Anime and Sailor Moon Are Truly Mainstream

While flipping through the February 2017 issue of Glamour magazine (the one with the pantsless women of Girls on the cover), I was surprised to note the following one-page article: That’s right, a recommendation page of makeup products for those who love Sailor Moon. (Which apparently means things that sparkle, make eyes look big, or come in cute packages. And cost anywhere from $6-$240.) The intro also name-drops Miyazaki, Peach Girl, and Pokemon. It seems the manga and anime fans […]

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Weekly Shonen Jump Celebrates 5 Years

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the digital magazine Weekly Shonen Jump (which collects various manga chapters on the same day as their release in Japan), Viz has announced a special offer and live event. Congrats on the anniversary! * On Monday, January 30 (for 24 hours only), a yearly subscription (48 issues) will be $9.99 instead of the usual $25.99. * On Friday, January 27, a live streaming event will take place beginning at 6 PM Pacific time. I […]

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Another Manga by Bunny Drop Author Coming to US

I know a number of manga fans who were really disappointed by Bunny Drop by Yumi Unita. They liked the early part of the series, about a young man raising an orphaned little girl, but they disagreed with the direction the series took near the end. (The dislike means, for some, any series that features an older man/young girl interacting, such as Sweetness & Lightning, now causes fear that it’s going to take a creepy turn. It’s unfortunate that Bunny […]

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Viz Reprints Rurouni Kenshin Omnibus Editions

Earlier this month, Viz released the first volume of a new Rurouni Kenshin 3-in-1 omnibus series. The book contains the first three installments of the series about a wandering ronin by Nobuhiro Watsuki at a suggested retail price of $14.99 a volume. The series will continue quarterly. Rurouni Kenshin was first serialized in English beginning in 2003. The 28 volumes originally were published in Japan from 1994-1999. There have been anime and film adaptations, as well as a previous oversized […]

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Planetes in Real Life?

Planetes is an exceptionally good manga series, recently reprinted by Dark Horse, about garbage collectors in space. Today, I saw this NY Times article, “Space’s Trash Collector? A Japanese Entrepreneur Wants the Job”. Sadly, this plan doesn’t involve sending people to space as interstellar garbage collectors. Instead, he plans to use a satellite to map the debris up there and then launch a glue-covered drone to grab it and burn it up during re-entry. Astroscale’s slogan is “Space Sweepers”. The […]

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Fumi Yoshinaga Manga Soon Available Digitally

I’m excited by the latest digital release news from Viz Media — later this month, key titles by my favorite manga-ka, Fumi Yoshinaga, will be available digitally. On November 8, her collection of short stories, All My Darling Daughters, debuts. In my opinion, this is the single best starting point for her work, since it’s a single volume with a range of content (although one of the stories does have a problematic teacher/student interaction). The week after, November 15, brings […]

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Anime Expo Manga Announcement Round-Up

I wrote my first post for ICv2.com, the comic business news site, last week, covering manga announcements made at the recent Anime Expo. Find out more about what Dark Horse, Kodansha, Yen Press, and Seven Seas will be putting out over the next year. I’m most looking forward to Ichi-F: A Worker’s Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, coming from Kodansha in March 2017.

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Viz Manga Available Through Digital Library Service

Want to borrow Viz manga titles for your e-reader? OverDrive is the leading digital distribution platform for libraries, “supplying the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video, and periodicals to 34,000 libraries, schools, and retailers worldwide, including 90 percent of all public libraries in the U.S.” Viz Media has just announced that they will use OverDrive to provide their “most popular digital manga titles” to libraries in the U.S. and Canada. These are mainstream properties, for now, with 146 […]

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