RizelMine v1
Reviewed by Craig Johnson

"The government has been conducting experiments to genetically engineer a human. Its first creation is a girl named Rizel, and the experiment is a success - sort of. While healthy and cheerful, 12-year-old Rizel also possesses the uncanny need for love to further her development. Saddened by this emptiness in her life, she sheds tears that can end up destroying a city block. So what's a girl to do...except get married! Enter Iwaki Tomonori, your...
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Heaven Above Heaven v1
Reviewed by Craig Johnson

"Ancient prophecy foretold of a baby that would be the catalyst for the Apocalypse. At the anointed time, nine Grand Masters of Martial Arts raced to a remote mountaintop to prevent the terrible prophecy from being fulfilled. Seventeen years later, a young boy with a knack for trouble, a lust for ladies, and a wicked fighting technique has crossed paths with the child of the Apocalypse - and he's in for more kung fu action than he can handle!" ...
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Phoenix v3: Yamato/Space
Reviewed by Michael Aronson

Whether by coincidence or intentional design, chapters three and four of the Phoenix saga are both half-length entries, compared to the typical length of the stories thus far, and fit nicely into one collection. Neither are for a loss of quality and the two are as diverse from each other as possible. Perhaps the most interesting aspect is how the Phoenix functions in both stories and how its significance is wholly different from that in the first...
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Crying Freeman v1
Reviewed by Craig Johnson

He is Yo Hinomura, deadly assassin for the 108 Dragons, the Chinese Mafia. But to the criminal underworld that fears him, he is known as Crying Freeman, the killer who sheds tears at the fate of his victims. Young, handsome, sensitive, an artist, Yo has been psychologically programmed by his Dragon masters to kill on command: he cannot resist his masters' commands to kill, they cannot stop his tears of remorse. The Good: Just to clarify then, Yo...
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Reported by Lisa Anderson

Rare Interview and Three-Month Tutorial Series Feature Renowned Artist San Francisco, CA, March 24, 2006 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced an exclusive interview with manga pioneer Keiko Takemiya to be featured in the April 2006 issue of SHOJO BEAT Magazine, which went on sale nationwide on March 21. The interview launches...
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A Midnight Opera v1
Reviewed by Craig Johnson

"For nearly a millennium, undead creatures have blended into a Europe driven by religious dogma...Ein Dellalune is an underground goth metal sensation on the Paris music scene. Tragic and beautiful, he has the edge on other goth music powerhouses...he's undead. But his newfound fame might just bring out the very phantoms of his past from whom he has been hiding for centuries, including his powerful brother, Leroux. And if the two don't reconcile,...
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Sea Princess Azuri v1
Reviewed by Craig Johnson

"Azuri is the mermaid princess and the only royal heir of the Orcans, a race of whale-merpeople that lives in a magical environment deep within the ocean. Azuri is bethrothed to Prince Unagi, leader of the Eel people. Their marriage is arranged as a means to bring peace to two kingdoms. But soon Azuri falls in love with Thale, a royal Orcan guard, and her world falls apart! Princess Azuri is faced with the most difficult decision of her life:...
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Girl Got Game v1
Reviewed by Craig Johnson

”Kyo Aizawa is very excited about attending Seisyu Academy, which is famous for its adorable girls' uniforms. Her excitement is crushed, however, when she opens the package containing her uniform to find a boy's uniform. Her father explains to her that, as Seisyu Academy is also famous for its boys' basketball program, he enrolled her as a boy, so she can fulfill his own dream of becoming an NBA basketball star. To make matters worse, she has to stay...
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11 April 2006
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