The blogs are alive with the news that Japanese Foreign Minister and noted otaku Taro Aso may be next in line for prime minister. Japundit notes that manga, anime, and game stocks are up. The Broccoli blog reports that the Wall Street Journal called up and requested a cover image of Murder Princess. In their article, the WSJ helpfully defines “otaku” as “nerds.” Simon Jones suggests investing in Rozen Maiden dolls. And Giapet isn’t thrilled with Aso’s politics.
ICv2 interviews Viz senior vp Liza Coppola about the Naruto blitz, retail shelving, anthologies, the problem of shoujo anime, and more.
Chris Mautner pens a nice overview of Naruto Nation.
And how is Naruto doing? Just fine, thanks. On this week’s USA Today booklist, vol. 18 charts at number 37, vol. 17 at number 65, and vol. 16 at number 74; all three are up from last week’s rankings.
The MangaCast crew check out this week’s new manga.
At Mania.com, columnist Nadia Oxford wonders if manga will go the way of the Hula Hoop.
ComiPress has an interesting exchange between a scanlator and a Viz editor frustrated with the flipping and slow release schedule of Inu Yasha. (ComiPress notes that Viz has not confirmed the response.) Also: Prince of Tennis is coming to an end.
Tiamat’s Disciple has more on the latest scanlation controversy.
The doujinshi artist who was arrested recently for distribution of indecent material has been fined 30,000 yen, which Canned Dogs says is a token amount. Simon Jones agrees (NSFW) it’s probably less than the artist’s printing bill but would like to see him fight it on general principles.
Wish I could be there: Manga maven Fred Schodt will give a talk in San Francisco tonight on the classic Four Immigrants manga.
Reviews: EvilOmar turns in a comprehensive review of vols. 1-5 of Basilisk at About Heroes. The latest volume of Fruits Basket leads off the Small Bodied Manga Reviews at Anime on DVD. Over at Manganews, Serenity reviews the one-shot Spell and Ishaan checks out vol. 1 of Gon. Connie is busy at Slightly Biased Manga, where she gives her take on vol. 5 of Adolf, vol. 2 of Golgo 13, Fake Fur, and vol. 1 of Walkin’ Butterfly. Ed Park reviews Apollo’s Song for the LA Times. At Prospero’s Manga, Miranda reviews vol. 1 of June Pride, Takumi-kun Series. Michael Aronson reads vol. 10 of Claymore at Manga Life. Tiamat’s Disciple wrestles with the shrinkwrap to review vol. 1 of Eden: It’s an Endless World.