Comic Book Spotlight of the Day: Prince of Tennis vol. 1 – April 2004 (Viz Media)

TITLE: Prince of Tennis vol. 1 RELEASE: April 2004 (US Release) COMPANY: Viz Media Story and Art by Takeshi Konomi In 1999, tennis player and manga artist Takeshi Konomi created a series known as “Tennis no Ojisama” (The Prince of Tennis). Published in Shueisha’s “Weekly Shonen Jump” in July 1999, the series became one of the most popular sports manga series created and would eventually lead to an anime series adaptation by Trans Arts and Nihon Ad Systems & TV […]

Comic Book Spotlight of the Day: Case Closed! Issue #63 – July 2017 (Viz Media)

TITLE: Case Closed! Issue #63 YEAR: July 2017 (US Release Date) COMPANY: Viz Media Story and Art by Gosho Aoyama Translation: Tetsuichiro Miyaki Touch-Up & Lettering: Freeman Wong Cover & Graphic Design: Andrea Rice Edited by Shaenon K. garrity Anita Hailey (Ai Habara in the Japanese version) is the creator of APTX 4869, the pill that shrunk Jimmy Kudo and her to a child.  While both she and Jimmy retain their memories despite a new body, the former Black Organization […]

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt vol. 4 – August 2017 (Viz Media)

TITLE: Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt vol. 4 YEAR (USA RELEASE): August 2017 COMPANY: Viz Media Story & Art by Yasuo Ohtagaki Original Concept by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino Both the Federation and the Principality of Zeon had suffered significant losses but both Io Fleming and Zeon Sniper Daryl Lorenz survived, despite their mecha suffering significant damage. As Federation backups arrive, many Zeon are able to escape and land somewhere on Earth, but the Federation was able to secure Zaku […]

Cross Game vol. 1 – October 2010 (Shonen Sunday)

TITLE: Cross Game vol. 01 YEAR: October 2010 (USA release) COMPANY: Shonen Sunday Story and Art by Mitsuru Adachi Mitsuru Adachi is one of the most highly respected mangaka in Japan. He is also known for his manga that revolves around baseball and high school/grade school crushes.  But Adachi’s most famous work is “Touch”, a baseball/romantic comedy and a winner of the 1983 Shogakukan Manga Award (his second consecutive award a year after his highly successful high school romantic comedy […]

Bakuman vol. 1 – August 2010 (Viz Media)

TITLE: Bakuman vol. 01 YEAR: August 2010 (USA release) COMPANY: Viz Media Story by Tsugumi Ohba  Art by Takeshi Obata For writer Tsugumi Ohba and illustrator Takeshi Obata (“Hikaru no Go”, “Blue Dragon”, “Castlevania Judgment”), both are known for their collaboration and their work on the popular series “Death Note”. While Obata is known to collaborate with other writers, after the success of “Death Note”, it’s no surprise that many fans have wanted to see these two together. Having worked […]

Terra Formars Vol. 18 – July 2017 (Viz Media)

TITLE: Terra Formars Vol. 18 YEAR: July 2017 (USA release) COMPANY: Viz Media Story by Yu Sasuga Art by Ken-Ichi Tachibana The story has immediately shift later in the future as the crew of the Annex Mission have returned to Earth and many have gone on with their lives but to find out that Terraformars are now on the planet, killing humans but secretly living in spaces…multiplying at a rapid rate and now have an army. But while there have […]

Baby & Me Vol. 1 – September 2013 (Shojo Beat Manga)

TITLE: Baby & Me vol. 01 YEAR: September 2013 (USA release) COMPANY: Shojo Beat Story and Art by Marimo Ragawa For Mangaka Marimo Ragawa, it took a year of persistence to become a manga artist. At the age of 12, she had wanted to become a manga artist and began submitting manga to the same magazine until she became 16 and decided to try a different magazine, this time “Hana to Yume” and sure enough, her first submission earned her […]

Nisekoi: False Love Vol. 22 – July 2017 (Viz Media)

TITLE: Nisekoi: False Love Vol. 22 YEAR: July 2017  (USA release) COMPANY: Viz Media Story and Art by Naoshi Komi Marika’s mother is forcing her to get married and with Raku and friends trying to protect and save their friend from getting into a forced marriage, her mother wants to make the wedding happen immediately. Will Raku and friends be able to get to Marika in time? All this and more in Naoshi Komi’s hit manga series, “Nisekoi: False Love” […]