October, 2006

The official website of Shonen Gahosha's new magazine, Monthly Young King, has opened at www.shonengahosha.jp/monthlyyk/. The first issue of the magazine will be released on October 19th.

Together with Shonen Gahosha's other magazine, bi-weekly Young King, there are now two Young King magazines, one bi-weekly and the other monthly.

Earlier this week JBC Publishing has released the Rurouni Kenshin novel titled Voyage to the Moon World (Samurai X - Crônicas de um Samurai na Era Meiji Volume 1 - Brazilian title). The story, inspired by Nobuhiro Watsuki's manga, was written by Kaoru Shizuka. The novel has 176 pages and costs $13.90 (approximately $6.50 USD).

Japan E-book Initiative (EBI), Kyocera Communication (KCCS), and Singapore Kyocera Communication Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (KCAP) announced last month a partnership to distribute manga digitally overseas starting 9/19. KCCS and KCAP will be responsible for financial matters, advertising, and customer service. EBI will be in charge the software and the content.

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From Comic Book Resources comes the September direct market sales data, included is a list of the top selling manga in September:

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Yoichi Takahashi, mangaka of Captain Tsubasa, will be featured in Toyota Motor's new TV comerical.

According to ANS:

[Yoichi Takahashi] becomes the latest celebrity to be part of an ad campaign Toyota launched in April. Past stars in the commercial series include American actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

A new series from Leiji Matsumoto (Galaxy Express 999, Captain Harlock) titled Hotaruna You will debut in the December issue of Kodansha's Monthly Comic Bon Bon, on sale on 15th November 2006.

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Qiang Qiang, the new mascot for the 21st Shandong Provice Sports Game (Shandong 21st Game) was recently unveiled to the public. However, the new mascot was met with severe criticism as its design was accused of being copied from a creature in Pokemon.

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The Star Online takes an in-depth look at Junichi Nojo's Hallelujah, a classical music manga serialized in Shogakukan's Big Comic Original.

Hallelujah [...] is taking on the field in co-operation with professional classical musicians and music halls. While the author of Hallelujah welcomes their efforts as a great help in building up his manga characters and creating a story to which

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"Gareki no Shou" is a garage kit manga by Kazuhiko Shimamoto that was originally published in 1995. After being out of print for 12 years, Akiba Blog points out that Gareki no Shou is now being reprinted by Fox Shuppan.

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The second annual Akihabara Entamatsuri Festival will take place from Saturday, October 21st to Sunday, Octover 29th in Akihabara. The event will be hosted in conjunction with the 9-day Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) in an effort to draw more international attention to Japanese anime, manga, and videogames.

Many anime series will be shown at one particular event called "animecs T!FF in Akihabara," which will include series such as Mobile Suit Gundam, Ghost in the Shell - Solid State Society, Fist of the North Star Raoh Side Story Junai Arc film, and Neon Genesis Evangelion The End of Evangelion.

Details of the upcoming film version of Media Work's Shakugan no Shana, Kino no Tabi, and Inukami! will be announced on stage in AKIBA_SQUARE. Also, videogame fans will also be able to try out the new Playstation 3.

Project Takes "In the Spotlight" Position at Tokyo International Film Festival, October 21-29, 2006

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From Newsarama comes an interview with June Kim, mangaka of Tokyopop's upcoming Global Manga 12 Days.

Source: MangaBlog

Houston, Texas, 12th October 2006. Last week, DramaQueen announced two new titles at MangaNext in New Jersey.

During the panels at MangaNext, DramaQueen gave the audience a sneak preview of two new titles that DramaQueen acquired. Starting with the yaoi/BL title:

- Aijin Ichimanyen by Dr. Ten

This titles promises to give the readers a whole new perspective on the term "hardcore Yaoi." For the readers who have been fans of Dr. Ten, don’t miss out on her first English debut!

Next up is the "poor-little rich boy" manhwa romantic comedy:

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San Francisco, CA, October 12, 2006 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the upcoming release of an array of new POKéMON DVDs, manga and 3D pop-out activity books that will delight younger fans and provide hours of fun. POKéMON is one of the most successful children's properties of all time, with over $25 billion in worldwide sales, and 2006 marks the 10-year anniversary of the property’s creation.

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A new online comics store, Manga-Zenkan.com, opened on August 1st. Although nowadays it is common for people to purchase DVD or books online, Manga-Zenkan is very unique in that it only sells complete set of old manga series.

Manga-Zenkan.com is run by TORICO Corp. The store aims to let its customers "read interesting manga in one go," "read old manga and bring back memories," and "relax while reading masterpieces." Manga-Zenkan.com also aims to become a comic store that specializes in serving adults who want to read manga not only at a manga cafe but also at home.

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Volume 7 Of Hit Manga Series Declared A Winner Of "Consumer's Choice" Literary Award To Honor Excellence In Writing And Publishing

San Francisco, CA, October 11, 2006 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced that Shonen Jump NARUTO Vol. 7 has won the 2006 Quill Award for Best Graphic Novel, a first for any manga.

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The 11th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award is now accepting nominations. Any work published between January and December 2006 is eligible (excluding re-publications), the result will be announced in Asahi Shimbun in May 2007.

Please Recommend 11th Tezuka Award Candidates

Please recommend candidates for the 11th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award

A manga published between January and December 2006. (excluding promotional material and reprinted editions)

Award Announcement:
Asahi Shimbun in May 2007.

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Slam Dunk mangaka Takehiko Inoue mentioned on his site that he will be in charge of character design for Mistwalker's upcoming Xbox 360 game "Lost Odyssey."

Source: ANS

Movies of three of MediaWork's shounen light novels will be released in April 2007.

Kino no Tabi (second movie)
Shakugan no SHANA

The official website for the three movies has been opened: www.dengekibunko-movie.com

The popular light novel from MediaWorks, Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan, will once again be adapted into a manga, this time drawn by Kasumi Kirino. Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan was originally a light novel (written by Masaki Okayu and illustrated by Torishimo) serialized in Dengeki HP, it was later adapted into an anime, a manga, and a PS2 game.

The popular light novel by Keisuke Hasegawa, Shinigami no Ballad, will be adapted into a live-action drama. According to MediaWorks, more details will be posted soon.

Source: Akadot

RICHMOND, CA ­ October 10, 2006 ­ Vampires, ghosts, serial killers, psychics, gangs and supernationaral characters and warriars abound, as Infinity Studios, LLC adds to the thrill of the season with a online contest to win some of the hottest manga titles to get readers spooked for Halloween. More information can be found on the company's website-www.infinitystudios.com.

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Panini Comics Brazil will be releasing Full Metal Panic! by Shoji Gatoh (original author); Shikidouji (original character design); Retsu Tateo (art) and Lodoss War (Lodoss War - Crônicas da Guerra de Lodoss) by Masato Natsumoto and Ryo Mizuno later this year. The format of each manga will be 13 x 18 cm, with approximately 200 pages.