Discussion of the week: Is there a future for seinen manga? A few days ago I linked to Kethylia’s comments about the tenuous status of Eden: It’s an Endless World, and seinen in general:
The overaged fanboys can lament the demise of Raijin Comics and the failure of DMP to follow through with the seinen side of their initial “mandate” all they want. It just doesn’t change anything. They might be the ones to protesteth loudest on the Internet, and they might be the ones in control of the manga industry, but they’re not the ones with the buying power. And if it’s not clear to you by now who IS the demographic with the buying power, I’ll spell it out for you—Girls and Women. Who do not, surprise surprise, flock to Blood and Breasts in satisfyingly large numbers.
At Precocious Curmudgeon, David Welsh picks up the thread and also points out that seinen titles like Eden are hard to find in chain bookstores. And over at Comics Worth Reading, Johanna agrees with Kethylia. Both posts continue into interesting discussions in comments. (FWIW, here’s my take: Seinen is a broad genre, and while I think the audience for the B&B titles is limited, there’s plenty of good stuff that will appeal to women as well as men. Although as someone pointed out at Comics Worth Reading, josei isn’t exactly tearing up the charts either.)
Simon Jones looks at an upcoming Seven Seas license and smells trouble.
Jason Thompson does a special guest appearance at Shaenon Garrity’s Overlooked Manga Festival.
Erin F shows you where to get manga and Pocky in New York City.
At Manga Life, Pantheon High artists Steven and Megumi Cummings explain, with sketches, how they put together the art package to pitch the book. It’s the latest entry in a series that I haven’t read but probably will.
Julie has a thorough report on the Anime Expo CMX panel at the Manga Maniac Cafe.
Reviews: At Active Anime, Christopher Seaman reads vol. 12 of The Wallflower and Holly Ellingwood checks out vol. 1 of Galaxy Angel II. Michael Aronson reviews vol. 2 of Tsubasa at Manga Life. At Prospero’s Manga, Miranda reviews vol. 1 of Le Chevalier d’Eon and Ferdinand checks out vol. 1 of War Angels. At Anime on DVD, Ron Quezon takes a look at an older release, vol. 1 of Cipher.