It’s been a slow week for news, part of which can be blamed on the Twitter DDOS attack Thursday and Friday. My reading list is way down too. I spent the week writing my Black Jack thesis and reading graphic novels for Good Comics for Kids Summer Reading Challenge. I should be back to reading more manga this week. Maybe.
According to ANN, ADV is discontinuing Newtype USA. No reason why, just that a “new, unnamed” magazine will take it’s place. To be honest, I’m not going to miss Newtype USA. Of all the anime/manga magazines out there, this one had the greatest potential that was completely wasted by ADV. But then, that’s no surprise either. I remember the excitement at the news that Newtype would be coming to the US in an english form. Newtype was the bible to anime back in the day (and I mean the 80’s when I say that). Getting a version here was awesome news to the anime fan. And then…ADV got a hold of it. It became a big, glossy ad for ADV advertisers, and not the premiere magazine on anime that it should have been.
Up until this year, there was no anime/manga magazine that I thought was worth my time. Anime Insider, from Wizard, it just another Wizard magazine cosplaying. There aren’t any real reviews and nothing bad is said about the advertisers products. Protoculture Addicts…it was a nice fanzine, but really lost it when it became a published magazine. I just don’t feel I can trust what’s said in it, with all the mistakes, that could/should be caught by simple editing. (By the way, Ichigo’s dad in Bleach runs a hospital, not funeral home). No, the only magazine that I’ll read now is Otaku USA.
I was skeptical of the magazine at first. When I heard the publishing company that does Sci-Fi magazine was also going to be doing this, I had nothing but sad, ugly visions in my head. But, I got the first issue anyway, and I loved it! It’s a magazine written by fans, for fans. The reviewers and staff really know their stuff. And they are people you’ve heard of: Patrick Macias, Anime World Order Podcast crew, Ed Chavez of Mangacast, and Jason Thompson of Manga: the Complete Guide. They cover every genre, give good reviews of manga and anime, and have a preview of a new manga in every issue. I’ve enjoyed all my issues of Otaku USA, and I haven’t even looked at the complimentary disks that come with it yet!
If you want to get an anime magazine with good, reliable information, then just go get a copy of Otaku USA. It’s cheaper than Newtype USA anyway.
(No, I wasn’t paid to write this)