Bringing things up to date – 20th Century Boys (v.1 -3)

It’s 1969. The Beatles perform their last live “concert” on the rooftop of the Apple Corp building in London, The Rolling Stones were all the rage, 500,000 people gathered on a dairy farm for the first Woodstock Music Festival, and in the comfort of a hidden den made from long grass, nine Japanese school friends innocently penned their ideas of a fictional doomsday scenario, of which they would be the saviours, to the sound of rock and roll on the radio. Who would have imagined that nearly 30 years later, the disaster they thought up as children would begin to unfold.

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Miyazaki Volunteers at Forest That Inspired “My Neighbour Totoro”.

Last Sunday, legendary Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki showed his green fingers and green spirit by joining 200 other volunteers to help maintain a piece of local woodland. The Fuchi no Mori forest, near Tokyo, is famed for, amongst other things, having inspired the scenery in Miyazaki’s 1988 film, My Neighbour Totoro. In 2007, Miyazaki joined … Continue reading

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Caption Contest #3

Welcome to Caption Contest #3 Throughout the year the Manga Market crew will be collecting images from cons, anime, or round about the various Manga Market offices to provide you with a chance to show your wit! The prize is bragging rights, and a sense of satisfaction of a job well done. Let the captioning … Continue reading

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The Countdown to London Anime Con

It’s just under two weeks until the convention season of 2011 kicks off with London Anime Con, another convention from the Anime League, they of Alcon fame. Manga Market will be there on both the Saturday and Sunday, with our friends from Dolly Dare also joining us on the Saturday. What do you have to … Continue reading

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Ninja Togs – Naruto T-Shirts Hit the High Street

MangaUK and UNIQLO have teamed up to promote a range of anime-inspired T-shirts due to hit stores later this year. The range of 5 t-shirts features Naruto, everyone’s favourite teen ninja. The shirts are beautifully designed and range from sizes XXS to XL. MangaUK and UNIQLO recognise that anime isn’t just for watching, it is … Continue reading

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What’s Manhwa?

Manhwa is the term given to the korean comic-style, however more recently has been adopted to become a term for the South Korean comic books.

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I love your Witchy Ways – Witch of Artemis V1 Review

Title: the Witch of Artemis Author: Yui Hara Overall: 3.5/5 The very first volume of a brand new series, The Witch of Artemis v1 had a promisingly cute cover and a suitably CLAMP-esque summary, so I took it upon myself to have a flick through. The story follows Kazuki, a young boy who has recently … Continue reading

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New Year Resolutions, Requests and Releases.

New Year fireworks!

Being of the ripe young age of 20, not having access to cable/Sky/satellite TV as a child, and coming from a small fairly rural town in the midlands, there is an entire generation of anime and manga to which I have had little access, and whilst I have gallantly tried to educate myself to these, I still have a lot of catching up to do. As such, I have decided that my new year “Resolution” will be to watch, and read, as many of those older anime and manga as humanly possible.

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A Rosario by any other name – Rosario Vampire V1

Title: Rosario Vampire Author: Akihisa Ikeda Overall: 3/5 The first thing which I feel must be observed about Rosario Vampire as a manga is this: The cover art is saucy. Girls in very short skirts and with generous cleavage posing in all sorts of suggestive ways. I was hesitant at first about reading it, not … Continue reading

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