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.
Continue reading This Week in Manga For 7/4-7/10/09
I’m sure everyone’s heard by now about Viz’s insane idea to catch up One Piece with the Japanese releases. They announced at Anime Expo that they will release 30 volumes in six months starting in January 2010. That’s 5 volumes a month! Back in May, when it was first announced that current One Piece chapters would start showing up in Shonen Jump, I wrote what I thought of that decision. Viz was nuts. I thought they would try to do it in the span before the chapters came out. I was wrong about that. But their response is no better.
Continue reading Are They Nuts?!
Along with the announcement that Funimation would begin streaming the One Piece anime simultaneously with the Japanese showing, waaaaayyyy down at the bottom of the announcement, tucked in the About One Piece section, it was also announced that the US edition of Shonen Jump would start running the manga in line with the Japanese releases. Just like Naruto.
Huh? How are they going to do that?
Naruto‘s catching up seems to be doing well for Viz and Shueisha, if the Japanese publisher has agreed to this. But, Naruto took two years and a mass release of 22 volumes in order to get caught up with the Japanese releases. One Piece, which missed it’s bus thanks to 4Kids raping it and it taking a few years for Funimation to do a proper anime release of it, has a lot further to go. Volume 53 was just published in Japan, and volume 21 will be released here in June. That’s a 32 volume jump. And Viz plans to have the new chapters start in Shonen Jump in the fall of this year!
There is no way they will be able to publish and sell 32 One Piece volumes! Not unless they plan to release nothing else! Or are they going to release a special volume of Shonen Jump to “catch up” to the current chapters? I just don’t see any way they can do this in a minmum of 4 months. Even going with a BIG format, that 11 of those to get out.
While I love One Piece, and I’m all for catching manga up to current releases in Japan, this is just insane! This is not the way to stop scanalations, because there is NO WAY a normal person could catch up to this. Not with this economy, and especially not in California! I thought Viz was nuts to do another Naruto wave in February. I’ve can’t wait to see how they think they are going to manage this.
It’s the holiday season, so that means, shopping, Santa Claus and christmas carols. For me, it means combining manga with christmas carols! This year, I’m doing the most obvious of carols, The Twelve Days of Christmas. From now until Christmas, I will post one line, featuring a manga that I hope goes with the song. So, here goes!
“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, A One Piece for the Pirate King.”
Monkey D. Luffy has the lifelong dream of finding the One Piece, the treasure of the Gold Roger, the former Pirate King, and claim the title for himself. As a child, he ate the Gum-Gum Devil Fruit, and gained the power of elasticity, but lost the ability to swim. Undaunted, he set out on his journey, gathering a crew who have come to believe in Luffy’s dream because of his determination and friendship, as well as believing in their own dreams, and Luffy’s abiltiy to make them all come true.
One Piece is one of those titles I discovered by reading Shonen Jump. I was familiar with the name from the interwebs, but once I started reading it, I really enjoyed it! It’s a lot of fun to read. Eiichiro Oda has created some unique and entertaining characters. At no point in last 18 volumes have I once felt bored reading it. There is plenty of action and adventure, as well as comedy and even a little drama. It’s a great title for teens and adults.
In case you missed it the first time around, Bookcloseouts.com has another sale on Tokyopop books. They range in 50%-75% off, but most of the books I’ve looked at are 60% off. That’s still only $3.99 a book. It’s a steal if there are some older titles that you’ve been thinking about getting.
- Pet Shop of Horrors
- Genju no Seiza
- Dragon Voice
- Dragon Knights
- Vampire Game
- Crescent Moon
- RG Veda – For Clamp Fans
- Clamp no Kisenki – For Clamp Fans
- Comic Party
That should be a good start. Some of those series are only the first couple of volumes. For others, you can get a near complete run! The books are in good shape with maybe just a black mark on the bottom of the books to mark them for closeout. I couldn’t find an expiration date for this sale, but the last one was for a month, so I’m gonna guess the same for this one.
On an unrelated note, but I wanted to point out that Walmart and Amazon.com has the One Piece Season One Uncut Collection for only $22.00. That’s half off the regular price! It’s only for half a season (13 episodes), but at that price it’s a good deal! One Piece really is a great series, and if you’ve been following the manga, it’s really worth it to check out the anime, done properly.
Well, I said I wasn’t going to read my Shonen Jumps until I got caught up with Naruto, which I did. So, I felt it was time to catch up with the issues that were piling up. Reviews after the cut.
Continue reading Shonen Jump Vol 6 Issue 1-4