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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Second Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Omnibus Out Tomorrow

The second Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Omnibus is due out tomorrow in comic shops. The first volume reprinted three of the books for $19.99, and this one does the same, containing individual volumes 4-6. Stories feature Crop circles and alien visitors Plasticized museum bodies A dead baby and a guest appearance from the protagonist of Mail Insect hunting with a ridiculous American exchange student who dresses like a stripper A ghost village A mummification service Working as professional mourners A […]

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ComiXology Expands Distribution Monopoly With Two Big Manga Announcements

Kodansha Comics, the manga publisher, has added their entire digital catalog to ComiXology as of today. This consists of 350 volumes of 53 series, including their very popular Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon, and Fairy Tail. The press release states that new releases will be available the same day as print, “as well as some digital-only debuts.” Kodansha joins Viz as the major manga publishers available through that digital distributor. Speaking of Viz, they’ve just announced that Weekly Shonen Jump, […]

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Read a Substantial Amount of Tokyo Ghoul Online

To mark the upcoming print release of Tokyo Ghoul volume 2, out August 18, Viz has made a substantial preview (over 130 pages) of Tokyo Ghoul volume 1 available at VizManga.com for a limited time. The horror series by Sui Ishida is “about the dark world of the flesh-eating Ghouls that live in secret all around us.” It won him the Young Jump 113th Grand Prix award in 2010 and debuted as a series in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in […]

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The World’s Greatest First Love Publishing Schedule Delayed

The World’s Greatest First Love: The Case of Ritsu Onodera was announced last June by SuBLime, and the yaoi community was happy. (The series was announced four years ago from Tokyopop but never came out before they shut down their publishing arm.) There’s a devoted fandom for works by Shungiku Nakamura (and an associated anime), and the plan was to release all eight books in the series bimonthly, starting in February 2015. Except things didn’t work out that way. Volume […]

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Jason Thompson Launches Manga Drawing Game Kickstarter

Jason Thompson, author of Manga: The Complete Guide, has a new project. He’s put together a Kickstarter for Mangaka, which he describes as “the fast and furious game of drawing comics”. Currently, he’s about halfway to his goal of producing the first print run. I don’t know a lot about game Kickstarters, so I don’t know if $40-50 (depending on how early you pledge) is a typical price point or not, but the concept sounds fun. It’s like Pictionary, but […]

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