Keeping it legal

AppareJipangu_vol1Lori Henderson posts this week’s kid-friendly comics and manga at Good Comics for Kids and sums up this week’s manga news at Manga Xanadu. And she adds Appare Jipangu! to her licensing wish list.

Kate Dacey explains precisely why and sites like it are violating copyright. Free? Yes. Legal? Uh no. You now have no excuse.

The Manga Moveable Feast continues with reviews of Emma by Michelle Smith, Robin Brenner and Eva Volin, and two posts by MMF host Matt Blind.

Melinda Beasi hosts a multi-blogger roundtable on vols. 1 and 2 of Banana Fish at Manga Bookshelf.

David Welsh explains why he loves One Piece. Also, David thinks the manga that didn’t win the Manga Taisho award are as interesting as the one that did.

Tangognat has some suggestions for readers who enjoyed the Twilight manga and are ready for more.

Ryan Sands continues his look at early Japanese manga with some cover art from Mai the Psychic Girl at Same Hat!

Akemi looks at manga creators’ use of themes to build characters at Myth and Manga.

The latest issue of Japanese Book News (warning: PDF) has a nice Moto Hagio primer (page 16), as well as news of a Jiro Taniguchi manga, Mon Année (My Year) to be published in French (page 14). (Via the Ohio State University manga blog.)

John Thomas discusses Blood+ and the Christopher Handley case in the latest Sci-Guys podcast.

Congratulations to All About Manga blogger Daniella Orihuela-Gruber, who has wound up her Tokyopop internship and is now a freelance editor!

Reviews: I take a brief look at Twin Spica in this week’s What Are You Reading? column at Robot 6. Lianne Sentar, who practices biochemistry when she is not adapting manga for Tokyopop, takes a look at three science-oriented manga at Sleep Is For the Weak. Jason Yadao takes a look at a Hawaiian manga anthology at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. EvilOmar takes a look at some new and old manga at About Heroes. And the Manga Recon team is On the Shojo Beat with short takes on some recent releases.

Eduardo Zacarias on vol. 8 of Black Lagoon (Animanga Nation)
Andre on vol. 3 of Cat Paradise (Kuriousity)
Connie on vol. 3 of Cipher (Slightly Biased Manga)
Jaime Samms on Eat or Be Eaten (Kuriousity)
Tangognat on vol. 1 of Four-Eyed Prince (Tangognat)
John Martone on Future Diary (video review) (Anime Vice)
Connie on vol. 3 of Gin Tama (Slightly Biased Manga)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Hanako and the Terror of Allegory (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Tangognat on vol. 2 of Happy Cafe and vol. 4 of Maid Sama (Tangognat)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 5 of I Hate You More Than Anyone! (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Oyceter on vols. 1-3 of Kimi ni Todoke (Sakura of DOOM)
Connie on vol. 10 of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (Slightly Biased Manga)
Shaenon Garrity on Love Full of Scars (
Snow Wildsmith on Love Full of Scars (Fujoshi Librarian)
Susan S. on vol. 2 of Ludwig II (Manga Jouhou)
Bill Sherman on vol. 2 of Mikansei No. 1 (Blogcritics)
Tangognat on vol. 2 of Mikansei No. 1 and vol. 4 of Animal Academy (Tangognat)
Emily on Mishounen Produce (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Blog)
Connie on Moyoco Anno Prints 21 (Slightly Biased Manga)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 2 of Natsume’s Book of Friends (Manga Bookshelf)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 37 of One Piece (I Reads You)
Michelle Smith on vols. 3 and 4 of Otomen (Soliloquy in Blue)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 1 of Portrait of M&N (I Reads You)
Rob McMonigal on vol. 1 of RE:play (Panel Patter)
Julie on vol. 8 of Venus in Love (Manga Maniac Cafe)

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  1. Love reading this site every day for interesting manga discussion links, but sometimes the links don’t point to the correct site. I clicked the review link for vol 10 of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery at Slightly Biased Manga and read three sentences in before I realized it wasn’t about Kurosagi at all. I think the reference to a cute romance was the dead give away. Admitted, I just finished vol 7 of Kurosagi and a cute romance could’ve developed in volumes 8 and 9 but I doubt it.

    Again, like the site and like it even more when a mix up in links causes me to LOL: Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, A Cute Romance!

  2. The Kurosagi link works for me—maybe your mouse accidentally clicked the Kimi ni Todoke link directly above it? That one is most certainly cute :D

  3. No, I went in and fixed it after Broderic’s comment. Sorry about that—I try to be careful, but with the number of links I put in each post, a dud one is bound to slip in once in a while. I hope it led you to something you like!

  4. @Brigid NP about the links. I can always find out where your actually linking to. I just found yesterday’s mis-link hilarious.