Here’s some sad news, if true: Broccoli USA, parent company of Broccoli Books and publisher of Kamui, the Galaxy Angel series, and Juvenile Orion, is dissolving, at least according to Gia’s interpreteation of a press release (in Japanese). The statement gives the reason as competition in the manga industry and says the company will be liquidated by February 2009. A commenter notes that all licenses will revert to Broccoli Japan. Simon Jones has a little more detail and notes that their production values were widely admired in the industry and probably pushed improvements across the board. Anime Biz has still more, including the info that operations here will shut down by December 31. ANN wraps it up, and the mourning begins in their forums. (Illustration is my favorite Broccoli title of all time, E’S.)
At PWCW, Kai-Ming Cha talks to Eiji Han Shimuzu about the Emotional Content collective and their manga biographies.
For those who like to think ahead, Manga Recon lists CMX’s March releases.
Casey, Bamboo, and Robin discuss yaoi at ANN.
Alethea and Athena Nibley continue their discussion of the challenges of translation at Manga Life.
Adults only, please: Scott VonSchilling enjoys the series Kodomo no Jikan but has no desire to read yaoi; Hisui and Narutaki at Reverse Thieves love yaoi but find lolicon disturbing. Each was convinced that the other was missing something, so they traded genres: Scott read Gerard et Jacques (warning! NSFW image) and Hisui and Narutaki read Kodomo no Jikan. No one is converted, but the discussions are really interesting, as each makes the effort to see beyond their own preconceptions and critique the underlying story.
Same Hat alerts us to another Shintaro Kago scanlation—as always, not for the faint of heart!
Reviews: Erica Friedman has a delightful review of vol. 4 of Lady Snowblood at Okazu. Over at Manga Recon, Kate Dacey reviews solanin, Isaac Hale and Sam Kusek team up for some Manga Minis, and Kate Dacey and Michelle Smith go On the Shojo Beat. Katherine Farmar reads You & Harujion and Lori Henderson checks out vol. 1 of Nora: The Last Chronicle of Devildom at Comics Village. Lori also enjoys the Viz Kids novel vol. 1 of Naruto, The Boy Ninja at Good Comics for Kids. Ed Chavez has an audio review of vol. 1 of Higurashi at MangaCast. Carlo Santos reviews vol. 1 of Ghost Slayers Ayashi and Casey Brienza reads vols. 1 and 2 of The Flat Earth/Exchange at ANN. Ed Sizemore takes a look at vols. 3 and 4 of Rosario + Vampire at Comics Worth Reading. Hazel takes a look at vol. 1 of Chibi Vampire at Anime Infatuation. New at Manga Life: David Rasmussen on vol. 3 of The Record of a Fallen Vampire and vol. 2 of Blank Slate, and Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane on vol. 32 of Boys Over Flowers and vol. 2 of Sugar Princess. Deb Aoki finds vol. 2 of Black Jack both entertaining and confusing at About.com. You would think there would be nothing left to say at this point, but Edward Zacharias has a lenthy critique of vol. 32 of Naruto at Animanga Nation. Kris reads Sighing Kiss, Paradise on the Hill, God of Dogs, Stop Bullying Me!, and Constellations in My Palm at Manic About Manga. Connie checks out vol. 15 of Saint Seiya and vol. 11 of Ouran High School Host Club at Slightly Biased Manga. Tangognat enjoys vols. 1 and 2 of Song of the Hanging Sky. Emily’s latest find is Teppen! at Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page. Ferdinand reviews vol. 1 of Nora: The Last Chronicle of Devildom and the VIZBIG edition of vol. 1 of Vagabond at Prospero’s Manga. Julie reads vol. 15 of Skip Beat! and vol. 14 of Tail of the Moon at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Lissa Pattillo checks out solanin and guest reviewer Marsha Reid enjoys vol. 1 of S.S. Astro at Kuriousity.