March, 2007

According to JBC Publishing, the release of Fruits Basket volume 21 will be delayed in Brazil. The reason is to keep up with the Japanese release. Fruits Basket volume 23 arrived this week in the Japanese market. According to JBC, "edition 21 arrived here 2 weeks ago, and now the manga team is working on its production". There is currently no release date for volume 21, 22 and 23. JBC said it plans to release Fruits Basket until the very end.

Source: Papo de Budega

On March 14th, Enterbrain released a new magazine titled Otona Fami (Adult Famicom). The new magazine, aimed at people between the ages of 20 to 30, contains manga, game, and movies news/reviews, as well as Japanese pop culture reports from the 70s and 80s.

Source: Akadot

According to Mision Tokyo, Spanish publisher MangaLine has licensed Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) by Tohru Fujisawa and Yûgo (Yûgo el Negociador) by Shinji Makari & Shuu Akana.

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MPD-Psycho was deemed too shocking for other publishers, with violent images that most thought were too graphic for the American public.

But coming this June, the most-requested manga series in recent memory will be presented uncut and uncensored from Dark Horse Comics. Brace yourself for a dark journey into madness: Eiji Otsuka and Sho-u Tajima's MPD-Psycho.

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According to animeOnline, Tokyopop's Tsunami Party will take place on Monday March 19th at MELTDOWN, which is located at 7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA: "Manga-ka like Eric Wight (My Dead Girlfriend), Felipe Smith (MBQ),and Dan Hipp (GYAKUSHU!) will be there to hang out and party with you."

Also, according to Tokyopop's website, a new issue of MANGA Magazine will soon be released, and Tokyopop is urging its users to update their addresses.

Dark Horse Books is proud to present the first volume in a prose series based on the incredibly popular duo the Dirty Pair, which is available to U.S. fans for the first time! Haruka Takachiho's best-selling novels in Japan are the subject of an animated series, three motion pictures, and a series of graphic novels.

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According to, ADV's Yotsuba&! volume 4 has a release date of June 27th 2007, and volume 5 has a release date of October 10th 2007. Currently there has been no official confirmation from ADV regarding the new release dates. The last volume of Yotsuba&! (volume 3) was released in 2005,

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Titan Books has announced that it will release Kosuke Fujishima's Oh My Goddess! in the U.K. Other releases include The Anime Encyclopedia, MegaTokyo Volume 4 and Eden: It's An Endless World.

Source: Otaku News

Dark Horse is pleased to announce the promotion of staff member Jeremy Atkins to the new position of Director of Publicity.

Atkins comes to the position with two and a half years of experience in sales, marketing and publicity for Dark Horse. During his tenure, he's handled publicity surrounding the adaptation of the 300 graphic novel to film, created partnerships with MySpace, and increased national media coverage of Dark Horse books, comics, and merchandise.

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topWhat does it take to be a good manga artist? A popular answer is "experience in life." According to many famous manga and anime creators, in order to become a good creator, an otaku should stop shutting themselves in their room, step outside, and live their life. However, Doraemon creator Fujiko F. Fujio disagrees...

Ayacnews has posted comments from Fujiko F. Fujio that reveals his view on manga and "What kind of people will be able to become great mangaka."

Fujiko F. Fujio's View on Manga and Manga Artists

Osamu Tezuka: "Someone who doesn't have sufficient human relations skills will not be able to create manga, because manga is a conversation between the mangaka and his readers."

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HERNDON, VA - March 16, 2007 -, Japan's most popular distribution portal site for Doujin and Indy products, is now ready to welcome the world audience.

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U.K. anime and manga news website Anime UK News is currently looking for new website developers. From the post: "Though no formal qualifications are required, it's vital that you have a solid understanding of PHP and MySQL."

Comic Blade2007 marks the 5th anniversary of Mag Garden's shonen/seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Blade. To commemorate the special occasion, Mag Garden completely revamped Comic Blade's homepage. Also, the April issue of Comic Blade came with with special commemoration playing cards.

Akiba Blog has put together a post featuring covers of all all 60 issues of Comic Blade released since the magazine's Launch in early 2002.

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Shogakukan has announced that its new shounen light novel label Gagaga Bunko will launch on May 24th. The label's 10-title lineup includes a novel adaptation of Kenjiro Hata's Hayate the Combat Butler, written by Toshihiko Tsukiji.

Source: Ultimatum Chat

The official website of Yoshimoto Kogyo's new seinen/comedy magazine Comic Yoshimoto has been launched at The frontpage contains a fun Flash feature where visitors can drag and slide around the speech bubbles. According to Yoshimoto Kogyo, Comic Yoshimoto will be released sometime this Spring.

From Newsarama comes an interview with Viz Media's VP of Publishing and Editor-In-Chief Alvin Lu, who talks about Viz's manga imprint "Viz's Signature" that was launched more than a year ago. The interview touches on the line's origin, its progress and what to expect in the future.

Via: AoD

According to the Yaoi Press Blog, Yaoi Press will be at this weekend's Wizard World LA:

Crystal Blu and new staffer Ashley B. will be at Yaoi Press 1012 in the small press area.

From ANN's Taipei International Book Exhibition Con Report comes an interview with manga artist Yuzu Tsutae and her editor Ms. Kumagai. In the interview Yuzu Tsutae talks about how she became a manga artist, her opinion on the BL genre, and other fan-oriented tidbits.

Via: Icarus Blog

Manga Jouhou translates an article titled "Doujinshi Goes Mainstream!?" from Artscape. The article looks at the growing success of doujinshi in Japan, and focuses on two particular subjects, the comic convention Comic Market (Comiket) and the game company Type-Moon.

Short Song, Masuno Koichi's (poet/writer/etc.) first novel, will be adapted into a manga by Yua Kotegawa (Arcana, Anne Freaks). The new manga will begin serialization in Super Jump No. 8, on sale 3/28.

imgA special one-shot story from Gosho Aoyama, creator of Detective Conan (Case Closed), will appear in Shogakukan's Weekly Young Sunday issue 16, on sale 3/22.

The one-shot, titled Tell Me A Lie -Lies being Attached to Me-, is said to be Gosho Aoyama's first new story after 13 years.

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Houbunsha will launch a new magazine titled Comic Yell on May 11th. The magazine will cost 580 yen, and is aimed at "boys of the next generation."

A new magazine titled Comic MoeMax will be launched by Moeru Publishing on April 24th. The new magazine is aimed at adults, and will be every month for 540 yen.

World Cosplay Summit 2005 winner Francesca Dani will participate in Brazilian WCS 2007 Final, according to JBC, the publishing company that organizes the event in Brazil.

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An anime adaptation of the seinen manga Shigurui, written by Norio Nanjo and drawn by Takayuki Yamaguchi, has been announced and is planned to be aired in September.