To see or not to see — shojo girls risk losing their image in Translucent

Shizuka has problems. Not only is she an introverted girl, dealing with schoolwork and boys, but she feels invisible. In reality, she is victim to a disease that is making her literally translucent!

Shizuka finds support with Mamoru, a boy who is falling for her despite her appearance, or lack thereof. Another friend, Keiko, suffers from the same illness and has turned completely invisible.

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MangaBlog reports that Yen Press has licensed Keiko Tobe's Hikari to Tomoni.... Hikari to Tomoni... is currently serialized in Akita Shoten's Missy magazine. In 2004 the work won the 8th Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence Prize. Yen Press will release Hikari to Tomoni... in the U.S. under the title With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child.

In a time of chaos and war in a godforsaken era, twin sons are born to an emperor. But legend states that the son of the emperor shall be born a demon. But twins? Who is the demon, and who shall reign as emperor?

Chunchu is the story of a young man saved from death by his mother, banished by his people, hunted by his brother, and tortured by demons from within. Living and fighting with a warrior tribe that can never trust him, Chunchu lives a life of blood and violence. Still, something mysterious lurks within his cold exterior, something that could be awakened by the touch of a woman.

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Yaoi Suki points out a new yaoi manga, Voice or Noise by Yamimaru Enjin, on, which appears to be a new license from Tokyopop's yaoi imprint BLU. There is currently no official confirmation regarding the license.

MangaCast reports that two new shojo titles, Wild Ones by Fujihara Kiyo and Special A by Maki Minami, have appeared on Simon & Schuster's catalog under Viz Media, and is set for release in Q4 2007. Currently there has been no official announcement from Viz regarding the licenses.

Papo de Budega has conducted a small interview with Viz Media regarding the release status of its manga titles in Latin America. Contrary to what has been said on numerous Latin web forums, Viz currently has no plans to release Ichigo 100% and Megaman: Starforce in Latin America.

According to Viz Media's Senior Director Public Relations Evelyn Dubocq: "We are not planning to sell Megaman: Starforce or Ichigo100% [in Latin America]." According to Evelyn, the recent rumors are not official and have nothing to do with Viz Media.

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MangaCast posts the latest newsletter from 801 Media, which contains information on two of its newly licensed titled:

  • Sensitive Pornograph by Ashika Sakura - October
  • I'm Not Your Stepping Stone by Shiuko Kano - November

Also, Maybe I Am Your Steppin' Stone, sequal to I'm Not Your Stepping Stone, will be released in 2008.

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.

Thanks Sheila

Happy White Day from 801 Media Inc!

Los Angeles, CA, March 14, 2007- It's White Day and while the "men" of 801 Media Inc. would love to give their adoring fans chocolate and flowers, it is a bit hard considering they are two dimensional, imaginary characters. So instead, 801-chan and Tomo-chan are taking care of the "gifts" and are excited to announce the following additions to 801 Media Inc.'s line-up.

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VIZ Media has announced two new shojo titles in the April issue of its Shojo Beat magazine:

Also confirmed was the news that Sand Chronicles be serialized in Shojo Beat.

Source: MangaCast