List of 2012 Top New Manga Series

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Heart of Thomas: Done by Moto Hagio, a tragedy/drama that was one of the earliest examples of shonen ai (boys' love) manga. This 3-volume story from 1974 has been on many manga connoisseur's wish lists for years, so it's a real joy to see that Fantagraphics will be publishing the entire saga in English in one volume.

NonNonBa: An elderly woman who had a very special relationship with the creatures that go bump in the night, a Shigeru Mizuki work of arts.

Soul Eater NOT!: Work of Atsushi Ohkubo, a sequel to Soul Eater series.

Attack on Titan: An instant hit in Japan, Attack on Titan from Hajime Isayama, has sold over 5.5 million copies of its first five volumes. Kodansha Comics is hoping that this action/adventure series will catch on in North America as well, when this new series launches in Summer 2012.

Durarara!!: Action/suspense anime series by Ryohgo Narita.

Fallen Words: Written by Yoshihiro Tatsumi, a new collection of short stories about love, betrayal, jealousy, and human foibles.

Three Wolves Mountain: A story of two brothers who are traveling around the countryside when they encounter an inn, and decide to stay a few nights (author: Naono Bohra).

5 Centimeters Per Second: Makoto Shinkai's acclaimed anime feature 5 Centimeters Per Second has been adapted into a 2-volume graphic novel that Vertical will be releasing as a double-sized volume. A story of best friend who was forced to lived apart.

Avatar The Last Airbender: The Promise: Fans are treated to a new look at their favorite characters, who are now a few years older, but facing a new threat from the Fire Nation that threatens to plunge the world into another war.

Vampire Knight (ヴァンパイア騎士)

Anime News Network | Yuki's earliest memory is of a stormy night in winter, wherein she was attacked by a vampire... Vampire KnightAnd then rescued by another. Now 10 years later, Yuki Cross, the adopted daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, has grown up and become a guardian of the vampire race, protecting her savior, Kaname, from discovery as he leads a group of vampires at the elite boarding school. But also at her side is Zero Kiryu, a childhood friend who’s hatred for the creatures that destroyed everything he held dear, is now determined never to trust them. This coexisting arrangement seems all well and good, but have the vampires truly renounced their murderous ways, or is there a darker truth behind their actions. Is Kaname's infatuation with Yuki the beginning of a forbidden romance, or is it something in her forgotten past that draws him to her. Because in this world of secrets, nothing is as it seems. And the price of misplaced trust may even be worse than death.

Crunchyroll Anime App Heading for Xbox 360

This Is XBOX - Crunchyroll, a leading Anime and Asian drama streaming service has announced the upcoming release of its own branded application on the Xbox 360 console in more than 30 territories, across all six continents.

Crunchyroll premium members will be able to enjoy the latest Anime shows with English subtitles within hours of Japanese TV broadcast, including hits like NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, HUNTER x HUNTER, SPACE BROTHERS, and SWORD ART ONLINE, as well as their favorites from the massive Crunchyroll catalog, without advertisements.

Current Crunchyroll titles can be accessed from Crunchyroll.com, the free iPad and iPhone application, the Android application, the Windows Phone application, PS3, Google TV, Samsung TV, Roku, Boxee, Vizio VIA, WD TV Live and additional set-top channels, and affiliate partners.

Crunchyroll premium members have access to the largest anime selection, same-day access for simulcasted titles, no advertisements; can be viewed in 480p-to-1080p quality on selected titles.

A specific app release date on the Xbox 360 has not been announced.

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Solamon Energy Otakus: Yu-Yu Hakusho

YuYu Hakusho
This anime/manga series is another great work from the maker of HunterXHunter and OnePiece, Yoshihiro Togashi. Yu-Yu Hakusho is a story of a felonious student who died on a car accident for saving a little girl. On afterlife underworld he was given tests by the son of the ruler to be able to get back to life. Soon after he had finished all the ordeals prior of going back to earth he was given a mission to become an Underworld detective.

YuYu Hakusho won the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award for shounen manga in 1993. The animated series won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize for best anime in 1994 and 1995.

Manga Review: Case Closed Volume Four by Gosho Aoyama

Written by:  Lesley Aeschliman on blogcritics

Case Closed focuses on Jimmy Kudo, a teen detective who was shrunk back down to his first grade self after a crime detective conanorganization forces him to take an experimental poison and leaves him for dead. In order to hide his identity, the younger version of Jimmy takes on the name of Conan Edogawa. Without letting on that he is Jimmy, he goes to live with his friend Rachel Moore and her bumbling detective father, Richard Moore.

There are a total of three mysteries that appear in this volume of Case Closed. While all three of these stories appear in the anime series, the beginning of the third mystery is told a little differently between the two mediums.

The first mystery sees Conan, Rachel, and Richard going to an art museum after hearing about a suit of armor at the museum moving around by itself. While they are there, they meet the curator, and learn that the museum will be shutting down because the new owner wants to turn the property into a hotel. The new owner of the museum is murdered while Conan and the others are there, and Conan helps to crack the case. There’s really no difference between the telling of this story between the manga and the anime.


Case Closed Volume Four is a manga by Gosho Aoyama, and it was published in North America by Viz Media in 2005. The series is rated “T+” for older teens; with what I’ve read of the Case Closed series, I would agree with this rating.

Case Closed focuses on Jimmy Kudo, a teen detective who was shrunk back down to his first grade self after a crime organization forces him to take an experimental poison and leaves him for dead. In order to hide his identity, the younger version of Jimmy takes on the name of Conan Edogawa. Without letting on that he is Jimmy, he goes to live with his friend Rachel Moore and her bumbling detective father, Richard Moore.

There are a total of three mysteries that appear in this volume of Case Closed. While all three of these stories appear in the anime series, the beginning of the third mystery is told a little differently between the two mediums.

The first mystery sees Conan, Rachel, and Richard going to an art museum after hearing about a suit of armor at the museum moving around by itself. While they are there, they meet the curator, and learn that the museum will be shutting down because the new owner wants to turn the property into a hotel. The new owner of the museum is murdered while Conan and the others are there, and Conan helps to crack the case. There’s really no difference between the telling of this story between the manga and the anime. Continue

BiasedOtaku | Milanoo.com - Scam/Fraud or Not? Neither

A famous Chinese Wholesale website deemed as a "scam/fraud" by many trustworthy websites continues to scam many. While many know of this website, there are some who do not. Well, like the lot of you, I had placed an order to them. While many got scammed, I did not.

"Milanoo should just be shut down!"

Milanoo is a Chinese Wholesale website, correct? Their products are most likely rip offs. I don't care. You shouldn't neither if you ordered something from an unknown wholesale website. But since they are what they are, then ordering something that requires too in-depth detail will most likely give either nothing, or low-quality items. It's a no brainer that you'll get ripped off somehow. If not, you're just lucky like I was.

Hypothetical numbers, but probably damn close to how this really works:

Ordering something that requires in-depth detail, or requires too much work (e.g. dresses, heels, cosplay) will have a 20% of arriving to your door step, and an unknown chance of decent to good quality.

Ordering something requiring only simple printing, or simple putting together (e.g. dakimakura, sneakers) will have 3-4 times better chance of arriving to your door step, and 80% or more chance of being good quality.*

*However, I'm basing my own experience as a reliable source since no one else has ordered and submitted any kind of review on what I bought myself.

Stories

There have been cases where people did or did not get their money back. Lots of people were persistent towards getting their refund. There was one chick's story I read where she was trying to connect for two hours, and spent a bunch of time getting her money back, which she only got half back.

I've heard many stories, but they all only speak of the [lolita] dresses, cosplay outfits, heels, etc. Those had nothing to do with what I ordered, so I was scared too. Most of the recent comments about milanoo are like "I just ordered something too! I'm scared now!" Yeah. I felt the same way a day after making the order. But what was different about me? I got my order, and it's of top quality [thus far].

Also, the pillow case I ordered. When I opened it, it felt amazing. No joke. It felt like silk. Maybe it is!

Considering the huge numbers of negative stories, it's hard for a person who may have not gotten ripped off say anything positive or they'll be marked as "milanoo accomplice" or something of the like.

Final Verdict - With or Against Milanoo? Scam or Fraud?

If I had to say, I'd have to be with milanoo. However, I am personally neither. The standing fact that they scammed hundreds, or even thousands of people yearly is terrible.

If I had to say, I'd also have to say milanoo is not a scam. Based on technicality, most of the orders placed are in fact shipped. A lot of US companies are the same. Due to the loads of orders, sometimes the system skips a few. However, I can't really defend milanoo since I haven't seen one legit good review about them for anything. Though, most reviews go towards the dresses.

Unrelated story: My friend also ordered from a Chinese website that apparently scammed everyone else, but he got his stuff and it was totally legit on his end of the stick.

Milanoo is not a scam compared to the many similar Chinese Wholesale websites that simply take the money and move on. However, I highly encourage you to think about it before placing an order.

I hope this helps. Remember: I make no promises, I am merely sharing my experience. Oh yeah, Fedex is fast, but they're not patient. Got to my apartment building, couldn't get in, so they left a note and left (instead of making a call to my cell on the package).

source: biasedotaku.blogspot

sgCafe: Scams of AnimeFiesta Kuala Lumpur 2012

Anime Fiesta 2012 is currently the most talked about event and not due to the right reasons. The event which is stated to be held on the Friday 30 March 2012 till Sunday 1 April 2012 at KLCC Convention Centre, Malaysia has been rumoured to be a scam.

The event is said to also be holding the Hatsune Miku Live Party Concert and have started selling tickets. With the lowest pricing ticket going at a high amount of RM220 with is about SGD90 and the most expensive ones, the Super VIP tickets going at RM680, about SGD280, fans are starting to doubt the event. Writer Volvagia356 has reviewed the event site and discovered certain flaws that one should look out for. More information can be found at the Typical Storm Website.

For more information regarding the event check out the following links:

Anime Fiesta Website : http://kualalumpur.is-into-anime.com/index.php

Typical Storm Website : http://typicalstorm.com/2012/01/scams-of-animefiesta-kuala-lumpur-2012/

Anime Fiesta Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anime-Fiesta-KualaLumpur-2012/236278823111541?sk=info

Published by sakurazaki - Posted in Cosplay, Events, SGcafe Reviews, Vocaloid4

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

Anime Planet | based on 12 of 12 eps watched - Warning to readers: This is a meta-review targeted mostly at YOU! Especially those who HAVE watched a few episodes and DID like it a lot. In case you haven’t seen a single episode, just pretend this anime is described by others as WOAH AWESOME and now you are reading a second opinion. A negative one that is. Do not view this text as an attack to your integrity or something because the show itself is an attack to your common sense and feelings and I am just counterattacking it by using the same method.

This is another case of a show trying to mask its shallowness with a serious premise and once again hundreds of people are biting the lure. Busyness as usual. Let me start with some cold-hearted facts that many of you readers haven’t realized or don’t want to admit to, probably because you don’t like the idea of your escapism shows regarding reality to be so damn fake.

- “Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai” (made by the same studio) is NOT an awesome serious show about otakus being accepted as normal people by the non-otakus. It is fan catering nonsense bordering incest and fascination over porn games.

- “Yosuga no Sora” is NOT an awesome serious show about true brother/sister love. It is fan catering nonsense which go as far as resetting the story every few episodes as means to have the lead male having sex with everybody. NOT just his sister.

- “Bakuman” is NOT an awesome show about how to become a great mangaka. It is fan catering nonsense about a guy who has everything going rosy in his life and even getting a girlfriend out of someone who he never spoke to in his all life because DESTINY DEMANDS IT. Plus, it is patting at Jump Shounen fans too obviously.

In the same way, “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai” is NOT a show about making friends. Seriously, where the hell do you see the educational aspect in this show? It is fan catering nonsense about some anti-social people gathering in a room and playing porn games all day long, while insulting one another with overused boob size jokes. Very social and helpful indeed. It is also about cosplaying to fit in as many fetishes as possible in the same character. Yeah, that’s how you make friends. Nobody ever thought of, I don’t know, trying to talk to other people in an honest way helps? Nope, five minutes and they all give up trying to not be viewed as a misinterpreted stereotype and head on to become a different stereotype. One defined by boob size, hair colour, and uniform fetishes. Oh yeah, the depth is oozing out of their ears......continue