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Fallen Moon: Daten No Tsuki by Hasumi Toui (Blu 10 June 2008 / $12.99) - Book Description: FroAn angel loses his place in Eden only to find a mysterious and dangerous new patron...A poor painter finishes a woman's portrait without his subject...A pair of bounty hunters face demons in the night...This unearthly collection of boys' love stories will delight fans of beautiful angels and demon boys everywhere!m BLU comes an unearthly collection of stories illuminating the complex lives of immortal beings. An angel, who loses his place in Eden, finds a mysterious and dangerous new patron. A poor painter finishes a woman's portrait without a subject and reveals his forgotten past. These stories and more will delight fans of beautiful angels and demon boys! (Source: Blu)

Bionicle #1: Rise of the Toa Nuva (Bionicle Graphic Novels) by Greg Farshtey (Papercutz 10 June 2008 / $7.95) - Product Description: Six mighty heroes – the Toa – arrive on a tropical island to find a land under siege. The Great Spirit Mata Nui has been cast into an unending sleep by the evil Makuta. Now Makuta is attacking the island's Matoran villagers with vicious Rahi beasts. The Toa must combine their skills and elemental and mask powers to defeat Makuta and restore peace to the island.

In the second story, The Toa return to the island named for Mata Nui to find it is being overrun by mechanical insects called Bohrok. These Bohrok have been unleashed by Makuta and are rapidly destroying trees, mountains, rivers, villages and anything else in their path. After a long, difficult battle, the Toa are able to defeat the queens of the swarms and end the Bohrok threat … for now. During the fight, the heroes are transformed into Toa Nuva, with new armor, new weapons, and new Masks of Power. (Source: Papercutz)

+ANIMA Volume 8 by Natsumi Mukai (TokyoPop 10 June 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: The search for Husky continues, as the children learn that Husky has been taken to Stella and sold to a low-ranking noble. Cooro and Nana come to the rescue, staging a daring rescue mission to get Husky back. But the danger is far from over, as Husky reveals that his mother is actually one of the queens of Sailand. With armed palace guards everywhere, a family reunion seems impossible...but where there’s a Cooro, there's a way! Unfortunately, there’s more than just a mother’s love waiting for Husky in the palace…is he ready to confront his troubled past? (Source: TokyoPop)

.hack//G.U.+ Volume 2 by Tatsuya Hamazaki (TokyoPop 10 June 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: In The World of .hack//G.U.+, the adventure continues in a web of treachery as secrets begins to unravel... Haseo's Avatar, Skeith, awakens to combat Endrance's Macha in a fierce battle. As more information surfaces concerning the AIDA (Artificially Intelligent Data Anomaly) menace and the power of the Epitaphs, Haseo finds himself in a battle against time--he must stop the rogue player killer Tri-Edge before any more of the people he knows become Lost Ones. The clock is ticking as The World faces crisis in the form of the largest-scale AIDA attack ever! (Source: TokyoPop)

.hack//XXXX Volume 1 by Megane Kikuya (Original story Hiroshi Matsuyama) (TokyoPop 10 June 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: In .hack//Legend of the Twilight, Shugo and Rena were given the avatars of the famous dot hackers, Kite and BlackRose... Now learn how their legend was born! While playing in The World--the most successful online game in history--a young boy suddenly loses consciousness and falls into a coma after taking a blow to protect his friend Kite from the deadly beams of a strange monster. To save his fallen friend, Kite must log back into this most dangerous game and begin to unravel the mysteries behind his friend's affliction. But understanding the true power of The World may prove as dangerous as it is crucial! (Source: TokyoPop)

Avatar Volume 7 by Bryan Kanietzko (TokyoPop 01 June 2008 / $7.99) - Book Description: Aang's skills as the Avatar are put to the test when he attempts to rescue a village from a monster that's come from the spirit world. When he fails miserably, Sokka is kidnapped and accidentally pulled into the spirit world himself! Once there, will he gain the knowledge and experience it will take to bring peace back to the village? (Source: TokyoPop)

BLOOD SUCKER 7: Legend of Zipangu by Saki Okuse (TokyoPop 10 June 2008 / $10.99) - Book Description: Yusuke Himukai, now on the run as a cop-killer, leaves a trail of dead enemies behind in his relentless search for his lover while his former partner Kishi scrambles to find and stop him. Meanwhile, at secluded mountain temple, a showdown is coming between Kikuri and a powerful and mysterious vampire priest. (Source: TokyoPop)

Dragon Hunter 18 by Hong Seock Seo (TokyoPop 10 June 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: A year has passed since Myung-Ho ventured into the past to learn more about Mong-Yeun and Sa-Mi. Posing as Goong-Chun, he discovers his enemy has the curse of the Dragon God. Meanwhile Chong-Kwan-Jang prepares to hunt a dragon that keeps attacking the fishermen of Woosan Kingdom. As he gets ready, he comes across the Dragon God himself, a meeting that will change the course of his life for ever! (Source: TokyoPop)

Dragon Knights 26 by Mineko Ohkami (TokyoPop 01 June 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: It has all led to this... Lines have been drawn, sacrifices have been made, sides have been chosen...and now it all must end. Can our heroes defeat the forces of evil? Or will the dark wind that is Shydeman extinguish the flame of light forever? Find out as the epic saga of Dragon Knights comes to a thrilling close! (Source: TokyoPop)

Faeries' Landing 19 by Hyun You (TokyoPop 01 June 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Fanta escapes from the prohibitory spell and goes into the protective field with Oran and Sindo. Once inside she learns that as a result of absorbing Oreadia's powers, Oreadia has disappeared, never again to return to the cycle of life. Angered by the loss of her mother, and her father's lack of caring, Fanta is lost. But just as the tragic events seem like too much to handle, comfort comes in a surprising revelation…. (Source: TokyoPop)

Gakuen Alice Volume 3 by Tachibana Higuchi (TokyoPop 10 June 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: The school cultural festival is approaching, and the special guest is Reo, a former Alice student turned Hollywood superstar! But Reo is involved in some awfully shady dealings, and when his plans suddenly start to involve Natsume, it's up to Mikan and Sumire to break out of the school to save the day! (Source: TokyoPop)

King of Hell Volume 19 by In-soo Ra (TokyoPop 09 June 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: 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. But when a rift opens up between Hell and Earth and evil spirits begin escaping to the mortal realm, Majeh and his human friends must hunt them down before they create hell on earth.Majeh and company have entered the lair of the Sa Goks and find themselves fighting some unique opponents: a man who can turn his body into rock, a living human doll and a team of irresistible beauties with murder on their minds! (Source: TokyoPop)

Manga School with Selena Lin Draw Your Own Manga by Lin Selena (TokyoPop 10 June 2008 / $14.99) - Book Description: Finally--a cute and approachable "how to draw" manga for shojo artists! Through a series of lessons, mangaka Selena Lin teaches all the basics of manga creation, from tools to anatomy to panel composition to inking technique. More experienced artists will appreciate her up-to-date tutorial on photoshop techniques and toning instructions. Also includes tutorials on coloring techniques and a gallery of Selena's own adorable works. Selena herself guides you through the lessons with photographs of herself giving you the thumbs-up or offering additional advice. (Source: TokyoPop)

Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo Volume 2 by Matsuri Akino (TokyoPop 10 June 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Bothered by the rumors that Count D sells slaves to clients, Woo-Fei continues his attempt to kick the Count out of Neo Chinatown. Meanwhile, a woman visits the store to sell her cat, hoping that she can give the man of her dreams the ultimate gift... Later, a different woman finds herself beckoned to the shop by a pet she carries in her stomach. Between blackouts and hunts for mythical creatures, Woo-Fei has his hands full with this trouble-making tenant! (Source: TokyoPop)

Recast 6 by Seung Hui Kye (TokyoPop 10 June 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: The grand finale--it's the end of JD's adventure, but just the beginning of his tale. All this time, JD's been trying to get to the Fourth World. That was his grandfather Grifford's last request, and JD and others around him have begun to notice that his powers resemble those of Fourth World royalty. But the only way to get there is by passing through Volcano Laten in the hide of the monster Gorgon. And the only way to Gorgon is through the sorceress who controls him. When he finds her, though, he discovers much more than just Gorgon's whereabouts...Follow JD as he embarks on a final journey to claim his destiny! (Source: TokyoPop)

Rure Volume 3 by Da-Mi Seomoon (TokyoPop 10 June 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: After Ku-ya agrees to fight--and lose--the Waka battle as Princess Wan's gladiator, he escapes on a giant flying dragon with Ha-ru, Mi-ru and Chaki. The four end up at a "water bug," where Mi-ru and Chaki are taken in by an evil monster! Ku-yu and Ma-ru rush to their rescue, but not before they meet a prince who will change their lives forever... (Source: TokyoPop)

Saiyuki Reload Volume 8 by Kazuya Minekura (TokyoPop 14 June 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Sanzo has gone one way, and the rest of the party another, until they end up on opposite sides of a small mountain. The tension between the peaceful town of Youkai and the humans guarding the oasis has come to a head, and when things boil over, it's anyone's guess whose side the gang will join! (Source: TokyoPop)

Shin Megami Tensei (KAHN) Volume 2 by Kazuaki Yanagisawa (TokyoPop 10 June 2008 / $10.99) - Book Description: Yumi's former roommate, now a monster, and a demon who has taken on the form of a teacher attack the school. Nobu temporarily fends them off with the help of Pixie and Ozawa, but will Yumi unleash her full powers to stop them for good? And if she does, will she be too weak to continue? Spiritual supremacy is the battleground in this next volume of Shin Megami Tensei. (Source: TokyoPop)

tactics Volume 5 by Kazuko Higashiyama & Sakura Kinoshita (TokyoPop 10 June 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Kantarou's struggle against the mysterious Raikou Minamoto and his strange band continues as the even more mysterious Father Edwards returns to the fray! Facing off against possessed actresses and demons from the great beyond, Haruka and Kantarou are up to their necks in trouble, especially when Minamoto's true motives are finally revealed... (Source: TokyoPop)

The Tarot Cafe Volume 7 by Sang-Sun Park (TokyoPop 10 June 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: The thrilling conclusion to the Tarot Cafe saga! In order to save a dying Belus, Pamela must travel to Belial dark castle and end their feud once and for all. Helping her reach the castle will require the help of some old friends, but waiting for her there will be something she never expected... (Source: TokyoPop)

Utopia's Avenger 5 by Oh Se-kwon (TokyoPop 01 June 2008 / $9.99) - Book Description: Upon arriving at Yachado, Gil-Dong learns that Hyeonwol's Cheonyacha tribe has lost the war against the Jiyachas, and that the chief of the Cheonyacha tribe is being held in the dungeon of Jiyacha castle. Gil-Dong decides to rescue him so he can learn more about the fate of Hyeonwol. Can he successfully infiltrate the castle, and if so, is he ready for Gyeokseong, the Jiyacha's leader? (Source: TokyoPop)

Dororo, Volume 2 by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical 24 June 2008 / $13.95) - Product 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 second 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)

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