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.

Otaku Afternoon - Wizzywig, Cosplay, DDR, Go and Anime...

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How better to spend a Sunday afternoon than 5 hours in the basement of the Downtown Library!? We start @ 12 when the library opens with DDR, Wizzywig will be there to sell there wares, and help judge the Cosplay contest (btw no one showed to the contest this summer - which left many $$s in Wizzywig gift certificates unclaimed - don't let this tragedy happen again!) and gab. Then from 2:00-3:00 or so members from the A2 Go Club (including our own Joy) will be on hand to teach and play this ancient, strategic, fun board game. After that we'll be screening anime until 5:00. Food and drinks of course and hopefully you and many friends will be on hand.

Vampire Bloodlust in Alaska

30 Days of Night easily has one of the most disturbing book covers I have ever seen, yet I was equally repelled and drawn to the image for months before I was pulled into the "light." And, well, for reasons that are still a little unclear I'm just one of many drawn to this dark and disturbing vampire saga by Niles, Steve. A cult following developed for the entire series - which has now been turned into a movie. The movie stars Josh Hartnett and is set to hit a theater near you on Oct. 19. - check out the books from us while you wait.

Get in the game!

If you’ve been following the ups and downs of the Seishun tennis team in The Prince of Tennis manga series, you won’t want to miss the anime—newly arrived on DVD at a library near you! For those of you unfamiliar with the series, it’s the story of Ryoma Echizen, a tennis prodigy who has just returned to Japan after growing up in the states. Watch for the humor, action, and drama as Seishun pursues its goal of winning the middle school national championships. As for the tennis—well, let’s just say the characters have some interesting moves you definitely won’t see on the ATP tour! For those of you who have read the series, comment and let us know which school is your favorite.

The Living and the Dead

Beautiful zombie love. When a meteorite strikes a nearby graveyard and awakens the dead, the life of a lonely dishwasher will never be the same. Our hero never loses his cool and comes up with some innovative solutions to his problems. Norwegian cartoonist Jason tells his tales with anthropomorphic dogs, cats, and birds dressed in timeless fashions. The Living and the Dead is told simply in black and white pictures with onomatopoeia (there are only 5 dialogue panels). Mature themes with some zombie gore.

Here comes Youmacon!

Youmacon, “Metro Detroit's first and only anime con,” is being held November 2-4, 2007 at the Hilton Detroit/Troy. Featured guests include Stephanie Sheh (voice actor for Orihime in Bleach and Hinata in Naruto and ADR director for Paradise Kiss) and Johnny Yong Bosch (voice actor for Ichigo in Bleach and the Black Ranger in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers). There will be panels, cosplay, gaming, AMVs, and more. Pre-register by September 30 and save, but don’t worry too much if you miss the date! On-site registration will be available as well.

It Rhymes With Lust

And it's not a euphemism. It's Rust Masson. This voluptuous vixen has a lust for power that will destroy anyone who gets in her way. In 1950, Arnold Drake and Leslie Waller collaborated under the pen name Drake Waller to write what many consider to be the first graphic novel: It Rhymes With Lust. Their aim was to create a sophisticated, novel-length comic tailored to their peers. The result was pulpy noir masterfully done and advertised as Picture Novels . Matt Baker's illustrations are simply beautiful. Ray Osrin did some wonderful things with half-tones to show atmospheric perspective and to draw your attention to the main focus of the scene. Lucky for us that Dark Horse released this replica edition.

Shojo Beat and Shonen Jump Magazines

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Do you hate waiting for the next volume of your favorite manga? You can get an early look at new chapters of some of Viz’s manga series in the magazines Shojo Beat and Shonen Jump. Available at all library locations, these magazines serialize select manga series and also feature articles on anime, Japanese pop culture, and videogaming. Both have shuffled their lineups lately; click the “read more” link to get a look at what’s currently available in them.

Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club is a manga and anime series that pokes fun at many of the shojo conventions that we’ve come to know and love. Haruhi, our protagonist, is a poor but brilliant scholarship student at Ouran Academy, a high school for the ultra-wealthy. When Haruhi accidentally breaks a costly vase belonging to the popular--but peculiar--host club, the club’s members decide that Haruhi will have to work off the debt by serving as their gopher.

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