Friday linkblogging

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.

Becky Cloonan has posted a few samples of her art from vol. 2 of East Coast Rising. (Via Blog@Newsarama.)

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.

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Comments

  1. Maid Cafes usually have no age restriction. It’s a cafe, not a bar. Although most customers are guys in their 20′s, some teens do visit often. It’s not as sleazy as you might imagine. There are usually manga there for people to read but real maid cafes actually do not encourage reading since they’d want a high turn-over rate. You’re suppose to be there pretending you’re the main guy in “He is My Master” while googling at the cosplay waitresses, not reading the manga “He is My Master”.

    In Thailand, as in other Asian countries, Maid and Manga cafe probably are mixed to serve their J-crazy clients. And being an all ages place, you should not really have a self of ero-manga. The guy deserved everything coming to him.