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  • 10Apr

    It’s Game on with Viz Media Cross Game

    Spring training has ended and teams are playing their first game of the season. Yes, it’s Baseball time. The time of year where peanuts, 7th inning stretch, and cheering for your team is here. It’s no surprise that Viz Media’s latest manga announcement will be a story about the game of baseball. Mitsuru Adachi’s Cross Game will be coming to North American readers in online previews starting in May on, otherwise the manga comes out in Fall 2010. Cross Game is about a boy, Ko, and a family of four sisters and the game of baseball. “Mitsuru Adachi is a legend in Japan, where his work has been loved by fans for more than 40 years, and we’re honored to bring him to a U.S. audience with the launch of CROSS GAME,” says Andy Nakatani, Editorial Manager, VIZ Media. “Readers can go to our Shonen Sunday web site to

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  • 21Feb

    Shonen Jump Chamionship Comes to Nashville

    This upcoming weekend, February 27-28, the Shonen Jump Championship will be coming to Nashville, TN. Yu-Gi-Oh! players of all age will be gathering at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center to test their skills. For anyone in the area that wants to participate, the registration fee is $20, and every player that signs up will receive 5 Absolute Powerforce booster packs just for participating. Registration starts promptly as 8 a.m. and goes until 10 a.m. when round one starts. The top 16 duelists from the Championship, as well as the top players from the Regional Qualifier on Sunday, earn themselves invitations to participate in their country’s 2010 National Championship. The top three finalists will receive a “Dark End Dragon” prize card, as well as the two finalists from Sunday’s bonus events. Sunday’s bonus events include a Pegasus League event and a Dragon Duel tournament for players 12 and younger.

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  • 20Feb

    DEVA LOKA Exhibit opens in LA

    Those people in Los Angeles who are feeling a little left out whenever San Francisco gets a new Japanese art exhibit, here’s your chance to join in the fun! Superfrog and LeBasse Projects have come together to provide an exhibit that consists of work from Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano. Amano is known for designing characters for the video game Final Fantasy as well as for anime films such as Vampire Hunter D, Guin Saga, Final Fantasy, and Front Mission. His DEVA LOKA exhibit first premiered in August at the Superfrog Gallery in San Francisco, and it’s now Amano’s first major show in Southern California in almost a decade. The exhibit consists of 25 pieces, and be prepared for bright auto paint and metallic glitter which is said to be “an ode to the artist’s love of American comics, culture and automobiles”. The exhibit is launching TODAY (the 20th of February)

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  • 30Jan

    VIZ releases “BIOMEGA”

    Sci-fi action manga readers will be happy as there is a new manga named “Biomega” being released next Tuesday, February 2nd. Zoichi Kanoe plunges into the depths of 9JO, a sprawling island city in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, in search of Eon Green, a girl with the power to transmute the N5S virus. The deadly contagion is spreading across the world, turning humans into disfigured, zombie-like “drones.” But he’s not the only one looking for her. Agents of the Public Health Service’s Compulsory Execution Unit are also in hot pursuit, with sinister designs of their own. Zoichi and his trans-human allies have no time to waste; the countdown to the apocalypse has begun! “Biomega” was created by Tsutomu Nihei. His first manga “BLAME!” won the Shiki Award in Japan, and was nominated for North America’s Harvey Award. He also wrote a Wolverine tie-in which was published by Marvel,

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  • 19Jan

    The “Crown of Love” now available from VIZ

    VIZ are about to bring out another manga so early in the new year – a shojo manga named “CROWN OF LOVE”. Meet 16 year old Hisayoshi “Kumi” Tajima. He wasn’t looking for somebody to love until he bumps into teen idol Rima Fujio – and since then, he can’t stop thinking about her. Enter Rima’s former agent Ikeshiba who offers Hisayoshi a chance to meet up with Rima again by way of making Hisayoshi an idol! Unfortunately, Rima doesn’t seem to be keen on this and thinks Hisayoshi is competing for Ikeshiba’s attention. Elizabeth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director, VIZ Media: “CROWN OF LOVE offers a complex story of unrequited love between a pair of teenagers who are each on the brink of stardom,” says Elizabeth. “Creator Yun Kouga has already attracted legions of North American fans with her popular manga series GESTALT, also published by VIZ Media, and we

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  • 10Jan

    Dell unveils new Smartphones, Computers and Tablets at CES

    This nothing like the CES to get the gadgets section full of items. It is also no surprise that a number of large electronic companies have waited to unveil new and up coming items. Dell has unveiled a number of new items that they will be selling within the coming year. They are sub divided into three headings, smartphones, laptops and tablets. Smartphone: In terms of smartphones, Dell is moving into that business. They showed the Mini 3. This phone is a phone that is based off the Andriod phone and was developed in conjunction with AT&T. The phone will be available on AT&T’s network, which makes it the first Andriod based phone to appear on the network. Also, Dell has an agreement with other service providers outside the US such as Vodafone in Europe, Australia and New Zealand; AT&T in the United States; M1 and Starhub in Singapore; Maxis in

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  • 07Jan

    Shonen Jump Championship Side Events Announced

    This weekend, January 9-10, the Shonen Jump Championships will be held in Los Angeles. On top of the main tournament, a variety of side events have finally been announced! Yu-Gi-Oh! video game players interested in getting ahead of the competition for the Video Game World Championship in 2010 shouldn’t miss this chance to try out 5D’s “Reverse of Arcadia.” Duelists looking to play online, with friends or others, won’t want to miss to test out this game before anyone else. Konami will also have demos of a revamped Yu-Gi-Oh! Online game. 5D’s Tagforce 4 will also be available to check out. If more TCG action is your thing, check out the Pegasus League side event tournaments. If you’ve been working hard on those creative building techniques, this is a great way to show off your skills. Turbo Pack 2 boosters will be the prize. There will also be an “Attack

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  • 05Jan

    Pokemon TCG HeartGold and SoulSilver Expansions

    As we all know, Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver will be released in the United States in March and are already out in Japan. The trading card game form of the beloved series is proud to announce that there will be a new card design as well as a new set to accompany the release of the video games. The new sets will be released on February 10 with an MSRP of $11.99 for a Theme Deck and $3.79 for booster packs. This set of over 120 cards features the new Pokemon Prime card as well as two dual-card Pokemon Legends, Ho-oh and Lugia. The six Prime cards are: Ampharos, Blissey, Donphan, Feraligatr, Megainum, and Typholosion. So for all you Pokemon TCG players out there, look for these to be coming to hobby stores near you next month. Follow

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  • 21Dec

    Yu-Gi-Oh! Updates

    Something pretty exciting has been released to the world of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game. The Duel Terminals, after success in Japan, have been brought to official tournament stores in the United States. These terminals are arcade style machines that play and teach the trading card game as well as dispense cards to players. Play on the machine can be at one of two levels. Players may choose to skip playing and just get their card. The cards are specially treated so they can be scanned and used inside the game. The terminal cards can also be used as actual cards and, once these unique cards are released in non-terminal products, will be legal for use in tournaments. They hope to bring in foot traffic to the stores that have them as well as increase the enthusiasm for the card game itself. Speaking of tournaments, the Pegasus League has finally

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  • 19Nov

    New Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Boosters

    Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s fans have a lot to get excited about. Both the Stardust Overdrive booser set and the Hidden Arsenal set are now out! What’s so special about these sets? Well, Hidden Arsenal is a 30-card set that was previously unreleased in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Most of these 30 cards are coming to these countries for the first time, as they were only available in Japan until now. With this set, it will allow players better access to some newer deck types like Mist Valley and Ice Barrier. Not only are they mostly new cards, there are five foil cards per pack. The entire set consists of 15 Secret Rare cards and 15 Super Rare cards. Stardust Overdrive consists of cards from all three television shows, from the original, to GX, to the current 5D’s. Most of the monsters from 5D’s are brand-new releases as well.

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