BY EVA VOLIN
From Robotech (1985, adapted from three unrelated anime series) to Dragonball: Evolution (2009), it’s easy to see that anime and
manga have been influencing Western popular culture for decades.
The following recent and forthcoming titles tie in to a few popular-media properties many library patrons already know and love, and if
they’re looking for crossovers, these series are a good place to start.
Ghost in the Shell. By Tow Ubukata. 2017. Vertical, paper, $14.95 (9781945054228).
Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Edition. By Shirow Masamune. Illus. by the author.
• v. 1. 2017. Kodansha, $29.99 (9781632364210).
• v 1. 5. 2017. Kodansha, $19.99 (9781632364227).
• v. 2. 2017. Kodansha, $29.99 (9781632364234).
Despite (or because of) the controversy surrounding the casting of the new live-action
film adaptation of this cyberpunk classic, there is a lot of buzz about the story of Major
Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg agent for a counter-cyberterrorist organization. First serialized
in Japan in 1989, Ghost in the Shell is being reprinted in English by Kodansha, this time in
hardcover with bonus material and unflipped pages. An additional spin-off to the franchise
is Vertical’s collection of prose short stories inspired by and reinterpreting the world that
blurs the line between man and machine.
The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition. By Akira Himekawa. Illus. by the author.
• v. 1. 2016. VIZ, paper, $17.99 (9781421589596).
• v. 2. 2017. VIZ, paper, $17.99 (9781421589602).
• v. 3. 2017. VIZ, paper, $17.99 (9781421589619).
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, v. 1. By Akira Himekawa. Illus. by the author. 2017.
VIZ, paper, $9.99 (9781421593470).
Link, the boy in a green hat on a quest to defeat evil, became part of the pop-culture
canon when the Legend of Zelda video game was launched in the U.S. back in 1986. As
part of the franchise’s thirtieth-anniversary celebration, VIZ Media is reprinting the original
manga series as two-in-one volumes featuring color artwork and a larger trim size. In
addition, it’s also publishing the latest installment of the manga series Twilight Princess,
following the story line in the video game of the same name, which is darker in tone than
some of the other stories.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. By Kyle Higgins. Illus. by Hendry Prasetya.
• v. 1. 2016. Boom!, paper, $19.99 (9781608868933).
• v. 2. 2017. Boom!, paper, $16.99 (9781608869428).
Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock. By Ryan Parrott. Illus. by Lucas Werneck. 2017.
Boom!, paper, $14.99 (9781608869374).
Back in 1993, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show introduced an enthusiastic
new generation to mecha and kaiju. Originally adapted from Super Sentai, a Japanese
tokustatsu, or live-action television drama involving lots of special effects, the Power
Rangers series isn’t actually Japanese, and the graphic novels aren’t actually manga. But
the crossover potential is huge, especially with a brand-new Power Rangers movie being
released this year, and the book picks up right where the movie ends.
Pokémon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2, v. 1. By Hidenori Kusaka. Illus. by Satoshi Yamamoto. 2017. VIZ, paper, $9.98 (9781421584379).
Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. By Hidenori Kusaka. Illus. by Satoshi
• v. 1. 2016. VIZ, paper, $4.99 (9781421590707).
• v. 2. 2016. VIZ, paper, $4.99 (9781421590165).
The end of Pokémon madness is nowhere in sight. Kids love it as a new, fun adventure series. Teens and new adults love it as something they grew up with. Thanks to
the Pokémon Go app that launched last year, the community surrounding the franchise
has only continued to grow. The newest spin-off series, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire,
launched late last year, and Pokémon Adventures manga series has just begun its newest story arc.
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