November, 2006

According to ICv2, Top Cow and Bandai Entertainment will be releasing the Witchblade manga in the U.S. next year under two different formats. While Bandai will be releasing the regular black-and-white version (whole volume) of the manga, Top Cow will be releasing a full-color version of the manga in comic format (thin, cheap).

Top Cow will be responsible for the translation, as well as flipping the art and coloring the original black and white material. Regarding the "reformatting," Top Cow said that they have the "the full blessing of the original artist and the original Japanese publisher."

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School Days, a popular 18+ PC game by 0verflow, will be adapted into an anime TV series next year. The School Days game is famous for its over 70 hours worth of animations, which requires over 7 gigabytes of hard disk space for installation.

Source: Moonphase

According to Comic High Magazine, Kirihara Izumi's Hitohira will be adapted into an anime TV series in 2007.

MangaCast has posted a list of the top 50 manga in October, based on information from Comic Book Resources and ICV2 articles (which in turn are based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data)


TBS recently announced a second Hana Yori Dango live-action series. The first episode, which will be filmed in New York and span 2 hours and 15 minutes, will be aired on January 2007.

Hana Yori Dango (花より男子), known in the U.S. as Boys Over Flowers, is a popular shojo manga by Yoko Kamio, and is one of the best-selling shojo manga of all time.

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In his latest Flipped column, David Welsh takes a look at the three different versions of Densha Otoko (Train Man) currently being released in the U.S.:

Train Man: A Shojo Manga by Machiko Ocha
Train Man: Densha Otoko by Hidenori Hara - VIZ Media
Densha Otoko by Wataru Watanabe CMX

The Daily Yomiuri also has an article on CMX's version of Densha Otoko, as well as quotes from an interview with its English translator Bonnie Elliott.

ICv2 has released the October top 100 graphic novel sales estimates based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data. Also from ICv2 is an analysis of the trends in October based on the graphic novel sales chart.

Norwalk, CT, November 20: New York Comic Con (NYCC) 2007, taking place at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan on February 23-25, 2007, is poised to become a dominant player in the anime community. With more than 40 hours of anime content and over 10 anime guests, it seeks to expand upon its 2006 start and is confident that the 2007 show will be a destination for anime fans from both down the street and across the country.

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After two years in the making, the Kyoto International Manga Museum, a project founded by Kyoto Seika University and supported by the city of Kyoto, will be opened on November 25th. According to Animaxis, "the museum will collect, display, and preserve manga as well as conduct manga culture-related research and study. Initially the museum will house an estimated 200,000 items, storing everything from Meiji era classics to modern hits and manga produced overseas."

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Two events will take place in Brazil in the beginning of December. Expo Anime Brazil will be held on December 3rd in São Paulo city. The biggest attraction of this year's show will be the appearance of Japonese singer Ayumi Miyazaki, who sang the themes of Digimon, Beat Hit!, The Last Element and Brave Heart.

Anime Weekend, which will take place on between December 2 - 3 in Porto Alegre city, will be attened by Ricardo Cruz, a member of the group JAM Project and singer of many Brazilian anime themes. Anime Weekend will also host the first "World Cosplay Summit Brazil" stage.

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imgDragon Ball Z, despite its age, is still very popular with children today, who are still enjoying the card games, anime re-runs, and various other DBZ products. "While both Goku and Vegeta (main characters from DBZ) are great warriors, how do they fare as fathers?" Excite Bit asks.

First let us take a look at how each character's family feel about this, Goku is up first:

"All they ever talk about are battles." Goku's wife Chi-Chi complains in volume 2 of the manga. "Goku, how can you take care of Gohan (Goku's son) without working? You haven't made a single cent since the day we married."

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Ivrea Publishing has announced that it plans to release Takehiko Inoue's samurai manga Vagabond (バガボンド) in Argentina. The manga will have approximately the same format as its Japanese counterpart (12,8 x 18 cm). Ivrea promises that the manga will be released in the beginning of 2007, in either February or March.

Source: Papo de Budega

In the second installment of its "801 Employee Spotlight" column, 801 Media interviews its own mascot Tomo-chan.

Hakusensha has posted its Young Anime website videos of last month's Detroit Metal City event, which took place at Tower Record in Shinbuya.

imgJapanese blog Umeboshi Chaduke points out a recent proposal submitted by a certain child protection society, which aims to prevent "evil practices against children." The file submitted proposed plans to deal with products that contain depiction of sexual activities involving children (Lolicon) in Japan.

Yutaka Takehana, the Metropolitan Police Life Safety Director, has given his full support for the implementation of this policy. However, it remains to be seen whether the proposed policies will actually be implemented as part of the child pornography law in Japan.

Below is a brief description of the report (PDF):

1. Current Condition:

  • To manage and reinforce existing child protection laws as much as possible.

2. To promote efforts of independent publishers and content providers:

  • Publishers, stores, bulletin board managers, content providers, etc.:

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The AnikiCon is proud to present to announce that the Ali Project will held their first concert ouside of Japan on Eastern holiday 2007. It will be also the first AnikiCon, which is organized from the team behind FedCon and the RingCon, which are the biggest Star Trek convention's and Lord of the Ring convention's in Europe. Also involved are various experts from German Anime Conventions.

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The same blog that released scans of Takeshi Obata's new Weekly Jump series a few days ago has released another scan. According to the new scan, Obata's new series will be called Blue Dragon: RaruΩGurado. There has been no official confirmation regarding the new series, and the scans posted has not yet been confirmed to be authentic Jump scans.


On the evening of November 15th, Ken Ishikawa, renowned as the co-creator, with Go Nagai, of Getter Robo series, passed away at the age of 58. The cause of death was acute heart failure.

Tokyo Sanseisha will be releasing two new adult manga magazines this winter:

November 16th - LOVESPO Comic (ラブスポコミック)
December 16th - Comic International (コミックインターナショナル)

Yaoi Suki points out 10 new titles on DramaQueen's website. According to DramaQueen, this is "an early Christmas present to the fans."

- "Doctor's Rule" by Sakura Ryou
- "Here Comes the Wolf?!" by Kouga Youichirou
- "I'll Get You! Wanted: Mysterious Man!" by Asa Kusuko
- "Junk!" by Sakurai Shushushu

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imgIkaros Shobo, known for its many moe-related books such as Moe at Tank School, recently released a new book called Introduction to the Magic of Shogi, a book that teaches its readers how to play shogi through seven cute characters. Although the book is scheduled to go on sale on November 6th, many copies appeared in stores on November 1st.

According to Akiba Blog, a note on the cover of the book:

The amazing content of this book is something that cannot be found in traditional shogi books. Seven beauties transform themselves into shogi pieces to teach you the difficult rules of shogi, how to use each piece effectively, and secret techniques to winning shogi games. You will be able to learn shogi by trying to find out more about the girl you like.

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The first issue of Comic choiS! (NSFW), a new bi-monthly adult manga magazine from Akane Shinsha, was released on November 9th.

HERNDON, VA - November 14, 2006 - CuriousFactory and Buredo today released "Blade Engine" version 2.0, a free game engine and construction kit aimed at making English Visual Novel easy to construct. "Blade Engine 2.0", is an upgraded version of Blade Engine previously released in July, 2006.

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