Otaku USA goes mass market

Sean Gaffney looks ahead to a bumper crop of new manga releases next week.

Matt Blind has posted another list of manga best-sellers, this one for the week ending April 15.

Tony Yao posts some results of a survey that show that Japanese readers still prefer print to pixels.

Three Steps Over Japan takes a look at Monthly Comic Birz.

Wal-Mart will carry Otaku USA in the slot formerly occupied by Shonen Jump, which is no longer published in print form.

News from Japan: Translator Tomo Kimura shows off the variant cover for vol. 14 of Black Butler. Hajime no Ippo creator George Morikawa has is launching a new series, Ai ni Iku yo, which was inspired by Nobumi’s book about the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Ue wo Muite Arukō! (I look up when I walk down). Yellow Tanabe (Kekkaishi) will draw a one-shot titled “Mori no Naka” for Shogakukan’s Gessan magazine. Gaku – Minna no Yama has come to an end, but creator Shinich Ishizuka already has another series in the works. Shueisha’s Young Jump magazine has launched a free spinoff website, for which Eyeshield 21 manga-ka Yuusuke Murata and web manga creator ONE are collaborating on a remake of ONE’s Onepunch-man. Manga creator Jun Hatanaka has died at the age of 62. And ANN has the latest Japanese comics rankings.


Sean Gaffney on Alice in the Country of Clover: Bloody Twins (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 41 of Bleach (The Comic Book Bin)
Anna on vol. 10 of Dengeki Daisy (Manga Report)
Rob McMonigal on issue 4 of Gen Manga (Panel Patter)
Manjiorin on vol. 1 of Hikaru no Go (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
Michael Buntag on vol. 1 of Sailor Moon (NonSensical Words)

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