August, 2007

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From MangaCast comes the Diamond Previews for September 2007, which provides information on new U.S. releases for November/December 2007.

In early July, Production I.G. announced its plan to acquire manga publisher Mag Garden on December 1st, 2007 through a stock swap.

Production I.G. has been experiencing a steady decline in profit for the last three and a half years. Last week Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Japan Economic Times) interviewed the president of Production I.G., Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, about the merger of the two companies and their business strategy.

Below is a translation of a part of the interview:

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According to the latest diary entry from Kouji Seo, Suzuka, currently serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine and published in the U.S. by Del Rey Manga, will end in Shonen Magazine issue 42 (9/21) after 3+ years of serialization. According to the entry, the final manuscript was handed in on the 25th of this month.

A new manga titled Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya will start in the November issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Comptiq Ace. The story will be based on Type-Moon's Fate/stay night, Hiroshi Hiroyama will be in charge of the art. According to the report, the manga will focus on Illya's everyday life...with a magical girl twist?

Source: Moon Phase

A new Fist of the North Star side story titled Shirogane no Seija (The Silver Saint) began serialization in issue 39 of Coamix's Comic Bunch (8/24). The new series is illustrated by Yuka Nagate, and follows the story of Toki, a character from Fist of the North Star.

Also, a new manga titled Legion by Fujisawa Yuuki, creator of Metro Survive, began serialization in Akita Shoten's Play Comic No. 17 (8/23).

Source: Ultimatum Tidbits

VANCOUVER August 24, 2007 - The 2nd Annual Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts (CAEAA), is reminding Video Game and Animation Companies around the world that their submissions must be in one week today Friday, August 31st for the 2007 Elans held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Friday, November 2nd, 2007 at The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts.

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Moon Phase reports that a new manga titled Moriguchi Orito no Teiou Gaku will begin serialization in the February 2008 issue of Dengeki Daioh (on sale 12/21). The manga will be drawn by Sanada Rin and writtin by Okayu Masaki, author of the light novel Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan.


Tyndale House Publishers will be releasing a series of Christian-themed manga this fall, starting with Manga Messiah in September and Manga Bible in November:

Tyndale House Publishers is pleased to release an authentic manga series starting with Manga Messiah in September 2007 as well as the Manga Bible in November 2007.

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In association with the New York Anime Festival and

LOS ANGELES, CA XX Aug 2007: Manga publisher Go! Comi in association with the New York Anime Festival and today announced the first contest devoted to manga fan-comics, known in Japan as doujinshi.

The contest is based on Go! Comi's best-selling manga series "Black Sun, Silver Moon," by Tomo Maeda. The series is the story of the complex relationship between the enigmatic zombie-hunting priest Shikimi and his apprentice Taki, who is destined to kill him.

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An illustrator named Masaya Miyashita (39) from Matsuyama city was arrested for creating and selling obscene manga. Police confiscated 6,600 manga during the arrest. According to reports, the artist ordered 17,000 copies of his work from a printing company in Okayama Prefecture, and even allowed doujin bookstores to sell the manga in Tokyo and Kanagawa last year.

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Tokyograph reports that Moyoco Anno's manga Hataraki Man will be adapted into a drama series this fall, with Miho Kanno starring as the lead character.

Via: theOtaku

Bangkok, Thailand – August 23, 2007 - MovieSeer Limited, a leading Southeast Asian provider of mobile phone content and information services, has signed an agreement with Universal Mobile Entertainment to localize, market, and distribute content for mobile phones based on Universal movies for Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore.

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Film Presents A Poignant And Comedic Story About Friendship And Competition Set Against Backdrop Of Table Tennis

San Francisco, CA, August 22, 2007 - VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, debuts its latest DVD with the release of the critically acclaimed PING PONG from director Sori Fumihiko.

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topShueisha released a revised edition of Osamu Dazai's best-selling novel, No Longer Human, in June. Takeshi Obata, artist of Death Note and Hikaru no Go, illustrated the cover for the novel. According to Yomiuri Shimbun, the novel has already sold over 75,000 copies just a month and a half after its re-release.

According to the report, the combination of classic novel and popular manga artist was one of the main reason behind the revised edition's popularity. Many fans commented that "this combination is great, I need to get a copy for my collection."

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From Icarus Publishing's blog comes a preview (NSFW) of the adult manga coming out in November 2007, based on Diamond Previews for September (Shipping in November 07). has teamed up with Go! Comi and the organizers (same people behind NY Comic-Con) of the New York Anime Festival to hold the Go! Comi and Doujinshi Contest. The deadline is November 1, all artists are encouraged to send in their five-page doujinshi based on Go! Comi's Black Sun, Silver Moon by uploading the entry to the New York Anime Festival section of

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topBack in Febraury, Kadokawa Shoten revealed that the popular seinen manga MPD Psycho, written by Eiji Otsuka and drawn by Sho-u Tajima, will be moved from Shonen Ace to Comic Charge. MPD Psycho resumed serialization with the release of Comic Charge issue 11 (8/22).

Also beginning in Comic Charge issue 11 is Masaaki Nakayama's Maigo Man, a preview of which is available here.

A new series titled Angel High School by Inugami Sukune will begin in the September issue of Sunday GX (8/18), the same issue that Shin Angyo Onshi ended in.

A new manga titled Reisen Shoujo by Souichi Hon began serialization in Manga Action No. 17 (8/21).

On 8/21, Kadokawa Shoten released a special issue of its Monthly Shonen Ace magazine titled Neon Genesis Evangelion Complete Compilation. The special issue contains Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's Evangelion manga, as well as materials from other artists.

Source: Ultimatum Tidbits points out a poll on Viz's website that asks various questions about whether people are interested in purchasing their manga by online, which suggests that Viz is considering the option of distributing downloadable manga online like Tokyopop and NETCOMICS.

The following manga appeared on the USA Today Booklist Top 150 (PDF) for the week ending August 26th:

All New Manga Presents Original Side Story to Best-Selling Vampire Kisses Novels

Los Angeles, CA (August 21, 2007)—TOKYOPOP, the leader of the Global Manga Revolution and Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsChildren's Books, are pleased to announce the September 2007 release of Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives, the first installment of a three-part manga series based on the wonderfully funny popular teen novels, Vampire Kisses.

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In the latest issue of PWCW, Ed Chavez gives a full report of Comiket 72, which took place last week.

Bill Aguiar writes about Udon Entertainment's new Korean manhwa line, and provides an overview of the titles coming this fall.

Brigid Alverson talks about Mark Crilley, the creator of Miki Falls, and receives quite a few response.

Last but not least, Kai-Ming Cha has an interview with Satoru Kannagi, creator of the BL manga Only the Ring Finger Knows.