What is Kendo?

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Kendo, or ‘Way of the Sword’, is a Japanese fencing based on samurai two-handed sword fighting styles. In the 18th century protective equipment and a bamboo sword (a shinai) were introduced to reduce injuries. Skill in either kendo or judo is required of all police officers in Japan; a lower-level officer cannot be promoted without showing skill in one of these practices. Unlike some other martial arts, kendo does not use a system of colored belts to signify the ranking of the practioners.

Poitras, Gilles. The Anime companion: What’s Japanese in Japanese animation?. Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press, 1999

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Frankenstein The Graphic Novel

Frankenstein: The Graphic Novel

Conceived as part of a literary game among friends in 1816, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is today regarded as a classic piece of 19th century literature. The story begins with the journey of an adventurer, Robert Walton, who saves the life of a man at the North Pole. That man, Victor Frankenstein, tells Walton about his experiments with the creation of life and how he ended up at the North Pole. Through this simple plot device, Shelley was able to deal with serious real-world issues like acceptance, tolerance, and understanding, as well as the universal human need for companionship and love. The novel, of course, inspired a host of films, from the 1931 classic starring Boris Karloff to Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, and more recently, a series of novels by Dean Koontz. This version, though slightly abridged, retains much of the original dialogue and remains true to Shelley’s brilliant vision. – YA GN

The Walking Dead Volume 5

The Walking Dead: Volume 5 The Best Defense

As the survivors settle into their prison home something has drawn them out into the open… out of the prison… out of their sanctuary. This is a major turning point for the overall story of The Walking Dead, setting the stage for years to come. – Adult GN

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X-Men: Magneto Testament

Today, the whole world knows him as Magneto, the most radical champion of mutant rights that mankind has ever seen. But in 1935, he was just another schoolboy – who happened to be Jewish in Nazi Germany. The definitive origin story of one of Marvel’s greatest icons begins with a silver chain and a crush on a girl – and quickly turns into a harrowing struggle for survival against the inexorable machinery of Hitler’s Final Solution From X-Men: Phoenix – Endsong writer Greg Pak and award-winning artist Carmine Di Giandomenico. Collects X-Men: Magneto Testament #1-5.- Adult GN

Green Lantern Rage of the Red Lantern

Green Lantern Rage of the Red Lantern

Wielding a power ring – a device that allows a worthy wearer to turn thought into reality – Hal Jordan is one of the greatest heroes in the universe, a member of an intergalactic police force know as the Green Lantern Corps! Following the defeat of the Sinestro Corps, a new force has risen in the galaxy; led by Atrocitus, the Red Lantern Corps are powered by rage and hatred…and blood. As Hal prepares to take Sinestro to judgment, the Red Lanterns attack – and the war of the Lanterns begins anew! From the fan-favourite writer of “The Sinestro Corps War” and “Superman: The Legion of Superheroes”, Geoff Johns, follow the next skirmishes in the greatest war ever known!- Adult GN

The Dresden Files Volume 1

The Dresden Files: Volume 1 The Gathering Storm.

A graphic novel based on the bestselling Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher!

If circumstances surrounding a crime defy the ordinary and evidence points to a suspect who is anything but human, the men and women of the Chicago Police Department call in the one guy who can handle bizarre and often brutal phenomena. Harry Dresden is a wizard who knows firsthand that the everyday world is actually full of strange and magical things—most of which don’t play well with humans.

Now the cops have turned to Dresden to investigate a horrifying double murder that was committed with black magic. Never one to turn down a paycheck, Dresden also takes on another case—to find a missing husband who has quite likely been dabbling in sorcery. As Dresden tries to solve the seemingly unrelated cases, he is confronted with all the Windy City can blow at him, from the mob to mages and all creatures in between. – Adult GN

Iron Man Haunted

Iron Man: Haunted

Tony Stark’s duties with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Initiative take him to Omaha, Nebraska, where Iron Man encounters an old hero with a grudge, and two all-new superhumans! Collects Iron Man #21-26, Annual #1.- YA GN

Everybody is Stupid Except for Me

Everybody is Stupid Except for Me and Other Astute Observations

A decade of informed, provocative, cantankerous and hilarious cartoon opinion pieces for Reason magazine from our favorite libertarian curmudgeon, on topics ranging from Stupid War to Stupid Sex and, of course, Stupid Politicians. – Adult GN

Halo Uprising

Halo: Uprising

Picking up from the conclusion of blockbuster video game Halo 2, this must-read reveals how the Master Chief, while onboard a hostile ship headed towards Earth, is battling against Covenant forces! Interwined with Master Chief’s interstellar one-man-war is the saga of a great American city’s rebellion and downfall, two disparate lives’ collision and shared fate, and the Covenant’s hunt for an ancient relic of untold power and value. With hope dwindling and the fate of humanity hanging by a thread, is there any chance for a future? Read this debut issue to start the journey into the Halo universe!
Collects Halo: Uprising #1-4, and Marvel Spotlight: Halo. – Adult GN

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century 1910

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910

The new volume detailing the exploits of Miss Wilhelmina Murray and her extraordinary colleagues, Century is a 240-page epic spanning almost a hundred years. Divided into three 80-page chapters – each a self-contained narrative to avoid frustrating cliff-hanger delays between episodes – this monumental tale takes place in three distinct eras, building to an apocalyptic conclusion occurring in our own, current, twenty-first century.
Chapter one is set against the backdrop of London, 1910, twelve years after the failed Martian invasion and nine years since England put a man upon the moon. In the bowels of the British Museum, Carnacki the ghost-finder is plagued by visions of a shadowy occult order who are attempting to create something called a Moonchild, while on London’s dockside the most notorious serial murderer of the previous century has returned to carry on his grisly trade. Working for Mycroft Holmes’ British Intelligence alongside a rejuvenated Allan Quartermain, the reformed thief Anthony Raffles and the eternal warrior Orlando, Miss Murray is drawn into a brutal opera acted out upon the waterfront by players that include the furiously angry Pirate Jenny and the charismatic butcher known as Mac the Knife.- Adult GN

Clover

Clover

This experimental sci-fi work from CLAMP reads like a romantic version of Akira. In the far future, a mysterious government organization monitors and confines psychic children in the Clover program. A professional singer and one-leaf ranked psychic named Ora has only the ability to predict her own death. The most powerful psychic in the world, a four-leaf girl named Sue lives a life of voluntary isolation inside a gilded cage. Sue hears Ora s singing inside her head, befriends her via telephone and hopes to meet her one day. Events in the book unfold in a reverse chronology, as the first chapter takes place after Ora s death and proceeds backwards in time. CLAMP manages to present a richly detailed retro-mechanical future using a minimum number of panels per page; reading this book is like looking into a dystopic future through one tiny, perfectly square frame, as the story unfolds across nearly blank pages scattered with repeating love song lyrics. The character designs are magnificent and tiny details on the clockwork birds and imaginative effects are stunning. Though CLAMP s most experimental work, it s still accessible to a wide audience. – YA GN

Green Lantern The Sinestro Corps Wars

The Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corp Wars Volume 1

Sinestro — Hal Jordan’s former mentor and arch-nemesis — has gathered an army of soldiers fueled by the fear they instill in others, consisting of Arkillo, Karu-Sil, the Cyborg-Superman, and hundreds more of the most terrifying villains the universe has ever seen! Former Green Lantern Kyle Rayner has been possessed by the entity known as Parallax and now assists the Sinestro Corps in cutting a swath of evil across the universe. Trapped in the depths of the Sinestro Corps’ Citadel and face-to-face with the Guardian of Sinestro’s army of fear, Hal Jordan must find the will-power to battle these terrible foes. And as one of the Book of Oa’s prophecies comes true, the Green Lantern Corps makes a last stand that reveals the reincarnation of one of their fold! – Adult GN

Dark Hunters volume 1Dark Hunters Volume 1

In the war against vampires, mankind has only one hope: The Dark-Hunters. Ancient warriors who died of brutal betrayal, the Dark-Hunters have sworn themselves into the service of the goddess Artemis to protect us.

It’s a pact with pretty good perks. Immortality, power, psychic abilities, wealth and a cool wardrobe. But it comes with a few drawbacks: fatal sun poisoning and a new, irreparable dental problem. But aside from the fangs and nocturnal lifestyle, it’s not so bad. Until Kyrian meets the most frightening thing imaginable. An accountant who’s being hunted by one of the most lethal vampires out there. If Amanda Devereaux goes down, so does he and no offense, he doesn’t want to die (hence the whole immortality thing). And he doesn’t want humanity dead either which is a good thing for us since he and Amanda are all that stands between us and oblivion. Let’s hope they win. From the wild imagination of Sherrilyn Kenyon comes the humorous and suspenseful manga debut of the #1 internationally bestselling Dark-Hunter series. The world of manga will never be the same again.- Adult GN

Flame of Recca 31Flame of Recca Vol 31

Becoming a ninja is just a childhood dream for sixteen-year-old Recca, until a fateful encounter reveals he has inherited ninja powers, including the ability to wield fire! As Recca learns to master the ancient ways of his ancestors, he is drawn to protect a mysterious girl named Yanagi…

Team Recca isn’t alone in the battle for Heaven and Hell. As the transformed Kôran Mori gloats over his impending victory, Kurei crashes the party–and he’s brought a six-pack of vengeance. And when Aoi faces an enraged Recca, she has to decide once and for all where her loyalties lie. Who will make it to the final standoff against Kôran Mori…and on which side will each warrior fight? – Adult GN

In the SmallIn the Small

When a mysterious cataclysmic event, “the blue flash,” causes the population of the earth to shrink in size to six inches tall, suddenly humanity has the tables turned on itself: The very civilization it has created becomes its greatest obstacle to survival. Animals and the environment, which have long suffered under the rule and/or destruction of humans, are now some of their most feared enemies.

Amid the confusion and turmoil, two strong teenagers, 18-year-old Mouse and his younger sister Beat, emerge as the most promising leaders, eventually setting out on a quest to discover the secret that could redeem this strange new world. – YA GN

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Cell Number Ten

Asuma’s new team and the former Cell Number 10 battle Hidan of the Akatsuki, who may be the most unstoppable foe the Konoha ninja have encountered–and who could mean the end for one of Naruto’s longest-standing allies. As Naruto prepares for the worst, the Akatsuki reveals its master plan!- YA GN

30 Days of Night Return to Barrow30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow

30 Days of Night was one of the undisputed success stories of modern comics, spawning a bestselling trade paperback, a major motion picture deal, and the attention of thousands of fans longing for an innovative tale of terror. Now the same creative team revisits Barrow, Alaska, the town where it all began, as the long night creeps once more over the tundra. Some things may have changed, but the horror remains…- Adult GN

Why I Killed PeterWhy I Killed Peter

Based on a true story that the writer experienced himself, this graphic novel presents very simply the grey areas in such a situation, how he had tucked the whole episode deep within him but then how his rage and self-pity let it all out and finally revisiting the man when close to death and his coming to grips. A very moving, topical and important work, sensitively presented.- Adult GN

L Change the WorldL Change the World

Spin-off almost-sequel to the hit manga-to-movie Death Note: The Last Name, Change the World is L’s swan song. When a deadly man-made virus falls into the wrong hands and two innocent children find themselves on the run seeking help from L’s second-in-command, Watari, the quirky super-sleuth L is drawn out of his self-imposed isolation to act. Can he get to the bottom of this mystery as time runs out? And how will he save the world, when his own fate is already sealed? – DVD DEATH

Continue your summer reading with these titles…

Vampire Knight 7Vampire Knight vol 7

Yuki debates asking Kaname about her past, suspecting that he may have been the one who erased her childhood memories. Zero confronts Kaname to find out the truth, and the two come to blows over Yuki… – Adult GN

Naruto 33Naruto 33

Morphing out of control, a stronger-than-ever Naruto turns on his own teammates! Orochimaru triggers a frightening change in Naruto as he reveals a sinister plot that’s been the death of far more people than anyone knew. – YA GN

Short-Tempered Melancholic and Other StoriesShort-Tempered Melancholic and Other Stories

A collection of four short stories from the famed mangaka Arina Tanemura!

Short-Tempered Melancholic:

Kajika Yamano is a female ninja whose job is to protect her family’s legendary weapon. But when a boy she has a crush on tells her she should be more ladylike, she vows to give up all ninja deeds.

This Love is Nonfiction:

Yuri sends her pen pal Ryo a picture of herself–but it’s really of her best friend Karin, who is prettier than she is. Now Ryo wants to meet her, so she has no choice but to send Karin instead!

Rainy Afternoons are for Romantic Heroines:

Minori falls in love with Takato, a boy who shared his umbrella with her one rainy afternoon. Now she “forgets” her umbrella every time it rains in hopes of becoming closer to him.

The Style of the Second Love:

Mana secretly likes her friend’s boyfriend, but Nakamura, a younger boy, is determined to win Mana’s heart.- YA GN

DN Angel 12D.N. Angel 12

In order to rescue Risa, his kidnapped classmate, Daisuke decides to team up with his longtime rival, Satoshi Hiwatari. Will they be up to the challenge against Argentine’s dark plot? – YA GN

Anime in August

Fruits Basket DVDFruits Basket Complete Collection DVD

The Sohmas are a family cursed, a curse which has led to their isolation for generations. When any single member of the family is embraced by a person of the opposite gender, they transform into an animal from the Chinese Zodiac! The Sohma’s have managed to keep this embarrassing little secret hidden for many, many years…That is, until young Tohru Honda stumbles into their life. Inspiring some and infuriating others, Tohru manages to turn life in this most unusual household upside down as Zodiac rivals clash. But above all, she must promise to keep their secret as one of her own… Or face the consequences!- Anime

Gungrave The Complete Set DVDGungrave: The Complete Set

Back from the grave… back for murder.

For Brandon Heat, death doesn’t matter. Driven by his need for revenge, he returns from beyond the grave to cripple Milleneon, the huge mafia organization that uses undead monsters as its enforcers. His ultimate goal will be to destroy Harry MacDowel, the leader of Milleneon and, at one time, Brandon’s best friend… – Anime

Case Closed Double FeatureCase Closed Double Feature

Contains two thrilling Case Closed adventures at a great low price!

The Time Bombed Skyscraper – The city is in the grip of a crazed bomber as planes, trains and massive towers all threaten to light up the night sky. In a desperate race against time, super-sleuth Conan Edogawa finds himself playing a game of cat and mouse with a deviant madman…

The Fourteenth Target – Someone is dealing out murder and mayhem one playing card at a time, and the deck is stacked against Richard Moore! Those around the bumbling detective are on a hidden hit list. Conan might need an ace up his sleeve to uncover the identity of the killer…- Anime

Case Closed Season OneCase Closed: Season 1

Enjoy Case Closed from the beginning…the Season Sets have arrived on the case!

The criminal mind is a twisted one and Jimmy Kudo knows the shady corridors of humanity like no other detective in the business. He’s put more scum behind bars than just about anyone on the beat and his skills have earned him plenty of enemies, and he pays the price one dark night… Being poisoned and left for dead.

But rather than meeting his end in a shallow grave, Jimmy gets a new beginning. Awakening to find himself transformed, the evil elixir of his faceless foes has changed him into a small boy – The perfect cover! Utilizing his unlikely new persona and cutting edge technology, Jimmy is hot on the trail of his assailants as Conan Edogawa.

The path to justice will be littered with cruelty and madness, the worst of man on display as this sleuth cuts through the underworld in search of answers, solving one sick crime at a time. Truth is not open to interpretation. There’s no room for error when life and limb are on the line. A detective like no other, Conan is on the case!

The Season 1 box set contains episodes 1-26. – Anime

Case Closed Season TwoCase Closed: Season 2

The criminal mind is a twisted one and Jimmy Kudo knows the shady corridors of humanity like no other detective in the business. He’s put more scum behind bars than just about anyone on the beat and his skills have earned him plenty of enemies, and he pays the price one dark night…being poisoned and left for dead.

But rather than meeting his end in a shallow grave, Jimmy gets a new beginning. Awakening to find himself transformed, the evil elixir of his faceless foes has changed him into a small boy – The perfect cover! Utilizing his unlikely new persona and cutting edge technology, Jimmy is hot on the trail of his assailants as Conan Edogawa.

The path to justice will be littered with cruelty and madness, the worst of man on display as this sleuth cuts through the underworld in search of answers, solving one sick crime at a time. Truth is not open to interpretation. There’s no room for error when life and limb are on the line.

The Season 2 box set contains episodes 27-52. – Anime

Fullmetal Alchemist 2nd Season DVDFullmetal Alchemist: The Complete 2nd Season

When the Elric brothers recklessly attempted to raise their mother from the dead, the horrors they unleashed marked the beginning of a long journey into the darkest corners of the cruelty of mankind. Now, destinies are converging for those who remain to fight for the light of salvation.

The hunt for the truth behind truths is growing more desperate, and ruined Ishbal waits at the end of a road choked with wreckage both human and soulless. Amid rumors of new war and resurrected horrors of the past, hidden masters rush their pawns down this path of betrayal and doubt. As these seekers of the Philosopher’s Stone grasp for answers, the most sacred tenet of Alchemy is questioned – The Law of Equivalent Exchange. But the harshest judgment is reserved for the belief on which the Elrics have built their lives – the faith in an unbreakable bond between brothers. Weary and broken, Edward and Alphonse must face the ultimate sacrifice. Will it be enough to make them whole?

The Season 2 Box Set contains the Complete Second Season – Episodes 26-51. – Anime