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  • 05Dec

    Turning Japanese Holiday Guide (2011)

    Shopping for the anime nerd or Japanese culture enthusiast in your life this Holiday season? While your local mall may no longer be the best place to look, the internet is always abundant with options, many of which at an affordable price, too. We nerds here at Gaming Angels have you covered, complete with website listings below! FINAL FANTASY Mascots Accessory Case Square Enix Official Online Shop $24.99 This tokidoki inspired accessory bag would be perfect for the nerd chic gamer in your life. It features the four iconic Final Fantasy mascots; Chocobo, Moogle, Cactuar and PuPu. Would be ideal as a makeup bag, or for school or art supplies. https://ssl.square-enix-shop.com/SqEx/us/ShowDetail.action?productId=1173 FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN Folding Fan (Sephiroth) Square Enix Official Online Shop $29.99 This lovely fan features the colors and symbol of Final Fantasy VII’s villain, Sephiroth. It would be a lovely piece of wall decor, and a

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  • 06Sep

    Manga Review: 51 Ways to Save My Girlfriend by Furuya Usamaru

    Earlier this year I came across a manga that is emotional, shocking, truthful and prophetic. It was considered as Science Fiction, until March 11, 2011 that is. Manga 51 Ways to Save my Girlfriend (Kanojo wo Mamoru 51 no Houhou ) has become a psychic premonition and of a slice of life in post quake Japan. This fictional earthquake story was written by FURUYA Usamaru back in 2006. The manga spares nothing and takes a look at the darkest sides of disaster. The main character is a guy who is looking for a job at Fuji TV headquarters in Odaiba. Known as a resort and tourist attraction the island of Odaiba is home to an Aquacity an enormous shopping mall, a high tech multi-plex cinema and a gourmet zone which is the largest in Japan. The major attractions of Odaiba are mentioned in the manga as the characters make their

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  • 02Sep

    Manga Review: Soil by Atsushi Kaneko

    I read manga every night. It’s my guilty pleasure and an insomniacs ticket to dreamland. I read several popular ones like Bleach, Claymore, Fairytail, Vampire Knight, Kuroshitsuji, and Kanojo Wo Mamoru 51 No Houhou, to name a few favorites. From time to time I get tired of the formula. Slice of life, high school kids doing this or that, or some such about nothing. There aren’t updates everyday to read, so occasionally I’ll do searches. On one particular night I set the search engine I was using for ‘mystery’ and found Soil. SOIL is a parapsychological mystery by Atsushi Kaneko. It begins with a story that seems to be about two detectives and the disappearance of a family. Set in weirdly named “Soil New Town” (New Soil Town?), which seems to be a sleepy pastoral community, of course appearances are deceiving. As it is presented, you may empathize with the

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  • 02Aug

    Interview: Stephanie Herrera, Artist and Writer for Dreams

    Recently Geek Woman played Dreams for iOS on iPad. And then got in touch with the artist/creator, Stephanie Herrera. Geek Woman: It seemed like the differences in the pictures were tiny details that women would be more inclined to notice than men, were you intending that? Stephanie Herrera: When I made the game I was a lot younger than now and the differences just came out of thin air, I didn’t plan them at all, just made whatever came to my mind. I think the innocence of the moment also helped and the stuff I was going through in my life at that certain point, such as becoming a self conscious woman. What art your art style influences? In that time I liked manga and anime a lot, probably you can tell from the images, lol… But now I’m older I have much more influences in my style, most of

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  • 07Jun

    Turning Japanese Weekly News (June 1st – June 7th)

    VIZ Media: Free “Heroes of Manga” Reading Kits Now Available for Libraries! VIZ is kicking off their 25th Anniversary Celebration with with a special Heroes of Manga reading kit, for librarians to share with their patrons! Sign up by June 8th to receive the FREE kit at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/541378/Heroes-of-Manga-Reading-Kit-Offer! Manga is one of the most requested categories in libraries today, and helps promote a love of reading, especially for reluctant readers! Our library kit features some fun giveaways for readers of all ages, featuring popular properties classic & new, including NARUTO, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, NURA: RISE OF THE YOKAI CLAN and more! The kits include: 50 book covers 300 assorted bookmarks 50 buttons featuring NARUTO 5 assorted VIZ Media tote bags 1 Heroes of Manga literacy poster For more information, check out www.vizmedia.com   VIZ Media Announces Product License for Hit Action Anime TIGER & BUNNY! VIZ Media is now the exclusive

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  • 13May

    Review: March Story

    March Story is a new Manga series released in Fall of 2010 by VIZ, which is author Hyung Min Kim’s first piece of work as a Mangaka.

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  • 01Apr

    Review – Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage

    Developer: Omera Force Publisher: Techmo Koei Platform for this review: Xbox 360 Rating: M (for Mature) Release Date: November 2, 2010 RENT Last year publisher Koei and developers Omega Force released Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage.  The game is a spin-off of the Warriors series based on the manga by the same name. The story of the game happens during a nuclear war where the world is left in violence and despair.  The strong took over and slaughtered the weak for supplies. Humanity never gave up hope and held on to the ideal that someone would come to the rescue in their time of misery. In the middle of that, a hero emerges by the name of Kenshiro. Kenshiros story: The successor of Hokuto Shinken and the youngest of the four Hokuto Brothers, Ken wanders the land in search of his love, Yuria, who had been kidnapped by

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  • 25Feb

    Japan’s Anti-Anime Law

    Coming up on the political scene over in Tokyo, there is a strong possibility that an unpopular law could get passed. Called Bill 156, the “Anti-Anime” bill has been backed by a governor named Shintaro Ishihara. Seen as an embarrassment by some, there is an influence to clean up anime. Its place in Japanese media, can cause cultural misunderstandings when anime is often seen as sexually promiscuous and degrading towards women. What they really want to get rid of are the ones that sexualize underage young girls. Criticism has come about now due to the vagueness of how the bill was written. An over broad description of what is taboo could mean that anime in general could have to become more censored. Ishihara and the new law are feared to be a ticket to anime’s demise. Like video games in the USA which are trashed by people who never play

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  • 14Feb

    VIZ Celebrates Valentine’s Day with two Shojo Manga Debuts on the VIZ Manga iPad App

    February is the month of love, and what better way to celebrate than with two shojo manga debuts on the VIZ Manga App for the iPad: fantasy fairytale Merupuri, and supernatural adventure Natsume’s Book of Friends! In Merupuri, by Matsuri Hino (creator of Vampire Knight), an occurence of fairytale proportions threatens good girl Airi’s dreams of a cozy home and a loving husband! In Natsume’s Book of Friends (on the YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens booklist!), Takashi has learned to hide his gift of sight from other people… But when he moves back to the small town his grandmother grew up in, he discovers that he’s inherited more than just the Sight from the mysterious Reiko – a book of power containing the names of spirits & demons, many of who now want to reclaim their names… by force if necessary! For more information, check out www.vizmedia.com.

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  • 07Feb

    “Forgotten Japanese Spirit”

    In a long winter like this one it isn’t easy to keep one’s spirits up. On a trip to return soda bottles we accidentally found a little Japanese jewel. Intrigued by the title I brought it home to learn more about it. The Bunraku “Nihonjin No Wasuremono” or the “Forgotten Japanese Spirit” is a fine natural Yamahai Junmai Saké. It feels as though a precious genie is in the bottle that I don’t want to let out. More than just being about getting drunk, the making of rice wine is still an almost sacred, and revered process. It involves the purest of cool water as it comes from the mountains. This one was made in the Saitama Prefecture. It is a Yamahai, which means that the brewer uses native yeasts, those just floating in the air of the brewery. It is a very tricky process which not many modern brewers

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