On the off chance that you thought there was anywhere you could go to escape the presence of The Avengers now that they were the stars of a series of films that have taken in roughly 48 trillion dollars, don't fret: They are everywhere. Or, to be slightly more accurate, they're now in Japan, thanks to a series of comics designed to introduce Japanese children to Marvel's team of superheroes.
Created by Fujiminosuke Yorozuya as part of an effort to promote Marvel and Toie's new Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers anime, Marvel Avengers ran as a twelve-page one-shot in Monthly Korokoro Comic for kids, introducing Captain America, the Wasp, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and Spider-Man to younger readers in a lighthearted comedy.
Since 2009 Kodansha has printed a combined 30 million copies of Hajime Isayama's Attack On Titan manga, which so far includes 12 volumes and a number of spinoffs. That breaks down to around 16,438 volumes of manga a day for five years. Now, that may not seem like a ton in a market where the number one manga, One Piece, has sold more than 300 million (and counting) copies across 71 volumes since 1997, but one needs only look at North American comic sales numbers to concur that it's still a statistic worth celebrating. And celebrate they did last night at the Lazona Kawasaki Plaza shopping mall in Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki, Japan with a 200-foot-tall projection featuring the series signature man-eating Colossal Titan and the humans who fight them at something approaching a 1:1 scale.
A manga about the partnership and subsequent falling out between Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak is a big hit. At Harvard Business School, at least.
And this isn't Caleb Melby's The Zen of Steve Jobsorthe Japanese manga titled Steve Jobs, either. This is a 32-page graphic novel titled Apple's Core that was developed specifically to offer students a cautionary tale about how business relationships can go bad.
Action figure collectors will soon be able to assemble Sailor Moon's core crew of Sailor Scouts. This September Sailor Jupiter will join Sailors Moon, Mercury, Mars and Venus as part of Banai's S.H. Figuarts line. Like the other figures in the line, SJ seems modeled principally after the Sailor Moon anime that originally ran in the '90s, but it should still sit fine with readers of creator Naoko Takeuchi's manga and the upcoming Sailor Moon Crystal anime based on her art style.
The city of Tokyo won its bid to host the 2020 Olympics this past fall, leading many people, this site included, to draw the parallel between reality and the post-apocalyptic manga and anime feature film Akira, which took place in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Neo-Tokyo.
The organizers real-life Games in Tokyo have turned to another manga/anime, Doraemon, to help promote the Olympics. The famous robot cat is an ambassador for the 2020 Games. With that in mind, animator Aleix Pitarch has combined Akira, Doraemon and the Olympics in a tribute video. It's...harrowing.
Every weekend here at CA we’re cracking open the latest and/or just greatest decades old action figures around to see what sets them apart from the articulated plastic pack. This week we’re unboxing Good Smile Company and Max Factory's Mikasa Ackerman Figma from Hajime Isayama's Attack On Titan manga and its anime adaptation. I'll go ahead and spoil the review and just say it: This figure rules. Hit the jump to see why in our full video review.
Fans got their first look at Bandai's S.H. Figuarts take on Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto this past February at Toy Fair 2014, but now the action figure's proper release information has been unscrolled. Over at the Tamashii website, it's been loosed that this Naruto: Shippuden era version of the character will arrive in Japan in July and the United States in an estimated September.
For those of you planning on permanently relocating to Japan to take advantage of their readily available Kamen Rider churros and Attack on Titan deca-decker cheeseburgers, we have some good news on the job front! It seems that the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is in need of some stalwart crimefighters to hit the streets, and to get the word out about their latest recr
I can't read Japanese, but I can only assume this poster means that they're recruiting for the division of the police that cruise around in giant robots battling giant robot crime. If that is, in fact, the case, I doubt they'll have any trouble meeting their recruitment quota.
The business journal Anime Busience has scored another coup with its cover art for its spring 2014 issue, landing a gorgeous image of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy drawn by none other than Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo.
The magazine's two previous issues have featured a Space Battleship Yamato cover by by Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno and an Akira cover by Evangelion character designer Yushiyuki Sadamoto.
Check out Otomo's full cover image after the jump!
Listen, I realize that I'm a little late to the party when it comes to Echiro Oda's One Piece. It's literally the best-selling manga of all time, but I've only just gotten into it over the past few months, on the recommendation of former CA writer David Brothers. I was hooked right away -- the book's signature mix of action, character, slapstick comedy and insanely over-the-top violence was fantastic right from the start, blending in a way that I find completely irresistible.
Then I got to volume 10, and the characters arrived in Arlong Park for a single fight scene that literally lasted for over 250 pages. And as someone who loves fight comics, I can say pretty confidently that it is quite possibly the best fight scene I have ever seen in comics. Not in manga, in all of comics. And believe me, I've seen a lot of 'em.
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