Tezuka Takes Center Stage

If you like Osamu Tezuka and Ludwig van Beethoven — and really, who doesn’t like both? — you’ll be thrilled to hear that Tezuka’s Ludwig B. is being adapted for the stage. Now if only someone would license the manga…

The seventh volume of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin tops this week’s New York Times Manga Bestseller list, while the first volume of Attack on Titan drops to third place.

Contest alerts! Yen Press is giving away a copy of Satsuki Yoshino’s Barakamon, while VIZ Media is offering autographed copies of Takeshi Obata’s Death Note and All You Need Is Kill.

The Manga Bookshelf gang’s weekly recommendations run the gamut from Ajin to Whispered Words.

What would manga hair look like on a real person? Brian Ashcraft investigates.

Last Gasp Books, publisher of The Strange Tale of Panorama Island, is running a Kickstarter campaign to help fund its fall publication schedule. While there are no manga in the works, backers can snag some original artwork by Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu creator Junko Mizuno.

Japanese fans give (mostly) positive marks to Disney, which has been airing an Americanized version of the Doraemon anime.

Speaking of famous cats, the Japanese American National Museum has organized an exhibit commemorating the fortieth anniversary of Hello! Kitty. The show, which runs through April 26, 2015, examines the character’s history and impact on global pop culture.

News from Japan: Soul Eater Not! will finish its run in Monthly Shounen Gangan in November.

Reviews: Anna N. and Michelle Smith dedicate the latest Bookshelf Briefs to Honey Blood, My Love Story!! and other recent shojo releases.

Sarah on vol. 13 of Attack on Titan (Nagareboshi Reviews)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 1 of Happy Marriage?! (Anime News Network)
Erica Friedman on vol. 2 of Hourai Girls (Okazu)
Sarah on vol. 1 of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (Nagareboshi Reviews)

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