Long ago (2009), I wrote about Yokohama Shopping Trip (Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou). It was a scanted manga series where “sometime in the future, the world (or maybe just Japan) flooded. Fewer people live in smaller villages as a result, leading to a return to the simple life. The story follows Alpha, a robot (although you wouldn’t know it to look at her) who owns a coffee shop with almost no customers.” It’s a charming slice-of-life series that I adored because […]
Some amazing person has uploaded the episodes of America’s Greatest Otaku to the Internet Archive. This reality show was what Stu Levy did as an attempt to pivot Tokyopop from print to a “manga-lifestyle entertainment” company. It was filmed in 2010, aired in 2011, shortly before Levy, company founder, shut down the publishing side of the company. The publisher has since returned, albeit with plenty of people side-eyeing them. Anyway, enjoy a little slice of time capsule stupidity.
The Summit of the Gods was a mountaineering manga published in English by Fanfare/Ponent Mon between 2009 and 2015. (I’ve previously reviewed Volume 2 and Volume 3.) The appeal for me was the amazing art by Jiro Taniguchi. I’ve just noticed that it was adapted into an animated film by French director Patrick Imbert and is now available on Netflix in the US. (It had previously been a live-action film in Japan in 2016.) From an interview with Imbert: In […]
Kodansha has announced that until August 2nd, you can get free digital copies of a number of their series. Additionally, second volumes are 99 cents, and third volumes are $1.99. Three volumes of these popular series for three bucks is a terrific summer reading deal! Check your favorite digital vendor for this offer. I recommend grabbing the first of any you’re interested in and reading them in the next two weeks so you can buy more if you like them. […]
Given that I don’t read Japanese, it’s rare I get to make direct comparisons between an original manga volume and its English translation. So I was excited to see how much I could find out about Sherlock: The Great Game. This is the third, concluding volume in the manga series telling the story of the BBC show Sherlock‘s first season. It was published in English by Titan in 2018. I have a copy of the original Japanese printing of the […]
Kodansha has announced today that they are unifying their “English-language publishing program” with a new website, kodansha.us (formerly KodanshaComics.com), and the elimination of Vertical as a label. Well, they didn’t exactly announce that last part, but that’s one of the results. The combined website “spotlights not only the Kodansha manga you know and love but also highlights all of Kodansha’s award-winning and fan-favorite English-language, novels, cookbooks, craft guides, historical/cultural literature, and more.” This includes what was formerly Kodansha Comics, Kodansha […]
In the new Mangasplaining podcast (updated weekly), some comic and manga heavyweights — Deb Aoki, David Brothers, and Christopher Butcher — try to convince Chip Zdarsky to read manga by talking about great titles. The first episode covers Akira volume 1. I’m eagerly waiting for the second episode, about Delicious in Dungeon.
Mangajin ran from 1990-1997, a total of 70 issues. It was an English-language magazine that taught Japanese by using manga pages with translations and commentaries. Now, someone’s put the entire run online. I thought some readers might find this interesting for studying how manga became a factor in American popular culture and cross-cultural presentation.
Klonoa: Phantasy Reverie Series
A compilation of Klonoa and Klonoa 2.
A VR Action JRPG from developer CharacterBank and published by Mastiff.
Gwent: Rogue Mage
A standalone singleplayer Gwent expansion from CD Projekt Red.
b360 is a brick breaking game developed by Panic originally to prove the Playdate worked as a concept.
A game by Shaun Inman, Matthew Grimm and Charlie Davis for Playdate Season One.
The Backrooms: Found Footage
A horror-themed adventure game with Roguelike elements.
Last Call BBS
Zachtronics' self-described last game, a collection of puzzle games themed around a fictional retro computing system.
Jaleco Arcade 1
A collection of eight Jaleco arcade titles.
Gaelco Arcade 2
A second dose of arcade titles from Spanish developer Gaelco.
Beautiful Mystic Survivors
A top-down auto shooting action game.
A mashup between rpg, incremental game, and factory builder where the player builds automated factories that generate magic energy used to rid the land of a curse.
A Rogue-lite action game with store management and shoot 'em up elements.
Time on Frog Island
Time on Frog Island is an adventure game about being shipwrecked and scavenging, borrowing, and trading throughout the island in order to fix the boat.
Xel is an isometric action-adventure game with a vibrant overworld and many dangerous dungeons.
A side scrolling cyberpunk action game about a private eye stuck in a timeloop.
A adventure puzzle game where players are sent to a specialist school to train as escapists.
Eyes in the Dark: The Curious Case of One Victoria Bloom
A Roguelite Platformer from developer Under the Stairs and Gearbox Publishing.
G-Mode Archives +: Megami Tensei Gaiden: Shinyaku Last Bible
A Megami Tensei game in the Last Bible sub-series that was previously released on on mobile phones.
Fight of Steel: Infinity Warrior
Digital Crafter's fourth "Fight of..." game focuses on original character robots, story, and customization.
Shapebreaker - Tower Defense Deckbuilder
Shapebreaker - Tower Defense Deckbuilder