Yep, it’s MangaBlog’s third birthday today, which means I’m about a year or so away from becoming a grizzled internet veteran. So thank you for reading—you are the reason I show up to blog every day.
I want to start with an opportunity for the other bloggers out there—Adam Arnold of Seven Seas e-mailed me to let me know that they are looking for anime and manga bloggers to review their new light novels. Check their site for more info.
Also, I’m happy to announce the latest convert to our numbers: Stan Lee, who will be teaming up with Shaman King creator Hiroyuki Takei to produce a manga for Shueisa’s Jump Square Second. Yeah, that’s right, it’s going to be in Japanese. ANN also has news of a new one-shot manga from Mohiro Kitoh and the imminent demise of Prince of Tennis, Muhyo and Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation, and Kamichama Karin -chu-.
Weekly Recon moves to Mondays so we can more efficiently plan our spending for the week. Katherine Dacey celebrates with an extra helping of reviews. And for those who really like to think ahead, MangaCast lists May and June releases culled from Diamond Previews.
Johanna Draper Carlson takes a critical look at some of Tokyopop’s global manga.
Jason Thompson holds a manga tasting.
At Manga Xanadu, Lori Henderson notices something odd about a take-down list.
John Jakala wonders about Death Note: How to Read at Sporadic Sequential. (Warning: spoilers.)
For those of you looking for Iris e-books: Kellie is working on it, but there has been a glitch.
ComiPress presents another chapter of Manga Zombie, this one a continuation of the article on Kajiwara Ikki.
New York San Diego Comic-Con has its own magazine, and it’s free on the web.
France’s Centre d’Etudes et Recherches Internationales will host a two-day conference on manga and anime on March 15-17.
Reviews: Let’s start with something different: Kethylia posts on some manga she’s not going to review. At Comics-and-More, Dave Ferraro reviews vol. 1 of Gerard & Jacques and vol. 9 of Nana. Ed Sizemore checks out vol. 1 of Ral Grad at Comics Worth Reading. Tiamat’s Disciple posts some first impressions on vol. 2 of Alice on Deadlines. Despite her best instincts, Erica Friedman can’t stop herself from reviewing vol. 2 of Eternal Alice Rondo at Okazu. John Thomas takes a hard look at vol. 2 of Translucent at Mecha Mecha Media. James Fleenor posts his impression of vol. 8 of O-Parts Hunter at Anime Sentinel. At the Manga Maniac Cafe, Julie checks out vol. 1 of Metro Survive, vol. 2 of High School Debut, vol. 1 of Monkey High!, and vol. 9 of Nana. Holly Ellingwood eyeballs vol. 4 of Kurohime, vol. 24 of Prince of Tennis, and vol. 1 of Monkey High! at Active Anime. Tangognat reviews vol. 3 of Yurara, vol. 1 of Aria, and vols. 1-4 of Dokebi Bride. Greg Hackmann checks out the Sgt. Frog omnibus at Anime on DVD.