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Arata

Arata : the legend. Vol. 1 — Yu Watase, normally known for her  shojo series (such as Absolute Boyfriend) tackles the shonen genre here. Two guys from different worlds, one a modern day student, the other pretending to be the next ruling princess of a magical land (it's a long story), suddenly switch places. Watase demenstrates she's a master of either genre, as she spins a fantasy yarn similar to her Fushigi Yugi but this time with a bit more action, shonen-style. The 7th volume has just come out, and this series just keeps getting better.

Cosplay Contest November 9

November 9, 6:30-8:45 PM join us at our monthly Animanga Club meeting for our annual Cosplay Contest! Dress as your favorite, stylish anime character and you could win a prize. Or, just come along to watch anime and support your friends! Meeting in the purple room.
[photo by Nina Yasmine]

Fantasy and Supernatural

Here are some great new books if you are a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and/or supernatural stories, especially those with a touch of romance.

The girl of fire and thorns by Rae Carson

Entwined by Heather Dixon

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Teen Animanga Club

December 14, 6:30-8:45PM, join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store from a raffle to trivia to our always popular "mystery anime." What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Drop by and let your inner otaku run free.
*Meeting in the Purple Room.

Pokemon Tournament

Join us Saturday, October 15 between 1:00 and 5:00 PM for our Pokemon Tournament. Bring your Nintendo DS and your copy of Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Black, or White for a tournament style poke-throwdown!

Batman: Year One

Batman: Year One, Frank Miller's classic, gets the animated DVD treatment. Dark, gritty, game-changing, this story helped redefine the origin for the dark hero we now all know and love. There's lots of extras on this DVD too, including several new animated shorts. If you are in need of a batman fix while waiting for the next Dark Knight movie to come out, then look no further.

Mystery / Thrillers for Teens

Want action? Want mystery? Try these books out:

Sure fire by Jack Higgins; with Justin Richards

The last thing I remember by Andrew Klavan

Fake ID by Walter Sorrells

Evil genius by Catherine Jinks

Teen Books Take Over the Movies

Take a look at IMDB's list of upcoming books to movies. Almost all of them are teen books! Uglies, If I Stay, Maximum Ride… Now, some are still in development (so it's not a done deal), but lots have made it to pre-production (so, there's a good chance), like The Forest of Hands and Teeth and Mortal Instruments. Just goes to show that teen books rule.

Safe Driving for Teens

Is your teen going through driver education? Relax. Checkpoints is a new site dedicated to giving parents all the info they need to help keep their teen safe behind the wheel. Included are facts, videos, and a parent-teen driving agreement.

2011 Manga Drawing Contest Winners

We had over 60 people enter our 2011 contest with some amazing, beautiful art! This year's theme was "World Cultures", and kudos to everyone who incorporated it into their drawings! So many people deserved recognition, but we had to limit ourselves to 3 winners for each age group and a few honorable mentions. Take a look at all of 2011 manga entries to see the honorable mentions and all the other fantastic artwork! Here are the winners:

5-6 Grade

1st Place — Daydreaming by sydney Jiang, grade 6

Adult Animanga Club

Adults have asked for it, so here it is — your very own anime club! Saturday August 20th, 2:00-4:00PM. Watch the hottest new shows/films and enjoy japanophilia together.

Harry Potter Read Alikes

If you liked Harry Potter, then give these a try:

Stolen by Sarah Prineas; illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo

The hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff

The lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones

New Shonen Series

Looking for some good action/comedy manga, then check these out:

Blue exorcist. 1 by Kazue Kato

Toriko. Vol. 1. Gourmet hunter Toriko!! by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro

Tegami bachi: Letter Bee. Vol. 1. Letter and Letter Bee by Hiroyuki Asada

Animal Fantasy Fiction

If you liked books like the Warriors series, then try these:

The capture by Kathryn Lasky

Varjak Paw by S.F. Said; illustrated by Dave McKean

Redwall by Brian Jacques; illustrated by Gary Chalk