Toshokan Otaku (Library Fanatics)

Welcome to the first installment of our new blog feature. Each week (Fridays, if we can manage it!) we are going to bring you entries from the exciting world of anime/manga/conventions/Japanese culture/etc. So, basically, all things Otaku! To that end, we have dubbed this feature: Toshokan Otaku, loosely translated to be Library Fanatics. 🙂 We don’t purport to be experts (though some of our librarians do read more manga and watch more anime that can possibly be healthy!) but we are definitely enthusiastic! And we would love to have guest-bloggers…so, if you’ve read/watched/attended/participated in any of the above & have something to say about it, let us know.

I just read Svetlana Chmakova’s Nightschool and am totally hooked! Have you seen this series? It’s pretty new (first volume came out in English last year) and is up to three v. so far…

I highly recommend this series, but warn you that you should order all the books at once…and there’s no resolution in sight. There is an obviously detailed story unfolding here and if you could only read the first volume, you’d have more questions than answers! In fact, I’m really glad I discovered it “late.” ^_^

Basically, there is day school for “regular” people and nightschool for everyone else: weirns (witches), vampires, werewolves, etc. Alex is our intrepid weirn heroine who can’t attend school (for reasons mysterious) but gets pulled in by the disappearance of her sister (equally mysterious).

The artwork here is awesome. Svetlana Chmakova has a great artistic ability and genuinely funny, cute, scary, sassy characters. Probably the only complaint that I have with her is an overindulgence of certain gimmicks from manga…but, her inspiration is obvious and (imho) she is one of the best western producers of manga-styled comics.

Have you read this series? Or DramaCon? What do you think? What are you reading/viewing now? We’d love to know!

As a reminder, we still have an Anime Club that meets monthly at the Beacon Hill library. The next meeting is Tuesday, September 21st from 4 – 6 pm. We’ll have anime screenings, sneak peeks at the newest additions to the library’s manga collection, free snacks, and more! Feel free to bring your own artwork, books, movies, suggestions and friends.

Ja ne,


2 thoughts on “Toshokan Otaku (Library Fanatics)

  1. Christiane

    If you like this series you may also enjoy the similarly-themed Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino. Cross Academy is attended by two sets of students who are not allowed to mingle…because the night students are vampires! The library has six volumes so far.

  2. Rae

    Definitely a good series by a great author, Christiane. Very dark and dramatic. Matsuri’s Captive Hearts is also worth a read. A very short series (5 v) and pretty sweet, so definitely a diffent taste. I also recommend Afterschool Nightmare, but it is less about the school and more about the students. It is 10 volumes and pretty fascinating. 🙂


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