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Posted by OminousCloud on November 20, 2010 @ 12:08:07 AM in News Articles
Akamatsu Ken (Love Hina, Mahou Sensei Negima), Deguchi Ryusei (Abenobashi Magical Shopping Arcade) and other fellow mangakas have teamed up to launch a website aiming to provide free downloads of out of print manga.

Under the proposed plan, the site will distribute out of print works with the permission of the creators, which will be subsidised by advertising. Manga will be provided in a PDF (Portable Document Format) without DRM (Digital Rights Management). Revenue generated from advertising will be split among the creators of the works.

The website, "J-Comi" (Japanese), is set to launch a beta version on November 26th, 2010, which will feature 14 volumes of Akamatsu's, Love Hina. The site will collect data on the number of downloads as a test of the business model. Akamatsu will post more information on the official J-Comi blog (Japanese) and on his own Twitter (Japanese).

The site will officially launch on January 10, 2011.

Source: Baka-Updates Manga
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Posted by Daenerys on May 24, 2010 @ 03:55:11 PM in Anime / Manga
The Crunchyroll media-distribution website has announced on Friday that it will simulcast the television anime adaptation of Masaya Tsunamoto and Tsujitomo's Giant Killing soccer manga, starting on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. PDT. The simulcast will be available to Premium Subscription members in high definition one hour after each episode's first airing in Japan, and for free in standard definition one week later. Giant Killing will be available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Australia, and New Zealand.
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Posted by Daenerys on May 23, 2010 @ 06:17:00 AM in Anime / Manga
Detroit Metal City manga creator Kiminori Wakasugi and Namakemono ga Miteta manga creator Takashi Murakami will be the next guests at the live drawing event hosted by Kaasan - Mom's Life creator Rieko Saibara on Sunday. The next "Saibara Rieko no Jinsei Garyoku Taiketsu" ("Rieko Saibara's Drawing Showdown") will be streamed live on Ustream and on Nico Nico Douga at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday Japan Time (5:30 a.m. Sunday EDT).
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Posted by Daenerys on May 16, 2010 @ 01:50:58 AM in News Articles



Manga creator Masayuki Ishikawa is collaborating with Utsunomiya-based craft brewery Preston Ale to produce a limited run of Moyashimon Ale. Each of the 1,000 gift-box sets comes with three Moyashimon (Moyasimon) Ale bottles, one pale Preston Ale bottle, one brown Preston Ale bottle, two original Moyashimon beer glasses, and four Moyashimon coasters. (800 sets will be available online in Japan starting on May 21, and 200 more will only be available in two retail stores starting on June 4.)
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Posted by Daenerys on May 15, 2010 @ 10:08:29 PM in News Articles
On Monday, the Osaka Prefectural Government has designated eight boys-love manga magazines as "harmful publications," the legal category of publications which may not be bought or read by anyone younger than 18 years old.
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Posted by Daenerys on May 15, 2010 @ 12:16:31 AM in Anime / Manga
The offical website of the Japanese publisher Frontier Works has announced on Friday that a live-action film adaptation of Hyouta Fujiyama's Pure Heart (Junjō) boys-love manga has been green-lit. According to the website, the story of the film will be "somewhat different" from the original three-volume manga series and the two drama CDs.

In this romance story, a writer named Tozaki happens to come across his first high school crush, Kurata, while on assignment. After the assignment, the two go out drinking, and Tozaki ends up confessing his old feelings for Kurata.

Rakuto Tochihara (RH Plus, Aquarian Age, Kamen Rider Hibiki) will play Tozaki, while Yūta Takahashi (Hana Zakari no Kimitachi e: Ikemen Paradise, Café Kichijouji de, The Prince of Tennis musical) will play Kurata. Satoshi Kaneda (Ai no Kotodama) is directing off a screenplay by Hirotoshi Kobayashi (Dr. Pinoko no Mori no Bōken, Miracle Girls) and Kozuru.

Digital Manga Publishing's Juné imprint released the first volume of the manga series in North America last year.

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Posted by Daenerys on April 26, 2010 @ 07:21:03 AM in Anime / Manga
A new book covering the history of German National Socialism, the “MoeMoe Nazis Book,” eschews boring period photography in favour of trouser-less female stormtroopers and Gestapo BDSM maniacs, all under the firm leadership of a moe Fuhrer. The book even includes iillustrations by Rei Hiroe, of Black Lagoon fame…

The book itself is a series of articles covering the history of the Third Reich, gratuitously illustrated with moe/sexy style illustrations of the subjects covered. It does promise serious information in spite of its preoccupation with fascist pantsu.


GaGa: Unfortunately none of the images will be posted here ;)
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Posted by KuroKoneko Kamen on April 21, 2010 @ 07:20:18 PM in Press Releases



Just released anime-style, Young Adult, fantasy novel featuring manga-style illustrations now available!

Bitch Heiress X Samurai Butler is the story of a Tokyo heiress named Kusanagi Kimamura whose greedy relatives and even the yakuza are after her life on a daily basis. Due to this threat her Grandfather hires her a Samurai Butler bodyguard. Ranmaru is a stoic man with a dark past and Kusanagi is a high school girl with a fiery temper. Sparks fly when these two conflicting personalities meet. Will opposites attract? Or will Kusanagi give a slap to Ranmaru’s face first?

Journey to Japan to find out and encounter magical beings such a yokai, Japanese demons, which in the novel Bitch Heiress X Samurai Butler live side by side with humans. For fans of anime or manga inside jokes abound as characters sweat-drop, and face-fault. Enjoy fast-paced duels between ancient yokai, samurai warriors while steamy romantic moments between the heiress and her butler will make the reader blush. An assortment of compelling characters accompany Ranmaru and Kusanagi on their mission to stop Kusanagi’s prophecies of death. Among them is Kusanagi’s best friend, a bubbly, yokai cat girl named Katsume; Shinichi – a boy inventor,
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Posted by Daenerys on April 20, 2010 @ 12:14:43 AM in News Articles
Do fictional characters have human rights? Feminists working with the Japanese government apparently think so.

From a series of documents published on the Japanese cabinet’s Gender Equality Bureau, who may already be familiar:

"Media depictions of sexual violence against women constitute a violation of the human rights of women, and are a major obstacle to the creation of a gender-equal society."

"Where violent or sexual media depictions of women are concerned, we must promote public understanding of this as a “human rights violation,” and ensure media are subjected to voluntary restraints."

"Voluntary censorship of media depictions of sexual violence should be promoted, and laws including censorship of virtual sexual violence against women in DVDs, video and PC games should be considered.
Rarely has the concept of “human rights” been abused so egregiously as by the latest wave of feminist inspired moral panic over two dimensional media."

In fact even the most cursory consideration reveals censorship according to “virtual human rights” could easily threaten a complete elimination of freedom of expression – if fictional women and children have human rights, by extension even men may have them too, meaning any story dealing with nonconsensual violence against men (practically all fiction of any interest) involves massive human rights violations.

Indeed, any criticism of the brave defenders of the rights of non-existent people might as well be condemned as promoting human rights violations.

The fundamental irony of using the rubric of “human rights” to rob people of one of their most fundamental rights seems lost on the advocates of this new wave of moral hysteria – hardly surprising considering it appears they have simply decided to parrot a serious sounding UN buzzword in the hopes of giving their extremist writings an air of legal credibility, with no appreciation of the ridiculousness of what they are saying.

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Posted by Daenerys on April 20, 2010 @ 12:11:42 AM in News Articles
The Google website has removed a site with unauthorized, translated scans of dōjinshi from its search results due to a complaint that the scanlation site "contained child pornography." When a search query is run on Google for the scanlation site's name or domain, a notice at the bottom of the search results states that Google has removed some of the search results "in response to a legal request submitted to Google." Neither Google nor the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse legal resource gives information on who submitted the legal request. Google also reported the website to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an action that is required by U.S. federal law when an electronic communication service provider becomes aware of alleged child pornography.

In the United States under Title 18 U.S.C. Section 2256, the legal definition of child pornography does not apply to "drawings, cartoons, sculptures, or paintings depicting minors or adults." However, the Protect Act of 2003 amended a seperate section, Title 18 U.S.C. Section 1466A, to state that it is illegal to produce, distribute, receive or possess drawings or cartoons containing sexually explicit depictions of minors if it is also "obscene." This is the same section of law under which Christopher Handley was sentenced for possessing "obscene" manga in February.

According to the scanlation site, it is currently in discussion with Google to clear up the situation.
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Posted by Daenerys on April 19, 2010 @ 11:54:12 PM in Anime / Manga



A wraparound jacket band has announced that a television anime adaptation of Chūgaku Akamatsu's Aria the Scarlet Ammo (Hidan no Aria) school detective action light novel series has been green-lit. Media Factory has been publishing the light novel volumes with illustrations by Kobuichi since 2008, and the sixth volume is shipping this month. Koyoka Yoshino has been drawing a manga adaptation in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine since last year.

The story takes place in Tokyo Butei High School, a special school where armed detectives — "Butei" — are trained to use weapons. Kinji Tōyama is a second-year-student who has a special ability, but he keeps it a secret to maintain an ordinary, peaceful life. However, when he gets caught in a bombing on the way to school, he encounters H. Aria Kanzaki, the most powerful S-Rank Butei student in Assault Studies.

source: animenewsnetwork
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Posted by Daenerys on April 10, 2010 @ 10:49:12 AM in Anime / Manga
Shuho Sato, the creator of the Say Hello to Black Jack, Umizaru, and The Isle of TOKKOU manga, launched the MangaonWeb.com site on March 30. He has already been self-publishing his own manga titles online in Japanese since last summer, but his new site now distributes other creators' manga online as well. The site currently has a mix of free and paid works, and the website is not charging creators any registration fees to post works for the first two months.

The vast majority of the other manga creators on the site are not as well-known as Sato himself, although on Wednesday, Sato highlighted the fact that Makiru Momoto has posted works on the site. Like Sato, Momoto once serialized manga in Shogakukan's Weekly Young Sunday magazine.
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Posted by Daenerys on April 10, 2010 @ 10:20:33 AM in Anime / Manga
The online graphic novel distributor Netcomics.com announced on Wednesday that it will remove "all series from Aurora Publishing, including those under Deux Press and Luv Luv Press imprints," after midnight PDT on April 14. The listed phone numbers of Aurora Publishing, Inc., the American arm of Ohzora Publishing Co., are no longer in service in Torrance, California.
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Posted by Daenerys on April 04, 2010 @ 10:26:08 PM in Anime / Manga
The live-action movie adaptation of "Maria-sama ga Miteru" was confirmed on Wednesday with further details. The film will co-star fashion models Honoka Miki (13) and Haru (18), associated with the magazines Love Berry and SEVENTEEN, respectively.
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Posted by Daenerys on April 04, 2010 @ 10:07:24 PM in News Articles
Summery: Osaka considering the start of prohibiting the sale and distribution of Josei/Boy-love materials to minors, and looking into the true extent of child pornography in anime and manga.

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Posted by OminousCloud on November 12, 2009 @ 03:32:38 AM in News Articles
Japanese publisher, Shueisha has announced plans to collaborate with Microsoft in order to distribute manga digitally through the internet. The e-books will be available to download on mobile phones with microsoft software, in Japan and overseas.

The titles will be available in Japanese and English for a fee in 2010, however Shueisha has announced that Dragon Ball will be available to download for free in December.

Viz Media, a North American manga publisher whose corporate parents include Shueisha and Shogakukan, has already posted several Shogakukan manga titles on the web for free.

Sources: Shueisha, Anime News Network, Viz Media
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Posted by OminousCloud on October 23, 2009 @ 12:09:08 AM in News Articles
Meiji University announced on Thursday its proposed aims to build a manga library in 2014. The tentatively titled Tokyo International Manga library will be home to two million items of manga, anime, games and other media. The collection is said to include tie-in books, magazines, doujinshi, manga and anime artwork, cels, game software and consoles, character goods, figures, and more.

The library will be built at the Surugadai campus in the central Tokyo ward of Chiyoda, with the university aiming to have a five-storey complex featuring 8,500 square meters (~2.1 acres) of floor space. The university has yet to decide if it will build an entirely new facility or renovate existing buildings for the project. In addition, the planners are exploring the prospects of including a museum and theater.

The work is in collaboration with the Comic Market dōjinshi convention's preparations committee, Tokyo's Contemporary Manga Library, the Arcade Game Museum Project, the model kit company Kaiyodo, and the Comic1 and Comitia dōjinshi conventions' preparations committees.

Ahead of the larger library, Meiji University will open the Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subcultures on October 31. This institution will house the personal collection of over 140,000 items of the late Comic Market founder
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Posted by OminousCloud on October 16, 2009 @ 09:39:36 AM in Anime / Manga
New York Times Best Seller's list for the week ending Oct 10

1 NARUTO, VOL. 46, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $9.99.) Naruto’s friends are threatened, the mysteries of Pain deepen and Naruto must fight to protect his village.

2 ROSARIO VAMPIRE, VOL. 9, by Akihisa Ikeda. (VIZ Media, $9.99.) Tsukune Aono’s new school is filled with vampires and werewolves. How is a human teenager to survive?

3 CHIBI VAMPIRE, VOL. 14, by Yuna Kagesaki. (TOKYOPOP, $10.99.) Karin, a vampire who every month bleeds profusely from her nose, is kidnapped by a gang of vampires who want to use her blood for their own survival.

4 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST
, VOL. 20, by Hiromu Arakawa. (VIZ Media, $9.99.) Two brothers harmed in a ritual that was half magic/half science seek the legendary Philosopher’s Stone to make things right. But others seek the weapon of alchemy for their own nefarious means.

5 VAMPIRE KISSES, VOL. 3, by Ellen Schreiber, Elisa Kwon and Rem. (TOKYOPOP, $9.99.) The romance between Raven, a goth girl, and Alexander, a vampire, continues to be plagued by Alexander’s cousin, Claude, who is half-human and half-vampire.

6 SKIP BEAT!, VOL. 19, by Yoshiki Nakamura. (VIZ Media, $9.99.) Kyoko Mogami followed her true love to Tokyo, but when stardom hit, she was sent
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Posted by OminousCloud on October 07, 2009 @ 05:53:34 AM in Anime / Manga



VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), expands its notable VIZ Signature manga imprint with the publication of Inio Asano’s WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD! on October 20th. The 2-volume series (each sold separately but launched simultaneously) is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will carry an MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN.

A poignant collection of intersecting vignettes depicting twenty-something angst, WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD! explores the various ways that modern life can be at once ridiculous and sublime, terrible and precious, wasted and celebrated. In Volume 1, what begins with a college dropout bored of her mediocre routine soon becomes a fantastic series of stories about the unexpected ways that different lives intersect. Filled with magical realism in the face of the cold reality of daily modern life, at their core these stories are about young people discovering something precious amidst the chaos of existence. Volume 2 explores similar themes including the cruelty of childhood, the delusion of adulthood, the permanence of death, and how people find a way to remain resolute and laugh in the face of reality.

“Inio Asano masterfully captures the essence of youth, and WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD! depicts both the exhilaration and frustration felt by a
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Posted by Nighthawk on September 27, 2009 @ 06:43:20 PM in News Articles




Ninomiya Tomoko is about to finish her manga series Nodame Cantabile, in the 20th 2009 issue of Kiss, a manga magazine, which is about to hit the bookshelves on October, 10.

Nodame Cantabile, a story about two music majors and their relationship with each other, is one of the most successful Josei manga ever. The 22 volumes sold over 30 million times and there have also been numerous live action and anime movies.


Source: Anime News Network
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on September 21, 2009 @ 12:00:00 PM in Anime / Manga
Best known for SaiKano manga creator Shin Takahashi is resuming his Kimi no Kakera fantasy adventure manga after a two years. The manga was originally released in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in 2002. It ran until 2004 when Takahashi stopped the magazine serialization and continued releasing the story directly in book volumes. The seventh volume will ship on October 17, 2009. A full 26th months after the sixth volume was released.

The story centers on Icoro, a princess of a snowbound country with no parents, no real power — and thanks to a mysterious illness, no ability to feel happiness. Icoro's adventures begin when Shiro, a boy who cannot feel pain, falls through her ceiling. The two embark on a journey to search for the sun to save their country, but are chased by "Warmongers" along the way.


VIZ released both the SaiKano manga and its television anime adaptation in North America. A live-action version was also produced in Japan.

Source: Anime News Network
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Posted by OminousCloud on September 14, 2009 @ 06:58:25 AM in News Articles



According to Weekly Shounen Magazine, CLAMP’s manga Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE will end with chapter 232, in issue 44 , to be released on September 30th. The final tankobon; volume 28 (regular or deluxe) will be released on November 17th along with CLAMP’s second original art collection.

Source: Anime News Network

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Posted by OminousCloud on September 08, 2009 @ 10:26:58 PM in Anime / Manga
Suzue Miuchi, the creator of shoujo romance epic Garasu no Kamen (Glass Mask), has acknowledged that the end of the series will come 'soon'. First released in 1976 and published in Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine, the story follows 13 year old Maya Kitajima, a talented young actress, and her competition with skilled rival Ayumi Himekawa, to attain the degree of acting proficiency and career success required to play the lead role of the legendary stage play "The Crimson Goddess" ("Kurenai Tennyo").



After 34 years, the series has printed 50 million copies, with volume 44 published towards the end of last month. Miuchi has only drawn five volumes within the last 16 years, however the last two volumes both came out this year and Miuchi restarted serialisation in Hakusensha's Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazine. Miuchi says that the lead characters Maya and Masumi have suddenly come to the forefront of her mind in the past one to two years. She adds that she feels that "the time has come to bring [this story] to an end soon."

Three decades after Miuchi first wrote about the fictional Crimson Goddess stage play in the story, Maya and her acting
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Posted by Vintniv on September 07, 2009 @ 08:47:27 PM in Anime / Manga


I am very hesitant to say this is probably my favorite manga to read. I monitor its releases, occasionally listen to its sound track, and tend to read up on stuff might have over looked. Although I feel no real connection to the characters or villains, and frankly they could all die, respawn new ones and I would probably find it hilariously ironic. But for the sake of it, let’s look at things here. Bleach is probably only second to Naruto in terms of popularity, and if anything is Naruto’s PG-13 older brother. I say that because it’s true. Both animes follow the same general path, where it follows the manga up to a certain point, then divulges on some mindless fillers In order to let the manga develop further. They both have a few movies out for themselves, actions figures (or whatever you call them), trading cards, etc. But, I tend to overlook those things, throw them into a box and try keeping them ‘out of sight out of mind’ to concentrate on the main story line.
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on September 05, 2009 @ 12:51:20 PM in News Articles
Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace magazine launches a new gag comedy manga for manga creator Hideki Ohwada (Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku). Titled Sengoku Yankee the manga is about fools in Japan's warring-states period. Centered on "foolish" military commanders during Japan's strife torn Sengoku era.



Publisher Takeshobo announced last month that an anime adaptation of the Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku manga has been given the green light. The manga is a political parody of a fictionalized version of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. In the anime the Prime Minister plays a special form of 'Mahjong Diplomacy" against foreign adversaries such as George W. Bush, Kim Jong-il, Vladimir Putin, Margaret Thatcher among others.

The issue bundles a "Osada-bon" booklet about the artwork of Neon Genesis Evangelion manga creator and Summer Wars chearacter designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. Already bursting with new content the same third issue of Young Ace is starting a new vampire comedy manga called Blood-Rad by manga creator Yuki Kodama.

Source: Anime News Network
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on September 05, 2009 @ 12:33:13 PM in News Articles
The Romantic comedy manga Nodame Cantabile is being made into two live-action movies and the official website for them is currently streaming a 70-second trailer and a 34-second teaser trailer. The first film is set to open in December (December 19, 2009) and the second at the end of the manga and anime next spring.

The original manga, the live-action version, and a separate anime version all center around two music students (Hiroshi Tamaki, Juri Ueno) who find themselves on parallel paths in Japan and later Europe. ~Anime News Network


The webiste also announced in July that orchestra concerts will be held on October 31st and November 1st at the Tokyo International Forum to commemorate the opening of the first film. Portions of the first film will be screened at these concerts.

Source: Anime News Network
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on September 05, 2009 @ 09:32:00 AM in News Articles


Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine's 41st issue will confim that an anime feature based on the Negima! Magister Negi Magi manga has been given the green light for production in 2011. Creator Ken Akamatsu, best known for his Love Hina title, had already indicated in his online diary last month that the decision to produce the project had been made.

It was during a Negima event in February that Kodansha producer Yoichi Ishimoto had said that if sales of the upcoming original anime DVD series are good, there would be plans for a theatrical film adaptation. The first four volumes of the anime DVD series will ship with the 27th manga volume on September 17, 2009. This limited edition bundle, DVDs and manga, will have over 70,000 copies made.
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Posted by OminousCloud on September 04, 2009 @ 10:48:50 PM in Anime / Manga
Last week's best selling manga as reported by the New York Times.


1 VAMPIRE KNIGHT, VOL. 7, by Matsuri Hino. (VIZ Media, $8.99.) Cross Academy has day and evening students, but the latter have a secret: they are vampires. Weeks on list (WOL) 5

2 NARUTO, VOL. 45, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.) Jiraiya, ninja and mentor to Naruto, put everything he learned about the Akatsuki organization in code. Can Naruto decipher it in time? WOL 8

3 FRUITS BASKET, VOL. 23, by Natsuki Takaya. (TOKYOPOP, $10.99.) This series is about a family that is possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac. Secrets from the past are revealed and Akito, head of the clan, finds her control slipping. WOL 8

4 BLACK BIRD, VOL. 1, by Kanoko Sakurakoji. (VIZ Media, $8.99.) Misao Harada can see the magic hidden in the world, but it turns out to be a a power that demons wants to exploit. Will her childhood friend, Kyo, who is the head of a demon clan, help or hurt her? WOL 4

5 ROSARIO VAMPIRE, VOL. 8, by Akihisa Ikeda. (VIZ Media, $7.99.) Tsukune Aono’s new school is filled with vampires and werewolves. How is a human teenager to survive? WOL 5

6 NINJA GIRLS, VOL. 1, by Hosana Tanaka.
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on September 04, 2009 @ 07:17:06 AM in Anime / Manga
The promotional video for Dance in the Vampire Bund television anime is being streamed by The Media Factory on YouTube.



The anime will be an adaptation of Nozomu Tamaki's manga. The manga is about a Vampire Princess who wants to create a special district for her kind off the coast of Japan, despite the terrorists and rival factions arrayed against her.

The fifth volume of the manga will be released by Seven Seas Entertainment in North America in November.

Source: Anime News Network
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Posted by Vintniv on September 03, 2009 @ 02:29:04 PM in Anime / Manga
It should be nothing new to say that you know what Naruto is. Much like Harry Potter and Star Wars, Naruto is either something you hate or like and really doesn’t have much to offer in between. Also, because the anime and the manga are essentially the same thing, excluding the anime’s fillers, I figure it would be easier to just collectively do this instead of just making two.

So it’s around 450 manga chapters, some 250 episodes and several movies, and as I said, you either like it or hate it. I do think I know why. Whenever we think of something like that, we tend to also think of its fan base as a type of example of those who read or watch it like we do. In this case, we have the eloquently named ‘Narutard.’ Now, this is kind of mean if one thinks about it. Remember back in the days when you used to watch childish animes like Sailormoon, Dragonball Z, or Pokemon? Do you think those who watched anime or other stuff before you thought very highly of you? How about another one, you grow up as a child and a love Sesame Street, and then
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on August 30, 2009 @ 09:49:31 AM in Industry News
Shogakukan Inc, Shueisha Inc. and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions Co., Ltd. announced their joint acquisition of Kaze S.A.S. and Anime Vitual S.A. Kaze and Anime Virtual are two of Europe's leading distributors and licensees of Japanese animation. With the acquistion they are set to be a multi-media force in Europe for manga-based Japanese animation and entertainment. The Paris-based subsidiary VIZ Media Europe will be at the help of the group's Europe activities.



Prior to the acquisition the Shogakukan & Shueisha Group managed VME's European operations through its U.S. based subsidiary VIZ Media, LLC.
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Posted by OminousCloud on August 30, 2009 @ 03:33:53 AM in News Articles
Highlights of anime and manga coming in September 2009. For the full list see VIZ Media

Sep 1st

Manga
Tegami Bachi Vol 1- MSRP $7.99 ISBN: 1-4215-2913-0
The story takes place in the land of AmberGround, a place of perpetual night only partially illuminated by an artificial sun. Lag Seeing works as a "Letter Bee" (delivery boy) at the "Bee Hive" (a delivery service), with his Dingo, Niche, and her "pet", Steak, traveling with him. He is entrusted with the "hearts" of everyone in AmberGround to deliver their packages. - wiki

Bleach Vol 28 - MSRP $7.95 ISBN: 1-4215-2386-8

One Piece Vol 22 - MSRP $7.95 ISBN: 1-4215-2430-9

Nana Vol 18 - MSRP $8.99 ISBN: 1-4215-2670-0

Inuyasha Vol 40 - MSRP $8.95 ISBN: 1-4215-2890-8 Release: Sep 8th

Full Metal Alchemist Vol 20 - MSRP $9.99 ISBN: 1-4215-3034-1 Release: Sep 15th

DVD

Bleach The Movie 2: The DiamondDust Rebellion (Standard Edition) - MSRP $29.92 Length: 90 min Release: Sep 8th

Honey and Clover Vol 1 (Box Set) - Episodes 1- 12 MSRP $59.90 Release: Sep 22

Naruto Shippuden Vol 1 - MSRP: $24.92 Length: 100 min. Release: Sep 29


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Posted by OminousCloud on August 29, 2009 @ 08:13:18 AM in Anime / Manga
Vampire Hunter D Vol. 13: Twin Shadowed Knight - Parts One and Two written by Hideyuki Kikuchi and illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano has been set for release on October 21st, 2009. The novel will feature approx. 480 pages with eleven black-and-white line illustrations. SRP of $14.95 ISBN-10: 1-59307-930-3 ISBN-13: 978-1-59307-930-7



Synopsis: When Vampire Hunter D entered the town of Sedoc it was in search of answers to the meaning of a dying vampire's last words: "Find Muma." But when he meets Mia, the daughter of the local fortuneteller, he learns the mists emanating from a smoking crater on the outskirts of Sedoc have reanimated thousands of corpses, compelling them to crawl from their graves and hurl themselves into the smoking chasm. When D goes to investigate, he finds himself split in two: a second Vampire Hunter D, full of passion and lust and hunger for the company of women, is born!

Volume 4 of the Vampire Hunter D series, illustrated by Saiko Takaki will be released on November 18, 2009. It will feature approx. 200 pages with an SRP of $14.95. ISBN-10: 1-56970-789-8 ISBN -13: 978-1-56970-789-0

Synopsis: The City, a tiny metropolis of a few hundred sheltered citizens
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Posted by OminousCloud on August 29, 2009 @ 01:24:24 AM in News Articles
The New York Times has listed the best selling graphic novels for the week ending August 22nd.

1 VAMPIRE KNIGHT, VOL. 7, by Matsuri Hino. (VIZ Media, $8.99.)
Cross Academy has day and evening students, but the latter have a secret: they are vampires. Weeks on list (WOL) 4

2 NARUTO, VOL. 45, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.)
Jiraiya, ninja and mentor to Naruto, put everything he learned about the Akatsuki organization in code. Can Naruto decipher it in time? WOL 7

3 FRUITS BASKET, VOL. 23, by Natsuki Takaya. (TOKYOPOP, $10.99.)
This series is about a family that is possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac. Secrets from the past are revealed and Akito, head of the clan, finds her control slipping. WOL 7

4 ROSARIO VAMPIRE, VOL. 8, by Akihisa Ikeda. (VIZ Media, $7.99.) Tsukune Aono’s new school is filled with vampires and werewolves. How is a human teenager to survive? WOL 4

5 BLACK BIRD, VOL. 1, by Kanoko Sakurakoji. (VIZ Media, $8.99.)
Misao Harada can see the magic hidden in the world, but it turns out to be a a power that demons wants to exploit. Will her childhood friend, Kyo, who is the head of a demon clan, help or hurt her? WOL
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Posted by Gjallarhorn on August 26, 2009 @ 02:18:32 AM in News Articles
Popular manga series to-LOVE-ru, and later an anime and OVA series, has been formally announced to be ending next month. Recent chapters have contained a great deal of conent signaling a potential ending, and much speculation amongst fans. Jump reports that the ending has been planned by the author for some time, though the series' has had plummeting ratings and been criticized for its lack of fresh content.


Source: Sankaku Complex
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on August 24, 2009 @ 05:34:31 PM in News Articles
VIZ Media LLC announced today that they will debut the imaginative Steampunk action manga series Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee. The unique series is about a special delivery boy that reunites lost souls with the ones they love. The series which is rated 'T' for Teens will be published under the company's SHONEN JUMP imprint and will be released September 1st.



In a land of perpetual night, your heart is your light.

Amberground is locked in darkness. A man-made star casts only a dim light over the land. The pitch-black wilderness is infested with Gaichuu--colossal insects with metal exoskeletons. The Gaichuu make travel between the cities of Amberground extremely dangerous. But thankfully the Letter Bees, a brave corps of messengers, risk their lives in order to keep the hearts of Amberground connected. ~ VIZ Media LLC


Letter Bee made it's first appearance in the pages of Monthly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan and presently runs in Jump SQ. The animated counterpart is set to debut in Japan later this year as part of the annual Jump Super Anime Tour.

Source: Viz Media News Room
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on August 23, 2009 @ 12:15:10 PM in News Articles
Hakkusensha's monthly LaLa magaize will announce on Monday that a television anime adaptation of Kaichou wa Maid-sama! shoko manga has been given the green light. The romantic comedy about a student council head named Misaki Ayuzawa who secretly works at a maid cafe is written by Hiro Fujiwara.



Misaki despises the mostly male, sloveny population at her school, which was once an all-boys school. Now one of her most handsome schoolmates has discovered her secret. Misaki works after school at a maid cafe.

Tokyopop will be publishing the second volume of the manga this month under the Maid Sama! title.

Source: Anime News Network
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on August 23, 2009 @ 12:03:39 PM in News Articles
At the Gundam Big Expo event in Tokyo it was confirmed that the anime will launch in early Spring of 2010. The official website for the anime adaptation of the Gundam Unicorn novels has confirmed this. There will be six original video anime volumes of fifty minutes each, and it will be presented on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, shown at events, distrubuted through other unspecified means and exhibited overseas.



The original Gundam Unicorn novels are set in the same Universal Century (UC) timeline as Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise's first Mobile Suit Gundam science-fiction television anime series and its sequels. Fukui finished serializing the novel version in the August issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine in June. The final two compiled book volumes, #9 and #10, will ship in Japan on Monday. ~Anime News Network

In an interview conducted last wednesday novelist Haurtoshi Fukui confirmed that the first anime episode will incorporate material from the first two novel volumes. Despite the fact that the anime will be a reconstruction with new ideas developed between the original novelist and scriptwriter Yasuyuki Muto, Fukui has assured fans that he is faithful to his original works.
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Posted by Gjallarhorn on August 19, 2009 @ 11:52:58 PM in News Articles
Rumors are spreading fast after images leaked to the internet of what appears to be a new animation of Kentaro Miura's epic fantasy manga Berserk.

Berserk, which has been in serialization for over two decades, received a partial animation in the late 90s, a 25 episode anime covering the "Golden Age" story arc, approximately covering volumes 1 to 13 of the currently 33 volume series. Because of this inconclusion, fans ever since have speculated on further animation of the epic.

Recently, images have come online of what appears to be newly animated scenes. As there has been no specific announcement in regard to a new Berserk series, it is only speculation as to whether or not a new series will be airing in near future.

Two of these images can be seen here. The first showing Caska, and the second, Puck.





Souce: SankakuComplex
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on August 17, 2009 @ 07:55:09 PM in News Articles
Tokyopop annoucned on Friday that it has begun an online manga program that will see new chapters added online on Wednesdays. The Program has launched with the first chapter of PSY*COMM volume 3, on August 12th. Boys of Summer, with it's graphic content is scheduled to begin online serialization on September 23. Volume one had been released in 2006 but was pulled due to its graphic content and volume two was postponed indefinately.



Earthlight, Patheon High, Undertown, Gyakushuu, Kat & Mouse, all world manga titles that had been previously discontinued by Tokyopop are set to be included as a part of the program.
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on August 17, 2009 @ 07:40:14 PM in News Articles
After a four year (Four years Two months) break, You Higuri is resuming her Cantarella series. Akita Shoten's Princess Gold magazine's September issue has the Cantarella series.



Go! Comi published the first 10 volumes of the manga in North America.

Source: Anime News Network
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on August 17, 2009 @ 07:24:19 PM in News Articles
Set in an alternate version of Edo Japan where gender roles are reversed, the award-winning Historical Science Fiction Drama manga series Ooku The Inner Chambers has been released by VIZ Media, LLC. Released on August 8th Fumi Yoshinaga's manga epic is related "M" for Mature Audiences and carries a MSRP of $12.95 USD / $15.00 CAD.

In Edo period Japan (1603 to 1868), a strange new disease called the Redface Pox has begun to prey on the country’s men. Within eighty years of the first outbreak, the male population has fallen to a quarter of the total female population. Women have taken on all the roles traditionally granted to men, even that of the Shogun. The men, precious providers of life, are carefully protected and the most beautiful of the men are sent to serve in the Shogun’s Inner Chambers. ~ VIZ Media

Source: VIZ Media, LLC
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on August 02, 2009 @ 10:50:04 AM in News Articles


What is being described as the "Theatrical version of Fate/stay night" has a new teaser site opened. The film version of Type-Moon's game and anime franchise is "Coming soon." according to the teaser site. While there is not much there at the moment, the domain is registered under the name Geneon Entertainment by the GMO Internet service provider.

FUNimation Entertainment released a Fate/stay night anime series box set last September as a part of its distribution deal with Geneon and Tokyopop has been publishing Datto Nishiwaki's manga version in North America since last October. Geneon has ceased its in-house distribution of its own titles since 2007.

Source: Anime News Network . Com
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on July 30, 2009 @ 09:24:55 PM in News Articles



An anime adaptation of Hotaru Odagiri's Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru boys-love manga has been given the green light, as reported by a retailers' solicitation sheet. The official announcement of the anime will be made in the October issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Asuka magazine on August 24. The manga series has been running in Asuka monthly since 2005 and the sixth compiled book volume will ship on August 26th.

Source: Anime News Network
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on July 30, 2009 @ 09:09:19 PM in News Articles
The Sazae-san manga by Machiko Hasegawa has been running since 1946 and will now have it's own Live-Action TV Drama adaptation with Alisa Mizuki, the 32 year-old actress, playing the role of the housewife. The new live-action adaptation has been in the works for Fuji TV for about five years now and producer Yoko Matsusaki of the anime version is working on the new drama version as well.



The anime version of this long running series will be celebrating it's 40th anniversary on Fuji TV this October. Though this new TV Drama version is new for the series, a live action adaptation is not. Tonko Azumaya starred in a 1948-1950 series of live-action movies, and Chiemi Eri starred in a 1956 live-action film, as well as a live-action drsama that ran from 1965 to 1967 on TBS. Even the Television Drama isn't all that unusual; Tomoko Hoshino played Sazae-san in a live-action tv drama on Fuji TV from 1981 to 1985. The last life-action version was in 1992-1996 on Fuji TV with Atsuko Asano.
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on July 28, 2009 @ 12:48:54 PM in News Articles
Kodansha's Evening magazine has announced on Tuesday that Bokurano manga creator Mohiro Kitoh will launch a new manga sereis that is tentatively titled Noririn this winter. The manga will feature a female high school road racer who has had her license revoked and has to take up cycling for her mountain errand job.

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Posted by LadyPSerenity on July 27, 2009 @ 01:18:36 PM in News Articles
One Piece anime films' oficial website has relaunched with the first 45-second teaser trailer - in English - for this December's One Piece Film 'Strong World'. This movie is the 10th installment in the long-running theatrical franchise based on Eiichiro Oda's pirate manga.



A written Japanese comment from Oda can be found on the website.
Oda notes that he created the movie's story and has drawn over 120 pages of rough drawings for its production. Unlike previous One Piece films, Oda is personally overseeing this film's production. (The website emphasizes that the One Piece television anime's Munehisa Sakai is the film's actual director.) The film will open in Japan on December 12. ~ Anime News Network

VIZ Media has publushed the 21st volume of the original manga in North America last month and FUNimation Entertainment has been releasing the television anime version and the eighth film, One Piece: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventure in Alabasta


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Posted by LadyPSerenity on July 21, 2009 @ 01:11:30 PM in News Articles
Shueisha's weekly shonen jump magazine in Japan has begun to preview Yasuki Tanaka's Kagijin manga and Mizuki Kawashita's Anedoki manga in English this month. The online series require readers to download and install shonenjump.com's proprietary browser software on the XP or Vista Operating system (Not exactly thinking of the whole market here...poor other operating systems.)

Check it out.


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Posted by LadyPSerenity on July 20, 2009 @ 10:02:19 PM in News Articles



The creator of the Eat-man manga published by Viz Media in North America has launched his new Chikyu no Hokago manga series in the September issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Champion RED Magazine on Saturday. Akihito Yoshitomi's new series is about three girls and one boy who survive on Earth after the rest of humanity has been wiped out. He had previously published a one shot of the series in the may issue of the same magazine and the popularity has led to the ongoing manga series.

Source: Anime News Network
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Posted by Gjallarhorn on July 16, 2009 @ 05:30:51 PM in News Articles
Much to the joy of fans all over the world, a new anime series based on the final unanimated volumes of the Inuyasha manga (36-56) will begin airing this fall, entitled Inuyasha: Kanketsu-hen (Inuyasha: Final Chapter).

Not much more is known at this time, but surely more information will be released as the fall approaches.

Source: Sankaku Complex
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on July 09, 2009 @ 06:58:06 PM in News Articles
The newly launched VIZ Cinema is set to debut Bleach the Movie 2: The Diamonddust Rebellion in San Francisco for two nights only. As they announced this past weekend at Anime Expo, VIZ Media will be showing the movie on August 18th and 19th in the brand new VIZ Cinema located inside NEW PEOPLE, a new entertainment destination in San Francisco. There will be two showings on each day.


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Posted by LadyPSerenity on July 09, 2009 @ 06:48:53 PM in News Articles
The first half of 2010 will be One Piece heaven for the fans. VIZ Media has announced that it will release five new volumes of their pirate manga One piece each month throughout the first half of the new year.



As first mentioned at Anime Expo 2009, VIZ Media announced their increased publication schedule beginning in January 2010 and continuing through June 2010.

To further complement these releases, VIZ Media has launched a brand new, dedicated ONE PIECE web site at OnePiece.VIZ.com that will be updated regularly with plot and character information, and will also provide special free manga chapters.

ONE PIECE Rated ‘T’ for Teens takes readers to a world populated by pirates and filled with adventure. As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming the King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Now Luffy, with the help of a motley collection of pirate wannabes, is setting off in search of the "One Piece," said to be the greatest treasure in the world. ~ Viz Media, LLC
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on July 04, 2009 @ 09:45:40 PM in News Articles
CMX Manga has announced the licenses for the following titles:




Rampage / Yunosuke Yoshinaga (Softbank Creative's Flex Comix) / February 2010
My Darling! Miss Bancho (Aa Itoshi no Bancho-sama) / Mayu Fujikata (Hakusensha's Hana to Yume Comics) / March 2010
Diamond Girl (Shiratama Shojo) / Takanori Yamazaki (Softbank Creative's Flex Comix) / April 2010
Polyphonica: Cardinal Crimson / Ichiro Sakaki and Tomo Hirokawa (Softbank Creative's Flex Comix) / May 2010
Nadeshiko Club / Miku Sakamoto (Hakusensha's Hana to Yume Comics) / June 2010

Source: Anime News Network
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on July 04, 2009 @ 05:31:39 PM in News Articles
The award-winning actor Kenichi Matsuyama will reunite with Tatsuya Fujiwara onscreen for the first time since the Death Note films. Toya Sato is directing the live action film adaptation of Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji manga.

Fujiwara will be playing the star rolefo Kaiji, a gambler who is 3.49 million yen in debt. (That's about 36, 000 USD) Yuki Amami plays Rinko Endo a loan shark, a character that is originally a male in the manga. The character convinces Kaiji to board a gambling ship to clear his debt. Matsuyama will be playing the supporting role of Makoto Sahara, Kaiji's acquaintance who is in a similiar life or death situation.

Kaiji will be opening on October 10th in Japan.

Source: Anime News Network
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on July 04, 2009 @ 05:21:23 PM in News Articles
VIZ Media announced that it will publish volumes 24 through 53 of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga series between January and June of 2010. (Or five per month). Volume 53 was just shipped in Japan (march) and VIZ's own Shonen Jump magazine will publish the latest chapters from Japan starting this fall.



Along with the announcement of One Piece, VIZ is also releasing;

Akihisa Ikeda's Rosario + Vampire season II manga starting April 6, 2010.
Crown of Love by Yun Kouga -- Feb 2, 2010,
The Cactus Secret -- Mar 2, 2010
Stepping on Roses from Tail of the Moon's Rinko Ueda -- Apr 6, 2010
Flower in a Storm -- May 4, 2010
Biomega, from Blame! author Tsutomo Nihei - Feb 9, 2010
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on July 04, 2009 @ 05:07:09 PM in News Articles



Bandai Visual began serializing Rion Senju's AIKa ZERO Cute manga on Yomban, its free Japanese magazine website on Wednesday. The manga, like the previously announced anime series, centers on the 19-year-old female agent in training Aika Sumeragi while she is in college. Unlike the anime though, the manga will tell another separate story. The first volume of the anime series is set to ship on August 25th and the second manga installment will be posted on August 3rd.

AIKa ZERO Cute's official blog (for the anime project) reports that the Amazon.co.jp website is streaming a 90-second promotional video for the anime's first volume.

Central Park Media released the first Agent Aika series in North America, while Bandai Entertainment reissued the first series and licensed the AIKa R-16: Virgin Mission prequel.

Source: Anime News Network
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on July 03, 2009 @ 08:59:42 PM in News Articles
Manga.com (US Site) is reporting that there might not be an end all to end all for the Live Action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira.



According to Manga.com Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the star of 500 Days of Summer, said "You never know" when asked if the project was truly dead. Though this is far from a confirmation it may be just the flicker of hope that most fans were looking for. Besides it's a lot better than his comments last year which did not even acknowledge any connection to the project.
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on July 02, 2009 @ 07:37:38 AM in News Articles



Gag Manga Biyori's 4th Comedy TV Anime adaption was given the green lit as announced on the wraparound jacket band on the 10th volume of Kousuke Masuda's Gag Manga Biyori.

The third anime series based on the nonsensical gag comedy debuted last year and more details for the fourth anime series will be revealed in Shueisha's Jump Square magazine. The August issue will ship on Saturday.

Source: Anime News Network
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on July 01, 2009 @ 12:57:59 PM in News Articles



Maru Music has announced that the visual-kei cellist/vocalist Kanon Wakeshima will be travelling to California for two performcances in July, following her Otakon guest appearance. She will perform and sign autographs at the Amoeba Music store in San Francisco on July 20th before travelling to the Royal T Cafe in Los Angeles suburb of Culver City to perform on the next day.

The Royal T Cafe will also be holding an art exhibit for Wakeshima, who is known for her Gothic Lolita art and fashion sensibilities. Wakeshima's Shinshoku Dolce album debuted in the US on Tuesday.
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on July 01, 2009 @ 12:13:51 PM in News Articles
Crunchyroll media distribution company's website is listing a scheduled simulacast for the Aoi Hana (Sweet Blue Flowers) anime series at 3:00pm EDT Wednesday (July 1st). Despite this listing Crunchyroll has not yet officially announced that it will stream this new television adaptation of Takako Shimura's yuri manga.



In the original Aoi Hana manga's story, Fumi and Akira were close childhood friends until Fumi had to move away. Ten years after losing touch with each other, the two girls meet again as high school freshmen. The two struggle to reconnect after so much has changed, and both deal with the trials and tribulations of high school — sometimes independently and sometimes with each other's help.
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on July 01, 2009 @ 12:00:39 PM in News Articles



Three new OVA Volumes for To Love-Ru will be shipped with the 16th, 17th, and 18th volumes of the original manga. This years 32nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will announce on Monday that the OVA volumes based on Kentaro Yabuki and Saki Hasemi's To Love-Ru manga have been given the green light.

The 16th volume will ship on November 4th.

Source: Anime News Network
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on June 30, 2009 @ 07:50:26 AM in News Articles
Toei Animation Studio launched a website for the Toei Robot Girls project with a weekly four-panel manga series. The project features girls dressed as various famous robots and is used to promote various wroks in the studio's anime catalog. The first installment of this manga is centered on three female personifications of the robots in Gaiking, Magnerobot Gakeen and Superhuman Combat Team Baratack.

In the backstory created for the project, the Toei Robot Girls Laboratory was established to protect Earth from the threat of space invasion. The laboratory gathered the data from super robots who have protected Earth in the past, and then used that research to imbue "cute girls" with their legendary powers.

Source: Anime News Network
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on June 29, 2009 @ 06:03:00 PM in News Articles
Mayu Shinjo announced in a blog entry that she will reveal her new manga next month (August). The manga creator of Sensual Phrase and Love Celeb hinted to the title by posting the below picture, a photograph of a heart diamond (haato no daiya). Shinjo is also recruiting new assistant artists.



In an advance copy of Shueisha's Ribbon magazine for August it reportedly reveals the new romance manga. This issue will officially ship on Friday.

After a much-publicized exit from Shogakukan's Shoujo Comic magazine in 2007, Shinjo has been drawing her Ai-Ore! Danshiko no Hime to Joshiko no Oji manga in Kadokawa Shoten's Asuka magazine and working on various Gundam side projects. She also added two new chapters to her Ayakashi no Koi Emaki (The Ghost Love Story Picture Scroll) manga in Shueisha's Margaret magazine in January. Viz Media published Sensual Phrase in North America.

Source: Anime News Network
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on June 29, 2009 @ 07:58:14 AM in News Articles


Volume two of Kadokawa Shoten's Macross Ace magazine shipped in Japan on Friday. Included in the second volume there is a new manga series based on the Macross science-fiction franchise. The First story in the Macross Frontier drama CDs has been adapted by artist Megane Kikuya (.hack//XXX) into Nyan-Dra: Alto Meets Sky.

Alto Saotome is a pilot of a transforming space fighter and is also the main character in last year's Macross Frontier television series. Macross Frontier has inspired at least five earlier manga series.

The magazine is also continuing the serialization of the Super Dimension Fortress Macross the First, the manga retelling of the first Macross television series and movie by original character designer Haruhiko Mikimoto.
The character designer and animation director of Macross Frontier, Yuichi Takahashi, is also drawing a four-panel manga called Vajranpo. Macross A Shuccho-go. There are also interviews with Lynn Minmay voice actress and singer Mari Lijima, acclaimed mechanical animation designer Ichiro Itano, Full Metal Panic! creator Shoji Gatoh and Macross mechanical illustrator Hidetaka Tenjin to be found within this second volume of the magazine.

The next volume of Macross Ace is scheduled to ship in the middle of November — the same month
[Tags: Manga, Macross, Ace Magazine, Kadokawa Shoten, Kadokawa, Megane Kikuya, Haruhiko Mikimoto]
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on June 27, 2009 @ 11:57:45 PM in News Articles



There is a new Gundam manga in the August issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Gundam Ace magazine which shipped on Friday. The first few chapters of Masato Natsumoto's Kidō Senshi Gundam Senki U.C. 0081-Suiten no Namida- (Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record U.C. 0081: Tears of the Seas and Skies) manga and Tsukasa Kotobuki's Kidō Senshi Gundam: Day after Tomorrow ~Kai Shiden no Memory yori~ (Mobile Suit Gundam: Day after Tomorrow: From Kai Shiden's Memories) manga are included in the issue.

In the same issue, Meimu's manga adaptation of the computer-animated Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: Jūryoku Sensen video series and Yoshihiro Sono's Kidō Senshi Gundam: Orera Renpō Guren-tai manga have sadly come to an end. The next issue of the magazine will ship in July with the first chapters of writer Tomohiro Chiba and artist Koichi Tokita's Mobile Suit Gundam 00I manga, and Mizuho Takayama's tentatively titled Kidō Senshi Gundam: Zeon MS Shōnen Yūgeki Tokka-hei manga. Previews of these upcoming titles are included in the current issue.

Source: Anime News Network
[Tags: Gundam, Manga, Kadokawa, Natsumoto, Masato, Masato Natsumoto, ]
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on June 27, 2009 @ 04:05:08 AM in News Articles
Fairy Tail a manga by Hiro Mashima has been given the green light to be produced into an anime for this fall. The 31st issue of Kodansha's weekly Shonen Magazine will announce the anime adaptation next Wednesday. The anime will be produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight.

The manga follows the story of a teenager girl named Lucy Heartfillia who wants to join the world's most notorious mage guild, Fairy Tail. It's during a daring rescue that she meets her, soon to be, friend Natsu "Salamander" Dragneel. Natsu is a quirky member of Fairy Tail and a teenaged practitioner of the ancient Dragon Slayer magic. After being accepted into Fairy Tail Lucy and Natsu (and other members) go on various quests.

The seventh volume of Fairy Tail will be published by Del Rey in North America next month. Mashima, the creater of this series, also created the Monster Hunter Orage manga and Rave manga. The Rave manga was published by Tokyopop in North America under the name Rave Master.

Source: Anime News Network
[Tags: Fairy Tail, manga, anime, Kodansha, Hiro Mashima, Mashima]
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on June 26, 2009 @ 10:49:24 PM in News Articles
I have to say as a side note before I report this one that I'm a little disturbed and at least a little bit curious as to what it might actually be like...



Yutanpo Shirane has drawn a comic to explain the contributions of the Japanese developers for the Google Chrome browser. The advertising and information services company had revealed in a Thursday blog entry that it commissioned the artist to create a manga about the internationalization of its Chrome web browser.

The manga (nine pages) serves as a companion piece to the main comic book written by the Google Chrome team and drawn by author Scott McCloud.

The manga by Shirane explains the major issues that the Japanese developers faced in ensuring multilingual web pages are displayed quickly, but more importantly accurately. The manga is said to highlight the contributions of one Japanese team member, software engineer Masanori Harada who with his team developed the Navigational Suggest feature which suggests which websites to visit as the user types.

On a personal level... I'm not sure how I feel about this one... could be entertaining...

Source: Anime News Network
[Tags: Manga, Google, Yutanpo Shirane, Shirane]
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on June 26, 2009 @ 08:32:49 PM in News Articles



Nana's Ai Yazawa puts Manga on Hold due to illness and the Hiatus is expected to last several months and will start with the current Cookie issue.
Shueisha announced on Friday that manga creator Ai Yazawa is putting her Nana series on hold due to a serious illness. As a result of this the August issue of Cookie magazine will not have the scheduled installmant of Nana. Since Ai Yazawa will need several months of treatment and rest, Nana will not appear in the September issue (which will ship on July 25 or later issues. This is expected to last until further notice is given.

With the offer of apologies to Nana's readers Cookie can not confirm when Nana will return but once the editors can confirm Yazawa's recovery they will notify their readers of the manga's return through the magazine, the magazine's homepage, and the official Nana website. (among other means) We will keep you updated as well.
[Tags: Nana, Ai Yazawa, Yazawa, anime, manga, cookie, VIZ Media]
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on June 26, 2009 @ 07:54:19 PM in News Articles



Despite Japanese publisher's case vs. Korean studio, Director Spielberg and actor Will Smith are still moving forward with Dreamworks' plans to remake Park Can-Wook's manga-based Oldboy film. The lawsuit is between the film's Korean studio, Show East, and the manga's Japanese publisher, Futabasha and is over the Hollywood remake rights.

Reuters reports that Show East and it's production partner Big Egg (who comes up with these names?) have both shut down. CEO of Show East, Kim Dong-Ju, has reportedly "disappeared" and Big Egg's former staffers are also unreachable. A spokesperson for Futabasha acknowledged that the publisher cannot confirm if Show East is bankrupt or how that status will affect the lawsuit.
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on June 24, 2009 @ 06:03:46 PM in News Articles
If you're like me and you buy your manga in comic shops you may have to look elsewhere for most of Yen Press's July releases, or ask the store to order them from someone other than Diamond Comics Distributors. Apparently Diamond Comics has cancelled a number of the manga and manhwa solicited in the May Previews.

Brigid of Manga Blog emailed Kurt Hassler and he had this to say:

So far as the Yen titles on this list are concerned, these are not publisher cancelations. These are Previews cancelations which simply means that Diamond for whatever reason has opted not to make these titles available through their service. The books are all still very much being published, and retailers have the option of ordering them directly through Hachette Book Group or through any number of other wholesalers like Ingram or Baker & Taylor.
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Posted by LadyPSerenity on June 24, 2009 @ 05:41:13 PM in News Articles



The alternate-world adult computer game 11eyes has been given the green light for Manga and Anime Adaptations beginning this fall. The August issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Comp Ace magazine will announce on Friday that a television anime adaptation and a manga of Lass' 11eyes - Tsumi to Batsu to Aganai no Shōjo will begin this fall. They are yet to announce a cast or staff for the series.

The story centers on Kakeru Satsuki, a boy who has been mourning the loss of his last remaining family member, his older sister, for the past five years. Satsuki, his childhood friend Yuka Minase, and four other Kōryōkan Academy schoolmates are suddenly transported to the world of "Red Night," where a giant black moon hangs over the skies. The six can only return home after dealing with the six black knights of this alternate world. - Anime News Network

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Posted by LadyPSerenity on June 17, 2009 @ 07:56:22 AM in News Articles
The final Shonen Jump Installment runs on Monday; final book volume in October.

The writer, Riichirou Inagaki and artist Yuusuke Murata have ended their Eyeshield 21 sports manga in this year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump Magazine. The popular manga showed the young fans the American form of football and was the inspiration to a television anime series run in 2005-2008. It also inspired an event-only anime short and several games.

Viz Media is publishing the 26th volume of the manga in North America this month. The Crunchyroll website is streaming the anime series after the defunct Toonami Jetstream website had released parts of it.

Source: Anime News Network.
[Tags: Eyeshield 21, football, manga, shonen jump, shueisha]
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