September, 2006

Heaven!! and Dragon Head have been removed from Tokyopop's Online Exclusives list, and King City has been changed from being an Online Exclusive to being a Diamond-exclusive.

Source: MangaBlog

Cinematographer Hiroshi Takase passed away on September 7th due to cerebral infarction (plain English: he suffered a stroke). He was 50. His Wake will be held on September 10th at 6 p.m., and his service will be held on the 11th starting at 10 a.m. at the Nikka funeral hall in Fuchu, Tokyo. His younger brother Tsutomu will be the chief mourner.

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San Francisco, CA, September 8, 2006 - VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, Amtrak and Pokémon USA, present the "Gotta Catch a Ride to New York!" Sweepstakes! The sweepstakes will be open through October 13, 2007.

One lucky winner will win a five-day/four night trip to New York City with three family members via Amtrak to Pokémon USA, Inc. headquarters to celebrate the special release of Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew! The winner will also walk away with a $600 American Express gift card.

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Yaoi-Con, the west's only anime convention dedicated to the yaoi genre of Japanese anime and manga, announces the details about its sixth annual event, including dates, location and guests.

San Francisco, CA, USA - September 8, 2006 -- Yaoi-Con, the only Western fan convention dedicated solely to the yaoi genre of Japanese anime and manga, is pleased to announce its sixth annual event, to be held the weekend of October 20-22, 2006 at the Westin San Francisco Airport and adjacent Clarion San Francisco Airport hotels in California.

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Quirky Romantic Tale Of An Otaku Who Finds Love To Make North American Premiere in New York

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From ANN comes an interview with Kaoru Mori, mangaka of Emma.

Previews of Seven Seas' Boogiepop Dual can be found on

Source: MangaBlog

In response to Death Note/Hikaru no Go artist Takeshi Obata's recent arrest, Shueisha, his publisher, has announced that, until they can verify the details of the incident, they are not considering any actions such as pulling his work from stores.

Of Obata's work, Hikaru no Go (story: Yumi Hotta) has sold approximately 10 million copies over the span of 23 volumes, while Death Note (story: Tsugumi Ohba) has sold approximately 20 million copies over a span of 12 volumes. Publicists for Shueisha commented, "we are currently verifying the factual details of this incident, and are not considering pulling titles from circulation or any such action at this time."

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Sankei Web is reporting that Takeshi Obata, author of the popular manga series Hikaru no Go and Death Note, was arrested on September 6th for possession of a weapon.

According to reports, Obata was driving a vehicle in the Sakai district of Musashino City, Tokyo at 12:30 a.m with his headlights turned off when he was stopped by a police officer. The officer noticed a small knife hanging off of his keychain, and, upon inspecting the vehicle, found a folding army knife with a blade length of 8.6cm (3 1/2 inches) in the glove compartment.

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Placement Is The Highest Sales Placement Ever Achieved By A Manga Title In North America

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Moon Phase has reported that there is a new Evangelion movie, to be presented in 4 episodes, slated for release in the summer of 2007. Rumours of a new 4-part Evangelion movie (3-part retelling of the TV series + an all-new 4th part ala the theatrical release of Z Gundam) had been floating around for a while, but scans from the October issue of New Type magazine have recently been posted, which actually substantiate the rumours and indicates that all 4 parts will be comprised of completely new material, as opposed to previous theatrical "remakes".

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Hudson Entertainment interviews mangaka/illustrator Jun Suemi, known for his creature designs in Patlabor WXIII (movie 3) and various game designs.

source: ANS

Irresponsible Pictures has compiled a list of almost all the articles and opinions on the incident involving Tokyopop's "Online Exclusives."

This week's PW Comics Week takes a look at Seven Seas, including its history, growth, and future, in "A Year of Growth at Seven Seas".

Richmond, CA – September 1st, 2006 Infinity Studios, LLC brings drama, suspense, romance, action, adventure and science-fiction to bookstores with their August 2006 line-up of manga titles of A Kiss for My Prince Vol. 1, Blood Alone Vol. 2, Now Vol. 1 and, Zero-The Beginning of the Coffin Vol. 2. With wonderful and innovative story lines and beautifully drawn artwork, Manga fans relish these August 2006 releases from Infinity Studios, LLC and will want more!

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Submarine Super 99 (original creator: Leiji Matsumoto) and Babel II: Beyond Infinity will be aired on the Brazilian Animax Channel. Submarine Super 99 will start on Thursday at 10:30 a.m., and Babel II will start on Friday at 10:30 a.m..

In Part 1 of their Santa Inoue Video Interview series, Tokyopop's Stu Levy mentions that Tokyopop plans to release Santa Inoue's Neighbor 13 (Rinjin 13-Go) manga series.

Source: AnimeNation

The first issue of a new bi-monthly (Odd months) 4-koma anthology titled Manga 4Koma KINGS Palette willl be released by Ichijinsha on 9/25. The male-oriented magazine will be serializing moe/bishoujo series.

Del Rey's Dallas Middaugh has posted a message on the AoD forum regarding the controversy surrounding the recently discovered edits made to Air Gear.

From Love Manga comes an interview with DramaQueen's Editor in Chief A. Neculai, who talks about DramaQueen's new BL anthology Rush.

JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) is currently conducting an ongoing series of investigations on manga markets in different parts of the world, including Japan, U.S., Europe, and more. Japanese news site AnimeAnime takes a look at JETRO's report on the German manga market, below is a translation of the report.

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From Papo de Budega comes an interview with voice actor David Kaye. David Kaye's voice is very well known in the American anime scene: Ranma 1/2 (Soun Tendou), InuYasha (Sesshoumaru), Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (Treize Kushrenada), Megaman NT Warrior (ProtoMan), Transformers Armed (Megatron) are just some of the voices he did.