ICv2 lists BookScan’s top 20 graphic novels for May. Naruto dominates, and Vampire Knight, Otomen, and Return to Labyrinth also show up on the list, suggesting a certain concordance with the New York Times Graphic Books best-seller list.
At The Eastern Edge, Gottsu-Iiyan pushes back on the Handley case and suggests that the slippery slope could go the other way:
Even free democracies have to draw lines around freedom at some point. I think children is the perfect place for society to dig their trenches and tell people who enjoy seeing children in sexual situations to stay the hell on their side of the line or suffer the consequences at the hands of the rest of us who don’t want to let society become a place where children are fair game.
He also makes some salient points about the place of lolicon and hentai in Japanese society.
Anna encounters the problem of the missing middle volumes at 2 screenshot limit.
News from Japan: ANN has the weekly comics rankings from Oricon and Tohan.
A Library Girl on vol. 1 of Blank Slate (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
Emily on Fly High (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Michelle Smith on vols. 1 and 2 of Future Lovers (Manga Recon)
Julie on Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Justin Colussy-Estes on vol. 17 of Kekkaishi (Comics Village)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 3 of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Kuriousity)
Tangognat on vol. 1 of Moon Child (Tangognat)
Oyceter on vol. 21 of Nana (Japanese edition) (Sakura of DOOM)
Sean Gaffney on Negima! (Okazu)
Laura on Nodame Cantabile (Heart of Manga)
Di on Oh My Goddess! Colors (Otaku Public Library)
Kate Dacey on vol. 1 of Rasetsu (The Manga Critic)
Lorena on chapter 6 of Rin-ne (i ♥ manga)
Ed Sizemore on vols. 1-3 of St. Dragon Girl (Comics Worth Reading)
Laura on vol. 3 of St. Dragon Girl (Shojo Flash)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 1 of Sumomomo, Momomo: The Strongest Bride on Earth (There it is, Plain as Daylight)
Deb Aoki on vol. 1 of Yokai Doctor (About.com)