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Why Yes, You Can Go On A ‘Hello Kitty’ Holiday Cruise

Hello Kitty Cruises
starcruises.com

Most cats are afraid of water, but it appears Sanrio's Hello Kitty is a straight up sea captain on Star Cruises' specially-themed voyages departing from Singapore and Malaysia. While this news post would almost certainly have made a solid Holiday Gift Guide entry, we doubt many of you will be able to set sail aboard the SuperStar Virgo or the SuperStar Libra (...I had no idea cruise ships had such awesome names). Still, we must insist on detailing all of the fun most of us will surely miss out on while the cruises run through December 29.

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Holiday Gift Guide: ‘Yotsuba&!’ Manga

Yotsuba&! volume 12, Kiyohiko Azuma

When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.

If you're looking for pretty much anyone who enjoys comics as a medium, then you might want to just go ahead and get them the best possible comic: Kiyohiko Azuma's Yotsuba&!

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Shinji Higuchi To Direct Live Action ‘Attack on Titan’ Movie

Attack on Titan Movie Concept Art
shingeki.net

The live action Attack on Titan movie based on Hajime Isayama's manga and its anime adaptation seems to have assembled something of a dream for fans of civilization-destroying anime and tokusatsu. Filling a slot that's been vacant since the departure of Tetsuya Nakashima last december is new director Shinji Higuchi, known for his work as a storyboard artist on Kill la Kill, the original Neon Genesis Evangelion and its "rebuild" films. Higuchi also served as the special effects director on Gamera and Godzilla movies and Studio Ghibli's stunning live action prequel to Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo. Truly, this is a director who knows a thing or two about depicting giants wiping out humanity.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Deluxe & Limited Edition Comics And Art Books

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If you’re like some of the ComicsAlliance staff, you’re a fetishist for expensive hardcover books that are available only in absurdly limited numbers and packaged in exquisite slipcases and loaded with supplemental material and artwork. With the gift-giving season rapidly winding down, people like us are looking for those last-minute gifts that are so expensive and so impressively large that they could never actually seem like you totally forgot to get your shopping (or blogging) done in a timely and responsible manner. The best sort of gift along those lines is of course the deluxe edition comic or art book, and I’ve put together a list of some great ones that you can still find at your local comics stores and online booksellers before the clock runs out on the season.

NOTE ON PRICES: We have included the list prices for each item. Because of holiday sales, you will very likely find discounts at your local comics shops, Amazon and elsewhere.

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‘Slam Dunk’ Artist Takehiko Inoue Earns Appointment As A Japanese Goodwill Ambassador To Spain

Pepita- Takehiko Inoue Meets Gaudi
Viz/Takehiko Inoue

Comics are officially bringing nations together.

To celebrate 400 years of diplomacy between Japan and Spain, 46-year-old Takehiko Inoue -- the creator of of Slam Dunk, Vagabond, Real and other celebrated manga -- has been appointed as one of three goodwill ambassadors to Spain by the Japanese Foreign Ministry, to serve from now until July 31 of 2014.

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Holiday Gift Guide: The Sailor Moon S.H. Figuarts Action Figure

Sailor Moon SH Figuarts

When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.

So why not celebrate your inner magical girl with one of the best action figures of the year: The S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon figure!

 

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Viz Releases Free Digital ‘One Piece Retrospective’ To Celebrate Manga’s Worldwide Success

One Piece Retrospective
Viz

In celebration of Eiichiro Oda's pirate manga achieving more than 345 million combined volumes of manga in print worldwide, America's link to the material, publisher Viz Media, has released a digital One Piece Restrospective.

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Get Your First Glimpse Of Hayao Miyazaki’s New Samurai Manga

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Hayao Miyazaki can't stop.

The 72-year-old filmmaker and artist announced plans to retire from directing at Studio Ghibli earlier this year, but that isn't keeping him from writing and illustrating a new manga series about samurai in Japan's Warring States era. He hasn't even been paid for the currently unnamed work yet. Japanese TV network NHK snagged some footage of Miyazaki working on the comic, and you can take a look at some screenshots. So far, it seems as rich and detailed as anything he's ever worked on.

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7-11 Rolls Out ‘One Piece’ Gum Gum Fruit Pastries In Japan

One Piece Devil Fruit Bun Main 7-11
7-11

In the pirate-filled world of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga and anime series, gulping down a piece of the legendary Devil Fruit grants eaters phenomenal powers -- an ultra-stretchy body, becoming a living skeleton, generating limitless appendages out of thin air --- but strips them of the ability to swim. So fans will probably be pleased to discover 7-11 stores in Japan are selling a sweet bun version of OP star Luffy's Gum Gum Fruit filled with whipped cream and blueberry jam with none of the potentially career-ending side effects.

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Bandai Announces The Hello Kitty Mech With Rocket Fists You Always Wanted

Chogokin Hello Kitty robot mech
Bandai

Sanrio's Hello Kitty and Bandai's long-running die-cast Chogokin toy line are both turning 40 next year, so they're commemorating the occasion the only way that makes sense: teaming up for a righteous Hello Kitty mech action figure that, among other things, shoots rocket fists like Mazinger Z.

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