Daily Yomiuri Online has published a report on the TV dramatization of the manga Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa, and how the drama will be aired on August 10th to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of Hiroshima:

Monday will mark the 62nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima. So as not to forget what happened in World War II, Fuji TV will air Aug. 10 and 11 from 9 p.m. a two-night special drama, Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen), based on a manga featuring a little boy who survived the atomic bombing.

ANN reports that Sony Music Entertainment will be holding auditions for the two main female leads in the movie based on the manga Pride by Yukari Ichijo:

The manga characters Shio and Moe are aspiring opera singers and competing music college students, so the producers are looking for females between 16 and 25 years old with the desire to become singers (familiarity with the manga is recommended). The deadline for applications and demo samples is August 31.

Currently there's a rumor going around Japanese bulletin boards that Kentaro Yabuki (creator of Black Cat)'s To-LOVE-Ru will be adapted into an anime. However, there are currently no solid evidence that suggests an anime adaptation is in the works.

Source: Moon Phase

According to Earl.Box, the popular manga Naisho no Tsubomi by Yuu Yabuuchi will be adapted into an anime next spring.

Naisho no Tsubomi is a sex-ed manga aimed at elementary school students. The manga, with a fifth-grade girl as its protagonist, became extremely popular in Japan and has received many praises.

Via: Japanator

These Are the Voyages of the Starship Enterprise...
TOKYOPOP Proudly Presents... STAR TREK®: THE MANGA - Kakan Ni Shinkou

Second Volume in Hit Manga Anthology Arrives in Stores Stardate 9.5.07

Comic-Con, San Diego CA July 25,2007 - Energize! TOKYOPOP and CBS Consumer Products have joined forces once again to produce an intriguing and unforgettable look at the Final Frontier with Star Trek: The Manga: Kakan Ni Shinkou, the second volume in the hit Star Trek manga series, based on Captain James T. Kirk's historic adventures aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701. Following on the heels of the hugely successful maiden voyage of TOKYOPOP's Star Trek: Shinsei Shinsei, this second volume covers more stories from the original Star Trek TV series.

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New York, NY – DC Comics, the world's largest English language comic book publisher and home to Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman announced plans today to publish a new comic book series based on World of Warcraft®, Blizzard Entertainment®'s popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Preview art from the series will debut at Comic-Con International, held in San Diego, CA from July 26–29. The World of Warcraft comic book will be published through DC’s WildStorm imprint and debut this fall.

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From Yomiuri Online comes an article looking at how Taiwan is quicker in turning manga into TV dramas than their Japanese counterparts:

Taiwanese broadcasters are now adapting manga popular among girls for use as TV dramas even more quickly than their Japanese TV counterparts. Some of these Taiwan dramas have done well in other Asian countries too, fueling a craze that has left broadcasters in the manga's country of origin in their wake.


According to Starchild - fyofuko, a new OVA the character Ryofuko-chan from Jiro Suzuki's manga Sota-kun no Akihabara no Funtoki is currently in the works.

Source: Active Anime

The latest issue of Young Gangan reveals that the "important Bamboo Blade announcement" mentioned by Square-Enix is the anime adaptation of Bamboo Blade.

Source: Moon Phase

According to posts on 2ch, Yusei Matsui's Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro will be adapted into an anime.

From Kadokawa Shoten comes a new magazine called Zoukan Ace A Assault. The 2007 Summer issue will be released on July 10th, and will carry extra chapters (side stories) of popular serializations such as Mirai Nikki, Garei, Fate/stay night and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

capeta creator Masahito Soda's manga Subaru will resume serialization in Big Comic Spirits under the titled Subaru ~solitude standing~.