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March 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
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From Robotech (1985, adapted from three unrelated anime series) to Road to Perdition (2002, an homage to the 1970s manga series Lone Wolf and Cub) to Dragonball: Evolution (2009, based on the manga), it’s easy to see that anime and manga have been influencing Western popular culture for decades. The following recent and forthcoming titles tie in to a few popular-media properties many library patrons already know and love, and if they’re looking for crossovers, these series are a good place to start.
Ghost in the Shell. By Tow Ubukata. 2017. Vertical, paper, $14.95 (9781945054228).
Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Edition. By Shirow Masamune. Illus. by the author.
Despite (or because of) the controversy surrounding the casting of the new live-action film adaptation of this cyberpunk classic, there is a lot of buzz about the story of Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg agent for a counter-cyberterrorist organization. First serialized in Japan in 1989, Ghost in the Shell is being reprinted in English by Kodansha, this time in hardcover with bonus material and unflipped pages. An additional spin-off to the franchise is Vertical’s collection of prose short stories inspired by and reinterpreting the world that blurs the line between man and machine.
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition. By Akira Himekawa. Illus. by the author.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, v.1. By Akira Himekawa. Illus. by the author. 2017. VIZ, paper, $9.99 (9781421593470).
Link, the boy in a green hat on a quest to defeat evil, became part of the pop-culture canon when the Legend of Zelda video game was launched in the U.S. back in 1986. As part of the franchise’s thirtieth-anniversary celebration, VIZ Media is reprinting the original manga series as two-in-one volumes featuring color artwork and a larger trim size. In addition, it’s also publishing the latest installment of the manga series Twilight Princess, following the story line in the video game of the same name, which is darker in tone than some of the other stories.
Street Fighter Legends: Cammy. By Jim Zub. Illus. by Omar Dogan. 2017. Udon, $29.99 (9781772940374).
Street Fighter Legends: Chun-Li. By Ken Siu-Chong. Illus. by Omar Dogan. 2016. Udon, $34.95 (9781927925454).
Speaking of video games, Udon publishes several manga series, but what it is probably best known for are the comics and art books it publishes based on the Street Fighter video games. Recently, it has begun rereleasing in hardcover its Legends series, side stories that focus on fan-favorite characters. Udon is a Canada-based art collective, so these books aren’t technically manga. But thanks to licensing agreements, the manga aesthetic is well represented, and fans will be pleased by what they see.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. By Kyle Higgins. Illus. by Hendry Prasetya.
Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock. By Ryan Parrott. Illus. by Lucas Werneck. 2017. Boom!, paper, $14.99 (9781608869374).
Back in 1993, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show introduced an enthusiastic new generation to mecha and kaiju. Originally adapted from Super Sentai, a Japanese tokustatsu, or live-action television drama involving lots of special effects, the Power Rangers series isn’t actually Japanese, and the graphic novels aren’t actually manga. But the crossover potential is huge, especially with a brand-new Power Rangers movie being released this year, and the book picks up right where the movie ends.
mon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2, v.1. By Hidenori Kusaka. Illus. by Satoshi Yamamoto. 2017. VIZ, paper, $9.98 (9781421584379).
mon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. By Hidenori Kusaka. Illus. by Satoshi Yamamoto.
mon Cookbook: Easy and Fun Recipes. By Maki Kudo. 2016. VIZ, $14.99 (9781421589893).
The end of Pokémon madness is nowhere in sight. Kids love it as a new, fun adventure series. Teens and new adults love it as something they grew up with. Thanks to the Pokémon Go app that launched last year, the community surrounding the franchise has grown to include older adults as well, as entire families compete to catch ’em all. The newest spin-off series, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, launched late last year, and Pokémon Adventures manga series has just begun its newest story arc. And the fun doesn’t stop with manga! VIZ Media has released The Pokémon Cookbook, perfect for keeping the entire family engaged.
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