Tony Yao talks about why we blush, and specifically, why Naruto‘s Hinata Hyuga blushes, at Manga Therapy.
Matt Blind calculates the manga best-sellers for the week ending December 2.
Anna N is giving away a copy of the Street Fighter X Sanrio crossover book, plus a sticker book, at Manga Report.
News from Japan: Good news for CLAMP fans: The manga super-group is working on a new series, xxxHOLiC Rei, according to an announcement made at last weekend’s CLAMP Festival. The series will launch in Kodansha’s Young Magazine in February. Arina Tanemura also has a new series in the works, Neko to Watashi no Kinyōbi (The Cat’s and My Friday), which will debut in Margaret in February. Digimon Xros Wars manga-ka Yuuki Nakashima is drawing a manga series based on the Dragon Quest X Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku online game. And ANN has the Japanese best-seller lists for the year: Top 30 by series, top 50 by volume, and #50-100 by volume.
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of 13th Boy (Manga Xanadu)
Carlo Santos on vol. 22 of 20th Century Boys (ANN)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 15 of Black Bird (The Comic Book Bin)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 52 of Bleach (The Comic Book Bin)
Kristin on vols. 5 and 6 of Blue Exorcist (Comic Attack)
Anna N on vol. 1 of Demon Love Spell (Manga Bookshelf)
Rebecca Silverman on Honey*Smile (ANN)
Jocelyne Allen on Usamaru Furuya’s Jisatsu Circle (Brain Vs. Book)
Eden Zacarias on vol. 2 of Kingyo Used Books (Animanga Nation)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Polterguys (Comics Worth Reading)
Rebecca Silverman on Sakuran (ANN)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 8 of The Story of Saiunkoku (ANN)
Carlo Santos on vol. 11 of Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee (ANN)
Shannon Fay on est em’s ULTRAS (Kuriousity)
L.B. Bryant on vol. 1 of Umineko: When They Cry (ICv2)