Archives for October 2011

Boys Love, Basara, and bone-chilling manga

Viz unveiled their new yaoi line, SuBLime, at Yaoi-Con last weekend with the exciting news that some of the books will be released digitally worldwide, in a convenient download-to-own format. Deb Aoki was there, and she goes in depth with a transcript of the Viz panel and an interview with the editors at

Shaenon Garrity takes an affectionate look at the long-running Basara as a guest writer for the House of 1000 Manga column at ANN.

At Organization Anti-Social Geniuses, Justin talks to GEN Manga editor Robert McGuire.

The latest installments in the Manga Moveable Feast include Lori Henderson’s Ladies of J-Horror and David Welsh’s list of his favorite spooky manga. David also resurrects (heh) an old Flipped column on Tokyo Zombie. Rob McMonigal reviews vol. 1 of Raiders, and the roundtable on Kazuo Umezu’s The Drifting Classroom continues at The Hooded Utilitarian with essays on Umezu’s use of splash pages and the parent/child dynamic. Lori rounds up all the day’s posts at Manga Xanadu.

Matt Blind crunches the online sales numbers to come up with the list of this week’s manga best-sellers at Manga Bookshelf.

Ash Brown is giving away a copy of vol. 1 of Sugar Sugar Rune to get everyone in the Halloween spirit; go check the rules at Experiments in Manga to enter.


Connie on vol. 5 of Arata: The Legend (Slightly Biased Manga)
Erica Friedman on the September issue of Comic Yuri Hime (Okazu)
Connie on A Fallen Saint’s Kiss (Slightly Biased Manga)
Kristin on vols. 3 and 4 of Finder (Comic Attack)
Connie on vol. 3 of Gorgeous Carat (Slightly Biased Manga)
Ash Brown on Goth (Experiments in Manga)
Connie on vol. 5 of Itazura Na Kiss (Slightly Biased Manga)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 1 of Lovephobia (ANN)
Connie on vol. 2 of Mars (Slightly Biased Manga)
Lissa Pattillo on No Longer Human (Kuriousity)
Connie on vol. 15 of Please Save My Earth (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 2 of Recipe for Gertrude (Slightly Biased Manga)
TSOTE on vol. 2 of Retro Hero Story (Three Steps Over Japan)
Connie on vol. 7 of Rin-ne (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 1 of Sailor Moon (Slightly Biased Manga)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 7 of Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee (The Comic Book Bin)
Connie on vol. 3 of Tenjho Tenge (omnibus edition) (Slightly Biased Manga)

More scary links

Sean Gaffney takes a look ahead to next week’s new manga releases.

Lori Henderson rounds up all the links for day three of the Manga Moveable Feast at Manga Xanadu.

Guest posters Shaenon Garrity and Jason Thompson share their thoughts on Kazuo Umezu’s The Drifting Classroom at The Hooded Utilitarian.

News from Japan: Respondents to a survey from the Japanese news site Ameba picked Death Note as the greatest Shonen Jump manga of the 2000s. Kyoto Seika University, the first university in Japan to offer a course of manga studies, is launching a manga community website where users can upload their original manga and critique the work of others. ANN has the weekly comics rankings, and the fifth volume of Saint Young Men is at the top, meaning every volume of the series has made number one.

Reviews: Melinda Beasi and Michelle Smith discuss a handful of Halloween-friendly manga in their latest Off the Shelf column at Manga Bookshelf.

Rebecca Silverman on vol. 8 of Butterflies, Flowers (ANN)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 10 of Detroit Metal City (The Comic Book Bin)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of Musashi #9 (Blogcritics)
Alex Hoffman and Lori Henderson on vols. 1 and 2 of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (Manga Xanadu)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Psyren (A Case Suitable for Treatment)

Scary manga

I rounded up this week’s new manga at MTV Geek; there weren’t a lot this week, but what there is looks good. Lissa Pattillo gives her take in her On the Shelf column at Otaku USA. David Welsh chimes in as well, and he’s happy to see vol. 1 of Drops of God on the list.

The horror-themed Manga Moveable Feast continues, with hostess Lori Henderson posting about ghostbuster manga and Michelle Smith kicking in a review of vols. 1-3 of Uzumaki. Lori rounds up all the Day 2 links on her archive page at Manga Xanadu.

The Globe and Mail interviews Vertical’s Ed Chavez about Drops of God.

Daneilla Orihuela-Gruber, who has been traveling lately, asks readers: Would you bring your smutty manga with you or wipe it from your laptop and leave the books at home?

News from Japan: ANN links to a survey that asked women in their 20s which manga they thought were moe. The answers probably won’t surprise you. GTO creator Tohru Fujisawa has a new manga in the works; chances are it won’t be moe. Vampire Miyu manga-ka Narumi Kakinouchi has a new series in the works, Fairy Jewel.


Ken Haley on vol. 1 of Blood Blockade Battlefront (Sequential Ink)
Kristin on vols. 8 and 9 of Detroit Metal City (Comic Attack)
David Welsh on GoGo Monster (The Manga Curmudgeon)

Oh the horror!

The October Manga Moveable Feast will focus on horror manga, and your hostess, Lori Henderson, starts off the week’s worth of reviews and commentary with a post asking “What Is Horror?” as well as a link roundup at Manga Xanadu. Noah Berlatsky jumps right in with a discussion of mother-child issues in The Drifting Classroom. David Welsh reprises a Flipped column on Kazuo Umezu at his blog, and Rob McMonigal takes a look at some horror manga in digital formats.

At Suvudu, Thalia Sutton has a good overall summary of the manga scene at NYCC.

David Welsh checks out this week’s new releases at The Manga Curmudgeon, and the whole Manga Bookshelf team discusses their Picks of the Week. The Manga Village bloggers post their choices for the best of the past week’s releases.

ICv2 talks to Viz veep Alvin Lu and Weekly Shonen Jump editor Hisashi Sasaki about why they are relaunching the American Shonen Jump in digital form.

Khursten Santos reflects on carrying BL manga across borders and she also posts her own reaction to the news of Viz’s new BL imprint, SuBLime.

Lianne Sentar discusses manga for women on the latest /report podcast.

Daniella Orihuela-Gruber recently got an iPad, and she gives a quick rundown on the manga apps she has tried so far—and what she would like but cannot find.

CLAMP fan Myrah shares photos of her manga collection at The Manga Critic.

Manga Bookshelf is looking for contributors to write columns and such.

News from Japan: Three Steps Over Japan takes a look at Comic Ran Twins. Shueisha has posted the first issue of its Super Dash & Go! magazine, which features light novels and manga, online, for free, until November 18. Mizu Sahara, creator of Same-Cell Organism and the manga adaptation of Voices of a Distant Star, is starting a new series, Itsuya-san, in Monthly Comic Zenon. Mika Kajiyama (Neo Angelique) is launching a new romantic comedy series, Ore to Atashi no Kareshi-sama, in Kadokawa Shoten’s Monthly Asuka in December. The baseball manga Ookiku Furikabutte/Big Windup will return to Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon in January. And if you bought a drawing by Moto Hagio online recently… no, you didn’t. Hagio says that drawings that purported to be her work were actually forgeries, and she is contemplating legal action.

Reviews: Carlo Santos takes a quick look at some recent releases in his latest Right Turn Only!! column at ANN. The Manga Bookshelf bloggers post a fresh set of Bookshelf Briefs. Ash Brown clues us in on a week’s worth of manga at Experiments in Manga.

Dave Ferraro on vol. 1 of Animal Land (Comics-and-More)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of Butterflies, Flowers (Blogcritics)
Anna on vol. 4 of Cross Game (Manga Report)
Connie on issue 4 of Gen (Slightly Biased Manga)
Erica Friedman on Gunjo (Okazu)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 15 of Higurashi: When They Cry (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Connie on vol. 6 of Karakuri Odette (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 6 of Library Wars (Slightly Biased Manga)
Ed Sizemore on vol. 1 of Love Hina (omnibus edition) (Comics Worth Reading)
Connie on vol. 1 of Mars (Slightly Biased Manga)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of No Longer Human (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Sweetpea616 on Petshop of Horrors (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
Connie on vols. 13 and 14 of Please Save My Earth (Slightly Biased Manga)
Alex Hoffman on vol. 1 of Sand Chronicles (Manga Widget)
Anna on vol. 1 of Sherlock Holmes (Manga Report)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 3 of Tenjho Tenge (omnibus edition) (The Comic Book Bin)
Kristin on vol. 10 of Twin Spica (Comic Attack)
Connie on vol. 4 of Tyrant Falls in Love (Slightly Biased Manga)
Leroy Douresseaux on Young Artists Draw Manga (I Reads You)

Viz launches new BL line, DMP to run Yaoi-Con

The big news out of Yaoi-Con this past weekend was the launch of Viz’s yaoi imprint, SuBLime. Deb Aoki was live-tweeting the panel, and Lissa Pattillo rounded it all up with some good commentary. Viz rescued one title, Love Pistols, which had previously been published by Tokyopop under their BLU imprint. What’s particularly interesting is that they are publishing some of the books digitally as PDF files that can be downloaded and kept on a variety of e-readers. Digital books will be priced at $5.99 and will be available worldwide, not just in North America. Viz is working with the Japanese retailer Animate (which has been publishing yaoi manga for the Kindle for a while now) and the publisher Libre, but they can license books from other publishers as well.

The other news out of Yaoi-Con is that Digital Manga will be running Yaoi-Con, starting next year, and will move the show to Los Angeles.

Deb Aoki asks the tough questions in her interview with Viz digital guy Brian Piech; she covers piracy, adult manga, and the possibility of expanding Viz’s digital reach beyond North America.

Animemiz posts her interview with Hiro Mashima at Anime Diet.

Ed Sizemore files a very thorough and manga-centric con report from NYCC: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, closing the last part with a good summary of the event. At Manga Therapy, Tony Yao posts his con report and some photos. Animemiz thinks NYAF is being swallowed up by NYCC at Anime Diet.

Lori Henderson has the list of this week’s all-ages comics and manga at Good Comics for Kids.

Erica Friedman posts the latest Yuri Network News at Okazu.

Tezuka expert Helen McCarthy discusses the importance of his Princess Knight.

Erin Finnegan posts a video of her Unusual Manga Genres panel from Otakon.

Jason Thompson looks at Alien Nine, a disturbing manga about girls who fight aliens with aliens, in his latest House of 1000 Manga column at ANN.

At Slightly Biased Manga, Connie continues her discussion of the world of From Eroica With Love with a look at the sons of Eve.

The title of Paul Gravett’s book 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die is a bit ambitious, but Ash Brown winnows it down for manga fans with a spreadsheet of the manga from the list.

Matt Blind compiles the latest list of manga best-sellers, based on online sales.

David Welsh reaches the letter H in his alphabet of manga favorites, and his latest license request is appropriate to the Halloween season: Junji Ito’s josei manga.

News from Japan: Moto Hagio has adapted Yū Nagashima’s short story Jū Jikan (10 Hours) into a two-part manga that will run in Kobunsha’s Shōsetsu Hōseki magazine. Arina Tanemura is bringing her idol manga Fudanjuku Monogatari to a close. Four series ended in the latest issue of Young Gangan magazine, but Yuto, the creator of Hanamaru Kindergarten, has already announced a new one. A chapter of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei that ran in Weekly Shōnen Magazine has been left out of the tankoubon, perhaps because of the negative comment caused by its eerie similarity to a Doraemon story. At the Official Schoolgirl Milky Crisis Blog, Jonathan Clements reprises the story of the manga-ka who thought she was too good for Fractale. And can we ever get enough GTO? Apparently not: A new, three-chapter GTO story will start in Weekly Shōnen Magazine‘s November issue.

Reviews: Melinda Beasi and Michelle Smith chew over a trio of new offerings from Digital in their latest BL Bookrack column at Manga Bookshelf.

Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of Animal Academy (Blogcritics)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 7 of Arata: The Legend (ANN)
Kristin on vol. 16 of Black Jack (Comic Attack)
AstroNerdBoy on vol. 1 of Codename Sailor V (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Drifting Net Cafe (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
TSOTE on vol. 1 of Future-Retro Hero Story (Three Steps Over Japan)
Kate Dacey on vol. 1 of Gate 7 (The Manga Critic)
Zack Davisson on vol. 1 of Gate 7 (Japan Reviewed)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 1 of Gate 7 (Kuriousity)
Erica Friedman on Girls Love -strawberry milkshake (Okazu)
Zack Davisson on vol. 7 of Happy Cafe (Japan Reviewed)
Jocelyne Allen on vols. 2-8 of IS (Brain vs. Book)
Carlo Santos on vol. 3 of K-ON! (ANN)
Kristin on vols. 5 and 6 of Kurozakuro (Comic Attack)
James Fleenor on vol. 1 of Laddertop (Anime Sentinel)
Julie Opipari on vol. 1 of Laddertop (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Kris on vol. 1 of Maiden Rose (Manic About Manga)
Erica Friedman on Mizu-Iru Ether (Okazu)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 1 of Monster Hunter Orage (ANN)
Kristin on vol. 4 of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan and vol. 4 of Grand Guignol Orchestra (Comic Attack)
Leroy Douressaux on vol. 6 of Rosario + Vampire: Season II (The Comic Book Bin)
Michelle Smith on vols. 1-10 of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (Soliloquy in Blue)
A Library Girl on vols. 5, 6, 10-15, 17, 18, and 20-23 of Skip Beat! (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
Kristin on vol. 18 of Slam Dunk and vol. 1 of Psyren (Comic Attack)
Andrew Smith on Stargazing Dog (Scripps News)
Voitachewski on Tank Tankuro (in French) (du9)

Sailor Moon soars, Kurosagi reappears

Lissa Pattillo picks the best of this week’s new releases in her latest On the Shelf column at Otaku USA, while David Welsh finds only one new book that piques his fancy. The Manga Bookshelf bloggers reveal their picks of the week. The Manga Villagers separate the wheat from the chaff of the past week’s new releases. And Sean Gaffney, one step ahead of the rest of us as always, is looking at next week’s new releases.

Jason Green rounds up a few late entries in this month’s Love Hina Manga Moveable Feast.

ANN notes two new titles on

Matt Blind presents his weekly list of best-selling manga (online sales) at Manga Bookshelf. Spoiler: Sailor Moon is doing well.

David Welsh lists his favorite manga that begin with the letter G, and he invites his readers to do the same.

Hey, there’s a new volume of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service coming out in March!

News from Japan: Three Steps Over Japan takes a good long look at Evening, another one of those seinen magazines from Kodansha that’s chock full of good manga. Suppose Sherlock Holmes was a dog… That’s the premise of Yuma Ando’s Detective Dog Sherdock, which launched in Weekly Shōnen Magazine yesterday. The 4-koma manga Kemono no Chat has come to an end. Next week will see the first issue of Shueisha’s Super Dash & Go!, a new magazine that includes both light novels and manga. And ANN has the latest Japanese comics rankings.


Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 4 of Afterschool Charisma (The Comic Book Bin)
A Library Girl on vols. 2-5 of Black Butler (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
Sebastian James Flyte Lubbers Calderone-Sixse on The Book of Human Insects (When We Were Heroes)
Kate Dacey on vol. 1 of Codename Sailor V (The Manga Critic)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of The Drops of God (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Katherine Farmar on Entangled Circumstances (Manga Village)
Erica Friedman on vol. 1 of Kill Me Baby/Baby Please Kill Me (Okazu)
A Library Girl on vols. 5 and 6 of King of Thorn (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 4 of Kingyo Used Books (The Comic Book Bin)
Queenie Chan on Maison Ikkoku (Queenie Chan)
A Library Girl on vols. 32-43 of Naruto (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
Diana Dang on vol. 9 of Natsume’s Book of Friends (Stop, Drop, and Read!)
Serdar Yegulalp on vol. 1 of No Longer Human (Genji Press)
Erica Friedman on Oshioki! (Okazu)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Princess Knight (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Danica Davidson on vol. 1 of Psyren (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Zack Davisson on solanin (Japan Reviewed)
Anna on vols. 4-6 of Twin Spica (Manga Report)
Kate Dacey on vol. 1 of X (omnibus edition) (The Manga Critic)