Crunchyroll Adds Gundam Build Fighters and More Dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh!

Crunchyroll has announced that it has added Gundam Build Fighters and Gundam Build Fighters Try to its catalog. The episodes are available worldwide outside of Asia.

The site also announced that it has added the English dubs of both Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal to its catalog. The series are available in the United States.

Source: ANN

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Is Highest Ranking Manga on Diamond’s Graphic Novels List for 2015

Diamond Comic Distributors has announced its list of the 1,000 bestselling comics and graphic novels for 2015. VIZ Media’s The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past by Shotaro Ishinomori ranked at #105 on the list of top graphic novels, making it the highest placed manga on the list.

The following manga also appeared on Diamond’s list:

  • #145: Attack on Titan 1 by Hajime Isayama
  • #149: Tokyo Ghoul 1 by Sui Ishida
  • #320: Tokyo Ghoul 2 by Sui Ishida
  • #330: Attack on Titan 15 by Hajime Isayama
  • #373: Attack on Titan 2 by Hajime Isayama
  • #374: One-Punch Man 1 by Yuusuke Murata and ONE
  • #386: Tokyo Ghoul 3 by Sui Ishida
  • #418 (tie): Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s 7 by Masahiro Hikokubo and Masashi Sato
  • #435: Big Hero 6 1 by Haruki Ueno
  • #436: Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga 2 by Jiro Kuwata
  • #449 (tie): Death Note Black Edition 1 by Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba
  • #449 (tie): Naruto 69 by Masashi Kishimoto
  • #451 (tie): Attack on Titan 16 by Hajime Isayama
  • #462 (tie): Naruto 70 by Masashi Kishimoto
  • #500: Naruto 72 by Masashi Kishimoto
  • #528: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1 by Akira Himekawa
  • #538: Sailor Moon 1 (Kodansha Edition) by Naoko Takeuchi
  • #572 (tie): One-Punch Man 2 by Yuusuke Murata and ONE
  • #610: Attack on Titan 17 by Hajime Isayama
  • #617: Naruto 71 by Masashi Kishimoto
  • #682: Tokyo Ghoul 4 by Sui Ishida
  • #683 (tie): Attack on Titan 3 by Hajime Isayama
  • #685 (tie): Sword Art Online: Progressive 1 by Reki Kawahara and Kiseki Himura
  • #729 (tie): Kill la Kill 1 by Kazuki Nakashima and Ryou Akizuki
  • #773 (tie): The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask by Akira Himekawa
  • #825: Black Butler 1 by Yana Toboso
  • #828 (tie): Attack on Titan: Before the Fall 4 by Ryo Suzukaze and THORES Shibamoto
  • #921: Attack on Titan: No Regrets 1 by Hajime Isayama, Hikaru Suruga, and Gun Snark
  • #942: New Lone Wolf and Cub 4 by Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima, and Hideki Mori
  • #964 (tie): Assassination Classroom 2 by Yusei Matsui
  • #979 (tie): The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 2 by Akira Himekawa
  • #993 (tie): Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s 8 by Masahiro Hikokubo and Masashi Sato
  • #995 (tie): New Lone Wolf and Cub 5 by Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima, and Hideki Mori

Diamond also reported that VIZ Media ranked as the 10th highest-selling comic book and graphic novel publisher in 2015, with a 0.93% retail dollar share and 0.35% unit share for the year. The publisher shipped 270 graphic novel titles in 2015.

Diamond’s rankings include sales made to comic book specialty shops worldwide, and may also include sales made to online merchants and other specialty stores.

Source: ANN

Naruto Is the #1 Selling Graphic Novel in the United States for March 2015

Nielsen BookScan has announced the top 20 selling graphic novels in the United States for March 2015. Five manga titles made it onto the list:

  • Naruto Volume 69 by Masashi Kishimoto (#1)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 15 by Hajime Isayama (#5)
  • Monster Musume Volume 6 by Okayado (#6)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Volume 7 by Masahiro Hikokubo (#14)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama (#17)

Source: The Fandom Post

Yu-Gi-Oh 5D’s Manga Ending In Japan

The March 2015 issue of Shueisha’s V Jump magazine is publishing the 66th and final chapter of Masahiro Hikokubo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s manga on January 21, 2015. The ninth and final compiled volume of the series will ship in Japan on June 4, 2015, and will include a special Yusei vs. Jack chapter. The manga adaptation of the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s anime series launched in 2009 and featured Masashi Sato’s illustrations.

VIZ Media is releasing the manga series in North America, and shipped the sixth compiled volume in September 2014.

Source: ANN

Attack on Titan Is Top Selling Manga in the U.S. for September 2014

Nielsen BookScan has announced the Top 20 graphic novels in the United States for September 2014. The manga to make the Top 20 include:

  • Attack on Titan Volume 13 by Hajime Isayama (#2)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama (#5)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Volume 6 by Masahiro Hikokubo (#7)
  • Attack on Titan: No Regrets Volume 1 by Gun Snark (#10)
  • One Piece Volume 72 by Eiichiro Oda (#11)
  • Noragami Volume 1 by Adachitoka (#12)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama (#13)
  • Naruto Volume 66 by Masashi Kishimoto (#19)

Source: ANN

Naruto Is #2 Graphic Novel in the United States for November 2013

Naruto Volume 63 by Masahi Kishimoto came in at #2 on Nielsen BookScan’s list of top 20 selling graphic novels in the United States for November 2013.

The other manga titles to make the top 20 list for November 2013 are:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Volume 5 by Masahiro Hikokubo and Masashi Sato (#5)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama (#8)
  • Sailor Moon Short Stories Volume 2 by Naoko Takeuchi (#10)
  • Vampire Knight Volume 17 by Matsuri Hino (#14)
  • Yotsuba&! Volume 12 by Kiyohiko Azuma (#15)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama (#18)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 8 by Hajime Isayama (#20)

Source: ANN

Manga Review: “Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s” Volume One

Article first published as Manga Review: ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s’ Volume One by Masahiro Hikokubo on Blogcritics.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Volume One is a manga with the story by Masahiro Hikokubo and the art by Masashi Sato, and it’s based on the anime series of the same name. This volume was released in North America by Viz Media’s Shonen Jump imprint in 2011. The series is rated “T” for teens; after reading this volume, I would agree with this rating.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Volume 1
Written by: Masahiro Hikokubo
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: July 5, 2011

Yusei Fudo is the main character of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, and he lives on the outskirts of New Domino City, in a district known as Satellite. Yusei enjoys playing Turbo Duel, which is fought from fast motorcycles known as Duel Runners.

The manga version of the story introduces a manga exclusive character named Sect, who acts like a kid brother to Yusei and whose goal is to beat Yusei in a Turbo Duel. Roughly the first half of Volume One is made up of a manga exclusive story that focuses on Yusei and Sect.

This story introduces Skeleton Knight; there’s an urban legend saying that if you perform a certain ceremony, he will give you a rare Turbo Duel card. When Sect tries to get a rare card from Skeleton Knight, it ends up getting Yusei involved. To be honest, this story really didn’t work for me, and after reading Volume One, I don’t really see the point of including this story in the manga.

This story does transition toward a section that’s a bit closer to what’s in the anime. As Yusei is trying to get Sect to the hospital, he has a run-in with Jack Atlas, the king of Turbo Duels. Jack forces him to have a duel, and Yusei loses.

There’s also a chapter of Akiza Izinski, a female Turbo Duel player, participating in a duel at Queen’s Duel Academy. This leads into both Yusei and Akiza being invited to participate in the D1 Grand Prix. The volume concludes with Yusei and Akiza having a duel before the start of the D1 Grand Prix.

Prior to reading this manga volume, my exposure to Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s was watching the first episode of the anime series on YouTube several years ago. I wasn’t terribly impressed by what I saw in the anime, but decided to give the manga a try to see if I might enjoy it better. Unfortunately, I ended up not being terribly impressed by the manga, either. To me, the main weakness is the inclusion of Sect and the story with Skeleton Knight. While the anime might have had its faults, at least it has a stronger beginning than the manga.

When it comes to the art, I have to say that I think the art in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s is better than what appears in Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal; however, I think the art quality in this series is about on par with what I saw when I read the first volume of the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX manga series.

Even though I might not have been terribly impressed with this manga, I think fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s will enjoy it. There’s also a chance that fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise as a whole will also enjoy this series.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Volume One that I checked out through the King County Library System.