Life imitates manga, Tezuka appreciation, Mizuno interview

The Manga Recon folks have an interesting and thought-provoking roundtable on which manga their life most resembles—and which ones they wished it resembled. Good stuff!

Lori Henderson presents another solid summary of the week’s manga news at Manga Xandu, and Erica Friedman has a yuri-focused roundup at Okazu.

Lori also has a nice essay on why she likes Osamu Tezuka.

Deb Aoki interviews manga artist Junko Mizuno at

ICv2 has its annual interview with Paul Levitz, the CEO and publisher of DC Comics (parent company of CMX manga); as in previous interviews, he doesn’t spend much time on manga, although he does blame it for the drop in graphic novel sales.

Felipe Smith has a video update on Peepo Choo, his comic that’s running in Kodansha’s Morning 2 magazine in Japan. (H/T Deb Aoki, via Twitter.)

Gia Manry has a new feature at Anime Vice: Manga Watch List, in which she looks over the hot manga in Japan and discusses three that are ripe for licensing over here.

At Same Hat!, Ryan shows off his latest purchase, a Japanese manga called Cyber Blue that he picked up at the closing sale of Cafe Mika, San Francisco’s first and only manga cafe.

There aren’t any manga on my list week, but check out What Are You Reading? for some good recommendations from me and the rest of the Robot 6 bloggers.

Tokyopop is giving away a copy of Domo: The Manga every day from now till Sept. 1. Details on how to enter are here.

News from Japan: Ed Chavez posts last week’s manga rankings from Taiyosha and doujin rankings from Toranoana at MangaCast. Canned Dogs reports that the ToLoveru manga is ending, and some other series may be on their way out as well. Also, on Tuesday, Yoshitaka Amano will be drawing his own versions of ascii art from 2chan live on nico nico douga.

Reviews: The Manga Recon team posts another set of brief reviews in their Manga Minis column. Other reviews of note:

Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Animal Academy (Good Comics for Kids)
D.M. Evans on vol. 1 of Astral Project (Manga Jouhou)
Greg McElhatton on vol. 1 of Barefoot Gen (Read About Comics)
Diana Dang on vol. 1 of the Battle of Genryu (Stop, Drop, and Read)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 1 of Beauty is the Beast (i heart manga)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 4 of B.Ichi (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Laura on vol. 1 of Black Bird (Heart of Manga)
Carlo Santos on vol. 7 of Black Lagoon (ANN)
Michelle Smith on vols. 29-35 of Boys Over Flowers (Soliloquy in Blue)
Kris on vol. 3 of breath (Manic About Manga)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 7 of Comic (There it is, Plain as Daylight)
Connie on vol. 1 of The Dark-Hunters (Manga Recon)
Julie on vol. 1 of Four-Eyed Prince (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Julie on vols. 2 and 3 of Flower of Life (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Nikita on vol. 1 of Games With Me (Boys Next Door)
Shannon Fay on vol. 1 of Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (Kuriousity)
Connie on vol. 2 of Ikigami (Slightly Biased Manga)
Ed Chavez on vol. 1 of KimiKiss (MangaCast)
asamisgirl on vol. 1 of Kirepapa (The Yaoi Review)
Erica Friedman on vol. 2 of Manken (Okazu)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 1 of Nightschool (There it is, Plain as Daylight)
Snow Wildsmith on vol. 1 of Ninja Baseball Kyuma (Manga Jouhou)
Julie on vol. 1 of Noodle Shop Affair (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Shojo Flash on vol. 1 of Ooku: The Inner Chambers (Shojo Flash)
Lori Henderson on vol. 3 of Otomen (Comics Village)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of Pokemon Adventures (Kuriousity)
Clive Owen on vol. 7 of Rosario+Vampire (Animanga Nation)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Samurai 7 (Comics Worth Reading)
Shannon Fay on Suggestive Eyes (Kuriousity)
Snow Wildsmith on Swallowing the Earth (Fujoshi Librarian)
Nick Popio on Uzumaki (Girlamatic)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 3 of Vampire Knight (i heart manga)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of X-Men: Misfits (Comics Worth Reading)
Erica Friedman on vol. 17 of Yuri Hime (Part One) (Okazu)

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  1. CrystalFalls says:

    “Canned Dogs reports that the ToLoveru manga is ending,”

    ToLoveru manga *might* be ending. Canned Dogs doesn’t mention that even the *anonymous 2ch poster* that it is quoting as evidence says “Tora out rashii” or “ToLoveru seems to be on its way out.”

  2. Thanks for the linkage to the Junko Mizuno interview. Also wanted to add that the intro blog post has photos from the signing, and a short interview with Patrick Macias and Colin Turner (from Last Gasp) about Pelu, and their other manga projects in the works:

  3. Thanks for the roundtable love! :)