Manga makes a respectable showing on this week’s USA Today Top 150 Books, with vol. 15 of Naruto slipping from number 53 to 60 and vol. 1 of Kingdom Hearts II rising from 149 to 136. Meanwhile, at Comicsnob, Matt Blind takes a look at online manga sales rankings for this week.
Busted! Police arrested the proprietors of a maid cafe in Bangkok, Thailand, and seized 200 volumes of allegedly obscene manga. This strikes me as odd:
The police explained the arrests and confiscation: “We investigated due to complaints from guardians that children would frequent the maid cafe. There was obscene artwork in the manga.”
It doesn’t seem like a maid cafe is a place for children anyway. Asahi.com has an article on the kid-friendlier manga museum in Kansai, Japan.
Oliver Chin posts a meditation on Tezuka at the Marvel of Manga blog.
Reviews: Kethylia reviews a light novel, vol. 1 of Trinity Blood: Rage Against the Moons. Julie takes an early look at vol. 2 of Hoshin Engi at the Manga Maniac Cafe. At PopCultureShock, Katherine Dacey-Tsuei enjoys vol. 1 of Alive: The Final Evolution. Active Anime’s Holly Ellingwood reviews vol. 6 of Pichi Pichi Pitch Mermaid Melody and vol. 19 of Hana-Kimi. Johanna checks out vol. 3 of Flower of Life at Comics Worth Reading. Michael Aronson reviews vol. 6 of Godchild at Manga Life. At Prospero’s Manga, Ferdinand reviews vol. 1 of We Shadows and Miranda briefly reviews vols. 7-10 of Death Note. Hung checks out vol. 1 of Samurai Commando: Mission 1549 at the BasuGasuBakuhatsu Anime Blog. J. Bowers looks at vols. 6-7 of Genshiken at Playback:stl. At Newsarama, Tracy, Sarah, and Shelby Edmunds look at two all-ages titles, Kilala Princess and Peach Fuzz. And on his blog, Warren Peace Sings the Blues, Matt Brady checks out the August issue of Shojo Beat.