Drawn to Manga October 2016

Drawn to Manga presents October’s Horror List:

Dragon Head

Dragon Head. Vol. 1
Minetaro Mochizuki
2006-01 – TokyoPop

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Imagine waking up in a pitch-black train wreck filled with broken glass and bodies. No one answers when you call for help-and as you begin to orient yourself, you realize that this might be because everyone around you is dead. Mochizuki opens this story with the wide, terror-struck eyes of schoolboy Aoki Teru as he wakes up into just such a nightmare, and from there, the suspense never lets up. Not that this is a particularly fast-paced book-instead of frenzied action, we get fine gradations of panic and exhaustion. Each new piece of information deepens a growing sense of dread: not only has the train crashed, it’s also been sealed in by falling rocks. Aoki is not entirely alone, but of the two other companions he finds, one is unconscious and the other is going crazy. And then there’s the strange, stifling heat. Mochizuki’s narrative pacing is so deft, and his drawings so effective at communicating nuances of emotion that the story unfolds for us with the same urgency and immediacy as it does for Aoki and his companions. The result is an emotionally and psychologically compelling drama that promises to be an unforgettable journey into darkness with future volumes. (Publisher’s Weekly)

 

Goth Light Novel

Goth (Light Novel)
Otsuichi
2015-08 – Haikasoru

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Morino is the strangest girl in school how could she not be, given her obsession with brutal murders? And there are plenty of murders to grow obsessed with, as the town in which she lives is a magnet for serial killers. She and her schoolmate will go to any length to investigate the murders, even putting their own bodies on the line. And they don’t want to stop the killers Morino and her friend simply want to understand them.

 

Uzumaki

Uzumaki: Volume 1
Junji Ito
2007-10 – Viz Media

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Kurozu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: “uzumaki,” the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world. It manifests itself in small ways: seashells, ferns, whirlpools in water, whirlwinds in air. And in large ways: the spiral marks on people’s bodies, the insane obsessions of Shuichi’s father, the voice from the cochlea in your inner ear. As the madness spreads, the inhabitants of Kurozu-cho are pulled ever deeper, as if into a whirlpool from which there is no return.

 

Battle Royale Angels Border

Battle Royale: Angel’s Border
Koshun Takami
2014-06 – Viz Media

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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 A graphic novel side story of the bestselling novel Battle Royale.

 

Tokyo Pet Shop of Horrors

Tokyo Pet Shop of Horrors vol. 1
Matsuri Akino
2008 – Tokyopop

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It’s been several years since the bizarre Chinese count known only as D left L.A’s Chinatown. In that time, life has returned to normal in the world, and the nightmares associated with Count D’s pet shop of horrors have ceased. But across the Pacific, amidst the bright lights of Tokyo, a mysterious Chinese man has been spotted, and he seems to be opening a new shop.

 

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Dark Metro

dark metroWhat is Dark Metro? Dark Metro by Tokyo Calen is a two part manga series that consists of short stories regarding the paranormal.  The title (and cover image) gives away where most of these stories are set. Each story is separate and brings their own spine tingling elements.

When I was reading the series for the first time, I could not get the feeling of being terrified. Reading it in the dark is the best way to feel the aura of what the author is trying to convey. If you are interested in this type of genre, I recommend this title and I guarantee that you cannot pass this manga up. What are you waiting for? Check out your local library or click here to grab a copy.

Programming Highlights: March 2015

Acreage Branch

Tue, Mar 03, 6:30 pm
Club Pokemon
Bring your DS or Pokemon cards to battle, trade and make new friends! Ages 6-12. (90 min.) Preregister.

Wed, Mar 11, 6:30 pm
Gamerz Nite: App Attack!
Celebrate Teen Tech Week with a night of video games. Play Smash Bros on the library’s Wii or try out funny and free smart phone and tablet games perfect for group play. Snacks provided. Ages 12-17. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Tue, Mar 17, 6:30 pm
Acreage Anime Club Presents Haru Matsuri!
Spring is in the air and Anime Club is celebrating Haru Matsuri, the spring festival. Enjoy refreshing snacks and watch relaxing springtime anime. Wear a kimono or learn to make one with origami. Create a simple painting inspired by the sakura, or cherry Continue reading

February Programming Highlights

Acreage Branch

Wed, Feb 04, 6:30 pm
Japanese Animation & Culture Club
Hang out, watch anime, and eat snacks while you talk with friends and fans about all the coolest stuff from Japan. Ages 12-17. (90 min.) Preregister.

Gardens Branch

Wed, Feb 25, 6:00 pm
Frosted Notes
Rave or trash the current book, graphic novel or manga you’re reading and share it while making ice cream sundaes or root beer floats. Join your friends or make new ones! Grades 6-12. Limit 15. (60 min.) Preregister.

Greenacres Branch

Sat, Feb 21, 11:00 am
Club Anime
Interested in anime? Already a fan or curious to know what it’s all about? Join us for old and new
favorites plus snacks and socializing. We’ll view some Continue reading

Drawn to Comics January 2015

The Palm Beach County Library System provides e-newsletters for our patrons. Today I’d like to feature our popular e-newsletter Drawn to Comics, which updates our patrons on the newest graphics novels in our system. Here are some highlights from the January issue. Continue reading

Original Sailor Moon Anime to Rerun on Japanese TV

Sailor Moon Crystal

This article from the Anime News Network got me thinking about the new Sailor Moon Crystal anime.

I love that Sailor Moon has come back in BIG WAY this past year. Sailor Moon Crystal debuted in Japan last July – and was available in the U.S. via Hulu, released Continue reading

October Events

Acreage Branch

Wed, Oct 15, 6:00 pm
Japanese Anime & Culture Club
Celebrate the ancestor festival of Obon with anime and snacks! Chat with friends and fans about cool holiday traditions from Japan. Ages 12-17. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Wed, Oct 29, 6:30 pm
Club Pokémon
Bring your DS or Pokémon cards to battle, trade and enjoy a snack with new friends. Ages 6-12. (90 min.) Preregister.

Jupiter Branch

Tue, Oct 07, 5:30 pm
Magic Gaming Night
Looking for a place to play Magic: The Gathering? Magic Gaming Night is intended to give adults a place to come play and meet other players for a regularly scheduled monthly event. The meetings will be non-DCI-sanctioned, and all Continue reading