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Network issues from our ISP again. We're sorry for the downtime.

It will probably happen some more, so we're just warning in advance.

Posted by Manick on September 20th 7:12pm Comments ( 10 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
Tezuka Manga Digitized, Manga Artists vs. File-sharers and Overseas Companies
Japan News

Tezuka Manga to be Digitized: Starting this month, Tezuka Productions will start releasing digitized version of Osamu Tezuka's manga.

Manga Artists Wins Case Against Manga Uploaders: A group of 11 manga artists, including well-known artists such as Tetsuya Chiba and Takehiko Inoue, has won a lawsuit against 2 Japanese men who uploaded and sitributed manga on the internet. The two uploaders will be paying 20.5 million yen for infringing the manga artists' copyright.

Kazuo Koike Establishes New Copyright Company: Lone Wolf and Cub author Kazuo Koike has established a new company called Kazuo Koike Gekiga Sonjuku Co., Ltd. to help protect the copyright of Japanese manga from not file-sharers, but big companies who uses manga in movies without permission.

Serialization Updates:

Young Sunday No.42 (9/20)
- "Akatsuki no Aegis" (Aegis in the Dawn) by Yoshihide Fujiwara

Comic ZERO-SUM October issue (8/28)
- "Carnival" by Mikanagi Touya
- "Dawn Tsumetai Te" by Ueda Shinshuu
- "Tokage" by Haibara Yak

U.S. News

DMP Confirms Robot Discontinuation: DMP confirmed on its new MySpace blog that future volumes of Robot will be discontinued.

MangaNEXT Adds Three More Guests: Three more guests will be attending this year's MangaNEXT: Jason Thompson, Hiroki Otsuka and Mari Morimoto.
Posted by Gum on September 17th 12:03am Comments ( 8 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
Prince of Tennis Ending
Kaioh writes:
According to issue 41 of Shounen Jump (Japanese version), Prince of Tennis will end serialization in issue 52 of Shounen Jump, after eight years of publication.
Posted by lambchopsil on September 12th 5:53pm Comments ( 24 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
Viz Responds to Letter from Scanlation Group, Serialization Updates, and More
Scanlation News

Viz to "Collaborate" with Scanlation Group? According to this post, Viz has replied to a letter sent by Freelance-Manga regarding improvements on Viz's Inuyasha graphic novel. According to the response, one of Viz's supervising editor will be examining Freelance-Manga's IY scanlations to see if there is learn anything that will help improve Viz's handling of the manga.

NCIS/Lurk Conflict? (Updated): The blog Tiamat's Anime and Manga Reviews has written an article on groups that place restrictions on their releases, and mentions a recent conflict between Lurk and NCIS. However, according to NCIS, there was no conflict whatsoever between NCIS and Lurk (as opposed to what we previously reported)

Japan News

Serialization Updates:

Evening No.20 (9/25)
- "ADAMAS" by Ryouji Minagawa

Morning No.41 (9/13)
- "Inanna" by Reiko Okano

Young Animal No.11 (10/5)
- "Assistant Romance Keika" by Rosuke Nishikawa

New Japanese Copyright Portal Site Debuting in 2008: 17 of Japan's copyright holder groups have announced plans to create "a free Internet portal with a searchable database system of product details and copyright information for music, movies, television, music, literature, comics, anime, art/photo, and games next January."

Goodbye Toen Shobo: Toen Shobo, an adult manga publisher, recently closed business due to financial troubles.
Posted by Gum on September 11th 9:55pm Comments ( 9 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
Japan Publication News, ICv2 Interviews Tokyopop
Japan News

Comic Yoshimoto to Cease Publication: A few months after its debut (in June), comedy magazine Comic Yoshimoto will cease publication on 9/18.

JoJo Creator Draws Cover for Science Journal: Hirohiko Araki, mangaka of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, drew the cover for a American science journal called Cell (volume 130, issue 5). The cover can be seen here. When the news was announced on Friday, Cell's website crashed after experiencing a surge in visitors.

Serialization News: Yorukishi Monogatari (Night Knight Story) will become a web serialization.

New BL Magazine from MediaWork: MediaWorks has announced a new BL magazine titled CLaCLa (will be released in October).

U.S. News

Tokyopop Interviewed: ICv2 interviews Tokyopop's publisher Mike Kiley about the manga market.
Posted by Gum on September 8th 12:27am Comments ( 1 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
Shueisha Updates Jump Square Lineup
lambchopsil edit: And just to introduce him, Gum is our new "News Administrator" and will be adding a lot more interesting tidbits of info from the Japanese world of manga~

Shueisha has updated the manga lineup of its upcoming shounen magazine Jump Square, the current lineup is as follows:

From Monthly Shonen Jump

- Claymore by Norihiro Yagi
- Gag Manga Biyori by Kousuke Masuda
- Rosario + Vampire by Akihisa Ikeda
- Tegami Bachi (Letter Bee) by Hiroyuki Asada


- Embalming - The Another Tale of Frankenstein by Nobuhiro Watsuki

New Manga

- 3-Z Class's Ginpachi-sensei by Hideaki Sorachi & Oosaki Tomohito
- DRAGONAUT -THE RESONANCE- by Satoshi Kinoshita
- Kure-nai by Katayama Kentaro & Yamamoto Yamato
- Luck Stealer by Hajime Kazu
- Paraman no Jounetsu teki na Hibi by Fujiko Fujio (A)
- Sekai no Choushin de Taiyou ni Hoeru by Ponse Maeda
- Tales of Innocence by Hiroyuki Kaidou
- TISTA by Tatsuya Endou
- Tsumikabatsu by Mikami Honemaru

Unamed manga & one-shots

- A new manga by Masanori Katakura
- A one-shot by Yoko Kamio (Hana Yori Dango)
- A one-shot by Masanori Morita & Takeshi Obata
Posted by Gum on September 5th 9:35pm Comments ( 6 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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