a work of art. In only three volumes this is undoubtedly one of the most complex intellectual manga series I have ever read. The detail and incredible story-telling structure of the series is bar none an is a testament to why …

Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth – Side:P3 and Side:P4 Manga Series’ Announced

Just incase you thought the world doesn’t have enough “Persona” media floating around. At the end of last year the crossover RPG title “Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth” was released and the “Persona” fandom went absolutely ballistic. Finally the two most popular instalments of the series have been brought together for one hardcore romp through the fields of fan service. Featuring a whole bunch of awesome characters alongside some interestingly old-school gameplay mechanics, “Persona Q” was a hit! Not that anyone thought it wasn’t going to be. It’s pretty much guaranteed, at this point in time, that if a “Persona” game gets released people are going to like it. Now, much like the rest of the video game series, “Persona Q” will be getting it’s very own Manga series. No, actually, it will be getting TWO new Manga series: One for Persona 3 and one for Persona 4. The assumption is that, although separated, the Mangas will still follow the story of “Q” rather than the individual stories of “Persona 3” and “Persona 4” that …

World Trigger Volume Two – Review

  Here we are at “World Trigger” volume two. My likes and dislikes are, surprisingly enough, divided by pretty simple guidelines: Give me something that piques my imagination and allows me to escape just as much into my own head as into the world of the story I’m reading, watching or playing and it gets an everlasting spot in my “Like” list. Give me something that is one-dimensional, ill-explained and overall boring, and I’ll simply forget it which, in turn, will land it on my “Dislike” list. “World Trigger” I never thought would be a series I’d continue reading. In fact, I never even thought about picking it up until Madman Entertainment offered it to us but here I am, onto volume two and before I’ve even finished I’m already in the mood for more. Like any other Manga series, volume two continues directly off of volume one so I’d suggest you read the first before moving on, or at least read my review of volume one of which you can find by Clicking Here. …

World Trigger Volume One – Review

It’s been a very long time since I last read a Manga by famed publisher Shonen Jump. I used to be a huge fan back in my teen years which, coincidentally, is the target demographic for Shonen Manga’s like “Bleach” and “Naruto” but as I continued to grow, my love for these series’ began to dwindle. This is why I found myself in a very odd place when Madman Entertainment reached out to us an offered a copy of “World Trigger” volume one. For some reason I figuratively lunged at the chance to review a contemporary Shonen Manga despite my dislike for the recently-aired Anime adaptation and for the Shonen genre as a whole. Something deep within forced me onto “World Trigger” and, for the life of me, I cannot figure out just what it was. I just hope doing so doesn’t lead me down a path of review copies I can’t even stand to pick up…but Madman hasn’t let me down before so I’m hoping they won’t start now with “World Trigger”. (Written before …

Next Naruto Project To Begin In The August Of 2015

Let’s be honest, Japanese citizen or not you are very much aware that “The Last: Naruto The Movie” began its theatrical run in Japan over the weekend and, whether or not you’ve found a way to watch it, you’re immeasurably existed that somewhere in the world someone has. This is the calibre of the “Naruto” fandom; a mass of crazy fanatics with enough power to bring down OTHER fandoms. Thanks to Marvel films, the world has now been conditioned to stay until the very end of the credits to nab a sneak peak of the next project to come which makes me hate going to see movies with fellow SnapThirty writer Kane Bugeja because we could be seeing a re-release of the movie “Love Actually” and he’d make us wait all the way until the end to see if something happens…not that we’d be going to see it or anything. Well those who went to go see “The Last: Naruto The Movie” this weekend were delivered a little message after the film that stated the …

Vagabond (Vizbig Edition): Volume Three – Review

  “If you wish to control others you must first control yourself”, an excerpt from Miyamoto Musashi’s “The Book Of Five Rings”. With every new volume of “Vagabond” comes another lesson about combat and about life, as well as a very happy Frank Inglese because recently “Vagabond” has quickly become one of my favorite Manga titles of all time. Based on the true-to-life story of Miyamoto Musashi, “Vagabond” follows the young warrior on his way to worldwide supremacy as history’s greatest master of the sword. From the battle of Sekigahara all the way up until his death, famed Mangaka Takehiko Inoue takes us on a visual journey through the blood-filled times of an ancient Japan and thanks to Madman Entertainment I’ve, once again, been given the chance to review the latest volume. Musashi suffers a humiliating defeat against Inshun, the second-generation master of Hozoin Temple. To prepare for a rematch, Musashi undertakes an intense spiritual and physical training regimen with a most unlikely teacher – Inshun’s predecessor, the founder of the Hozoin Spear Technique. To …

Time Killers: Kazue Kato Short Story Collection – Review

You know, reader, I really like the Manga “Blue Exorcist”. Actually I moreso like the lady behind “Blue Exorcist”. A Mangaka named “Kazue Kato” who, like anyone in some sort of artistic spotlight, started on her career a very long time ago but only in the last decade or so gained mainstream success. This is the plight of all who want to do something creative for a living. Singers, musicians, artists, film makers, actors, each of these careers follows a long and arduous road that many never reach the end of. Kazue Kato has reached that end with her Manga “Blue Exorcist” but has decided it is about time she shows her fans exactly where it was she started and she’s doing it with one of Madman Entertainment’s more recent Manga releases; “Time Killers: Kazue Kato Short Story Collection”. Thanks to the Australian Anime and Manga distributor, we’ve been given the chance to experience the life of a Mangaka from her first concept all the way up until the one that eventually lead to her …

Terra Formars Volume Two – Review

For weeks now I’ve had a bad taste in my mouth thanks to the appalling Anime adaptation of a Manga I find myself very exciting to continue reading; “Terra Formars”. Riddled with censorship, the Anime has so far only worked to diminish what positive popularity the Manga had built. This hasn’t stopped me from wanting to continue the Manga, though. If anything, it has made me want to read the Manga even more with the hopes that it will explain more and show all the things the Anime refused to and thanks to our friends as Madman Entertainment I’ll be able to keep reading the Manga completely for free! Though…from what I’ve read so far, I would have no problems at all paying full price for every new release. Volume two marks the beginning of a whole new generation of characters and the third crew to be sent off to Mars. This time, though, they know what’s up there waiting for them and they’ve made some pretty serious preparations to avoid the slaughter that occurred …

Pluto Volume 2 Review

Pluto continues to amaze with a fantastic second volume of manga following on from the shocking events of volume one. As the body count continues to rise, Gisecht turns to a familiar face for assistance in his investigation. The case grows more and more difficult as questions outweigh answers and Gisecht discovers that robot memory may not be infallible. It goes without saying that Urasawa is a brilliant mangaka, but having the incredible source material of ‘The World’s Strongest Robot’ arc from the original Astro Boy does go along way. The magic of Tezuka’s original translates incredibly well into Urasawa’s distinctive gritty style. What I find most compelling however is the way that Urasawa takes Tezuka’s work and gives it a new perspective. His look into this world where robots and humans must coexist is utterly tantalizing. This volume focuses in on the notion that what makes humans primarily different from robots is their ability to forget. What is most interesting about this idea is that Pluto immediately proceeds to break that idea down and …

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume 2 Review

Vampire slayer. It’s one of the oldest professions in the horror world. Those who take up the mantle of said profession are generally your rogueish types, those who have seen the violence spread by these fanged foes and learn the methods to end them. Now imagine if somebody decided to organise these hunters of the hunters of night. To create a trained group, a military if you will. Now bestow upon them weapons of immense power, add in a few high school students and you’ve got yourself one hell of an anti-vampire brigade. Did I mention the demons yet? Because there’s totally demons. Having proved himself against a rampant demon, Yu has officially earned his place in the Moon Demon Company, the best of the best. As did Yoichi, good for him. Of course, owing to Yu’s lone wolf philosophy on life, which he scarcely follows, he manages to immediately butt heads with fellow classmate Kimizuki. Actually, he manages to butt heads with him before he even gets to class. Impressive. Not wanting to waste …

20th Century Boys Volume 2 Review

Throw down that T. Rex record and let that familiar riff roar on through to the inner most reaches of your soul. It is very fitting that Naoki Urasawa named this series after that classic song. Much like its namesake, 20th Century Boys strikes you to the core. It reaches deep and grabs a hold of your soul and refuses to let go until the last page is turned. All great songs are ones in which you simply don’t want to end, the same applies to manga and 20th Century Boys just doesn’t have enough pages per volume to satisfy my need for more of this intense masterpiece. Picking up where volume 1 left off, 20th Century Boys volume 2 is right in the thick of things in regards to the mystery of the cult of ‘Friend’. The volume largely deals with Kenji’s attempts to identify the mystery man who seemingly has a connection to his past, although it ventures into a number of interesting side-stories that add a lot of colour to this ever …

Masashi Kishimoto Discusses the End of an Era

Unless you’ve been living under a manga-proof rock somewhere far beyond the Pop Culture-sphere, you’ve heard that Naruto has come to an end after 15 years. Let me reiterate that: 15 years. That’s impressive, there’ no way around that. Naturally, fans from all over the world are curious as to the thoughts of the man behind the series, having finally concluded a story than spanned a large portion of his life. Well, a mere 12 hours after completing the final page, The Asahi Shimbun conducted an interview with Kishimoto and asked him about the manga behemoth that was Naruto. Having so recently finished working on Chapter 700, Kishimoto noted that he had not yet come to terms with his new freedom from a schedule, though that is to be expected when exiting from such a long running pattern “I have had to meet a deadline every week for 15 years, so I feel that there’s a deadline for next week.” Kishimoto also spoke of Naruto’s long run, stating that he was originally instructed, “Continue the series for …

Latest Chapter Of “One Piece” Pays Tribute To Fellow Shonen Jump Series “Naruto”

The long-running Shonen Jump series “Naruto” has finally…come to an end. “Goodbye, old friend!” says fans the world over as the final chapter gets released over in Japan but just because it’s yet to be released in the West doesn’t mean fanatics don’t have their ways of finding themselves a readable copy. Legal or…otherwise. Released in the same issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump is the latest chapter of another critically-acclaimed, long-running Manga series called, as you may already have guessed, “One Piece”. Now it’s known that all Mangaka share a sibling-like bond. Some more than others, obviously, but none like the one between Masashi Kishimoto and Eiichiro Oda. How do I know they’re close? Well, just look at the latest chapter of “One Piece” where the title page is one huge tribute to the now-finished Ninja series. Oda packed in just about as much “Naruto” content into the title page of chapter 766 as he could and it warms the heart. Be it Nami’s “Konohagakure-ispired” dress, the bipedal fox serving them their meal, or …

There’s A New “Naruto” Series In The Works – “Naruto: The Next Generation”

It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that “Naruto”, at this point in time, is the most popular Shonen Anime/Manga series. In fact, it may be the most popular Anime/Manga series, period. Unlike many other series’, right this second, “Naruto’s” all-encompassing popularity has come about due to the fact that the long-running series is just about over forever. Or so we’re told. Now don’t get my words wrong, “Naruto” is also much-loved to its characters, its story and the artwork behind the series but it’s no joke that the prospect of it ending has gotten people in a bit of a stir. This is why all the “Naruto” articles on our site are blowing up like crazy! Well, I’m here to deliver another piece of “Naruto-related” news that, let’s be real here, may or may not be one hundred percent legit. Basically…there’s a new “Naruto” Manga and possible Anime series on the way. As you can see in the title of this article, it will be called “Naruto: The Next Generation” and it …

‘Yokai Watch’ has taken Japan by storm, the nation-wide craze breaks sales records!

It would be an understatement to say that Level 5’s Yokai Watch series is pretty popular in Japan. The franchise has spawned a video-game, manga and even an anime adaptation with the series becoming arguably Japan’s hottest commodity going right now. This past week Oricon released details of the best selling products in Japan and Yokai Watch came in at number 2 behind Disney’s Frozen. This is of course makes Yokai Watch the most successful Japanese franchise today with the series spawning dozens of related merchandise of all manner and variety. The most popular off shoot merch is undoubtedly the ‘Yokai Medals’ a toy which has sold out in nearly every reach of Japan and continues to sell out each time stock hits shelves with parents struggling to get their little ones a precious ‘Yokai Medal’. On top of that the upcoming Yokai Watch film has broken blockbuster records with a whopping 721,422 advance tickets sold ahead of the films release. This makes for an all time record for Japanese cinema and for TOHO. The film …

Attack on Titan x Marvel Manga/Comic Announced

No, you didn’t read that wrong. It would seem that Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) is set to cross over into the epic continuity that is Marvel Comics, in Japan at least. I’ll just let you think about that for a minute… …yeah. The crossover was announced via Twitter by Marvel Talent Scout C.B. Cebulski, along with a promotional image. The only promotional image at this point. Though, for those who know both franchises, the image certainly makes sense. After all, the military troops of Titan have already been compared to a certain web slinger when clad in Omni-Directional Manoeuvre Gear. Though who knows if Spidey will be the only Marvel hero to take on these tremendous foes. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see… -30-

“Heroic Legend Of Arslan” Anime Adaptation Announced

“Fullmetal Alchemist”…Have I got your attention now? Good Anime/Manga fans will know the name Hiromu Arakawa and if they don’t, well…we can’t exactly call them good fans can we? The creator of “Fullmetal Alchemist” and the more recent series “Silver Spoon” which deals with the daily lives of farm workers, has been working on a new Manga for quite some time now and although it isn’t as well-known as her previous creations it is still one that long-time fans of her work have really been getting into. It’s a Manga that goes by the a name of “Heroic Legend Of Arslan”. You may know this Manga by one of it’s more noticeable front covers which features a white-haired gentleman that just so happens to look like a more stoic Edward Elric. You may also recall the name of this series thanks to it’s lineage; it’s a story that has been told time and time again by different writers over the years. The new Manga hasn’t been around for too long, only about a year or …

An Anime Adaptation Of “Blood Blockade Battlefront” Is On The way

Reader, have you heard of a Manga/Anime series called ‘Trigun’? Surely you have! It’s the story of a young gunfighter with a mysterious past created by the Mangaka genius Yasuhiro Nightow. I can’t imagine any Anime fan not knowing what ‘Trigun’ is or who Yasuhiro Nightow is but for those of you who don’t: He’s a legend of the industry and ‘Trigun’ is a series that will go down in history as being one of the greatest examples of old-school Anime/Manga brilliance. Did you know, perhaps, that Mr. Nightow has a more recent Manga series that is currently being released around the world? It’s a little series that goes by the name ‘Blood Blockade Battlefront’ or ‘B3’. ‘B3’ takes place in a world where the inhabitants of our world and those that lurk in the darkness of the underworld are forced to live together in some form of harmony due to a devastating event that took place before the start of the series. With supernatural elements and a cast of quirky fighters, it’s hard to …

“Let’s Manga” Is Set For A Release In Japan Next Month

This is a video game/application that is quite close to my heart. Why? Well, half because I’ve always wanted to be a Manga/Comic Book artist and half because I don’t quite understand how something like this will work on the PlayStation Vita handheld system. Basically; “Let’s Manga” is a game/application that allows PlayStation Vita owners to create their own manga series from scratch starting from a set of blank panels and eventually leading into what I assume will be an entire volume. That is, if you can survive the arduous task of a full-time illustrator. Granzella, a young video game developer native to Japan, announced this game a long time ago and in a month it will be released. It’s a download-only application so those of you wanting to get your hands on it will have to get it from the PlayStation Network but I’m sure you’re all fine with that. Now this November release is only for Japan but the game has already been confirmed to be heading outside of the great country, the …

Junji Ito Takes On The Pokemon World For Halloween

Pokemon is a franchise marketed at young boys and girls but enjoyed by an older crowd. Most aspects of Pokemon come off as sett and innocent but a little extra reading will inform you on the dark layer of information that sits just below the soft, fluffy surface. For years the older fans of the franchise have looked into things like a Pokemon’s Pokedex entry only to concoct some sort of disturbing and mind-boggling piece of lore. Some of these Poke-theorists, as I’ll call them, seem a little ‘out there’ but others, well…they make a compelling argument. The most horrific Pokemon seem to be, without a doubt, that of the Ghost and Psychic-types. Each of them carries a mask that used to be its face when it was human. Sometimes they look at it and cry. – Yamask (Pokemon Black) Halloween is generally the spookiest time of the year for most people. For me, it’s Christmas. Spending all that time with your family…ugh, shivers just shot down my spine. Big companies and franchises like to …

‘Slam Dunk’ manga meets Michael Jordan in new Air Jordan clothing line

Basketball maniacs get ready to pound the rock in this brand new Air Jordan gear based upon the legendary sports anime and manga series Slam Dunk. The new line of clothing is titled ‘Slam Dunk x Jordan’ and looks to bring the classic look of the Slam Dunk series into the real world. The clothing line includes a snapback cap, two pairs of Jordan shoes and two designer t-shirts. The line hits Japan on the 18th of October and releases globally on November 1st. Each addition to the clothing line takes inspiration from the series in one way or another. One of the t-shirts, for example, takes inspiration from protagonist Hanamichi’s Shohoku jersey. Check out the full line up below and get ready to slam dunk in this sweet gear when it hits stores near you in the next few weeks.  

The Snap, Crackle And Pop Culture Show: Shonen Wrestling

The boys are back, once again, for another episode of the Snap, Crackle and Pop Culture Show! For those of you who’ve never seen an episode of this web series before; basically the boys sit down to have a little bit of a chat about the goings on in the Anime, Manga and Video Game world. This episode, Frank and Luke sit down to have a deep and thorough discussion about the similarities between modern day Pro Wrestling and Shonen Anime/Manga series’. Listen as I, Frank Inglese, attempt to do my very best Hulk Hogan impression as Luke Halliday explains to me why I should never do it again. Ever. Luke happens to be a huge fan of pro Wrestling, having been watching it ever since he was a young lad. I’ve only recently gotten into the world of Wrestling and no less than nothing about it BUT I do happen to know a whole bunch about Shonen series’…and that’s why we’re the perfect mix for this discussion. Follow us on a short journey through …

‘Naruto’ Manga Ending on Chapter 700, Goodbye Old Friend

15 years the ninja manga epic that is Naruto will be finally coming to an end with its 700th chapter slated to be released in 5 weeks from the time of posting. The news has been leaked from the upcoming issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, confirming that the end is here at last. With the destined confrontation between Naruto and Sasuke finally at hand, many Naruto fans have speculated that the series was onto its final stretch, that has now been officially confirmed by Shonen Jump themselves, proving fans theories to be correct. How do you think Naruto will end? With the epic final battle between Naruto and Sasuke set to conclude the series, who do you think will stand tall as the victor of this fated clash? Let us know in the comments section below. All I have to say is: Goodbye, old friend and thanks for the memories. -30-

Vagabond (Vizbig Edition): Volume Two – Review

“An emotion induced by a threat perceived by living entities, which causes a change in brain and organ function, and ultimately a change in behavior…”, is the official definition of fear. It’s a feeling that exists within all of us. The strong and the weak both find themselves afflicted by its crippling grip. It’s an invisible force that can turn the most confident of people into the most meek and if volume two of Madman Entertainment’s ‘Vagabond (Vizbig Edition)’ taught me anything, it’s that nothing can stop it. ‘Vagabond’ is a Manga series written and illustrated by famed Mangaka Takehiko Inoue who’s most famous for his Shonen sports series ‘Slam Dunk’. Based off of the novel ‘Musashi’, ‘Vagabond’ tells the story of real life figure Miyamoto Musashi; the worlds most well-known and masterful samurai. Volume two continues Miyamoto’s journey through Japan. Already storming his very first samurai school but making it out barely alive, he decides to continue on path of the blade thanks to his ignorant and stubborn nature. Heading to Nara, he intends …

Gangsta Volume Three – Review

History is such a huge factor in the growth of a relationship, platonic or otherwise. There are some things within ones past that simply cannot be overlooked and, as humans, these are things we will never forget. This is just the way we are. We use what has happened in the past to define how we will grow into the future. Sometime for the better but other times for the worst. ‘Gangsta’, for those of you not in the know, is a new Manga series that follows the story of two men living in a town entirely occupied by killers, thieves, con men and criminals of all different types. Ergastulum, the city, is teeming with these ‘bad eggs’. What makes this place even worse is that some of its citizens happen to be the remnants of a civil war wherein which humans were turned into super soldier-type beings through the implementation of drugs. These are known as ‘Twilights’ or ‘Tags’. Worick, a gigolo and human memory card, has known his partner Nic, a deaf samurai …

One Piece Ending Revealed to Child Suffering Lung Cancer

Many people have thought about how popular Shonen Jump pirate manga One Piece could possibly end and until now the only man who know the answer to that has been the creator himself Eiichiro Oda. Now we can say that another person knows the ending to the shonen epic, that person is none other than young Hinati Fujinami, a life-long One Piece fan who is sadly suffering from terminal lung cancer. JapNation AniManga is reporting that Fujinami was a part of the Make-A-Wish program and had only one wish, that being to know how his favourite manga will end. In an amazing act of kindness, Eiichiro Oda was more than happy to oblige and met with Fujinami in his hospital room to grant his wish. Oda reportedly struggled to hold back his tears upon seeing the condition of the young child, but in a private one on one chat, revealed the rest of the manga and its ultimate ending to the young boy. Following their chat, Fujinami was said to be smiling and crying at …

Yu Yu Hakusho Manga Getting a Reprint?

Seeing as the Hunter x Hunter anime is coming to an end and the manga going on another hiatus until god knows when, Viz Media has decided to give fans a Yoshihiro Togashi fix and will be reprinting Togashi’s Shonen Jump hit Yu Yu Hakusho. Yu Yu Hakusho tells the tale of Yusuke Urameshi, a high school delinquent, who is hit by a truck trying to save the life of a child. After a series of events Yusuke ultimately agrees to become a spirit detective for the afterlife. All 19 volumes of the manga will be reprinted and also available digitally on platforms including their own site/app, iBookstore, Kindle, Nook and Google play. I strongly suggest you pick them up if you have never read the series as I think its one of the best shonen series of all time. REPRINT ALERT!: All volumes of YuYu Hakusho are resurrected…just like Yusuke! #backinprint #comics #manga pic.twitter.com/jHMouZjtWc — VIZ (@VIZMedia) September 11, 2014 -30-

Hunter x Hunter on Hiatus Until God Knows When

As we previously reported, the Hunter x Hunter manga went on hiatus due to Yoshihiro Togashi, the series creator, suffering severe back pain at his work desk. News has just broke through the latest Weekly Shonen Jump that the hiatus for Hunter x Hunter has continued because Togashi is still undergoing treatment in hospital. It was said that Togashi was even unable to sit at his desk as a result of the crippling back pain. As of now the manga is on hiatus indefinitely. No return date has been set for the manga and with the additional bad news of the anime’s imminent ending, I’d say it is a pretty crummy time to be a Hunter x Hunter fan. I for one hope he gets the treatment he needs and heals up soon. Stay tuned for more information on this developing story. -30-

The Snap, Crackle and Pop Culture Show: Let’s Go To Japan

The boys hit the SnapCouch once again to talk all things Anime, Manga and Video Games. A holiday to Japan is what’s on their minds this episode as they talk about the games and series’ that portray the great country in the most attractive ways. Kane finally joins the crew in his very first SnapThirty video and, despite his aversion to sitting between Frank and Luke, manages to keep his composure. We need a vacation. Let’s go to Japan! -30-

Battle Royale: Angel’s Border Review

Battle Royale shocked the world with its controversial subject matter upon its original release. Some countries flat-out refused to release or even acknowledge the film or novel. The story of Battle Royale is a shout into the void, a fist raised in the air against the messed up world we live in. It is that rebellious heart that captured the imaginations of audiences across the globe and with Battle Royale: Angel’s Border, fans of the original have some extended reading to attend to. Focusing in on one of the saddest parts of Battle Royale, the lighthouse scene, Battle Royale: Angel’s Border adds another layer of heartbreak onto what is already a tragic scene to say the very least. Diving deeper into the characters of the lighthouse girls, this manga explores the other side of the story for the ill-fated inhabitants of the lighthouse. Not unlike a Shakespearean play, Battle Royale: Angel’s Border plays out in Acts and chapters serving as scenes in each ‘Act’. Where the Shakespearean vibe really hits home is the inherent tragedy …

Kuroko’s Basketball heading to the bench, manga coming to an end?

Rumours are running wild all over the Kuroko’s Basketball fandom with a leaked announcement from next week’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine apparently revealing that the series is ending in that issue. Now it must be said that while there is images to support these claims, such as a color cover page for the series in next week’s issue leaking online. But one must beg the question, if the series is ending next week, why are we only finding out now? In the past when bigger manga series are heading towards their conclusion an announcement of that ending is usually made in advance, likely to drive sales of the finale issue. Such was not the case here. So is Kuroko heading to the bench indefinitely or will he be hitting the hardwood again? Right now it is too soon to say, but it goes without saying that next week’s issue of Weekly Shonen Jump will definitely spread some light on the matter. Until then, stay tuned for further updates or just post an emotional rant on …

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure author does Ice Bucket Challenge

In a bizarre turn of events, Hirohiko Araki the author of the epic shonen manga JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has participated in the charity challenge craze that has swept the globe, the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Research. ALS is of course Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis which is also known as Motor Neurone Disease. Many celebrities have participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge which involves having a bucket of Ice Water dumped on your head after you donate to the ALS research charity. In Araki’s Ice Bucket Challenge attempt, he is seen taking one of his daily glamour walks through an undisclosed forest, before having a bucket of Ice Water dumped on his head from the heavens above. Check it out below. -30-

Pluto Volume 1 Review

With a pedigree by the names of Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka, it is damn near impossible for Pluto to not be good. This first volume of Urasawa’s re-imagining of the wonderful world envisioned by Osamu Tezuka is utterly remarkable. Exploring human emotion through artificial beings is an incredible thing to tackle and Urasawa does so with the deftest of delicacy. Pluto tells us a lot about what it means to be human, all through a robot’s eyes. Urasawa’s take on Tezuka’s world of Astro Boy is a dark one indeed. The style feels almost like a cross between Urasawa’s Monster and Tezuka’s Astro Boy. A winning combination undoubtedly and the direction this story takes is astonishing to say the very least. The series follows a slew of murders taking place across the globe in a future world where humans and robots coexist. We follow Gisecht a robot detective tasked with the case of the series of murders. Gisecht looks very human in appearance, however on the inside he is machine. Throughout his travels to various …

Terra Formars Volume One Review

Let me lay it down for you: Eventually, so I’ve been lead to believe, this planet will be no more. With the inevitable death of the Earth will come the eradication of every single native species…that includes us humans. This is why we have to start thinking about alternative existence plans. Lucky for us, there are a whole bunch of other planets hanging around in the same solar system as ours that would gladly allow for us to change it’s overall makeup to resemble Earth. This is what we call ‘Terraforming’, though it’s a little more complicated than what I just described. The crew of ‘Bugs 1’ – a team of highly intelligent, professionally trained astronauts and scientists that have been sent into space to search for a worthy Terraforming candidate – land on Mars. The red planet, being more like Earth than any other planet in the solar system, seems like the perfect place to start anew. To help the Terraforming process the crew spread things like heat-absorbing moss and algi around the planet, …

More ‘Gangsta’ Anime Cast Information Released

Followers of the site will know that us here at SnapThirty have a deep love for the Manga series ‘Gangsta’, illustrated and written by Kohske and published by Viz Media/Madman Entertainment. About a month or so ago we were given news that the Manga will be getting a Anime adaptation, we were not told when Anime fans would be seeing the Anime but what was released were the names of the voice actors and actress who will be playing the parts of the main trio; Worick, Nicholas and Alex. Today that cast list as tripled in size with a Japanese blog updating their cast list for the Anime with a whole bunch of new names. This is exciting news because it means we’re getting closer and closer to the actual release of the Anime, or at least we’re getting closer to actually seeing some imagery of what the Anime is going to look like. Either way I’m very excited for the upcoming adaptation and I know you’re all just waiting to see who has signed …

Vagabond (Vizbig Edition): Volume One – Review

There’s something within each and every single human being that drives us forward. We set ourselves goals we aim only to achieve despite the odds that may or may not be stacked against us. We enter into a state much like that of a boxer’s ‘tunnel vision’ where all we see is future success and no matter what, we believe that we will succeed. This is why the world continues to evolve day by day, but why exactly do we do this? In a way, being the greatest in your own field is somewhat of a selfish act. Think, just for a moment, the true reason why we do what we do. Is it for self satisfaction? Perhaps. Is it for the fame and glory? Quite possibly. Is it to be immortalized in the history of life itself? In my opinion, that’s exactly why we reach for higher ground day after day. As humans we long to live forever! Infinity is something we each wish to achieve whether it is through your career or through …

Get Real! The Drawing Skills: Anatomy Panel At SMASH! 2014

  As a huge Anime and Manga fan (obviously), there’s something I feel like I can say without hesitation: Reality is not something fans of these particular mediums entirely enjoy, that’s why we escape into worlds filled with wonder and magic, worlds that make us believe we’re all heroes in our own lives or at least if we’re not now we will be eventually! That’s the majesty of Anime and Manga; it’s stepping into a world where reality is thrown out the window, tossed to the curb and left to wilt in the rain, where imagination runs wild and anything is possible! Though, even in saying that, there are some instances where we’re forced to come back down to Earth and even in the world of Anime and Manga, the characters need to look realistic enough for us to believe, even just slightly, that these amazing scenarios could be possible throughout time and space. This is where the style of realistic drawing comes into play and Hilary Sandeman, the host of the informative ‘Drawing Skills: …

20th Century Boys Volume 1 Review

The 21st Century may not be ready for 20th Century Boys, a manga that is so far ahead of its time that it may take another century for the world to truly get it’s brilliance. Naoki Urasawa is the brains behind the work and with a rich history of intelligent, ground-breaking manga, it isn’t any surprise that 20th Century Boys proves to be unlike anything else in manga today. The manga series originally began serialization at the turn of the century, a time of momentous change in the world, but what 20th Century Boys offers is more than just a change from the norm, it reinvents the norm, this is Urasawa’s world and we are all bearing witness to it. From the very first few pages of 20th Century Boys Volume 1 it becomes abundantly clear that this is not your average manga. The framing, the detail, the angles, the fine touches that add immeasurably to the visual messages that Urasawa is trying to convey. There are machinations at work in this volume that would likely …

Japan Cracks Down On Illegal Distributors With The Anime and Manga Anti-Piracy Initiative

The internet is a wonderful tool, one that fortunate enough people can utilize in many different ways, many of which has proven to make life much easier for individuals across globe. It is an invisible force that connects the world and, for the most part, it is used for good rather than evil but sometimes, well…sometimes people abuse what they have instead of appreciating it for what it is. Piracy is a huge contemporary issue that seems to plague this generation moreso than any other before. Publishers are distributing their products digitally now so you can watch the latest episodes of your favorite shows or listen to the most recent albums of your desired artists without even getting out of your chair. This is fantastic, but it seems like a bunch of people tend to want more than that…they want it for free. This is where the theoretical problem of new-age piracy becomes a reality. Anime and Manga, one of Japan’s biggest industries, is by far the most affected by digital banditry and the government …

Osamu Tezuka’s ‘Mysterious Underground Men’ Wins Eisner Award

Osamu Tezuka has won yet another award posthumously, this time it is the Eisner Award and it goes to the newly released English version of his 1948 classic The Mysterious Underground Men. The God of Manga claimed that this work was where he believed he had his first success. The manga is now fully released in colour and it is no surprise that it has already won an award. Tezuka’s special brand of story-telling has a strong basis in its examination of humanity at it’s core and The Mysterious Underground Men is said to be one of his finest endeavors in that pursuit. It won the Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material. The Mysterious Underground Men tells the story of Mimio the talking rabbit, as he struggles to prove his humanity while helping his friends save Earth from an invasion of angry humanoid ants. It is not surprising to see that nearly 70 years since its original release that Osamu Tezuka’s work can still be as ground-breaking today as they were back …

Big Hero 6 – New Trailer Released + Manga Series Announced

‘Big Hero 6’, for those of you unaware, is a newly-announced Disney movie based off a Marvel comic from many years ago. Despite it clearly being a Western concept, the setting for ‘Big Hero 6’ is laced with Japanese-style visuals and themes so I believe it has earnt it’s place somewhere within the nation’s pop culture world. Back in May we were delivered the very first trailer for the film but it was looked at as more of a teaser trailer than anything else with no actual story being outlined within. Today though, not only do we have the first official trailer for the movie but we also have a confirmed cast list and some news regarding an actual Manga adaptation of the film. The trailer semi-introduces the main antagonist of the film who I will simply refer to as ‘Kabuki Mask’, seeing as that is basically what he’s called throughout the trailer. The film is actually looking to be brilliant! Alongside the release of the new trailer comes news of Manga adaptation of the …

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume 1 Review

Taking a look at pop culture nowadays, you may realise that the monster genre is rather widespread…much like the viruses that usually exist within them. But, wherever a virus is lacking, some monstrous race will take footing and plague humanity. Seraph of the End likes both of these ideas. Thus begins a story that features both, the effect of which are…less than beneficial on mankind. Roughly four years ago, a terrible virus spread throughout the world. Going the extra mile in specific cruelty, only children below the age of 13 were immune to infection. As such, the world lost its guiding force and children were rendered parentless…then the vampires came. With no way to defend themselves, the children were stolen away by these monsters, to live as a continuous source of blood. Thus we arrive in the present, wherein we meet Yuichiro, a plucky young boy with an unyielding desire to slaughter his vampiric oppressors and free his fellow orphans from the shackles of servitude. Of course, lacking the power to do so, he is …

Fullmetal Alchemist (3-in-1) Volume 1 Review

If you’ve ever picked up a manga, chances are high that you’ve heard the name Fullmetal Alchemist, and for good reason. Not specific to this review in particular, Fullmetal is widely regarded as a pinnacle of the medium. So carry this knowledge with you as we take a trip back to where it all began, following the story of two brothers attempting to fix their mistake. Their horrible, ungodly mistake… Teachings that do not speak of pain have no meaning…because humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. Such is the world of Fullmetal Alchemist, wherein this teaching permeates not only those who dwell within its confines, but the power which they wield: Alchemy. A science that strides beyond humanity and into the domain of God. Transmuting the component elements of existence into whatever one desires, so long as the product’s composition is equivalent to that of it’s precursor. Those who bear said power utilise their gifts for the betterment of humanity…or join the military and weaponise their talent. Regardless of their choice, there remains …

Dragon Ball Full Colour (Manga) Volume 3 Review

The Saiyans have arrived. The Z Fighters are either dead or on the verge of being so. Goku, the only hope left for Earth, has finally returned from the afterlife. He’s faster, stronger and more determined than ever but he’s up against the man who calls himself the ‘Prince of Saiyans’…this wont be an easy one for him, but they never really are. Madman Entertainment has, once again, given me the chance to review another volume of the new ‘Dragon Ball Full Colour’ Manga series, one that this site has been following from the very beginning. The new releases, bigger than your standard Manga volume and chock full of vibrant colours, allows readers to relive their ‘Dragon Ball’ experience while at the same time inviting others not yet a part of the fandom to partake in something they’ll never forget. One of the quintessential Manga Shonen Manga series’, ‘Dragon Ball’ tells the story of a young man who must save the world from all the forces that oppose it. In the last volume, of which …

“Gangsta” Anime Adaptation Officially Announced

Japan today received the latest volume Kohske’s (the series’ mangaka) hit Seinen Manga series ‘Gangsta’ and with it’s release came news of an official Anime adaptation that is apparently already in the works. Any true fan of this site would have already listened to the first episode of our official Podcast titled ‘Gangsta’s Paradise‘ wherein which we spoke in great detail about this Manga which has only been available in Australia for a couple of months, unlike Japan where it has already reached it’s sixth volume. It’s no mystery that the writers of this site have a great love for the Manga series and we’ve all kicked into a state of high anticipation for what is to come in the ‘Gangsta’ Anime adaptation. Alongside the actual announcement of the new Anime series, it was also revealed that the voice actors of the three main characters will reprise their roles from the previously released ‘Gangsta’ drama CD which was only ever released in Japan: Junichi Suwabe (Grimmjow from Bleach, Dandy from Space Dandy, Greed from FMA) …

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Manga News From Anime Expo 2014 [UPDATE]

“Oh my God!”, Anime Expo 2014 is on right now over in Los Angeles and straight from the Viz Media panel comes news that will surely have JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure fans all across the West screaming “happy scrappy”! The American publisher has just announced that it has acquired the rights to publish the second part of the ‘JJBA’ Manga series, ‘Battle Tendency’, throughout North America which means, in turn, the Manga will eventually make it’s way down here to Australia. Oh yeah! It wasn’t too long ago that Viz acquired the rights to redistribute the ‘Stardust Crusaders’ Manga but they’ve rounded out their collection now that the first three parts of the long-running Shonen series’ licenses have been acquired and they’re all ready to make their way into the households of American readers. ‘Phantom Blood’ will hit local book store shelves in omnibus edition with it being released in three volumes. Part three, ‘Stardust Crusaders’, will begin to be digitally distributed this weekend through the official Viz Media site. For those of you who aren’t …

Dragon Ball Full Colour (Manga) Volume 2 Review

I have been searching the skies and the seas below for volume two of the ‘Dragon Ball Full Colour’ Manga, and after weeks of longing for a glimpse at it’s sweet, colourful pages, Madman Entertainment has thrown me a bone…Quite literally! A lot of this generation’s Anime fans grew up on ‘Dragon Ball Z’. We were watching it before we even knew what Anime was. We were watching ‘Dragon Ball Z’ even though we had no knowledge of ‘Dragon Ball’, the series that came before it. It didn’t matter to us that certain things didn’t make sense, we just watched it for what it was and it, in turn, made us love it. Many, many years later I’m presented with the re-release of the original Manga that spawned an Anime that practically raised me to be the Anime fan I am today. Obviously I dropped to my knees and openly wept but after I gathered myself and cried every last tear I opened the book and began to read. Memories rushed back to me. Yes, …

Dragon Ball Full Colour (Manga) Volume 1 Review

Ah nostalgia, it’s a wonderful thing. A lens that allows you to return to a series and look upon it with wonder. Of course it certainly helps when the series you’re looking back on is as awesome as Dragon Ball and, what a coincidence, that is exactly what I’m here to talk about. Not the anime mind you, but the manga and in full colour no less. Taking us all the way back to the innocent days before Z was even a suffix, to the story that took what you thought you knew and turned it on its head: the Saiyan Arc. For the uninitiated, this particular arc takes place five years after the defeat of Demon King Piccolo, a terrifying villain who, as you may know, continues to play a role in the series, but I digress. Taking a quick trip to Roshi’s island, we are re-introduced to a few of the characters who aided Goku on his perilous journey throughout the world. But, as with any first act, the happiness is short lived …

Ao Haru Ride manga promotes Cup Noodles in hilarious commercial

 Ever wished that real life was more like your favourite shoujo manga? Well the comedic geniuses as Nissin have highlighted the rather disappointing reality of that idea in their hilarious new commercial for their Nissin brand Cup Noodles. The commercial features popular shoujo manga Ao Haru Ride as its example of the ideal manga romance that so many girls wish would be reality, unfortunately for the girl in the commercial the old salaryman on the train isn’t exactly a suitable replacement for Ao Haru Ride’s handsome male lead. Check out the hilarious commercial below and have a good laugh. After all, we all need a good laugh right? -30-

Robotics;Notes manga wrapping up next month

The notes about robotics is almost out of pages. That is right, the manga adaptation of the Robotics;Notes anime and video-game series is wrapping up its run in Comic Blade magazine next month. It will conclude in the next issue of the magazine which drops on the 30th of July. For those out of the know with Robotics;Notes, it comes from the creators of Steins;Gate and Chaos;Head, 5pb and Nitroplus. Much like those other series, Robotics;Notes is a science adventure story. However this one is set in an alternate world which has become immersed in augmented reality technology. It focuses in on a high school robotics club that must find new members or else face disbanding. The anime series is released by Madman Entertainment in Australia and is dubbed into English by Funimation over in the United States. The manga has not yet been released in the West, but fingers crossed that won’t be the case for much longer. -30-

Hunter x Hunter manga going on hiatus for a week

Yoshihiro Togashi is at it again! Following next week’s chapter of Hunter x Hunter, the series will once again be going onto hiatus, except this time it will only be for one week, likely due to Togashi having a week long celebration of Dragon Quest’s recent Guiness World Record win. Thankfully the series will only be going on hiatus for a week, it is a much more tolerable amount of time than the 2 and half year hiatus that preceeded this one. Since the return of the manga the series has run for a total of 5 chapters and has dived head first into the Dark Continent arc. The manga will return on July 14th with chapter 346. So until that day comes I suppose we might as well celebrate Dragon Quest because it is awesome and what not. -30-

Blade of the Immortal author starting Romance Manga series

In a rather interesting turn of events, Hiroaki Samura the author of samurai action manga epic Blade of the Immortal has announced in Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine that he is starting up a romance manga series which will rather strangely not feature samurai at all. It is almost as if the Samura is trying to tell a story unrelated to his previous manga in any shape or form, fancy that huh? The new romance manga is tentatively titled Waves, Listen to Me and will tell a tale of a man and woman and their romance filled with tears and laughter set against the backdrop of the lovely city of Sapporo. the manga is set to launch in July in Afternoon magazine. Samura’s Blade of the Immmortal series concluded its run back in 2012 after a 19 year long serialization. It will surely be interested seeing him tackle a subject that does not involve blades and fighting and cool samurai stuff like that. -30-

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 to be published by Viz Media, rest of series being considered

Who is excited? YES I AM! The reason being that Viz Media have confirmed that they will indeed be releasing JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood, with Volume 1 of the manga epic to hit shelves in February 2015. This is big news for fans of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series, a series that has only ever had it’s third arc released in English language manga format in the past and heavily edited at that. While it is unknown whether we will be subject to visual edits, one can presume there will be some name changes made considering the large amount of copyrighted names used in the series. To make the announcement even sweeter, Viz Media also confirmed that they are considering releasing the rest of the series and that they have further announcements to make regarding future releases at Anime Expo on July 3rd. So of course keep your eyes tuned right here for when that news is dropped by Viz Media. Also Viz please release Part 4: Diamond is not Crash, thank …

Nisekoi x My Love Story crossover manga lands in Viz’s Weekly Shonen Jump

Just in case their wasn’t enough romcom mischief in your Nisekoi or My Love Story, the two romantic comedy manga have collided into one hell of a lovely crossover special aptly titled Nisekoi x My Love Story which has been published in Monday’s issue of Viz Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump. Nisekoi follows Raku a young man who finds himself with too many girlfriends/love interests, also he is in the Yakuza. Conversely My Love Story follows nice guy Takeo who struggles to get a girlfriend or even the attention of girls because he looks like a raging sumo, also his best friend is a pretty boy that steals all the girls that he likes. For those out of the know with these two particular manga series, there were two special chapters of Nisekoi x My Love Story that were published last year. One of them was published in the Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump magazine and the other in Bessatsu Margaret Magazine (home of My Love Story). The chapter that will appear in Viz’s Weekly Shonen Jump …