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This Week in Manga 2/20-2/26/10

Coded Licenses

After the debut of their new website for manga, Bandai Entertainment puts up some license news.  They’ve announced two new titles to add to their Code Geass line.  Code Geass: Knights and Code Geass: Queens are both anthologies each with a slant toward a demographic.  Knights is written to appeal to the girls, and Queens is for the boys.  There are several short stories that are written by different mangaka.  This is good news to me, since I love the Code Geass franchise, both anime and the manga.  I really like that these are anthologies, giving us not just a lot of different stories with our favorite characters, but a lot of different looks as well.  I’ve grown quite fond of anthologies, and getting more narrow ones like this would be great.

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This Week in Manga 1/9-1/15/10

Some Advice for Bloggers and Reviewers

Brigid of Mangablog first lists some good tips on how to make you blog more user friendly and possibly improve your Google ranking! Many of them are the same that I’ve heard on the tech podcasts I listen to, so you can be sure the advice is sound.  And then found via Twitter, Deb Aoki of About.Manga blog has some sound tips for manga reviewers:

  • manga reviewing tip #1: “Did you like it or not? I should have some idea whether it’s worth buying or not after reading your review”
  • manga reviewing tip #2: “grab my attention in the first 1-2 paragraphs & give me a reason to keep reading, or I’ll just click away.”
  • manga reviewing tip #3: “write like you’re having fun, not writing a term paper.”
  • manga reviewing tip #4: “yes, by all means tell me what the story is about — but can you skip the rehash of the entire book?”

Solicitations made the next day has brought the count from 4 to 19.  You can check Deb’s twitter feed for them all.  There are a lot of good suggestions, though not all are practical for a short review of a title.  But I was glad to see that readers do want to see ratings on reviews.  Other bloggers have professed an aversion to them, but as I reader I appreciate them, which is why I include them with my own.  I hope people find my ratings consistant, as that is something I strive for.

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This Week in Manga 7/18-7/24/09

I know this is late, but SDCC threw everything off schedule.  Everything will back by this week.  I hope.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Otakon ran this weekend.  Did you notice?  There were no announcements from manga publishers, and really not a lot of announcements in general.  Whoever planned for this years Otakon really blew it.  Placing it between the biggest industry cons was a serious mistake.  Attendance was barely changed from last years numbers.  Even with this economy, AX showed a reasonable rise, and SDCC sold out at least two months sooner than last year.  So it’s not that people aren’t going to the cons, they just need more time in between to replenish cash reserves.  Otakon, stay in August.

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This Week in Manga For 7/4-7/10/09

I’m gonna try and make this a weekly feature, rounding up the stories from the week I found most interesting from the web and twitter.  Of course, I’ll be adding my own two cents with some commentary on the news items.

Anime Expo – 7/2-7/5/09

Normally associated with anime (obviously), manga pubs usually have a presence at AX, as a booth and/or panel.  Though, with the tough economy, smaller pubs seem to be fleeing the crowds and expense of SDCC, in favor of a more targeted audience.  Here ae some items I want to highlight.

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This Week at Manga Village ** 12/12/08

It’s a new week, and a new round of reviews from the Manga Village.  Charles Tan starts things with a big dose of reality with Real Volume 1 from Viz.  Alex Hoffman balances the reality with some fantasy with Stray Little Devil Volume 1 from DR Masters.  John Thomas brings a Samurai Classic back with Lone Wolf and Cub Volume 1 from Dark Horse.  Katherine Farmar wants to Close the Last Door Volume 1from DMP/June.  I check out Record of a Fallen Vampire Volume 2 from Viz.

We’ve got our weekly picks up for last minute shopping (only a week and a half left until Christmas…) and our Manga of the Month for November.  Over at Good Comics for Kids, I have my weekly All ages comics and manga list, and Esther Keller has a review of Yen Press’ only all ages title, World of Quest.

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This Week at Manga Village ** 11/28-12/5/08

Had enough of turkey leftovers and Black Friday news?  Need to shop for that manga fan in your live?  Let the Manga Villagers help you make that shopping list!  The first week features the reviews debut of our newest reviews Justin Colussy-Estes and Alex Hoffman.  But Dan Polley starts the week with Pastel Volume 12 from Del Rey Manga.  Charles Tan shows off Puri Puri Volume 6 from DR Masters.  John Thomas cuts into Black Jack Volume 2 from Vertical.  Justin Colussy-Estes isn’t bugged by Mushishi Volume 3 from Del Rey Manga.  Alex Hoffman starts the holiday weekend with Ral Ω Grad Volume 1 from Viz Media.

December starts with my review of Nightmares For Sale Volume 1 from Aurora.  Dan Polley reviews a rare science fiction title Gankutsuou: The Count of Monty Cristo Volume 1 from Del Rey Manga.  Alex Hoffman brings us a Yen Press title, Kieli Volume 1.  Katherine Farmar makes a Manga Village first with the lowest score for the BL title World’s End from DMP/June.  Justin Colussy-Estes has a different kind of horror with Hansel & Gretel from Viz Media.

We make our weekly picks for 11/26/08 and 12/04/08.  Over at Good Comics for Kids I have my picks for all ages comics for 11/26/08 and 12/04/08.  I also have a review of the Doctor Who Classics comic series, and Brigid Alverson interviews Bryce Coleman of Tokyopop about their new color manga Orange.

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This Week at Manga Village ** 11/21/08

Well, it’s been quite a week at Manga Village.  You might see some new faces as you look around, but I’ll get to that in a little bit.  Let’s start with our reviews for this week.  Charles Tan starts things off with another season-appropriate sports title, Eyeshield 21 Volume 22 from Viz.  Dan Polley has quite a tale with Fairy Tail Volume 4 from Del Rey.  Katherine Famar gets aquainted with You and Harujion from Deux.  I take a new Viz title for a walk with Nora: The Last Chonicle of Devildom Volume 1.   John Thomas gets his learn on with Style School Volume 3 from Dark Horse.

We make our weekly picks this week as usual, with just one minor change.  We have a new villager!  Yes, Alex Hoffman from the blog Manga Widget has joined the crew and starts out with giving a pick with the rest of us.  Hopefully we’ll have reviews going up from him real soon!  Good Comics for Kids has been pretty busy this week too.  Not only do I have my weekly all ages list up, but I also have a review of the first new Naruto Chapter book, Naruto, The Boy Ninja from Viz.  Should your younger kids read it?  Go find out!  Sabrina Fritz has a review of the Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, both the manga and the novel.

This Week at Manga Village ** 11/16/08

It’s another round of reviews from the Villagers, with this week leading off in a gentile way with A Gentleman’s Kiss from Deux by Katherine Famar.  A true Gentleman needs a butler, so Charles Tan serves us a new Hayate Combat Butler Volume 8 from Viz.  And since butlers always need some little kid to look after, Dan Polley brings the cute Mao-Chan Volume 1 from Del Rey.  But where will they all live?  How about the Magic Lover’s Tower Volume 1-2 from DR Masters reviewed by me?  And who will guard the tower?  Inukami! Volume 1 of course from Seven Seas Entertainment reviewed by John Thomas.

Over in our columns, we’ve got our picks for the week, as well as our top manga for the month of October.  It was another close run again this week.  Check out what we liked.  And then over at Good Comics for Kids, I’ve have the latest All Ages list, and check out the review of Avalon: Web of Magic by Ester Keller.

This Week at Manga Village ** 11/7/08

We’ve had some changes come up at Manga Village.  Last week we had to say good-bye one of our launch reviewers, as she left to pursue other projects.  We wish her well, but that leaves us with a gap to be filled in our reviewer line up.  We’d also like to get some regular columns going, so if you have an interest in writing, and a strong grasp of the English language, email me at mangavillage at gmail dot com with the title Reviewer/Columnist Wanted and a sample of your work.  Or you can email me here.

On to the reviews!  We started the week off with a sweet treat from Dan Polley with Kitchen Princess Volume 8 from Del Rey.  Charles Tan then reviews the Korean manhwa Old Boy Volume 1 from Dark Horse.  Katherin Farmar continues her review of Voice or Noise with Volume 2 from BLU.  John Thomas grabs his cape and utility belt to bring you Bat-Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan from Pantheon.  Lissa Patillo graces our review column one more time with another guest review of Future Lovers Volume 1 from Deux Press.  Thanks Lissa!

We make our new picks for the week in our Picks ‘n Mix column.  And in our ad for Reviewers and Columnists, I’m also looking for help with handling BL title review copies.  Check the ad for all the details.  And then, over at Good Comics for Kids blog, I’ve got my latest All Ages New Releases List.

This Week at Manga Village ** 10/31/08

Ha!  I’m getting a weekly done on the actually week!  Yeah, I had to take the day off from work to do it, but hey…  Actually, I took the day off for Halloween, and this is just a benefit.  But, staying in the spirit of things, we’ve got some spooky reviews for you this week!

I start out this week with another review of Yumekui Kenbun: Nightmare Inspector Volume 4 from Viz.  SCharles Tan brings another delivery from Dark Horse with Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Volume 7.  John Thomas brings some Samurai action with Afro Samurai Volume 1 from Seven Seas Entertainment.  Afros can be scary…  Then we go for some animal themed BL with Voice or Noise Volume 1 from BLU by Katherine Farmar, and LIssa Patillo makes a guest appearance with a review of Ruff Love from Deux Press.  Some people (mostly guys) think BL is scary…  So, we’ve got something scare everyone!

We do our weekly picks for this spooky halloween, and our reviewers are either going batty or dreaming of Akihabara.  But don’t be melancholy!  We wouldn’t steer you wrong!  Over at Good Comics for Kids at School Library Journal I have the kids picks for this week, as well as some Halloween picks.

This Week at Manga Village ** 10/17-10/24/08

I guess I’ll be doing this every other week from now on.  That seems to be the pattern I’m falling into.  Not intentionally mind you.  Last weekend I was sick, and spent most of it on the couch.  It just seems to be something comes up every other weekend.  I guess that’s better than every weekend.  Anyway…on to the reviews!

I start things out with a look at Togari Volume 6 from Viz.  Charles Tan checks out an older series with Warcraft: Dragon Hunt Volume 1 from Tokyopop.  Katherine Farmar goes into a Freefall Romance from DMP/June Manga.  John Thomas takes a virtual trip to Japan with The Akiba: A Manga Guide to Akihabara from Kondansha America.  Does Dan Polley object to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Case Book Volume 1 from Del Rey?  You’ll have to click the link to find out.

Week 2 starts with  Charles Tan has more football antics with Volume 21 of Eyeshield 21 from Viz.  Katherine Farmar is back with a Deux title this time with Future Lovers Volume 1.  Dan Polley spreads his wings with a look at a new Del Rey title, Papillon Volume 1.  John Thomas ends the week with an old school series rereleased by Dark Horse Comics, Astro Boy Volumes 1 & 2.  Also check out a double dose of our weekly picks for 10/15 and 10/22.

Over at Good Comics for Kids at School Library Journal, I’ve got my newest All Ages Comics and Manga List for 10/15 and 10/22.  And while it’s not strictly manga, Sabrina Fritz has reviews up of Pendragon GN Volume 1 and Korgi GN Volume 1.  Then, just in time for the spooky holiday coming up, I have a review of Cowa! from Viz.

This Week at Manga Village ** 10/3-10/10/08

I missed another week, I know, but I did have an almost good reason.  Starting in October, the Good Comics for Kids blog has moved to School Library Journal, and I had to wait for my login to start posting my weekly comic list post, which I didn’t get until late in the weekend, and then I forgot.  Anyway…

September finished with Metro Survive Volume 2 from DR Masters by me, and Cat Eyed Boy Volume 2 from Viz by Charles Tan.  October started with Wild Rock BL from DMP/June by Katherine Farmar, and John Thomas gave his own take on Cat Eyed Boy Volume 1 from Viz.

Dan Polley started this week out with Air Gear Volume 9 from Del Rey Manga.  Charles Tan got big again with the VizBIG edition of Rurouni Kenshin Volume 3 from Viz.  John Thomas continued with the gore-fest that is Gantz Volume 2 from Dark Horse Comics.  Katherine Farmar hopes you have enough time for her reivew of the BL title Not Enough Time from DMP/June.

We made our new releases picks for last week and this week.  We also picked our Manga of the Month for September.  Don’t forget that you can keep up with all our columns with this feed.  At Good Comics for Kids, we not only got a new home, but new chibis!  My first post is of course the All Ages list for 10/1.  Katherine Dacey has a review of Suihelibe! Volume 1 from CMX.  Then I’m back with the All Ages list for this week.  You can follow everything we do with this RSS feed.