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new Naruto Forever: The Saga Continues
#17 in the Mysteries and Secrets Revealed! anime sourcebook series

Naruto Forever: The Saga Continues is packed with background info and revelations about this record-breaking manga and anime. This fanbook fills in the gaps left since the release of DHP’s best-selling The Naruto Saga: The Unofficial Guide. In this must-have for all anime fans, our otaku researchers have dug deep to find the answers to a plethora of questions that this complex and endlessly fascinating story has raised, as well as uncovering the many secrets surrounding Naruto on his quest to become the number one ninja.
192 pp ~ $11.95 ~ ISBN:978-1-932897-25-8 Paperback ~ 7.1" x 4.8"

 

 

Naruto Forever

new Tsubasa Chronicle Factbook: Mystery Magic and Mischief
#18 in the Mysteries and Secrets Revealed! anime sourcebook series

Coming on the heels of the Tsubasa Chronicle’s US release, this fact-filled fanbook guides the reader through the enchanted anime world of princesses, ninja and sorcerers, as it unearths and explains everything from the backgrounds of the creators and the quirks of the characters to magical powers and alternate dimensions. Princess Sakura is revealed to have strange powers that give her wings. However, in an accident, these wings are scattered across dimensions. If not retrieved, she will surely die. So begins the Tsubasa Chronicle, as she and her friends set off on a quest that will lead them from one fantastic adventure to the next.
192 pp ~ $11.95 ~ ISBN: 978-1-932897-26-5 Paperback ~ 7.1" x 4.8"

Tsubasa Chronicle Factbook
new The FLCL Sourcebook: Facts, Legends, Clues & Leads
#19 in the Mysteries and Secrets Revealed! anime sourcebook series

The peculiar style, hyperactive pace and convoluted story of FLCL, also known as Fooly Cooly, has both wowed and stupefied anime fans across the globe. With over 70 pithy Q&As, this meticulously-researched factbook provides the reader with invaluable info and facts that explain the many mysteries, secrets and making-of shenanigans behind a show described by Anime News Network as “downright hilarious" and "visually superb." Authentic and fun, this illustrated unofficial guide has an extensive glossary, cosplay photos, and numerous sidebars that detail the world of Fooly Cooly.
192 pp ~ $11.95 ~ ISBN: 978-1-932897-29-6 Paperback ~ 7.1" x 4.8"

The FLCL Sourcebook
new The Case Closed Casebook: An Essential Guide
#20 in the Mysteries and Secrets Revealed! anime sourcebook series

In this first-of-its-kind anime fanbook, the reader is taken on an intriguing tour through the world of Detective Conan, the star of Cased Closed, the hit anime that is wowing audiences the world over. Brimming with character bios, hidden clues, truths and legends, and behind-the-scenes gossip, this illustrated sourcebook is an essential tool for any would-be sleuth and a must-have for the Detective Conan fan.
192 pp ~ $11.95 ~ ISBN: 978-1-932897-30-2 Paperback ~ 7.1" x 4.8"

The Case Closed
new NANA Essentials: The Ultimate Fanbook
#21 in the Mysteries and Secrets Revealed! anime sourcebook series

The story of two very different young women who meet by chance and, after a number of coincidences, end up living together has gained universal popularity. NANA has been a run-away success as a manga, made into two popular live-action movies and adapted into an anime licensed for release in North America. This unofficial guidebook is the only one of its kind to analyze the NANA story and reveal the many secrets and mysteries that lie behind this unique tale of being young and single in Tokyo.
192 pp ~ $11.95 ~ ISBN: 978-1-932897-31-9 Paperback ~ 7.1" x 4.8"

NANA Essentials
new Anime Figurines
Tokyo's top 50 Anime Figures

If you like your women sassy, sophisticated and synthetic, then get in line, 'cos anime figures are hot and getting hotter! The half-naked lumps of plastic that line the shelves of Japan's otaku stores ooze such sex appeal that demand and supply might as well live on different planets. That's all well and good if you're The Man, but with prices as high as a Tokyo tenth-grader's skirt, how's the "real fan" of My-Hime, ToHeart2, or even Night Shift Nurses, ever gonna get his hands on his significant other?

The answer is Anime Figures-Tokyo's Hottest 50 Figurines.

For much (much!) less than the price of one figure, 50 of the hottest girls to come out of Tokyo's sexiest anime productions are introduced in gorgeous, glossy full color. Some of you already know-Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Mizuho Kazami from Please Teacher!-and some you're gonna wish you knew-Mizuki Tasake from Comic Party, and "bodacious bovine babe" Sanae Aizawa. Totally authentic, totally hot, this sizzling collection of PVC pin-ups is a must for every red-blooded anime fan.
*Contains PVC Nudity
$15.00 ISBN: 978-1-932897-41-8 ~ Full color ~ Hard cover

Anime Figurines
newDo-it-Yourself Sushi
#1 in the all-new DIY Guide to Japanese Cooking series

This all-new cookbook series lifts the lid on supposedly difficult Japanese cuisine with easy-to-follow instructions and great recipe ideas that'll leave your dinner guests beaming with both pleasure and amazement. This first book in the series walks the novice sushi chef through all techniques required to make yummy sushi at home. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by • easy-to-follow photographs • lists of required ingredients • substitute ingredients • nomenclature in Japanese and English • tips on how to serve and store • beautiful full-color photography Other books series Do-It-Yourself ~ Japanese Hotpot, Do-It-Yourself ~ Tempura, Do-It-Yourself ~ Tofu and Do-It-Yourself ~ Japanese Noodles.
$15.00 ~ ISBN: 978-1-932897-40- ~ Full color Hard cover

Do-It-Yourself Sushi
new Do-It-Yourself Tofu
#2 in the all-new DIY Guide to Japanese Cooking series

This all-new cookbook series lifts the lid on supposedly difficult Japanese cuisine with easy-to-follow instructions and great recipe ideas that'll leave your dinner guests beaming with both pleasure and amazement. This second book in the series walks the novice tofu chef through all techniques required to make yummy tofu at home. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by • easy-to-follow photographs • lists of required and substitute ingredients • nomenclature in Japanese and English • tips on how to serve and store • pages of recipes • all in beautiful, full-color photography.
80 pages ~ $24.95 ~ ISBN: 978-1-932897-35-7 ~ 10.4” x 8” Hardcover
Do-It-Yourself Tofu
new Hayao Miyazaki: A Life in Anime
Famed for his anime extravaganzas such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan’s most well-known movie names. But who is the man behind the hit anime productions? Through archive material, past interviews, television appearances and newspaper stories, Hayao Miyazaki: A Life in Anime pieces together Miyazaki’s life to reveal a man that even avid fans of his films may not recognize. A fascinating portrait of one of Japan’s greatest living artists.
192 pp ~ $11.95 ISBN: 978-1-932897-47-0 ~ 7.1" x 4.8"

Hayao Miyazaki
new Japanese Packaging Design from the Interwar Years
Japanese commercial design flourished in the relative peace of the interwar years. With foreign influences flooding the country, packaging design changed rapidly to appeal to the modern man and woman. With new novelists drawing inspiration from Europe and the United States, and the book market expanding, designers of book covers produced ever more striking designs. This first-of-its-kind collection brings together some of Japan’s most beautiful book cover design from the period. The images are brought into context with unobtrusive background information that allows the reader to concentrate on the designs, many which are rare and have never been shown outside Japan. This a must-have book for collectors, designers, historians and art-lovers.
Japanese Packaging Design
new More Secrets of the Ninja
Their Training, Tools and Techniques

"...explains not only the historical aspects and the fighting techniques of the discipline, but also casts the spirit of the ninja into a wider orbit of everyday usefulness" -Tokyo Journal

"Every page was a revelation and, despite being a fan of Japanese movies, demonstrated how little I knew about the skills and traditions of the ninja" -PIXELSURGEON

"...offers up a tasty smorgasboard of ninja lore for the dilettante." -The Daily Yomiuri
112 pp ~ $19.95 ~ ISBN: 978-1-932897-51-7 Paperback ~ 10.1” x 7.7”

More Secrets of the Ninja
new Scribbling for Victory
Japan's War Through its Anti-Western Cartoons

From the outbreak of World War II to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the popular tabloid Asahigraph ran a two-page spread of comics that grew more belligerent, nationalistic and anti-Western as the war progressed. In English for the first time, these propaganda cartoons have been collected together to form a chronological account of the Pacific War through the eyes of anonymous Japanese cartoonists. On the facing page of each illustration is an explanation of the cartoon’s significance in the wider picture of the war, making this book a valuable historical record of an aspect of the war that’s rarely touched upon.
$15.00 ~ ISBN: 978-1-932897-50-0~ Full color Hard cover

Scribbling for Victory
new Shunga
An Introduction to Japanese Erotica

Shunga, or "images of spring,” are erotic depictions from Japan’s 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, usually achieved with a woodblock print process. Shunga appeared in romance novels and instructive albums for young wives, and were even carried by samurai for luck. This book provides an introduction into the world of shunga with a selection of striking full-color images. Pithy text, including descriptions of the historical and cultural settings of the prints, helps explain what this erotica meant to the people of the time.
$15.00 ~ ISBN: 978-1-932897-55-5 ~ Full color Hard cover

Shunga
new Small House Tokyo
How the Japanese Live Well in Small Spaces

" It all depends on your imagination"
–Satoshi Kurosaki, Apollo Architects & Associates

Tokyo’s architects are in the process of drafting a small revolution in urban design. Micro homes, or kyosho jutaku, are reshaping the way the Japanese live and work, while at the same time shaking up staid urban neighborhoods with stunning designs that adhere to few rules. With creative use of wood, glass and concrete, these small houses defy the limited spaces they are built on, boasting open-plan living rooms, cozy dens, inner gardens, and raised patios. With stunning photography that reveals Japan as a powerhouse of architectural innovation, Small House Tokyo brings together some of the leading designs in the kyosho jutaku movement. Over 150 full-color photos of both interiors and exteriors provide not only an uncharacteristic view of today’s urban Japan, but offer potential property buyers in the West a plethora of ideas on how to turn a small house into a beautiful home.
$15.00 ~ ISBN: 978-1-932897-45-6 ~ Full color Hard cover

Small House Tokyo
new The Art Trucks of Japan
In stunning full-color photography, this beautiful book introduces Japan’s amazing art trucks, known locally as “Deco-Tora” (Decorated Trucks). Truck owners spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their vehicles, turning them into moving masterpieces of the highway. Includes spec photos, interviews with owners, a look at specialty parts stores and much, much more.
$15.00 ~ ISBN: 978-1-932897-43-2 ~ Full color Hard cover
The Art Truck in Japan
new The Japanese Tattoo Design Handbook Vol.1
Collected together for the first time are 100 on-skin designs from some of Japan’s top irezumi artists. Tattooists and Japanese aficionados alike will value this as a great sourcebook and fascinating art ink collection.



$15.00 ~ ISBN: 978-1-932897-48-7 ~ Full color Hard cover

The Japanese Tattoo Design 1
new The Japanese Tattoo Design Handbook Vol.2
Collected together for the first time are 100 on-skin designs from some of Japan’s top irezumi artists. Tattooists and Japanese aficionados alike will value this as a great sourcebook and fascinating art ink collection. Volume II of a two-book set.




$15.00 ~ ISBN: 978-1-932897-49-4 ~ Full color Hard cover
The Japanese Tattoo Design 2
new Tokyo Bar Hostesses Shoot Themselves
What's it like to be a bar hostess in Tokyo, a city that has more watering holes than any other place on the planet? In the first of the Shoot Yourself photobook series, Tokyo's hardworking hostesses shine a cellphone flashlight on their world, and photograph it. In interviews and their own writings, the women bare all, including the money they make, the clients their serve and the revealing gowns that they don each evening. Tokyo Bar Hostesses Shoot Themselves launches this revelatory series with an insider’s look into the glamorous and often sordid working lives of Tokyo’s bar hostesses.
$15.00 ~ ISBN: 978-1-932897-39-5 ~ Full color Hard cover
Tokyo Bar Hostesses Shoot Themselves
new Tokyo Rock Catwalk
Visual Kei Bands Big in Japan

Visual Kei refers to a Japanese pop music movement characterized by eccentric, flamboyant looks, striking make-up, unusual hair styles and elaborate costumes coupled with androgynous aesthetics. Tokyo Rock Catwalk is the first ever book to fully introduce this made-in-Japan pop culture to an overseas audience. Along with stunning full-color pinup pics and photos from some of the most exciting live performances, members of Visual Kei bands and some of their most loyal fans talk about where this phenomenon came from, how it fits into Japanese society, and how the West is waking up to this outrageous movement.
$15.00 ~ ISBN: 978-1-932897-44-9 ~ Full color Hard cover

Tokyo Rock Catwalk
new We Love Cosplay Girls
More Live Animation Heroines from Japan

Cosplay, the Japanese love of making and wearing the outfits of manga, anime and video-game characters, needs little introduction. The phenomenon has now spread worldwide, with established conventions, fan sites, clubs and even cosplay celebrities strutting their stuff. Cocoro Books' 2003 hit title Cosplay Girls and its follow-up Cosplay Girls 2 set the stage for cosplay photo book chic. In the third photobook in the series, We Love Cosplay Girls continues this onslaught of deliciousness with hundreds of full-color photos of street-fighting chicks, emerald-haired princesses and faux-fur kittens. Why do they do it? How do they do it?! Find out as the girls themselves explain their obsessions and experiences. All new girls!! All new costumes!! All new format!!
112 pp ~ $19.95 ~ ISBN: 978-1-932897-38-8 Paperback ~ Full color ~ 10.1” x 7.7”
We love Cosplay Girls


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