Some guy from the Washington Post reads Naruto, decides manga is stupid: John Jakala calls out Bob Thompson for judging manga based on a small sample size. Actually, Thompson’s article, the tale of a self-confessed “prose guy” investigating graphic novels, is worth a read, if only because he seeks out and talks to a lot of interesting people. But I would hate to think that he rushed to judgement on an entire category based on a glance at one or two volumes. (Or even that many—I know shoujo manga is all about popularity, but I can’t think of one in which shopping is a big focus.) Yes, manga can be stupid—so can prose novels, by the way—but it can also be pretty good. Someone should send this guy a copy of Real or Me and the Devil Blues so he can experience the full power of manga. (Photo originally from the WaPo article, but I let John Jakala do the cropping for me.)
Japanator posts this week’s new manga and anime releases.
In his latest Flipped column, David Welsh works through his obsession with Dororo.
School starts next week, if it hasn’t started already, and Danielle Leigh takes her mind off it by asking readers to suggest school-oriented manga. And once your brain is revved up again, check out Akemi’s notes on The Yaoi Hero, applying Joseph Campbell’s structure of the hero’s journey to the yaoi manga Wild Rock, at Myth and Manga.
ANN reports that the Japanese publishers Shogakukan and Shueisha are planning to start publishing manga in Spain, France, the UK, and other countries in Europe starting next fall.
News from Japan: ANN learns that Mushishi and Neo Angelique are winding up their runs in Japan. Sankaku Complex has heard that the Japanese government is considering setting up special “cyber-districts” where copyright laws are loosened up a bit. (Via Giapet.) Speaking of Gia, she has news of a Strike Witches doujinshi by members of the Strike Witches staff.
Reviews: Dave Ferraro enjoys Shirley but wishes creator Kaoru Mori would stretch her wings a bit more, at Comics-and-More. Lori Henderson’s daughter Jenny gives Warriors: The Rise of Scourge five stars at Manga Xanadu. Michelle is on a roll, with reviews of vols. 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 of Boys Over Flowers at Soliloquy in Blue. Johanna Draper Carlson reviews vols. 1 and 2 of Monkey High!, vol. 2 of B.O.D.Y., and vol. 9 of Nana at Comics Worth Reading. Lori Henderson checks out vol. 7 of Godchild at Comics Village. Emily takes a look at Kienai, Omoi at Emilys Random Shoujo Manga Page. Catching up with Tiamat’s Disciple, he recently posted reviews of issue 2 of Yen+, the manhwa and art anthology apple, vols. 1-8 of Marmalade Boy, and vol. 1 of King of Thorn. Julie reads Immoral Darkness at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Lissa Pattillo reviews vol. 18 of Tsubasa at Kuriousity. At Active Anime, Holly Ellingwood reads Wild Butterfly and vol. 3 of Sand Chronicles and Sandra Scholes checks out vol. 3 of Roureville. Gar Gar Stegosaurus posts a glowing review of After School Nightmare. (Via When Fangirls Attack.)