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This Week in Manga: 7/9-7/16/10

Manga Factory Direct

Anime News Network was able to talk to company representative Mika Ogata and get some more details about Manga Factory and their prior relationship with Aurora. Despite having been former employees and having volumes of the defunct publishers books for sale, there is no connection between Manga Factory and Aurora. They are completely new company. The books are just a way to get some funds in. They won’t be making any announcements for licenses for the summer, but considering they’ve just started, that’s understandable. And I think it makes total sense for former employees to band together like this and create their own company. They no doubt have the contacts and the knowledge of the US manga market, that executives back in Japan that were calling the shots didn’t. This is like a manga fan’s dream come true, and I hope they succeed, just to prove that dreams like this can still come true.

Manga at the Harveys

The Harveys are awards nominated by and chosen for people in the comics industry. Since this is for the US comics industry, manga doesn’t make a big splash except in the “American Edition of Foreign Material” category. Two manga got nominations this year, and they are the two most likely to be read by comics fans; 20th Century Boys and Pluto, both by Naoki Urasawa. No one can deny the strength of these stories. Urasawa knows how to tell a tale and tell it well. On the surface it might seem hard to choose between the two, but not for me. I’m going for Pluto all the way. Winners will be announced at the San Diego Comic Con next weekend.

Is the Pressure working?

Found via Twitter. Another site that hosted scanlations has bowed to legal pressures and taken down all of the manga from members in the coalition. Manga Toshokan announced last night on their forums that:

we have been advised to remove all series serialized by the publishers in the coalition.

That doesn’t mean they have taken down everything. There is still manga from publishers not in the coalition, as well as manhwa and manhua. Needless to saw (but I’ll say it anyway), this has led to a lengthy thread that was at 77 pages as of this writing. Manga Toshokan realizes that they will lose a lot of their members because of this, and have a created a survey that they intend to send to publishers in the coalition. The questions seem worded mostly to say that sites like theirs are wanted and needed. While I don’t doubt that a digital solution is needed, I don’t think their survey will do much to sway anyone. It’s a different tactic though. Better than screaming obscenities at the publishers or crying for a boycott.

Planning for SDCC

If you’re going to the San Diego Comic Con this year, you’d better have a plan. With so many people and so many panels, there’s no way to just “wing it”. You’ll never get to see anything but the backs of the people in line ahead of you who DID have a plan. Kate Dacey at the Manga Critic helps you get started with information on some of the smaller publishers with panel times and special signing they’ll be hosting. Melinda Beasi of Manga Bookshelf has some of the activities for Viz and Tokyopop as well, which covers most of the publishers that will be there. I’d say it’s sad to have a year without CMX, except they never got a far shake at the DC booth. They have one of the larger booths just for the comics (not counting the Warner Bros booth which is usually next door) and they couldn’t even be bothered to give CMX their own table or put out samplers to promote them. It’s been said before, but I have to say it again. Screw you, DC.

NYT Best Seller List

It’s a new week, so that means a new best seller list. Starting from the top, we have Twilight in its usual spot of #1 of the Hardback list. It seems to be getting comfortable there, doesn’t it? Kicking off the manga list, we have not only a debut title, but it comes right in at #1. Ouran High School Host Club vol 14 kicks Naruto vol 48 back to #2. The newest One Piece vol 54 also debuts at #3, officially ending the massive manga wave, which leaves last week’s #1, The Last Airbender to fall to #4. Vampire Knight vol 10 takes a dive as well, from #2 to #5, and drops Soul Eater for Black Butler vol 2. I think they’re better suited for each other anyway. The third debut is Shaman King vol 29 coming in at #7 while Black Butler vol 1 moves back up to #8. Gotta keep an eye on those vampires.  Fourth and Fifth debuts are both shojo. Nana vol 21 takes the #9 spot while Stepping on Roses vol 1 takes #10. This is quite a week as the girls rock the list and show the guys who’s really in charge. Viz comes off the winner too, with 7/10 and 4 of the top 5 spots. I wonder what they’ll have to announce at SDCC that will be appearing here soon (no doubt).

News From Japan

New Crayon Shin-chan Manga

Japanese publisher Futabasha has announced that a new series of Crayon Shin-chan will launch in the Sept. issue of Monthly Manga Town, where the original ran until the untimely death of its mangaka Yoshito Usui in a climbing accident last year. This new series will be done by Usui’s assistants, and the series will be officially credited at “Yoshito Usui and UY Studio”. It will be called Shin Crayon Shin-chan (New Crayon Shin-chan) and will continue to follow the madcap adventures of kindergartener Shin and his family and friends. I think this is a nice way to give tribute to the mangaka. Though I’m starting to think the series itself is cursed in the US. It was first licensed by Comics One, and then picked up by CMX, neither company even got close to completing its run. Maybe this is a series best left unlicensed.

Manga For Your Ears

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This Week at Manga Village

What I’ve been Reading

  • Paradise Kiss vol 1
  • Chi’s Sweet Home vol 1-2
  • Neko Raman vol 1
  • Bakuman vol 1

This Week in Manga: 7/3-7/8/10

Anime Expo Con’t

Anime Expo continued on Saturday and Sunday, but there was only one panel the rest of the weekend of interest to manga readers. Viz Media held their panel on Saturday. Most of their news was just reiterations of previously confirmed titles through sightings on Amazon, but they did have some new titles, all from already known and published mangaka here in the US. Deb Aoki has the run down about the panel and new licenses.  She also takes a closer look at DMP’s new titles. Also announced at Viz’s panel was the streaming of a new anime series, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan. It’s published in Weekly Shonen Jump in Japan. Any bets on this being a new license to be announced at SDCC? Maybe it will be serialized in Shonen Jump magazine, and there will be something worth reading other than just One Piece! Am I just dreaming now? Probably.

AX’s Manga Evolution

Over at Robot6, Brigid Alverson takes a look at the evolution of manga publishers and their announcements at AX over the last 5-6 years. It’s an interesting bell curve, as you can see publisher attendance and announcements seem to wax and wane with the market. It’s a good history lesson, so go check it out.  I’ll wait.  What would be really interesting is to look at this trend and compare it to manga publishers at San Diego Comic Con. Does SDCC follow the same trend? Or would it show a different kind of graph? I think the announcements line would go up for SDCC, but publishers attending would go down. It takes money to exhibit at SDCC, and not everyone can make it every year.

THE Manga Database

Matt Blind, the Charles Schwab of the manga world, spent the holiday weekend putting together what must the definitive list of manga published in english since 2000. If you followed him on twitter, you would know of his trials of updating the list, and having enough beer. But what he created is truly wonderous. You won’t find a more comprehensive list anywhere else. And, being the generous man that he is, he has made it available for free in several different formats. If you’ve ever wondered just how many titles and/or volumes of manga have been published in english, this where you start. And it will make an AWESOME checklist, for those of us OCD enough to keep one.

Another Home Run for Manga

UK manga blogger Kimi-chan has an endorsement for manga as an aid for getting reluctant readers to pick up a book. Her son is lot like my youngest daughter. She would sit and read the video game manuals, but getting her to read prose books could be a chore. Kimi-chan’s manga of choice was Ninja Baseball Kyuma, an all ages title from Udon Entertainment. If you’re a teacher, librarian or parent, definitely read about her experience with her son and manga. One thing I found rather humorous, was her worrying about her son knowing about baseball. It’s obviously not as popular in the UK as it is in the US and Japan. Is there a cricket manga, do you think?

NYT Best Seller List

And now, on to the 10 manga list. Twilight on top of the Hardback Graphic Books? Check. Naurto #1 on the Manga list? Vol 48 Check! Vampire Knight vol 10 at #2? NO! WHAT?! The #2 spot is held by The Last Airbender, the graphic adaptation of the movie now out in theaters. This is probably better, shorter, and cheaper than the movie. Vampire Knight vol 10 has to settle for #3 with its new best friend Soul Eater vol 3 at #4. Can manga from two different publisher mingle like this? Black Butler vol 2 might have something to say about this as it leaps two to come in at #5. And what’s a butler without a maid? Maid-Sama vol 5 debuts at #6 to use some of that Bleach vol 31 which falls to #7. Proving that not all vampires are angsty is Hellsing vol 10 falls two to # 8, but hanging on for its 5th week. Who says manga is just for kids?! Naruto vol 47 reappears at #9, as does Yen Press’ most impressive butler, Black Butler vol 1, serving #10. Wow. All of Del Rey’s titles from last week got kicked, which in Fairy Tail‘s case is a crime. And speaking of crimes, two repeat offenders are two-timing the list! Can a butler beat a ninja? Stay tuned to find out.

Manga For Your Ears

Spiraken Manga Reviews

This Week at Manga Village

What I’m Reading

  • One Piece vol 41
  • One Piece vol 42
  • Vampire Hunter D vol 4
  • Culdcept vol 1
  • Gestalt vol 6

This Week in Manga: 6/19-6/25/10


Movable MANHWA Feast

This week started the June edition of the Movable Manga Feast, with one slight change. The manga is actually a manhwa, or Korean comic. The title chosen was The Color of… Trilogy. These three books are about a young girl growing up in turn of the century Korea. This edition’s host is Melinda Beasi of Manga Bookshelf. This Feast has turned out to be different, and not just because the books are from Korea. There were a lot more unfavorable reviews this time compared to other feasts. Most participants had more things they didn’t like about the trilogy than did, and were more than happy to express them. Some of the conversations spilled over onto Twitter. While I had my own problems with the trilogy, I just didn’t see the sexism that many other bloggers did. At least, not in the way that they did. Many had strong feelings about the books, but I didn’t. I didn’t see anything to really get worked up about. And even though the book is about the daughter, I found myself relating more to the mother. But that’s probably because I’m a mother of 2 daughters myself. If you haven’t checked out a MMF, this is one you definitely should. It’s a very diverse range of opinions, well worth checking out.

The Games Aggegators Play

It seemed the like good guys had won. After the formation of the manga publishers coalition, scan aggregator sites seemed to be taking down licensed titles. On popular sites Onemanga and Mangafox, titles such as Naruto and Bleach were gone from the front page, but were they really gone from the site? Deb Aoki looked into it off of a tip from UK Blogger Kimi-chan and found that not only was manga not being taken off the site, a savvy user could find these titles and still read them. Not cool. As Deb’s article goes on, it’s not just translated scans that are still going up, it’s also complete scans of the english published books that are going up on these sites. While I think one can argue that scanlations of unlicensed manga can exit as a grey area, putting up straight scans of not just licensed works, but works that were created in english (OEL) IS wrong. And it seems to be the fans who are responsible for a lot of these works appearing on the site, as Kimi-chan again reveals. This isn’t going to be an easy battle.

Another Manga Publisher Blasted?

Lissa Pattillo of Kuri-ousity picked up the “indefinite” removal of three manga titles by publisher Media Blasters from online retailers. The titles are two BL, and Akihabara@Deep. Lissa also notes the distinct lack of information from the publisher, and these are two signs that in the past have spelled doom for a publisher. Media Blasters isn’t exclusively a manga publisher, and they don’t have a lot of books, but the ones they did license ran the gambit of genres. If it’s a sales issue, maybe part of their problem is similar to CMX’s. You gotta get the books into stores. I don’t think I’ve EVER seen a Media Blasters title in any Barnes and Noble or Borders I’ve visited. That’ can’t be good for sales. What’s really sad, it that the Akihabara@Deep volume, #6, is the final volume in the series. Not only might we lose another publisher, but it’ll be another title left unfinished.

Beginnings and Endings

From Japan: Two manga currently licensed here will be ending their runs in Japan. Ouran High School Host Club, a popular shojo manga here will be starting its “final arc” in the July issue of Lala. Of course, that could mean another 2-3 volumes before the series ends. But we do know now that it will end. House of Five Leaves, which is published in Ikki will be ending its run in July, setting the volume count at 9. Viz publishers both of these titles. House of Five Leaves can be read at their Sigikki site, though the first volume has been delayed and will be released in September. On this side of the Pacific, Del Rey has announced 2 more “Odd” Thomas adaptations. The first volume got mixed reviews, but they must has sold well enough for Del Rey to commission two more.

NYT Best Sellers List

There’s still some variety on the list this week. Viz still holds 5 of the 10 spots, but some of the other publishers are still hanging on, and that’s a good sign! First, Twilight is still at the top of the Hardback list. Yen Press must be thrilled with this one. In manga, Naruto vol 48 holds the top spot again at #1, and is still followed by Vampire Knight vol 10 at #2. Soul Eater vol 3 from Yen Press debuts at #3, pushing Bleach vol 31 back to #4. Hellsing vol 10 and Black Butler vol 2 both take a step back to spots #5 and #6, with Yu-Gi-Oh! R vol 5 staying with them at #7. Negima! Magister Negi Magi vol 26 gets a third week in a row on the list, and a second week at #8. Naruto vol 47 holds on to the #9 spot while Alice in the Country of Hearts vol 3 falls 2 to #10. Yen Press has the only new entry to the list this week, and is the only publisher to have more than one title, other than Viz of course. I’m happy to see Hellsing sticking around. Guess a lot of people wanted to read the end.

Manga For Your Ears

Manga Out Loud

Spiraken Manga Review

This Week at Manga Village

What I’ve Read

  • One Fine Day vol 2
  • 20th Century Boys vol 9
  • Time and Again vol 2-3

This Week in Manga 5/15-5/21/10


Do you “Size” Up?

Inspired by a conversation on Twitter about what it means to be a fan, Ed Sizemore of the Manga Worth Reading blog tries to clarify his position. I bring this up because there has been a lot of talk about digital piracy and it’s effects on manga publishers. Ed’s view is basically that you can only call yourself a fan if you invest yourself, time and money, in the thing that you love. While I can see where he’s coming from, I can’t say I completely agree with his position. I don’t think there should be parameters put on what makes someone a fan of something. Being a fan of something, whether it’s TV, movies, or manga, shouldn’t be contingent on how much time you spend talking up a show or buying everything sight that branded with it. I’m a fan of Castle, but I don’t feel a burning need to buy the book or DVDs. I’m fine with watching the show every week. Does that make me less of a fan than someone who makes Lego Castle and Beckett figures? I don’t think so. By the same token, people or borrow manga from a friend or the library can still be fans of manga without actually buying the books, or obsessing over them. I would say you could start to draw the line at people who read licensed material at illegal aggregator sites, but I would still be reluctant to do so. Stealing the material doesn’t mean you’re still not a fan.  You’re just a bad fan. Trying to put up walls about what makes someone a fan will only keep more people out than what should be the desired effect, to get more people in.

When It Rains, It Pours

What a depressing way to come home from work. The news about DC pulling the plug on CMX not only shocked me, it completely ruined my week. Yes, the news of other publishers going under was sad, but most of them hadn’t released a title in at least 6 months, some longer. CMX was not only continuing to release titles, they were putting up new titles.  They were active on Twitter. There was nothing, no sign to indicate that there was a problem. The way it looks is that DC is run by a bunch of asshats who don’t like anything that doesn’t appeal to the male 13-21 demographic, and if anything like that still exists at the company, it must be stamped out immediately.  But don’t just take my word for it. Check out the many articles and blog posts people have written about it, expressing their feelings as well. DC really struck a nerve with this one, and not in a good way. But that’s “business as usual” for them, isn’t it?

Cross Game Online

On Monday, Viz started the serialization of Cross Game, a coming of age story and the game of baseball. The first two chapters are up and can be read for free online. I guess Viz’s experiment with online manga is working for them, or else we wouldn’t keep seeing new titles being introduced. I’m curious to see how successful this title turns out to be. Sports manga hasn’t traditionally done well in the US, despite us being a very sports oriented culture.

Peer Pressure

Manga companies and fans alike would do well to listen to the words of Audrey Taylor, former creative director of Go! Comi. She delves out some advice from her experience at Go! Comi, much of which has been said before, but perhaps coming from a fellow publisher, the words won’t go unheeded. While most of the advice is directed at publishers, readers can take something away from her words too. Once a book has been licensed and published, you don’t need to “build an audience” for it anymore. Posting legal copies online DOES hurt the company you are supposedly trying to help. If you want to “build an audience” then promote the publisher. Don’t scan their book to put online, and don’t continue to scanlate them. I know some people will claim they have to keep scanlating since there’s no guarantee the publisher will complete the series, but that’s just a self-fulfilling prophesy. By continuing to make illegal copies available, less people will buy the books, which makes it harder for the publisher to stay in business, so that when they go out of business you can justify your illegal acts.

Tokyopop-ing Up

Finally we are seeing some progress from Tokyopop’s restructuring from 2 years ago. First TP announced a film based on the manhwa Priest, and now they have plans in the works for The Dreaming, an OEL manga by Queenie-Chan, to become a film.  It will be interesting to see if this venture pans out. The Priest production has gone through a lot to get to a release date. Hopefully, The Dreaming won’t have the same problems.

Two possible new licenses were also sighted on Amazon this week, purported to be coming from Tokyopop. Both are shojo titles from Hakusensha. Sorairo Kaigen is a high school romance about a girl who is rescued on a bus by a boy who may be from her past. It’s complete at 6 volumes. Kirameki Gingachou Shoutengai is a little long at 10 volumes and is a romantic comedy about 6 friends who grew up in the Galaxy Street Shopping Center. Both look interesting, and with the loss of CMX, we need a new source of Hakusensha titles.

NYT Best Seller List

Viz holds 8 of the 10 titles on this week’s list again, and it’s back to business as usual. First, over in the hardback comics list, Kick-Ass and Twilight have switched places again, with Twilight falling back to #2.  Over on the manga list, Black Bird vol 4 keeps hold of the #1 spot for a second week, while Naruto vol 47 returns after a brief stint off last week at #2. D.Gray-man vol 17 holds on to #3 and Inuyasha vol 48 debuts at #4. Black Butler vol 1, one of the two non-Viz titles, returns at #5 as does Rosario Vampire: Season II vol 1 at #6. Falling 5 spots to #7 is Otomen vol 6, while Viz Signature title Biomega vol 2 debuts at #8. Yotsuba&! vol 8, the othe non-Viz title falls back 4 to #9, and only one One Piece, vol 46, hangs onto the list at #10. So Viz continues to dominate with Yen Press being the only other publisher able to hold their own against them week to week. Most of the changes are in which Viz titles will make it to the list, and while not a lot of changes are surprises, it’s nice to see some of the older titles like Inuyasha charting, as well as a Signature title.

Manga For Your Ears

Manga Out Loud

  • Episode 07 – Mechamedia with the Reverse Theives

Sci-Guys Podcast

Spiraken Manga Reviews

This Week at Manga Village

What I’m Reading

  • Otodama v1
  • Antique Bakery v1-2
  • Dinosaur King 1-2

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 ** 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.

This Week at Manga Village ** 9/26/08

Another week gone, and another week of reviews from the Manga Village crew!  The week starts off with a book that should have gone up last Friday, had a remembered it was International Talk Like  Pirate Day, as Charles Tan takes us back to the beginning of One Piece Volume 1 from Viz.  Just in time for it’s new release, John Thomas has the diagnosis on Black Jack Volume 1 from Vertical.  Katherine Farmar checks out a different kind of hybrid with the BL title Hybrid Child from DMP/June.  Dan Polley isn’t quite ready to give up his soul to Hell Girl Volume 3 from Del Rey.

We’ve got our weekly picks and for the first time ever I think, we are all in agreement for one title.  The September Manga of the Month may be a forgone conclusion…  At Good Comics for Kids, I’ve got the new releases for the week.  There’s also a lot of interesting roundups about the end of DC’s Minx line.  Head on over there to check them out.

This Week at Manga Village ** 9/19/08

Still behind, I know.  Sucky week last week.  Not as bad as some, but not my best either.  But, that’s why we’ve got all these wonderful diversions, right?  To distract us from our workaday lives?  So, let’s get to it!

I start the week by giving my take on a not so great title, B.O.D.Y. Volume 2 from Viz.  Katherine Farmar brings a BL smile wih Laugh Under the Sun from DMP/June Manga.  Dan Polley cooks up Kitchen Princess Volume 7 from Del Rey Manga.  John Thomas brings a little Halloween early with The Art of Hideshi Hino from Last Gasp.  (Distrubingly appropriate, don’t you think?)

As usual, we have our weekly picks, with everyone all over the place with their favorites.  Over at Good Comics for Kids, I’ve got my weekly column, All Ages Comics list, and Esther Keller has a review of a Tokyopop manga, Vidia and the Fairy Crown, part of the Disney’s Fairies line.

This Week at Manga Village ** 9/04-9/10/08

Yeah, I know, I did it again.  I missed a week.  And I’m not going to try to make any excuses.  I’m just going to go straight into the reviews.  The first week of September started off with the newest member of our Manga Village Commune, Katherine Farmar.  She’s bringing the BL with her review of Lover’s Flat from DMP/June.  Charles Tan is ready for the return of Monday Night Football with Eyeshield 21 Volume 6 from Viz.  I check out High School Debut Volume 3 from Viz.  John Thomas gets Real Volume 1 from Viz.  Dan Polley gets his ninja on with Naruto Volume 30 from Viz.  Then check out our picks for the week.  They might be a Slam Dunk, or they might not…

This week picks up with Katherine Farmar works some magic with the DMP/June title Spell.  Charles Tan doesn’t run from Cat-Eyed Boy Volume 1 from Viz, nor does Dan Polley from I, Otaku Volume 2 from Seven Seas Entertainment.  But we lose John Thomas to MPD-Psycho Volume 6 from Dark Horse.

Over in our columns, we’ve got two you have to check out!  First is our usual picks of the week.  See if you can be as “tactful” as John was about it.  Then check out our Manga of the Month for August, with a new banner by Lissa Pattillo!  We’ve spiffed things up a bit, and tightened the format.  Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

Meanwhile, over at Good Comics for Kids, I’ve got the new All Ages Comics list for 9/4/08 and 9/10/08 up for your perusal.  Sabrina Fritz also has a review up there for Bizenghast: The Novel (yes, it’s okay to read something with more text than pictures every once in a while).