Tokyopop Webinar staring Domo! (‘s creator)
Tokyopop’s Webinar was actually on 10/29/09, but posts about it didn’t go up until after 11/1/09. Lissa at Kuri-osity has a quick rundown of the webinar and questions for Tsuneo Goda. Deb Aoki of the About.Manga Blog has a full transcript. If you want to know more about Domo, this is a must read. I’m kind of disappointed that Domo isn’t interested in Global Domination. He certainly couldn’t do worse than the leaders we’ve had lately. And as my daughter would say, “He’s Domo!”
Continue reading This Week in Manga 10/31-11/6/09
Manga Publishers Go APE!
Even though APE, the Alternate Press Expo, is mostly for comics and graphic novels, a couple of manga publishers showed up to pawn some of their less mainstream wares. Vertical, Inc. had a table there, with Ed Chavez hocking their books, and selling out titles left and right. By the end of Sunday, the last report from him was Guin Saga manga and Black Jack v2-7 were all that was left. Not bad! Viz was there too, with titles from their Signature line, and reports from the floor sounded favorable to them. They also had a panel on Sunday for their Ikki line. Deb Aoki was on the floor both days reporting, so check out her twitter page if you don’t follow her already.
Continue reading This Week in Manga 10/17-10/23/09
A quick glance through the manga solicitations for this month revealed a title I’ve been waiting quite a while for. I first learned about this series when I heard about the anime. The first series ran in 2008 in Japan, and went 13 episodes. The premise and the picture of a fat, rolly-polly cat on the series’ promotional art got me interested.
Continue reading Wish Granted: Natsume’s Book of Friends
One Piece in BIG Bites?
Found via Twitter. @swanjun found these entries for One Piece at Simon and Schuster. At 600 pgs each, and combining three volumes a piece, they sure do sound like VizBIG editions, even if the solicitations don’t actually say so. With the speed up of One Piece coming in January, this is the perfect time for Viz to put out BIG editions of the series. Catching up is a lot easier with the BIG editions than trying to hunt down individual volumes, especially for a series that has been going since 2003. One Piece premiered with Shonen Jump. However, a look at the Previews solicitations makes these appear to be bundles rather than BIG editions. Previews calls them “GN sets” and advertise “get three volumes for the price of two.” Either way, it’s a good deal. The first two scheduled for Dec and Jan releases, with 7-9 scheduled for March 2010, and 10-12 for May 2010.
Continue reading This Week in Manga 10/3-10/9/09
I have mixed feelings about this. Dragon Ball is being reviewed for it’s content in a Maryland school district because a 9-year-old checked it out of a elementary and middle school library. I think people are oversensitive in general and especially towards manga. I’ll agree that Dragon Ball doesn’t really belong in the hands of a fourth grader, but I think it’s fine for a middle school student.
The first Dragon Ball series is a comedy that does contain some sexual innuendo. The first volume does have a few questionable scenes, but I wouldn’t go so far and the Councilman from Wicomico did to describe them. I might be able to see the “sexual innuendo between an adult and child”, with Master Roshi wanting to seen Bulma’s panties, but there is in no way anything sexual between Goku and Bulma. Bulma is more like a big sister to Goku. And Goku is too dense to get any kind of innuendo.
So I can see a parent getting upset at their 9-year-old bringing it home to read. So that doesn’t bother me so much. What does is the way it was presented. The mother of the offending 9-year-old didn’t go to the school library to complain or challenge the book, and let the school’s review committee take over the matter as it is designed to. Nooooo, she asked to be anonymous and went to her Councilman and let him publicly decry the book with the moral indignation that only a politician can. And the Principal, who just happened to be at the meeting for another matter, jumped in to say the book would be removed ASAP.
Why was this necessary? Books are challenged all the time. Why did this particular book have to get the attention of a Councilman and be publicized at a County meeting? Does the mother and Councilman not trust the system put in place by the school to review offending books? Review committees were created to handle these issues. They are there to make sure the whole community is served, and not just a small, vocal minority. Let the system do it’s job.
New York Anime Festival Days 2 & 3
Days 2 & 3 of NYAF brought publishers Del Rey and Viz with more licenses and news. Del Rey remains conservative with only a few new licenses, but shows it’s still got some cred with Kodansha. Viz has a little something for everyone in each of their lines, including some interesting suprises. What isn’t surprising is the number of titles from already known mangaka. Easier to sell a known than unknown quantity, I would say.
Continue reading This Week In Manga 9/26-10/02/09
This year, 2009, has been proclaimed the International Year of Astronomy. Four hundred years ago, Galileo Galilei first put a telescope to the sky and made many discoveries, including four of the moons of Jupiter; Io Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. Stars and the planets have held people’s fascination for eons, as they appear in songs, art and books. Even manga has taken notice of the heavenly bodies. Whether it’s the stars and the constellations, the planets, or just observing them, manga covers them all in fun and imaginative ways.
Continue reading Astrono-manga
I’m a loyal reader of Shonen Jump, and every once in a while I like to give my opinion of the current titles running. I don’t really care for the articles in the magazine. They are all aimed at teen boys, of which I am certainly not one. The Bleach anime, Naruto video and card games, the Yu-gi-oh card game, not my thing. But I still enjoy many of the SJ titles. So I’m going to do this for Shonen Jump like every 3 months or so, or if anything major happens, such as a title getting switched out, or an exciting preview.
Continue reading Shonen Jump October 2009
Back in 2003, an anime was made of the manga Fullmetal Alchemist. Because the story was still ongoing, and Arakawa didn’t want to give away any of her story, this anime took a turn at about episode 29 into a completely different direction. There’s nothing wrong with the remaining 20 episodes of the anime, but it doesn’t follow the manga. With the publication of the 20th volume of FMA, Arakawa announced another anime series, this one reported to follow the story of the manga more closely. Also called Fullmetal Alchemist, this anime is available in the US from Funimation, who is streaming it subtitled on their site. But how close is this new series to the manga? I’ve read most of the manga and have been following this new anime to see how well it stays on track, and I have to say, I’m impressed so far.
Continue reading Manga to Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist
I sold most of my manga from the first batch I put up on eBay. Thanks so much if you bid! But I’ve still got more I have to move out. The next batch has gone up. Please look and bid if you’re interested:
Inuyasha Volumes 6-10
Inuyasha Volumes 11-15
Hunter x Hunter Volumes 1-5
Hunter x Hunter Volumes 6-10
Hunter x Hunter Volumes 11-14
Tsukoyomi Moon Phase Volumes 1-5
Tsukoyomi Moon Phase Volumes 6-9
Starting bids are the price of one manga, so you’re essentially getting 5 (sometimes 4) for the price of one. I will combine shipping for multiple wins. Thanks for looking!
New People Grand Opening
Saturday marked the grand opening New People in San Francisco, CA. Located in Japantown, it’s a three story shopping center that features Japanese cinema, retail and art all in one place. Several SF peeps/tweets when there. You can find most of the coverage under the topic #newpeople on Twitter. Deb Aoki of About.com: Manga has a photo gallery of the event.
AX Backstage has posted the Keynote from Anime Expo 2009, including the “Can Manga From the US Be Commercially Successful?” panel (aka the OEL panel). The actual video of the panel begins on Day 2, Part 2 at about 6:00 in. (link via @debaoki)
Continue reading This Week in Manga 8/15-8/21/09