New Rumiko Takahshi manga to launch online

PWCW reports that Rumiko Takahashi’s new manga, Rin-ne, will be released simultaneously in Japan and the U.S., and the first chapter will be available in English on a new website, The Rumic World, beginning on April 22, and in Japanese in Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine. New chapters will be released weekly in both venues.

At Manga Xanadu, Lori Henderson is unhappy that Viz flips Takahashi’s manga and is hoping they won’t do that with Rin-ne.

I link to Deb Aoki’s blog at because she’s an awesome manga blogger, but did you know that she also draws her own comic, Deb Aoki’s Bento Box? Johannna Draper Carlson reviews her latest print edition at Comics Worth Reading.

Danielle Leigh picks the best manga from the April Previews in her latest Manga Before Flowers column.

The New York Times has a nice, big article on Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s A Drifting Life.

Way back when manga was still a novelty, the Archie Comics folks took the plunge and manga-ized Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, with lively art by Tania Del Rio. Tania has moved on, but the Archie folks are continuing to tweak the formula, and managing editor Mike Pellerito tells Johanna Draper Carlson what’s in store for Sabrina and her compatriots at Comics Worth Reading.

Following up on John Jakala’s addictive manga post, David Welsh lists the shojo manga he just can’t live without.

Shaenon Garrity finally made it to Japan, and she and hubby Andrew Farago got their picture taken with Hayao Miyazaki!

Reviews: At The Hooded Utilitarian, Noah Berlatsky gives vol. 1 of Fruits Basket a second chance and finds he likes it better than he did the first time. Carlo Santos treats us to his opinion on a variety of new manga in his latest Right Turn Only!! column at ANN. Johanna Draper Carlson checks out a handful of yaoi from Deux Press at Comics Worth Reading. Meanwhile, Michelle Smith and Melinda Beasi are On the Shojo Beat at Manga Recon, with a look at several new titles in that imprint, including the new series Honey Hunt.

Sesho on vol. 10 of Eden (Sesho’s Anime and Manga Reviews)
John Jakala on vol. 8 of Emma (Sporadic Sequential)
Carlo Santos on The Genshiken Official Book ()
Brian Henderson on vol. 1 of Gimmick! (Manga Xanadu) ANN
Melinda Beasi on vol. 15 of Hikaru no Go (there it is, plain as daylight)
Tangognat on Love Song (Tangognat)
Oyceter on vols. 2 and 3 of Pumpkin Scissors (Sakura of DOOM)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Wolverine: Prodigal Son (Comics Worth Reading)
John Thomas on vol. 1 of Wolverine: Prodigal Son (Comics Village)

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  1. This Takahashi news is a great move for manga! I can’t tell you how much we wished for changes like this when I was an editor at Tokyopop. The process of reproducing an English edition off of a finished printed edition just doesn’t make sense, but that’s traditionally been the model that japanese publishers passively or actively require of US partners. I’m glad that Shogakukan is taking this step and hope we’ll see the trend continue. It will also be interested to see how a readership develops without the grey area of scanlations as an intermediary step. Very exciting news!