No Go in SJ, spring training begins, new comics everywhere

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.

Why can’t we all just get along? At Shuchaku East, Chloe has a measured response to some snark that popped up in comments to Danielle Leigh’s column at CBR.

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.

Things have been quiet over at Manga Life, but there’s a flurry of new posts up this week, including a new column by Fruits Basket translators Alethea and Athena Nibley.

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.

Dorian points out that manga can be sexist too, and he scans in a couple of pages of Ral Grad to make his point. (Via When Fangirls Attack.)

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.

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  1. —Confused about the Hideo Iura situation. This lawyer, did he actually write a ‘novel based on actual events’, or was this a novel he made up completely on his own?

    I’m asking because— if I were hired to write a GN about the life, crimes and subsequent capture of a murdering ‘group’ of social cast-offs led by a sociopath nutcase—and then I used the book Helter Skelter as my sole source of material with which to create my fictional characters and their crimes, but didn’t note that I used that book as my main muse, could Vincent Bugliosi come after me in the press and call me a plagiarist? 0_0.

    Sorry if I’m late to this—I tried googling and didn’t come up with anymore background info on the lawyer or his book. :(

  2. Do you really think “Manga and comics don’t need to be like Republicans vs Democrats. You CAN enjoy both (I do!) without betraying the other.”
    is snarky? I didn’t mean it to be…

  3. No, John, I was referring to the first commenter in the CBR thread, although to be honest, what he wrote doesn’t really rise to the level of snark. Not clever enough.

  4. Ha ha! I get it now…

    And I agree with you. To say “I read a couple manga, didn’t like them, so I will never give manga another chance,” and be proud of it shows a new level of audacity and ignorance.


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