Drawn to Manga September 2015

Manga 60 Years of Japanese Comics

Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics
By Gravatt, Paul
2004-08 – Harper Design

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This lavishly illustrated volume presents an accessible and entertaining introduction to the development and diversity of Japanese comics from the 1940s to the present. Featuring striking graphics and extracts, it covers a wide range of manga, from the life and career of the originator of story manga to manga’s role as a major Japanese export and global influence.

 

Barefoot Gen: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima

Barefoot Gen: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima
By Nakazawa, Keiji
2004-09 – Last Gasp

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This harrowing story of Hiroshima was one of the original Japanese manga series. New and unabridged, this is an all-new translation of the author’s first-person experiences of Hiroshima and its aftermath, is a reminder of the suffering war brings to innocent people. Its emotions and experiences speak to children and adults everywhere. Volume one of this ten-part Continue reading
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Drawn to Manga June 2015

Fruits Basket Ultimate Edition volume one

Fruits Basket, Ultimate Edition Volume 1
Takaya, Natsuki
2007-10 – TokyoPop

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A family with an ancient curse… And the girl who will change their lives forever. Tohru Honda was an orphan with no place to go until the mysterious Sohma family offered her a place to call home. Now her ordinary high school life is turned upside down as she’s introduced to the Sohma’s world of magical curses and family secrets. Discover for yourself the Secret of the Zodiac, and find out why Fruits Basket has won the hearts of readers the world over! Includes volumes 1 and 2, interior color art, a new cover, and a new foreword.

Vampire Knight volume one

Vampire Knight, Volume 1
By Hino, Matsuri
2007-01 – Viz Media

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Cross Adademy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, Continue reading

MeruPuri

CoverLong time no see, manga fans!  I promised you a review of MeruPuri by Matsuri Hino, and here it is.

MeruPuri is the newest title released by Matsuri Hino  (of Vampire Knight and Wanted fame and a personal favorite). It’s the story of Airi, who believes that she will find her soul mate and lead a simple life like those she watches in Tales of Marriage on the Prairie, her favorite TV drama.  Enter Aram, a prince from the magical land of Astale, who is cursed to age when left in the dark.

Airi discovers the curse when the prince uses her mirror as a magical gateway to our world. The only thing that can return Aram to his true age is the kiss of his chosen maiden, and he’s chosen Airi. Airi’s promised to save her kisses for her soul mate. Wil she be able to break the curse?

MeruPuri is full of cute and funny moments, and the art style is very similar to that of Vampire Knight. Matsuri Hino always puts her characters into beautiful and elaborate costumes. The story takes a bit of a darker turn when Aram’s brother shows up and makes a play for Airi, and I liked that. If you are a fan of Matsuri Hino, check out MeruPuri, but if this is your first exposure to her work, check out Vampire Knight first.

Wanted

wantedWanted: one incredibly handsome pirate and one beautiful, talented songstress for story of love and adventure on the high seas. 

Found! To find her lost love, Armeria disguises herself as a boy and sails with the crew of the pirate Skulls.  Skulls is handsome and dangerous, and it’s not long before he finds out Armeria’s secret.  Is her quest over before its begun?

Wanted is beautiful! The art is gorgeous. The story is sweet, and it’s got pirates! While the big twist is fairly easy to spot, this is a very enjoyable read especially for fans of shoujo manga (and fans of pirates ^_~).

Want to check out Wanted? Put a hold on it here.