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PR: Kodansha Advanced Media Joins J-POP Summit in S.F.

Kodansha Advanced Media, or KAM, is going to be a big deal to those of us who want more of our manga in digital, as they have taken over managing Kodansha Comics’ digital media. This exhibit features several prominent Kodansha manga artists, and is not only free for visitors who are in San Francisco, but online as well for those of us not so fortunate.

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Weekly Top Ten – August 1, 2015

Weekly Top Ten MangaEvery week, the New York Times and Amazon posts the top ten bestselling books. The New York Times gets their numbers from print sales from retailers, while Amazon and Vizmanga.com calculates their own numbers. Once a month the Nielsen Bookscan posts their top twenty graphic novels of which manga is included. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, and some way-off analysis of the activity.

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Until Death Do Us Part Volume 3-4

Haruka and Mamoru finish off the invisible enemy and its operator, the hit man Fang. Sierra is injured and is off the case for a while, leading to the introduction to the abrasive Juliet, who Haruka doesn’t get along with. Turus ups the ante by offering a bounty on Haruka and Mamoru that draws in killers from around the world. Mamoru becomes the bait for them while Haruka has an adventure of her own with some friends from school. Meanwhile, Wiseman, one of those attracted by the bounty makes his move, finding Mamoru’s weak spot, setting up a trap meant to take care of the blind swordsman for good.

Until Death Do Us Part Volume 3-4
Until Death 3Story by Hiroshi Takashige; Illustrated by DOUBLE-S
Publisher: Yen Press
Age Rating: Older Teen
Genre: Action
Price: $18.99
Rating: ★★★½☆

Once again, there is a lot going on in these two volumes of Until Death Do Us Part, but not much happens. Mamoru and his sword still dominate the action, but there are a few shining moments here and there that keep me just interested enough to keep reading.

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Fruits Basket Returns with Sequel

fruits-basket-anotherFruits Basket was a big license last decade. The shojo about a family cursed to turn into one of the Chinese Zodiac when they hug someone of the opposite sex was credited with such a big seller for Tokyopop that it kept the company afloat for several years. Sadly, the series has been out of print ever since Tokyopop lost the license and ended publishing 2011. Japan however is getting a 2-in-1 collectors edition re-release of the series. To celebrate this, mangaka Natsuki Takaya will launch a sequel series on Hakusensha’s HanaLaLa Online website for free, with new chapters available every Friday starting September 4.

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This Week’s Manga: A Silent Chi

This Week's Manga

A Silent Voice 2It’s a fairly quiet release list for this week, but there are some strong titles to liven it up. If you haven’t read A Silent Voice Vol 1 from Kodansha Comics, go read it, right now. I’ll wait. If you haven’t heard of A Silent Voice, have you been living under a rock? The first volume has had tremendous word of mouth that’s pushed it’s sales up to Fairy Tail levels. The story sneaks up on you and then crushes your with so much emotion. But it’s a story that needs to be told, and read. I put off reading it for a while, for fear of all those emotions, but once I did, I was glad. I can’t wait now to see what happens in vol 2. Seven Seas Entertainment made a score when they picked up Haven’t You Heard I’m Sakamoto. The series was nominated for several awards, including the Manga Taisho. It’s one of the several Seven Seas’ titles I’ve been looking forward to reading.

Chi’s Sweet Home is a title I have been reading and loving, even though as the series has gone on, it’s gotten a little darker. But going back to the “good old days” of volumes 1-3 just fills you with so much fun and hope. Vertical Comics has made that easy for the last few readers out there who haven’t managed to pick it up with their new Complete Chi’s Sweet Home Vol 1. It collects the first three volumes of the series that tells Chi’s adventures with the Yamadas and Blackie the “bearcat.” If you already have these volumes, don’t worry, Vertical has found a way to make you want to buy it again. There are bonus comics included from creator Konami Kanata’s previous series Fuku Fuku, about an adult cat who lives with an older woman. Fuku Fuku was funny and charming and just another reason to pick up this volume.

Full List per Diamond Distributors:

KODANSHA COMICS
Fairy Tail Volume 49 GN, $10.99
Silent Voice Volume 2 GN, $10.99
Yamada-Kun And The Seven Witches Volume 3 GN, $10.99

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
Dragonar Academy Volume 7 GN, $12.99
Haven’t You Heard I’m Sakamoto Volume 1 GN, $12.99

VERTICAL COMICS
Complete Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 1 TP, $24.95

PR: Maid-Sama Prepares to Serve Up the Rom-Com

Maid-Sama is a license rescue from Tokyopop. It was a series they launched after their restructuring in 2008 and they published 8 volumes before shutting down publication in 2011. While a lot of Viz’s rescues are digital only, this title is not only getting a print release, it is coming out as 2-in-1 omnibuses. This should get the series through the previous published material fast and into the unpublished that fans will really be looking for.

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PR: Demon Prince is in the House

Viz is a little late in getting this press release out. Not only did the series come out at the beginning of July, but pre-release copies were sold at Anime Expo. Better late than never though, right? I’m interested in this series, and hope my copy will arrive soon. I’ve seen people seeing it’s similar to Kamisama Kiss, but since I like that series too, I can only see this as a good thing.

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Weekly Top Ten – July 25, 2015

Weekly Top Ten Manga

Every week, the New York Times and Amazon posts the top ten bestselling books. The New York Times gets their numbers from print sales from retailers, while Amazon and Vizmanga.com calculates their own numbers. Once a month the Nielsen Bookscan posts their top twenty graphic novels of which manga is included. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, and some way-off analysis of the activity.

NYTBS

 

New York times Bestseller List for the week ending July 18, 2015

  1. Worlds Greatest First Love 2The World’s Greatest First Love Vol 2     
  2. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1     ↓ 1
  3. 12 Beast Vol 2     
  4. Naruto Vol 70     ↑ 2
  5. Big Hero Six Vol 1     ↓ 1
  6. Attack on Titan Vol 1     ↑ 1
  7. Bleach Vol 64     ↓ 5
  8. Assassination Classroom  Vol 1   ↓ 3
  9. UQ Holder Vol 5     
  10. Sword Art Online: Progressive Novel Vol 2     ↓ 7

A new title takes over the top spot this week as The World’s Greatest Love from Viz Media’s SuBLime imprint debuts at #1. 12 Beast Vol 2 from Seven Seas Entertainment tries to make its debut higher, but can only get to the #3 spot as Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1 blocks it. Big Hero Six Vol 1 is doing well as it hits its 17 week on the list, only 90 weeks behind Attack on Titan Vol 1. Assassination Classroom Vol 1 has had its ups and downs, but it’s just hit 16 weeks on the list, making it the third oldest. Not bad for a title considered a “worst” graphic novel for kids by the ALA.

Amazon

 

Amazon.com for the week ending July 25, 2015

  1. TokyoGhoul-GN01Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1     ↔ 6
  2. No Game No Life Novel Vol 2     ↑ 5
  3. Naruto Vol 71    
  4. Prison School Vol 1     ↑ 6
  5. Akame ga Kill Vol 3     ↑ 4
  6. My Hero Academia Vol 1     
  7. Attack on Titan Vol 1     
  8. Tokyo Ghoul Vol 2     ↓ 4
  9. Black Butler Vol 20     
  10. Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past     ↓ 8

The top title doesn’t change at Amazon for the 6th week in a row as Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1 holds on tight to the top spot. The pre-order for Naruto Vol 71 holds its own at #3. The pre-order for My Hero Academia Vol 1 returns as its release date draws closer. Attack on Titan Vol 1 returns as well showing it not invincible, but more like a super ball, always bouncing back. Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past makes a big bounce down. Does it have what it takes for the bounce back up? The only new title on the list if from Yen Press with their perennial top seller Black Butler, now at Vol 20, but their other titles No Game No Life Novel Vol 2, Prison School Vol 1 and Akame ga Kill Vol 3 all show they have some life in them.

∗ = New Release
↑ = Title moved up specified # of spots
↓ = Title moved down specified # of spots
↔ = Title didn’t moved from previous week with total # of weeks
↵ = Title returned after dropping off list with total # of weeks (when available)

Eisner Win for Shigeru Mizuki’s Showa Manga

Showa 1939-44On Friday, July 10, 2015, the Wil Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced during San Diego Comic Con. Five titles and six volumes were announced in the Best US Edition of International Material – Asia, essentially the manga category, but only one title could win. The award went to Drawn and Quarterly’s release of Showa 1939-1944 A History of Japan and Showa 1945-1953: A History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki.

The title faced some tough competition as it went up against Viz Media’s All You Need is Kill, One-Punch Man, and Master Keaton, Vertical’s In Clothes Called Fat, and Yen Press’ Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki. The volumes of Showa that were nominated and won covered Japan’s history from World War II to the aftermath and Occupation. The series was nominated last year for both an Eisner and a Harvey, for the first volume, 1926-1939.

I haven’t had a chance to read any of these volumes yet. My love of history has them on my want list, but my wallet has told me to wait. I must admit I was hoping Master Keaton would win. I do love that series so much, and the first volume was a great showcase for who Keaton is and what he does. But I certainly can’t fault the awards committee for picking not just the title, but both volumes. It portrays a dramatic time in Japan’s history and shows that history doesn’t have to be boring.

 

Seven Seas Picks Up The Other Side of Secret

sevenseaslogoSeven Seas Entertainment is a publisher that doesn’t go to a lot of cons, but they still make sure you remember them during con season. A few days after the hoopla of SDCC was over they made another new license announcement.

othersideofsecret-imgThe Other Side of Secret is from Kadokawa’s Comic Alive manga magazine. Several of Seven Seas’ titles have come from there, such as Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends, Girls und Panzer, and Non Non Biyori. This senien series follows Yuto, a boy, who seven years earlier watched his sister disappear through a strange portal. When he said the door appear again, and two girls go through it, he follows them, intent on finding his sister. He is transported to a strange and dangerous world, where he does find his sister, but at a price. He causes a terrible tragedy that costs the lives of many of the world’s inhabitants. It’s up to Yuto to find a way to atone for his actions and bring his sister back home.

The series just stated last September, and there are three volumes out so far. Seven Seas has announced a release date in a little under a year; July 7, 2016. This is another male-gaze heavy title for their library that I will be passing on. But something I’m noticing about Seven Seas’ library is that they are very eclectic in what they pick up. They seem to cater to genres that the big publishers like Viz and Kodansha steer away from, and that Yen Press has dabbled in. While they seem to have plenty of titles I wouldn’t touch, they take chances on a lot of other titles I would like, making them a great publisher to have around.