Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas from Manga Market! (This was coloured by Claire, and as such all the more credit should go to our usual digital colourist Emily, who is an absolute wizard with a graphics tablet!)

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Dear Santa…

Dear Santa, I realise it’s rather late notice, but I’ve finally got my Christmas list together. I understand that you might not be able to get hold of them in time for Saturday, but maybe if you can’t you could see about getting them reduced in the January sales? 1) Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus volumes 1 … Continue reading

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FMA Brotherhood Blues

Manga UK has today announced that they will no longer be continuing to release their highly anticipated series ‘Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood’ on Blu-Ray. In a press release, the studio expressed its regrets over the turn of events but stated that the decision was made due to a combination of high production costs and low … Continue reading

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Natsume’s Book of Friends Vol. 1 – Review

Natsume’s Book of Friends was a book that sent out ripples of excitement before and during our visit to the MCM Expo, so having grabbed myself a copy of the first volume, I set out with quiet optimism to find out what was so special about this series.

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Newly Enrolled – Gakuen Alice review

If I am strictly honest, the cover of Gakuen Alice did not draw my attention at first. The design is remarkably restrained, with a mock red leather pattern, and a single person underneath the title. It doesn’t give much away, and as I wasn’t a huge fan of the style of the art on the cover I am sad to say that this initially dissuaded me from reading it. However, a brief flick through revealed that the art style of the actual manga is very similar in style to that of Fruits Basket, and re-reading the blurb I decided to give it a chance.

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Girl power! And the “surprisingly thoughtful” Bamboo Blade Part 1 Review.

“The purpose of kendo is not to teach one how to kill their opponent- it’s to learn about yourself and your inner warrior spirit” (episode 2)- this was, of course, said by a girl. If a boy was asked what the purpose of any competitive game was they’d probably tell you flat-out to win. However, having watched the first 13 episodes of this anime, it did seem the girls were right; as much as it was about winning the battles, it was also about learning life lessons on the way, like the importance of friendship and persistence.

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Manga UK and Viz Media dominate in 4th annual NEO awards.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time - Chiaki gives Mokoto a ride home.

The 79th issue of NEO magazine saw the announcement of the results for this year’s NEO awards, sponsored by 4Digital, and representing the Anime, Manga, Asian Films and Games industry.

Prizes were available for the best title in each industry, and another for the best distributor, along with awards for the “Best Anime Movie”,“Best Franchise,and “Best Musical Act” as voted by readers over the past month. There were also reader voted awards for retailers with “Best Specialist Retailer” and “Best DVD Retailer” up for grabs.

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