Yotsuba&! to Return in May

What exciting news! It’s been over two years since Yotsuba&! last appeared in English, with Yotsuba&! volume 12 released in November 2013. I adore these light-hearted stories by Kiyohiko Azuma about an unusual little girl, her father, and their friends. Yotsuba has her own view of the world, and her cheeriness, imagination, and openness to the new is refreshing and inspiring. Yen Press has tweeted that volume 13 is now due out in May: In case you hadn't heard, the […]

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Shonen Jump Plus Manga Contest

Shonen Jump Plus (a free digital publication in Japanese) and MediBang (which “provides free digital painting apps and software to illustrators and comic book artists worldwide”) are holding a manga contest to discover new artists. Unlike other manga auditions, this contest is set up to translate English, Korean, and Chinese submissions into Japanese for review by the editors. Entries will be accepted through March 3, 2016. Enter through MediBang’s site. They’re looking for completed one-shot comics under 50 pages. On […]

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Platinum End From Death Note Creators Available as Digital Chapters

The newest series from Tsunami Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the creative team behind Death Note and Bakuman, is Platinum End. It’s available in English digitally, with a new 99-cent chapter monthly. You can get it on the Viz Manga app, at VIZManga.com, through the digital Weekly Shonen Jump, or at ComiXology. It’s an odd story, with echoes of the “student affected by supernatural being with questionable motives” story of Death Note. Viz provided this description: Mirai is a boy who […]

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School Judgment Gakkyu Hotei Collection Due February

I enjoyed the chapters of School Judgment Gakkyu Hotei I read in Weekly Shonen Jump last year, so I’m glad to see it will be collected. I should have known that was inevitable, since the story is drawn by Takeshi Obata, who’s well-known on these shores for Death Note and Bakuman. The premise, as written by Nobuaki Enoki, involves disputes among elementary school students being settled with lawyers and court-like class arbitration sessions. As the introduction page says, “the government […]

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Kodansha (Vertical) Titles Come to ComiXology

I’m not sure I fully understand the business arrangement behind this, but a number of manga titles published here by Vertical have just become available on ComiXology. You have to look under Kodansha as the publisher, though, because they’re licensed by Vertical from Kodansha Ltd. and are being distributed by Kodansha’s US digital operation, Kodansha Advanced Media. (And good on them for working through what could have been complicated business aspects to make more manga available digitally and legally!) Those […]

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Fruits Basket Returns to US

Yen Press has announced that they will be bringing Fruits Basket back to the US. The 23 volumes of Fruits Basket by Netsuke Takuya were originally published here by Tokyopop from 2004-2009. It was immensely popular, a huge bestseller in both Japan and the US, and demonstrated the potential value of the manga market in North America, particularly in bookstores. It also showed how much of a buying force female readers could be. It’s the story of an orphan who […]

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Will Tokyopop Return? We’ll Find Out Next Year

This summer, news went around that former manga publisher Tokyopop, which stopped printing books in the US in 2011, was returning. Again. For the third time. Tokyopop had a panel at this year’s Anime Expo where they announced that they are “planning to begin publishing manga again in 2016” by “seeking to license ‘hidden gems that are not yet noticed’ from small or independent publishers.” That may be because big publishers no longer want to get involved with a company […]

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Princess Jellyfish Comes to Print in US

Princess Jellyfish has long been enjoyed by US fans as an anime series. They’re drawn to the story, about a girl geek living in a house full of women devoted to their hobbies, including a manga artist and a history buff. The shy young lady loves watching jellyfish, and one night she meets a beautiful woman at the pet shop who’s a lot more than she seems. The growing friendship between the geek girls and the woman who chooses to […]

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