October, 2006

- The first issue of a new manga anthology titled Arcana will be released by Ichijinsha on 10/25. The anthology will feature works by mangaka from WARD and Comic ZERO-SUM.

The official site of the previously reported Comic SYLPH from MediaWorks has been opened, the new magazine will be released on 12/9.

- Trial readings of Square-Enix's new magazine GanGan Custom can be found on GanGan Custom's official site.

- Kadokawa Shoten's Comptiq Ace will become a monthly magazine (from bi-monthly) as of the December issue.

- SOFTBANK Creative's Shounen Blood will become an online magazine as of its December issue.

- Different from the 6 volume box set revival, a special issue of Kodansha's Comic BomBom titled Gundam Magazine will be released on 10/5.

New Adult Manga Magazine (18+):

- Comic Megastore DVD (9/25) from Core Magazine
- Comic Sigma (9/29) from Akane Shinsha
- Comic Cross (10/3) from JC Shuppan

- As of its November issue, Comic Shoujo Tengoku from Hit Shuppansha to become a Monthly magazine.

DramaQueen and Kitty Media has announced the following new BL licenses at MangaNEXT:

- "Aijin Ichimanyen" by Dr. Ten

Kitty Media:
- "A King's Lesson" by Aoi Futaba & Kurenai Mitsuba
- "Pleasure Dome" by Minami Megumu
- "Thunderbolt Boys - Excite" by Toujou Asami

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TV Asahi has released the result of this year's Top 100 Anime survey:

  1. Lupin III
  2. Dragon Ball
  3. Doraemon
  4. Ashita no Joe
  5. Mobile Suit Gundam
  6. A Dog of Flanders
  7. Sazae-san
  8. Candy Candy
  9. Attack No.1
  10. Urusei Yatsura
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(New York, NY; October 9, 2006) - Del Rey Manga, an imprint of Random House, is one of the premiere publishers of Japanese manga in the U.S. With a backlist diverse enough to appeal to anyone regardless of age or gender, Del Rey jumped headfirst into the lucrative world of manga publishing before any other major U.S. publisher. Already gearing up for a blockbuster summer in 2007, Del Rey Manga is pleased to announce the acquisition of LE CHEVALIER D'EON by Tou Ubukata and Kiriko Yumeji. The Japanese anime based on the title has already created tremendous buzz in both the U.S. and Japan.

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imgOn Sept, 30th, Beijing No.1 Intermediate People's Court (IPC) dismissed Futabasha's dispute with a Chinese firm (Guangzhou Cheng Yi Optical Co., Ltd.) over the trademark of "Crayon Shin-Chan." Futabasha later appealed to Beijing High People's Court.

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Akira Club gives the English-speaking world new insight into one of the most universally acclaimed manga works ever created!

Katsuhiro Otomo's epic manga, Akira, is considered by many to be the finest work of graphic fiction ever created, a work of astonishing power and visionary scope, and possessing of a level of illustration skill unmatched in the annals of the medium. This epic story was for many, the first introduction to anime and manga.

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Anime News Network has launched a new sub-site called AnimeNewsNetwork.AU, complete with a new layout and more emphasis placed on the "Featured Articles" section.

This fall, Dark Horse announced a new contest for Direct Market retailers. The Dark Horse 100 program rewards 10 lucky comic shops with 100 variant cover comics exclusively available through this promotion. Dark Horse received an overwhelming response from retailers, with entries totaling near 1,000!

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Del Rey has announced the following new license at MangaNEXT:

- "Chevalier"

Strongly Hinted:
- "Kujibiki Unbalance"

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BBC Japanorama is currently running an Otaku quiz, how much of an otaku are you?

Source: Anime UK News

Columbia Pictures has announced that it will bring Death Note to Malaysia, the movie will be released nationwide on November 9th.

Source: The Star


On Sep 10th, Segolene Royal, a popular member of the French congress, announced her candidacy for the coming election for the President of France.

Despite the dissenters inside her Socialist Party, Segolene Royal is one of the top presidential candidate according to most French opinion polls. Segolene Royal's opponent in the upcoming election in the May of next year will be Nicolas Sarkozy, the Minister of the Interior from the "Union for a Popular Movement." There is a possibility that France will see its first female President.

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NTT recently launched a new trial service called UgoUgo Blog, which combines blogging with animation tools to allow users to draw and animate online in realtime. Registration is free, the beta service will be up until March 31, 2007.

Source: Animaxis

In Part II of its 2006 Yaoi Awards, Yaoi Suki presents Character Awards - Part A:

Nicole from Boy Princess
Naoki from Jazz
All Character by by Hoshino Lily

To vote for other categories go here.

ANS reports that a new Osamu Tezuka art exhibition called "Tezuka: the Marvel of Manga" will take place in Australia at NGV International on 3 November 2006.

According to Tony Ellwood, NGV Deputy Director, "The planning of Tezuka: the Marvel of Manga has involved over five years of complex negotiations to release important material from Tezuka Productions in Tokyo. This is the first time Tezuka's original drawings have been seen in the West."

Source: ANS

Kodansha has announced that it plans to revive the 6 volumes of "Gundam Magazine," which ran from December 1990 - June 1991. Kodansha will be releasing the magazine in a complete boxset on sale in December for 8000 yen.

Source: Manga Jouhou

Love Manga has announced a new manhwa competition. The rule is simple:

So each day I’ll throw open a different title (I’ll even give the reasons for why I like it, how’s that for a first!) and then all that’s left for you to do is email me a reason why you’d want this particular title.

From AoD's Jarred Pine comes an interview with Seven Seas Entertainment's Adam Arnold, who talks about Light Novels and future plans of Seven Seas.

Papo de Budega talks with Maurício and Mônica Somenzari, winner of this year's World Cosplay Summit, the world's largest cosplay competition. The Somenzari brothers were the first Brazilians to attend WCS.


France, one of the world's largest manga market, now has its own manga cafe. "Manga Kissa," orginally started in 1979 in Japan, is now a chain of 300 stores. The new manga cafe in Paris has in stock over 8,000 manga in the French language, according to the cafe, "This is the ideal source to find some peace, and not only can you find the latest releases, but also many rare and collectors items."

Del Rey has launched a redsigned version of their official website at www.randomhouse.com/delrey/manga/.


Japanese fans were asked to vote (between 7/21 - 8/31) for the top 10 manga and anime of all time for the 10th Japan Media Arts Festival, ANN as posted a translated list of the results:

1. Slam Dunk
2. JoJo's Bizarre Adventures
3. Dragon Ball
4. Fullmetal Alchemist
5. Doraemon
6. Phoenix
7. Black Jack
8. Nasicaä of the Valley of the Wind
9. Mushishi
10. Death Note

Source: ANN

RICHMOND, CA ­ October 4, 2006 ­ Halloween is at hand, and Infinity Studios, LLC adds to the thrill of the season by getting readers into the mood of the season with their Editor's Picks! Readers will get into the spirit of the fall season with titles filled with action, adventure and drama. More information can be found on the company's website - http://www.infinitystudios.com/.

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Publishers Weekly has launched a new monthly bestseller list for comics and graphic novels, with information gathered from bookstore and comics shops data.

source: MangaBlog