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Here is the Suggested Reading Guide for our fantastic event, A Year of Manga!
It will be updated in groups of 30-ish.


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Day 1
Zodiac P.I., Volume 1
Zodiac PI
-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!


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Day 2
Juvenile Orion, Volume 1
Juvenile Orion
-Sakurako Gokurakuin
Sixteen year old Mana returns to her hometown to unite with her childhood friend after 7 years. But Kaname seems to have changed during his years apart.

Mana's presence sets off a chain of events that changes the lives of Kaname and his best friend Naoya forever. Their classmates Isshin and Tsukasa, and their teacher Tomonori find themselves drawn to her as well.

They soon discover that they are all a part of the Aquarian Age - a secret war raging for thousands of years.

Now the fate of the world hangs in balance as one girl meets her destiny.


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Day 3
Immortal Rain, Vol. 1
Immortal Rain
-Kaori Ozaki
For centuries, the eternal Rain Jewlitt has escaped attacks from assassins and bounty hunters who want to uncover his timeless secret. One of his pursuers, the Grim Reaper Zol, lost his life while attempting to kill Rain. In the wake of Zol's death, his 18-year-old granddaughter Machika vows to avenge her grandfather's death and put an end to Rain's immortality -- but she soon realizes that the thin line between love and hate just might last forever.


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Day 4
Hana-Kimi, Volume 1
Hana-Kimi
-Hisaya Nakajo (中条 比紗也)

Japanese-American track-and-field star Mizuki has gotten herself a transfer to a high school in Japan...but not just any school! To be close to her idol, high jumper Izumi Sano, she's going to an all-boys' high school...and disguising herself as a boy! But as fate would have it, they're more than classmates...they're roommates! Now, Mizuki must keep her secret in the classroom, the locker room, and her own bedroom. And her classmates - and the school nurse - must cope with a new transfer student who may make them question their own orientation...


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Day 5
Angel's Coffin
Angel's Coffin
-You Higuri
Seto is a former god imprisoned by a demon, bound to bring misery and misfortune to whomever releases him from his prison. Marie is the daughter of an aristocrat, hopelessly in love with one far above her station. When she unwittingly breaks the seal binding Seto, he agrees to help her win her love... but can love overcome the dark fate that awaits her?


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Day 6
Apollo's Song
Apollo's Song
-Osamu Tezuka (手塚 治虫)
In a continuing effort to show Americans the more literary and adult side of Osamu Tezuka's manga-graphic novels, Vertical proudly introduces Apollo's Song, the story of Shogo, a troubled young man who has no faith in love. When his misanthropy reaches its peak, he is met by the Goddess of Love, who condemns him to an eternity of heartbreak.


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Day 7
Priestess (Fushigi Yûgi  The Mysterious Play #1)
Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play
-Yuu Watase
The first installment in Watase's fantasy epic carries Miaka, a ditzy Japanese schoolgirl, to a fictionalized vision of ancient China. The Universe of the Four Gods, an enigmatic book she finds in the library, transports Miaka to another world, where she is hailed as the long-awaited Priestess of Suzaku, the tutelary deity of the Kingdom of Konan. By bringing together seven supernatural warriors, she can ensure the kingdom's safety--and obtain her heart's desire. Relations among the first three warriors take an odd turn as Miaka finds herself vying with the transvestite Noriko for the affections of the rakish martial artist Tamahome and the exquisite emperor, Hotohori. In contrast to the animated TV series, Watase places less emphasis on Miaka's friendship with the brilliant Yui and more on her relationship with her divorced mother. Although Miaka seems a little brighter in print than she does in the animated series, she remains a rather vacuous heroine.


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Day 8
BITTER VIRGIN 1 (1) (ヤングガンガンコミックス)

BITTER VIRGIN
-Kusunoki Kei (楠桂)

Suwa Daisuke is the ladies man of his small town high school, and he has his eye on most every girl, except for one. Aikawa Hinako isn't his type, but when he overhears a deep dark secret of hers, he finds himself thinking of her more and more.


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Day 9
Disgaea Manga (Disgaea)

Disgaea Manga (Disgaea)
-Arashi Shindo
Prince Laharl wakes up from a two-year nap only to find his father dead and the Overlord's throne ripe for the taking. What’s a young prince to do but seize the throne, take over the kingdom, and rule with an iron fist? He may be new to the whole Overlord thing, but with the help of the demon-girl Etna and the ditzy angel Flonne, Laharl is determined to be the best ruler the Netherworld has ever seen. First, though, he’s got to get by the hordes of halfwit hellions determined to challenge him for the throne, foil an interdimensional plot, and keep his own vassals from trying to kill him. Soon, Laharl’s in an all-out brawl against both heaven and hell as he tries to keep his throne. This witty, exciting story features the appealing characters and wickedly funny battles that won the video game critical acclaim and legions of devoted fans.


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Day 10
Instant Teen  Just Add Nuts, Vol. 1
Instant Teen: Just Add Nuts
-Haruka Fukushima
Meet Natsumi Kawashima, a homely fifth grader with a craving for curves of her own. One day, after eating a packet of mysterious pink nuts, her wish comes true and she is transformed into a beautiful, sexy woman! Now endowed with a mind for recess and a body for supermodel glitz and glamour, will Natsumi find happiness or heartbreak as a result of her newfound adulthood and sudden legion of fawning admirers?


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Day 11
Pita Ten, Volume 1
Pita Ten
-Koge-Donbo, Adam Arnold, Nan Rymer

Misha has just moved in next door to Kotarou Higuchi and swears she will protect him at all costs. Unfortunately, she's not too familiar with the ordinary world, as she is an angel who has lived in Heaven until recently. She has no idea how things work on earth and ends up causing more trouble.


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Day 12
Good Witch of the West, The Volume 1 (Good Witch of the West)

Good Witch of the West
-Haruhiko Momokawa, Noriko Ogiwara

Fifteen-year-old Firiel lives in the remote highlands with her reclusive father. Country life is pleasant enough for Firiel--her father's servants adore her, his apprentice Rune is a good friend, and she's about to attend her first ball! But as Firiel prepares for the gala, she discovers her past is more complicated than she had thought--and she may be the heir the throne! Unaware of the danger that faces her and those whom she loves, Firiel courageously quests for the truth. In this unique, evocative Cinderella story, heritage and destiny converge to change a young girl's life forever!


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Day 13
Othello (Volume 1)
Othello
-Satomi Ikezawa, William Flanagan (Translator)
HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES
Yaya’s high school friends haven’t been very nice. They call her “Yaya the cry-ya! Yaya the misfi-ya!” But no matter how badly they act, Yaya is just too naïve and trusting to believe the worst of her friends. Hard-rocking, butt-kicking Nana is just the girl to grab hold of Yaya’s timid demeanor and turn it upside down. Nana exposes Yaya’s “friends” as slime bags, doles out punishment, and does it all with style. Can there be anything that terminally shy Yaya and hyper-confident Nana have in common? Well, for one thing, they’re the same person. . .


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Day 14
Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 01
Fullmetal Alchemist
-Hiromu Arakawa
Dabbling in alchemy carries a price. When brothers Edward and Alphonse played with the mystical power to alter the natural world, they both paid dearly. One lost an arm and a leg; the other became a soul locked into a body of living iron. Now these siblings are slaves of the evil military-alchemical complex, using their unique powers for dire purposes. Fullmetal Alchemist combines powerful graphics with a strong original story line.


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Day 15
Origins (Vampire Princess Miyu, Vol. 1)
Vampire Princess Miyu
-Narumi Kakinouchi

With her eternal life of hunting stray shinma, Vampire Miyu's life gets complicated when old friends and bitter enemies reappear. For with their presence comes a new challenge to Miyu's power: Reiha, ruler of the Third Tier! Reiha thinks little of Miyu's skills and relaxed attitude towards humans. No, the frigid Reiha has no time for pity or friendship. And the return of several embittered Western Shinma, Lemures and Carlua, seem to make Miyu's life even more difficult in the face of Reiha's icy interference...


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Day 16
Marmalade Boy, Volume 1
Marmalade Boy
-Wataru Yoshizumi (吉住渉)
Talk about dysfunctional! Miki is horrified to learn that her parents have swapped with another couple, and that all four now plan to live under one roof. But when her new stepbrother, Yuu, shows up, he appears to be just the one to ease her mental anguish... that is, until she sees the bitterness beneath his cool exterior. The strange romance that follows would make any love triangle seem ordinary by comparison


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Day 17
Tale of a White Night
Tale of a White Night
-Tooko Miyagi
In a small quiet village – There is a folk story of a beautiful female demon; nobody knows who she is but the locals calls her “Oni.” The story has it that she killed people and collected parts of their body to make a perfect human figure. A young man named Sho, is spending his summer with his grandmother and meets Oni while he’s taking a walk in the woods. Blinded by his beauty, he is lured into Oni’s house… she is about to add his legs to her collection… Nobody can hear him crying for help…


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Day 18
Sugar Sugar Rune, Volume 1
Sugar Sugar Rune
-Moyoco Anno

QUEEN OF HEARTS
Little witch-girls Chocolat and Vanilla are best friends, but only one of them can be Queen of the Magic World. To determine who deserves the title, they must go to the Human World and enter a strange competition. Whoever attracts the most human boys . . . wins!
Here’s how it works: When a boy falls for a witch-girl, she utters a few mystic words and the boy’s heart will be hers in jewel-like form. It may sound simple, but winning hearts is tricky business. While Chocolat had no problem enticing witch-boys with her forthright personality, human boys seem to be drawn to shy and modest girls like Vanilla. And to make matters worse, Chocolat is finding herself increasingly drawn to the cool and mysterious Pierre–who feels nothing for her! The girls had planned to be best friends forever, but both of them want to be Queen. Will their rivalry ruin their friendship?


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Day 19
Black God
Black God
-Dall-Young Lim
Drunk and hungry, Keita Ibuki makes a late night detour for food on his way home, but at the neighborhood noodle shop, his craving for ramen proves less pressing than his sense of charity, as the often-irresponsible game programmer gives his meal to an intense young woman. When his new acquaintance is assaulted a few minutes later, Keita finds himself in the crosshairs, losing his arm in the struggle and then slipping into unconsciousness. When he awakens, he is back in his apartment, and his arm -- or somebody else's arm -- has been magically restored to his body. Was it all a dream or the beginning of a great supernatural adventure?


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Day 20
Black Cat, Volume 1
Black Cat
-Kentaro Yabuki

Two years ago, Train, a high-level assassin known as Number XIII in Chronos, left the secret society to live by his own rules. Since then, Train has been a sweeper, a bounty hunter, catching criminals and bringing them in alive. But his main mission is to find a former Chronos member who killed his best friend.


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Day 21
Black Butler, Vol. 1
Black Butler
-Yana Toboso
When a terrible fire claims his parents, Ciel Phantomhive must step up as the head of his father's company and as Earl Phantomhive. It would be a lot for the young boy to handle were it not for his faithful butler, Sebastian. Ever at Ciel's side, it seems there's little Sebastian can't do, whether it's saving a dinner party gone awry or probing the dark secrets of London's underbelly. He's almost too good to be true...or at least, too good to be human...


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Day 22
Black Lagoon, Volume 1
Black Lagoon
-Rei Hiroe

Lock n' load with the baddest soldiers of fortune ever to hit the high seas of Southeast Asia! Aboard their World War II era torpedo boat, the Black Lagoon, Dutch the Boss, Benny the Mechanic, Revy Two Hand, and Rock, the salary-man from Japan, deliver anything, anywhere. In the dangerous underworld of the Russian Mafia, Chinese Triads, Colombian drug cartels, crazed assassins, and ruthless mercenaries, it's hard to know who to trust. But if you've got a delivery to make, and you don't mind a little property damage along the way, you can count on the crew of the Black Lagoon!
The baddest group of mercenaries ever to hit the high seas of Southeast Asia! Aboard their World War II torpedo boat, the Black Lagoon, Dutch the Boss, Benny the Mechanic, Revy Two Hand, and Rock, the salaryman from Japan, deliver anything, anywhere. In the dangerous underworld of the Russian Mafia, Chinese triads, Colombian drug cartels, crazed assassins, and ruthless mercenaries, it's hard to know who to trust. But if you've got a delivery to make, and you don't mind a little property damage along the way, you can count on the crew of the Black Lagoon! Rokuro Okajima was just an average Japanese salaryman, living an average life. But when he's taken hostage by the crew of the Black Lagoon, Rokuro finds himself thrown headfirst into a deadly world of outlawed heroes, brutal villains, and blazing gunfights. Where he ends up is anyone's guess, but one thing is for certain--he's in for a wild ride!


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Day 23
Paradise Kiss, Volume 1
Paradise Kiss
-Ai Yazawa
Yukari wants nothing more than to make her parents happy by studying hard and getting into a good college. One afternoon, however, she is kidnapped by a group of self-proclaimed fashion mavens calling themselves "Paradise Kiss." Yukari suddenly finds herself in the roller coaster life of the fashion world, guided by George, art-snob extraordinaire. In a glamorous makeover of body, mind and soul, she is turned from a hapless bookworm into her friends' own exclusive clothing model.


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Day 24
Alice On Deadlines
Alice On Deadlines
-Shiro Ihara
As punishment for slacking on the job, the shinigami Lapan is ordered to go to the Human Realm in the body of a skeleton to retrieve a wandering soul. However, much to Lapan's lecherous delight, a slip-up lands his soul in the body of the young Alice, a buxom student at a local all-girls' school. With the skirt-chasing shinigami (as Alice) leaving a storm of sexual harassment allegations in his wake, whatever is poor, beskeletoned Alice to do?!


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Day 25
Hikaru No Go, Vol. 01
Hikaru No Go
-Yumi Hotta, Takeshi Obata (Illustrator)
Hikaru Shindo is like any sixth-grader in Japan: a pretty normal school boy with a two-tone head of hair and a penchant for antics. One day, he finds an old bloodstained Go board in his grandfather's attic-and that's when things get really interesting. Trapped inside the Go board is Fujiwara-no-Sai, the ghost of an ancient Go master who taught the strategically complex board game to the Emperor of Japan many centuries ago. In one fateful moment, Sai becomes a part of Hikaru's consciousness and together, through thick and thin, they make an unstoppable Go-playing team. Will they be able to defeat Go players who have dedicated their lives to the game? Will Sai achieve the "Divine Move" so he'll finally be able to rest in peace? Begin your journey with Hikaru and Sai in this first volume of Hikaru no Go.


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Day 26
Punch!, Volume 1
Punch!
-Rie Takada
Though Elle wants nothing to do with fighting, her grandfather has different ideas and betrothes her to an up-and-coming boxer from his own gym. She hates the idea and doesn't want to marry him. One day she meets a handsome street brawler who intrigues her, but her jealous fianc - finds out and goes after the guy! What will happen when a trained boxer goes a couple rounds with a scrappy street fighter


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Day 27
Galaxy Angel, Vol. 1
Galaxy Angel
-Kanan

The Angel Troupe has one mission: They must protect Prince Shiva, the sole survivor of the royal family decimated by a coup d'etat. Milfeulle, Mint, Ranpha, Forte, and Vanilla are beautiful and talented pilots of their Emblem Frame. Each of these warriors possesses special gifts, making them ideal for the job at hand. Takuto Meyers finds himself leading the mission, getting caught between the five unique Angels and...Space Whales!?


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Day 28
Galaxy Angel Beta Volume 1 (Galaxy Angel)
Galaxy Angel Beta
-Kanan
When Chitose joined the Imperial Forces, she never dreamed that she'd end up working with her idols, the Angel Troupe. Now that Chitose is on the team, the Angels need her to join them for a very special mission: a Galaxy Angel vacation! As Milfeulle and the gang get acquainted with their new teammate, the Elle Ciel is fitted with a new weapon from the White Moon. What is this strange piece of Lost Technology? Can Takuto figure out how to use it? With Milfie's luck, they'd better figure it out soon!


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Day 29
Galaxy Angel II  Volume 1 (Galaxy Angel)
Galaxy Angel II
-Kanan

Several years have passed since Milfeulle Sakuraba and the other lovely ladies of the Angel Troupe finally defeated Eonia’s forces in EDEN. A new galaxy called NEUE is found, and though the troupe has officially disbanded, each of the former members works for the expansion into NEUE. Milfeulle is now the lone gatekeeper of the intergalactic “gate” that connects EDEN and NEUE. It’s rumored that other gates and gatekeepers exist, and a new troupe has formed to hunt them down. Led by Kazuya Shiranami, the first male Angel, and Milfeulle’s younger sister Apricot, the Rune Angel Troupe prepares for the mission to connect the two dimensions. Each member is invested with unique powers, from sorcery to superhuman strength, but is the former pastry chef Kazuya too much of a pushover? Are the Rune Angels too young and inexperienced — or will the original Angels have to bail them out?


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Day 30
Galaxy Angel Party  v. 1 (Galaxy Angel Party)
Galaxy Angel Party
-Kanan
The Angel Troupe is just about done with their current mission to deliver over a million dollars to the Bank of Transbaal, when Milfeulle accidentally opens the hatch and loses it in space. In order to keep their jobs, the Angel Troupe needs to raise money, and fast!

Read this and other exciting adventures by some of Japan's most talented artists!


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Day 31
Castle of Dreams  Stories from the Kare Kano Creator
Castle of Dreams: Stories from the Kare Kano Creator

-Masami Tsuda
A collection of short stories from Masami Tsuda.


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Day 32
Bride of the Water God, Vol.6
Bride of the Water God
-Mi-Kyung Yun
When Soah's impoverished, desperate village decides to sacrifice her to the Water God Habaek to end a long drought, they believe that drowning one beautiful girl will save their entire community and bring much-needed rain. Not only is Soah surprised to be rescued by the Water God - instead of killed - she never imagined she'd be a welcomed guest in Habaek's magical kingdom, where an exciting new life awaits her! Most surprising, however, is the Water God himself... and how very different he is from the monster Soah imagined.


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Day 33
Hunter X Hunter, Vol. 1
Hunter X Hunter
-Yoshihiro Togashi
The story focuses on a young boy named Gon, who discovers that the father he had always been told was dead is in fact alive and well. He learns that his father, Ging, is a legendary "Hunter", an individual who has proven him or herself an elite member of humanity and specializes in finding rare creatures, secret treasure, and other individuals. Despite Ging having left his son with his relatives in order to pursue his own dreams, Gon becomes determined to follow in his father's footsteps, pass the rigorous "Hunter Examination", and eventually find his father to become a Hunter in his own right. The original inspiration for the manga came from Togashi's own collecting hobby.


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Day 34
The Prince of Tennis, Volume 1
The Prince of Tennis
-Takeshi Konomi

The exciting backdrop of high school tennis serves as the setting for the sports drama and coming-of-age story, The Prince of Tennis. From creator Takeshi Konomi, the manga depicts the on- and off-the-court adventures of Ryoma Echizen, who joins the Seishun Gakuen Middle School tennis team, known for being one of the most competitive teams in Japan. Freshmen rarely have a chance to actually play during their first year, but Ryoma's cool confidence, combined with a deadly, un-returnable "twist serve," gain him a coveted starting spot. With rigorous and extremely intense practices, the upperclassmen of the team expect the very best from themselves, and expect even more from the new members of the team. He's made the cut but can he survive the intense competition? Join Ryoma and other first year players, as they train hard, make friends, and try to find a place for themselves on the team. Also meet Ryoma's cute but chronically shy classmate, Sakuno Ryuzaki, who hopes he will notice her. Ryoma Echizen is The Prince of Tennis. He may be ready for the Seishun Gakuen tennis team, but are they ready for him


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Day 35
Black Bird, Volume 1
Black Bird
-Kanoko Sakurakouji (桜小路かのこ)

There is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. All that changes one day when Misao is attacked by a demon. Her childhood friend Kyo suddenly returns to save her and tend to her cuts--with his tongue! It turns out Misao is the bride of prophecy, whose blood gives power to the demon clan who claims her. But most demons want to keep her power for themselves--by eating her! Now Misao is just trying to stay alive...and decide if she likes it when Kyo licks her wounds


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Day 36
MAR, Volume 1 (Mar (Graphic Novels))
MAR
-Nobuyuki Anzai

Ginta Toramizu is a 14-year-old kid who doesn't have a lot going for him: he's near-sighted, doesn't do well in school, sucks at sports, and to top it off - he's short! But Ginta is a dreamer and has had the same dream 102 times, always in the same fantasy world, where he is a hero blessed with all the abilities he lacks in real life. Then one day a supernatural figure appears at Ginta's school and summons him to a mysterious and exciting new world! In this strange universe filled with magic and wonder, he is strong, tough, agile - and he can see without his glasses! Thus, Ginta begins a mystical quest in search of the magical items known as 'ARMS,' one of which may have the power to send him home. Joining him on this epic journey are his companion Jack and the valuable living, talking, mustachioed iron-ball weapon known as 'Babbo,' which everyone wants but, it seems, only Ginta can possess!


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Day 37
Princess Resurrection v.1
Princess Resurrection
-Yasunori Mitsunaga

HAVE A NICE AFTERLIFE.
Werewolves, demons, monsters, vampires. All these ferocious creatures are afraid of the same thing: the beautiful Princess Hime, an awesome warrior who fights off the forces off evil with a chainsaw and a smile. Not only does she look great in a tiara, she has magical powers that allow her to raise the dead. She’s a girl on a mission, and with the help of her undead servant and a supercute robot, there’s no creature of darkness she can’t take down


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Day 38
Loveless, Volume 1
Loveless
-Yun Kouga

When 12-year-old Ritsuka discovers a posthumous message from his brother Seimei indicating he was murdered, he becomes involved in a shadowy world of spell battles and secret names. Together with the mysterious Soubi, the search to find Seimei's killer and uncover the truth begins!
But in a world where mere words have unbelievable power, how can you find true friendship and happiness when your very name is Loveless?


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Day 39
Trinity Blood, Volume 1
Trinity Blood
-Sunao Yoshida (Author), Kiyo Kyujo (Illustrator)

In a dark and distant future, Armageddon has giving rise to the fabled Second Moon--and a perpetual war between the vampires and the humans! Esther is a nun in the city of Istavan. When she crosses paths with Abel Nightroad, a priest sent from the Vatican to combat the local order of vampires, the two form a holy alliance to battle the most evil of threats: Gyula, the leader of the vampires. In this gorgeous, gothic-action series--part of the super-popular Trinity Blood franchise--the very survival of the human race is at stake!


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Day 40
Mushishi, Volume 1
Mushishi
-Yuki Urushibara

THEY HAVE EXISTED SINCE THE DAWN OF TIME.
Some live in the deep darkness behind your eyelids. Some eat silence. Some thoughtlessly kill. Some simply drive men mad. Shortly after life emerged from the primordial ooze, these deadly creatures, Mushi, came into terrifying being. And they still exist and wreak havoc in the world today. Ginko, a young man with a sardonic smile, has the knowledge and skill to save those plagued by Mushi . . . perhaps.


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Day 41
One Piece, Volume 1  Romance Dawn
One Piece
-Eiichiro Oda

A new shonen sensation in Japan, this series features Monkey D. Luffy, whose main ambition is to become a pirate. Eating the Gum-Gum Fruit gives him strange powers but also invokes the fruit's curse: anybody who consumes it can never learn to swim. Nevertheless, Monkey and his crewmate Roronoa Zoro, master of the three-sword fighting style, sail the Seven Seas of swashbuckling adventure in search of the elusive treasure "One Piece."


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Day 42
Dragon Ball, Volume 1
Dragon Ball
-Akira Toriyama

Son Goku is a naive young monkey-tailed boy whose quiet life is completely over-turned when he is nearly run over by a precocious and spiky girl caled Bulma. She is on a quest to collect seven Dragon Balls and thereby be granted one wish. But the balls are scattered all over the world and Bulma gets much more than she bargained for when she tricks Son to hand over the dragon ball he owns and gets him to join her quest. Son Gokumay be tiny and naive but he's supernaturally strong, has a magic staff and owns a flying cloud. Also he's not as stupid as he appears. A wonderfully energetic and fast moving fantastic quest propelled by the witty and sharp interplay between Bulma and Goku.


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Day 43
Dragon Ball Z, Volume 1
Dragon Ball Z
-Akira Toriyama

Printed in the original Japanese right-to-left format, here is the first volume adventure in this runaway hit series. Goku discovers that his Saiyan enemy Raditz is really his brother! When Goku tries to rescue his son, Gohan, from Raditz, the adventure turns fatal.


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Day 44
With the Light... Vol. 1  Raising an Autistic Child
With the Light... Raising an Autistic Child
-Keiko Tobe

Born during the sunrise - an auspicious beginning - the Azumas' newborn son is named Hikaru, which means "light". But during one play date, his mother notices that her son is slightly different from the other children. In the alternately heartwarming and bittersweet tale, a young mother tries to cope with both the overwhelming discovery of her child's autism and the trials of raising him while keeping her family together. This is a story that resonates not only for those whose families have been affected by autism, but also for all past, present, and future parents.


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Day 45
Millennium Snow, Volume 1
Millennium Snow
-Bisco Hatori

17-year-old Chiyuki Matsuoka was born with heart problems, and her doctors say she won't live to see the next snow. Touya is an 18-year-old vampire who hates blood and refuses to make the traditional partnership with a human, whose life-giving blood would keep them both alive for a thousand years. Can Chiyuki teach Touya to feel a passion for life, even as her own is ending?


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Day 46
Dazzle Volume 1
Dazzle
-Minari Endou

A young girl named Rahzel is abruptly sent off to see the world by her father. She is alone on her travels--until she meets Alzeid, a mysterious loner on a mission of revenge. At first the two don't get along...but little by little, Alzeid opens his heart to Rahzel. It's a good thing, too--because with the dangerous (and at times romantic) road ahead, they will need to rely on each other to survive!


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Day 47
Faeries' Landing, Volume 1
Faeries' Landing
-You Hyun

A chance encounter with a mysterious character named Goodfellow leads Ryang to a town called 'Faeries' Landing.' Here, Ryang meets Fanta, a faerie who wants nothing more than to stay with him in the human world. Living with a faerie can be especially trying, but also a blessing as Fanta helps Ryang resolve his rocky relationships with women.


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Day 48
The Voices of a Distant Star -Hoshi no Koe -
The Voices of a Distant Star -Hoshi no Koe -
-Mizu Sahara, Makoto Shinkai (Concept by)

To what distance would you go for your one true love? In a future filled with a boundless potential for interstellar peace and prosperity, Mikako joins a research team to explore the recent contact between humans and alien races. She ventures out into space, leaving behind Noboru, the one young man she loves. As she travels deeper into this new frontier, her only connection with her boyfriend is through cell-phone text messages. But the years pass, and Mikako barely ages in the timelessness of space--while Noboru grows older and considers moving on with his life...In this timeless romance between star-crossed lovers in the most tragic of settings, there are some places man may not be ready to go.


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Day 49
Red River (Red River, #1)
Red River
-Chie Shinohara

Youri, a pretty Japanese girl who just passed a college entrance exam, is ecstatic after her first kiss with her handsome childhood friend-turned-boyfriend, Himuro. Meanwhile, she starts to notice that water becomes agitated whenever she goes near it! One night, hands appear out of a puddle on the street and drag her into the water. She emerges from the water to find that she has been transported to an ancient village somewhere in the Middle East. She is then captured by armed troops and taken to the queen's palace, where she learns that the queen had her kidnapped so she can offer her blood as part of a ritual that will kill two princes in competition to inherit the kingdom.


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