Archives for May 2008

Review: Cy-Believers, vol. 1

Cy-Believers 1Cy Believers, vol. 1
By Shioko Mizuki
Rated OT, Older Teen, 16+
Go! Comi, $10.99

Cy Believers is a strange little story. It features some of the most unlikable characters I have ever encountered in a manga, set in an incredibly artificial situation, and yet I liked it anyway.

Shioko Mizuki is the creator of the excellent soap opera Crossroad, so naturally I was expecting more of the same, but Cy Believers heads off in a different direction. It’s set in one of those Japanese boarding schools where an elite student government rules everyone’s lives with an iron hand. When I was in high school, student government was a pretty token affair, but in manga, they are more like ruling juntas, with seemingly unlimited power and a special structure of their own.

Such is the case at Domus Aurea, a boarding school where, we are told repeatedly by narrative boxes, freedom and self-determination are cherished traditions. This must be intended as irony, because the very first thing we see is Natori Nijo, head of the Public Safety Commission, wielding a bullwhip as he clears out a student club that hasn’t met his standards. Apparently Natori is consolidating power by eliminating clubs for infractions of school rules. Natori also wants to totally control his fiancée, Rui, but Rui is having none of that; when he tries to rape her, she clobbers him and walks out.

Rui wants to join the Public Relations Club, the most prestigious club in the school, but she is shunted off to the “downsized team,” basically a bunch of losers that the club would like to dump but can’t. The three students who make up this group, called “The Believers,” are one of the funniest parts of this book; they toil unquestioningly under low-watt bulbs, assembling toys to make enough money to keep going. Their other project is providing power and shelter for two bishi computer geeks, Rio and Azumi.

Rui is your typical shoujo heroine, and therefore the least interesting person in this motley crew, but if it wasn’t for her, they would all just sit around and make toys and fix computers. Like all good shoujo girls, Rui is incensed by injustice, and when Natori shuts down the Believers, she starts a new computer club, the Cy-Believers.

And there’s your story. There isn’t much sexual tension or even believable emotion, but Mizuki does seem to be setting up something for the future volumes. What makes Cy-Believers tick is the humor of exaggeration—the hard-working Believers, the power-mad Natori, and Makise, the sex-crazed but agoraphobic student body president.

Mizuki’s art is willowy and attractive, although her characters are not particularly unique. Backgrounds are sparse, and her drawing and composition are serviceable but not remarkable. One distraction is the quality of the lines, which seem thin and wispy and occasionally fade out altogether; I assume this is a problem with the print quality.

This is not a deep book, but it is a funny one, if you enjoy watching exaggerated characters crashing into one another. There is a hint of a deeper plot—the whole school is controlled by a mysterious computer—so it will be interesting to see what Mizuki does with the weird setup she created in this volume.

This review is based on a complimentary copy supplied by the publisher.

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In his latest Flipped column, David Welsh discusses the manga he would most like to see translated.

Danielle Leigh revisits her discussion of scanlations and fansubs, and an interesting discussion ensues in comments about the industry’s reliance on scanlations to build a fanbase for manga.

Tangognat rounds up links to blog posts on the Tokyopop Manga Pilots contracts. And in the aftermath of that heated discussion, John Jakala asks bloggers how they deal with correcting mistakes in published posts.

At Same Hat! Same Hat!, Ryan shares proofs and covers of Tokyo Zombie, which he and SH colleague Evan have been involved in as translators, adaptors, and production guys. (Possibly NSFW, if your workplace has a low tolerance for pictures of a bald guy slapping the head off a zombie.) And: It’s in Previews! Plus: Links to chapter 2 of Dance! Kremlin Palace! (definitely NSFW).

The Ninjaconsultants have audio up of the Fujoshi Wave discussion from Anime Boston.

The Daily Yomiuri has an interesting article on an exhibit of Swedish manga in Tokyo.

Are you a publisher? Or a different type of beast? Christopher Butcher draws the distinction at Comics 212.

A Traverse City, Michigan, children’s museum includes manga in an exhibit about Japan.

Jason Thompson, author of the supremely useful Manga: The Complete Guide, will be appearing at the Mysterious Future bookstore in Santa Rosa, California, on June 8.

News from Japan: The Mainichi Daily News reports that publisher Shogakukan is suspending two manga magazines, Young Sunday and Judy, and is reformulating a third. Meanwhile, Zatch Bell creator Makoto Raiku has left Shogakukan’s Shonen Sunday and is entertaining offers from other publishers, according to ANN. On the brighter side, ANN also reports that ASCII Media Works is beefing up Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh with new manga by the creators of sola, Honoka Level Up, Chrono Crusade, and Read or Die.

Reviews: Tom Spurgeon finds Red Colored Elegy emotionally difficult but inspiring at The Comics Reporter. Salimbol reviews vols. 11 and 12 of Boys Over Flowers. Xavier Guilbert discusses Lady Snowblood at du9. Erin F. reads vols. 1 and 2 of Yozakura Quartet at PopCultureShock’s Manga Recon blog. Connie checks out the long-awaited vol. 3 of Parasyte and vol. 10 of Moon Child at Slightly Biased Manga. Over at Active Anime, Scott Campbell reviews vol. 4 of My Heavenly Hockey Club, vol. 17 of Excel Saga, and the vol. 1-3 omnibus of Chronicles of the Cursed Sword, and Sandra Scholes reads vol. 13 of Let Dai. Lissa Pattillo checks out vol. 1 of Ghost Hunt at Kuri-ousity. Julie reads vol. 11 of Tail of the Moon, vol. 30 of Boys Over Flowers, and vol. 1 of Toto! at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Greg McElhatton finds that the charm still hasn’t worn off by vol. 12 of Hikaru no Go at Read About Comics. Ikuko Kitagawa writes about the bilingual edition of Division Chief Kosaku Shima for the Daily Yomiuri. (Via The Comics Reporter.) Marina Neira liked vols. 4-9 of Guru Guru Pon-Chan except for the ending, but she has no such reservations about vol. 15 of Dr. Slump. Lori Henderson reads vol. 1 of Pick of the Litter at Manga Xanadu. At Anime on DVD, Sakura Eries reviews the light novel Gosick and Matthew Alexander checks out vol. 11 of xxxHolic. Michelle enjoys vol. 7 of Skip Beat! at Soliloquy in Blue.

PR: Viz to do Naruto chapter books

Now this is a bit more newsworthy: Viz is planning to publish Naruto chapter books, leveraging that profitable franchise in yet another new direction. Tokyopop tried this with their manga chapter books, but while they were attractive books (my nephew loves them), they didn’t really take off. These, on the other hand, are based on Naruto and therefore will probably outsell the Bible. Read on for more.


Showcase Of The Newest VIZKIDS Format Introduces The Exciting World Of Ninja To Young Readers In Booth #1647

Los Angeles, CA, May 30, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, showcases its first Chapter Book series based on NARUTO, the wildly popular animated and manga (graphic novel) series, at the 2008 Book Expo America (BEA) show which takes place May 30-June 1, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. BEA is the preeminent yearly trade event for publishers and booksellers in North America. VIZ Media will be located in Booth #1647.

The NARUTO Chapter Book series is the latest addition to the company’s VIZKIDS imprint designed for younger readers. It tells the action-packed saga of a boy named Naruto Uzumaki who dreams of becoming the world’s greatest ninja. The stories are designed to reinforce positive messages about friendship, teamwork, resilience and overcoming adversity through a variety of adventures inspired by the original manga series. Each Chapter Book edition is based on the original concept by NARUTO creator Masashi Kishimoto and will be presented in an 80-page volume in the traditional Western style (left to right), complemented by illustrations, a map, a glossary and more!

The first two Chapter Books will be:

#1: NARUTO: THE BOY NINJA • Recommended for Ages 7 – 10 • SRP: $4.99 US/$5.99 CAN • Available October 7, 2008
Naruto’s training to be a ninja, but he’s having trouble keeping his jokester ways under control. He’s causing all kinds of trouble at the Ninja Academy and his teachers think he’s annoying. Naruto himself thinks he’s going to be the best ninja that ever lived, but first he’ll have to prove to everyone that he’s more than just the class clown!

#2: NARUTO: THE TESTS OF A NINJA• Recommended for Ages 7 – 10 •
SRP: $4.99 US/$5.99 CAN • Available October 7, 2008
After graduating from Ninja Academy, Naruto makes new friends including the pretty and smart Sakura and the moody and popular Sasuke. He also meets his new sensei named Kakashi. But Naruto’s jokester ways won’t help him to keep up with his talented new pals. If he wants to be the best ninja ever, he’s going to have to work for it!

“BookExpo America is the preeminent event for the North American publishing industry and VIZ Media is pleased to return to the show this year with a brand new line of NARUTO titles specifically aimed at younger readers,” says Alvin Lu, Vice President, Publishing, VIZ Media. “The tremendous international success of the NARUTO brand continues to attract legions of fans of all ages. Our latest expansion of the VIZKIDS library with Chapter Books represents our long-term commitment to develop and publish unique and age-appropriate titles while utilizing the popularity of NARUTO and other top properties to encourage a love of reading in younger fans.”

First introduced in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan in 1999, NARUTO quickly became that country’s most popular ninja manga targeting tweens and teens and has sold more than 82 million copies to-date. NARUTO currently enjoys widespread domestic success as the best selling manga title in North America. NARUTO has sold over 3.6 million copies to date and regularly appears on USA Today’s Bestseller list and Bookscan’s Graphic Novel Top 50. VIZ Media also distributes the NARUTO animated series on DVD (which has sold through over 750,000 copies domestically). Today, NARUTO is considered one of the most popular animated series in Japan’s history and has achieved immense success not only as a manga and TV series, but also in the realm of licensed categories such as toys, trading card games and video games. For more information go to

PR: Viz goes to BEA

I’m not going to be at BEA this week, more’s the pity, but Viz will be there, and here’s a list of the titles they will be featuring. I don’t think there’s anything here that hasn’t already been announced somewhere else, but it’s an interesting list anyway. There’s also some info on the three panels they will be participating in on Saturday, in case you are lucky enough to be going.


Company To Offer A Dynamic Array Of Manga Titles For Children, Teens And Adults At Preeminent Publishing Event
In Booth #1647

San Francisco, CA, May 30, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, will highlight several notable upcoming manga (graphic novel) releases at the 2008 BookExpo America (BEA) show, taking place May 30-June 1, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. BEA is the preeminent yearly trade event for publishers and booksellers in North America. VIZ Media will be located in Booth 1647.

VIZ Media will further participate in three roundtable discussions on a variety of important topics central to the burgeoning manga industry in North America. Graphic Novel Distribution, Bookstores, and the Direct Market takes place Saturday, May 31, 9:30am-10:30am in Room 406B and will feature VIZ Media’s Vice President of Sales & Product Marketing Gonzalo Ferreyra. The discussion will review various changes the domestic manga industry has undergone, as well as the risks and rewards of distributing manga in the bookstore arena and what comes next for publishers.

On Saturday, May 31, 2008, 1:00pm-2:00pm in Room 406A panelists will examine new challenges facing publishers, new changes in content and taste, and how publishers like VIZ Media are attracting new demographics in a panel entitled Manga’s New Generational Trade-up: The Publishers Quest for New Readers and will feature Leyla Aker, Manga Editor, VIZ Media.

Leyla Aker will also be a panelist on the The Graphic Novel Buzz that will be taking place on Saturday, May 31, 2008, 4:00pm in Room 404B.

Some of the titles VIZ Media will be showcasing at BEA 2008 Include:

From the VIZKIDS imprint:

MSRP: $7.99 • Available June 3, 2008
POKÉMON is more than just a game or a TV show: it’s an international cultural phenomenon that has won the hearts of millions of fans worldwide! In POKÉMON: THE
RISE OF DARKRAI, the newest addition to the VIZKIDS imprint, our young hero Ash may
think he’s seen everything when it comes to Pokémon, but is he ready to face the mysterious Darkrai in his latest awesome adventure? While touring Alamos Town—home of the Space-Time Tower—with the beautiful Alice, Ash and his friends discover that the town’s special garden has been decimated! Baron Alberto, a dashing but arrogant fellow, immediately blames the destruction on Darkrai. As if it just overheard the accusation, Darkrai appears and confronts our heroes! Who is Darkrai? Is it a friend… or an enemy in disguise? And as a battle between Legendary Pokémon Dialga and Palkia rages directly above Alamos Town, and threatens to tear a hole in the space-time continuum, will Ash and his friends survive this showdown and learn Darkrai’s true nature? Find out in this companion volume to the new feature film, also to be distributed by VIZ Media.

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: THE OCARINA OF TIME • Rated “A” for All Ages • MSRP: $7.99 • Available October 7, 2008
Based on the best-selling adventure video games from Nintendo, THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga are being made available for the first time in North America. The Legend of Zelda series details the adventures of Link as his destiny is revealed starting with the Ocarina of Time. Beloved by millions of fans around the world, readers will enjoy the additional details and in-depth explanation of game elements that are available nowhere else but in the manga.

From the VIZ Signature imprint:

CAT EYED BOY • Rated “T+” for Older Teens • MSRP: $24.99 •
Available June 10, 2008
The latest horror masterpiece from Kazuo Umezu, the creator of DRIFTING CLASSROOM (also published by VIZ Media), Cat-Eyed Boy is a half-human, half-monster child who mostly resembles a human, and therefore cannot live in the demon world. He lives hidden in the shadows of the human world, hated by demons and humans alike, but wherever he goes, awful events occur. Humans interact with demons, but surprisingly it’s the humans that act more evil than the monsters. Cat-Eyed Boy acts like a Trickster, saving the innocent and helping the wicked receive the punishment that fate metes out. CAT EYED BOY features gripping tales of revenge and retribution for the evil acts that people commit. The series is broken into 11 individual stories, many full of extremely grotesque and disturbing images. Kazuo Umezu started drawing professionally in the 1950s and is considered the most influential horror manga artists. Umezu’s weird style, incredible ideas and sometimes terrifying imagery have made him a fixture of Japanese pop culture, and his work has been adapted into movies, anime and collectibles.

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REAL • Rated “T+” for Older Teens • MSRP: $12.99 •
Available July 15, 2008
REAL is a gritty drama from Takehiko Inoue and offers a unique twist on the sports manga genre as it focuses on wheelchair basketball. A motorcycle accident, bone cancer, and a speeding truck crashing into a boy on a stolen bicycle all present tragic, life-changing events that turn the worlds of three young men upside down in this gripping new series. Three very different personalities have only one thing in common – their passion for basketball.

SOLANIN • Rated “T+” for Older Teens • MSRP: $17.99 •
Available October 21, 2008
College graduates struggle to cope with the real world and music offers refuge in this modern manga with an American attitude. Meiko Inoue is a recent college grad working as an office lady in a job she hates. Her boyfriend Naruo is permanently crashing at her apartment because his job as a freelance illustrator doesn’t pay enough for rent. And her parents in the country keep sending her boxes of veggies that just rot in her fridge. Straddling the line between her years as a student and the rest of her life, Meiko struggles with the feeling that she’s just not cut out to be a part of the real world. SOLANIN was created by Inio Asano and was originally published as a two-volume series but will be released by VIZ Media as a single omnibus edition and will have six color pages.


SHONEN JUMP FIFTH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION • Rated “T” for Teens • MSRP: $24.99 • Available August 5, 2008
SHONEN JUMP is the most popular manga anthology in the English-speaking world and celebrates its fifth anniversary with this special edition. Each month, SHONEN JUMP publishes more than 300 pages of the world’s most popular manga—Japanese comics that range from the ninja action of NARUTO to the soul-reaping epic that is BLEACH to the ocean-faring adventures of ONE PIECE. Collected in this special edition is all the manga from the very first issue of SHONEN JUMP, published in December 2002—plus the first chapter of NARUTO, now one of the most successful manga series, which originally appeared in the second issue of the magazine. Also included are feature stories from the first five years of SHONEN JUMP, including Japanese lessons, manga sudoku and rare interviews with great manga creators such as Masashi Kishimoto (NARUTO), Akira Toriyama (DRAGON BALL Z), Tite Kubo (BLEACH) and Eiichiro Oda (ONE PIECE)—over a dozen in all. Plus a valuable YU-GI-OH! trading card, and essays by SHONEN JUMP’s American and Japanese editors.

SLAM DUNK • Rated “T” for Teens • MSRP: $7.99 •
Available August 11, 2008
SLAM DUNK is the highly anticipated 31-volume basketball drama from Takehiko Inoue that was a smash hit in Japan. Sakuragi Hanamichi’s got no game with girls – none at all! It doesn’t help that he’s known for throwing down at a moment’s notice and always
coming out on top. A hopeless bruiser, he’s been rejected by 50 girls in a row! All that
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changes when he meets the girl of his dreams, Haruko, and she’s actually not afraid of him! When she introduces him to the game of basketball, his life is changed forever. SLAM DUNK sold over 100 million copies worldwide and catapulted Inoue into the top ranks of Japanese manga artists. An ardent fan of the sport, he also worked on character design for the PLAYSTATION basketball game ONE ON ONE. Takehiko Inoue is also the creator of the VAGABOND manga series, also published by VIZ Media in the US.

From the SHONEN JUMP ADVANCED imprint:

NORA: THE LAST CHRONICLE OF DEVILDOM • Rated “T+” for Older Teens •MSRP: $7.99 • Available October 7, 2008
Nora is an unruly demon that has defied his Dark Liege one too many times. For the sake of his “education,” Nora is sent to live among mortals and enters a bond of servitude with cool-as-ice star student Kazuma Makkari. Kazuma is about to learn the ways of the underworld – and Nora will learn more from the “real world” than he ever thought possible! NORA: THE LAST CHRONICLE OF DEVILDOM is Kazunari Kakei’s first manga series and debuted in Japan in the April 2004 issue of Monthly Shonen Jump and also spawned a sequel, SUREBREC: NORA THE 2nd, which premiered in Monthly Shonen Jump’s March 2007 issue.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs and audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at

PR: New volumes from DrMaster

DrMaster has some new books coming out, including two new series, and all the details are below. Following what is rapidly becoming a trend in the manga industry, they are releasing both volumes of the two-volume series Magic Lovers Tower at once.


SAN JOSE, CA – April, 2008 – DrMaster Publications has announced that Metro Survive vol. 2, the final volume of the series by Yuki Fujisawa, Chinese Hero vol. 6 by Wing Shing Ma, and the new series Magic Lover’s Tower vol. 1 & 2 by Kao Yung & Kuan Liang, are all available now! Both volumes of the two-volume series, Magic Lover’s Tower will be specially released together this summer so readers won’t have to wait to find out the ending!

Metro Survive, vol. 2
A glimpse of hope comes to the survivors as they are joined together with another party that was stranded in the upper basement. However, their relief is short-lived as they see no signs of rescue and the shortage of food creeps up on them. Frustration ensues. After a hostile takeover the other party’s leader, Mishima and his party are threatened to leave the basement back to the Metro. How long will they be able to survive in the rodent-infested Metro without food and water?

Chinese Hero, vol. 6
After heeding the Heavenly Umbrella Elder’s advice, Jian finds the Heavenly Umbrella to uncover the secrets hidden within it, and learns several new mysterious techniques. However, Jian’s arrogance leads to the death of someone close to him… Meanwhile, Wu Yuan has arrived in Shafe Town to find Lohan’s friends, Luna and Lupin. But shortly after their introductions, Lupin is kidnapped by a mysterious vampire, who is one of the Q level Face Card Assassins!

Magic Lover’s Tower
Roxanne the nerdy class cleanliness rep is secretly in love with the bad boy of the class, Logan. One day, she accidentally releases Baphalen, a magical being who was sealed by the Heavenly Courts as punishment. Baphalen is the guardian of the incense urn of the Old Man Under the Moon, and in return for Roxanne’s help, he decides to use his Magic Lover’s Staff to grant her wish of winning Logan’s heart. However, in order for her wish to be fulfilled, Roxanne must participate in a magical game in the realm of the Magic Lover’s Tower, where she must get Logan to kiss her and say “I love you,” within the time limit. Or else, Logan will hate her even more when she returns to reality! In the meantime, Baphalen has moved into Roxanne’s room and starts attending her school as well. Commotion ensues, and Roxanne’s once-peaceful life soon heads off in a totally unexpected direction!

Metro Survive vol. 2, Magic Lover’s Tower vol. 1 & 2, and Chinese Hero vol. 6 are all available NOW! Metro Survive vol. 2, Magic Lover’s Tower vol. 1 and 2 are each priced at $9.95, and Chinese Hero vol. 6 will be priced at $18.95.

About DrMaster Publications Inc.:
DrMaster Publications Inc. is a uniquely quirky publishing company that was started in 2004. Specializing in bringing interesting graphic novels from Japan and China, across the Pacific for American audiences, DrMaster Publications offers a myriad of titles to cater to its various niche readers. The company is what some may call a boutique publisher, which tailors each its titles to suit every reader’s unique desires. Ranging from side-splitting comedies and heart-wrenching dramas to explosive action adventures and enchanting fantasies, DrMaster books provide a glimpse into a new realm as seen through the eyes of the authors and artists. You don’t just read a DrMaster book-it jolts you to life, as you are propelled through the pages.

Please visit for information on our current and upcoming titles. And feel free to tour the site. Regular updates will follow as our line of “masterful” comic series expands.

About DGN Productions International:
DGN Productions (Digital Graphic Novel Productions) is a newly-formed production company and studio made up of industry veterans within the comics and video game industries. Through strategic licensing of key comic book titles and the use of recognized industry professionals within the fields of animation and video game development, DGN Pro. Intl. is dedicated to producing cutting-edge video games, comics and animated features adapted from some the biggest and brightest in Hong Kong, Japanese and Korean comic book properties. DGN Productions Intl. was founded June 2004 and is based in Fremont, California.

Non-Tokyopop news and links

Naruto slips from 48 to 75 on the USA Today best-seller list. No other manga makes the cut this week.

It’s a light shopping week for David Welsh, but he does find a few things to pick up.

Khursten finds an interview with the creator of Saint Oniisan (Saint Young Men), the Buddha/Jesus comedy manga, at Otaku Champloo.

Dirk Deppey has been posting pages from the Japanese magazine Garo all week at Journalista. Scroll down for yesterday’s sample, which should probably regarded as NSFW despite the pretty illusration style. Bill Randall posts his Garo covers as well.

Continuing in this oddball vein, Ryan Sands posts covers of some new titles from the publisher PictureBox. And Ryan is also looking for Your Flesh—the magazine, that is. (Both posts are NSFW.)

Kethylia reminds us that the latest Anime Insider is out, and it features an article by her on the early works of famous manga artists.

Invaeon plans his summer reading at Manly Manga and More.

Shizuki Yamashita spends the day with My Dearest Devil Princess creator Netsu Maika at Fanime. Her sister at One Potato Two covers Fanime from a translator’s point of view.

Who wants to be a doujinshika? Pop Japan Travel is offering a package tour to Comitia that includes not only meetings with artists and a trip to the Ghibli Museum but also printing and translation services for your very own doujinhsi. Details, including a clarification from Pop Japan Travel, at the Manga Maniac Cafe.

News from Japan: ANN has the latest manga rankings. And Kaori Yuki has a new manga series, Guignol Kyutei Gakudan, running in Hakusensha’s Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazine.

Reviews: First stop is ANN for Carlo Santos’ latest Right Turn Only!! column, in which he checks out Cowa!, Haridama Magic Cram School, Toto, and more. Tangognat takes a look at vol. 1 of Pretty Face. Eric Turner reads vol. 1 of Full Metal Panic at Manga Jouhou. At Anime on DVD, Danielle Van Gorder reviews vol. 1 of Restart, vol. 1 of A Wise Man Sleeps, and vol. 3 of Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning, and Sakura Eries checks out vol. 27 of Iron Wok Jan. Connie reviews vol. 7 of +Anima and vol. 22 of Detective Conan at Slightly Biased Manga. The Boys Next Door blog posts reviews of vol. 2 of Totally Captivated, vol. 2 of Hero Heel, Say Please, vol. 5 of Love Pistols, and Immoral Darkness. Ed Sizemore reads vol. 2 of Manga Sutra—Futari H at Comics Worth Reading. James Hanrahan reviews vol. 1 of Monkey High and vols. 1 and 2 of Fairy Tail, and Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane reads vol. 2 of Sand Chronicles, at Manga Life. Anime Fans Online reviews vol. 2 of Wild Ones. Invaeon reads vol. 3 of Kyoko Karasuma at Manly Manga and More. Tiamat’s Disciple critiques vols. 1 and 2 of Aqua, vol. 3 of Zombie Loan, vol. 1 of Croquis Pop, and vols. 1-9 of Girls Saurus. Lori Henderson’s daughter Krissy reviews vol. 1 of Magical Pokemon Journey at Manga Xanadu. It’s ghost story week at Kuri-ousity, where Lissa Pattillo shivers through Eerie Queerie, vol. 1 of xxxHolic, and CLAMP Paranormal Investigators. Holly Ellingwood checks out vol. 3 of Can’t Win With You, vol. 5 of The Gentlemen’s Alliance+, and vol. 33 of InuYasha at Active Anime. At the Manga Maniac Cafe, Julie has vol. 2 of Hell Girl, vol. 4 of Dragon Eye, vol. 5 of Yurara, vol. 15 of The Wallflower, and vol. 1 of Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden stacked on the table. Erica Friedman checks out vol. 1 of Aoi Shiro at Okazu. Ferdinand reviews Maid Machinegun and Haridama: Magic Cram School at Prospero’s Manga. Deb Aoki reviews vol. 1 of The Record of a Fallen Vampire at