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Viz Media Launches New Shojo Manga Series by Meca Tanaka: The Young Master’s Revenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF THE SHOJO MANGA SERIES THE YOUNG MASTER’S REVENGE   Plans For Revenge Go Awry In This Romantic Comedy From The Creator Of METEOR PRINCE   San Francisco, CA, February 21, 2018 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, delivers the print and digital release of THE YOUNG MASTER’S REVENGE on March 6th. The series, by creator Meca Tanaka, is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will be published under the SHOJO BEAT imprint. Meca Tanaka is also the creator of the acclaimed shojo manga series METEOR PRINCE (also published by VIZ Media). Volume 1 of THE YOUNG MASTER’S REVENGE carries a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The series al...

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Takane & Hana Yuki Shiwasu Manga Review

I received volume 1 of Takane & Hana from Viz for free to review here on my blog. Opinions expressed in this review are my own. Note: This review may contain spoilers for volume 1 of the manga. Title: Takane & Hana Mangaka: Yuki Shiwasu Licensed: Viz Release Date:  Dec 20, 2014 - Ongoing (Japan), February 6th, 2018 - Ongoing (USA) Length: 9 volumes (and ongoing) (in Japan) Viz will be releasing volumes bimonthly. Genre: Shoujo, Slice of Life, Romance, Comedy Geeky: 2/5 - No action, but a good dose of comedy could make this one appeal to geeks of any gender. Sweetie: 5/5 - Here we have a love story / slice of life manga with some rather unconventional characters. I enjoy the humor and unique characters. This is not a cookie cutter shoujo manga. O...

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Windaria Anime Movie Review

Title: Windaria Alternative Title: Once Upon a Time Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Action, Adventure Release Date: 1986 (Japan initial release), 1992 (US, (VHS) first US release), 2004 (US re-release (DVD) with title change) Where to Watch: I don't support piracy here, but as a heads up, ALL of the "US Releases" of this film are very severely edited. And YES, that includes even the subtitled versions! I highly recommend that you watch the original Japanese version at least once before passing judgement on this beautiful movie. Of course, I grew up with the VHS in the 90s, and I STILL loved even the heavily edited dubbed version of the film way back then. Last year, I finally got the chance to watch the original Japanese version. A lot of content was cut from the English version, incl

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VIZ Media Announces Takane & Hana Manga by Yuki Shiwasu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   OPPOSITES ATTRACT IN THE NEW SHOJO MANGA SERIES TAKANE & HANA   New Romantic Comedy Series TAKANE & HANA Debuts in Print And Digital Editions This February   San Francisco, CA, January 24, 2018 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, delivers a fun new romantic comedy with the release of TAKANE & HANA on February 6th. The series, by creator Yuki Shiwasu, is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will be published under the SHOJO BEAT imprint. Volume 1 carries a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. TAKANE & HANA also launches digitallyvia viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. F

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This Is US – Season 1 and 2 Review

It's not often that I choose to write about (or really even choose to watch) American television. That's because in my opinion, the writing in American drama is often inferior and the characters not as emotionally engaging as Asian dramas. Season 2 had already started when I finally got around to watching Season 1 of This Is Us, the show that would change my opinion of American Dramas. - Don't get me wrong. I love me some drama regardless of what country it originates from.. but I distinctively recall for example, when "Fault of Our Stars" came out, how much praise it was being given, as being the saddest movie of all time, ever, by radio and TV critics and movie-goers across our nation. I watched the film and was left feeling, mostly, nothing at all. That's IT?! I thought to myself as I c

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Ancient Magus Bride Anime Review

Title: Ancient Magus Bride Based On the Manga by Kore Yamazaki Episodes: 24 Episodes Genre: Fantasy, Super Natural, Mystery, Romance, Slice of Life Studio: Wit Studio Where to Watch: Crunchyroll Overall: 38/45 84% B "Very Good Anime For Girls" Geeky: 3/5 - A great story with high production values, a good blend of action, comedy, mystery and romance make this show a hit with geeks of either gender. I took away 1 point for the somewhat slow pacing of the early episodes, and 1 point away for the character designs - they don't feel as clean or modern as most other contemporary anime characters, even though I understand that's the style also of the original manga. Sweetie: 4/5 - Chise is a unique female lead. In the begining she is broken inside, however we watch her become stron

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Please Save My Earth Anime and Manga Review

Today I'm reviewing a very old manga / anime which is often credited as being (one of) the first (widely successful) Shoujo manga. Its art and story influenced other mangaka like Naoko Takeuchi - In fact there are many similarities between Please Save My Earth and Sailor Moon. For example, both Please Save My Earth and Sailor Moon deal with lovers who were reincarnated on another planet having lost memories of their past lives and fated to meet again and remember sometimes happy, sometimes painful and sad memories. Both manga also focus heavily especially on the Earth and the Moon. There's super powers in each one, and tales of friendship, betrayal, trust, love, jealousy, greed, and bullying. Please Save My Earth is quite a bit darker than Sailor Moon. It's more violent, it deals wit...

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Today (6/30/17) Only – 30 Romance Manga and Anime 30% Off at RightStuf International

Romance Anime on Sale at RightStuf International today (6/30/17) only. Click here to browse the sale: https://www.rightstufanime.com/sales-and-promos/One-Day-Sale Titles Include (but not limited to) 5 Centimeters per Second, Your Lie in April, Hiiro no Kakera, Emma, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-Kun, Nisekoi, Wolf Girl and Black Prince, Playful Kiss, Boys over Flowers, and many other great romance titles.  

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Rhapsody a Musical Adventure Retro Videogame Review

Rhapsody a Musical Adventure is an anime musical strategy JRPG first appearing on PS1 and Later on the Nintendo DS. This review focuses on the PS1 version. Preface: Okay, while researching some stuff (such as release date, etc) for this review, I discovered there was a sequel, and now I am sad AF because the sequel never left Japan..... Major Heartbreak! WARNING THIS LINK ABOUT THE SEQUEL HAS HUGE SPOILERS ABOUT BOTH GAMES!!!! READ AT OWN RISK!!!  The original is one of my all time favorite games. I love all the songs, the heart warming, touching story, the cute characters, adorable graphics, simple grid based turn-based Strategy JRPG gameplay, and use of the puppets in battle. I greatly prefer the version by Atlus on the PS1, much more than the version by NIS on the DS, becaus

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Koe no Katachi Anime Review

Title: Koe no Katachi Other Titles: A Silent Voice, The Shape of a Voice Genre: Shoujo, Romance, Slice of Life, Drama Studio: Kyoto Animation Based on: A Silent Voice manga by Yoshitoki Ōima Length: 2 hours 9 minutes Release Dates: Theatrical Japanese release: September 2016 Theatrical world-wide release: June 2017 DVD Blu Ray Japanese Release: May 17, 2017. (no date announced at time of this blog post for an English DVD / Blu Ray Release). Geeky: 4/5 Gorgeously animated and very true to the original story within the manga. It does lack action and move at a sometimes slow pace and deals with heavy and unpleasant themes at times. Sweetie: 5/5 The transformation of the characters and values of friendship, love, redemption, and need for connection, are al

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The Red Turtle Anime Review

I just purchased and watched "The Red Turtle" last night. The silent animated feature length film was done, in part, by Studio Ghibli, famous animators of feature length family favorite anime films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Ponyo, and The Cat's Return, just to name a few. I have to admit, I didn't really do my research on this title (and didn't realize it was a silent film until I began watching it), but every time I saw a preview, I just wanted to see it oh so badly. When I realized I could buy it for only $10 more than the "rental" price ($15 vs $5) I immediately purchased it. For about the first 20 - 40 minutes of the film, I felt disappointed and disinterested; that quickly changed as the plot began to advance, and b...

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Are the Relationships in Scum’s Wish Really So Bad?

I recently discovered Scum's Wish from an article describing the relationship between Mugi and Hanabi as abusive. While the anime begins with Mugi and Hanabi both in love with other people and only using each other to satisfy their physical desires, is there really anything inherently wrong with this? People have casual relationships all the time. Not all relationships are built around love. Not only that, but, I think that love is a feeling that can grow over time. Hanabi and Mugi may not be in love just yet; but that doesn't mean they won't fall in love by the end of the anime or manga. There has been much foreshadowing already hinting at this possibility. Could Hanabi and Mugi ever fall in love or have a happy ending? Here are some clues that hint that they may be falling for e

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Makura no Danshi – Pillow Boys – Anime Review

OK.... I just watched one of the weirdest anime of my life... Well two of the weirdest anime of my life.... And I didn't really hate it?.. The first anime I came across is a relatively new anime called OneRoom. In OneRoom, everything is supposed to be in first person... except... only... it's not??? Because why then can I keep seeing almost up the backs of the girls' skirts?! Do I have hidden cameras in my apartment? Do I have super powers? Am I having an out of body experience? The answer is NO, they just wanted to cram as much fan service as humanly possible into each 4 minute episode... Not only that.... But it is the first anime I've ever watched which puts YOU in the anime.... or tries to... but fails miserably at this... They make it so you never see, hear, or know anything abo...

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Yuri!!! on Ice Anime Review

This past week I finally marathoned the anime that everyone's been talking about. Yuri!!! On Ice won a ton of awards recently in Crunchyroll's 2016 Anime awards. And not only that, but it's been gaining unprecedented attention even from people who would not identify as Otaku or Anime fans, including actual real professional Olympic and Competitive Ice Skaters. The series is herald for its beautiful intricate artwork that perfectly captures the movements and expressions of professional ice skaters, as well as a fantastic musical score, and touching love story which stands apart from the rest since it features 2 LGBT males. It handles the relationship in a sweet and innocent and tasteful way, and shows a lot of depth and heart combined with suspense and drama as you watch and learn more abou...

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