October, 2007

The Pulse's Jennifer Contino interviews writer Barbara Keselm, who talks about working for Tokyopop with The Dark Crystal. Also, Silver Bullet Comic Books has an interview with Heidi Arnhold, the artist of Tokyopop's Legends of The Dark Crystal: The Garthim War.

Source: MangaBlog

Fourth Quarter Titles Feature Picture Book, Newest VIZ Fiction Novel and Beautiful Art Books - Perfect For Gift-Giving Season

San Francisco, CA, October 5, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, will captivate fans this holiday season with a range of vividly illustrated new art and picture books based on popular anime and manga series and a new long-anticipated addition to the VIZ Fiction imprint.

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Box Set And Special Editions Of DEATH NOTE, BLEACH And New Installments Of Ongoing Favorites Offer Unique Gift Ideas To Suit Any Budget And Taste

San Francisco, CA, October 5, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, announced a preview of highly anticipated upcoming anime releases set for the approaching 2007 holiday season.

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topA new manga titled Angel Bank -Dragon Sakura Gaiden- (エンゼルバンク -ドラゴン桜外伝-) by Norifusa Mita will begin serialization in Morning No.45 (10/11).

A new series from Moyoco Anno titled Moonlight Himejion (月光ヒメジオン) will begin serialization in the December issue of Nakayoshi (11/2).

Two new manga, Mahiru no Nagareboshi ☆☆ (まひるの流れ星☆☆) by Iwao Kameme and Fukoumori ~Kyoumo Unhappy!?~ (フコウモリ ~きょうもアンハッピー!?~) by JINCO, will start in the December issue of Ciao.

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topAccording to volume 50 of the light novel magazine Dengeki hp, 3 light novel series will be animated.

The Alison series, as well as its follow-up Lilia and Trais by Keiichi Sigsawa (author) and Kohaku Kuroboshi (illustrator) will both be animated. Wagaya no Oinari-sama by Jin Shibamura (author) and Eizou Houden (illustrator) will also be adapted into an anime.

Source: LightNovel.org

From ICv2 comes a 2-part interview (Part 1, Part 2) with Dan Marks, Viz's Viz Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. The interview is centered around Viz's plans for digital delivery of anime, its potential impact on DVD sales, as well as anime on mobile devices, manga downloads, and other forms of digital delivery services.

Via: Icarus Blog

TOMY, DP3, NINTENDO and MAJOR LEAGUE EATING will be presenting an exciting event coming up in New York City -- celebrating the NARUTO Wii launch, they will be holding the FIRST EVER Ramen Noodle Major League Eating contest!

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New Series Based On Xbox 360 Game And Features Notable Character Designs By DRAGON BALL Creator Akira Toriyama

San Francisco, CA, October 4, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has launched a new website dedicated to the BLUE DRAGON™ anime and video game property at bluedragon.viz.com. BLUE DRAGON is a highly anticipated action adventure anime series based on the popular Xbox 360 Role Playing Game which debuted in North America in August.

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According to The Hochi Shimbun, 22-year-old idol/seiyuu/singer Shoko Nakagawa, also known as Shokotan, will appear on a new television program called Woogie Boogie in Japan, where she and her fans will collaborate on a 4-koma (four-panel comics) and and an anime.

Via: Giapet.net

In the latest issue of PWCW, Kai-Ming Cha takes a look at the return of ADV Manga to the manga market in "ADV Manga Wakes Up."

Also reported is that Trans World Entertainment Corp. and wholesaler Bookazine will "develop and manage a manga section in each of its more than 900 stores. TWE comprises nine brands in mall and freestanding locations, including F.Y.E., Coconuts, Sam Goody, Suncoast and Planet Music."

A preview of Dany&Dany's latest graphic novel, The Lily and the Rose, has been made available by Yaoi Press on Tokyopop's website.

Via: MangaBlog

ANN is reporting that Maki Minami's manga Special A, currently serialized in Hakusensha's Hana to Yume, will be adapted into an anime.

Nominees of the 11th Japan Media Arts Festival has been announced, manga nominated for the award include:

  • Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru by Masakazu Ishiguro
  • Kayo-chan no Nimotsu by Sumako Kari
  • Aria by Kozue Amano
  • Yasashii C++ Part 2 by Takahiro Yonemura
  • Chimuchimu Parade by Shiho Suzuki

Breitbart.com is reporting that notes with the message "Watashi wa Kira desu" ("I am Kira") were found near the scene of a murder in southern Brussels last week. According to the report, "local police have launched a murder investigation and that they consider it unlikely that the notes were left there coincidentally [...] Translated versions of "Death Note" are available in Belgium, where the comic is popular among young people."

Via: Vertical Weblog

The following manga appeared on the USA Today Booklist Top 150 (PDF) for the week ending September 30th:

  • #127 - Naruto, Volume 18 - Viz - (Last week: #74)
  • #149 - Naruto, Volume 17 - Viz - (Last week: #100)

Also, Comicsnob posts the online manga sales rankings:

Canned Dogs is reporting that Kadokawa Shoten has delayed the releases of the manga version of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and volume 2 of School Days to an undetermined date due to the recent controversies involving both series' anime counterparts.

Via: theOtaku

According to The Beat, publisher IDW Publishing will be entering the manga market by releasing horror mangaka Kazuo Umezu's Reptilia this October.

According to this press release, the first recipient of Inoue Takehiko's Slam Dunk Scholarship has been announced:

Mr. Inoue is at SKS from Oct. 7 – 11 accompanying Narito Namizato, the finalist in Mr. Inoue's Slam Dunk Scholarship competition which awards a full academic and sports scholarship to South Kent School to the top 17 – 18 year old basketball player in Japan.

The final phase of the competition is the South Kent admission interview and evaluation. Upon successful completion of this phase Narito will attend South Kent starting in the spring term of 2008.

Herndon VA - October 3rd, 2007 - GalaxyPink's 3D interactive animation game "Sexual Fantasy Kingdom vol. I - Sex with Creatures" has been released on DLSite.com, and quickly become one of the most popular games of the week and month!

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During an interview with Detective Conan (also known as Case Closed) mangaka Goushou Aoyama conducted by Sankei Shimbun, the manga artist hinted at the conclusion of the popular shonen detective manga. ANN has a brief translation:

Aoyama gave very few details about the ending for the popular series, saying, "I will not betray the hopes of fans." Volume 59 of the Conan manga will be released in Japan later this month. "I don't feel much pressure," said the author, adding with a laugh, "isn't it more fun just to not feel pressure at all? Instead, I write what feels right to me. I feel lucky that I'm able to do that."

TreeHugger reports that Detective Conan (also known as Case Closed) has inspired scientists from Japan's Nara Institute of Science and Technology to develop an ultra-thin, protein-Based memory chip:

It may seem like an unlikely source of inspiration for a new computer memory technology, but "Detective Conan" (otherwise known as "Case Closed") - a popular anime and manga series about a young detective who uses high-tech gadgets to help him solve cases - could have provided the creative spark that led to the development of a protein-based ultrathin memory.

Via: MangaBlog

Seven Seas has launched the "Are You An Otaku?" contest, where participants send in pictures of their collection to see who has the most "otaku" collection. Grand prize winner will receive "a one of a kind original full color I, Otaku illustration, drawn and signed by series creator Jiro Suzuki; Plus ten (10) of the latest Seven Seas manga, including I, Otaku: Struggle in Akihabara Vol. 1," while 10 runner-ups will received volume 1 of I, Otaku: Struggle in Akihabara.

Journalista reports that The Comics Journal's Andrew Farrago has interviewed author Jason Thompson:

Andrew Farrago's interview with cartoonist, editor and the author of Manga: The Complete Guide, Jason Thompson, who provides an insider's look at Viz Media, discusses his online graphic novel The Stiff, and describes going out of his mind trying to read and review every English-language manga ever released in preparation for his new book.