November, 2006

According to AoD, Del Rey has announced three new manga titles:

MY HEAVENLY HOCKEY CLUB by Ai Morinaga, a new comedy manga set against the backdrop of a high school hockey team from the fan favorite creator of DUCK PRINCE and YOUR AND MY SECRET. Publication rights arranged through Kodansha, Ltd.

DRAGON EYE by Kairi Fujiyama, an action-packed martial arts adventure starring a young heroine on a quest to become a master warrior. Publication rights arranged through Kodansha, Ltd.

ALIVE by Tadashi Kawashima, a cautionary science-fiction tale of a global pandemic that affects only teenagers and the handful of survivors who wonder why they were spared. Publication rights arranged through Kodansha, Ltd.

Source: AoD

imgYu Yu Journal's recent article on sexually explicit content in shoujo manga received a large number of replies from its readers. As a result, the site has published a follow-up article.

According to the article, many readers said the publishers need to be regulated; however, there were some who expressed that adult should also be more concerned about this problem.

A mother of three from Toyama city, who believes that a moral committee for children's magazine is needed, said:

"Children need to know more about the bright side of love, sex and human. We should be more concerned about passing on the right information to children so they grow up to be healthy adults.

Sex education is still not doing its job in some schools and families."

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Iris Print has announced that Diamond Comics Distributors will be its exclusive distributor in the North American as well as international comic and book store markets.

We are proud to announce that Diamond Comics Distributors will be the exclusive distributor of Iris Print's graphic novel titles in the North American and international comic and book store markets. Comic book retailers can order through Diamond Comic Distributors, and should look for Iris titles (including When Worlds Collide) starting in the January 2007 Previews catalog.

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ICv2 interviews Karen Berger, Senior Vice President of DC Comics, about DC's recently announced Minx imprint, its "new initiative, the audience it seeks to reach, and how it fits into the current context of comics for teen girls, which are primarily manga."

The Association of Copyright for Computer Software (ACCS) and the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) have released a report estimating the damage caused by the peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing program Winny to the Japanese entertainment industry.

A test was conducted on October 10th, where Winny activities were closely monitored during a 6-hour time period. According to the report, there are currently over 210,000 Winny users illegally pirating anime, manga, games, softwares and music, causing over 9.5 billion yen worth of damage to the Japanese entertainment industry.

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Ogamiya Yokochou Tenmatsuki by Fukusuke Miyamoto will be adapted into an TV drama series. The first episode will premier on December 2nd. Haimiya Yokochou Tenmatsuki is currently serialized in Ichijinsha's Comic Zero-Sum.

The News Observer has an article on DC's newly announced Minx imprint, which is aimed at young adult female readers. The New York Times also ran an article on the topic not long ago.

From PW Comics Weekly comes an interview with BL manga artist Tina Anderson, who gives her view on the BL genre and why she likes it.

Information on issue #1 of the anime/manga scholarly magazine Mechademia has been posted on the magazine's official site. Information on issue #1, #2 and #3 of the magazine can be found on the Mechademia news page.

Play magazine has announced a new magazine called Rocket, which will include information on anime/manga. More information is available on the Rocket homepage.

(LOS ANGELES, November 29, 2006) - Seven Seas Entertainment announced today that two of its top original manga titles for teens will be sold through Scholastic Book Fairs beginning in January 2007. The two titles will be sold at 7,500 middle schools across the country.

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San Jose, CA – November, 2006 Available and now shipping from DrMaster Publications is the fourth installment of the cutesy fantasy epic – Stray Little Devil and the triumphant return of High School Girls with HSG #7. Here’s a tease:

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ALC Publishing, the world's only publisher of 100% yuri will be premiering yuri manga anthology, "Yuri Monogatari 4," at the world's largest comic market, Comiket in Tokyo on December 31, in West Hall, Row "Yo" Table 37a. This is ALC Publishing's fifth appearance at Comiket - the only American manga publishing company to have a table at this event.

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Ivrea Publishing has announced an event to commemorate the 40th edition of the magazine Lazer, one of the most well-known publications on anime and manga in Argentina. The event, called "Night Lazer," will take place in Buenos Aires on December 7th. The event will only open to people who are over 18 years old. The Ivrea website promises anime, music and cosplay at the event.

Source: Papo de Budega

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imgRecently a conversation was held by Kyoto Seika University's newly established manga department between manga artist Naoki Urasawa, creator of popular series such as Yawara!, Monster, and 20th Century Boys, and Takashi Nagasaki, a manga producer who once worked with Urasawa. The topic of the conversation was centered on the difficulties in creating a positive relationship between manga artists and their editors. Below is a translation of the report from Kobe Shimbun regarding the conversation.

The Relationship between a Manga Artist and an Editor is Collaboration

Naoki Urasawa is talented enough to be able to draw two manga at the same time, one for a weekly magazine (20th Century Boys in Big Comic Spirits) and the other a bi-weekly magazine (Pluto in Big Comic Original). However, Urasawa attributes his success to hard work:

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Two new manga magazine released in November:

Akita Shoten:
- Nyan Tomo (にゃんとも)
Release Date: November 20th
Price: 390 Yen
Info: "Cute cat manga magazine."

- Sonotoki Rekishi ga Ugoita Comic han (その時歴史が動いた コミック版)
Release Date: November 17th
Price: 360 Yen
Info: Seinen; Comic Tokumori special issue. Jidaigeki manga magazine.


Anime media website .Anime has released the "Zero" pre-issue of its upcoming anime news and information webzine "Tornado Base." The pre-issue of the new web magazine comes with a special Gundam feature.

Journalista points to a post on Same Hat! Same Hat!!, which mentions that Creation Books will be releasing its new erotic-horror manga Beauty Labyrinth of Razors by Jun Hayami in e-book format because no printer was willing to produce the manga due to its extreme content.


New York Times interviews/profiles CLAMP in its article "Four Mothers of Manga Gain American Fans With Expertise in a Variety of Visual Styles."

San Francisco, CA, November 28, 2006 - VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the highly anticipated DVD release of the newest sensation to captivate millions of anime fans nationwide – BLEACH.

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San Jose, CA – November, 2006 Purgatory Kabuki, the highly anticipated original manga project coming out DGN Productions and DrMaster Publications has been previewed in the most recent issue of Play Magazine (Volume 5 Dec 2006 issue).

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Kadokawa Group Holdings has announced its plan to divide Kadokawa Shoten into three separate companies next January.

The three new companies are:

(New) Kadokawa Shoten - The "new" Kadokawa Shoten will take over the publishing and management of "cultural contents" from the "Old" Kadokawa Shoten.
Kadokawa Magazines - Kadokawa Magazines will handle magazine publishing.
Kadokawa Group Publishing - Kadokawa Group Publishing will become the support and supply side of publishing.

Kadokawa Herald Pictures will take over the management of the old Kadokawa's affiliate film business, and Kadokawa Group Holdings will take over Kadokawa's management section. According to Kadokawa Group Holdings, the split is a part of Kadokawa's strategy to specialize its publishing business.

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Arc System Works will release a digitilized version of Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Romance of the Three Kingdoms manga Sangokushi (Yokoyama Mitsuteru Sangokushi) for the Nintendo DS in December. The manga will be released through the AS Networks, and will come with sound effects and mini games. This release is part of a series called "Gamics," which stands for "Game + Comic."

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MangaCast points out some new manga from Tokyopop and Vertical that have appeared on

- Hyakuman Tsubu No Namida: Million Tears by Kazumi Yuana
- King of Thorn by Iwahara Yuji
- Missing -kamikakushi No Monogatari by Kouda Kakuto/Mutsuki Rei
- Mugen Spiral by Kusanagi Mizuho

- Apollo's Song by Osamu Tezuka