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Lunar Legend Tsukihime vol 6, Dark Edge vol. 10, and Divine Melody vol. 1, AVAILABLE NOW!!!


SAN JOSE, CA– February 2009 – DrMaster has just announced the publication of Lunar Legend Tsukihime volume 6 by TYPE-MOON & sasakishonen, Dark Edge volume 10  by Yu Aikawa, and a new fantasy shojo series by I-Huan, Divine Melody volume 1.

Lunar Legend Tsukihime vol. 6

The violent bloody action continues in volume six, when Shiki loses control of his senses and reveals his true “monster” nature within him as he goes on a mad killing spree. Subsequently, Shiki begins to recall fragments of his childhood memories, which reveal some important secrets of the Tohno family. And just when Shiki collapses from his deranged state, Roa appears with the intention of killing him, but Akiha tries desperately to protect Shiki.

Dark Edge vol. 10

Death falls upon Yotsuji High School daily with each visit of nightfall… Kurou Takagi carries the Nosferatu seed that allows him to become the King of the Nosferatu and control the Evil Gene-carrying Nosferatu race. Kurou and friends finally commence their capture of the school… but now that Shirou Touyama has been awakened, something bad will certainly happen.

Divine Melody vol. 1

Cai-Sheng is a young celestial fox demon being raised by a bevy of wild fox demons, who hope she will master the celestial ability to transform into a male and save them from extinction. One day, she sneaks out to the nearby village, where she befriends a little boy and girl. When they save Cai-Sheng from a dog attack, her caretaker marks them with special symbols that will not disappear until Cai-Sheng repays her debt to them. 200 years later, Cai-Sheng meets the reincarnated boy and girl, and decides to repay her debt to them by trying to match-make the pair. But things get complicated when the reincarnated girl falls in love with Cai-Sheng’s male form!



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[PR] DRMASTER PRESENTS AN ACTION-PACKED END TO THE SUMMER!

NEPHYLYM, MAMORU THE SHADOW PROTECTOR & THE FOUR CONSTABLES AVAILABLE NOW!

SAN JOSE, CA – September 2008 – DrMaster Publications has announced the release of the new fantasy-action manga Nephylym vol. 1 by Rei Kusakabe, Mamoru the Shadow Protector vol. 2, the comedy manga series by Sai Madara, and The Four Constables-Secret of the Delirium Dagger vol. 2, the kung fu action-packed, brilliantly colored manhua series by Andy Seto and Tony Wong.

Nephylym vol. 1

Shun has a unique power to electrically charge metal materials. A mysterious winged angel-like being named Air picks up on his powers and chooses him to become her partner, thus enhancing Shun’s powers. Shun soon finds out that his classmate Sanari (the class hottie), also has a winged angel partner of her own, named Blissful. She explains to Shun that these beings are called Nephylym, and they choose suitable humans to be their “Answerers” to help them purify evil elements (Noirs). Together with Sanari and Tsukasa (Shun’s rival in love and an Answerer as well), they battle alongside their Nephylym against Noir that possess human beings.

Mamoru the Shadow Protector vol. 2

Mamoru Kagemori is a dull high school boy who’s not handsome, athletic, or intelligent. But he is actually the eldest son of the 400-year-old Ninja clan specializing in protecting their neighbors, the Konnyakus. And the object of Mamoru’s protection is none other than their only daughter, Yuna Konnyaku, a natural born accident-prone troublemaker. When Yuna enters an idol contest and makes it to the finals, despite her hilariously bizarre performance, Mamoru has to go all out with his ninja skills in order to fend off perverted judges and crazed fans! But if Yuna becomes an idol will Mamoru still be able to protect her?

The Four Constables-Secret of the Delirium Dagger vol. 2

Emotionless and Yuan-Shan Lan are engulfed in an intense battle, when they discover a spy with evil intentions… While Iron Fist and Cold Blooded fight for their lives as they get closer to finding the evil mastermind behind all the vicious killings. Who is he? And what machinations does he have planned? The plot thickens as more secrets are revealed… You don’t want miss out on all the kung fu fighting action!

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[PR] DRMASTER LISTENS TO DELIGHTFUL MUSIC WITH DIVINE MELODY

DRMASTER LISTENS TO DELIGHTFUL MUSIC WITH DIVINE MELODY

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SAN JOSE, CA – June, 2008 – DrMaster Publications announces the licensing of the fantasy shojo manga Divine Melody. Divine Melody is a fantastic tale set in mystical ancient China, where fairies and demons secretly coexist with humans. I-Huan, the popular author of Real/Fake Princess, creates another splendidly enchanting series that weaves swoon-worthy romances, heart-wrenching drama, and mystifying exhilarating action and adventure into her divinely beautiful tapestry of artwork that will leave readers entranced in her fantasy world.

Divine Melody follows the in a Cai-Sheng is a young celestial fox demon being raised by a bevy of wild fox demons, who hope that she will someday master the celestial ability to transform into a male demon and save them from extinction. One day, she sneaks out of her room and ventures to the nearby village, where she befriends a little boy and girl. When the boy and girl save Cai-Sheng from a dog attack, her caretaker marks them with special symbols that will not disappear, even if they are reincarnated, until Cai-Sheng returns repays her debt to them.

Two hundred years later, Cai-Sheng has grown up and secretly mastered the ability to transform into her male form. She inadvertently meets the reincarnated boy and girl again, who still have the special symbols marked on their bodies. The boy has been reincarnated into a somewhat ineffective exorcist’s apprentice, while the girl is the town’s beauty and the precious daughter of a rich man. Cai-Sheng decides to repay her debt to them by trying to match-make the pair, who initially seem to be attracted to each other… But things get complicated when the girl falls in love with Cai-Sheng’s male form! Adding more drama to the love triangle, a powerful deity-in-training appears and confronts Cai-Sheng, claiming that he was ordered to cleanse her of her demon life-style and return with her to Heaven, meanwhile an old enemy of hers appears and seems to have very sinister plans… You don’t want to miss out on all the romance, drama and action in this delightfully divine series!!!

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[PR] DRMASTER TO RELEASE LUNAR LEGEND TSUKIHIME VOL. 6

DRMASTER TO RELEASE LUNAR LEGEND TSUKIHIME VOL. 6

SAN JOSE, CA – June, 2008 – DrMaster Publications announces the impending release of Lunar Legend Tsukihime volume 6. With much anticipation, the sixth installment of the popular horror action series by Sasakishonen and TYPE-MOON will be released in February 2009. Lunar Legend Tsukihime is based on the video game by TYPE-MOON’s well-known video game Tsukihime, which has also spawned an anime series.

In volume six, the violent bloody action continues when Shiki loses control of his senses and reveals his true “monster” nature within him as he goes on a mad killing spree. Subsequently, Shiki begins to recall fragments of his childhood memories, which reveal some important secrets of the Tohno family. Just when Shiki collapses from his killing spree, Roa appears with the intention of killing him, while Akiha tries desperately to defend him. Ciel later joins the fight against Roa, and more secrets of Ciel’s painful past are revealed. Don’t miss out on all the blood, gore and supernatural action in the sixth volume of Lunar Legend Tsukihime!

 

About Type-Moon:

Type-Moon is a doujin game publisher that has released several games with fanatic followers. Their works include: Tsukihime, Fate/Stay Night, and Kara no Kyokai [Borderline of Emptiness]. Tsukihime is actually a novel type game with over 5000 pages of text, which makes it difficult for people who don’t understand Japanese to enjoy it. However unlike other doujin games that resort to please the carnal pleasure of the players, Tsukihime has a solid story, unique characters, great graphics and music that was as good or even better than games created by the big game companies, which eventually led to the anime adaptation of the game.

About Sasakishonen:

Sasakishonen has worked on quite a number of comic anthologies including Mabu Love, Air, Kanon, Comic Party, Leaf, and Tsukihime. Lunar Legend Tsukihime will be his first full-length comic book.

Availability

Lunar Legend Tsukihime vol. 6 will be available February 2009, and will be priced at $9.95. Lunar Legend Tsukihime volumes 1-5 are available now.

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Magic Lover’s Tower Vol 1 & 2 by Yung & Liang

Title:  Magic Lover’s Tower Vol 1 & 2

Authors:  Kao Yung & Kuan Liang

Publisher:  DrMaster

ISBN:  9781597961530

May Contain Spoilers

Roxanne, the class cleanliness rep, is in love with Logan.  The handsome bad boy is out of reach, however, and he hangs out with a group of bullies.  When Roxanne meets Baphalen, a mysterious guy with magical powers, he offers to help grant her a wish.  By entering the Magic Lover’s Tower, she can participate in an enchanted game.  If the Logan in the game realm declares his love for her, he’ll fall in love with her in the mortal world, too.  But if she fails in the game, he’ll hate her even more! 

Ugh!  I had high hopes for this short series, but, unfortunately, I was left disappointed.  The pacing is so off, it was hard to get immersed in the books.  Worse, the characters were shallow and difficult to like.  Roxanne is smitten with a stuck-up prick who calls her an ugly-hag monster – to her face!  And still she worships him from afar, despite how awful he makes her feel about herself.  I hate books where guys treat girls like crap, and the girl is so stupid that she finds excuses for the bad behavior shoveled their way.  Who wants to chase after a guy who insults you and dismisses you because of how you look?  Just a pet peeve of mine.

The story jumps all over the place, as Roxanne travels into the “game” world, the mortal world, and even the heavenly realm.  Baphalen is a deity, the incense boy for the Old Man under the moon.  He’s a bit of a playboy, doesn’t have a serious thought in his head, and is more interested in causing mischief than carrying out his duties.  When he meets Roxanne, he feels a strange affinity for her, and offers to help her win her true love.  Too bad she thinks it’s Logan, and he acts like such a turd.  It’s hard hoping the heroine lassoes the one she loves when you can’t stand seeing him on a page.

There’s also some sibling rivalry to torment Roxanne.  Her older sister, formerly as gaudy and gawky as Roxanne, has blossomed into a beautiful woman.  Now in college, she doesn’t hesitate to refer to her younger sister as ugly, dissing her in front of Baphalen.  Roslyn is stuck up and selfish, and two 175 page books don’t allow enough time to fix her personality flaws.

Roxanne is a cookie cutter  heroine, uncomfortable with herself and pining after the most attractive boy in school.  She’s a cleanliness freak and her inability to grasp basic mathematical concepts comes back to haunt her in the magical realm.  When she’s in the Magic Lover’s Tower, she is a beautiful version of herself, all the better to win shallow Logan’s attention.  I am not quite sure why, in one game segment, her father shows up to declare that Roxanne is his new queen, mainly because that was way to creepy for me to think about.

I did enjoy the art, and that’s about the only thing that kept me turning the pages.  In direct contrast to the stilted and unconvincing dialog, the illustrations flowed smoothly across the panels, telling a visually interesting tale.  So sad that the words kept invading the drawings and spoiling my enjoyment.

Grade:  D+

Rated for Teen

Review copy provided by DrMaster

Metro Survive Vol 2 by Yuki Fujisawa Manga Review

Title:  Metro Survive Vol 2

Author:  Yuki Fujisawa

Publisher:  DrMaster

ISBN:  9781597961264

 

May Contain Spoilers

Things are mighty grim for Mishima and his small group as they battle hunger and thirst.  Survivors of a massive earthquake, they’ve been buried underground with no way of escape.  With a hostile group controlling the available resources, Mishima’s group has been forced into exile on another level of the subway station.  With no sign of rescue, how long can they survive without food or water?

I didn’t find this volume as enjoyable as the first.  Mishima and his group are still fighting their terrible circumstances, as well as bickering amongst themselves as their situation becomes ever more bleak.  When they finally catch a lucky break and find a treasure trove of food, the other group of survivors, lead by the evil Ryuya and Mashi, soon catch wind of their discovery.  A new battle begins for control of the precious resources, and with the internal strife Mishima’s band suffers, they find themselves, once again, at the mercy of the other group.

This volume focused on just how awful people treat each other, and showed to what lengths they are willing to go to survive.  Ryuya and Mashi’s senseless cruelty really turned me off.  With the stronger group behind them, there wasn’t much point for their vicious behavior.  They did get their just desserts, but not until after leaving behind a growing stack of bodies.  The book just dragged out as one act of cruelty followed another. The story would have been more effective if it had been a couple of chapters shorter, and I found myself growing impatient with the pacing this time around.

In the end, Mishima’s group managed to put aside their petty differences, pulling together and helping each other just when things hit their lowest, most desperate level.  Instead of looking out only for personal best interests, they make sacrifices and place themselves in harm’s way for the best of everyone.  This is still a group of flawed individuals, but they’ve learned to look beyond themselves and put other people ahead of themselves.

Overall, I enjoyed Metro Survive, but I thought that the first volume was far superior to the second.   The first volume captured the desperation of the small group of survivors, and really concentrated on the diverse personalities working together to get through the terrible dilemma they are trapped in.  I couldn’t put it down.  The second volume spent too much time on helpless people being bullied by a bunch of thugs.

Grade:  B-

Rated for Older Teen

Review copy provided by DrMaster

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SURVIVE THE SUMMER!!!

METRO SURVIVE VOL.2, CHINESE HERO VOL.6, MAGIC LOVER’S TOWER VOL.1&2 AVAILABLE NOW!

SAN JOSE, CA – April, 2008 – DrMaster Publications has announced that Metro Survive vol. 2, the final volume of the series by Yuki Fujisawa, Chinese Hero vol. 6 by Wing Shing Ma, and the new series Magic Lover’s Tower vol. 1 & 2 by Kao Yung & Kuan Liang, are all available now! Both volumes of the two-volume series, Magic Lover’s Tower will be specially released together this summer so readers won’t have to wait to find out the ending!

Metro Survive vol. 2

A glimpse of hope comes to the survivors as they are joined together with another party that was stranded in the upper basement. However, their relief is short-lived as they see no signs of rescue and the shortage of food creeps up on them. Frustration ensues. After a hostile takeover the other party’s leader, Mishima and his party are threatened to leave the basement back to the Metro. How long will they be able to survive in the rodent-infested Metro without food and water?

Chinese Hero vol. 6

After heeding the Heavenly Umbrella Elder’s advice, Jian finds the Heavenly Umbrella to uncover the secrets hidden within it, and learns several new mysterious techniques. However, Jian’s arrogance leads to the death of someone close to him… Meanwhile, Wu Yuan has arrived in Shafe Town to find Lohan’s friends, Luna and Lupin. But shortly after their introductions, Lupin is kidnapped by a mysterious vampire, who is one of the Q level Face Card Assassins!

Magic Lover’s Tower

Roxanne the nerdy class cleanliness rep is secretly in love with the bad boy of the class, Logan. One day, she accidentally releases Baphalen, a magical being who was sealed by the Heavenly Courts as punishment. Baphalen is the guardian of the incense urn of the Old Man Under the Moon, and in return for Roxanne’s help, he decides to use his Magic Lover’s Staff to grant her wish of winning Logan’s heart. However, in order for her wish to be fulfilled, Roxanne must participate in a magical game in the realm of the Magic Lover’s Tower, where she must get Logan to kiss her and say “I love you,” within the time limit. Or else, Logan will hate her even more when she returns to reality! In the meantime, Baphalen has moved into Roxanne’s room and starts attending her school as well. Commotion ensues, and Roxanne’s once-peaceful life soon heads off in a totally unexpected direction!

Availability

Metro Survive vol. 2, Magic Lover’s Tower vol. 1 & 2, and Chinese Hero vol. 6 are all available NOW! Metro Survive vol. 2, Magic Lover’s Tower vol. 1 and 2 are each priced at $9.95, and Chinese Hero vol. 6 will be priced at $18.95.

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[PR] DRMASTER PUBLICATIONS & FLASH FRAME OMAKE PROUDLY PRESENT THE YASUSHI SUZUKI ART EXHIBIT

DRMASTER PUBLICATIONS & FLASH FRAME OMAKE PROUDLY PRESENT THE YASUSHI SUZUKI ART EXHIBIT

SAN JOSE, CA – May, 2008 – DrMaster Publications Inc., DGN Productions Inc. and Flash Frame Omake are proud to present the Yasushi Suzuki Art Exhibit. This event in itself is a milestone in the career of this highly regarded video game concept designer, as it marks the first time that his art work will be displayed publicly outside of Japan. The exhibit is being hosted by Anime North, one of North America’s largest and highly attended anime conventions.

Yasushi Suzuki is a widely recognized name in the video game industry, due to his work as a concept designer at TREASURE, one of the most respected video game developing companies from Japan. His art has been used in a number of high profile gaming titles which include Radiant Silver Gun, IKARUGA and Sin & Punishment, just to name a few. Sin & Punishment, a game that was originally released on the Nintendo 64, in 2000, has seen a resurgence in fandom, due in part to Nintendo making the game available for download off their Wii Virtual Console. Yasushi Suzuki’s concept design work on video games garnered him a lot of attention and praise from fans in Japan, and it was not long before his name began to ring bells with people overseas.

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