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Lissa Pattillo finds two new listings on RightStuf; one is a BL title, Gay’s Anatomy, from Kitty Media, and the other is The Lizard Prince from CMX.

At Anime Vice, Gia wonders whether American comics would do well in manga-style anthologies, and her readers express more opinions in the comments section.

The French ambassador to Japan presented Rose of Versailles creator Riyoko Ikeda with the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur yesterday, honoring her contribution to Japan’s cultural awareness of France.

Reviews: Continuing the roundtable on Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou at The Hooded Utilitarian, Tom Crippen has more thoughts following his last posat and Miriam weighs in as well. The first volume of Phoenix Wright Official Casebook was roundly panned all over the internet, so it’s interesting that Japanator’s Dick McVengeance finds the second volume, Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: The Miles Edgeworth Case Files, to be much, much better. At Manga Xanadu, Lori Henderson certifies Peach Fuzz as kid-safe for a worried parent. Other reviews of note:

Tangognat on vol. 1 of 20th Century Boys and vol. 1 of Pluto (Tangognat)
AstroNerdBoy on Ai Yori Aoshi (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog)
Connie on vol. 20 of Basara (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 2 of Classical Medley (Slightly Biased Manga)
Julie on vol. 12 of D.Gray-Man (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Charles Tan on vol. 1 of The Drifting Classroom (Comics Village)
AstroNerdBoy on vol. 6 of Gakuen Alice (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog)
Deb Aoki on vols. 1 and 2 of Kasumi! (
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Otomen (Comics Worth Reading)
Diana Dang on Otomen (Stop, Drop, and Read!)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 4 of Your and My Secret (Kuriousity)

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  1. The link for Tangognat’s review is pointing to the Phoenix Wright post.

  2. Fixed! Thanks, Jun.

  3. The general consensus, for the record, is: if American companies could find a way to do it almost exactly like Japan (inexpensive and therefore probably lower-quality than the collected version, chock-full of series that people had a strong interest in, etc), it could be a really awesome product.

    …But that even if it was awesome, it’d be virtually impossible to get the real tried-and-true comics fans to accept it. They want their monthly chapters separate instead of wasting money on series they don’t know / may not have any interest in, and they want them full quality, they don’t want to buy the chapters and then ALSO buy the tankobon.

    And a huge part of that, I gather, is just the mindset of the collector: if you buy the first issue of a series that turns out to be amazing, or a series drawn by an artist or written by someone who becomes famous, or whatever, that individual comic book becomes worth money. That never happens with trades, and almost never happens in Japan at all (at least, I’ve never heard of anyone collecting those huge phonebooks for them to become worth something).

    I still think that if a publisher *started out* doing an anthology like this, getting a small set of the audience used to the getting comics this way, and if it generally succeeded for them, it could potentially spread out and see moderate use…but I’m joining my companions in feeling that the odds of it becoming wide-spread in the US are pretty slim.