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Funimation has come up with a new contest this summer: make a video proving you're the biggest Fullmetal Alchemist fan and you could win a free ride to Comic-Con International (San Diego)! Check out how to enter. Also, this summer, Tokyopop is touring across america to find "America's Greatest Otaku," which they will be filming reality-tv style. If you think you might be that "greatest otaku" and want to get on film then check it out!

Bleach the live action movie and...musical?!

Word on the street is that the hit manga Bleach may get made into a new, live action film for U.S. audiences. Bleach has been an anime, a manga, a trading card game, a video game, and even a musical. Yes, a musical. In fact, there have been at least 5 different Bleach musicals in Japan. Check out this article.

I <3 Ninjas

So, you like ninjas. You're a fan of Naruto. But, you're also a romance junky. Admit it. You also kind of think all the female characters in Naruto are kind of weak. Well, then I've got the perfect thing for you: Tail of the Moon. Strong female lead, shinobi missions, and a love story to round it all out. Or, check out Shinobi Life for a mix of action and romance in even amounts. Hey, there's nothing that says you can't have your ninja and romance fix at the same time. Go ahead.

All new x-men...No, really, all new.

Love the x-men? Love shojo manga? Well, look no further: X-men: Misfits is a wild reimagining of the x-men drawn manga style with a heavy focus on romance. It follows Kitty Pryde at Xavier's school for the 'gifted', an all boys school. I know, your first thought might be "no, no this is blasphemy," but this is meant to be different with familiar characters turned on their heads. If you can accept that, this is actually a fairly entertaining story, and it's interesting how well these two styles mix!

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...

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:

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:

Recommended Older-School Manga

Thanks to KKlupacs for another great Fave Five!

***I grew up on mid-late 90s anime (pretty much just DragonBall and Sailor Moon), though I did broaden my horizons at PCEPs Anime Club. These are the manga series that I stumbled upon between 1999 and 2005. Enjoy!

1. Love Hina
Though a major shonen series, Love Hina has a great sense of humor and a brillian story line that any teen would find thoroughly entertaining.

Shugo Chara!

O.k., confession time: Yes, I'm totally addicted to Shugo Chara! Yeah, I'm a guy; what of it? The tiny Charas are just so....cute. Seriously, have you seen them? We just got Volume 6 of the manga in. Check it out. And, if you didn't know, you can watch the anime free (and legally-woohoo!) online at www.crunchyroll.com.

Hunter X Hunter

From the creator of YuYu Hakusho, Hunter x Hunter dishes up a helping of wildly creative tournament style battle with a side of treasure hunting adventure.&n

D. Gray-Man

Dark, gothic, tragic. D. Gray-man has the haunted spirit battles of Bleach with a full measure of creepy, victorian horror a la Fullmetal Alchemist. Not for the faint of heart but great on storyline and action. We've got the manga, and, just in, the anime, too. Check it out. 

Vampire Manga

Craving more Vampire Knight and can't wait? To tide you over, try Vampire Kisses for your vamp romance,  Vampire Doll for a little blood-sucking comedy, or Bizenghast for a little straight up gothic supernatural. And, dont' forget to check out Svetlana Chmakova's Nightschool due out in April.

A Little More Maximum Ride

If your are a Maximum Ride fan who's read everything and is still hungry for more of that trademark high-octane action then check out the Maximum Ride graphic novel that just came out. Also, did you hear they're making a movie?

New Fullmetal Alchemist

A new Fullmetal Alchemist anime series is going to be aired in Japan this April. That's right, brand new. Very few details are available at the moment. What will it be like? How closely will it follow the manga? And, most importantly, when will it be released in the U.S.?

Teen Animanga Club - Jan 14, 2008

anime01January 14, 6:45-8:45 p.m.
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