NEW YORK, NY – June 12, 2009 – Del Rey Manga, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, today announced an acquisition continuing a fan-favorite manga series, and the launch of a brand new series from one of Del Rey Manga’s most popular authors.

SAMURAI DEEPER KYO, the supernatural action series by Akimine Kamijyo, will continue to be published in the US by Del Rey Manga, beginning with a special omnibus edition that collects Volumes 35 and 36 of the Japanese editions into a single package. The story, set in feudal Japan, follows two legendary warriors and rivals, Demon Eyes Kyo and Kyoshiro. One day they meet in battle during a lightning storm, and both fighters mysteriously disappear. Kyoshiro re-emerges several months later, harboring a secret: the soul of Demon Eyes Kyo is locked inside him—and he’s determined to reclaim his body. Volume 35/36 of SAMURAI DEEPER KYO will be published in December 2009.

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Crimson Hero Vol 9 by Mitsuba Takanashi Manga Review

Title:  Crimson Hero Vol 9

Author:  Mitsuba Takanashi

Publisher: Viz

ISBN:  9781421515663

May Contain Spoilers

Oh, my!  What have we here?  Is there finally going to be some progress in Nobara and Yushin’s relationship?  Maybe!  Then again, maybe not.  There was the typical relationship tease, and the shojo fangirl in me was doing a little dance part way into the book.

Nobara has earned a temporary place on the Eagles volleyball team, and they are battling it out against the Sokai team to prove that sheer will and determination can overcome physical disadvantages.  Ryo has been mocked for wanting to be an attacker, all because he hasn’t attained the magical height of more than six feet.  Nobara wasn’t even given the time of day by the arrogant Sokai team, so they both have something to prove.  Athletic ability and heart have more to do with winning or losing than a person’s height or gender, but will they be able to show the haughty Sokai players that there’s more to winning than they think?

Nobara earns herself some much needed self-confidence, both with her playing and with herself.  She learns to deal with the pressure of competing against physically stronger opponents, and even when the Eagles are struggling, she never gives up and doesn’t second guess herself.  That is the best thing she could have learned by heading off on her road trip.  She’s not going to let other players intimidate her, and she’s not going to quit.  She’s learned a killer attack, and she’s going to continue to perfect it, and more importantly, she’s going to go down fighting.  Keeping a positive attitude and staying in the game, even when it seems unlikely that a victory will be gained, is something that Nobara was lacking.

Yushin shows up just in time for the game, and Nobara is able to put her feelings aside and concentrate on the task at hand.  Yushin, on the other hand, is having a tough time dealing with his emotions.  It’s about time he gets to sit in the hot seat and squirm about how he’s feeling.  Now, if I was Nobara, I’m not so sure how I would deal with Yushin’s sudden change of heart, after being so bluntly rejected not so long ago.  It’s a good thing that she is so forgiving.

This volume of Crimson Hero managed to reel me in more than previous installments.  Nobara has a lot to think about, from rivalries on her own team, to trying to keep the peace in the dorm.  Not everyone is going to be happy that Yushin’s attitudes have softened, but will it be enough to cause conflict for the boys volleyball team?  I’m interested in what is going to happen between Haibuki and Yushin, and I think that they aren’t going to stay buddy-buddy for long. Theirs was a contentious friendship to begin with, and Nobara’s presence is not going to make it any friendlier.

Grade:  B

Review copy provided by Viz

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June Manga Pre-Order/Demand For Publication Web-A-Thons! Fans-now YOU can make a book see print earlier than scheduled!

Gardena, CA (June 11, 2009)- Digital Manga Publishing, one of the industry’s most innovative and unique companies, is pleased to announce a special program for yaoi fans who have been waiting patiently for titles to see print an opportunity to make it happen themselves! Junémanga.com is finally offering awaiting yaoi fans an opportunity to acquire selected anticipated yaoi titles, months in advance, through Juné’s new Pre-Order/Demand for Publication Web-A-Thon program. This is for those long-yearned titles eager fans have been waiting for, which have yet to see publication anytime soon from Juné’s immediate release schedule.

Through this program, we are offering a limited selection of Demand for Publication titles in which you can choose and pre-order a title, (originally set far into Juné’s future normal release schedule, or was held back in publication), for early limited print publication (even several months earlier if fan demand is high). Each title offered will have its own minimum dollar amount goal to reach for its print publication. Once that dollar amount goal is reached, the book will be printed and copies will be sent off to those who have participated in this program immediately. This could mean acquiring a title several months in advance before its scheduled street date. All sales will be through PayPal, using a credit card or your PayPal account, meaning your purchase is secure and verified. Shipping is available domestically and internationally, so this program is for all yaoi fans all over the world!

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