My 1st Comic Con: Long Beach CC 2014

Today, I visited the Long Beach Comic Con in Long Beach, California, USA. It's my first comic book convention which will promote the Comic Book Club and the Convention forum in Anime Vice and Comic Vine. I'm relatively new comic book fan who hasn't read much comic books. I got into the world of comics through the animated series of Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man. It was interesting to see the similarities and differences between comics and anime/manga media. I have attended Anime Expo back in 2013 which was my first time.

I got the convention a bit late due to missing the metro and getting lost in this city. I finally found it. Thanks to folks at the supreme court building (the image on the far right). The convention was located around Pine Ave and East Ocean BLVD. I was at Magnolia Ave. Somehow I walked pass it. I'm like Zoro of One Piece who has no sense of direction.

The Long Beach Convention is much different from Los Angeles Convention center. LB was near the ocean. It was a windy day. You can smell the sea. I walk on the bridge that connected the beach to the convention when I was exploring the area. I never been to the beach for a long time. It was sight to see.

After sightseeing, I went inside the convention and see the wonders of Long Beach Comic Con. It was not very crowded compare to Anime Expo. Plus, this comic con was more family friendly. I see more children and parents at this convention at Anime Expo. Forgive for comparing the conventions. AX was my first anime convention while this one was my first comic one. This would be the last comparison. I do like both conventions. They are both different.

I somehow walk past the artist alley or exhibit hall as I was lost a bit. I forgot to to take their programming booklet when I went to pick up my badge. The panels were located past the artist alley. Later on, I found out the artist alley and exhibit hall was located underground. I line up for a random panel. It turns out it was for the Batman 75/Tales of the Dark Knight. Speakers were Marc Andreyko, Brian Buccellato, Chris Burnham, Kyle Higgins, Babs Tarr, Marv Wolfman, and Ralph Garman. I was lucky the subject of the panel was very familiar to me. I haven't read Batman comics, but I'm familiar with the animated series. It was a fun panel.

Things I Learn from Batman 75 Panel

  • I learned Marv Wolfman (if I remember correctly) was the creator of Tim Drake. He said he created the character to be the opposite of Dick Grayson. He wanted the character to have no trauma, living family members, and be intelligent.
  • Babs Tarr - She is the writer of Batgirl. She has only been to 2 comic cons and only seen 5 Batgirls and a crossplayer. A crossplayer is a new term I picked up. It's like cross-dressing (I hope I described it politely). We had a guy dress up as Batgirl. He was proud of it.
  • Ralph Garman's favorite Catwoman is the lady portrayed by Julie Newmar.

That's all I can remember. I didn't take notes or had my tape recorder. This was my first time meeting these talented comic book artists and writers who contributed a ton to the Batman mythos.

Artist Alley

I saw comics were packaged differently than manga. Some booths have them on display or in boxes

I had a list of comic book recommendations from Marshal Victory, Taichokage, GokaiRed, and Supreme Marvel. I was a bit too shy. I just browse around and look at the comic books and artists' work. I didn't find those particular recommendations. I did notice Silver Age and Bronze Age comics were a lot of cheaper. I assume because they were older issues, way older than me. As an anime fan who hasn't read comic books, these are a lot thinner than tankobon. I recall comic books were shorter than manga chapters. A manga chapter is about 20 (weekly) and up to 40 pages (monthly types). I never opened up a hard copy comic book. I read a few on Comixology.

At the end of the day, I only bought two items. In the I'm going to Long Beach Comic Con 2014! blog, Marshal recommended me writers and artists to visit and to see their works. I'm fortunate to meet one of the folks he recommended: James O' Barr.

As a shy person who never read comic books, I didn't want to tell the artist that I haven't read his works yet. I felt that was disrespectful. I stood around the corner, observing his fans interact with him for 30 minutes or so. I wanted to observe how folks talk to their beloved artists. It was the same interaction I saw how anime fans spoke with their beloved voice actors and actresses. I learned one etiquette from one observation. A camera guy was taking pictures of O' Barr's works. The lady who was assisting O' Barr asks him to not photograph the works unless you purchases them. I eventually muster up courage. I didn't get a chance to speak with O' Barr. He was busy sketching for a fan. I just quietly bought one of his works for 20 dollars which had cars on it. I'm a grease monkey (see Recommend some Awesome Car Wallpapers). I love how he drew the cars.

The Despicable Me/Sora of Kingdom Hearts tiny portrait was a gift for my little sister who couldn't attend this convention with me. She loved Despicable Me and Kingdom Hearts. It was a double win. It was made by talented artists. I donated 15 dollars to them.

I forgot to bring my poster tube. I had to hold the poster in my hand without damaging the work.

Cosplay

Last but not least. I will share some photos!

Some of you may know, I'm a different person on the web and in real life. I have a hard time asking folks to take pictures of their beautiful cosplay. I stick around, wandering the area where the panels are located. If there is a large group taking pictures, I would join them. In the Anime Convention Survival Guide! that BigHeart711, myself, and sickVisionz wrote, we emphasize respectfulness. When you take pictures, you always ask first. If it's a group shot, they already consented to. Go ahead and join in. I followed what we wrote in the guide.

Thank you for reading this blog! I hope to see more folks sharing their experiences in any conventions for this community. I fully support anyone who goes to a convention. It's worth your time. Go out and meet these folks who share your passion.

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Weekly Manga Releases: August 19, 2014

Welcome to the manga releases for this week! We have a large selection of manga series. The series I'm familiar and hyped for are Attack on Titan Before the Fall, Btooom! (which isn't in anime stores this week), and Monster Musume. I'm pretty interested in Food Wars. It got a colorful cover, and the summary sounds interesting. Best cover of the week would go Alice's Adventures. I just like the cover since it's vivid and reminds me of how many manga and anime adaptations on Lewis Carrol's novel.

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.

Sources

Notes

  • ANN does not list Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Right Stuf, Amazon, and Comic stores all listed it this week.
  • Chi's Sweet Home Vol. 11 is only listed on Amazon and Comic stores for this week.
  • Btooom Vol. 7 is listed on ANN this week. However, both Amazon and Right listed it for August 26.
  • Comic stores list From the New World Vol. 5 this week. In contrast, Amazon, Right Stuf, and ANN listed its release back in July 29.
  • Regarding From the New World Vol. 5, the same thing applies to Missions of Love Vol. 8 as well.
  • Comic stores have Food Wars Vol. 3 this week. The anime stores do not have Food Wars Vol. 3 or Vol. 2 listed due to digital edition and print edition conflicts.
  • Anime stores, Right Stuf, and Amazon listed Monster Musume Vol. 4 on August 19 while Comic stores have it a day later.
  • ANN listed No. 6 Vol. 8 this week while Amazon and Right listed it for August 26.
  • Comic stores and Amazon (Kindle version) have One-Punch Man Vol. 4 listed this week.
  • Comic stores and Right Stuf list Trigun Maximum Omnibus 4 for August 6 while Amazon and ANN list it for August 19.
  • Oh My Goddess! Vol. 46 is listed on Amazon and ANN for this week. However, Right Stuf and Comic stores listed back in August 6.

PikaHyper:

Oh and Food Wars v3 is not in comic shops this week, only the digital edition came out, only the first volume is available in print as of two weeks ago.

Manga Releases

Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 2

  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

The second volume in a prequel series to the number one bestseller in Japan. Humanity has learned to live in complacency behind its high walls, protected from the giant Titans. But when a Titan-worshipping cult opens one of the gates, a Titan wreaks havoc, consuming the cultists. After the rampage is over, two young Survey Corps members are shocked to discover a pregnant woman's partially digested corpse - with her baby still alive inside it! What will the fate of this "child of the Titans" be? And how will humanity learn to cope with the Titan threat?

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass Vol. 1

  • Publisher - SEVEN SEAS
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.99

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass is an omnibus collection that contains Lewis Carroll's original Alice in Wonderland novels with manga-style artwork.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass is a collection of stories featuring Alice and her misadventures through the curious and fantastical lands of Wonderland. As little Alice goes deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole, she meets an assortment of oddball characters, like the eccentric March Hare, the whimsical Mad Hatter, and the enigmatic Cheshire Cat, who will all become familiar faces within this strange world. If Alice is to navigate the dangerous yet fascinating landscape of Wonderland, she must learn who is friend and who is foe, and use her good breeding and wits to find a way home.

Chi's Sweet Home Vol. 11
  • Publisher: Vertical
  • Suggested Retail Price: $13.95

Chi's Sweet Home is recognized as one of the most popular cartoon properties in Japan today. Chi, this full color comic's titular cat, is beloved by fans worldwide on the Internet and mass media. A tender fun adventure focusing on the life of a newborn kitten and the young family that raises her.

Monster Musume Vol. 4
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Orcs, Werewolves, and Mermaids, Oh My!

So far, Kimihito’s been lucky. The monster girls living with him have been cute, curvaceous, and have never tried to kill him on purpose. But now, the dark side of liminals rises to the surface. Piggish orcs run hog-wild over Japan to satisfy their perverted desires. And the team that the government assembles to combat them is every bit as strange and inhuman as the criminals they’re fighting.

Meanwhile, Kimihito has to contend with adding the lovely and elegant mermaid Mero to his ever-growing menagerie of monster girls. How will the possessive Miia, the noble Centorea, the bird-brained Papi, and the slime-girl Suu react to the newest addition to their household—and yet another contender for Kimihito’s heart?

Ikigami The Ultimate Limit Vol. 10

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Congratulations! You have been randomly selected by the government...to DIE in 24 hours! Dear Citizen: Thank you for your loyalty. You've no doubt noticed that the world is a troubled place. People are apathetic, lazy, unmotivated. You've probably asked yourself WHY ISN'T ANYTHING BEING DONE TO STOP THIS SYSTEMATIC DECLINE? Rest assured that measures are being taken. Beginning today, we will randomly select a different citizen who will be killed within 24 hours of notification. We believe this will help remind all people how precious life is and how important it is to be a productive, active member of society. Thank you for your continued attention and your cooperation and participation... Episode 19 : Entrusted Words Episode 20 : The Phantom Country One more time… Live as if you’re about to die.

The Heroic Legend of Arslan Vol. 1

  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

In the prosperous kingdom of Pars lies the Royal Capital of Ecbatana, a city of splendor and wonder, ruled by the undefeated and fearsome King Andragoras. Arslan is the young and curious prince of Pars who, despite his best efforts, doesn't seem to have what it takes to be a proper king like his father.

At the age of 14, Arslan goes to his first battle and loses everything as the blood-soaked mist of war gives way to scorching flames, bringing him to face the demise of his once glorious kingdom. However, it is Arslan's destiny to be a ruler, and despite the trials that face him, he must now embark on a journey to reclaim his fallen kingdom.

Haganai: I don't have many friends Vol. 8

  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

And then there were nuns...

Kodaka's life hasn't been easy since joining the Neighbors Club. Getting dragged into conversation by another strange nun was the last thing he needed. Then again, her advice seemed sound, until he discovered she was seriously twisted. Now her close ties to another member of the club will make it even harder for Kodaka to escape her.

At this point, however, Kodaka is used to not being in control of his destiny. Whether it's studying with Sena (and discovering an unnatural obsession!), or having Maria invade his home to fight with Kobato, Kodaka's learned to go with the flow. Of course, this may not be the best approach to life, especially when it seems like other people are calling the shots for him!

Gangsta Vol. 3

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Ergastulum is a tough town, the kind of place where the rule of law takes a backseat to the law of violence, and where Handymen like Nic and Worick make a living doing odd jobs for their clients, from routine deliveries to extrajudicial killings. Discreet, ruthless, and efficient, the men are respected by both the police brass and the Mafia dons, but it took many long, hard years for them to make their names. Behind those years is the hidden history of how the scion of an elite family and a boy soldier of the Twilights ranks formed an improbable, unbreakable bond.

Food Wars Vol. 3

  • Publisher: Viz Media
  • No Suggested Retail Price Yet

The "teamwork and friendshipbuilding" camp from hell begins! While most students are already petrified by the threat of instant expulsion for low marks, the unveiling of the teachers responsible for judging their dishes ratchets their fear to a whole new level! Just which anxiety-inducing teachers hold the culinary futures of Soma and the rest of the Polaris crew in their hands this time? Includes the one-shot "Your and My Romance Counseling"!

Dorohedoro Vol. 13
  • Distributor: Viz Media Suggested retail price: $12.99

In a city so dismal it's known only as "the Hole," a clan of Sorcerers has been plucking people off the streets to use as guinea pigs for atrocious "experiments" in the black arts. In a dark alley, Nikaido found Caiman, a man with a reptile head and a bad case of amnesia. To undo the spell, they're hunting and killing the Sorcerers in the Hole, hoping that eventually they'll kill the right one. But when En, the head Sorcerer, gets word of a lizard-man slaughtering his people, he sends a crew of "cleaners" into the Hole, igniting a war between two worlds.

En's murder sends his gang into chaos as Shin and Noi attempt to hunt down his killer's whereabouts. Meanwhile, Nikaido and Asu team up to locate the elusive Caiman. And the Cross-Eyes continue their quest to see their boss; unaware of his role in En's death, or that their path is taking them straight into danger themselves. A battle royale of the bloodiest kind awaits…

Strike Witches: 1937 Fuso See Incident Vol. 1

  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Strike Witches is a highly popular dieselpunk franchise that spans manga, light novels, video games, and anime. The series reimagines World War II as a confrontation between the allied human forces and an invading alien menace. Most of the battles featured are fictional recreations of actual World War II dogfights, but in this alternate history, teen girls with advanced weaponry and magic powers perform aerial combat against alien aircraft.

It has been nearly twenty years since the last Great War, and while smaller skirmishes are still taking place across the world, peace is mostly the norm. In the Fuso Empire, Sakamoto Mio is about to join the war effort against the Neuroi alien invaders. She will have to distinguish herself among the other hardworking cadets if she is to become a full-fledged Strike Witch. Soon, she will have the chance to prove herself in battle, as the Neuroi launch their latest brutal attack.

Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE Vol. 1

  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99

Childhood friends Princess Sakura and Syaoran, the son of an archaeologist, become entangled in a series of events that forces them to traverse through alternate realities on an action-packed adventure!

In the Kingdom of Clow, an archeological dig unleashes an incredible power, causing Sakura to lose her memories. To save her, Syaoran must follow the orders of the Dimension Witch and travel alongside Kurogane, an unrivaled warrior, Fai, a powerful magician, and Mokona Modoki, a curiously strange creature, to retrieve Sakura's dispersed memories! But first, there is a price to be paid... Collects volumes 1-3 in an omnibus format.

Adult Releases

  • In the comic stores, its release date is August 20, 2014. For Amazon and Right Stuf, it's September 2, 2014.

A Strange Kind of Woman Vol. 2
  • Publisher: Eros Comix
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.39

Eros proudly presents a sequel to the wildly successful STRANGE KIND OF WOMAN. Mamaru has landed the love of strange and sexy Shion (and her menagerie of vibrators), but after getting caught in a fight between Shion and the hot and aggressive Yuki he's got amnesia! Mamaru is racing to find his way back to the woman he knows he loved. Meanwhile, a teacher who broke the school doctor's heart when she was a student has returned and offers Yuki a love potion to best Shion and win Mamaru and the price is only- Yuki's body! All presented in the traditional Manga right-to-left style.

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Weekly Manga Releases: August 5 & 12, 2014

Welcome to the first week of manga releases. We have a lot of volumes! Besides Toriko which I need to catch up, I have been meaning to read D. Gray-Man. I forgot where I am in the manga. @taichokage has been working on the wiki project. I have tempted to read his work instead of reading the manga. Food Wars looks interesting to try. I haven't read manga series that revolves around cooking.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on what manga releases you're interested in this week. Thank you.

The covers are from Amazon and Right Stuf for the Anime Vice threads. In Comic Vine, I'm using PikaHyper's covers. I thank him for the wiki pages.

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.

Sources

Notes:

  • ANN listed D-Frag Vol. 1's release date as July 15, 2014. Amazon, Right Stuf, and Comic stores have it listed for August 5, 2014.
  • Same for Bleach Vol. 61. ANN has listed it for June 3, 2014.
  • For Fairy Tail Vol. 40, ANN, Amazon, and Right Stuf have its release date on July 15, 2014. For comic book stores, Fairy Tail Vol. 40 is available on August 5, 2014.
  • MPD-Psycho's release date is July 23 for Right Stuf and Comic stores while Amazon and ANN has it on August 5.
  • Pride & Prejudice and Les Miserables are not covered by ANN. Amazon's release dates for these 2 are August 19 while Right Stuf has it on August 13.

August 5

Temporary Quick Picks Manga

Alice in the Country of Joker: Nightmare Trilogy Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

Alice has been living in the Clover Tower for a while now, and with the coming of April Season, she is able to see Julius again and has met with Joker. Nightmare isn't very pleased, and comes up with ways to keep Alice distracted with all sorts of mini adventures. While Alice can't get away from Nightmare's penetrating gaze, she does not fear him; she may even love him. What will happen when Alice wakes up?

Black Rose Alice
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Dimitri Lewandoski is a celebrated tenor in early 1900s Vienna. When he is killed in an accident, his corpse is colonized by the seeds of a vampire master. At first, Dimitri denies that anything has changed, but as the people around him start dying, he is forced to accept the ghastly truth.

Flash-forward to 2008. In Tokyo, Azusa Kikukawa's troubled love life comes to an end with a fatal accident. Dimitri appears in her dying dreams with a diabolic proposal he will save her lover if she agrees to become the breeding ground for the next generation of vampire seeds...

Bleach Vol. 61

  • Publisher: VIZ Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $9.99

Ichigo Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts—he was born with the gift. When his family is attacked by a Hollow—a malevolent lost soul—Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured spirits themselves find peace. Find out why Tite Kubo's Bleach has become an international manga smash-hit! With the true identity of his sword finally revealed, how will Ichigo take the next step forward? Will his new Zanpaku-to be ...

D-Frag! Vol. 1

  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Kazama Kenji thinks he's a delinquent. He's got the look, the style, and the attitude to match; he even has a second-rate entourage of sorts. Deep down, however, Kazama is a good-hearted kid who finds himself and his loyal gang in over their heads when they stumble upon the Game Creation Club. The club's formidable members, Chitose, Sakura, Minami and Roka, are four girls who he might actually be attracted to if they weren't so freaking weird.

The girls claim to have otherworldly powers which they use to defeat Kazama's gang and force him to join their offbeat club. Can Kazama resist the girls' bizarre charms and return to some semblance of a normal, everyday life... or is it "game over" for our hapless hero?

D. Gray-Man Vol. 24

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Allen, now joined by two companions, is still on the run and trying to deal with his demonic alter ego, the Fourteenth. This means avoiding erstwhile allies as well as overt enemies. He also has to prevent one of his companions, fellow Exorcist Kanda, from trying to destroy the Fourteenth while keeping the Fourteenth from destroying his other companion, Johnny, whose zealous devotion to Allen is gratifying but not much help in a fight!

Dragonar Academy Vol. 3

  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Sylvia, the fourth princess of Lautreamont, has grown up feeling overshadowed by her eldest sister's accomplishments, while Veronica, a battle-hardened war hero, is ruthless in demanding that her younger sister live up to her expectations. When the infamous terrorist known as Avdocha comes to Lautreamont, wanting nothing less than to take Veronica's head, the younger Sylvia becomes her bait that will lure Veronica into a trap. Ash Blake must use his ability to command any dragon at will in order to rescue Sylvia. But can his heroics help Sylvia hold her head high and fight back as a proud princess of Lautreamont?

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Soma Yukihira's old man runs a small family restaurant in the less savory end of town. Aiming to one day surpass his father's culinary prowess, Soma hones his skills day in and day out until one day, out of the blue, his father decides to enroll Soma in a classy culinary school!

Can Soma really cut it in a place that prides itself on a 10 percent graduation rate? And can he convince the beautiful, domineering heiress to the school that he belongs there at all?!

Gantz Volume 32

  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

The devastating war against the alien invaders is over! A new day of peaceful coexistence is dawning! Olive branches for everyone! Of course, before tranquility can be attained, something must be done about the nasty Gantz "terrorists" monkey wrenching the works. Fighting monstrous extraterrestrials is tough enough, but how about taking on the entire human race?

Happy Marriage Vol. 7

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

In order to help her father, Chiwa Takanashi agrees to an arranged marriage with the company president, Hokuto Mamiya—a man she doesn’t know—at the request of Hokuto’s grandfather. Chiwa believes the arrangement isn’t binding, but her new partner seems to think otherwise. Can two strangers living together find their way to a happy marriage?!

High School Debut Vol. 7-9

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Hapless Haruna needs help finding a boyfriend! After failing to win the eye of any guy in high school, Haruna enlists the help of cute upperclassman Yoh to coach her on how to make herself more appealing to the male spec ies. Yoh agrees, with one catch: Haruna had better not fall for him!

Hello Kitty Vol. 3: Just Imagine

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $7.99

Anything is possible if you just imagine... Hello Kitty and her friends are letting their imaginations run wild—dreaming up rainy day adventures, inventing amazing machines and solving problems in the most inventive ways. When creativity and friendship combine, the possibilities are endless! And don't miss Sarah Goodreau's flights of fancy!

Kaze Hikaru Vol. 22
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

In the 1860s in Japan, a new era is dawning. During this time fraught with violent social upheaval, samurai of all walks of life flock to Kyoto in the hope of joining a band of warriors united around their undying loyalty to the Shogunate system. This group became one of the greatest (and most infamous) movements in Japanese history...the Shinsengumi!

Now that Sei has been transferred to the third troop under his command, Saito grows increasingly suspicious of Sei’s true identity. He is visited by dreams of his old friend, Sei’s brother, Yuma. The memories of Yuma’s words gradually grow more vivid, and Saito finally realizes Sei’s secret. Feeling he must protect her, Saito confronts Soji with an ultimatum: expose Sei to Hijitaka and have her dismissed from the troop, or allow Saito to take her as his bride.

MPD Psycho Vol. 11

  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

"Dead Man's Galaxy Days" skips back in time to events that take place before MPD-Psycho Volume 1. Yosuke Kobayashi seems like a smart, driven Tokyo police officer, but he'll soon be transformed into a tragic "multiple personality detective." The ongoing mystery of the Gakuso gang and their murderous "barcode clones" unravels further, and MPD-Psycho's strange supporting cast is seen in a totally new light as a serial killer - the Tokyo Mirror Man - terrorizes the city with his chainsaw!

Les Miserables Vol. 1

  • Distributor: Udon
  • Suggested Retail Price: $24.99

Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo's classic novel of love & tragedy during the French Revolution is reborn in this fantastic new manga edition! The gorgeous art of TseMei Lee brings to life the tragic stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the beautiful Fantine, in this epic adaptation of Les Miserables!

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Vol. 22: Purification
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

The battle against Nue heats up as Rikuo and members of the opposing clans move to Mt. Osore, a holy mountain where spirits of the dead are called into battle. Will a reforged Nenekirimaru, the renowned yokai-killing blade, work to defeat the legions of the undead?

Pokemon Black and White Vol. 17

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $4.99

Black has achieved his dream of entering the Pokémon League! Now can he fulfill his dream of winning it...? Black’s friends Iris and Cheren are competing too! But Cheren is starting to change—and not in a good way... Meanwhile, what will happen when the Shadow Triad attack three Legendary Pokémon...?

Plus, watch four thrilling Pokémon League battles: Black vs. Lou Karr, Cheren vs. Leo, Marlon vs. Hood Man, and Iris vs. Gray! Who are these mysterious participants really...?

Rosario + Vampire II Vol. 13: Alter Egos

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Average human teenager Tsukune accidentally enrolls at a boarding school for monsters--no, not jocks and popular kids, but bona fide werewolves, witches and unnameables out of his wildest nightmares! On the plus side, all the girls have a monster crush on him. On the negative side, all the boys are so jealous they want to kill him! And so do the girls he spurns, because he only has eyes for one of them--the far-from-average vampire Moka. On the plus side, Moka only has glowing red eyes for Tsukune. On the O-negative side, she also has a burning, unquenchable thirst for his blood...

When villains' true identities turn out to be nested like Russian dolls...

  • a. dance the squat dance
  • b. find a new body to inhabit yourself
  • c. count your blessings

Spell of Desire Vol. 1

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Kaoruko Mochizuki runs an herb shop in a small seaside town. One day, a mysterious man dressed in black named Kaname Hibiki enters her shop and reveals that Kaoruko is actually a witch. And what's more, Kaoruko needs Kaname to help control her awakening power! Among the shocking news Kaname imparts is that Kaoruko's mother is still alive and has entrusted Kaoruko with the immense power of the Witch Queen. As long as Kaoruko has that power, she will be the target of humans and demonic spirits alike. Kaname claims to be a "knight" that protects witches, but then he steals a kiss from Kaoruko!

Toriko Vol. 23: Meal Fit For A King
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

When the Four-Beasts is revealed to be a single giant monster that craves human flesh, Toriko and the Four Kings rush to the center of the Human World to stop it from eating the helpless populace. But as soon as they get there, it unleashes a toxic rain. While Komatsu cooks up a life-saving cure, the Four Kings pool their appetite for the ultimate combination attack!

Voice Over! Seiyu Academy Vol. 6

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Hime Kino's dream is to one day do voice acting like her hero Sakura Aoyama from the Lovely ? Blazers anime, and getting accepted to the prestigious Holly Academy's voice actor department is the first step in the right direction! But Hime's gruff voice has earned her the scorn of teachers and students alike. Hime will not let that stand unchallenged. She&'ll show everyone that she is too a voice acting princess, whether they like it or not!!

August 12

We have a large selection this week. I'm hyped for Magi and Fairy Tail, being a long time fan of these franchises. Fairy Tail and Magi are both Shonen series with plenty of fan service. Fairy Tail is a bit light hearted than Magi in terms of content. If you are a Shonen fan and want a break from the HST (One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach), give these two series a try.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on what manga releases you're interested in this week. Thank you.

Notes:

  • Right Stuf has Project H Books and Digital Manga Publishing manga release this week. Comic book stores already had these adult manga releases on the week of July 9, 2014. For Amazon, the adult manga were released on the week of July 15, 2014. These are Blue Sheep Reverie, Disciplinarian, How To Get Dumped in Style, Kinokoinu Mushroom Pup Vol. 1, Nurse's Sweet Naked Truth, One is Enough, Splash to Love Vol. 2, and Teach Me a Lesson.
  • Les Miserables and Pride and Prejudice were release last week on Amazon, and they are listed on Right Stuf's release for this week.
  • Samurai Executioner Omnibus isn't available in comic book stores or Amazon this week. Amazon has it on August 26 while ANN and Right Stuf listed it for this week.
Deadman Wonderland Volume 4
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Ganta is recruited into the Scar Chain, an antiestablishment group planning a mass prison escape. After a brief meeting with Shiro, he stands at a crossroads, but Nagi persuades him to take part in the escape. However, a traitor has already leaked the plan to the Undertakers, a unit specially formed to stamp out the rebels.

Fairy Tail Volume 41
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

Fairy Tail visits a town of giants frozen in magical ice that Gray can't dispel and Natsu can't melt! At its heart is supposedly an Eternal Flame.​.. but how can a flame be frozen?​ And they're not the only ones after the town's secrets.​ Three treasure hunters block their path,​ while an old nemesis lurks in the shadows.​ To top it off,​ a magical trap makes all the Fairy Tail wizards' problems seem much bigger!

Itsuwaribito Vol. 12

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

After a fierce battle,​ Utsuho and his friends manage to foil the plot of a group of assassins to take the life of a southern monarch.​ Will this earn them the Kokonotsu treasure they've been after?​ That question aside,​ they add some new members to their group and set out on another journey,​ finding that the village they visit on the way is a little strange.​..

Loveless Vol. 12

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

When Seimei refuses to fight alongside Nisei against an enraged Moonless, it cuts the final tie in the web of manipulation that binds the dirtiest Fighter to his heartless Sacrifice. Meanwhile, while looking at his brother's photo album, Ritsuka discovers new information about his old self that doesn't match up.

Magi Vol. 7

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Alibaba, now in possession of a new power, plunges forward. But even after this fierce battle, fresh challenges await him.

Monster Soul Vol. 2

  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

A group of monsters known as Black Airs come across of pair humans who are looking to make some money hunting monsters with bounties on their heads. The Black Airs make quick work of the bounty hunters who fail to learn their lesson as they become overly ambitious and attempt to hunt the Black Airs. This proves to be a terrible mistake and we get to see just what makes the Black Airs so special: enormous power and even stronger friendship.

Wolfsmund Volume 5
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

It is the 14th Century and as the Swiss begin to initiate their movements toward independence a fortress in the Alps known as the Wolfsmund continues to strike fear amongst the German and Italian communities that dare threaten Hapsburg (Austrian) rule!

Adult Releases

Crimson Spell Volume 5
  • Distributor: SuBLime
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

On his quest to find the one behind the curse on his sword, Vald manages to sneak into the empire’s capital. His target is the greatest sorcerer in Zenedoura—Asterdol. However, in the midst of his search, Vald is captured by servants of the emperor. Fortunately for him, his capture brings an unexpected boon—the very sorcerer Vald is looking for comes straight to him! What will Vald do when he discovers that the man behind the curse looks exactly like Limris? And now that he’s facing his greatest danger yet, will Halvir come to Vald’s rescue?

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Weekly Manga Releases: July 22 and 29, 2014

Welcome to this two week special! We have a huge selection. I'm familiar with some of these titles.

  • Black Butler - With the anime covering Noah Circus Ark, I haven't read the manga past volume 15 or so. I'll wait until the anime is over before continuing.
  • Blood Lad - I still have yet to read the manga after watching and enjoying the short anime series.
  • Is this a Zombie? - I loved the anime better than the manga since the anime features stuff that wasn't in the manga such as Seraphim's fight. The manga tends to show more panties and Haruna fan service than the anime.
  • Soul Eater and Soul Eater Not! - Love both anime series. Too bad that Soul Eater ended with an anime original ending. I'm hope for a reboot that is faithful to the manga. For Soul Eater Not!, I like the series, but my heart is with the original series due to different preferences (action over yuri undertones with slice of life)
  • Vinland Saga - Loved the manga series. Bought Volume 4 from Anime Expo already.
  • From the New World - Hate the manga series since it deviates from the anime. The manga has too much fan service which ruins the mood for me.
  • Finally, Watamote was a fun anime series to watch. I haven't tried the manga yet, but I'm interested in reading it. There was an announcement from Sentai Filmworks that the anime will be released in August 2014 (see Sentai Filmworks announced Watamote English Cast).

Please feel free to share your thoughts on what manga releases you're interested in this week. Thank you.

The covers are from Amazon and Right Stuf.

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.

Sources

Notes:

  • ANN does not list Infernal Devices Vol. 3, being a Manhwa series. Amazon, Right Stuf, and Comic Book stores have it this week.
  • Comic Book Stores list Monster Perfect Edition this week while anime and manga stores list its release last week, July 15. Same applies to Terra Formars Vol. 1 except the release date is for July 30.
  • Comic Book Store list Umineko's release date on July 30 while ANN, Amazon, Right Stuf has it on July 22.
  • Comic Book stores did not list Is This a Zombie Vol. 8 this week.
  • Vinland Saga Vol. 4 isn't available in comic stores this week. It's available on Amazon and Right Stuf.

July 22

Battle Angel Alita Last Order Omnibus 4

  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.99

MADNESS IN MULTIPLES

In the depths of Melchizedek, Alita inches closer to recovering her dear friend’s brain but not before she is greeted by Mbadi and a rather duplicitous Desty Nova doppleganger. Meanwhile, Sechs and the other members of the Space Angels make their way through ZOTT, where Sechs comes to face a universally renowned Space Karate master in a show of technique, toughness and…thumbs?

Black Butler Vol. 17
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested Retail Price: $13

Due in no small part to Sebastian,​ his uncommon butler,​ Earl Ciel Phantomhive finally succeeds in earning an audience with the enigmatic headmaster of Weston College following the outcome of the annual cricket tourney.​ As moon-pale petals bloom on the lapels of the students who have been granted a place at the Midnight Tea Party,​ the man who holds all authority at the school reveals himself to his guests.​

Will his appearance shed light on the fate of the students who have gone missing,​ or will the mysteries continue to pile up within these hallowed school grounds?​

Blood Lad Vol. 5

  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $20

Using Staz's powerful magic, Braz has successfully resurrected his father, Richarz, former king of the Demon World. Staz is furious that his brother has swindled him yet again-with Staz's blood and Braz's efforts going toward resurrection research, Staz and Fuyumi are back to square one on restoring her human body. But more pressing than Fuyumi's precarious state is that of the Demon World! When the dust settles, will a vampire or a werewolf be sitting on the throne?!

The Infernal Devices Vol. 3: Clockwork Princess

  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested Retail Price: $12.99

The threat of Mortmain's Infernal Devices looms as the Shadowhunters race to work out a way to counteract the mechanical monsters. Meanwhile, plans for Tessa's marriage to Jem are underway, despite her fiance's failing health and the unresolved feelings between her and Will. When Tessa is captured, Will must leave his comrade behind to save the woman they both love. But with the final missing piece - Tessa herself - in Mortmain's possession, can anything stop his plot for revenge?

No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I"m Not Popular! Volume 4
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

As the second term of high school winds down, Tomoko Kuroki's life continues to be full of awesome...nothing. But ever the optimist, she pins her hopes on the possibilities that winter break will bring. Unfortunately, there's a cold breeze blowing in more ways than one, and Tomoko's in for a disappointment. Is she doomed to spend her theoretically monumental first year as an HSG without any friends at all?!

Omamori Himari Vol. 12
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

Kuesu, who has returned to the fold as an immortal, arouses great joy and relief in Yuuto. But at the sight of her beloved Young Lord happy and in the arms of another, Himari succumbs to the dark beast that dwells within her and goes on a rampage. As a demon slayer whose duty it is to stop out-of-control ayakashi like Himari, what decision will Yuuto make?! Find out in the moving conclusion to Omamori Himari!

Pandora Hearts Vol. 21
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

What you have been granted is the "possibility" of survival. "I want you to be 'happy'..." With these parting words, one man sacrifices himself to save Oz and his companions, who have been chased into a corner. That sentiment succeeds in awakening Oz's heart, long held captive in the depths of his own soul, as though breaking all the chains that bind him... But when Oz learns of the heavy price of his revival, can his resolve withstand it?

Soul Eater Vol. 21

  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Crona's crimes have become too terrible to ignore, and the troubled youth is added to Shinigami's list. Hoping to reach her friend first, Maka extends her soul perception ability to engulf the entire planet. But the sweep delivers even more than she had bargained for: the location of the Kishin's hideout!

Soul Eater Not! Vol. 3

  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

The attack on Eternal Feather is a cruel reminder that there is very real danger out there for the weapons and meisters of DWMA. Tsugumi is more determined than ever to develop her skills so that she can defend her friends in the future. But the road ahead is filled with challenges...and silliness!

Umineko When They Cry Episode 4: Alliance of the Golden Witch Part 1
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $21.99

Twelve years after her loved ones were brutally murdered at the annual family meeting, Ange Ushiromiya, now 18, is the sole heir of the Ushiromiya family. Ostracized by her peers, Ange seeks companionship in the pages of a diary left behind by her cousin, Maria. The diary offers a precious glimpse of Maria's world - her struggles at school, her friendship with stuffed lion Sakutarou, and her fascination with magic. It's as if the diary contains the last remnants of Ange's dear cousin... and an opportunity for Ange to discover the magic within herself...

July 29

Wandering Son Vol. 7 is released on July 31.

From the New World Volume 5
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $10.95

There's a fox in the henhouse known as Kamisu 66-Acreage - a Fiend! Saki and her friends are now in a position where they cannot defend against their mass destruction. Those given their genetic composition and programming, even gods themselves run, but cannot hide.

My Little Monster Volume 3
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

Haru confirms his love for Shizuku after a talk with the class rep, Chizuru Oshima (who also has feelings for Haru!). Meanwhile, confused and unsure, Shizuku decides to eliminate her feelings towards Haru in order to focus on her studies. Will Haru be able to change her mind? The school fesival brings chaos and rivalries as personalities clash!

Wandering Son Volume 7
  • Distributor: Fantagraphics Books
  • Suggested retail price: $24.99

Nitori-kun gets his first signs of acne. This may well be the end of the world. But when he turns to nationally famous model Anna-chan for help, events take an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, Nitori-kun and Chiba-san are scouted by the theater club after the success of their gender-bending play, The Rose of Versailles. But when Takatsuki-san congratulates Chiba-san, Chiba-san calls her a hypocrite. If Takatsuki-san wanted to join the theater club, she wouldn't congratulate Chiba-san — she'd be jealous. So says Chiba-san, but what does she know?

Vinland Saga Book 4
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.99
Pushed to the brink of despair after his father attempted to have him killed,​ Prince Canute has experienced an awakening,​ transforming him from a timid,​ gentle boy into a clear-eyed man with the heart of a king.​ But a king needs a crown,​ and Canute now knows that nothing will be given to him.​ If he wants to rule,​ he will have to prove his ruthlessness with a plot that will change the fate of the kingdom and spatter the throne with blood!
Meanwhile,​ Thorfinn watches events unfold that could steal away the vengeance he has waited so long to achieve.​..
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Weekly Manga Releases: July 8 & 15, 2014

Welcome everyone! We had a large selection today. The weirdest covers this week has to be Case Closed for its cat on the cover and In Clothes Called Fat. I still have Sherlock Bones and UQ Holder on my to read list. The manga titles that came up and surprise me was D-Frag! Having watched the series with @DocHaus @Marshal Victory and the gang in winter of 2014, I'm curious to see how the manga was like. Fairy Tail had a Blu-Ray release this week, and now, it has a manga release, too. Missions of Love is a manga series my sister is currently reading. I haven't read it, but it doesn't seem to be my type of manga to read. Having seen Knights of Sidonia, I wanted to see another Sci-Fi and horror manga series. Terra Formars looks like it fit that desire. That's all I'm interested this week.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on what manga releases you're interested in this week. Thank you.

It's thanks to PikaHyper for uploading the English manga covers for Seven Deadly Sins Vol. 3 and UQ Holder Vol. 2. The rest except Sherlock Bones are from Amazon.com.

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.

Sources

Notes:

  • Right Stuf had Moe Maniax for this week while Amazon and ANN listed it for last week.
  • Right Stuf has Terra Formars listed this week.
  • The Mission of Love, Lone Wolf Club, Fairy Tail, and What You Eat Yesterday manga covers come from Right Stuf while the rest come from Amazon.

Right Stuf has a few adult releases which I forgot to add, but I have to leave for a wedding dinner tonight. I'm working at the restaurant.

  • Fruitful Body
  • Coffin of Cerebrum
  • Work for Pleasure
  • Hey! Class President
  • Nyotai-ka! Vol. 3

Weekly Manga Releases

Case Closed Volume 51
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Plot:

Digging for clams at the beach, the Junior Detective League digs up a mystery instead. Did a depressed beachgoer commit suicide, or was he murdered by one of his friends?
Then, detective Richard Moore faces a challenge beyond his crime-fighting abilities: taking care of his ex-wife's new kitten! But the pesky furball leads him to the clues he needs to solve an impenetrable code. Could there be a new detective in town - one even cuter than Conan?
Fullmetal Alchemist Omnibus 8
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Plot:

With the Day of Reckoning at hand, war breaks out in Central City. On one side, the homunculi and corrupt military; on the other, the Elric family, Ishvalan refugees, and a ragtag alliance of soldiers loyal to Major General Armstrong of Fort Briggs and Roy Mustang.
While Hohenheim confronts the homunculi's "father," Mustang finally learns the truth about Hughes's murder. Will he be consumed by hatred and do the unthinkable?
Collects volumes 22-24 in an omnibus format.
In Clothes Called Fat
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $13.95
Plot:
Noko appears to be living a great life, she's got a good job and a loving boyfriend, but beneath a thin veneer is a young woman who is struggling with her self-image and self-confidence as she fights to keep her weight down. To Noko, being 5 pounds overweight means being miles away from happiness in her lovelife and in her work-place.
Ranma ½ [2-in-1 Edition] Vol. 3
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99
Chinese Amazon warrior Shampoo hasn't given up on Ranma yet - only instead of killing him, she now wants to marry him! There are just a few obstacles in the way of their future happiness, though, starting with a childhood phobia of Ranma's and followed by Shampoo's suitor, Mousse, martial arts master of hidden weapons. Can Ranma escape Shampoo's soap opera? Or a better question might be, does he even want to?
Collects volumes 5-6 in an omnibus format.
07-Ghost Volume 11
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
Plot:
The paths of one evil god, two rival empires, three unlikely bishops and seven brave ghosts converge in the destiny of Teito Klein, a boy who vows to master a powerful artifact known as the Eye of Mikael in order to lay bare the secrets of the world’s and his own murky past.
Bishop by day and something sinister by night, Frau has managed to hide his “real job” from Teito…until now. On the Hawkzile race that will take them to Hoburg Fortress, Frau loses control and pulls Teito ...
Rin-ne Volume 15
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
Plot:
Ever since a strange encounter when she was a child, Sakura Mamiya has had the power to see ghosts. Now in high school, she just wishes the ghosts would leave her alone! When her mysterious classmate Rinne Rokudo shows up, Sakura finds herself following him into the amazing world between life and death!
The damashigami Renge has moved into the room next to Rinne’s in the old club building. Renge has been giving away lucky cell phone charm straps for free, and as a result, Rinne’s losing business! With everyone around Renge getting caught up in her affairs, Rinne has his work cut out for him!
Sherlock Bones Volume 6
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99
Plot:
THIS JUST IN: MURDER IN LONDON TOWN
With Takeru settling into his new job as a police officer, he and Sherdog take on their latest mystery in a case that involves the murder of a famous newscaster’s wife. But as Takeru tries to pin this grisly murder on the newscaster, he finds himself in conflict with Kento Munakata, the hot-shot, genius detective in charge of the case. Takeru and Sherdog will do all they can to solve this case, even if it means going above the detective’s head to get things done, but will Takeru’s rash actions hurt or help him in the end?
The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat Volume 2
  • Distributor: Digital Manga Publishing
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95
Plot:
Yoto finally has a date of his dreams with Azusa! But it's a date like no other! This is their first date and they are already talking about marriage and family...?!
The Seven Deadly Sins Vol. 3 - "The Sin of Greed"
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99
Plot:
When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth - the Sins were framed by the king's guard, the Holy Knights - too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne! Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn't even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins' strength been exaggerated...?
UQ Holder Volume 2
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99
Plot:
Negi Springfield, the boy wizard of the hit manga Negima!, fought and won many battles. Now it is decades later and Negi's grandson(!), a little boy name Touta, dreams of leaving his quiet village and heading to the City. But first he must defeat his teacher... the immortal vampire, Evangeline!

Weekly Manga Releases

D-Frag! Volume 1
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
Kazama Kenji thinks he's a delinquent. He's got the look, the style, and the attitude to match; he even has a second-rate entourage of sorts. Deep down, however, Kazama is a good-hearted kid who finds himself and his loyal gang in over their heads when they stumble upon the Game Creation Club. The club's formidable members, Chitose, Sakura, Minami and Roka, are four girls who he might actually be attracted to if they weren't so freaking weird.
The girls claim to have otherworldly powers which they use to defeat Kazama's gang and force him to join their offbeat club. Can Kazama resist the girls' bizarre charms and return to some semblance of a normal, everyday life... or is it "game over" for our hapless hero?
Devils and Realist Volume 2
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
Devils and Realist is an all-new supernatural manga series that pits a young, suave nobleman against Hell’s princely demons.
William Twining has it all—a sharp intelligence, dashing good looks, and a noble station in life. There’s only one problem: he’s broke. With no way to finance his prestigious education, William decides to search through his uncle’s mansion for something of value to sell. But William’s logical worldview is about to take a hit, when he comes across a mystical seal which he unintentionally uses to summon a demon.
The demon’s name is Dantalion, a Grand Duke of Hell, who informs the young nobleman of his destiny—that he is the new “Elector” whose sole responsibility is to appoint the next ruler of Hell in place of Lucifer. Such news might drive a lesser man mad, but not William Twining. He’s a realist whose views don’t allow for the existence of demons, even when scores of demonic candidates begin to knock down his door and seek his favor. None of this can possibly be real—can it?—and besides, he’s got bills to pay.
Fairy Tail Volume 40
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99
Summary is not available.
Missions of Love Volume 8
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99
Shigure's plan to get close to Yukina by helping her overcome her weakness gets off to a good start, but runs into trouble when Yukina meets into an old acquaintance–the preschool teacher who traumatized her in the first place. Can Shigure keep Yukina's old wounds from reopening?
Monster: The Perfect Edition Volume 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99
Johan is a cold and calculating killer with a mysterious past, and brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Conspiracy and serial murder open the door to a compelling, intricately woven plot in this masterwork of suspense.
Everyone faces uncertainty at some point in their lives. Even a brilliant surgeon like Kenzo Tenma is no exception. But there’s no way he could have known that his decision to stop chasing professional success and instead concentrate on his oath to save peoples’ lives would result in the birth of an abomination. The questions of good and evil now take on a terrifyingly real dimension. Years later, in Germany during the tumultuous post-reunification period, middle-aged childless couples are being killed one after another. The serial killer’s identity is known. The reasons why he kills are not. Dr. Tenma sets out on a journey to find the killer’s twin sister, who may hold some clues to solving the enigma of the “Monster.”
What Did You Eat Yesterday Volume 3
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

No summary available.

World War Blue Volume 6
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
World War Blue is an all-new fantasy manga series inspired by the “console wars,” the historic struggle for market share between manufacturers in the video game industry. In World War Blue, this conflict is represented by satirical versions of famous video game characters, who fight each other in a sprawling RPG-like world.
In the continent of Consume, an endless war rages between bitter rivals: the Segua Kingdom vs. the Ninteldo Empire. Upon his dinosaur steed, the stern Emperor Marcus has led the Ninteldo Empire to near-victory. Now, with the majority of Consume under its control, Ninteldo has Segua up against the ropes.
Enter a fleet-footed lad named Gear, who seeks vengeance against Ninteldo for his brother’s death. After joining Segua’s Army, Gear is enlisted in the Special Forces, due to his amazing speed. Yet the inexperienced, hasty youth may not be ready for the realities of war—or he might just become the Segua Empire’s last and greatest hope.
Terra Formars Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $12.99

In the late 26th century, overpopulation on Earth is reaching the breaking point, and humanity must find new frontiers. The terraforming of Mars has taken centuries, but is now complete. The colonization of Mars by humanity is an epoch-making event, but an unintended side effect of the terraforming process unleashes a horror no one could ever have imagined...

After humanity's first manned mission to the Red Planet was lost, a second expedition arrives. The explorers prepare to exterminate the cockroaches that were used to transform the Martian environment. They are shocked to discover that the insects have mutated into giant, aggressive humanoids with one overriding goal: exterminate the humans! But this crew of explorers has each undergone the "Bugs Procedure," terrifying experimental surgery designed to make them more than human...

  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99
Separated from his son while battling Yagyu assassins,​ Itto Ogami’s mission of retribution heats to a boil as he cuts through any obstacle to find his missing child.​ But little Daigoro,​ though a mere toddler,​ is the son of the most formidable and resourcefull samurai in the land.​ Though alone in a cruel world,​ Daigoro has the heart of a warrior!
Collects two stories from volume 10 and volumes 11-12 in an omnibus format.​
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Weekly Manga Releases: June 24 & July 1

Welcome everyone to last week's Quick Picks! Sorry for being late, I had finals on July 3 as well as Anime Expo this weekend.

For June, I'm all psyched for Attack on Titan: No Regrets.

For July, the three manga series that are stand out to me are Nisekoi, Arpeggio, and Flowers of Evil. I'm familiar with Nisekoi and Arpeggio since I saw both anime series. If you like comedic harem series set in school with cutesy, fan service, Nisekoi is for you. If you like anthropomorphism of ships as little girls, Arpeggio is for you.

Flowers of Evil was a dark horse in Spring 2013 anime season due to its rotoscoping. The manga doesn't have that. I haven't seen the anime or read the manga, but Flowers of Evil is on my watch list.

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Notes:

  • Right Stuf has Moe Maniax's release date on July 9.

June 24's Manga

Air Gear Volume 31
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99
Kogarasumaru continues the charge into Genesis's aircraft carrier. Ikki must face Sora Takeuchi while Agito and Kaito come head to head with Arthur and Charlotte! Amidst the disaster of the accidentally damaged Storm Regalia, Ringo and Kururu must voyage into the inner-most depths of the aircraft carrier and continue their mission. And finally, the truth about Kaito's past and the mysterious "Gazelle" comes to light..
Are You Alice Volume 5
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

With Alice and Hatter distracted, the traitorous Dormouse sets off with the Queen of Hearts in his crosshairs. In his urgency to stop the traitor, Hatter makes the mistake of leaving Alice alone with the Cheshire Cat - an error that has proved near-fatal in the past. And when the Regret formerly known as the 88th Alice confronts Alice, it becomes clear that the Dormouse wasn't the only traitor in their midst! Now Alice must fight to keep his position... lest his name - and his life - be forfeit!

Attack on Titan: No Regrets Volume 1
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

MAKE A CHOICE WITH NO REGRETS This prequel to megahit

Attack on Titan answers the questions: How did Captain Levi of the Survey Corps go from street tough to humanity's strongest soldier? And how did Commander Erwin become a cold, calculating leader, ready to sacrifice anything to save the human race? The fires that forged this bond of loyalty and trust were intense indeed!

Bloody Cross Volume 3
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $11.99

Recovering the first Prophecy Book nearly cost Tsukimiya her life, so securing the second will be no small feat. Now that Satsuki has mobilized in the race to collect God's inheritance, he and Tsuzuki clash violently when the second Book and its key appear simultaneously in two separate locations. Tsuzuki has the conviction, but does he have the strength to defeat the fallen angel, whose determination is such that he is willing to fly in the face of God himself?

Cardfight!! Vanguard Volume 2
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $10.95

The basis of the hit trading card game and animation franchise, Cardfight!! Vanguard is a modern fantasy tale of trading card playing and making friends through gaming.

Judge Volume 4
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

You are not the only ones playing this game." Clues discovered in a new room only lead down a new path of despair, and the time comes for the brutal sentencing of the third Judgment. The line between perpetrator and victim begins to blur. Until all is revealed, time is on no one's side...

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story Volume 2
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Mami has joined with a new magical-girl partner in her efforts to rid the city of witches. Miki Sayaka is a little green, but her swordsmanship is an undeniable asset to the cause. But Sayaka brings more than her blade to battle: her friend Madoka has joined the girls on their late-night missions. Mami doesn't want to pressure Madoka into a decision about becoming a magical girl, but how long can Madoka remain on the sidelines as a passive witness when her friends are in danger?

Sankarea Volume 7
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

WELCOME TO THE ZOMBIE HOLY LAND

Looking to cure Bub's condition, Chihiro and company have finally arrived at ZoMA HQ. There, they are greeted by ZoMA's chief, Salva Arnschent Kurumiya, along with his adorable zombie daughter, Rosarie. This place has been called the zombie "holy land" but with cute girls like these to tickle Chihiro's fancy, could this be a bit of zombie "paradise"? Meanwhile, the Chief has taken an interest in Rea and conducts a series of tests to probe her unique zombie state. Is Rea's rare condition the key to suppressing the "turbid period"?

Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance Volume 1
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Kazuto Kirigaya (aka Kirito) has survived the death game of Aincrad masterminded by Akihiko Kayaba, programmer of Sword Art Online, and made it back to the real world. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Asuna Yuuki (aka Asuna the Flash), the girl Kirito fell in love with in the game world and who has yet to awaken from her seemingly endless slumber.

As his sister Suguha sadly looks on, Kazuto continues to visit Asuna in the hospital in the hope of finding answers... But one day, the answers suddenly find him in the form of a man who claims to be Asuna's fiance?! With him, the man brings an in-game screenshot of someone who looks a lot like Asuna being held captive! Now Kirito must dive into an all-new VRMMORPG, Alfheim Online, to bring Asuna home!

Moe Maniax
  • Distributor: Project-H
  • Suggested retail price: $17.95

Daisuke's the most daring and charismatic guy around... when he's gaming online! But what will happen when his quest-friends insist on meeting up in (gasp!) the real world? Can Daisuke keep his cool around a gang of hot geek girls? Moe-Maniax mixes sultry minxes and devilish desire in a world of costumes, crushes, and flirty fun! Can the girl next door turn into the star of the cosplay convention? And will an after-work drink turn into a wild night of passionate play?

Tale of the Waning MoonVolume 4
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $16.99

One of the governing rules of the moon and its inhabitants states, "A Spirit of the Moon must not directly aid those who seek out the moon." For breaking this rule and giving aid to his beloved Ryuka, Ixto, Spirit of the Waning Moon, has been imprisoned by the powers that be.

Far from being glad of his lover's help, however, Ryuka is livid that Ixto took it upon himself to make such a drastic decision without consulting him first! He stubbornly continues on his quest to the moon and Ixto, but do caustic words await these cursed lovers instead of sweet kisses at the end of their long journey?!

July Releases

Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight's Knowledge
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99
The Ace of Hearts, the Knight of Heart Castle, is Wonderland's resident bad boy and master swordsman. He may be dashing and handsome, but his love represents a danger the likes of which Alice has never seen. Can the cruel yet charming knight win Alice's heart?
Arpeggio of Blue Steel Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
Arpeggio of Blue Steel is a gripping, action-packed manga series set in the near-future, where humans must wage an aquatic war of survival against a mysterious alien invader. Humanity’s only hope is to launch a sentient superweapon: a girl able to transform into a deadly submarine.
Each meticulously illustrated volume of the manga Arpeggio of Blue Steel contains color inserts, and features futuristic and explosive submarine battles that are sure to captivate readers.
In the early 21st century, the majority of Earth’s landmass is submerged due to rising sea levels. Enter the Fleet of Fog, a host of sentient alien battleships of unknown origin who easily decimate earth’s naval forces. Humanity is now on the verge of extinction.
In the year 2039, the stalwart Captain Chihaya Gunzou and his intrepid crew on the Blue Steel fleet may be humanity’s last chance to fight off the alien invaders. The Blue Steel fleet happens to contain a secret weapon that could turn the tide of war: a mysterious I-401 submarine that can transform into a girl.
D.Gray-man [3-in-1 Edition] (GN 4)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99
Amidst the fighting in Japan,​ the Millennium Earl goes after Lenalee until Allen makes a timely appearance.​ But their reunion is cut short when the earl traps the exorcists inside Noah's Ark.​ Now Allen and his friends have just three hours to find a way out before they are lost forever!
Collects volumes 10-12 in an omnibus format.​
Demon Love Spell Vol. 6
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
Miko is a shrine maiden who has never had much success at seeing or banishing spirits. Then she meets Kagura, a sexy demon who feeds off women’s feelings of passion and love. Kagura’s insatiable appetite has left many girls at school brokenhearted, so Miko casts a spell to seal his powers. Surprisingly the spell works—sort of—but now Kagura is after her!
Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends - Now With 50% More Fail!
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
Based on the popular franchise of the same name, Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends - Now With 50% More Fail! is a collection of hilarious short stories that each focus on a different cast member. Spanning light novels, manga and anime, Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends continues to be a fan-favorite series and a New York Times manga bestseller.
Recent high school transfer student Hasegawa Kodaka is pathetically inept at making friends. Kodaka is an outcast, with his natural blond hair which he inherited from his deceased English mother, and his unpleasant, fierce gaze. When he comes across the brash loner Mikazuki Yozora, who typically chats with her imaginary friend, the two outsiders become the unlikeliest of allies.
Realizing that they have no hope of a normal social life, the two rejects decide to form a group called “The Neighbor’s Club” in order to make friends and maybe even learn a thing or two about social skills. As luck would have it, five new members join the club who are more socially awkward than they are. Will these quirky misfits ever make normal friends, or are they all doomed to social failure?
Midnight Secretary Vol. 6
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
Kyohei has finally admitted that he loves Kaya,​ and he's even stopped feeding on other women.​ But even though they've worked out their personal issues,​ their dual roles as boss/​secretary and vampire/​human are still a huge hurdle to overcome.​ Can Kaya and Kyohei stand up to the disapproval of the business world and the vampire world?​!
My Love Story Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
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 (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn!
Skip Beat! Omnibus Vol. 8
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99
Kyoko Mogami followed her true love Sho to Tokyo to support him while he made it big as an idol. But he’s casting her out now that he’s famous enough! Kyoko won’t suffer in silence—she’s going to get her sweet revenge by beating Sho in show biz!
Kyoko’s recent efforts to improve her craft have really paid off! She’s brought new life to her new bully role and really impressed the director and crew. But Kyoko’s success sends her costar Chiori over the edge! Can Kyoko use her understanding of the dark side to help her fellow actress work past her personal demons, or will the clash of their personalities destroy the set?!
Naruto Vol. 66
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

The ninja war approaches its climax as the revived Hokage head to the battlefield in order to stop Obito and Madara. Naruto will have to team up with his dad in order to save the ninja world. But what dark tricks does Obito have up his sleeve...?

Nisekoi Vol. 4
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Love triangle! Comedic antics!! Gang warfare?! You won’t want to miss out on Weekly Shonen Jump's laugh-out-loud feel-good manga series! It's hate at first sight when Raku Ichijo first meets Chitoge Kirisaki. But much to their chagrin, the two are forced into a false love relationship to keep the peace between their feuding gangster families. Meanwhile, Raku's still hung up on the girl he made a promise to ten years ago, keeping a pendant around his neck as a memento. The girl, ...

Phantom Thief Jeanne Vol. 3
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

High school student Maron Kusakabe has a secret: she's Phantom Thief Jeanne. She sneaks into private art collections to steal paintings in which demons reside. Jeanne's task is to seal the demons before they can devour human hearts. So far she's been able to evade the police on her midnight outings, but now another thief has come onto the scene - Phantom Sinbad - and he's trying to take the paintings before she does

Pokémon Adventures - Firered & Leafgreen Vol. 23
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Just as Green is about to meet her long-lost parents,​ they are sucked into a vortex created by a mysterious Pokemon! Red and Blue want to help,​ but first they must improve their battle skills.​ Then,​ the Three Beasts of Team Rocket are up to their old tricks again! Which former enemy will unexpectedly come to our friends' aid.​..?

Pokémon Adventures: Black and White Vol. 4
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

A thrilling meeting with one of the Elite Four strains Black's brain.​ Then,​ it's opening night for White's Pokemon musical! Will everything go off without a hitch.​..? Not likely! And what will happen when another Trainer lures away White's star performer,​ Tepig Gigi?​ Plus,​ will White ever overcome her fears and learn to battle with her Pokemon?​!

Sweet Rein Vol. 3

Distributor: Viz Media Suggested retail price: $9.99 Spring is in full bloom, and the rein connecting Kurumi and Kaito has turned red. Kaito is in the midst of his mating season, and all human females are susceptible to his charms. Just as Kaito has been bewitched by her, Kurumi now finds herself bewitched by him!

The Flowers of Evil Vol. 10

Distributor: Vertical Suggested retail price: $10.95 A lonely, bookish teen struggles to find his identity through Charles Baudelaire's poetry, until two girls, a bully and the class beauty, help him realize true love and real friendship.

The Sacred Blacksmith Vol. 5
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

The Sacred Blacksmith is a sweeping swords and sorcery epic about a female knight and her adventures with a young mysterious blacksmith. This manga is the fifth book in an ongoing series that features stunning artwork and color inserts in each volume.
Like her father and grandfather before her, Cecily Campbell has entered the noble ranks of the Knight Guard, sworn to protect the Independent Trade City of Housman. Now the time has come for Cecily to prove herself in battle. A veteran of the great Valbanill War goes berserk in the marketplace. Cecily
confronts him with the prized sword she inherited from her father—and it shatters to pieces!
All seems lost, when a lone figure swoops to the rescue, an expert swordsman with a sword unlike any Cecily has ever seen. His name is Luke Ainsworth, a blacksmith of much renown, who will forge a new sword for Cecily and join her down a path of magical adventure beyond her wildest dreams.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Vol. 5
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

The Numbers War heats up as Yuma and the Numbers Club track down more of the powerful cards. Kaito's past comes into play as Yuma tries to find out why this expert Duelist is seeking the Numbers cards. A duel between Kaito and Yuma's old rival Shark may lead them all to a surprising alliance!

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Anime Expo 2014: Day 3 and 4 (Complete Version)

Welcome everyone! Here are my experiences attending Anime Expo for the 2nd time. My first time was in 2013, My First Experience at Anime Expo - Day 1 (Complete Edition). Unlike last year, I could not purchase the 2 day badge. I heard on Anime Expo's Facebook page that they discontinue it after sales didn't meet their expectations. It forces folks to buy the 4 Day Badge or the 1 Day Badge.

Check out the Anime Convention Survival Guide! which BigHeart711, sickVisionz, and I co written for folks who have never attended a convention.

Note:

This is a condensed version. For panels, I expand my experiences and write down my evaluations in a separate blog. I only got to attend two panels:

To recap on Day 1, I finished finals on July 3 by 3:30 PM. When I got to Anime Expo around 5:20PM or so, I waited in line until 6:30PM where they told everyone that they will not process anymore badges. This frustrated a lot of folks. Later on, I found out the reason for this was Anime Expo's printers broke down being overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of pre-registered folks who paid for their badges. I remembered hearing one person in line that they used to mail badges 10 years ago or so. I assumed with the increasing popularity and participants that made mailing less profitable and manageable to do.

Day 3

This is the day I brought my little sister since she only wanted the 1 Day Badge. When we looked at the programming, she decided to pick Sailor Moon and SAO Panel. I let her pick because I wanted to make this day special. Being so busy with college, I don't get enough time to spend with my family members. We arrived at 8:35 AM to get badges. I think we finished at 9:20 AM. I checked Twitter on my phone to see if Tom and Sam had a location to meet up. It turns out he Tweeted at me a day before. I felt bad I didn't check Twitter on July 4th. I couldn't reply well since I have a flip phone. I manage to reply using my sister's phone which had a keyboard.

The exhibit hall wasn't open, so I thought we had enough time to get to the Sailor Moon Panel which started at 10AM. I should have realized it was full by the time. Panels' lines tend to fill up 2 hours ahead. Since Sailor Moon had a new anime series for the summer, the hype made it almost impossible. I looked at the programming and suggested to check out the Crunchyroll panel. My little sister reminded me that I wasn't paid to do news coverage on Anime Vice. Her words mirrored Foxx and Sotyfan16's words. She told me to take a break from the site. I knew that, but I must at least attend one industry panel for the site. We lined up for the Crunchyroll panel that occurred at 10:45 AM.

For the full version, see the Anime Expo 2014 (Day 3) Crunchyroll Panel (Part 1/2). The Crunchyroll panel started on time, and it was fun anticipating what Summer 2014 anime series they will announce. The key speakers were Luigiamania and Danica. The panel focused on simulcast, simulpub, drama, and social media. After the panel, we went to exhibit hall and lost track of time while shopping. I realized we're going to miss Sword Art Online panel when it was around 1PM or so. It's not worth losing lunchtime over it. My little sister got tired due to the heat and big crowds, so after lunch, I walked her home. I made it back to Anime Expo within 2 hours or so. I thought I can line up for the FUNimation panel that occurred at 5:30 PM. I almost forgot about Tom's meetup location. When I checked Twitter, Tom had schedule a meet up at Bang Zoom Auditions in the exhibit hall around 5PM. I got out of line and meet up with Tom Pinchuk, Sam Weller, and Joseph. Joseph is not a staff at Anime Vice, but he's the cameraman for the Vice Pit. I enjoyed seeing fans doing their voice acting for Magi 2. The Vice Pit Crew and I went to do a Sailor Moon photo shoot. Tom and Sam thank me for the hard work I contributed to the site. I told them I couldn't have done it without my teammates, BigHeart711 and Acura Max.

Note: I forgot to use my camera, so the photos were taken by Sam Weller. Hopefully, I get the photos and post in this blog.

Around 6:30 PM, I enjoyed hitting the arcade with Tom and the gang. We were shooting zombies for 30 minutes or more. Sam Weller went out to buy a gift for his wife, 4 of the Mystery Minis figures and got a glowinthedark Derpy. (At first, I forgot the name of the pony. I think it was Princess Luna and Twilight Sparkle. Sam corrected me.) We did something special together which I cannot reveal yet. Sorry, I have to keep this a secret until Sam gets back.

Once Tom and his gang are gone, I killed time in the gaming room. I met Caleb from Northridge, California. It was his first time at Anime Expo. We were charging our phones. We just talked for an hour or more until 9PM. He told me to attend the dance sessions. It doesn't matter you are a good dancer or not. There are no cameras and it's done in the dark. You can dance with friends or random strangers. He talked about hot gals he didn't know but danced with. I got him interested in Chaika - The Coffin Princess and Kill la Kill. He wasn't a big fan of mech series, but he loves any other anime series. He finds himself leaning towards shows with action, fan service, and fantasy. He loves sport and game anime like No Game, No Life and Kuroko's Basketball. He recommended me to check out Hikaru no Go.

Project-H Book panel started late due to the Megaman panel that started late as well. I came in around 10:30 PM. For the full details on it, please check out the Anime Expo 2014 (Day 3) Project-H Panel (Part 2/2). It was pretty fun and embarrassing to watch a clip of Shocking Pink! in a crowd of folks. One guy kept making lewd comments which made me lose my composure.

I start laughing and couldn't stop to take notes on the panel. I attended the panel to get the Digital Sampler for PikaHyper. I gave my Digital Sampler to my friend who couldn't make it as well my poster. I got home around 1AM.

Day 4

I woke up late and got to AX at 11AM. I forgot to replenish my wallet and bring my memory card for my camera. I couldn't take any new photos for cosplay.

My friend Jose who I met again on July 3 on the metro and bus told me that the last day had discounts on merchandise. I didn't see much discounts. In fact, there wasn't much price changes. I saw the same price on some of the merchandise. Most new anime and manga titles were cheaper on Amazon and RightStuf. There are a few booths whose prices were cheaper, but I had to read it carefully. One manga store only did 25% off each manga if you want bought 8 manga volumes. There is not tax paid. Some booths have tax included. If I had a lot of cash or a big manga list to read, I would have benefited from the discount.

My last booth was the Kodansha. I bumped into Ben Applegate, who was the host of Kodansha Q & A Panel at Anime Expo 2013. He didn't remember our community site's name which means I need to work harder to form relationships between Kodansha and Anime Vice. I didn't have time to talk with him about Kodansha and Anime Vice since he was dealing with customers.

Cosplay and Photos

I only took 2 photos. Sorry, I was still too shy in asking folks. The most sold out figure I saw was Asuna. She even beat Levi. The Gargantia art book was about 100 dollars. I thought of Acura Max when I took this picture.

Goods

On Day 3, I bought one gift for my siblings. I bought Deadpool ($10) for my little brother and Magi fanbook ($25) for my little sister. I wished I could have bought the Kingdom Hearts fan book, but the price was higher than Right Stuf. Sometimes, I don't listen to my cheapskate conscience when I bought Vinland Saga. At Kodansha booth, it was buy 4 regular manga titles for 30 dollars. An omnibus cost $15 dollars. I paid $20 due to tax. For Case Closed, Right Stuf was weird. The DVDs were $6 and I saw it had 6 episodes. The one I bought for 25 dollars had 25 episodes. It was roughly a dollar per episode excluding tax. I bought Case Closed Season 4 to see why fans love Ai Haibara. I never got to see the character on TV because the channel on the antenna box always skipped her episode which was an hour special.

Summary and Evaluation

My first time at Anime Expo was actually more fun than my 2nd time before I met up with Tom's gang and we play games. That was my best moment in AX 2014, playing Zombie games with Tom and Sam. I felt bad for my little sister who didn't get to enjoy her 2nd time. She loved the Blue Exorcist panel last year. This year was more packed while the panels overlapped so much. I didn't get to attend the SAO or Sailor Moon panel with my little sister.

Improvements Needed for Anime Expo

  • Anime Expo needs to fix the issues for this year. On the first day, a lot of folks were mad being cut off from picking up their badges. Not a lot of folks can make it in the mornings. It does a disservice to folks who paid for their badges ahead of time. The registration line was much shorter.
  • They need a phone charging station. I had to scour the walls for outlets. I couldn't sit by the wall due to fire safety issues.
  • They need tents. Since Anime Expo gets bigger and bigger with each year, the lines for the panel often takes place outside in the hot sun. It would be nice if they have tents to provide shade.
  • They need more dining areas. My little sister and I couldn't find space to eat and enjoy. We had to sit outside and against the wall.

Thank you everyone for reading this. I hope you guys and gals share your experiences for Anime or Comic Book conventions in Anime Vice and Comic Vine. I really encourage it. It makes our site better when people embrace the inner nerd in them.

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Anime Expo 2014 (Day 3) Crunchyroll Panel (Part 1/2)

Welcome everyone, this is an expanded version from the Condensed Day 3 of Anime Expo blog. Here, I go into greater depth of the panel, and I evaluate the panel on its selling its idea and reaching it target audience.

Key Speakers:

  • Luigiamania
  • Danica

What is Crunchyroll?

Before I talked about the panel, I have to explain what Crunchyroll is for new folks. Crunchyroll is a company that specializes in legal streams and simulcasts of anime, manga, and drama. It's one of biggest simulcast companies in the market. We have HULU, Daisuki, Aniplex of America, Anime on Demand, FUNimation, and Netflix. Crunchyroll specializes in targeting newer anime series from upcoming seasons, and its library for older anime series is smaller than HULU and Netflix. As of now, Crunchyroll is available for mobile devices, computers, and gaming consoles such as PlayStation 3.

Notes:I wish I could take a picture of the speakers in the future. I think that would be better, but I had crappy seating in both Crunchyroll and Project-H panels. My camera cannot zoom far enough and take a clear shot without flash.

Summer 2014 Simulcasts

I have a Crunchyroll's Summer 2014 Simulcasts blog added before this panel, so after today, I'll update it with announcements from this panel.

I didn't write down all of the information. Thank god, ANN has a news article.

Akame ga Kill
July 6 at 9AM
Plot:
The dark action fantasy manga follows the title character, Akame, a girl who was bought, and raised by the Empire as an assassin. After meeting Akame, a boy named Tatsumi vows to stand up to the evil of the corrupt Empire with the secret assassin group Night Raid and special weapons known as Teigu.
Survival Game Club!
July 7 ? Time
Plot
It revolves around Momoka Sonokawa, a girl who transferred into a certain girls' high school. The club she ended up joining at school was the "Sabagebu!," a club that conducts survival games.
DRAMAtical Murder
July 7 at 9 AM
Plot:
The game's story centers on a young man named Aoba who lives with his grandmother on the island Midorijima. He works at a junk shop in the island's Former Residents District after Toue builds the Platinum Jail resort on part of Midorijima and forces residents to move. Aoba is content with his simple life but gets pulled into mysterious events unfolding on the island.
4. Blue Spring Ride
July 7 at 11:30AM
Plot:
The story revolves around Futaba, a girl who was in love with a boy named Kō Tanaka in middle school. However, after a misunderstanding, their relationship as friends ends when he transfers schools over summer vacation. In high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets Kō again, this time under the name of Kō Mabuchi.
5. Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
July 6 at 12:05 PM
Plot:
A romantic comedy story begins when high school student Chiyo Sakura confesses her feelings to her classmate Nozaki. Due to a misunderstanding, Nozaki thinks Sakura is just a fan of his shōjo manga work. Sakura has to convey her true feelings while her relationship with Nozaki develops

I didn't include Persona 4 Golden Animation since that was announced days before the panel. Crunchyroll did a PV on it due to the hype this series has.

Misc Anime

  • Crunchyroll has announced it will stream the dub version of Toradora, courtesy of NIS America.
  • It will also stream all of the Original GTO series.
  • It will continue its back catalog of One Piece.

Manga

I had already included A Silent Voice and Inside Mari since this is old news. Crunchyroll brought these two manga series in addition to a new simulpub title, Ajin Demi-Human.

Drama

These are Crunchyroll's new acquisitions:

  • Galileo
  • Liar Game
  • Team Medical Dragon

Simulcast: Crunchyroll will do a simulcast for the new GTO live adapted series.

Recent Tech Updates

Crunchyroll did a 2.0 for phones. It will improve zoom in and zoom out features. It improves search engine's sort and filter mechanic. For manga, you can bookmark your pages. That's all I wrote, but there are more features I missed.

Sorry about that.

Goodies

There are stickers of Crunchyroll's mascot, Hime-chan, and bracelets.

Facts

  • Luigiamania changed the name of Free to Free! Iwatobi Swimming Club due to their URL. This actually changed the anime's name and was used internationally.

Evaluations

Crunchyroll's two hostesses have done extremely well in catching their audience's attention while announcing their company's recent acquisitions and developments. The audience has been wonderful, enthusiatic and respectful in their responses.

The two series that had most audience roars were GTO and Persona 4: the Golden Animation.

I would say this panel was my best out of the two in my 2nd visit to Anime Expo. My second panel was Project-H Book.

Thank you for reading. Please visit Dream's Anime Expo 2014 Announcements thread.

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Anime Expo 2014 (Day 3) Project-H Panel (Part 2/2)

Welcome everyone, this is an expanded version from the Condensed Day 3 of Anime Expo blog. Here, I go into greater depth of the panel, and I evaluate the panel on its selling its idea and reaching it target audience.

The first part in Day 3 is the Crunchyroll panel which I'm still editing in Anime Vice. My apologies, there is a lot of community projects to tend to in Anime Vice.

Key Speakers:

  • Yoko
  • Natasha
  • Spicy Tentacles
  • President Hikaru Sasahara

*Sorry, the panel started late which started before I came in around 10:30PM. PinkShikibu helped me add the names of two hostesses. I only got Yoko's name down.

What is Project-H Book?

Before I talked about the panel, I have to explain what Project-H Book is. Project-H Book is a part of Digital Manga Publishing, so it's like a branch, manga distributor that specializes in selling hentai and ecchi manga series.

The Project-H Panel covers 5 parts.

  • Teaser - Showing Shocking Pink Hentai clip to rile and arouse fans.
  • History - Project-H explains their upbringing of their company.
  • How to work for Project-H Book - The hosts emphasizes their fans to dive into their Digital Manga Guild which involves Translation of Japanese manga, Photoshop (cleaning text), and Editing.
  • Battle Against Piracy.
  • Q & A, Trivia, and Raffle

New Things I Learned

From the Q & A: here are quick facts I picked up:

  • Shocking Pink was the first hentai manga book that Project-H Book licensed.
  • Digital Manga Guild as Yoko and her hosts quoted, "It's like fapping for money." She means that fans can get involved and start working for the company by entering this guild which is like an internship. They have to demonstrate efficiency in one of three areas: Translation, Editing, and Photoshop.
  • The old URL address for Project-H Book was Project-HBook.xxx, but they changed it to Projecthentai.com due to Google blacklisting them.
  • In the near future, Project-H Books announced a magazine which picks out fan favorites in uncensored version.
  • Project-H Books has teamed up with a new publisher called Fujimi Shuppan.
  • While Doujinshi (fan drawn manga) is allowed to be sold in Japan, they cannot be licensed in America due to licensing and keeping manga family friendly. They would get into trouble with Viz Media and other manga distributors.
  • Benefits of working at Project-H Books can be summarized in four words: Recognition, Money, Experience, and Fun.

New Hentai Announcements

Project-H Books did release a 2014 calendar of their releases on Tumblr and Twitter.

  • Yellow Rock - It's a censored released for January 2015.
  • Princess Lucia - I didn't write the date quickly. It's a censored release as well.
  • Magical Warriors: Chocolate and Pudding - It's an uncensored release.
  • Fetishisms with Dignity - I don't have a complete information on it.

Evaluations

While the panel was late, it made up with its Shocking Pink hentai clip. A lot of people enjoyed it. I admit it felt weird watching a clip in a crowd. Interestingly, I remember the demographics from Fakku's panel from last year (see My First Experience at Anime Expo - Day 2 (Complete Edition)) was mostly male. Project-H Book panel had more women and notably, they were in couple, (romantic relationships - I don't know how to phrase that).

When Project-H Book start diving into real world and telling everyone how to apply and work at the company, people started to complain and acted rude. During President Hikaru Sasahara's talk about licensing and piracy issues, a lot of folks left before the last event, the raffle/Q&A.

The hosts did an excellent job. I felt bad that they lost their audience during the halfway point when they got serious and talk about jobs. They are trying to help their fans, the ones who are passionate, get involved.

Goodies

The goodies were ecchi, uncensored posters (Aqua Bless and Cute Devil Girlfriend) and I Heart Hentai shirts (pink with a red heart).

For the raffle contest, it was Boing Boing poster, Love on the Job with an autograph, and and 3D Breast pads.

Editor's Note

I apologize for the blurry images. I haven't replace my camera that can only take clear shots by using flash. I try to conserve the battery life due to being ill prepared and not bringing enough batteries. I left the panel around 1:10AM before the raffle since I had to tend to my family.

Why Does This Relate to Anime Vice?

We are like a small community just like how Project-H Books started out. Its fanbase is growing. The best way to keep it growing is to encourage and get folks involved in the process. President Hikaru Sasahara and Tom Pinchuk's speeches stress the value of driving the community to meet goals and make things better for everyone.

Lastly, Yoko is a sales representative who was friend with Gia Manry, a former staff member of Anime Vice. A year ago or so (before I was a mod), Yoko talked me on Twitter, thinking I was a staff member. I told her I was a regular user, and she asked me to help promote the company with Anime Vice's wiki pages. Also, she recommended hentai reviews for her company. I seen Chris Beveridge and others reviewing hentai for Project-H Books. Since Yoko was my first contact in the manga industry, I took her request seriously.

I wrote the Quick Picks: Erotica Version 2012 and Quick Picks: Erotica Version 2013, to make AV more comfortable with Hentai. I don't want to bombard it with hentai like a mad man. Sex is a private thing. Not everyone is comfortable sharing it. That's why pornography is seen as vile in most media sources.

I thank @mooned_knight, Sam Weller, for giving me the courage to do this. I'm still embarrassed to do this kind of thing.

Twitter Photos

Thanks to the folks who uploaded photos on Twitter.

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Weekly Manga Releases: June 17, 2014

Welcome to last week's manga releases. I'm sorry for being late because I had a midterm last week. For Quick Picks, I will be choosing Fairy Tail, No. 6, and Haganai. All three series I got into via the anime route. I haven't read the manga for No. 6 or Haganai. I'm a big fan of Fairy Tail despite Shonen cliches, over usage of friendship, and other things. I still enjoy the series. No. 6 is good for fans who want to read about dystopias. However, it's not for the faint of heart. It has strong homosexuality elements if you're not comfortable with the material.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on what manga releases you're interested in this week. Thank you.

It's thanks to PikaHyper for uploading the English manga covers.

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.

Sources

Notes

  • Battle Angel Alita: Last Order volume 19 is listed on ANN for this week. However, Right Stuf, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon has the release date on August 26, 2014.
  • ANN did not list Battle Royale Angel's Border Vol. 1, Dance in the Vampire Bund: Forgotten Tales, and Neon Genesis Evangelion: Shinji Ikari Raising Project Vol. 14.
  • Comic Book stores do not have Dance in the Vampire Bund: Forgotten Tales, Gakuen Polizi, Haganai Vol. 7, and Strike Witches: The Sky That Connects Us.

Weekly Manga Releases

Fairy Tail Volume 39
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

The fateful day is finally here: July 7, X791! A lunar eclipse presages an invasion by ten thousand dragons. Humanity's only hope is the Eclipse Cannon, but what waits behind the door: hope or despair? Will history repeat itself, and Earthland be taken over by dragons once again? The time has come for the dragon slayers to prove their magic lives up to its name!

Battle Royale: Angels' Border
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

The Program is a brutal military experiment that pits junior high students against each other every year in a brutal battle to the death. Most of the students from Shiroiwa Junior High scatter as soon as they reach the remote island where they must participate in the latest round of the Program. But Yukie Utsumi and five of her friends lock themselves in the lighthouse, clinging to a desperate hope of survival. They all trust each other, but they also know that only one can survive the Battle Royale..

Neon Genesis Evangelion Shinji Ikari Volume 14
  • Distributor: Dark Horse
  • Suggested Retail Price: $9.99

High intelligence and low wisdom - that's how they roll deep inside the Artificial Evolution Research Center, and no section is deeper than the one in which Asuka's brilliant but flaky mother Kyoko resides. Surely she didn't spend all those years in graduate computer science just to open up a maid cafe? You might think so, but remember - she's smarter than you.

No. 6 Volume 7

  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

Safu is a prisoner on the top floor of the Correctional Facility. Shion and Nezumi manage to slip back in amid the chaos sown by Dogkeeper, but what they find is almost too terrifying to conceive: countless neatly organized rows of corpses, with their brains removed! Backed into a corner, Rat is ready for death, but Shion seizes a weapon, and insists on surviving at any cost!

xxxHOLiC Omnibus 2

  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99

It's Valentine's Day - and while Domeki is showered with chocolates and cards from girls, Watanuki has been tasked by Yuko to make chocolate cake for her to give out as gifts, one of which is gifted to Watanuki himself. Watanuki takes this opportunity to express his feelings to Himawari through his culinary creations but through a strange turn of events finds out that his chocolates can be more than just sweets.

Collects volumes 4-6 in an omnibus format.

The second table is from Anime Vice since I can't add the volumes due to different dates.

Dance in the Vampire Bund: Forgotten Tales
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested Retail Price: $13.99

Twice every year in Japan, manga creators and their fans meet at the Comiket, the largest comic fair in the world. At these events, Dance in the Vampire Bund creator Nozomu Tamaki and fellow collaborators released exclusive, self-published Dance in the Vampire Bund comics known as doujinshi that feature brand new artwork and side stories from the series. These unofficial collections are limited edition prints only available at Japanese conventions... until now! Dance in the Vampire Bund: Forgotten Tales features over 192 pages of previously uncollected manga, deleted scenes, and other bonus material.

Gakuen Polizi
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
Gakuen Polizi is the newest manga series by yuri icon Milk Morinaga, author and artist of Girl Friends and Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry Blossom Pink. This ongoing manga series is illustrated in a delightful shoujo art style that features a color insert in each volume.
As a child, Sasami Aoba fantasized about becoming a defender of justice, like the magical girls and “Sentai Rangers” she admired on TV. Years have passed and now Sasami has become a police officer herself. Her first assignment is to infiltrate Hanagaki All-Girls High School and ferret out any trouble she may find.
On her first day posing as a student, Sasami is shocked to discover that an apparent book thief at school is actually another undercover police officer, Sakuraba Midori. What’s more, Midori insists that she herself is the officer in charge of the school, not Sasami. Will the two girls become rivals, partners...or something more?
Haganai Volume 7
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
A wild and offbeat comedy about social outcasts who are obsessed with fandom, Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends is like Genshiken, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Toradora!
all wrapped into one.
Recent high school transfer student Hasegawa Kodaka is pathetically inept at making friends. Kodaka is an outcast, with his natural blond hair which he inherited from his deceased English mother, and his unpleasant, fierce gaze. When he comes across the brash loner Mikazuki Yozora, who typically chats with her imaginary friend, the two outsiders become the unlikeliest
of allies.
Realizing that they have no hope of a normal social life, the two rejects decide to form a group called “The Neighbor’s Club” in order to make friends and maybe even learn a thing or two about social skills. As luck would have it, five new members join the club who are more socially awkward than they are. Will these quirky misfits ever make normal friends, or are they all doomed to social failure?
Strike Witches: The Sky that Connects Us
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
The dieselpunk manga sensation continues in this stand-alone volume!
The year is 1944, and the war against the Neuroi is over. The 501st Joint Fighter Wing, also known as the Strike Witches, have accomplished their goal of protecting Britannia from the alien invaders. Now that the battle is done, the Witches disband and decide to go their separate ways for some much-needed R&R. As the girls enjoy downtime in the warstricken lands of Gallia and the deserts of Africa, a new danger lurks. A mysterious alien/ human hybrid foretells of another impending invasion. Can the Strike Witches regroup in time to defeat this latest evil threat?
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