New Graphic Novels from Tokyopop
posted on by Jonathan Mays
June Manga Releases: The Kindaichi Case Files, Under the Glass Moon, Gravitation, Brain Powerd, Pet Shop of Horrors, and Vampire Game
Excerpts from press release:
June 10, 2003
The Kindaichi Case Files...A cross between Sherlock Holmes and The Hardy Boys...follows the adventures of teenaged sleuth Kindaichi. In each self-contained volume, Kindaichi visits a new unsolved murder scene, where he uses ingenuity and cool magic to solve mysteries involving ghosts, curses, myths and folklore.
Under the Glass Moon...supernatural gothic fantasy features highly detailed artwork and the addictive appeal of a soap opera. Enter the world of Luka Reinhardt, the 21st Century's greatest Dark Wizard and a fashion connoisseur! When he and his bookish brother Luel become involved with their lusty neighbors -- a pair of mother and daughter witches – it's a love pentagram, especially when Luel's ex shows up! Things continue to heat up after Luka's overzealous apprentice unleashes Efreet, a wrathful fire spirit!
Gravitation...created by Maki Murakami...delivers a colorful depiction of the music biz with edgy shonen-ai flair. Shuichi Shindou is determined to be the next rock star. He hopes to astound the world with his powerful lyrics in spite of the harsh criticism of the handsome and enigmatic romance writer, Eiri Yuki. Shuichi forces himself into Yuki's life and the two men find their futures inexorably and romantically intertwined on a rock-and-roll roller coaster ride!
June 17, 2003
Brain Powerd...from Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of Gundam...story about Orphan, an oceanic base that holds the key to planetary destruction. Leading the fight against Orphan is U.N. agent Hime Utsumiya, the pilot of a living alien Brain Powerd mecha. In a chance encounter, Hime meets Yu Isami, a pilot working for Orphan. Will she be able to convince Yu to rebel against the mysterious base and go rogue? Mankind's fate hangs in the balance.
Pet Shop of Horrors...from manga-ka Mari Akino...four stories of terror and wonder that expose the core of human nature. A smoke-filled alley in Chinatown harbors Count D's Pet Shop. The Count prides himself on selling Love and Dreams in the form of magical creatures that come with an exclusive contract. But buyers beware: if the contract is broken, Count D cannot be held accountable for what happens.
Vampire Game...ancient rivalries that explode when the soul of a vampire is reincarnated. Centuries ago, the King of Saint Pheliosta and the Vampire King, Dusel, had a monumental duel. Dusel was defeated and swore that he would return to seek revenge in his next life. Reborn as a wildcat, Dusel is picked up from the wild by Ishtar, the great-granddaughter of his nemesis, Phelios. The fate of ages is reawakened, and now a new Vampire Game begins.