Shuichi and his band, Bad Luck, are a rising star in Japan’s pop scene, and their chief rival, ASK, seems doomed to the has been status of an 80s hairband. But just when it looks like the top spot on the Billboard charts is Bad Luck’s for the taking, a completely unexpected competitor emerges—Nittle Grasper is reuniting! Now Shuichi finds his idol (not to mention his band’s Keyboardist) his biggest rival.
Shungiku Nakamura - Junjou Romantica 1.
Misaki, struggling to pass his college entrance exams, is in need of a tutor to help pump up his failing grades. Unfortunately, his only option is the cool and sexy Akihiko Usami. Usami happens to be a famous boys' love novelist, which doesn't exactly float Misaki's boat, especially since his main characters are "Akihiko" and "Takahiro," the name of Misaki's older brother and Usami's childhood friend. Understandably, Misaki is pretty disgusted by the thought of someone using his older brother as his personal fantasy-material, but then after some tender loving from Usami, Misaki is also pretty confused. He may even be developing feelings for the older man... And when Takahiro introduces them to his lovely (female) fiancée, so begins the bumpy relationship of this odd couple, filled with comedy and pure romance.
Maki Murakami - Gravitation 8. (angol)
After going platinum and getting a date with Eiri, Shuichi thought nothing could bring him down. But when Seguchi delivers an ultimatum to the happy couple, Eiri takes it to heart and breaks up with Shuichi. K tries in vain to help a devastated Shuichi recover, but the surprises just keep coming when Shuichi ends up kidnapped and on a plane to the US for a debut!
Maki Murakami - Gravitation 10. (angol)
Shuichi returns to Japan and to his surprise, Eiri has come to greet him at the airport. Shuichi reveals that he just wants Eiri to open up to him. Hearing this, Eiri offers to say "I love you"...if Shuichi agrees to pay him every time he says it. Although Eiri is joking, Shuichi is dead serious about raising the money to hear those precious words. However, Eiri says something else that will leave Shuichi so shocked he will be unable to sing!
Maki Murakami - Gravitation 11. (angol)
When the plans to release five singles in three weeks turn into releasing ten singles in ten weeks, it's up to Shuichi to get into the groove before the pressure leads him on a road to nowhere. Talk about working hard for the money! With all eyes on Shuichi and everyone tuning in to hear Bad Luck's latest recording, will this band become the old kids on the block?
Maki Murakami - Gravitation 12. (angol)
This final volume of the hit shonen-ai musical comedy is bicoastal to the max! Bad Luck tries to crash Nittle Grasper's gig, but the song Shuichi had planned to sing isn't finished. Can Shuichi steal the thunder from Ryuichi, or has Bad Luck finally missed a beat? Gravitation's swan song spans the glam and glitter of Hollywood to the rock-steady streets of the Big Apple--an old ghost is put to rest, and a new relationship just might be blossoming!
Maki Murakami - Gravitation 6. (angol)
Frustrated by Ryuichi's superior talent, Shuichi decides to get into his own groove in order to go head-to-head against his idol. And when Eiri makes an unexplained exodus to New York, Hiro convinces Tatsuho to dress up like Eiri and make some magic happen! But when Shuichi gets carried away and locks lips with the costumed Tatsuho, will the face-sucking scandal be too hot for everyone to handle? Or will Shuichi tell everyone to kiss off?!
Nagaru Tanigawa - The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 1.
"Haruhi holds the fate of the universe in her hands . . . lucky for you she doesn't know it! Meet Haruhi - a cute, determined girl, starting high school in a city where nothing exciting happens and absolutely no one understands her. Meet Kyon - the sarcastic guy who sits behind Haruhi in homeroom and the only boy Haruhi has ever opened up to. His fate is now tied to hers. Meet the S.O.S. Brigade - an after-school club organized by Haruhi with a mission to seek out the extraordinary. Oh, and their second mission? Keeping Haruhi happy . . . because even though she doesn't know it, Haruhi has the power to destroy the universe. Seriously. The phenomenon that took Japan by storm - with more than 4.5 million copies sold - is now available in the first-ever English edition."
Yasuhiro Nightow - Trigun Maximum 4. - Bottom of the Dark
This time with feeling! So, you thought since Vash and Wolfwood survived the battle with Hoppered the Gauntlet and Leonoff the Puppet Master, maybe they'd get some peace, have a little rest? You thought wrong. There are more Gung Ho Guns where those other oddballs came from, and you can bet those coming are just as strange as those who came before. Meet Midvalley the Hornfreak, a man who carries a saxophone and plays some really "killer" tunes. And then there's Zazie the Beast, a cute little fellow, but he's got something up his sleeve , or tucked into his eyelid (and it's probably got wings and multiple legs.) Sound interesting? It is. Trigun Maximum marches into more crazy battles, full of gunfire and humanity and frantic energy, a freaky mixture of pain, comedy, and mystery. Never a moment of rest for Vash the Stampede, a man whose body contains a planet-destroying gun, and whose credo is "Peace and Love!"
Yoko Matsushita - Descendants of Darkness 1.
As a Guardian of Death, Asato Tsuzuki has a lot to think about. First of all, there are all those dead people. Someone's got to escort them safely to the afterlife. Then there's all that bureaucracy. The affairs of death come with a lot of paperwork, budgetary concerns and endless arcana. Combining supernatural action with heavy dollops of romance, sex and humour, Descendants of Darkness proves one thing: Death is big business...and business is good!
Hiro Fujiwara - Maid-sama! 3.
In volume three, its Sports Festival time at school, and the over-achiever Misaki is doing her best to make sure that the girls come in first at the male-heavy Seika High School. Misaki will suffer any hardship to ensure success, even participating in the "Cosplay Race" designed to humiliate the least-athletic members of the school. Could a maid costume be waiting for Misaki? Then, Maid Café Latte has been thinking of some special events designed to attract customers. First up is Battle Maids night, themed after the Sentai Rangers series, and then it is Little Sister night. Misaki, who hates to fail at anything, gets put on the spot by her boss for not giving her all at work, and gives her the ultimatum of becoming the cutest Little Sister around or being fired. Into all this comes internet idol Aoi, who dresses in frills and lace and wants to work at Maid Café Latte. Only Usui sees Aoi's secret.
Nakamura Yoshiki - Skip Beat! 10.
Kyoko's been scouted for a role in this year's most anticipated drama, a remake of the classic Tsukimori. But shades of the past threaten to stifle the production as Kyoko struggles to get into the character of Mio, a young woman with a severely scarred face. Ms. Iizuka, the actress who played the original Mio, is now playing Kyoko's mother, and has grave doubts about Kyoko's ability to do justice to the role. She demands that Kyoko pass an acting test, and quit the production if she fails!
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto - Neon Genesis Evangelion 4.
Japan's most controversial anime series is over...but not the manga version of Neon Genesis Evangelion! Series co-creator Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's personal interpretation of the Evangelion characters and story is sure to intrigue new and old fans alike. In 2015, the "Angels" have returned, and Shinji Ikari, a fourteen year-old child of the new Earth, is forced by his father Gendo-commander of the secret organization NERV-to pilot the monstrous biomechanical weapon called "Evangelion" to match the Angels' fearsome power. As a carrier fleet steams towards Japan carrying a mysterious embryonic form linked to the true origins of the human race, a hurricane is about to blow down Shinji's momentary peace: the wind through the red hair of Asuka Langley Soryu, the new Eva pilot arriving in Tokyo-3...One of the founding members of Gainax, Japan's most progressive anime studio, Evangelion's Yoshiyuki Sadamoto was also the character designer for their recent Adult Swim smash FLCL. EVA Vol. 4 contains a Japanese sound FX glossary plus a special bonus interview with the voice of Asuka, Battle Royale's Yuko Miyamura!
Jinsei Kataoka - Deadman Wonderland 1.
Framed for the brutal murders of his classmates by the mysterious Red Man, middle-school student Ganta Igarashii finds himself sentenced to death in the bizarre and fatal theme park/prison known as “Deadman Wonderland.” The inmates of this insane penitentiary fight for survival every day to provide entertainment for the masses. Ganta is determined to survive Deadman Wonderland and clear his name, but the price may be his soul…
Nakamura Yoshiki - Skip Beat! 1.
Kyoko knows she's not plain and uninteresting, no matter what Sho says. With the help of a little makeover, Kyoko's ready to exact her revenge. But first she needs to land an audition, and she sets her sights on the agency where Sho's lead rival works. Her persistence pays off, but her broken heart turns out to be a disadvantage. Kyoko has lost the will to love anybody, let alone fans she's never met. Can the agency see past this problem to Kyoko's true star potential?
Hiro Mashima - Fairy Tail 1.
THE WICKED SIDE OF WIZARDRY Cute girl wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a club for the most powerful wizards. But instead, her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates le by a devious magician. Her only hope is Natsu, a strange boy she happens to meet on her travels. Natsu’s not your typical hero – he gets motion sickness, eats like a pig, and his best friend is a talking cat. With friends like this, is Lucy better off with her enemies?
Nakamura Yoshiki - Skip Beat! 3.
Kyoko is determined to win her way into show business, even if it means wearing embarrassing bright pink overalls and putting up with spoiled stars. But her first big assignment is proving more difficult than she imagined when Kyoko finds herself in front of the camera with an injured leg. Will she be able to ace her first attempt at acting despite the pain, or will she make an utter fool of herself in front of her sort-of nemesis, Ren Tsugura?
Karuho Shiina - Kimi ni Todoke 1.
Sawako Kuronuma is the perfect heroine...for a horror movie. With her jet-black hair, sinister smile and silent demeanor, she's often mistaken for Sadako, the haunting character from Ringu. Unbeknownst to but a few, behind her scary façade is a very misunderstood teenager. Shy and pure of heart, she just wants to make friends. But when Kazehaya, the most popular boy in class, befriends her, she's sure to make more than just that--she's about to make some enemies too!
Nakamura Yoshiki - Skip Beat! 4.
Kyoko helps the LME president's granddaughter heal from a childhood tragedy, and in return she should have earned a free ride through the LME training school. But the other students throw a fit, and now she still has to pay. In order to support the high cost of the program, Kyoko gets a job as a seat filler on a TV show. But when one of the characters gets sick, Kyoko has to fill in--in a chicken suit! To make matters worse, Sho is the guest star! Will Kyoko destroy her only chance of revenge?