At Manga Recon, Katherine Dacey-Tsuei looks over this week’s yaoi-heavy new manga list and reviews a few recent releases.
Meanwhile, Comicsnob Matt Blind looks at last week’s top manga series (online sales) and the top 100 volumes, and he also files a field report on Anime Weekend Atlanta and a belated report on DragonCon.
Back from Japan, Christopher Butcher fires another volley in his debate with Dirk Deppey over which books to recommend to a reader looking for mature manga: obscure and arty or relatively accessible? Dirk responds (scroll down to the “Manga” heading).
Aspiring manga-ka Takeshi Miyazawa has an interview with Shueisha and finds a warmer reception than he got at Kodansha.
Will scanlators be the next group of workers to lose their jobs to automation? Fuji Xerox has developed a photocopier that not only copies, it translates text from Japanese or Korean to English.
The machine works by networking with a dedicated translation server while simultaneously using various programs to distinguish between actual words and, say, a coffee stain.
Of course, given the helpfulness of current translation programs, I don’t think the Mangascreener folks have too much to worry about. (Via Simon Jones.)
Reviews: At Slightly Biased Manga, Connie reviews vol. 1 of Le Chevalier d’Eon, vol. 2 of Hoshin Engi, vol. 7 of Saint Seiya, and vol. 2 of Black Sun, Silver Moon. Borderline Hikikomori likes vol. 1 of Kino no Tabe (novel), except for a few minor issues. Jen Parker gives decent marks to The Lily and The Rose at Yaoi Suki. Ferdinand reviews vol. 1 of Aoi House in Love and vol. 1 of Cherry Juice at Prospero’s Manga. ANN’s Theron Martin enjoys vol. 9 of Battle Angel Alita: Last Order. At Active Anime, Scott Campbell reviews Tekkonkinkreet and vol. 2 of Dragon Eye, Christopher Seaman looks at vol. 8 of Pastel, and Holly Ellingwood gets a sneak preview of L’Etoile Solitaire. Michelle gives an A- to vol. 7 of Bleach at Soliloquy in Blue. The Manga Life staff reviews a mixed bag of books: vol. 1 of Octopus Girl, Hideshi Hino’s Living Corpse, vol. 5 of Emma, vol. 2 of MPD Psycho, vol. 8 of Hellsing, vol. 30 of InuYasha, and vol. 2 of Love Hina. Nick gives passing marks to vol. 1 of Poison Candy at Hobotaku. Mangamaniac Julie reviews vol. 2 of Pearl Pink at MangaCast. Back at the Manga Maniac Cafe, she checks out Just My Luck and vol. 4 of Baby and Me and makes some comments on the production quality of vol. 1 of The Key to the Kingdom. Kethylia reviews Spring Fever, from new publisher Aurora’s yaoi imprint, Deux.