December, 2006


Grovel reports that a manga anthology titled The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga has been released, which contains previews of over 15 new manga from western artists.

Source: Grovel

According to the latest Shonen Jump Early Sales Info, a "One Piece x Dragonball" one-shot from Akira Toriyama and Eiichiro Oda will appear in Weekly Shonen Jump No.2, on sale 12/21.

Barubara Ikai by Moto Hagio has won the 27th Japan SF Grand Prize. Barubara Ikai is a science fiction manga published by Shogakukan, it ended in Shogakukan's manga anthology Flowers in August of 2005 with a total of 4 volumes.

Source: AnimeAnime

Official versions of Oh! Great's popular manga Air Gear has been announced in China. The manga can also be purchased through China's online DigiBook Service.

Source: Sina Anime

June Manga has announced a new Christmas Contest. Participants must be over 13, and the contest will last until January 15th, 2007.

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Novelist Kenjiro Haitani has died of esophageal cancer late last month at the age of 72. Haitani's works include A Rabbit's Eyes, which sold more than 1 million copies and is currently being published by Vertical.

Source: Vertical Weblog

Tags: has published a detailed coverage of the Kyoto International Manga Museum that opened last month.

Manga Jouhou interviews Creber Monde director Paul Illidge to discuss the upcoming Shakespeare Manga Contest for teenagers this December.


Cartoon Network Brazil has revealed its plans for 2007. In 2007 the cartoon channel will be airing Demashitaa! Powerpuff Girls Z (出ましたっ!パワパフガールズZ). No release dates have been given, but Demashitaa! Powerpuff Girls Z will debut in all Latin America countries simultaneously. official website.

A new live-action film based on Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys manga has been announced and is set to come out in 2008.

20th Century Boys recently
returned to the pages of Big Comic Spirits after going on hiatus for over eight months.


The Japanese government is running a full-page advertisement in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine No.52 (on sale November 29th), which read "Stop! Bullying." This is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed that the ad be published in both shonen and shoujo manga magazines for the very first time, stating that "children will not read the ad if they are run in newspapers."

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