Sailor Moon manga soared again in US Bookstores on April

Blue Exorcist anime volume 1 cover

Blue Exorcist manga is also on the rise!

The tenth volume of Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon manga ranked at #4 on Nielsen BookScan's list of top 20 graphic novels in American bookstores for April.

The same volume had ranked at #5 on the list in March. The Sailor Moon volume is one of four manga titles on the list. Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto volume 60 ranked at #7, dropping from #3 from last month.

Kazue Katō's Blue Exorcist volume 9 and Tite Kubo's Bleach volume 56 ranked at #11 and #18 respectively. Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic series continued to dominate the chart, claiming nine places this month, with The Walking Dead Compendium volumes 1 and 2 again taking the top two spots.

Gene Luen Yang's Avatar the Last Airbender: The Search -- Part 1 ranked #3.

 The BookScan rankings represent sales at Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases — but not sales at comic book stores, Walmart, and some other venues.

Source: ANN, ICv2

New Locke the Superman manga to come out in June

Simply amazing, I wouldn't mind a anime series of this classic , given that there's only one movie.

The June issue of Media Factory's Monthly Comic Flapper magazine announced a new series in Yuki Hijiri's Locke the Superman franchise on Thursday. The tentatively titled Chōjin Locke: Toki no Kodomo-tachi (Locke the Superman: Children of Time) will start in the next issue on June 5.

 The story is set after the destruction of Master Yūji, and the magazine promises that the manga will reveal "another page in the history of the galaxy." The original Locke the Superman manga ran in at least three different magazines from 1967 to 1989.

It chronicled an immortal figure's adventures at different periods throughout time. It inspired a movie and three original video anime projects (Locke the Superman: Lord Leon, Locke the Superman: Mirror Ring, Locke the Superman: New World Battle Team).

Source: ANN

Rozen Maiden 2013 remake trailer, it will premiere on July

The homepage for Studio Deen’s forthcoming Rozen Maiden television series has added a teaser trailer. Mamoru Hatakeyama (Sankarea) is directing the new adaptation of Peach-Pit’s manga, from scripts by Fancy Lala creator & screenwriter Tomomi Mochizuki. The 2013 anime will be a new adaptation of the original manga rather than a continuation of the 2004-2006 anime franchise animated by studio Nomad. The new anime series will premiere in July.

 Hoping it has the same success as HunterxHunter!
 

Source: AnimeNation

Girls und Panzer gets 2014 film, an OVA and fan disk

Even though it's basically moe with tank porn, the concept is
 amusing enough
The "Heartful Tank Carnival" event revealed on Sunday that production on an entirely new Girls und Panzer film has been green-lit, and it will open next year. Tsutomu Mizushima is once again directing the project.

In addition, production on an original video anime (OVA) about the battle against Anzio Girls High School has been green-lit. Finally, a fan disk mostly devoted to footage from Sunday's event will go on sale in September.

Source: ANN


Naruto Shippuden May 2013 anime schedule

It seems we will get more canon this month? Not so likely, we shall wait and see.

Episode 311 "Prologue of Road to Ninja" May 2, 2013
Episode 312 "The Old Man and the Dragon's Eye" (老人と龍の目) May 9, 2013
Episode 313 "Rain Followed by Snow, With a Chance of Lightning" (雨のち雪, ときどき雷) May 16, 2013
Episode 314 "Sorrowful Sun Showers" (悲しい天気雨) May 23, 2013
Episode 315 "Lingering Snow" (名残雪) May 30, 2013

Rose of Versailles new 1-shot to be about Andre

Riyoko Ikeda is returning to her The Rose of Versailles classic historical shōjo manga after 40 years to pen a 16-page chapter in this year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine on Saturday. The one-shot will focus on Andre as a boy before he met Oscar.

The new one-shot is being published in a special "Anniversary Book" extra that is being bundled with Saturday's issue of Margaret to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the magazine. Shueisha launched Margaret in 1963 as a weekly publication, and the magazine changed to being published twice a month in 1988.

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Lupin vs Conan movie will premiere on December

Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday magazine has revealed that a Lupin III vs. Detective Conan The Movie film will open in Japan in December of this year, four years after the Lupin III vs. Detective Conan television special aired on NTV in 2009 and earned a 19.5% rating.

More details will be revealed in future issues of Shonen Sunday.

Source: ANN
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Infinite Stratos 2nd season promo

If only they announced the premiere date:

Hallway Swimming

Now, everybody Hallway Swimming...

New Photo by Adam Jay of Superhero Photography!

Photography by Adam Jay
Assisted by Brad Edwards of Vertigo Photography
Edited by Adam Jay and Troy Gustafson


We are mega happy with the way this one turned out. More are on the way so be sure to check back soon!


Senyu's new season will premiere on July

Not surprised at all.

The latest issue of Jump Square magazine announced that a second season has been greenlit and it will premiere on July.

In Robinson Haruhara's original manga, a gigantic hole suddenly opened up in the world one day, and demons appeared. The king thinks that this portends the return of Satan Rchimedes, who was sealed away by the hero Creation a millenium ago. The king decreed that the descendants of the hero must take on the threat, and 75 people showed up. Hero No. 45 (Alba, played by Hiro Shimono) and a sadistic palace warrior (Ross, played by Yūichi Nakamura) team up, and their adventure begins.

Source: AnimeNation, ANN
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Saint Young Men anime film trailer

This movie is going to be incredible, I love how they retained the style and tone of the manga.

Naruto Shipuuden anime April 2013 schedule

A month of war fillerology, oh well...At least we finally got new Opening and Ending sequences.

Episode 307 "Fade into the Moonlight" (月光に消ゆ)  April 4, 2013
Episode 308 "Night of the Crescent Moon" (三日月の夜) April 11, 2013
Episode 309 "A-Rank Mission: The Noble's Match" (A級任務・御膳試合) April 18, 2013
Episode 310 "The Castle Falls" "Rakujō" (落城) April 25, 2013

Camera Warfare

The video of Camera Warfare. Nice and creative! :D

Metal Gear Solid 5 Gameplay

Metal Gear Solid 5 GAMEPLAY! Let's take a look! :D

Spring Anime Preview 2013: Sequel to To Aru Majutsu no Index premieres on April 12

That's right, and it's titled 'Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S', or 'A Certain Scientific Railgun'. The story continues the Sister arc.

Here's the trailer:

Spring Anime 2013 preview: Aiura High School Girl anime premieres on April 9

Based on the 4-koma story by Chama, the story revolves around energetic but annoying Amaya, zero-motivation Iwasawa, and docile Uehara,  three fairly normal high school girls and their classmates. Their daily life is "what happens when there is nothing happening."

It sounds like a good premise, even if I'm not fond of moe-type.


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Dead or Alive Ayane Cosplay

Hot and sexy Dead or Alive Ayane Cosplay. Anyone like her?

JManga site shuts down on May 30th

JManga, a platform for reading legal manga online, announced this week that it "will be concluding its retail and viewing services on May 30th 2013."

Members with unused JManga Paid Points as of March 13 will be issued Amazon Gift Cards.

Refunds will be processed between March 21 and March 25.

 JManga launched in August of 2011 as part of an initiative by the Digital Comics Association, an industry group of 39 Japanese publishers, and it became a worldwide service last year.
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Flowers of Evil anime will premiere on April 5, here's the trailer

Also known as 'Aku no Hana', this "corrupt pure-love story" revolves around Takao Kasuga (Shinichiroh Ueda), a bookish boy who loves the poems of Charles Baudelaire (the original author of the poetry collection Les Fleurs du mal or Flowers of Evil).



 One day after school, he discovers and steals the gym clothes of Nanako Saeki (Yōko Hikasa), the girl he has a crush on. However, he learns that Sawa Nakamura (Mariya Ise), a girl he loathes, happens to catch him in the act. Nakamura blackmails Kasuga into a "contract," or else she will reveal his secret.
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Moretsu Pirates movie will premiere on February 2014

Director Tatsuo Sato revealed that the Bodacious Space Pirates film will open on February of next year.  The film's official website had previously revealed a Winter 2014 opening date.

Sato is returning as the director and the screenwriter at the anime studio Satelight. Akira Yasuda ("Akiman") is once again adapting Noriyuki Matsumoto's original character designs for animation. King Record's Starchild Records label is producing the music.


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Valvrave the Liberator promo and trailer

Also known as 'Kakumeiki Valvrave'. It will premiere on April 11. Looking forward to it! It's been a while since we haven't seen a good new mecha anime!



Here's another trailer, the battles look awesome!


The story is set the year Shinreki ("True Calendar") 71, when 70% of the human race lives in space due to the development of space cities. Between two major powers — the Dorushia Military Pact Federation and the Atlantic Ring United States (ARUS) — there is a small neutral nation called Jiōru that has prospered economically. The protagonist Haruto (voiced by Ryota Ohsaka), a high school student who lives in Jiōru, encounters the mysterious "forbidden" humanoid weapon Valvrave when the Dorushia army invades.
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Update to Alternate Gallery

I finally did a small update to the Alternate gallery, with some of my more recent pictures. Click the photo to go to the gallery:



Cosplay 101: So You Want to Be a Cosplayer?

Cosplay, short for “costume play,” refers to the costumed portrayal of a character from a book, film or television series. Cosplay is a great way to showcase your craftsmanship and interact with other members of your fandom, but crafting the perfect cosplay is not as easy as it looks. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for a beginner cosplayer to keep in mind.

DO:

Research thoroughly

As soon as you decide what character you’re cosplaying, start gathering reference pictures, preferably from original sources. For instance, when planning a cosplay of Loki from the Avengers, look for stills from the film or production photos of the character. It’s also a good idea to see what others’ past cosplays of that character have looked like.

Budget your money

In general, making a cosplay from scratch will be less costly than purchasing it. Materials aren’t cheap, though, particularly if you’re looking to use more heavy-duty or fancier fabrics such as velvet or brocade. Shop around. Keep an eye out for sales, and check stores’ websites and newspaper ads for coupons. Online distributors often sell items like buttons in bulk, much cheaper than buying them individually at a fabric store. Most beginners are unfamiliar with sewing or prop construction and choose instead to buy a professionally made cosplay. Keep in mind, however, that even a low-quality cosplay will typically cost between $50 and $100 (not including wigs, shoes and accessories).

…and your time

Serious cosplayers begin planning their costumes months in advance. It may seem excessive to start working on a costume three months before the convention, but you never know what could – and will – go wrong. Most cosplays purchased online are manufactured in China, Hong Kong or Japan, which means shipping could (and often does) take over a week. If the manufacturer offers resizing or other customizing services, expect to wait even longer. If you’re making the cosplay yourself, don’t try to whip the whole thing up a week before the convention. Most cosplays require several weeks to fully construct, barring any major fabric- or sewing machine-related crises.

DON'T:

...be afraid to ask for help

When first starting out, beginners are faced with questions about everything from where to find the right wig to how to sew a French seam. No matter what problem you’re facing, chances are there’s another cosplayer out there who’s dealt with it before. Online forums are a great resource for beginners looking for advice and feedback. Checking others’ ratings of online sellers is especially helpful. You don’t want to get scammed by a seller who takes your money and never sends your cosplay, or waste $50 on a wig someone found for $20.

...worry if it’s not “perfect”

A first-time cosplay is rarely perfect. Don’t fret if your shoes don’t have the right number of buckles, or if your seams are a little crooked. Cosplay is about having fun, and as long as you’re recognizable as the character you’re portraying, your cosplay is a success.

Monarch Online: Maga Cosplay by Doremi & Tasha

Doremi

Tasha

Maga from the game Monarch Online, cosplayed by the famous Korean cosplayer Doremi and Tasha.You can click images to enlarge.



Yamato 2199 movie 5 promo

The fifth movie in the installment of the classic Space Battleship Yamato 2199 series is titled 'Bōkyō no Gingakan Kūkan' (The Homesickness of Intergalactic Space), and it will premiere on April 13 in Japanese theaters, and will come out on DVD on May 28. This fifth film is composed of episodes 15-18 of this Space Battleship Yamato remake.

 
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Media Blasters no longer has the rights to Bakuman, Rurouni Kenshin and Berserk anime series

The CEO  of Media Blasters, John Sirabella, posted a message on his company's official website regarding the state of many of its licenses.

Sirabella confirmed that Media Blasters no longer has the rights to the Bakuman., Rurouni Kenshin, and Berserk television anime series. Sirabella also noted while Media Blasters had once acquired the rights to Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei and Moyashimon, the company has no plans to release them and noted that "these titles can and may be licensed to another company."

The company is going through a restructuring process to pursue original endeavors through Fever Dreams.
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Initial D manga will end this year

The cover of the first Initial D tankōbon, rel...

Kodansha's Young Magazine is revealing on Monday that author Shūichi Shigeno is "at last" heading toward the finale of his Initial D manga. However, the exact date of the final chapter has not been revealed yet. The magazine will be giving away Initial D goods to 715 readers of the magazine's 16th issue.

 The 18 year old manga follows Takumi Fujiwara, a high school boy with a natural talent for driving, in his racing pursuits on the public highways. The manga debuted in 1995, and Kodansha published the 46th book volume in January.

Source: ANN
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Anime Shinryaku! Ika Musume Cosplay by Tomia


Ika Musume, from the Anime Shinryaku! Ika Musume, cosplayed by the famous Korean cosplayer Tomia.You can click images to enlarge.







Steve Jobs manga will be created by Mari Yamazaki, author of Thermae Romae

English: Steve Jobs shows off the white iPhone...

I predict lots of hilarious moments and material for this one!!

Japanese publishing giant Kodansha will debut a serialized manga adaptation of Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography in the May issue of Kiss magazine, out March 25, Anime News Network reports.

The manga will be Mari Yamazaki’s follow-up to Thermae Romae, her acclaimed historical comedy that comes to an end March 12 in Monthly Comic Beam. Yen Press publishes that manga in North America. Appearing Tuesday on the talk show Hello from Studio Park, Yamazaki revealed a peek at her rendition of Jobs, and said she felt sympathy for the computer pioneer.

Released in October 2011, less than three weeks after the death of the Apple co-founder, the authorized biography by Walter Isaacson is based on more than 40 interviews conducted with Jobs as well as with family members, friends, colleagues and competitors. Kodansha published the book in Japan.

Source: Robot6 CBR

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Fairy Tail anime will end on March 30

There is still an OAD coming up, though. As long as they don't troll their audience on and off like Gintama anime. o.o

"ANN confirmed that Kodansha's TV Magazine announced on Friday that the Fairy Tail anime's television broadcast run will end on March 30. The adaptation of Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail fantasy adventure manga premiered on Japan's TV Tokyo station in October 2009.

The April issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine is revealing on Monday that the Driland anime will begin a new run in Fairy Tail's current Saturday 10:30 a.m. timeslot on April 6.
However, Mashima posted a statement to fans on his official Twitter feed on Saturday:

Until the time comes, I cannot say something I've always wanted to say, even on Twitter. Please be patient and wait until the time comes for me to announce some good news."



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Hell Girl R manga ended this month

The April issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine released the final chapter of the Hell Girl R manga by author Miyuki Etoo this past Saturday

The message at the end of the page says, “Thank you for all your support! Let's meet once again in Hell someday...”

The story revolves around a girl who can be summoned by anyone to condemn another human to Hell — but the summoner must also pay an eternal price.

Funimation licensed the first anime series, while the other two were licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

Source: ANN
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Naruto Shippuden anime March 2013 schedule

More canon with some filler segments. After Itachi's farewell, which marked an important point and revelation, Naruto and Bee keep fighting with all they have!

Episode 303 "Ghosts of the Past" (過去の亡霊) March 7, 2013 

Episode 304 "Underworld Turnover Jutsu" (黄泉転身の術) March 14, 2013 

Episode 305 "Avengers" (復讐者) March 21, 2013 

Episode 306 "The Eye of the Heart" (心の目) March 28, 2013 


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Author Rumiko Takahashi will draw new Rumic Theater one-shot

Cover of "Rumic Theater (Viz Graphic Nove...

Shogakukan magazine announced on Tuesday that classic author Rumiko Takahashi, known for her work in Ranma 1/2, Urusei Yatsura and Inuyasha, will draw a new Rumic Theater one shot in the next issue that comes up on March 5.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of her career, the story of “Watashi no skies” (My Sky) follows a man arriving at the age of mandatory retirement after leaving his company.

Source: ANT Manga
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