The winners of this year's Seoul Drama Awards have been announced, and the live-action adaptation of Nodame Cantabile won three awards: Best mini-series, director (Takeuchi Hideki) and best music.

Source: ANN

ANN reports that the playwright Natsu Onoda will be adapting three of Osamu Tezuka's World War II themed manga, Daishogun Mori e Yuku, Sei Naru Hiroba and Tenteke March, into a play titled Trees and Ghosts:

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topMediaWorks has announced (PDF) a new seinen magazine titled Dengeki Kuro Maoh. The new magazine, a special issue of Dengeki Maoh, will be released on September 19th and will be published on a quarterly basis. The circulation of the magazine will be 80,000 issues, and will focus on manga, anime and novels for young men. One of the new series starting in this magazine will be a new Shakugan no Shana manga.

The manga, titled Shakugan no Shana X Eternal song -Harukanaru Uta- (灼眼のシャナX Eternal song -遙かなる歌-), will be illustrated by Kiya Shii, and story will be based on the 10th volume of the Shakugan no Shana light novel.

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• Konami's OAV and TV anime Sky Girls (スカイガールズ) was adapted into a manga in the October issue of Kodansha's Monthly Magazine Z (8/25). Also began in the same issue was a manga titled Hakokan Younin Burai-cho Himegami (箱館妖人無頼帖 ヒメガミ) by Nozomu Tamaki.

• A manga adaptation of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (機動戦士ガンダムOO) will begin the December issue of Monthly Magazine Z (10/26), a preview will be made available in the November issue.

• Two new manga, Ray Sweeper (レイスイーパー) by Narumi Kakinouchi (creator of Vampire Princess Miyu) and Lieutenant-Scarlet (ルテナン・スカーレット) by Takao Ukyo (Original story by Ryoe Tsukimura), will start in Jive's Monthly Comic Rush November issue (9/26).

• A new manga titled Tobaku Haouden Zero (賭博覇王伝 零(ゼロ)) by Nobuyuki Fukumoto, who won the Kodansha Manga Award in 1998 for his manga Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji, will begin serialization in Weekly Shonen Magazine issue 40 (9/5).

Ramen Tenshi Pretty Menma (ラーメン天使 プリティメンマ), a fictional game from the Genshiken manga, will be adapted into a real manga, and will start serialization in the November issue of Media Factory's Comic Alive (9/27).

• The official site for the adult manga magazine Comic Hotmilk has opened at

Tokyograph reports that Moyoco Anno's manga Hataraki Man will be adapted into a drama series this fall, with Miho Kanno starring as the lead character.

Via: theOtaku

Film Presents A Poignant And Comedic Story About Friendship And Competition Set Against Backdrop Of Table Tennis

San Francisco, CA, August 22, 2007 - VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, debuts its latest DVD with the release of the critically acclaimed PING PONG from director Sori Fumihiko.

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According to SaiAni, an announcement was made in the October issue of Square Enix's Gekkan G Fantasy that Switch by Naked Ape (Otoh Saki (story) and Tomomi Nakamura (art) will be adapted into an OAV as well as a stage show.

Source: theOtaku

Below is a round-up of all the manga-related adaptation news announcements for the first half of August:

- The Prince of Tennis will be adapted into a live-action drama in China.

- VIZ Pictures has announced plans to release a Lovely Complex live-action movie in the spring of 2008.

- Shigeshoshi by Mitsukazu Mihara (DOLL), known as The Embalmer in the U.S., will be adapted into a live-action television drama.

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San Jose, CA, August, 2007. DrMaster Publications Inc. and DGN Productions Inc have announced that the long, arduous wait is over! SVC CHAOS SNK VS CAPCOM is now available in stores around the nation! This is the comic adaptation of the popular video game by SNK PLAYMORE and Capcom, two of the heaviest hitters within the video game industry!

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Ultimatum Tidbits reports that the light novel series Ookami to Koushinryou by Isuna Hasekura (author) and Juu Ayakura (illustrator) will be adapted into a TV animation. The announcement can be found on the cover of the fifth volume of the light novel.

In June, Dengeki Online also announced Ookami to Koushinryou's adaptation into a manga (drawn by Koume Keito).