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Shojo Beat 2016 Year in Review

Six new Shojo Beat series began and six series ended in 2016. We also announced four new series for 2017 (so far).

Series Completed in 2016
Kiss of the Rose Princess by Aya Shouoto
Library Wars by Kiiro Yumi and Hiro Arikawa
Komomo Confiserie by Maki Minami
QQ Sweeper by Kyousuke Motomi
The Heiress and the Chauffeur by Keiko Ishihara
Shuriken and Pleats by Matsuri Hino

Series Started in 2016
Honey So Sweet by Amu Meguro
Everyone’s Getting Married by Izumi Miyazono
Yona of the Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi
The Heiress and the Chauffeur by Keiko Ishihara
Shuriken and Pleats by Matsuri Hino
Behind the Scenes!! by Bisco Hatori

New Series Announced for 2017 (So Far)
Vampire Knight: Memories by Matsuri Hino
Queen’s Quality (sequel to QQ Sweeper) by Kyousuke Motomi
Anonymous Noise by Ryoko Fukuyama
The Water Dragon’s Bride by Rei Toma
Revolutionary Girl Utena Complete Deluxe Box Set

Based on the success of our shikishi display wall at summer conventions to celebrate our 10th anniversary of Shojo Beat last year, VIZ Media did the same to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. There were new shikishi up by Shojo Beat mangaka in that display to enjoy.

Early on in the year I posted the second half of my long interview with Arina Tanemura. There are many new discoveries in that interview, so check it out!

From time to time I post polls on Twitter, and by far my favorite from this past year was the “Becoming a New Shojo Beat Heroine” because of all the great responses from you!

I also finally made a FAQ for Tumblr, which I hope has helped you guys find general information without having to hunt around too much.

We are planning more fun things for 2017, so please stay tuned! (^_^)v

-Editor Nancy


Introduction of the cast from the Naruto Live Stage Programme book as well as official English translations (from the translation booklet).

(Orochimaru was played by a woman)

part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | everything else |

© Masashi Kishimoto, Scott/SHUEISHA/Live Spectacle “NARUTO” Production Committee 2015

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please message me if any part of the scans are unclear/ if you would like to see the Mandarin translations/ if you have any questions at all about Live Stage (I will try to answer to the best of my ability)


A lot of people ask for recommendations from me, so I’ve compiled a few photo collages of some of my favorite books. This theme is graphic novels/manga featuring the following titles:

Persepolis vol. 1 & 2 by Marjane Satrapi | V for Vendetta and Watchmen by Alan Moore | Alex + Ada vol. 1-3 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn | Saga vol. 1-6 by Fiona Stables and Brian K. Vaughan | Fruits Basket vol. 1-23 by Natsuki Takaya | Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe by Tim Leong | In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang | Baby’s in Black by Vivek J. Tiwary | Library Wars vol. 1-15 by Kiiro Yumi and Hiro Arikawa




Naruto Live Spectacle New Character Visuals Revealed

Characters & Actors:

Kakashi Hatake played by Yuki Kimisawa

The Third Hokage played by Kazuhiro Hirakawa

Umino Iruka played by Hidekazu Ichinose

Yakushi Kabuto played by Kimura Tatsunari

Zabuza Momochi played by Asahi Uchida

Haku played by Miho Imamura

Jiraiya played by Yoshiaki Umegaki

Orochimaru played by Hiro Yumi