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Moribito

You may not know that the epic, fantasy anime Moribito: guardian of the spirit (shown occasionally late night on Cartoon Network) was originally a kids book by Nahoko Uehashi, and that there is now a sequel, Morbito II : guardian of the darkness! This series follows a wondering female bodyguard Balsa, and is set in a world similar to ancient Japan. If you dig a little historical fiction with sword fighting, or if you just want see the original inspiration for the anime, you might want to take a look.

Worst Comedy Club in the World Sat. 10/3 1-4pm

Try Comedy Improv Saturday, October 3 from 1:00-4:00PM. Teens in grades 7-12 can join us for some improv comedy games “Whose line?” style. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be great at this. In fact, one of our games is a competition for telling the worst jokes ever. Come to watch or to partake; it’s all good!

Code Geass

To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of giant robot shows normally, but I gotta say Code Geass is some good stuff. If you haven't watched it yet you are missing out. Think Gundam crossed with Death Note. Tight, ingenious plotting, lots of action, but also good tense moments of character development. It's just so enjoyable watching Lelouch mysteriously pull himself out of one impossible situation after another. We will be getting the 2nd two discs of the 2nd season in pretty soon (R2).

Genius!

I am reminded more and more why I like Girl Genius. Everyone has their favorite web comics, but I thought I'd put out a mention to this one by Phil and Kaja Foglio if you are looking for a good sci-fi fantasy read. It's got romance, humor, a talking cat, possession by otherworldly beings, and a girl who builds mad scientist machines...and, most importantly, it's got very likable characters and an interesting storyline. Check it out.

Into Board Games? Join Us Sat. Sept. 19

Teen / Adult Open Board Gaming this Saturday, Sept. 19, 1:00-4:00pm.
We’ve got the hottest games like Carcassonne, Settlers, Ticket to Ride… plus a ton more you probably haven’t heard of but should. Also, in honor of 'Talk Like a Pirate Day', we're breaking out the pirate themed games to add to the mix. Drop by for a good time with a few new folks.

Animanga Club Sept. 16

Animanga Club Sept. 16 6:30-8:45
Join us for our monthly meeting of the animanga club! We've gots lots in store: pocky to eat, a raffle, karaoke, and a mystery anime to top it all off. What is it this month? Sorry, no hints! Come hang out and let your inner otaku run free...

Teen Action Adventure Fantasy Books

So, you liked Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. You like a good fantasy with some adventure to it, some excitement. No slow, bogged down stories where nothing really happens for you. Well, check out these titles for a little magic thrill:

More Prince of Persia

You've played the Prince of Persia video games, you've heard there is a movie in the works, now read the graphic novel. It's written by the same creator as the award winning video games. The Prince of Persia storylines have always been some of my favorite bits of storytelling, and this new tale in graphic novel form is no exception. Check it out.

Hero Tales

O.K., you can officially be excited now; Hiromu Arakawa, the creator of Fullmetal Alchemist, has a new manga coming stateside this October: Hero Tales. It's an historical fiction / fantasy action series about a boy who's destined to be a hero and the magical sword he's questing after. Yeah, you've heard that set up before, but this is Hiromu Arakawa we are talking about! I for one can't wait to see what surprises are in store for this...

Pokemon Tournament Sept. 5

Join us Saturday, September 5th between 1:00 and 5:00PM for our Pokemon Tournament. Bring your Nintendo DS and your copy of Pokémon Diamond, Pearl or Platinum for a tournament style poké-throwdown the likes of which you’ve never seen! No registration required.

Rin-Ne

The newest manga from Rumiko Takahashi, the creator of such legendary series as Inuyasha and Ranma 1/2, is on its way. Rin-Ne reads to me like some cross between Bleach and Inuyasha with a bit of comedic romance thrown in. A girl who sees spirits and a boy who hunts them down...in anyone else's hands this premise might seem cliche, but Takahashi spins it in a very original way. It's fantastic so far (I'm hooked). We will be getting our copy of the first volume here in Oct., but you can also check it out online at Viz's site therumicworld.

Manga Drawing Contest '09 Image Gallery

You can now see all of our participant's entries in our image gallery. We had almost 70 people enter this year, and with so many of the entries being really fantastic the judging was very tough. Thank you to everyone who entered! We enjoyed seeing everyone's art, and hopefully you will too! Included below is the list of winners only:

Dark Avengers Assemble...

The Dark Avengers...Marvel's latest crossover event. Who are they? Villains dressed as heroes, taking their name, doing heroic things...sort of. See all the twisted fallout. Do some rise to the challenge? Do some villains change heart? What dark things are they realy up to, and what about the real heroes? Look for all the answers in Dark Reign, and, on its way in September, Dark Avengers Vol. 1.

Manga Drawing Contest '09 Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered our Manga Drawing Contest! We had an impressive 68 entries this year. Because we got so many we decided to divide it into three catagories: 5-6 grade, 7-9 grade, and 10-12 grade. We have included a few 'honorable mentions' the judges gave out, even though they do not win a prize, but if truth be told many more deserve 'honorable mention'; the drawings were amazing this year and judging was really tough. Later this week we will post a proper gallery with all participants' entries for people to see. Without futher ado, the winners are:

5-6 Grade:

Goosey Goodness

I finally got around to reading The Goose Girl -it came out way back in 2003- and I just have to say, 'Man, why did I wait so long?' If you haven't taken the plunge yet, Shannon Hale reworks an old, gruesome Grimm's fairy tale into a beautiful bit of adventure storytelling. I think the thing that sold it for me though is that she does such a good job of creating very original rules for her 'girl talks with animals' schtick that it makes all the fantasy somehow feel very realistic. I'm definitely picking up the next book in this series, and you should too...