Jesus, Buddha, Tite Kubo, they’re all in here somewhere

In this week’s Manga Before Flowers column at Comic Book Resources, Danielle Leigh wonders why she doesn’t like shonen as much as she thinks she should, and she asks readers to suggest some new titles for her shoujo-loving self to try.

If Jesus and Buddha living together in modern-day Japan sounds like comedy gold, then Khursten has the manga for you: Saint Young Men. It’s unlicensed (surprise!) but she has a taste of it at MangaCast. Meanwhile, Ed continues his big list of this month’s Japanese releases with parts 2 and 3 of the mid-major publishers.

Erin Finnegan wonders if, as a professional manga writer, she can write off her manga purchases, and her commenters say yes. And at the Ninjaconsultant site she posts the second part of the shoujo manga panel from Anime Boston.

Broccoli Books has a blog that allows readers to peek into the production process. In the current post, staffer Yukiko talks about editing Nui, an upcoming title.

So, apparently all those “Kubo is coming” teasers we’ve been seeing around the blogosphere were referring to Tite Kubo, creator of Bleach, who will be a guest at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

At Same Hat, Ryan reflects on the life of retailer Rory Root, who was an early supporter of manga.

Huamulan03 has more on price increases in Indonesia at the Sunny Side Up Anime Blog.

News from Japan: ComiPress has the latest on manga and light novel adaptations. And Japanator’s God Len muses on why Japanese readers voted One Piece as the manga most likely to make them cry.

Reviews: Katherine Farmar reviews vol. 1 of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service at the Forbidden Planet blog. The locals check in at Comics Village: Charles Tan on vol. 13 of Death Note: How To Read; Dan Polley on vol. 6 of Gacha Gacha: The Next Revolution; Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Fairy Cube; and John Thomas on Kazuo Koike’s Color of Rage. Erin Finnegan has a thoughtful review of vols. 1 and 2 of Speed Racer: Mach Go Go Go at PopCultureShock (and no, a thoughtful review of this title is not a contradiction in terms). Lots of reviewing action at Active Anime, where Sandra Scholes checks out the UK edition of vol. 1 of Nana, Scott Campbell dives into vol. 1 of Ral Grad and vol. 8 of Oh My Goddess, Holly Ellingwood reads vol. 5 of Love*Com, and Rachel Bentham gets an advance look at A Promise of Romance. At Comics Worth Reading, Johanna Draper Carlson puts vol. 8 of Nana and vol. 1 of Aria on her Recommended list and suspects from vol. 2 of Honey and Clover that that series will grow on her. Lissa Pattillo reviews Gorgeous Carat Galaxy at Kuri-ousity. Michelle enjoys vol. 27 of Basara at Soliloquy in Blue. Tiamat’s Disciple continues his look at unlicensed manga with three more series: vols. 1-3 of Koudelka, by Chikyu Misaki manga-ka Yuji Iwahara; vols. 1 and 2 of Godhand Teru; and vols. 1-24 of Glass Mask, which is one of the best-selling shoujo titles of all time. Greg Hackmann is not impressed with vol. 1 of Hotel Africa but Ron Quezon gives vol. 4 of Cipher solid Bs at Anime on DVD. Lori Henderson gives five stars to vol. 1 of Muhyo & Rohji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation at Manga Xanadu. Ferdinand reviews vol. 1 of B.O.D.Y. at Prospero’s Manga. Julie checks out vol. 1 of Two Flowers for the Dragon at the Manga Maniac Cafe. At Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page, Emily looks at two more unlicensed series, Love Fighter and Love Luck. Jog reviews Color of Rage. Deb Aoki reads vol. 1 of Ultimate Venus at Connie checks out vol. 10 of Saint Seiya, vol. 5 of Queens, and vol. 1 of X-Day at Slightly Biased Manga.

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  1. Wow! That One Piece as the no. 1 tear jerker in Japan is something I can relate to! (and the top 5 in the list too!) I cannot really explain as to why I suddenly cry at certain moments in One Piece, but I guess I can feel the purity of their emotions in every chapter. ;w; Nakamaaa~ <3

    Although this isn’t underrated in Japan, I still wish the international market would give more love to this really great manga.