Ed Chavez updates his big list of discontinued manga at the MangaCast, and he notes some trends: manhwa and seinen titles are more likely to get the ax (or just fade away without an announcement) but on the brighter side, some dropped titles are being picked up by other publishers. Meanwhile, some guy at the ADV booth at ACEN tells Gia that yes, they are still publishing manga, and no, they don’t have a release date for vol. 6 of Yotsuba&! yet. Nonetheless, Ed puts Cromartie High School, Gunslinger Girl, and Yotsuba&! on his dead manga list.
David Welsh lists some manga collections he’d like to see at Precocious Curmudgeon; commenters chime in with more.
A helpful reader has provided an English transcript of the French interview with Suehiro Maruo posted recently at Same Hat.
Otaku USA editor Patrick Macias and contributing writer Matt Alt take a trip to the Mandarake complex in Akihabara, and they record the experience, plus some other adventures, in podcast form.
Canned Dogs has an account of Takehiko Inoue’s reasons for moving to Evening magazine and starting Vagabond after Slam Dunk ran its course.
Tiamat’s Disciple is not impressed with Viz’s UK launch, and neither are his commenters.
The Viet Nam News reports on some resistance to unflipped manga in that country.
News from Japan: ANN reports that the Hakushaku to Yosei (The Count and the Fairy) light novels, already slated to be made into anime, will have a manga incarnation as well. The fantasy series is set in Victorian England and will run in Margaret magazine. Helen McCarthy looks at anime and manga museums in Japan at Suite 101. And here’s another destination to add to your list: Tokyo Character Street, an underground street of shops featuring anime and manga characters. (Cover image from Hakushaku to Yosei swiped from ANN.)
Reviews: Johanna Draper Carlson gives vol. 17 of Kindaichi Case Files the thumbs-up at Comics Worth Reading, and she also enjoys vol. 9 of Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs. Mangamaniac Julie checks out Renai Sousa: Love Control at the MangaCast. Katherine Dacey reviews two upcoming one-shots, Haridama: Magic Cram School and The Reformed, at Manga Recon. Connie reads Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms at Slightly Biased Manga. At Active Anime, Scott Campbell reviews vol. 3 of Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation and vol. 21 of Berserk, and Holly Ellingwood reads Haridama: Magic Cram School and the light novel Maid Machinegun. Michelle gives an A- to vol. 17 of Tsubasa at Soliloquy in Blue. Tiamat’s Disciple takes a walk on the prose side with a look at the Rurouni Kenshin light novel Voyage to the Moon World. Carl Kimlinger reads vol. 19 of Fruits Basket, Carlo Santos pans vol. 1 of Short Sunzen, and Theron Martin reviews vols. 4 and 5 of Kashimashi ~Girl Meets Girl~ at ANN. David Welsh has a thoughtful review of Disappearance Diary at Precocious Curmudgeon. Salimbol reviews vol. 16 of Wallflower and vol. 6 of Vampire Knight. At the Dublin (California) Library, Sharibet reviews XXXHolic. Lissa Pattillo kicks off a week of mystery manga with a look at vol. 1 of Kamen Tantei at Kuri-ousity.
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