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Dungeon Monstres 1: The Crying Giant by Lewis Trondheim (Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing April 2008 / $12.95) - From back of book: Welcome to the branch of the Dungeon focusing on the great adventures of secondary characters presented by leading guest artists. In this volume, Jean-Christophe Menu, well-known as the head of the highly influential publishing co. L'Association, presents Alcibiacies the wizard in The Crying Giant where his all-seeing giant's eye cannot stop crying, flooding the entire dungeon. They must find the Giant who gave his eye to remedy this rather wet situation. Mazan also presents the story of John-John the Terror, the monster split into two living halves. (see review)

A Princess, A Pirate, And One Wild Brother by Cornelia Funke (The Chicken House 01 April 2008 / $18.99) - Book Description: ...Little Violetta trains in secret to become THE PRINCESS KNIGHT. Fierce Molly is out to show ferocious Captain Firebeard and his motley crew just who really rules the high seas in PIRATE GIRL. And brave Ben, THE WILDEST BROTHER, battles moldy green ghosts and slime-belching monsters--until the sun goes down. That's when he seeks the protection of his big sis! Children everywhere will cheer for the feisty heroes in this happy collection. Meyer's witty artwork and Funke's perfect balance of humor and truth make it a treasury to cherish. (see review)

Arcana Volume 8 by Lee So-Young (TokyoPop 08 April 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: The tale of Enril, a human girl who came to possess the holy power of the dragon, continues... Enril is slowly succumbing to the influence of the Breath of Moon and believes that she is in love with Kyrette. Kyrette's plan to use and kill Enril to obtain the power of Nous seems to be moving according to plan. Except for the one thing he hadn't anticipated... The power of human emotion... (Source: TokyoPop)

Atelier Marie and Elie -Zarlburg Alchemist- Volume 3 by Yoshihiko Ochi (TokyoPop 08 April 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Welcome to the Zarlburg Royal Magic Academy--producers of the best alchemists in the world! When a new friend, Kyrie, can't shake her sword-swinging ways, soon everyone is lining up for lessons. Meanwhile, the devious demon hound Strafe continues his hunt for his human form! Can Marie and Elie take their minds off alchemy long enough to notice the danger? (Source: TokyoPop)

Chronicles of the Cursed Sword Vols 1-3 Collection by Yeo Beop-Ryong (TokyoPop 09 April 2008 / $12.99) - Book Description: The first three volumes of the hit series collected in one action-packed volume! . . . Rey Yan was an orphan with no home, no skills, and no purpose. But when he comes upon the PaSa sword, a cursed blade made from the bones of the demon king, he suddenly finds himself with the power to be a great hero. But after him is the sword's creatorâ€"the evil imperial minister who needs the sword to release the demon king! (Source: TokyoPop)

Dazzle 8 by Endoh Minari (TokyoPop 08 April 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: After Rahzel's father kicked her out of the house to test her magic abilities in the real world, she embarked on the adventure of a lifetime when she joined the formidable Alzeid and his search for the woman who killed his father. They finally make it to the town where Alzeid hopes to gather clues--but will he like the answers he finds? The truth behind the night Rahzel was abandoned in the woods as a child is finally revealed--and at long last, Rahzel's father shows his face! (Source: TokyoPop)

Dragon Head 10 by Minetaro Mochizuki (TokyoPop 08 April 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Teru has finally made it back to his home, which now lies in ruins, and his family is nowhere to be seen. But he finds a surprise that could give him the will power to carry on in this new world. Standing in his way, however, is a final battle with Nimura and the once proud capital city crumbling all around him. Can Teru and Ako survive their final test and find the last ray of hope in this world of darkness? Find out what happens in the thrilling conclusion to Dragon Head! (Source: TokyoPop)

Element Line Volume 1 by Mamiya Takizaki (TokyoPop 08 April 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Fourteen years after the disappearance of the great hero, Laolyth, the only barrier between the monstrous Rizoms and the destruction of humanity are a few brave soldiers and the Shields, huge walls surrounding the remaining cities. As the Shields tenuously keep the Rizoms away from the populace, only the powerful Guild guards traverse the walls as traders between the fortress-like cities. Kam, an orphan boy living in the city of Grisfynn, is preparing to become one of these soldiers, which would allow him to travel with merchant caravans across the world. But he harbors a dangerous secret that not even his beloved foster family fully realizes...Politics and high fantasy collide in this first volume of the action-packed Element Line. (Source: TokyoPop)

Elemental Gelade Volume 7 by Mayumi Azuma (TokyoPop 08 April 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: The adventure continues as sky-pirate Coud Van Giruet is pushed to new heights! In an attempt to avoid arrest, Coud and his companions are forced to climb through the mountains. When their route is cut off by a deep ravine their only hope is a ropeway station--which has been closed for six years! While Coud fixes the ropeway car, Rowen and Cisqua become suspicious about Viro. They figure it's time to get answers from her, unfortunately that's exactly when her boss attacks! Will they find out what Viro is after in time? More importantly, will they escape from the ropeway car with their lives? (Source: TokyoPop)

eV by James Farr (TokyoPop 01 April 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Twenty minutes from now, visitors from a far-off world will fall into Earth's orbit and issue a most unexpected request... These "Emissaries" invite a single human being to be selected as a representative for all of Earth in an intergalactic parliament. Mankind is given five years in which to prepare this volunteer for the rigors of space travel and the intricacies of alien diplomacy. Scientist Dr. Richard Wymond devises the ZETTA serumâ€"a nano-biological cocktail that will augment its recipient with nearly superhuman abilities. But when Wymond's daughter Evie is mortally injured in a freak accident, he makes a fateful decision, and rather than let her die, injects Evie with the ZETTA serum. Now the fate of the world rests upon the shoulders of one 17-year-old girl. How will Evie cope with this awesome responsibility? Will she survive the strange political intrigues of the parliament? And more importantly, are the Emissaries' intentions as honorable as they have led us to believe...? (Source: TokyoPop)

Genju no Seiza 6 by Matsuri Akino (TokyoPop 08 April 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Ibaraki, the Demoness, has finally appeared--but what effect will her presence have on the violence already taking place? And why do Fuuto's Guardian Beasts seem so familiar with her? She'll play a crucial role before this terrible day is done...but will she be a force for good or evil? (Source: TokyoPop)

Hellgate: London Volume 1 by Arvid Nelson (TokyoPop 08 April 2008 / $10.99) - Book Description: In the year 2020, a demon invasion strikes several cities around the globe...including London, home to college Rugby champ John Fowler and his family. But before the climatic Battle of All Hallow's Eve, John and his sister Lindsey attempted to discover the story behind what seemed to be a series of bizarre portents: an exhumed skeleton, a haunting apparition, and a powerful sword that they find in their attic. Solving the mystery, though, reveals something about their family that changes their lives forever...In the prequel to the hit video game, explore the world of Hellgate just 48 hours before the world becomes a demon-ridden, war-torn hell--and discover just what might have started it all. (Source: TokyoPop)

King of Hell -- Vols 1-3 Collection by Ra In-Soo & Kim Jae-Hwan (TokyoPop 08 April 2008 / $12.99) - Book Description: The first three volumes of the bestselling manga series--collected here in one awesome manga!In life, Majeh was a gifted swordsman. In death he acts as a whimsical reaper for the King of Hell, collecting the souls of the dead to bring them to the netherworld. All this changes when a mysterious rift opens up between Hell and Earth--and evil spirits begin escaping into the mortal realm. Now Majeh must hunt down and destroy these mischievous demons before the rift is permanently opened... (Source: TokyoPop)

Lagoon Engine 5 by Yukiru Sugisaki (TOKYOPOP 11 April 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Yen and Jin take part in the test of courage at the Matsuri. All the kids are paired up, and have to make a treacherous journey up an old mountain path to a shrine they may or may not return from! As if the journey isn't dangerous enough, Maga await somewhere on the way ready to ambush! Will Yen and Jin make it through this one? They'll not only have to prove their courage, they'll have to prove they can survive! (Source: TOKYOPOP)

Liling Po 8 by Ako Yutenji (TokyoPop 08 April 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: With the eight great treasures finally assembled, our heroes’ journey comes to an end...or does it? Upon their return to the palace, the wicked power sealed within the treasures starts to take effect on those in reach--and Liling-Po's closet friend Yako seems to be its latest victim. Can Liling-Po maintain the peace, and get Yako to come to his senses? (Source: TokyoPop)

Mamotte Shugogetten Volume 1 by Minene Sakurano (TokyoPop 08 April 2008 / $12.99) - Product Description: One day, Tasuke, an average high school boy, receives a mysterious ring from his father. Much to his surprise, when he gazes into the dazzling jewel, a beautiful moon goddess appears--and she claims to be his protector! But having been locked away for a thousand years, she has a lot to learn about the modern world... You never know what will surprise her next in this story about a befuddled boy and his clueless goddess. (Source: TokyoPop)

Missing -Kamikakushi no Monogatari- Volume 3 by Gakuto Coda (TokyoPop 08 April 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Kyoichi--the "Lord of Darkness"--has disappeared, and his friends in the occult Literature Club are doing everything they can to find him. After consulting with a witch, a magician, a crooked priest and a zealous exorcist, his friends conclude that Kyoichi must have been spirited away by the eerily ghostlike girl who posed as his girlfriend. But they are no closer to locating him--until one of them receives a cell phone call from Kyoichi's phone on the other side... (Source: TokyoPop)

Mobile Suit Gundam Ecole du Ciel Volume 8 by Mikimoto Haruhiko (TokyoPop 08 April 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Asuna has defied the odds, surviving countless attacks and dangerous situations. As the war continues and casualties mount, can she find the strength to go on? To make matters worse, Elisia's "readjustment" is complete along with her heightened abilities as a boosted human. She is immediately dispatched to finish off Asuna for good, but Asuna is ready for her, armed with a Newtype custom-made Gundam! Who will win in this Gundam battle of the fittest? (Source: TokyoPop)

Phantom 5 by Lee Ki-hoon (TokyoPop 08 April 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: It's all come to this! The final battle for freedom and the conclusion of Phantom!As K and the others make a daring escape K finally learns the source of his powers. The stage is set for the final conflict between Iron and Rynus. K and his crew plan to make a final blow against Iron, but first they must defeat Kas Stein and the Trigger 3! New enemies emerge, alliances made, and K is given the chance to fulfill his destiny. Will K finally be able to defeat Iron? (Source: TokyoPop)

Pick of the Litter 3 by Suda Yuriko (TokyoPop 08 April 2008 / $9.99) - From back of book: Riku's just discovered his long lost family...and all the secrets that come with it.

Whether it's tackling a dangerous delivery mission to Genroku Castle, or surviving a botched amping trip. Riku's family comes together as the strongest team. But when a possessed dagger drives Riku to released the spirit seated within, it may spell danger for everyone around him. (Source: TokyoPop)

Planet Blood Volume 8 by Kim Tae-Hyung (TokyoPop 08 April 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: The story of the soldier caught between two worlds and two completely different wars continues!When Hoan complains about Mezzokison's control over Murserek, Yan takes advantage and convinces the leader that someone is trying to assassinate him, forging a shaky but dangerous alliance between Yan, Hoan and Pantera. At the same time in Mount Olympus, Sinan is visited by the ghost of Hector, who urges him to finish the work he started and change the world for better. (Source: TokyoPop)

Sorcerer Hunters 10 by Satoru Akahori (TokyoPop 08 April 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Our heroes journey back to a time when dark magic is welling and threatens to destroy everything! But as they blast into the past as Carrot and Marron Glace's parents, Onion and Apricot learn a meaningful lesson about what it truly means to be a Sorcerer Hunter... (Source: TokyoPop)

Tsukuyomi 10: Moon Phase by Arima Keitaro (TokyoPop 08 April 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Kouhei and Hazuki continue to lie low on the mysterious island, learning more about their entwined fates. Kouhei vows to protect Hazuki, and Hazuki comes to terms with the possibility of never seeing her mother again. Things seem to be going swimmingly with an upcoming festival on the island, but what they don't know is that an enemy has been among them the whole time, disguised... (Source: TokyoPop)

Dororo Volume 1 (Dororo) by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical 29 April 2008 / $13.95) - Book Description: Dororo is Tezuka's classic thriller manga featuring a youth who has been robbed of 48 body parts by devils, and his epic struggle against a host of demons to get them back.

Daigo Kagemitsu, who works for a samurai general in Japan's Warring States period, promises to offer body parts of his unborn baby to 48 devils in exchange for complete domination of the country. Knowing the child to be deficient, Kagemitsu orders the newborn thrown into the river.

The baby survives. Callling himself Hyakkimaru, ge searches the world for the 48 demons. Each time he eliminates one, he retrieves one of his missing parts. Hyakkimaru meets a boy thief named Dororo, and together they travel the countryside, confronting mosters and ghosts again and again. This the first in a 3 - volume series.

Tezuka's manga and animated films had a tremendous impact on the shaping of the psychology of Japan's postwar youth. His work changed the concept of Japanese comics, transforming it into an art form and incorporating a variety of new styles in creating "story comics." (Source: Vertical)

Balloon on the Moon by Dan McCann (Walker Books 29 April 2008 / $16.95) - Product Description: Up and away, off to the moon flies little Will's red balloon. His big brother, Jake, volunteers to bring it home safely, but first he'll need permission from NASA—and his parents—if he wants to join a space rescue mission. Being the youngest astronaut in history isn't easy, though. The launch is bumpy, and outer space is very far from home. Jake will need to hold on tight if he's ever going to reach the moon to save Will's balloon. Big brothers and aspiring astronauts alike will love this story of a stray toy and one boy's exciting journey to the moon. (Children's Picture Book) (see review)

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