Holiday Gift Guide: Manga Must-Haves

Manga! Not only is it the format of choice for this generation of comic readers, but it is also the comic world's most popular format! So, chances are you have an "otaku"/"weaboo"/"manga fan" in your family. Well, PREVIEWSworld's Holiday Gift Guide has a stellar selection of titles, games, and toys that are ideal gifts for the fan in your midst -- all available now at your local comic shop!

DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Kentaro Miura (A) Kentaro Miura
Kentaro Miura's Berserk has ouraged, horrified, and delighted readers since 1989, and now the badass champion of adult fantasy manga is presented in a deluxe hardcover edition amassing the first three Berserk volumes in 7" x 10" format, with further volumes to come to present the entire series in handsome bookshelf collections. Have you got the Guts? Kentaro Miura's Berserk has ouraged, horrified, and delighted manga and anime fanatics since 1989, creating an international legion of hardcore devotees and inspiring a plethora of TV series, feature films, and video games. And now the badass champion of adult fantasy manga is presented in an oversized 7" x 10" deluxe hardcover edition, nearly 700 pages amassing the first three Berserk volumes, with following volumes to come to serve up the entire series in handsome bookshelf collections. No Guts, no glory! Collects volumes 1-3.
In Shops: Feb 27, 2019
SRP: $49.99
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FANFARE presents PONENT MON
(W) Jiro Taniguchi (A/CA) Jiro Taniguchi
Defeated samurai Hikosaburo and Manzo, exiled from Japan during the Boshin War in 1868, travel to North America and settle in the mountains of Crow territory. One day Hikosaburo encounters a young native woman who has just given birth hidden in the scrub. Called Running Deer, she tells of how she escaped from two white traders who had "bought" her! Taniguchi's well-researched detail and meticulous artwork reveal an accurate portrayal of the "Indian Wars" of the period and present a fascinating view of the daily lives and relationships of the Oglalas, and how the code of honor compares to that of the Samurai.
In Shops: Aug 21, 2019
SRP: $25.00
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KODANSHA COMICS
(W) Yukito Kishiro (A/CA) Yukito Kishiro
The complete cyberpunk classic, now a major Hollywood film! This box set includes all five volumes of Battle Angel Alita plus a brand new book of short stories, more than 2,000 pages of manga in a collector's box set with special extras. In a dump in the lawless settlement of Scrapyard, disgraced cyber-doctor Daisuke Ido makes a strange find: the detached head of a cyborg woman who has lost all her memories. He names her Alita and equips her with a powerful new body, the Berserker. In a place where there is no justice but what people make for themselves, Alita decides to become a hunter-killer, tracking down those who prey on the weak. But can she hold onto her humanity as she revels in her bloodlust?
In Shops: Dec 19, 2018
SRP: $179.94
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KODANSHA COMICS
(W) Shirow Masamune (A/CA) Shirow Masamune
The original manga that became a legendary anime franchise, now in a complete collector's box set. Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including "ghost hackers" who are capable of exploiting the human/machine interface and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers' criminal ends. Includes three large-sized hardcover volumes, plus a collectible lithograph by creator Shirow Masamune.
In Shops: Dec 20, 2017
SRP: $79.97
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STONE BRIDGE PRESS
(W) Toshio Ban, Frederik Schodt (A/CA) Osamu Tezuka
This graphic-format biography of Osamu Tezuka - Japan's "God of Manga" - looks at one of the twentieth century's great creative artists (Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Black Jack). It is also an anecdotal study of the evolution of Japan's early manga and anime business and its heroes. A never-before-seen popular culture history of postwar Japan, it is sure to fascinate fans and anyone interested in manga, anime, and the potential of the graphic storytelling medium.
In Shops: Jul 13, 2016
SRP: $29.95
PREVIEWS Page #486

VIZ MEDIA LLC
(W) Rainbow Rowell, Sam Maggs (A/CA) Gabi Nam
Cath doesn't need friends IRL. She has her twin sister, Wren, and she's a popular fanfic writer in the Simon Snow community with thousands of fans online.  But now that she's in college, Cath is completely outside of her comfort zone. There are suddenly all these new people in her life. She's got a surly roommate with a charming boyfriend, a writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome new writing partner ... And she's barely heard from Wren all semester!
For teen audiences.
In Shops: Oct 14, 2020
SRP: $16.99
PREVIEWS Page #379

TOKYOPOP
(W) Tagura Tohru (A/CA) Tagura Tohru
When Yuji accidentally overhears his classmate Yamato confessing to another friend that he's gay, his perspective shifts. Seeing Yamato in a new light, Yuji does his best not to let prejudice color his view, but he still finds himself overthinking his classmates' interactions now. He especially notices the way Yamato looks at one particular boy: Yuji's own best friend.
  
Even though he tells himself he shouldn't get involved, Yuji finds he just can't help it; watching Yamato's one-sided love draws him in a way he never expected. At first, it's empathy, knowing that the boy Yamato has his sights on is definitely straight and has no idea. But as his own friendship with Yamato develops and the two of them grow closer through a mutual study group, Yuji comes to truly care about Yamato as a person, regardless of his sexuality. He only wants Yamato to be happy, and to be able to express his true self.
In Shops: Jul 01, 2020
SRP: $12.99
PREVIEWS Page #390

VIZ MEDIA LLC
(W) Junji Ito (A/CA) Junji Ito
This ultimate collection presents the most remarkable short works of Junji Ito's career, featuring an adaptation of Rampo Edogawa's classic horror story "Human Chair" and fan favorite "The Enigma of Amigara Fault." In a deluxe presentation with special color pages and color illustrations from his most recent long-form manga No Longer Human, every page invites readers to revel in a world of terror.

For older teen audiences.
In Shops: Aug 19, 2020
SRP: $22.99
PREVIEWS Page #417

VIZ MEDIA LLC
(W) Q. Hayashida (A/CA) Q. Hayashida
In a city so dismal it's known only as "the Hole," a clan of sorcerers have been plucking people off the streets to use as guinea pigs for atrocious "experiments" in the black arts. In a dark alley, Nikaido found Caiman, a man with a reptile head and a bad case of amnesia. To undo the spell, they're hunting and killing the sorcerers in the Hole, hoping that eventually they'll kill the right one. RATING: M
In Shops: Mar 17, 2010
SRP: $12.99
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S7 GAMES
A thrilling card game set in the super-powered world of the hit anime My Hero Academia! "Welcome, students, to the most important training in your life, where you will learn how to be true super heroes!" In My Hero Academia: The Card Game, you must recruit super-powered students to your Hero Agency. Select the students with the best combinations of quirks, (i.e. Super-Powered Abilities) to complete challenging missions and become the mightiest Agency around!
In Shops: Jan 13, 2021
SRP: $24.99
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BANPRESTO
From Banpresto. From Dragon Ball Super comes this dynamic figure of SSGSS Vegeta!
In Shops: Jul 22, 2020
SRP: $24.99

BANPRESTO
From Dragon Ball Super comes these dynamic figures of Piccolo and SSGSS Vegeta!
In Shops: Jul 15, 2020
SRP: $24.99

KODANSHA COMICS
(W) Katsuhiro Otomo (A/CA) Katsuhiro Otomo
In 1982, Kodansha published the first chapter of Akira, a dystopian saga set in Neo-Tokyo, a city recovering from thermonuclear attack where the streets have been ceded to motorcycle gangs and the rich and powerful run dangerous experiments on destructive, supernatural powers that they cannot control. An all-new, complete 35th anniversary hardcover box set of one of the most acclaimed and influential comics of all time, with the original Japanese art and right-to-left reading format for the first time! The science fiction epic that changed anime and manga forever is presented in six beautiful hardcover volumes, plus the hardcover Akira Club art book and an exclusive patch with the iconic pill design.
In Shops: Nov 08, 2017
SRP: $199.99
PREVIEWS Page #382

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