In My Mailbox – March 30 – April 4

April 5, 2009

The big package of manga from Book Closeouts came this week. Also, be sure to enter my contest to win a chance to win A Mighty Wall by John Foley. All summaries are from Amazon.

Someday’s Dreamers (Vol. 1-2) – Norie Yamada

Yume desperately wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a magic user in the worst way! She innocently practices using magic to help the people she encounters: struggling soccer players, the wrongly incarcerated, and a student who wants to show his moon-loving teacher a lunar eclipse on a cloudy evening. On this coming-of-age journey filled with genuine imagination and a passionate sense of awe, follow Yume as she learns that the true magic in life can take place right inside her own heart.For the first time in the U.S., TOKYOPOP presents the manga series that influenced the popular anime, which describes as, “A cross between Harry Potter and Sailor Moon!”

Calling You – Otsuichi & Tsuzuki Setsuri

Art by the Creator of Broken Angels Tsuzuki Setsuri, creator of Broken Angels, and Otsuichi, author of the Pop Fiction novel Calling You, have crafted a beautifully rendered collection of stories that will haunt you long after the last page is turned. In these haunting tales, a girl creates a cell phone in her imagination, from which she can communicate with others… A young boy discovers his new friend has the power to heal others–and learns about true friendship and sacrifice… And the healing power of love confronts the tragedy and horror of a deadly train accident.

Fruits Basket (Vol. 1-2) – Natsuki Takaya

Tohru Honda was an orphan when one day fate kicked her out of the house and on to land belonging to the mysterious Sohma family. After stumbling upon the teenage squatter, the Sohmas invite Tohru to stay in their house in exchange for cooking and cleaning. Everything goes well until she discovers the Sohma family’s secret, when hugged by members of the opposite sex, they turn into their Chinese Zodiac animal!

Chain Mail (Addicted to You) – Hiroshi Ishizaki

Four disillusioned Tokyo teenagers who have never met are suddenly drawn together by a mysterious chain mail message sent to their cell phones. In the tradition of classical Japanese tanka poetry, each teen takes on a role in the intriguing and absorbing narrative: the schoolgirl stalked by an older boy; her mysterious stalker; the schoolgirl’s boyfriend; and the female detective. Written from each character’s point of view, Chain Mail carries the reader on a suspenseful adventure juxtaposing teenage angst against a colorful Tokyo backdrop in an unforgettable tale that blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy.  Richly plotted to play on the love young adults have for thrills and chills; not a single weak link binding it together.

Rozen Maiden (Vol. 1) – Peach Pit

Jun Sakurada has withdrawn from the outside world–friends, school, even his little sister, who loves him dearly and cares for him in their parents’ absence. To cope with the severity of his personal exile, Jun has taken to ordering products online and then returning them just before the grace period ends. But when a website instructs him to place an order for a beautifully rendered doll in his desk drawer, what arrives in the morning can’t be returned. From the creators of the manga hit DearS comes this metaphysical comedy about the trials of loneliness internet shopping.

Zodiac P.I. (Vol. 1) – Natsumi Ando

Lili is just like any other girl — except she can foretell the future! This ‘Zodiac PI’ relies on horoscopes and astrology to help her solve crimes and track down criminals. When there’s trouble a’brewing, she transforms herself into the magic Detective Spica and looks to the stars to guide her way. Before long, she is joined by her childhood friend, Hiromi, who dreams of becoming a detective as skilled as Lili. Soon, no astral investigation is too arduous for this dynamic duo!

Metamo Kiss (Vol. 1 -3) – Sora Omote

Kohanamaru comes from a peculiar family. Each member can switch bodies with his or her soul mate! His parents can switch bodies, and his aunt, oddly enough, can switch with her cat! Now it’s Kohanamaru’s turn…When Kohanamaru literally runs into Nanao, the girl of his dreams, they switch bodies. True love, right? Well, unfortunately, she’s in love with someone else. And if that weren’t bad enough, the “someone else” turns out to be Kohanamaru’s twin brother Konatsu…who can reverse their transformation with his own kiss!

Go With Grace – George Alexopoulos

Grace is a bedridden girl with no reason to live…until one night, when she is visited by a mysterious boy who invites her to leave her room for the first time in years. But the world outside is stranger than Grace could have ever imagined. And the risk of her leaving is greater than either of them could have known…

Hibiki’s Magic (Vol. 1)Jun Maeda & Rei Idumi

Some of our most cherished manga characters are blessed with magical powers…others have an extraordinary combination superhuman strength and cunning intellect. But Hibiki? Her only real skill seems to be making a pot of delicious tea… Or is it?! This heartwarming fantasy story will have you believing in the power of Hibiki’s magic!