The original light novel that inspired the hit manga and anime series! Takasu Ryuuji has learned the hard way that appearances can be deceiving. For despite his inwardly sweet personality, his unintentionally sharp gaze and aggressive features give him the air of a delinquent thug, putting his chances at making new friends, let alone a girlfriend, next to zero. It’s Ryuuji’s first day of his second year of high school and it seems as if things are looking up. He gets to sit in between his only friend, Yuusaku, and more importantly, the girl he’s secretly crushing on, Kushieda Minori. But just when he thinks the stars are aligned in his favor, he unwittingly crosses the most feared girl in school, Aisaka Taiga, making her into his arch enemy. To top it off, Taiga has moved in right next door to Ryuuji and happens to be Minori’s best friend! Can this school year possibly get any worse?!
Author: Yuyuko Takemiya
Publisher: Seven Seas
A must-have for fans of over-the-top high school comedies like School Rumble and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, this is the sixth volume in the New York Times bestselling series. The gang is back in school and it's nearly time for the Culture Festival. Ryuuji and Taiga and the rest of Class 2-C can't figure out what to do for the event, until a random lottery pick tasks them with presenting... a pro-wrestling performance?! Over on the home front, Taiga's dad has decided to pop back into her life. The possibility of a divorce with his current wife could mean a reunion with his estranged daughter, but Taiga doesn't trust the old man. Ryuuji feels conflicted. While he hopes for a happily-ever-after between father and daughter, it could spell the end of his own "domestic bliss" with Taiga.
Kodocha Sana's stage
Author: Miho Obana, Sarah Dyer
Seventh-grader Sana Kurata must deal with being a famous child actress while also coping with her family and school mates including bad-boy Hayama, fellow child star Naozumi, and best friend Fuka.
The new school year brings with it a new transfer student--Kawashima Ami, a breathtakingly gorgeous model who quickly has the whole class smitten. But Ami's delicate exterior hides a personality that isn't quite as innocent as she seems. When she unwittingly shows Aisaka Taiga her true colors, a bad first meeting quickly escalates into a bitter rivalry, made worse by the fact that Ami seems determined to charm Ryuuji. The Palmtop Tiger is on the warpath, and Ryuuji might just have to pick a side--or become a casualty of war!
Die Wergelder Volume 1
Author: Hiroaki Samura
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Wergelder: In Germanic law, the money paid by a murderer or his family to the victim's family in atonement. A mysterious deal goes down on a remote island known as a red light pleasure district. An insane fight between a blonde sniper and an assassin in a Chinese dress brings up questions about who the players are in this deal.
Author: Yoshitaka Amano
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Previously available only as a part of the now sold-out The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Boxed Set or still-available The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Slipcased Edition, Dark Horse is pleased to offer the stunning visions of designer Yoshitaka Amano as individual volumes. The Sky Book Two contains Amano's sketches and paintings for Final Fantasy IV (1991), V (1992) and VI (1994), depicting characters such as Cecil Harvey, Rydia, Bartz Klauser, Lenna Charlotte Tycoon, Faris Scherwiz, Terra Branford, Locke Cole, Sabin Rene Figaro, Shadow, Setzer Gabbiani, Celes Chere, and, of course, Mog (among many others!). Bonuses include Amano's art for the 1994 Final Fantasy Grand Finale CD, the 1994 Pinball Mandala series, and advertisement lithographs of the 1999 Final Fantasy Collection exclusive watch. The truly impressive Book Two of The Sky is almost twice the size of the other books in the series, yet value priced! Don't miss your chance to return to the strange and beautiful realms of Yoshitaka Amano with The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Book Two! Series Overview: Previously available only as a part of the now sold-out The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Boxed Set or still-available The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Slipcased Edition, Dark Horse is pleased to offer the stunning visions of designer Yoshitaka Amano as three individual volumes.
Formed by a small group of university students in the early 1980s, Studio Gainax is now one of the most adventurous and widely esteemed anime companies on the scene. And it is fascinating for its unique approach to animation. Formal experimentation, genre-straddling, self-reflexivity, unpredictable plot twists, a gourmet palate for stylishness, proverbially controversial endings, and a singularly iconoclastic worldview are some of the hallmarks. This documentation of the studio's achievements provides a critical overview of both the company and its films: in-depth examinations of particular titles that best represent the company's overall work, including television series such as Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water and Neon Genesis Evangelion, and feature films such as Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise and Gunbuster vs. Diebuster. Each chapter highlights the contribution made by a specific production to the company's progress.
Soul Eater NOT!
Author: Atsushi Ohkubo
Publisher: Yen Press LLC
Ding-dong! DEAD-dong! Class is in session, but even DWMA is preparing for the annual Death Festival held on Halloween. But while Death City is abuzz with excitement and delight, something sinister is brewing within its shadows...and it seems the girls' carefree school days are in for a rude awakening with a shocking betrayal! Can DWMA stop the nefarious witch Shaula Gorgon's schemes before it's too late? And will Tsugumi ever get to make her choice?! It's a savage but super-fun conclusion!
Toradora! Vol. 5
Author: Yuyuko Takemiya, Zekkyou
Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment, LLC.
Summer vacation is here, and the whole gang heads out to Ami's summer home for a beach vacation! Taiga and Ryuuji hatch a plan to scare Minori out of her wits so Ryuuji can swoop in and come to her rescue. However, when Kitamura overhears the cunning scheme, he demands to be let in on the action and drags Ami along for the ride. What soon follows is a trip into madness as the kids venture into a small cave by the beach where untold horrors await...
There’s a fox in the henhouse known as Kamisu 66-Acreage – a Fiend! Saki and her friends are now in a position where they cannot defend against their mass destruction. Those given their genetic composition and programming, even gods themselves run, but cannot hide.
A tip from the mysterious Guy leads Toru, Chaika, and Akari to a means of transportation--and the location of one of the heroes of the battle of the Gaz Imperial Capital, Dominica Skoda. But the journey to Dominica's residence is dangerous, and when the trio is ambushed by a group of monsters, they're saved in the nick of time by a mysterious female knight!
Author: Steven T. Brown
This collection charts the terrain of contemporary Japanese animation, one of the most explosive forms of visual culture to emerge at the crossroads of transnational cultural production in the last twenty-five years. The essays offer bold and insightful engagement with animé's concerns with gender identity, anxieties about body mutation and technological monstrosity, and apocalyptic fantasies of the end of history. The contributors dismantle the distinction between 'high' and 'low' culture and offer compelling arguments for the value and importance of the study of animé and popular culture as a key link in the translation from the local to the global.
Celebrate the imaginative art of 30 years of the Dragon Quest video games, as designed and illustrated by Akira Toriyama, legendary creator of Dragon Ball. Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) brought the world of the renowned Dragon Quest video games to life through his creative, fun and inventive design work. Thirty years of genius are on display in this stunning comprehensive hardcover collection of over 500 illustrations from the Dragon Quest video games, from Dragon Quest (originally released as Dragon Warrior in English) to Dragon Quest Heroes II. Includes fold-out poster of the Dragon Quest timeline.
One Stormy Night
Author: Yuichi Kimura
Publisher: Kodansha Amer Incorporated
A goat and a wolf take refuge from a thunderstorm in a hut so dark that neither one realizes what kind of animal the other is, and as they talk they discover they have a lot in common.
Featuring the works of video game artist extraordinaire Takehito Harada, lead character designer of the hit Disgaea RPG series! Takehito Harada Art Works covers the artist's work on all four Disgaea titles, as well as Prinny 1 & 2, Makai Kingdom, and Phantom Brave. Inside you'll find game covers, rare promotional art, rough layouts, creator commentary, and a detailed look at Takehito Harada's creative process.