Reviews, charts, other news

This week’s New York Times manga best-seller list is up, and Viz owns it: Seven volumes of Naruto and one each of Bleach, The Gentlemen’s Alliance +, and Black Cat. The USA Today Booklist includes four Narutos and a Bleach as well. ANN compares that to last week. Meanwhile, Diamond’s preliminary February numbers are out, and Viz is only a small part of that world, with 0.89% of the market share and just one volume of Naruto on the top ten graphic novels chart.

The MangaCast team takes a look at this week’s new releases.

Isaac Hale asks Manga Recon readers to join in a campaign to save Off*Beat, one of the best of the early crop of Tokyopop global manga.

Susie at Studio QT has word that an actual copy of Oh My Goddess! Colors!! has been spotted in the Dark Horse offices, and the book should ship on May 13. John Jakala is not impressed, concluding that four years is too long to wait.

At Anime Vice, Gia links to the best responses to her Required Reading request and poses some questions for next week.

JoongAng Daily looks at the popularity of manhwa in Africa. (Via Blog@Newsarama.)

News from Japan: The Asia Daily News looks at the phenomenon of manga science study guides, and whether a pretty manga girl does a better job of introducing the periodic table of the elements than mere text. John Thomas is in Japan right now, and he finds some manga.

Reviews: The YKK discussion gets interactive at The Hooded Utilitarian: part 1, part 2, and Bill Randall’s defense of his description of the comic as “reactionary.” EvilOmar posts some mini-reviews of recent titles, including one book that is manga in format only, at About Heroes. Be read for spoilers if you read Michelle Smith’s review of vol. 9 of Nana at soliloquy in blue. The Japanator folks have a video review up of Mr. Flower Bride. And over at Firefox News, Peter Gutierrez takes a look at the first of the Udon kids’ manga, vol. 1 of Ninja Baseball Kyuma!

Tiamat’s Disciple on vols. 1-3 of Andromeda Stories (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Connie on vols. 21 and 22 of Basara (Slightly Biased Manga)
Julie on vol. 35 of Boys Over Flowers (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Shaun A. Noordin on vol. 1 of Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (The Star of Malaysia)
Unnamed reviewer on vol. 1 of The Girl Who Runs Through Time (The Star of Malaysia)
Julie on vol. 2 of Her Majesty’s Dog (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 8 of High School Debut (Comics Worth Reading)
Ed Chavez on vol. 2 of Hitohira (MangaCast)
Sadie Mattox on Hot Gimmick (Extremely Graphic)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 2 of Kasumi (Comics Worth Reading)
Noah Berlatsky on Let Dai (comiXology)
Connie on Make More Love and Peace (Slightly Biased Manga)
Ed Chavez on vol. 1 of The Manzai Comics (MangaCast)
Michelle Smith on vol. 3 of Monkey High (soliloquy in blue)
Matthew J. Brady on vol. 12 of Monster (Warren Peace Sings the Blues)
Greg Hackmann on vol. 1 of Oishinbo (
Connie on vol. 2 of Oishinbo (Slightly Biased Manga)
Edward Zacharias on vol. 20 of One Piece (Animanga Nation)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of Otomen (Kuriousity)
Billy Aguiar on vol. 1 of Peace Maker Kurogane (Prospero’s Manga)
Billy Aguiar on vol. 1 of Pluto: Urasawa X Tezuka (Prospero’s Manga)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vols. 2-4 of Pumpkin Scissors (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Lissa Pattillo on The Reformed (Kuriousity)
Emily on Sayonara Shitsuren Banchou (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 1 of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (Manga Recon)
Greg McElhatton on vol. 1 of Sayonara, Zetubou-Sensei (Read About Comics)
Scott VonSchilling on Scott Pilgrim (The Anime Almanac)
Connie on vol. 3 of Slam Dunk (Slightly Biased Manga)
Lori Henderson on vol. 2 of Tactics (Comics Village)
Patricia Beard on vol. 14 of Tail of the Moon (
Deb Aoki on vol. 1 of Tantric Stripfighter Trina (
Connie on vols. 3 and 4 of V.B. Rose (Slightly Biased Manga)

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  1. Thanks for the link Brigid!