Guest writer Shaenon Garrity discusses the works of Inio Asano, including Solanin, What a Wonderful World, and a few others that haven’t made it into English yet, in the latest House of 1000 Manga column at ANN.
The Manga Bookshelf bloggers take a look at next week’s new releases.
Victoria Martin presents the second part of her countdown of the top manga of 2012 at Kuriousity.
Tony Yao looks at the theme of deception, including self-deception, in Sakuran.
News from Japan: The Daily Yomiuri takes a look at the popularity of manga courses in Japanese universities, what they can offer an aspiring manga-ka, and the attraction they hold for students from overseas. Mitsukazu Mihara will resume her series The Embalmer in the January 8 issue of Shodensha’s Feel Young magazine after a three-year hiatus. Manga professionals ranked their favorite titles of the year for the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook. And ANN has the latest Japanese comics rankings.
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 7 of Bunny Drop (ANN)
Justin on chapter 11 of Cross Manage (Organization ASG)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Demon Love Spell (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Connie C. on Dorohedoro, Itazura na Kiss, and Bakuman (Comics Should Be Good)
Angela Eastman on vol. 10 of Kamisama Kiss (The Fandom Post)
Carlo Santos on vols. 1-7 of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (box set) (ANN)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 6 of Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum (Blogcritics)
Erica Friedman on vol. 1 of Rock it GIRL!! (Okazu)
Ken H on vol. 7 of Rurouni Kenshin (VizBig edition) (Comics Should Be Good)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Thermae Romae (Manga Village)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 13 of Toriko (The Comic Book Bin)