An alert Anime on DVD reader spotted this in the American Go Association’s E-Journal: Viz is dropping Hikaru no Go from Shonen Jump and replacing it with Slam Dunk. (Via ComiPress.) Lori Henderson reacts badly to the news…
Katherine Dacey picks the good stuff in this week’s crop of new releases and reviews some books she likes (for a change) at PopCultureShock’s Manga Recon blog. The MangaCast team combs through the new comics list as well.
Pitchers and catchers reported for duty last week, and Dave White celebrates with some samples of Aoizaka High School Baseball Club, which runs in Weekly Shonen Sunday.
Yaoi Press posts a preview of vol. 2 of Dark Prince.
Sandra Monte of the Brazilian blog Papo de Budega reports that Brazilian publisher Panini has canceled Eden and Peach Girl, causing dismay among fans there.
This is getting interesting: Creator Hideo Iura and publisher Shogakukan are fighting back against a lawyer’s claim that Iura’s Bengoshi no Kuzu lifted material from his novel.
Who is the hardest working mangaka in Japan? ComiPress translates a blog post that makes the case for Shinji Mizushima, whose works include Song of a Baseball Maniac and Boys’ Idiotic Koushien.
Job board: Tokyopop is looking for a receptionist/office assistant. Don’t turn up your nose at that; I believe the mighty Shaenon Garrity started out as a receptionist for Viz. And speaking of Viz, they are looking for an assets coordinator. (Both via ANN.)
Temple University is offering a six-week course in anime and manga at its Japan campus.
Reviews: I know we’re all sick of hearing about The Manga Bible already, but this review makes a good point and is kind of funny besides. Manga Xanadu blogger Lori Henderson has already drafted her two daughters to write manga reviews, and now husband Brian gets into the act with his look at vol. 1 of Junk. Julie reviews vol. 1 of Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Erica Friedman does a thought experiment with vol. 2 of Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora at Okazu. David Welsh is happy that vol. 5 of Kitchen Princess moves beyond cookie-cutter shoujo into more interesting territory. Holly Ellingwood checks out vol. 12 of Death Note and Rachel Bentham gets on board All Nippon Air Lines at Active Anime. James Hanrahan reviews vol. 1 of Hell Girl and Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane critiques vol. 8 of Nana and vol. 1 of Sand Chronicles at Manga Life. Dave Lartigue explains why you should read all eight volumes of Tezuka’s Buddha at once, and he addresses some of the misgivings I had about it. James Fleenor posts his impressions of vols. 21 and 22 of Bleach at Anime Sentinel. Lissa Pattillo investigates The Prime Minister’s Secret Diplomacy at Manga Jouhou. Matthew J. Brady checks out the latest Shojo Beat at Warren Peace Sings the Blues. Tangognat is hooked after reading vol. 1 of Sand Chronicles. Katie McNeill reviews Noise for Blogcritics. At Anime on DVD, everyone pitches in with Small Bodied Manga Reviews.