New Dororo, ennui in Japan, manga for new converts

Ed Chavez, marketing director for Vertical, Inc., confirmed at Anime Next that Vertical will publish an omnibus edition of Osamu Tezuka’s Dororo.

At The Daily Yomiuri, Roland Kelts contrasts the continuing enthusiasm for anime and manga in the U.S. with malaise in the Japanese industry.

The denizens of Manga Village choose the best of last week’s new manga.

New to manga? Kate Dacey, a.k.a. The Manga Critic, is going to start posting some reading lists for new readers interested in different genres.

Erica Friedman brings us the latest edition of Yuri Network News at Okazu.

Lori Henderson looks at different digital versions of Vampire Hunter D and finds some sharp price discrepancies.

Michelle Smith finds an English edition of vols. 1 and 2 of Twinkle Stars, by Natsuki Takaya.

At Same Hat, Ryan finds and shows off some pages from Junji Ito’s Cat Diaries. (Warning: May be disturbing to some readers!)

News from Japan: The manga team CLAMP announced on their website that their latest series, Kobato, will end next month.

Reviews: Sean Gaffney posts brief thoughts on a stack of recent manga at A Case Suitable for Treatment.

Kristin on vol. 15 of 20th Century Boys (Comic Attack)
Ed Liu on Ayako (Toon Zone)
Todd Douglass on vol. 9 of Bamboo Blade (Anime Maki)
Connie on vol. 19 of Blade of the Immortal (Slightly Biased Manga)
AstroNerdBoy on vol. 1 of A Bride’s Story (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 1 of A Bride’s Story (ANN)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 7 of Butterflies, Flowers (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 7 of Butterflies, Flowers (Kuriousity)
Rob McMonigal on vol. 4 of Cat Paradise (Panel Patter)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 9 of Detroit Metal City (The Comic Book Bin)
Shannon Fay on vol. 1 of March Story (Kuriousity)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 57 of One Piece (The Comic Book Bin)
Carlo Santos on vol. 16 of Slam Dunk (ANN)
Amy Grockl on vol. 4 of Stepping on Roses (Manga Village)

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