Comiket grows stronger each year

Aug 22, 2014

Comiket grows stronger each year

by Ben Brady

Held twice a year and famous among otaku (fanboys and fangirls) the world over, Comiket, short for Comic Market, held its 86th event Aug. 15-17 at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba. With more than 550,000 people reportedly attending the event over the three days, ...

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign (vol. 1)

Aug 16, 2014

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign (vol. 1)

by Andrew Lee

You have to wonder whether the vein of vampire stories will ever be sucked dry, and yet the blood just keeps on flowing with the release of “Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign” from Viz. Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign (vol. 1), by ...

Food Wars! vol. 1

Aug 9, 2014

Food Wars! vol. 1

by Elliott Samuels

“Food Wars!” tells the story of an ambitious boy named Soma whose dreams of becoming a successful chef appear to be over when his father closes down the family restaurant. His father then challenges Soma to enroll in an elite culinary school that prides ...

Russian group crowned world 'cosplay' champs in Nagoya

Aug 3, 2014

Russian group crowned world 'cosplay' champs in Nagoya

A Russian team won the World Cosplay Championship in Nagoya on Saturday by dressing up as characters from the popular game “The Legend of Zelda.” About 2,000 costume fans from about 26 countries and regions flocked to the city to compete in the final ...

Monster Volume 1

Aug 2, 2014

Monster Volume 1

by Andrew Lee

Naoki Urasawa is one of the giants of modern manga and is perhaps best known outside Japan for his epic series “Nijuseiki Shonen (20th Century Boys)” and “Pluto,” his reinterpretation of Osamu Tezuka’s “Tetsuwan Atom (Astro Boy).” In “Monster,” too, it could be argued ...

Jul 30, 2014

Japan begins anti-piracy campaign against 300 Internet sites

The government and producers of manga and anime began an anti-piracy campaign Wednesday, demanding that around 300 Internet site operators delete their pirated content within the next five months. The project to crack down on piracy is targeted at around 580 manga and animation ...

Black Rose Alice vol. 1

Jul 19, 2014

Black Rose Alice vol. 1

by Daniel Robson

When I was a kid, vampires were blood-sucking monsters in stories of terror and fright, but nowadays they’re all romantic Romeos whose interest is not so much in blood as in the lovelorn heart that pumps it. Black Rose Alice vol. 1, by Setona ...