Viz Media continues their conversion of Studio Ghibli movies into picture books with Princess Mononoke. Definitely not aimed at a younger audience, Princess Mononke deals with industrialization, spirits and death in an adult way, but through creative storytelling.

From the book:

“Marked with the curse of a rampaging boar god, young Ashitaka sets off on a journey to cure his mysterious affliction. From behind the walls of an iron-mining town, Lady Eboshi arises to smash all obstacles to technological development. And from out of the forest comes Princess Mononoke, driven by a hatred of all humans. Can she and Ashitaka ally in time to stop the wild lands from being destroyed?”

Using full-color images from the movie, the book is the entire movie story, told at an early reader level, but at 232 pages, probably gets read over several sessions and not all at once. The images range from multiple cells on the page, to a single scene splash-page. The colors are great and the pages will hold up to many readings.

The book provides more opportunities for parents to further discuss themes and issues raised by the movie that would be harder to discuss while watching but can easily be added to any reading session.

Recommended to parents that are familiar with Studio Ghibli and Princess Mononoke.

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Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru, Vol. 1

Only the most powerful warriors are able to transcend their human bodies and become something even greater—samurai. Samurai carry special souls within themselves and can travel through space as easily as walking the earth. Hachimaru has always dreamed of becoming a samurai, but he’s as weak as they come. He’s so sickly that he can’t even eat solid foods. Being too weak to leave the house may have turned Hachimaru into an expert at video games, but with enough heart, could he become a true samurai?

Transformers: The Manga, Vol. 1

In this collector’s volume, the Autobots and their young friend Kenji must stand tall against the Decepticons in an interplanetary conflict! These classic stories are from the dawn of the Transformers, and this volume contains thrilling tales such as “The Great Transformer War” and “Fight! Super Robot Life-Form Transformers!”—plus an extensive art gallery!

Levius/est, Vol. 3

Levius, now a Grade I fighter, must battle the undefeated Emperor on the greatest stage, the Southern Slam. During the preliminaries, A.J. discovers that her younger brother, Balthus, is competing and fighting his way up. His abnormal strength is mysterious and disturbing. What has he done to himself for the sake of competing in Mechanical Martial Arts?!