The retrospectives just keep coming! Christopher Butcher kicks off what looks to be an awesome series on the 10 manga that changed the comics world with a look at Dragonball and Card Captor Sakura. (Warning: Chris includes an unedited Dragonball sequence, which may raise eyebrows if you’re at work.) Deb Aoki also lists her 25 major manga milestones of the 00s at About.com; Deb and Chris discussed this on Twitter, and then other folks chimed in as well. Deb is also asking readers to vote for the best new shojo and shonen manga of the year. Danielle Leigh sums up her year in manga in her latest Manga Before Flowers column at Comics Should Be Good! And Jog only has two manga on his best-of-2009 list, but his comments on both are well worth a read.
Dan Hipp will post the first two volumes of Gyakushu!, along with the first 75 pages of volume 3, online starting next week.
The Yaoi Review spots an increase in cover price for Blu manga. Check the comments for some interesting reactions.
Erica Friedman has a handy guide for those who can’t tell sexiness from fanservice, among other perplexities.
Say it ain’t so! John Jakala, whose good humor and total Bleach nerdiness made him one of of the most entertaining manga bloggers, has decided to put an end to Sporadic Sequential.
Eric Robinson has started a podcast at Manga Jouhou, appropriately titled Jouhou Cast.
Reviews: Johanna Draper Carlson looks at some new Shojo Beat releases at Comics Worth Reading. The Manga Recon team has a new set of Manga Minis to start the new year. Also, I want to highlight Sheena McNeil’s review of vol. 2 of Samurai Harem, at Sequential Tart, for its great headline. Other reviews of note:
Rob on vol. 1 of After School Nightmare (Panel Patter)
Laura on vol. 2 of Black Bird (Heart of Manga)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 2 of Black Bird (Kuriousity)
Leroy Douresseaux on Boys Love (The Comic Book Bin)
Tangognat on vol. 1 of Butterflies, Flowers (Tangognat)
Connie on vol. 1 of Crown of Love (Slightly Biased Manga)
Patti Martinson on vol. 22 of Fullmetal Alchemist (Sequential Tart)
Connie on vol. 4 of Gestalt (Slightly Biased Manga)
Julie on vol. 1 of Happy Cafe (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Sesho on vol. 2 of Happy Mania (Sesho’s Anime and Manga Reviews)
Karen Maeda on vol. 8 of Honey and Clover (Sequential Tart)
Sheena McNeil on vols. 4 and 5 of I.N.V.U. (Sequential Tart)
Todd Douglass on Love Hurts (Anime Maki)
Marissa Sammy on vol. 6 of Mixed Vegetables (Sequential Tart)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 1 of Moon Boy (i heart manga)
Marissa Sammy on Oishinbo: Izakawa (Pub Food) (Sequential Tart)
Lori Henderson on vol. 22 of One Piece (Comics Village)
Karen Maeda on vol. 23 of One Piece (Sequential Tart)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 26 of One Piece (The Comic Book Bin)
Sheena McNeil on vol. 3 of Otomen (Sequential Tart)
Jennifer Dunbar on vol. 1 of Pandora Hearts (Manga Recon)
Eric Robinson on vol. 1 of Pandora Hearts (Manga Jouhou)
Joamette Gil on vol. 3 of Peach Fuzz (Sequential Tart)
Patti Martinson on vol. 8 of Record of a Fallen Vampire (Sequential Tart)
Karen Maeda on vol. 28 of Red River (Sequential Tart)
James Fleenor on vol. 1 of Starcraft: Ghost Academy (Anime Sentinel)
Wolfen Moondaughter on vol. 8 of Tactics (Sequential Tart)
Connie on vols. 22 and 23 of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle (Slightly Biased Manga)