New licenses, old magazines

JManga is running a special this weekend: Sign up for a $10 monthly subscription and get two books’ worth of points for free; sign up for a $25 subscription and get five free books. Don’t feel like spending any money? Just for this weekend, unregistered guest users can read the free previews of 199 different manga on the site (as opposed to the usual limit of six).

More JManga news: Erica Friedman just announced another ALC/JManga collaboration, Kimi no Tamenara Shineru, a yuri manga set in the Heian period.

Lissa Pattillo picks the choicest morsels from this week’s new releases in her On the Shelf column at Otaku USA.

At Comic Attack, Kristin checks out the manga in the latest issue of Previews.

Jason Thompson steps into the wayback machine for a look at Bringing Home the Sushi, an anthology of business manga, with a side trip along the way to discuss Mangaijin, in his latest House of 1000 Manga column at ANN.

Seven Seas announced a new license yesterday: Guardians of Luna, a werewolf manga by Nozomu Tamaki, the creator of Dance in the Vampire Bund.

Digital Manga has three new licenses: Honey*Smile, Secret Thorns, and Start with a Happy Ending. Honey Smile and Secret Thorns are yaoi and will be published both digitally and in print; Start with a Happy Ending is a josei manga that will be print only. Also, the first two volumes of Erementar Gerade, their latest license rescue, are now up on

It has been 20 years since the Sailor Moon anime was first shown on Japanese television, and the LA Times Hero Complex blog celebrates with a little retrospective.

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

Lovely Duckie shows off her amazing manga and figurine collection at The Manga Critic.

News from Japan: Haruhi publisher Kadokawa Shoten has signed a deal with Amazon Japan to put all its content on the Kindle, including Kindle apps on all platforms. Black Lagoon creator Rei Hiroe has set a tentative date for his return to the manga, which has been on hiatus, but he’s nervous about going back to it.

Reviews: Melinda Beasi and Michelle Smith discuss some new titles, messy and otherwise, in their latest On the Shelf column at Manga Bookshelf. Other reviews of note:

Lori Henderson on vol. 2 of Amnesia Labyrinth and vol. 1 of Dracula Everlasting (Manga Xanadu)
Phillip Anthony on vol. 1 of Codename Sailor V (Manga Bookshelf)
Brigid Alverson on vol. 1 of A Devil and Her Love Song (MTV Geek)
David Gromer on vol. 1 of Durarara!!! (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Jocelyne Allen on equus (by est em) (Brain Vs. Book)
Kate Dacey on vol. 1 of Is This a Zombie? (The Manga Critic)
David Gromer on vol. 2 of Maximum Ride (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Angela Eastman on vol. 1 of Soulless (manga and novel) (Manga Bookshelf)

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