July, 2007

Tomihiko Morimi's award winning novel Yoru wa Mijikashi Aruke-yo Otome will be adapted into a manga in the upcoming issue of Zoukan Ace Assault (July 10th). The manga will be drawn by Ranmaru Kotone.

Yoru wa Mijikashi Aruke-yo Otome (Walk, Girls, Walk as the Night Is Short) was released by Kadokawa Shoten in November 2006, and was awarded the 20th Yamamoto Shugoro Prize in 2007.

Chuosha reports that Leed's monthly manga magazine Shounen Fang will cease publication with its September issue (on sale 7/19), exactly a year after it was launched.

Source: animeOnline

From Active Anime comes Del Rey's August 2007 release schedule:

August 2007 manga from Del Rey Books and Kodansha announced. Plus Alive The FInal Evolution Volume 1 to street on July 31st.

Pascal Bonnet to Head Up Licensing & Brand Management Isabelle Aghina to Oversee TV & DVD Sales and Distribution

Paris, France, July 8, 2007 – VIZ Media Europe (VME), the Paris-based subsidiary of VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is pleased to announce the appointment of Pascal Bonnet as Director of Licensing and Brand Management, and Isabelle Aghina as Director of TV & DVD Sales and Distribution.

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HERNDON, VA - July 9, 2007 - DLSite.com has just released "Caged Bird" English subtitle version.

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Precocious Curmudgeon points out that ICE Kunion's website now redirects to www.freemanhwa.com, which says on its frontpage "Check back in October 2007 for the latest Manhwa and Manga-Shojo, Doujinshin and it's all Free!"

(July 9, 2007- New York, NY) -Already established as the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world, DC Comics announced today the creation of Zudacomics.com, a new web comics imprint. The home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman, DC Comics will soon publish new, never before seen online content featuring new characters and concepts through Zudacomics.com.

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topWhat is plagiarism? Plagiarism is the act of claiming original authorship or incorporating material from someone else's work into your own work without crediting the original author, sometimes doing such an act unconsciously is also considered plagiarism.

When it comes to manga and plagiarism, things never end well. Sometimes manga found guilty of plagiarizing are suspended and recalled, and some authors even stop working. There are also times when people, or even an entire nation, get away with nothing. The world of manga plagiarism is full of interesting, sad, and sometimes funny tales.

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Phoenix, AZ, July 9, 2007 - Yaoi Press, the leading publisher of manga influenced yaoi, announces Yaoi Jamboree, a new fan convention to run June 20-22nd in Phoenix Arizona.

"We were eager to see more bl themed conventions start up," says Yaoi Press Publisher, Yamila Abraham. "The staff for two Phoenix area anime conventions approached us about starting one. Once we saw we had competent people to operate the show it was an easy decision for us."

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According to a Super Dash Bunko advertisement that appeared in Weekly Shounen Jump No. 32 (7/9), Katayama Kentarou (Author) and Yamamoto Yamato (Illustrator)'s light novel series Kure-nai will be adapted into a manga.

The new manga will start in the first issue Shueisha's new magazine Jump Square (11/2). A preview of the manga will appear in Akamaru Jump (on sale in August).

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ANN reports that Del Rey has announced at their AnimeNEXT panel two new acquisitions:

From animeOnline comes an interview with Yohei Takami, editor of Monthly Shonen Magazine. The interview touches on the work of an editor, and provides an extensive look at the manga Beck.

(LOS ANGELES, July 6, 2007) – Seven Seas Entertainment is proud to announce that Hollow Fields creator Madeleine Rosca is one of four winners presented with Japan's first ever International Manga Award. A total of 146 works from 25 countries were submitted and Rosca, a 26-year-old former librarian from Tasmania, Australia, was one of four winners, and the only westerner, to be flown to Japan to receive her award.

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According to Square-Enix's official site, an important announcement regarding Masahiro Totsuka and Aguri Igarashi's Bamboo Blade will be made in the upcoming issue of Young Gangan (7/20).

From PingMag posts an interview with the "wild" mangaka Jun Hanyunyuu, whose work Koi no Mon (directed by Suzuki Matsuo)was selected for the 2004 Venice International Film Festival. In the interview Jun Hanyunyuu talks about his past, his experience drawing manga, as well as his hobbies.

Otaku blog ikimashou.net has announced the winners of its 1,000th post anime/manga/figurine contest.

Saint Seiya - The Lost Canvas is the newest manga to be published in Brazil by JBC Publishing. The first volume of the manga was released on the first day of AnimeCon, one
of the biggest conventions in Brazil.

The move was a great surprise for Brazilian Saint Seiya fans, because no one expected this manga so soon. Lost Canvas is drawn by by Shiori Teshirogi and written by Masami Kurumada, and was created to celebrate the original series' 20th anniversary.

Source: Anime Pro (Via Shoujo Cafe)

Reference: Papo de Budega

ICv2 has released its Top Ten Manga Properties for Q2 2007:

  1. Naruto
  2. Fruits Basket
  3. Death Note
  4. Bleach
  5. Fullmetal Alchemist
  6. Kingdom Hearts
  7. Pokemon
  8. The Gentleman's Alliance
  9. Tsubasa
  10. Negima

Also mentioned in the report was that 87 manga series are being released in September, October, and November. Also, the sales of yaoi manga is falling behind the number of yaoi manga being released.

Hit TV Series Delivers Intense Swordfights in Video Game Debut in North America

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (July 6, 2007) – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced that Bleach™: Shattered Blade will be available on the Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo and Bleach™: The Blade of Fate on the Nintendo DS™ portable handheld system.

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According to AoD, several new manga are found listed under Viz on Simon & Schuster:

Note the titles have not been confirmed by Viz.

Source: AoD

NETCOMICS, the New Jersey-based offspring of Seoul's Ecomix, has earned a reputation for bringing high-quality Korean comics (manhwa) to the English-speaking market. This July, the publisher will release on their website cm0 and Three Times Before the Kiss, their first Japanese manga titles. Already catering to international consumers, NETCOMICS will now also be a vehicle for international authors.

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From MangaCast comes a round up of the new licenses announced during this year's Anime Expo. A few previously unmentioned license include:


  • .hack//XXXX by Matsuyama You
  • Asian Beat by Mizuki Hakase
  • Other Side of the Mirror by Jo Chen

Also, MangaBlog points out a forum post from Dark Horse assistant editor Samantha Robertson, which states that Endo Hiroki's EDEN is not on the verge of being dropped.

LOS ANGELES -- Manga publisher Go! Comi announced that the first installment of Wendy Pini's webcomic "The Masque of the Red Death" has gone live on its website, www.gocomi.com. Additionally, Go! Comi's website has been completely redesigned and enlarged, and now includes forums, a release calendar, and numerous other enhancements.

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June 30 2007 - Long Beach, CA - Go! Comi announced five major new manga licenses at its Anime Expo industry panel this weekend. Chief among these is KAMISAMA KAZOKU, the story of a high school student struggling to have an ordinary life and to romance the girl of his dreams, with one major problem: his interfering parents are gods! This shonen series is based on the highly popular anime from Toei, which aired last year in Japan.

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On the USA Today Booklist Top 150 (PDF) for the week ending July 1st, volume 15 of Viz's Naruto ranks at #107.