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The Manga Behind the Best Anime of the Year

The 6th annual Crunchyroll Anime Awards took place last week, with anime fans turning out in their millions to vote for their favourite shows, characters, artists, voice actors, directors, fight scenes (!), and musical tracks from the last year of anime. Many of the category nominees and winners were spawned from manga, and as you know, we’re big on manga here at the library. So, here are the manga series you can find gracing the shelves of our libraries that are behind this year’s award-winning anime adaptations. Get in quick to reserve ’em, they won’t stay on the shelves long!

(Or if you find yourself having to wait, why not check out our full manga collection here?)

Attack on Titan / Hajime Isayama

{shōnen: action, dark fantasy, post-apocalyptic}

“For the past century, what’s left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city, trapped in fear of the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming human-kind, but the sudden appearance of an enormous Titan is about change everything.” (Catalogue)

Category wins:

  • Anime of the Year
  • Best Antagonist — Eren Jaeger
  • Best Japanese VA Performance — Yuki Kaji as Eren Jaeger
  • Best Opening Sequence — ‘Boku no Sansou’ by Shinsei Kamattechan

Category nominations:

  • Best Action
  • Best Protagonist — Eren Jaeger
  • Best Fight Scene — Eren Jaeger vs. War Hammer Titan
  • Best Japanese VA Performance — Ayane Sakura as Gabi Graun
  • Best Russian VA Performance — Vlad Tokarev as Eren Jaeger
  • Best Ending Sequence — ‘Shogeki’ by Yuko Ando

Beastars / Paru Itagaki

{shōnen: coming-of-age, drama, fantasy}

“At a high school where the students are literally divided into predators and prey, it’s personal relationships that maintain the fragile peace. Who among them is a Beastar an academic and social role model destined to become a leader in a society naturally rife with mistrust?” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Category nominations:

  • Best Romance
  • Best Opening Sequence — ‘Kaibutsu’ by Yoasobi
  • Best Ending Sequence — ‘Yasashii Suisei’ by Yoasobi

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations / Ukyo Kodachi

{shōnen: adventure, fantasy}

“Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He achieved his dream to become the greatest ninja in his village, and now his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But this is not his story… A new generation of ninja are ready to take the stage, led by Naruto’s own son, Boruto!” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Category nominations:

  • Best Fight Scene — Naruto Uzumaki vs. Isshiki Otsutsuki

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba / Koyoharu Gotōge

{shōnen: adventure, dark fantasy, martial arts}

“In Taisho-era Japan, Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted boy who makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has been transformed into a demon herself! Tanjiro sets out on a dangerous journey to find a way to return his sister to normal and destroy the demon who ruined his life.” (Catalogue)

Category wins:

  • Best Film
  • Best Animation — Ufotable Studios
  • Best Score — composers Yuki Kajiura and Go Shiina
  • Best Ending Sequence — ‘Shirogane’ by LiSA
  • Best French VA Performance — Enzo Ratsito as Tanjiro Kamado
  • Best Latin American VA Performance — Irwin Daayán as Kyojuro Rengoku
  • Best Russian VA Performance — Islam Gandzhaev as Tanjiro Kamado

Category nominations:

  • Best Action

Fruits Basket / Natsuki Takaya

{shōjo: comedy, romance, supernatural}

“After a family tragedy turns her life upside down, plucky high schooler Tohru Honda takes matters into her own hands and moves out…into a tent Unfortunately for her, she pitches her new home on private land belonging to the mysterious Sohma clan, and it isn’t long before the owners discover her secret. But, as Tohru quickly finds out when the family offers to take her in, the Sohmas have a secret of their own–when touched by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.” (Catalogue)

Category nominations:

  • Best Drama
  • Best Romance
  • Best Girl — Tohru Honda
  • Best English VA Performance — Laura Bailey as Tohru Honda

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure / Hirohiko Araki

{shōnen: adventure, fantasy, supernatural}

“Young Jonathan Joestar’s life is forever changed when he meets his new adopted brother, Dio. For some reason, Dio has a smoldering grudge against him and derives pleasure from seeing him suffer. But every man has his limits, as Dio finds out. This is the beginning of a long and hateful relationship!” (Catalogue)

Category nominations:

  • Best German VA Performance — Marios Gavrilis as Dio Brando

Jujutsu Kaisen / Gege Akutami

{shōnen: adventure, dark fantasy, supernatural}

“Yuji Itadori is resolved to save the world from cursed demons, but he soon learns that the best way to do it is to slowly lose his humanity and become one himself! In a world where cursed spirits feed on unsuspecting humans, fragments of the legendary and feared demon Ryomen Sukuna were lost and scattered about. Should any demon consume Sukuna’s body parts, the power they gain could destroy the world as we know it…” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Category wins:

  • Best Action
  • Best Girl — Nobara Kugisaki
  • Best Fight Scene — Yuji Itadori and Aoi Todo vs. Hanami
  • Best Character Design — designs by Tadashi Hiramatsu and Gege Akutami
  • Best German VA Performance — René Dawn-Claude as Satoru Gojo
  • Best Portuguese VA Performance — Leo Rabelo as Satoru Gojo

Category nominations:

  • Anime of the Year
  • Best Protagonist — Yuji Itadori
  • Best Fight Scene — Itadori and Kugisaki vs. Eso and Kechizu
  • Best Director — Sunghoo Park
  • Best Animation — MAPPA Studios
  • Best Opening Sequence — ‘Vivid Vice’ by Who-ya Extended
  • Best English VA Performance — Adam McArthur as Yuji Itadori
  • Best French VA Performance — Mark Lesser as Satoru Gojo
  • Best Latin American VA Performance — José Gilberto Vilchis as Satoru Gojo
  • Best Portuguese VA Performance — Amanda Brigido as Nobara Kugisaki

Overdrive coverKaguya-Sama: Love is War / Akasaka, Aka

{seinen: psychological, romantic comedy, slice-of-life}

“As leaders of their prestigious academy’s student council, Kaguya and Miyuki are the elite of the elite! But it’s lonely at the top… Luckily for them, they’ve fallen in love! There’s just one problem—they both have too much pride to admit it. And so begins the daily scheming to get the object of their affection to confess their romantic feelings first…Love is a war you win by losing.” (OverDrive description)

Category nominations:

  • Best Latin American VA Performance — Jessica Ángeles as Kaguya Shinomiya

Komi Can’t Communicate / Tomohito Oda

{shōnen: coming-of-age, romantic comedy, slice of life}

“Socially anxious high school student Shoko Komi would love to make friends, but her shyness is interpreted as reserve, and the other students keep her at a distance. Only timid Tadano realizes the truth, and despite his own desire to blend in, he decides to help her achieve her goal of making 100 friends.” (Catalogue)

Category wins:

  • Best Comedy

Category nominations:

  • Best Romance
  • Best Girl — Shoko Komi

My Hero Academia / Kōhei Horikoshi

{shōnen: adventure, fantasy, superheroes}

“Middle school student Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he hasn’t got an ounce of power in him. With no chance of ever getting into the prestigious U.A. High School for budding heroes, his life is looking more and more like a dead end. Then an encounter with All Might, the greatest hero of them all, gives him a chance to change his destiny…” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Category nominations:

  • Best Antagonist — Tomura Shigaraki

One Piece / Eiichirō Oda

{shōnen: adventure, fantasy}

“As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Fruit, an enchanted Devil Fruit that gave him the ability to stretch like rubber. Its only drawback? He’ll never be able to swim again– a serious handicap for an aspiring sea dog! Years later, Luffy sets off on his quest to find the One Piece, said to be the greatest treasure in the world…” (OverDrive)

Category nominations:

  • Best Portuguese VA Performance — Carol Valença as Monkey D. Luffy
  • Best Russian VA Performance — Polina Rtischeva as Monkey D. Luffy

Re:Zero: Starting Life in Another World / Tappei Nagatsuki

{shōnen: adventure, dark fantasy, isekai}

“Subaru Natsuki was just trying to get to the convenience store but wound up summoned to another world. He encounters the usual things–life-threatening situations, silver haired beauties, cat fairies–you know, normal stuff. All that would be bad enough, but he’s also gained the most inconvenient magical ability of all–time travel, but he’s got to die to use it. How do you repay someone who saved your life when all you can do is die?” (Catalogue)

Category nominations:

  • Best Antagonist — Echidna
  • Best Portuguese VA Performance — Luísa Viotti as Echidna

Sailor Moon / Naoko Takeuchi

{shōjo: fantasy, magical girl}

“Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evils and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. She meets other girls destined to be Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts), and together, they fight the forces of evil!” (Catalogue)

Category nominations:

  • Best Spanish VA Performance — Adelaida López as Usagi Tsukino

The Way of the Househusband / Kousuke Oono

{seinen: action, comedy, slice of life}

“It’s a day in the life of your average househusband if your average househusband is the legendary yakuza “the Immortal Dragon”! A former yakuza legend leaves it all behind to become your everyday househusband. But it’s not easy to walk away from the gangster life, and what should be mundane household tasks are anything but!” (Catalogue)

Category nominations:

  • Best Spanish VA Performance — Marc Zanni as Tatsu

Lastly, we’d like to give a special shout-out to perennial cult classic and fan favourite Cowboy Bebopwhich was nominated for Best Latin American VA Performance, for José Vilchis’ performance as Spike Spiegel. We sadly don’t have this in our collection, but we do have DVDs of the original anime series and movie as well as Rose Bridge’s excellent book for the 33 1/3 series dissecting the official soundtrack:

Yōko Kanno’s Cowboy bebop soundtrack / Bridges, Rose
“Cowboy Bebop is one of the most beloved anime series of all time, and if you ask its fans why, you can expect to hear about its music. Composer Yoko Kanno created an eclectic blend of jazz, rock, lullabies, folk and funk (to list just a few) for Cowboy Bebop’s many moods and environments. Cowboy Bebop’s blend of science fiction, westerns and gangster films promised to be “the work which becomes a new genre itself,” and only Kanno’s score could deliver.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

NZ Post Children’s (and YA) Book Award WINNERS!

Well that crept up on us – the winners of the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards have just been announced! The overall winner of the Margaret Mahy Book of the year prize went to The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka! The Boring Book also won its category of Best Picture Book.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe winner of the young adult category was Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox! I know we have a number of Elizabeth Knox fans among our readers – hurrah!

“Mortal Fire is an incredibly well-written and engaging book. The story is like a jigsaw that slowly slots together and leaves the reader satisfied but haunted by the events and the characters. It is a book that operates on a supernatural, fantastical level, while still containing the core young adult material about finding out who you are,” says Barbara Else.

The other winners were Dunger by Joy Cowley (Junior Fiction), The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson (Non-fiction), A Necklace of Souls by R L Stedman (Best Debut) and The Three Bears…Sort Of by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley (Children’s Choice). We have all of the winners in our collection – click on the links above to reserve them!

Goodreads’ Best Reads for 2013

The goodreads.com Best Books of 2013 have been decided. Rainbow Rowell wins again! It is the year of Rainbow Rowell.

Young Adult Fiction Category Top 5

Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

Dare You To, Katie McGarry

United We Spy, Ally Carter

The Moon & More, Sarah Dessen

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction Category Top 5

Allegiant, Veronica Roth

Clockwork Princess, Cassandra Clare

The Indigo Spell, Richelle Mead

Opal, Jennifer L Armentrout

Scarlet, Marissa Meyer

You can see them all here.

We at Wellington City Libraries read a fair quantity of books, so we’ll be letting you know what our favourites were over the next few weeks also!

Award Winners!

Each year at approximately this time the American Library Association announces the winners of its prestigious book awards, generating much excitement. Here’s a quick summary of the deserved winners this year:

Newbery Medal Winner

The Newbery Medal is one of the most prestigious awards for writers of children’s fiction (and sometimes teen-type books win it also).

Printz Award Winner

The Printz Award is given for excellence in young adult literature.

  • Where Things Come Back, by John Corey Whaley

Printz Honour Books

Alex Awards

The Alex Awards are for the best books that appeal to a young adult audience. There are 10 Alex Award winners (we have some in the general fiction collection):

  1. Big Girl Small, by Rachel DeWoskin
  2. In Zanesville, by Jo Ann Beard
  3. The Lover’s Dictionary, by David Levithan
  4. The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, by Brooke Hauser
  5. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
  6. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
  7. Robopocalypse: A Novel, by Daniel H. Wilson
  8. Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward
  9. The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures, by Caroline Preston
  10. The Talk-Funny Girl, by Roland Merullo

If you’re interested in reading award winning books, have a look at these previous posts.

The BNZ Literary Awards 2011

The BNZ Literary Awards are possibly New Zealand’s most famous awards for short story writing. Previous winners include such luminaries as CK Stead, Frank Sargeson, Maurice Shadbolt and Keri Hulme.

There is a Young Writer’s award for secondary school students (prize is $1,500, plus the kudos of winning your school a further $2,000).

Entries for the Young Writer’s award close on 31 May 2011.

Most interesting (from a teen blog perspective) is the Short Short Story competition they are running this year. Here at the teen blog we love short short stories, so we approve of this addition. The short short story competition runs from 25 April to 16 May and must be submitted through Facebook – note the closing date is different for this award, and don’t miss out! 150 words: no problem.

For more information, and to enter your story, visit the BNZ Facebook page (if you like them they’ll also send you alerts and updates about the competition).

Andre Norton Award Nominees

The Andre Norton Award is part of the Nebula Awards, held annually and organised by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. As the name suggests, the awards are for excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing, plus there is an award for film. Award winners will be announced on May 21.

This year’s Andre Norton nominees (books published in 2010) are:

The Ray Bradbury Award for Dramatic Presentation also has some interesting nominees:


BreakOut is a database of “scholarships for school, polytechnic or travel grants; sports and arts schemes; personal grants; personal development funds; and academic and non-academic funding” (that covers everything I guess!) for New Zealanders, young and old. You can access it (and loads of other databases) through mygateway.info, provided you have a library card.

If you like voting, vote here

While New Zealand is getting all excited about voting for mayors and whatnot (if you’re 18 or over then don’t forget to vote by October 9!), here are a couple of places you can exercise your right by voting in the following competitions/vote offs/popularity contests:

1) Until the 17th (was a bit slow out of the blocks) you can vote on the ALA (American Library Association) Teen Choice Teens Top 10 2010 List. Voting is for the best books of the previous year, so titles include such gems as Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, City of Glass by Cassandra Clare, Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, and much more.

2) And again, if you vote, like, today (sorry!), there are the Teen Reads Awards. These are Canadian, and they’re a bit like the Teen Choice awards you see on TV. Categories include Best Hottie, Best Villain and Best Lip Lock, see.

We might check back in later with results, in case you’re interested.

TC 2010

The Teen Choice Awards 2010 nominees have been announced, and you can vote for your favourite (so long as you’re a teen living in the US,  but don’t let that stop you) daily on the official website. There are like a million categories to vote in! Maybe we should run our own, Wellington-only version?

Incredibly G.I. Joe : Rise of Cobra has five nominations, which frankly boggles the mind.

Read a massive list of the more interesting nominees by clicking on ‘more’ below.

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Grammy Awards

The 52nd Grammy Awards were held a couple of days ago. If you’d like to hear some of the winners, we have a lot in the YA collection just waiting to be issued. Click on the links below …

Michael Jackson, lifetime achievement.
Kings Of Leon, record of the year for Use Somebody (off the album Only By The Night)
Taylor Swift, album of the year for Fearless
Black Eyed Peas, best pop vocal album for The E.N.D.
Jason Mraz, best male vocal pop performance for Make It Mine
Lady Gaga, best electronic/dance album for The Fame
AC/DC, best rock performance for War Machine
Green Day, best rock album for 21st Century Breakdown
Phoenix, best alternative album for Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Jay-Z, best rap solo performance for D.O.A.
and Beyonce won six for all sorts of things, the record for the most Grammys at a single awards show ever. I Am… Sasha Fierce is the place to look, or rather, listen.

Did you watch the awards? Agree/disagree with the winning choices?

We don’t have copyright for any images from the Grammys, but luckily Capt. Walker de Planck is a big Beyonce fan and he drew an artists rendition of her accepting her awards on his new iPad. Thanks Captain!


Going Bovine is Award Winning

Libba Bray has won the 2010 Michael Printz Award for her book Going Bovine, about Cameron, a sixteen year old with Mad Cow disease and who goes on a road trip with a gaming dwarf. As I mentioned in an earlier post, this is such a strange story idea that it’s just begging to be read.

If you want to find out more about award winning books, visit this post.

Movies on Music TV

DVD Cover

As someone pointed out, I neglected to mention the MTV Movie Awards yesterday. Well, the movie awards with the cool categories like Best Movie Villain and and Best Fight (and Best Kiss) happened over the weekend and Twilight was the biggest winner, being awarded the Best Movie, Best Female Performance, Breakthrough Performance Male (I guess that’s the we didn’t know who you are but now we do award), Best Fight and Best Kiss.

You can see all the acceptance speeches and kisses here, but you probably already knew that.

In other interesting news, the MTV Movie Awards site also has a trailer for New Moon, so you get a sneak peek at Jacob on four legs.

Butterfly Award

A couple of weeks ago Create Readers, the National Library blog specialising in children’s and YA literature, gave us a Butterfly Award, which was lovely of them. Having swum out from under the Almost Amazing Race we are now able to pass on the award to:

award logoChristchurch City Libraries’ Blog. Christchurch’s website in general is excellent, and their blog has some cool features (for example, their necrology posts – useful for research) and some teen-relevant posts, including a review of the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas movie (which was good).

This is a meme award and the rules for passing it on are:
1. Put the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. Award up to ten other blogs.
4. Add links to those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message for your awardees on their blogs.

The coolest blog I ever know

Create Readers, the National Library’s fantastic blog for kids and teens, has awarded us with a Butterfly Award! That’s the award image to the right. We are very honoured to have received this award and for being recognised by Create Readers.

The rules for the award are:

1. Put the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. Award up to ten other blogs.
4. Add links to those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message for your awardees on their blogs.

We will do #3-#5 next week, after careful and considered consultation with the other Teen Blog writers in the secret underground Teen Blog HQ.

New Zealand Post Book Awards: the finalists

The finalists for this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards have been announced. In the YA fiction category we’ve got this interesting lineup:

Let the games begin! If you want to express an opinion, you can vote in the Children’s Choice category (I’m guessing it’s a broad definition of “children”). Have fun.

Thankyou Thankyou: Award Winning Books

Since it’s NCEA reading log sort of time I thought a post about where to find records of award winning books might be in order. Here are some of the better-known awards given each year, and one or two past winners for your information. There are many, many more of course – do a bit of searching yourself if these don’t grab your fancy.

The American Library Association awards the Newbery Medal and the Michael L Printz Award each year for children’s and young adults’ novels respectively. There is some crossover between the two (for example, The Graveyard Book won the Newbery Medal this year), so check past winners of both awards for inspiration.

The ALA also gives the Alex Awards for books that appeal to teens, which we reported on earlier.

The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize – unhelpfully, being a newspaper, they don’t seem to have a site for the award as such, but there’s a list of past winners on the Wikipedia page, including Meg Rosoff (How I Live Now) and Patrick Ness (The Knife of Never Letting Go).

The Carnegie Medal, named in honour of Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish man who apparently loved libraries so much that he established more than 2,800 of them around the world, which is phenominal. Past winners include Meg Rosoff (Just in Case), Philip Pulman (Northern Lights), Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions) and Mal Peet (Tamar).

The Hans Christian Andersen Award is given annually to a writer to acknowledge their complete works and their contribution to children’s literature. Margaret Mahy won this award in 2006.

New Zealand Post Book Awards: last year’s winner in the Young Adult category was Salt by Maurice Gee. Other winners were (for example) Bernard Beckett (Genesis and also Malcolm and Juliet) and Ted Dawe (Thunder Road).

Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards: last year this was won by Sonya Hartnett (for The Ghost’s Child). Other winners have been Markus Zusak (The Messenger which is also published as I Am the Messenger) and Melina Marchetta (Saving Francesca).

Other awards for general (adult) fiction you might like to check out include:

The Montana NZ Book Awards are New Zealand’s premier book awards (for adults). The winners list reads like a who’s who of New Zealand literature, so there’s definitely something in there worth checking out.

The Miles Franklin Literary Award is probably Australia’s best known book accolade. Tim Winton, one of my (few) literary heroes has won this in the past. Go Tim.

The award everyone gossips about is the Man Booker Prize, which is awarded to writers from Commonwealth countries (plus the Republic of Ireland). Keri Hulme is the only New Zealand writer to have won this, in 1985 with The Bone People.

The Pulitzer Prize is probably the most coveted award in the American book industry. The list of past winners is here.

Finally, the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, which Lloyd Jones won for Mister Pip in 2007.

ps: let us know if you’ve got some tough NCEA reading log requirement: we’ll see what we can come up with.

Neil Gaiman loves librarians*

book coverLibrarians, teachers and other brains of note have awarded Neil Gaiman the Newbery Medal for The Graveyard Book. So what is the Newbery Medal? Well, it’s the most prestigious children’s fiction award given in the United States. That is to say that The Graveyard Book is top dog in the USA in 2009. Mr Gaiman was suitably delighted, as he recounts in his blog. If you’re interested in details and stuff you could visit the unexciting Newbery Medal home page, otherwise reserve The Graveyard Book so you can sample some quality writing.

And the Printz** goes to:

Melina Marchetta (of Looking for Alibrandi fame), for On the Jellicoe Road, which I haven’t stuck in any lists or said anything nice about, for shame. For punishment I shall read and review it. Aussie aussie aussie, oi oi oi.

*see the tags on his blog post for verification.

** The Printz Award, like the Newbery Medal, is given by the American Library Association, this time for Young Adult Literature.