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Pokemon: Black White Handbook

Scholastic Inc. - 2011
    Handbooks, sticker books, create & trace, readers, and more.Come meet the newest, coolest Pokemon! Ash and his friends are entering a new region with over 100 all-new Pokemon. Get the latest stats and facts in this exclusive handbook, which includes info on two amazing Legendary Pokemon, Reshiram and Zekrom.This book is a must-have for Pokemon fans of all ages!

Ending Day by Day

Shouji Gatou - 2011
    But things go from bad to worse when they are suddenly attacked by a cadre of Arm Slaves.

Highschool of the Dead Color Omnibus, Vol. 1

Daisuke Sato - 2011
    In a matter of hours, the campus is transformed from a place of learning into a hive of nightmares, as the infected students collapse and are reborn as flesh-hungry zombies! Only a handful of students escape the initial outbreak - among them Takashi Komuro and his childhood friend, Rei. He manages to protect Rei from the initial onslaught, but how long can Takashi and the other students hope to survive when the whole school - maybe the whole town - is out for their blood?!

デート・ア・ライブ - 十香デッドエンド / Date A Live - Dead End Tohka

Koushi Tachibana - 2011
    Today was the first school day morning after the end of Spring vacation. After being woken up by his cute little sister, Itsuka Shidou believed that it would be the start of another normal day. As for predicting the chance meeting with the girl who called herself a Spirit......Along with a sudden shockwave, the townscape vanished without a trace. In a corner of the street which had now become a crater, the girl was there."—You, have you come to kill me too?"She is the disaster that will destroy humanity, a monster of unknown origin, and a being rejected by the world. There are only two ways to stop this girl: annihilation, or conversation. His little sister Kotori, wrapped in a military uniform, thus said to Shidou: "Since it's like this, just go date her, and make the Spirit fall for you!" "Wh.. whaaaaaaaat!?" Enter a new age of boy meets girl!!Original:四月一〇日。昨日で春休みが終わり、今日から学校という朝。可愛い妹に起こされ、五河士道は今日もいつも通りの日常が始まると思っていた。精霊と呼ばれる少女と出会うまでは―。突然の衝撃波とともに、跡形もなく、無くなった街並み。クレーターになった街の一角の、中心にその少女はいた。「―おまえも、私を殺しに来たんだろう?」世界を殺す災厄、正体不明の怪物と、世界から否定される少女を止める方法は二つ。殱滅か、対話。軍服に身を包んだ妹・琴里は士道に言う。「というわけでデートして、精霊をデレさせなさい!」「は、はあ…ッ!?」新世代ボーイ・ミーツ・ガール、登場。

Junjou Mistake

Shungiku Nakamura - 2011
    However, Asahina seems to be obsessed with Isaka's father... or so it seems.NOTE: This story is tied into Junjou Romantica, involving Akihiko's editor and his secretary, ten years before the beginning of the original Junjou Romantica plot line.

How to Draw Classic Heads & Faces: Step-by-step art instruction from the vintage Walter Foster archives

Walter T. Foster - 2011
    Gracing each beautifully designed page of this must-have collector’s title are original step-by-step instructional drawings and art tips from four books that helped artist Walter Foster grow into the legend he is today: How to Draw the Head, Heads from Life (18), Heads from Life (18A), and 101 Heads. Practical advice and easy-to-follow instructions make this inclusive drawing book as relevant today as when the original titles were first published.

Cult Cinema: An Introduction

Ernest Mathijs - 2011
    Cult Cinema: An Introduction presents the first in-depth academic examination of all aspects of the field of cult cinema, including its primary audiences, myriad genres, and the theoretical perspectives that inform a film's "cult" status. After addressing the well-known aspects of cult cinema -- midnight movies, exploitation films, fans of various cult subgenres, issues of censorship, cult-film festivals, and fanzines -- the authors unravel many of cult cinema's deeper mysteries, tackling such issues as representations of gender, transgression, subcultures, and meta-cults (cult movies about cult movies).Topics are presented in sections that are organized thematically around issues relating to reception, aesthetics, and theories. Individual chapters are accompanied by insightful analysis of notable films, including such cult classics as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Donnie Darko, Blade Runner, Plan 9 From Outer Space, El Topo, Eraserhead, Suspiria, and many others. For cinephiles and scholars alike, Cult Cinema: An Introduction is the ticket to the most complete source of information about a fascinating phenomenon in the history of film.

The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya

Nagaru Tanigawa - 2011
    brigade who may be more than just the eager freshman she appears to be. As the two realities converge, the SOS Brigade learns that the new member may have the ability to bring the two story "timelines" together... and save the world in the process. This book was originally published as two separate volumes in Japan, but the U.S. version will feature both volumes for the price of one.

輪るピングドラム 上 [単行本]

幾原 邦彦 - 2011
    One day, when the siblings are out on a trip to the aquarium, Himari collapses. The doctors state that nothing can be done for her anymore, but then, a miracle occurs...

Megane no Incubus-kun

Emiko Nakano - 2011
    On her way to meet her crush, she stumbles and falls on her quiet classmate Nijouin. While breaking his glasses she gets a glimpse of...?

Routledge Handbook of Japanese Culture and Society

Victoria Bestor - 2011
    This Handbook provides a cutting-edge and comprehensive survey of significant phenomena, institutions, and directions in Japan today, on issues ranging from gender and family, the environment, race and ethnicity, and urban life, to popular culture and electronic media. Written by an international team of Japan experts, the chapters included in the volume form an accessible and fascinating insight into Japanese culture and society. As such, the Handbook will be an invaluable reference tool for anyone interested in all things Japanese. Students, teachers and professionals alike will benefit from the broad ranging discussions, useful links to online resources and suggested reading lists.The Handbook will be of interest across a wide range of disciplines including Japanese Studies, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Sociology and Asian Studies in general.

The Cinema of Hayao Miyazaki

Jeremy Mark Robinson - 2011
    Miyazaki, in short, is a true phenomenon in contemporary animation and in world cinema.Hayao Miyazaki's movies include Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Laputa: Castle In the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro.Hayao Miyazaki may be the most talented fantasy filmmaker of his generation: not even the finest filmmakers of Hollywood can rival his films when it comes to creating fantasy worlds, and fantastical characters and events. Miyazaki has millions of fans around the world, not least among fellow animators and filmmakers, for whom he is a genius.What Hayao Miyazaki's films do is to bring you completely into a fantasy world that is actually instantly recognizable and familiar. It's as if these fantasy realms have always existed - very much like J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth or Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea (both influences on Miyazaki). The visionary and magical elements are fused with the domestic and familial and social elements, so that it seems completely ordinary and believable that, say, flying machines soar overhead which have flapping wings like an insect, or that little white creatures pop up out of trees.To write one hit animation movie is amazing, to write seven is remarkable. To write and direct one spectacular animated picture is very impressive, to write and direct seven features is almost unheard-of in the world of contemporary commercial animation.This new study of Hayao Miyazaki considers all of his films and TV shows (and his manga work). It also includes chapters on Studio Ghibli on fellow director Isao Takahata Miyazaki's influences his contemporaries and colleagues his characters his movies' relation to Western animation (including Disney) his unmade films and his themes and motifs.The Cinema of Hayao Miyazaki also explores Japanese animation, its production and style, some classics of anime, and digital animation.Includes quotes by Miyazaki; fans on Miyazaki; and resources. Fully illustrated. With filmography, bibliography and notes. "

100 Animated Feature Films

Andrew Osmond - 2011
    Yet animated films have probably never been a stronger force in world cinema than they are today. This book discusses 100 key animated films from around the world, from Shrek to Svankmajer. While the genre continues to pick up attention and garner worldwide audiences of millions, appreciation for the art of animated features seems to grow as quickly as the technology driving it forward. International in focus, 100 Animated Feature Films come to life on the page with vivid images from the films discussed.

Mangatopia: Essays on Manga and Anime in the Modern World

Timothy Perper - 2011
    This book provides fascinating insights on what Japanese manga and anime mean to artists, audiences, and fans in the United States and elsewhere, covering topics that range from fantasy to sex to politics.

アルカナ・ファミリア公式ビジュアルファンブック ~La storia della Arcana Famiglia Il Libro del Visuale~

電撃Girl’sStyle編集部 - 2011
    They take care of their own and the people who live on their island. What makes them different from the stereotypical mafia is that they've all made deals with the Arcana cards (AKA tarot cards) which grant them special powers.Head of the Arcana Famiglia, "Papa", has decided to retire and a duel will take place to appoint his successor. The winner will also marry his daughter Felicitá, but Felicitá is having none of this as she wants to choose her own path in life. She too will have to take part in the duel and fight for her freedom with help from friends Liberta and Nova.