New comics day, plus a possible new license

David Welsh, Brad Rice, Gia Manry, and Kate Dacey look at this week’s most promising new manga.

Lori Henderson adds Kaori Yuki’s Blood Hound to her licensing wish list.

Will Viz be publishing The Story of Saiunkoku? According to ANN, their distributor thinks so?

If you want to take part in the next Manga Moveable Feast, the topic is Emma, and Matt Blind is hosting. He’s also entertaining suggestions for the next round.

It’s shoujo-sunjeong alphabet time at The Manga Curmudgeon, and this week covers the letter S.

Translators Alethea and Athena Nibley write about English adaptation of manga in their latest column at Manga Life.

Taiwan’s National Central Library has opened up a reading room for manga, but you have to be 18 or older to use it. 90% are Japanese, which seems to be causing some resentment, but Moebus is also in the mix, along with some Chinese comics.

Reviews: The Nana Project continues, with Danielle Leigh, Melinda Beasi, and Michelle Smith putting vol. 5 of Nana under the microscope at Comics Should Be Good! At The Manga Critic, guest reviewer Martin Gray brings a Marvel Fan’s perspective to his review of vol. 1 of Ultimo.

Michael Huang on vol. 1 of Alien Nine (Anime Diet)
Tim Maughan on vols. 7-9 of Black Jack (tim maughan books)
Snow Wildsmith on Cause of My Teacher and vol. 1 of The Loudest Whisper (Fujoshi Librarian)
Connie on vol. 2 of Children of the Sea (Slightly Biased Manga)
Todd on vol. 1 of Deadman Wonderland (Anime Maki)
Snow Wildsmith on Electric Hands (Fujoshi Librarian)
Bill Sherman on vol. 1 of Hanako and the Terror of Allegory (Pop Culture Gadabout)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 1 of Happy Cafe (
Lissa Pattillo on How to Capture a Martini (Kuriousity)
Chris Mautner on vol. 1 of King of RPGs (Robot 6)
Kristin on Jack and the Princess and One Summer in Italy (Comic Attack)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of My Darling! Miss Bancho (Comics Worth Reading)
Sarah Sammis on vol. 3 of Nana (Puss Reboots)
Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane on vol. 1 of Natsume’s Book of Friends (Manga Life)
Emily on Only By Chance (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Zack Davisson on vol. 1 of Portrait of M&N (Manga Life)
Michael Huang on vol. 1 of Rozen Maiden (Anime Diet)
Tiamat’s Disciple on vol. 1 of Taimashin: The Red Spider Exorcist (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews)
Park Cooper on vols. 25-30 of Vagabond (Manga Life)
Michael Huang on vols. 5 and 6 of Welcome to the NHK (Anime Diet)
Faith McAdams on vol. 1 of What a Wonderful Word (Animanga Nation)
Bill Sherman on The World I Create (Blogcritics)
Michelle Smith on vol. 1 of Yotsuba&! (Soliloquy in Blue)

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  1. Brigid, have you seen this yet? The son of Gene Simmons – who is publishing a US action comic – seems to be plagiarizing Bleach – even tracing:
    The Bleach community is already posting links to publishers, etc.

    Here’s a picture comparison that shows that at least one panel is actually traced:

    – if you can’t click that directly it’s a picture from one of the first comments on that page.

  2. On a more positive note, yay Saiunkoku license if it is so!!

  3. The ANN article says the license was confirmed via twitter, and that its for the manga version, not the light novels.
    That latter part isn’t really that surprising though. Actually, considering how much Yuu Watase stuff they’ve printed, its always struck me as incredibly odd that they’ve never released the Fushigi Yuugi light novels. I even remember how, years ago, I’d just assumed they were obviously going to get released after FY completed ^^;

    Eeeh, that was a derail, sorry. The Saiunkoku anime seems interesting though, so the manga could be quite good.
    It’s quite interesting though – how many manga has Viz published before that weren’t from Shogakukan or Shueisha? The only one that comes to mind offhand is X/1999.

  4. Awww… I’ve been buying the Twelve Kingdoms LNs in hardcover and was looking forward to get similar fare…

    but the bit I saw of the manga in scanlation is good, too.