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Screen & Page: Grappling With The Legacy of ‘Akira’

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With Screen & Page we typically explore the relationship between anime shows or films and the manga series inspired by them, but today we're making an exception for a manga and anime produced in overlapping schedules by the same author, where the anime is more famous in the West, but both works deserve to be regarded as essential.

It's a big one, the Holy Grail. We're talking about Katsuhiro Otomo's landmark work Akira, serialized in manga form from 1982 to 1990, and released as a feature film in 1988.

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Weekender: Indigenous Comic-Con, ‘Silly Kingdom’, and Luke Pearson’s Nice Neat Studio

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The weekend is here! Take a look back at what’s happened in the past seven days. New comics, new stories, new podcasts, new art being made — it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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‘Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter’ Sticks To Its Source, And That’s The Problem

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A huge hit in Japan with a fervent American fanbase, the Capcom JRPG franchise Monster Hunter is exactly what it sounds like; in a world full of giant monsters, players known as Hunters team up in Guilds to kill them for fun and profit.

Capcom is pushing Monster Hunter hard in the West. An anime based on the franchise airs this year, and Capcom has partnered with Viz to translate Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter for American audiences. A 2011 manga by Shin Yamamoto, it's based on Keiichi Hikami's Monster Hunter Episode light novels (illustrated short novels aimed at young adults), which tell short stories of different hunters.

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Screen & Page: Sounds of the Battlecry in ‘Samurai Champloo’

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Most anime is adapted from manga, often produced by the manga publisher to raise awareness and selling it overseas. But what about the anime shows or film that go the other way, adapted from the screen to the page? How do those works hold up, and what changes or stays the same? That’s what Screen & Page aims to explore.

This week, we're exploring the unlikely but absolutely incredible fusion of hip-hop and samurai storytelling known as Samurai Champloo!

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Weekender: Yen Press, ‘Octopus Pie’, and Jamie Coville’s World of Audio Wonders

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The weekend is here, so take a look back and just what’s been going on over the past seven days. New comics, new stories, new podcasts, new art being made — it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Adds ‘The Wolverine’ Star Rila Fukushima

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That long-developing live-action remake of Ghost in the Shell has drawn plenty of ire for its primarily white cast, and reports that Paramount commissioned VFX tests to make Scarlett Johansson appear asian only made things worse. Sure, the film does have some asian cast members, but they’ve been largely relegated to supporting roles so far. Perhaps that will change with the addition of The Wolverine star Rila Fukushima — though it would be far more interesting if she were cast in the lead.

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Takeshi Obata Offers Sweeping Gothic Beauty In ‘Blanc et Noir’ [Review]

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Despite having an extensive catalog of acclaimed works to his credit, from the manga adaptation of famous novel-turned-Tom Cruise movie All You Need Is Kill with Ryosuke Takeuchi (adapted as Edge of Tomorrow), to the manga about making manga, Bakuman, Takeshi Obata will perhaps always be best known for his hit manga series Death Note, with writer Tsugumi Ohba. The operatic supernatural detective story about teen would-be god Light Yagami and his reclusive nemesis L is the kind of breakout hit that most comic creators can only dream of.

The art book Blanc et Noir: The Art of Takeshi Obata makes great use of Obata's work on Death Note --- but it also showcases the artist's considerable range and skill beyond his best known work.

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One Hell Of A Butler: Should You Be Reading ‘Black Butler’?

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If you ever go to an anime and manga convention, you might notice a lot of people in formalwear. Specifically, you might notice somebody dressed up in Victorian finery with an eyepatch and someone else in black tails, black hair and red eyes. No, you didn't accidentally wander into some sort of bizarre etiquette school. You're seeing people dressed as the main characters of Black Butler, one of the most popular shonen franchises of the 21st century. It's a mix between mystery, comedy, and even horror that has some disquieting undertones but is still captivating to read.

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Screen & Page: Cute Puppy-Kids & Hard Choices In ‘Wolf Children’

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Most anime is adapted from manga, often produced by the manga publisher to raise awareness and selling it overseas. But what about the anime shows or film that go the other way, adapted from the screen to the page? How do those works hold up, and what changes or stays the same? That’s what Screen & Page aims to explore.

This week, we're looking at Mamoru Hosoda's 2012 film Wolf Children, and its manga adaptation by the artist Yu.

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12 Facts You May Not Have Known About Astro Boy

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Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with 75 years of superhero comics behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in comics in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at the long-running, ground-breaking series by Osamu Tezuka, god of manga and father of anime: Astro Boy! As both a manga and an anime, Astro Boy is one of the earliest and most successful examples of Japanese comics and animation to be introduced to American audiences. In this video, we look at the history of Astro Boy, from his earliest appearances as a secondary character in another comic to various tributes to this classic of a genre to his modern day role as a Japanese ambassador.

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