Quick takes

Bamboo, Casey, and Sarah talk to manga maven Jason Thompson about censorship in the latest women’s anime roundtable.

At PWCW, various critics vote on the best graphic novels of 2008, and quite a few manga make the cut. As we noted earlier, Kai-Ming Cha also picks the best manga of the year, and the featured preview is from Yen Press’s upcoming manga version of James Patterson’s Maximum Ride.

Hazel takes a look at new releases for this month, with links and commentary.

There’s more of Naoki Urasawa’s Billy Bat manga at The Eastern Edge, but be warned, there are spoilers!

At Rocket Bomber, Matt Blind presents his usual suite of online sales rankings for the past week: Top 500, new releases and pre-orders, emerging trends report, and a rankings summary.

Barb Lien-Cooper muses about which manga would make good movies at Manga Life.

Reviews: Johanna Draper Carlson recommends vol. 1 of Black Jack at Comics Worth Reading. Park Cooper reviews vol. 24 of Hunter x Hunter at Manga Life. Tiamat’s Disciple checks out vol. 5 of Moon Boy and vol. 4 of Zombie-Loan. Lissa Pattillo reads vol. 10 of +Anima at Kuriousity. Casey Brienza has a short take on vol. 1 of School Rumble at her Kethylia LJ. Melinda Beasi enjoys the full run of vols. 1-6 of One Thousand and One Nights at Manga Recon. Ed Chavez devotes his latest podcast to vol. 1 of Mamoru the Shadow Protector at MangaCast. At Slightly Biased Manga, Connie reads vols. 5 and 6 of Do Whatever You Want, vol. 4 of Human Club, and vol. 14 of The Law of Ueki. Kris gives thumbs up to vol. 2 of Kyo Kara MAOH! at Manic About Manga. Alex Hoffman presents an expanded version of his review of vol. 1 of My-Hime at Manga Widget. Oyceter is reading the Chinese translation of vols. 1-3 of Hoshi wa Utau, by Fruits Basket creator Natsuki Takaya, at Sakura of DOOM. Tangognat checks out vol. 1 of Kekkaishi. Emily finds a title with a different twist, Pump-Up!, at Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page.

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  1. We also have a new Manga Minis column up at Manga Recon, including my review of Monster, Vol. 18.