Limited Edition Design Will Only Be Available Via VIZ Media Online Store at

San Francisco, CA, October 8, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has teamed with alternative footwear manufacturer T.U.K. Shoes to offer limited edition BLEACH street shoes that will be offered exclusively through the VIZ Media online store at The shoes will have a suggested retail price of $65 (USD) and will be limited to only 360 pairs. Pre-orders will be accepted only through the web site beginning today. Orders will be shipped to customers in mid-February 2008.

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Today, the influence of manga can be seen everywhere, from diplomacy to international manga awards. However, a part of the manga culture is slowly fading away.

ITmedia recently talked to Ukio Takano (58), who purchased an old church for 3 million yen in April 2006 and turned it into the manga museum Aomushi (青虫, the name of the museum came from Seirindo/青林堂, publisher of the legendary comic magazine Garo, and Osamu Tezuka) hoping that it will help people remember the part of manga culture that make up the foundation of today's prospering manga culture. In the article, Takano talks about "Rental Manga":

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According to The Hochi Shimbun, 22-year-old idol/seiyuu/singer Shoko Nakagawa, also known as Shokotan, will appear on a new television program called Woogie Boogie in Japan, where she and her fans will collaborate on a 4-koma (four-panel comics) and and an anime.


In the latest issue of PWCW, Kai-Ming Cha takes a look at the return of ADV Manga to the manga market in "ADV Manga Wakes Up."

Also reported is that Trans World Entertainment Corp. and wholesaler Bookazine will "develop and manage a manga section in each of its more than 900 stores. TWE comprises nine brands in mall and freestanding locations, including F.Y.E., Coconuts, Sam Goody, Suncoast and Planet Music."

Canned Dogs is reporting that Kadokawa Shoten has delayed the releases of the manga version of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and volume 2 of School Days to an undetermined date due to the recent controversies involving both series' anime counterparts.

Via: theOtaku

TreeHugger reports that Detective Conan (also known as Case Closed) has inspired scientists from Japan's Nara Institute of Science and Technology to develop an ultra-thin, protein-Based memory chip:

It may seem like an unlikely source of inspiration for a new computer memory technology, but "Detective Conan" (otherwise known as "Case Closed") - a popular anime and manga series about a young detective who uses high-tech gadgets to help him solve cases - could have provided the creative spark that led to the development of a protein-based ultrathin memory.

Via: MangaBlog

topAccording to Asahi Shimbun, the manga Boku, Otariman has reached the 500,000 mark in sales with the release of the series' second volume

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A new book titled 2112 September 3rd, Doraemon is Born! (2112年9月3日、ドラえもんは本当に誕生する! ) was recently release in Japan. The book, written by Japan's first science navigator and sakurAi Science Factory's host Susumu Sakurai, claims that technologies found in Doraemon, such as the fourth-dimensional pocket, time machine and dokodemo door (a teleportation device), can become a reality through Einstein's theory of relativity.

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Mainichi Daily reports that LDP leader Yasuo Fukuda has been elected the new Japanese Prime Minister after Shinzo Abe's resignation. Also mentioned is that Taro Aso, the well-known "otaku politician", has resigned:

Fukuda asked former ruling Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Taro Aso, who fought against Fukuda in last Sunday's party leadership race, to join his Cabinet, but Aso declined the offer.

Source: Japanator

In the article "U.S. anime expert: Girls drive market," Daily Yomiuri reports that Trulee Karahashi, the new chief executive officer of the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), is suggesting that girls are the driving force behind the U.S.'s manga and anime market:

While an obsessed male otaku might be the stereotypical image of an anime fan, Karahashi painted a different picture. She said that Anime Expo attendance is equally divided between genders, which "mirror[s] the overall fan base."

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