Saiyuki

Journey to the extreme with Sanzo, Hakkai, Gojyo, and Goku in Kazuya Minekura’s manga series Saiyuki. Sanzo, a Buddhist priest, has to travel to India to reclaim the sutras stolen from his murdered master. This retelling of the traditional Chinese novel Journey to the West (also known as Monkey) updates the epic for modern readers with lots of action, slang-filled dialogue, and cheerful anachronisms (such as a dragon that transforms into a jeep).

Vampire Knight

Looking for something to read after Twilight? Try the manga series Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino. Yuki is one of the guardians of Cross Academy, an elite private high school with a night class full of vampires and a day class that has to be shielded from them. Can Yuki protect her classmates while managing her own fascination with the darkly handsome vampire who saved her life so many years ago? And what will happen when the other school guardian begins to discover his dark side?

Congratulations to Persepolis on an Oscar nomination!

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The three films nominated for best animated feature are an interesting mix: Ratatouille, a computer-animated Pixar film about a rat who becomes a great chef, directed and written by Oscar winner Brad Bird; Persepolis, a sparsely drawn, largely black-and-white French film based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi that takes an autobiographical look at growing up in revolutionary Iran; and Surf's Up, another computer-animated film about penguins. Persepolis will be playing at the Michigan Theater beginning February 15.

Stardust

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Best movie of 2007 (in my opinion anyway) now available at the library! It's based on the illustrated novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman. If you haven't seen it, put it on hold or rent it from our Zoom Lends today!

I was expecting to be supremely disappointed by this movie, but watching an interview with Neil Gaiman coaxed me into seeing it. I'm glad I did. I loved this movie. This was one of the best fantasy movies I've seen in years. Period. I really shouldn't have doubted Neil. Of course, to be fair, it was actually Hollywood I was doubting which I think is entirely fair. The God of movies is often fickle and cruel, but every so often true gems fall to Earth from his devilish workshop and Stardust is one of those gems.

The Sandman

Recently I started reading Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series of graphic novels. This is the story of the real Sandman, master of dreams, also known as Morpheus, Dream King, or simply, Dream. He is one of the Endless--immortal entities of which there are: Destiny, Death, Dream, Desire, Dispair, and Delirium (and one that fled the fold). The Sandman is closest with his sister Death who is a very lovable character in spite of (or perhaps because of?) her job.

After School Nightmare

Ichijou Mashiro is one of the top students at his elite private school. But his education takes a turn for the surreal when he’s enrolled in a special after-hours class—one that’s required for graduation. Can he find a way to pass the class without having his deepest secrets exposed? Find out in the manga series After School Nightmare, by Setona Mizushiro. The beautiful art, the spooky storyline, and ongoing mystery will have you waiting anxiously for the next volume.

Crimson Hero

Crimson Hero is the story of Nobara, a talented teen volleyball player. She dreams about winning the interhigh volleyball championship, but her new high school has just disbanded the girls’ varsity team, citing a lack of interest. Can Nobara put together a team good enough to win--and avoid being distracted by the boys’ team’s star rookies? Put a hold on volume 1 to find out!

Furubafest @ MC, Friday, November 30th, 6:00-8:00 pm

Can't get enough of Fruits Basket (aka Furuba) by Natsuki Takaya? Then join us this Friday night at Malletts Creek for a Furuba-themed celebration. We'll be discussing the latest twists and turns of the manga, screening episodes of the anime, and making a cool craft. Light snacks will be provided. For Grades 6-12.

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life

Scott Pilgrim's just another twenty-something slacker living in a cold Canadian town. He's cheerfully unemployed, crashing at his gay best friend's apartment, and playing bass for a truly terrible band. But when a cute Amazon.ca delivery girl starts rollerblading through his dreams, he suddenly has a mission in life: to defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends so he can win her heart. The Scott Pilgrim series is easily one of the funniest that I've read in the past year. But don't just take my word for it--find out for yourself! The library owns the first three volumes (1, 2, 3). You can also find previews at the official website.

Hikaru no Go

Hikaru Shindo is just your average lazy middle schooler, not anyone you would expect to be interested in old timers' game like Go. But one day he finds an old Go board in his grandfather's attic, and he's the only one who can hear the weird voice coming from it. He faints in surprise, and when he wakes up, Sai, the ghost of a Heian Go master, has become part of Hikaru's consciousness. And after Hikaru meets a go genius his own age, he's inspired to learn the game for himself. Want to know what happens next? Follow the whole story in the Hikaru no Go manga and anime. Interested in learning the game? Check out some of the library’s great books on how to play, or attend a meeting of the Ann Arbor Go Club.

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