- http://www.asahi.com/tezuka/

The winners of the 10th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award (sponsored by Asahi Shimbun) have been announced:

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According to "Seiyuu Animedia vol.11" (5/9), there will be a new Mahou Sensei Negima! anime series (Seiyuu: Kanda Akemi and Nonaka Ai).

Manga top 10 according to Tohan.

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imgWorld-renowned mangaka Leiji Matsumoto ("Galaxy Express 999," "Space Cruiser Yamato" etc) also chairs the Copyright Board of the Japan Cartoonists Association and the Association of Copyright for Computer Software (ACCS). He spoke about the effects of piracy on manga and animation, and how the proliferation of personal computers and the internet has influenced the creative process.

From Nikkei PC Online

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Akiba Angels has an English article about the proposed law, which is being proposed due to a perceived (no statistical analysis to back the claim up) increase in crimes influenced by manga, anime and videogames and would make it illegal for creators to depict sexual acts involving characters perceived to be under the age of 18 (again no objective guideline, other than a few arbitrary items such as lack of underhair).

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imgAre you an Otaku? Below is a translated version of a Japanese chart/quiz that shows the difference in perspective between a Normal Person and an Otaku, test your otakuness!

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As part of its May advertising campaign, Super Jump is hosting the first chapters of select popular titles on their website for free viewing.

The titles on display are

- Akatsuki!! Otokojuku by Akira Miyashita
- JIN by Motoka Murakami
- Vampire by Masaya Tokuhiro
- Bartender by Araki Jo & Kenji Nagatomo
- Ousama no Shitateya (The King's Tailor) ~Sarto Finito~ by Ton Ohkawara

To view the chapters, click on the titles (halfway down the page, will highlight red) and click the circular icon that says "1話まる&#123

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Super Jump has launched its Free Trial reading website.