(A place for me to rant about news in the manga world, shoujo manga, shounen manga and the many other related things that usually catch me eye. No lifting without permission, please!)
Shueisha's October new manga releases list is up! Some highlights are: Shoujo - Aishiteruze Baby #6 (15.oct), Tomorrow (15) and Tsuki no Shippo #6 (25). As for shounen: Shaman King #31 (04.oct), Naruto #24 (04), Black Cat #20 (final, 04) and Elfen Lied #9 (19).
YOSHIZUMI Wataru's new manga will start in Ribon #11 (on sale 02.oct). The tile is Datte Suki Nandamon.
Shogakukan's new manga releases list for October is up! Worthy of mention are: Shoujo - Mirumo de Pon! #8 (01.oct), H3 School! #4 (26), Zettai Kareshi #5 (26), Get Love!! #5 (26). Shounen: Yakitate!! Japan #14 (08.oct), Metantei Conan #47 (18), Midori no Hibi #8 (final, also in Special Limited Edition for 860 yen. 18), Katsu #14 (18) and 20 Ct. Boys #17 (29).
Kadokawa also posted its October new manga releases list, but nothing much except for Gundam Seed X Astray #2 perhaps (26.oct). ^^
Emma, a manga about a maid in victorian times (non-H) by MORI Kaoru and published in Comic Beam will be adapted into anime! This is a nice manga, so I'll be looking forward for the anime (Note to victorian reomance/drama fans, the heroine has a good life, not a Candy style life ;)
Watching too many olympics... ^_^;
Kodansha's October new manga releases is up. As usually, a weak month. Card Captor Sakura new edition #8 (06.oct), Code Number wa Sailor V new edition #1 (22), Rave #30 (15), Get Backers #27 (15) and Beck #20 (15) being about the main noteworthy things.
Sorry for the long delay in updating! Lineage II and the Olympics caught up to me ^o^;
October new manga releases list is up! Many, many interesting releases
in the shoujo section: Karekano #19 (05.oct), Harkuanaru Toki no
Naka de #9 (05), MeruPuri #4 (final, 05), Torikae Fuukaden
#2 (05), Zero #8 (05), Harutsuge Komachi #4 (final, 05),
Koucha Ouji #25 (final, 19), Skip Beat! #8 (19), TeruTeru
Shounen #9 (19) and Global Garden #7 (19).
Shueisha has put up a webpage with information on their
2005 manga calendars here.
They all have 7 pages (cover+2 months per page). The pre-order deadline is
October 31st, and they go on sale on December 3rd. They include:
I forgot! Shueisha's September new manga releases list is up! Interesting releases are: Nagatachou Strawberry #4 (15.sep), Hatsukare #3 (24) and Gakkou no Ojikan #2 (24) for shoujo. As for shounen: Tennis no Oujisama #25 (03.sep), Bleach #14 (with an upcoming anime adaptation starting in October, 03), Ichigo 100% #12 (03), Death Note #3 (03) and Gunnm, Last Order #6 (17).
Also Nagata-chou Strawberry by SAKAI Mayu will be finishing in next Ribon (#10, on sale 03.sep) while HARADA Taeko's new manga will also start in that same issue.
Shogakukan's September new manga releases list is up. Some highlights: Shoujo: Beautiful #1 (by SAITOU Chiho, 24.sep), Hot Gimmick #9 (24), Kare - First Love #9 (24), Sonna Koe Dashicha Iya! #7 (in special edition as well, 24) and Rough Celeb #1 (by SHINJU Mayu, 24). Shounen: Monkey Turn #29 (17.sep) and Inuyasha #37 (17).
Kadokawa's September new manga releases list is up, but the only thing I'm interested in is Chrno Crusade #8 (on sale 01.sep)! Yay!
Geneon has picked up Ultra Maniac anime for its NA release!
Gakuen Alice (by HIGUCHI Tachibana) will be animated! The TV series will start in October. Yaaay! Yaaaaay~ Yay~
There will be a Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (Fullmetal Alchemist) manga calendar for 2005. The pre-order cut date is October 3rd. It will be B4 in size (like this year's, halfway between A4 and A3), 1 month per page, 2000 yen. Calendars are expected to ship on November 19th.
Kodansha's September new manga releases list is up! Worth of mention: Shounen: Samurai Deeper Kyo #28 (17.sep), Tantei Gakuen Q #17 (17), Mahou Sensei Negima! #7 (17), Hajime no Ippo! 70 (17), School Rumble #6 (also in special edition, 17(, Aa! Megamisama! #29 (06) and Aa! Megamisama! Collection (artbook? guide?, 1365 yen tax in, 06). Shoujo: Pichi Pichi Pitch #5 (06.sep), Card Captor Sakura New Wide Re-Edition #7 (06) and Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Short Stories 2 (New Re-Edition format, 22).
Hakusensha's September new manga releases list is up! Nothing much interesting but for Demon Sacriido #4 (04.sep), Mimosa de Salad (by MORIO Masami, 04), Fruits Basket #15 (17), Mebius Doumei #4 (17), and Ai Yori Aoshi #14 (in normal or special edition with figure, 29).
The new Lala came out with its new teleka zenin service... So many things, so little money...
A couple of interesting releases from Akita-Shouten as
well for September: Complex #7 (final, 22.sep) and Ouke no Monshou
Gakuen Alice (one of my very favorite stories) will see
a game adaptation for the GBA on sale in November! (Guess that means I'll
have to give in and get a GBA... ^^; ) I will add more information as
more information is available (the game will have its own booth at the
Lala/HtY/Melody Festa in late August, so more information will
be available then).
There will be a new Hana to Yume derivated magazine on sale August 11. The title will be Hana to Yume + (Plus), and it contains continuation stories of Boku no Chikyuu o Mamotte (PSME) (based on Rin and Alice's son) and Otona no Kodomo (a follow-up of Otona ni Naru by YAMADA Nanpei).
YOSHIDA Sunao, writer of the Trinity Blood stories (which are being adapted into an anime TV series) died in the hospital on Friday. ;_;
Hakusensha's shoujo manga goods in their Tokyo Character Show booth kind of suck, so happily I won't have to hunt them down afterwards in Animate. Yayy!
Midori no Hibi will end in next Shounen Sunday, on sale 21.jul (there is no SS next week). I actually bought this week's issue where the notice appears and didn't realize until someone else pointed it out. Way to go, Zahara! ^^;
Yaay! Yaay! This year's Hana to Yume "teleka" zenin service starts next issue! ^o^ This year it's a tosho card, though (they are exactly like teleka but you can pay normal things with it, not just your phone calls), since the teleka system was cancelled last year (not that it stops many places from producing them still, mind).
As announced at the end of Full Moon o Sagashite, TANEMURA Arina's new series will start in next Ribon (#9, on sale 03.aug). What we do know now is that the title is Shinshi Doumei Cross - The Gentlemen Alliance (where at least 3 out of the 5 in the preview illustration very much look like girls ^^; ).
new manga releases list is up! Lots of good things coming up this summer!
August new manga releases list is up! Worthy to mention in Shoujo: Gakuga Ura Ouji (by
SAKURAKOUJI Kanoko, one of my favorite artists in Betsucomi, 16.aug),
Puchi Egoisto #7 (final, 26), 7 Seeds #5 (26), Gekka no Kimi
#7 (final, 26), Boku wa Imouto ni Koi o Suru #6 (also in special edition
for 1450 yen, 26) and Sunadokei #4 (26).
Kadokawa also posted its new August manga releases list. A couple of things to note: Harlem Beat wa Yoake Made #3 (09.aug), Keroro Gunsou #9 (10) and the manga adaptation of Samurai Champloo #1 (02).
Bouken-Ou Beet (Beet the Vandel Buster) (art by INADA Koji, of Dragon Quest - Dai no Daibouken manga fame) will be adapted into a TV anime series! Beet runs in Monthly Jump and has 7 volumes out. It was also announced some time ago its adaptation into a video game for PS2 and GBA.
Trinity Blood will be turned into an anime by Gonzo! Although based on novels, a manga adaptation is currently running in Asuka. I highly recommend this to any "cool designs" vampire fan! This is the story about a young nun (figures ^^; ) and a vampire who feeds on vampires.
new manga releases list is up. Lots of things I don't care about this month
Random News: MeruPuri (Meruhen Princess) by HINO Matsuri will end in next Lala (#9, on sale 24.jul). KUSUNOKI Kei has resurfaced with a 60 pages yomikiri titled Puchi Hane (Honeymoon) in the new The Margaret (on sale today).
Lala #8 comes out tomorrow. Inside you will NAKAJI
YUKI's new yomikiri (one-shot manga) and another yomikiri by
TANAKA Meca (^o^). However, TANAKA's new series actually
starts in Lala #10 (on sale 24.aug) while NAKAJI's
will start in Lala #11 (on sale 24.sep).
Complex (by KIKUCHI Kumiko) will end in next Princess (#8, on sale 06.jul). T_T
August new manga releases list is up. Worthy of mention: Shoujo:
Ouran Koukou Host Club #4 (05.aug), Kiniro no Corda #2
(05), Oniichan to Issho #2 (05), Koucha Ouji #24 (19),
V.B. (Velvet Blue) Rose #1 (by HIDAKA Banri, 19),
Shanimuni Go #18 (19), Nousatsu Junkie (19) and Boku no
Chikyuu o Mamotte (PSME) New Wide Edition #7,8 (28).
Mekakushi no Kuni and GALS! will be released in English in NA by DC Comics new manga line... more later! ^_^
Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (FullMetal Alchemist) #8 will be published on July 22nd! Yay! (Square-Enix updated their July listings.)
Picked up Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge after hearing Del Rey had licensed it for a NA release (I don't usually buy Kodansha's shoujo). This is pretty funny, but the most shocking thing of all is finding out SAKURA Chitose's art in the second volume (obviously working as an assistant for the mangaka and filling in background characters). ^^;;; Go figure.
Apparently, it might be that Shueisha doesn't know where English words end and start and instead of KyattoSuto Riito they actually mean Kyatto Sutoriito (Cat Street).
KAMIO Youko's new series will start in next Betsuma
(Bessatsu Margaret) #8 (on sale 13.jul)... Good luck finding out what the katakana
of the title means... KyattoSuto Riito ^^;
There will be a anime movie adaptation of XXX Holic (by CLAMP) in 2005. I assume by Mad House as they have dealt with all their stuff before.
Sonna Koe Dashicha Iya! (by SHIGANO Iori) will end in next Sho-Comi #14 (on sale 19.jun.04).
Finally Shueisha put
up their July new manga releases list! Someone shoot my wallet out of its misery, pLeAsE?! T_T
Many new releases for Shogakukan
in July... prepare your wallets! Some pick-ups: Shoujo: Beauty Pop #2
(by ARAI Kiyoko (see my 28.feb entry for a review of this manga), 01.jul),
Bronze no Tenshi #1 (by SAITOU Chiho, 26), Motto x2 Anata no
Omocha (26), Sonna Koe Dashicha Iya! #6 (also in special edition, 26),
Zettai Kareshi #4 (by WATASE Yuu, 26), Get Love #4,
Bokura ga Ita (also in special edition, 26), Kaze Hikaru #16
(26) and two compilation anthologies--Bitter 2 - Anata dake ni Aisa (26)
and Sweet 2 - Kowareru hodo Dakishime (which will contain a story by
AIHARA Miki, most probably 10 Days, 26).
new manga releases list is up. Notable mentions are: Trinity Blood
#2 (17.jul) and Lagoon Engine #3 (by SUGISAKI Yukiru, 17).
There will be a drama CD of Zettai Kareshi (by WATASE Yuu, currently runing in Sho-Comi) on sale 25.aug for 2940 yen (tax in). List number MMCC-4061 (you can order it at normal Japanese stores). Also Fushigi Yuugi is having its 5th incarnation in the form of a manga magazine sized re-edition in manga magazine pages quality with a couple of new goodies (poster, cards)...
Nothing much interesting in Kodansha's July new manga releases list. Shounen: Hajime no Ippo #69 (15.jul), Get Backers #26 (15), Eden #11 (23). Shoujo: Kamichama Karin #4 (02), Card Captor Sakura New Wide Edition #5 (06) and Sailor Moon New Edition #12 (23). Pshaa...
The official page for Genshiken and its upcoming anime is here: http://www.genshiken.info/. There is also another page for Kujibiki Unbalance (link at the bottom of the page), which is a "female harem style" (think love hina but with a bit more action) manga series created inside the Genshiken world.
NAKAJI Yuki's (Venus wa Kata Omoi) new manga will start in next month's Lala (#8 on sale 24.jun). It's titled Heaven Company and will be a 65 pages chapter about a "Green Coordinator" (flower/greenery stylist).
Harukanaru no Toki de anime information in Lala #7 is quite sketchy, listing only the main staff and seiyuu. It says there will be more detailed information in next issue (there are no anime designs shown, but the character designer is OONUKI Kenichi). Seiyuu include SEKI Tomokazu, TAKAHASHI Naozumi and HOSHI Souichirou.
There will be a "Hana to Yume, Lala and Melody Festa" this summer, conmemorating the 30th anniversary of Hakusensha. 31.jul and 01.aug in Oosaka's Cosmo Plaza, and 21/22.aug in Tokyo's Sunshine City. The events will have a gallery, original goods corner, talk show and various event booths. There will also be signing sessions by HATORI Bisco (Host Club), RAGAWA Marimo (Shanimuni Go), HINO Matsuri (MeruPuri) and YAMADA Nanpei (Koucha Ouji) in Oosaka, and for Tokyo: KURE Yuki (La Corda de Oro), HIDAKA Banri (V.B.Rose, etc...), NARITA Minako (Melody author) and TAKAYA Natsuki (Fruits Basket). But there are only limited places and you have to send a coupon for a lottery. The events will also have some random special corners such as special purikura machines.
And finally SOME phonecard/quocard zenin this year in Hakusensha! Lala's annual teleka zenin starting in issue #9 (on sale 24.jul). Hana to Yume obliterated their annual one and made it lottery instead ~_~;;;
TSUKUBA Sakura and TANAKA Meka's new manga will both
start in Lala #10 (on sale 24.aug) but no more details are given.
The second season for Maria-sama ga miteru anime has been officially announced. It will start on July 4th.
Hakusensha's July new manga releases list is up! Worthy to mention: Venus wa Kata Omoi #12 (final volume, 05.jul), Pearl Pink #4 (final volume, 05), Skip Beat! #7 (16), Gakuen Alice #5 (16), Boku no... (PSME) new wide edition #5,6 (29). As for shounen: Berserk #27 (29) and Air Master #22 (29).
Koucha Ouji (by YAMADA Nanpei) has ended in Hana
to Yume #12 (on sale today)... T.T There will be an extra/epilogue chapter
in Hana to Yume #15 (on sale 05.jul)... which is a good thing because
although the ending was swift and nice and sweet, it only finished the main
It's official now, Viz will be releasing Kare - First Love in NA. The first volume is scheduled for August 2004. Let's just hope this time they won't rip off my page when making their press release (like they did when doing Hot Gimmick's). ^^
As recounted in some forums by yours truly and her sucky Japanese:
Finally got around and bought Ultra Maniac #5 (final), which came out friday last week. First press comes with a stickers page, and to my eternal thanks, the epiloge has had some new pages added, showing more romance between Tsujiai and Nina, and also showing everybody else. Both really neat things that were missing in the original Ribon chapter and that really irked me at that time ^^; (Apparently, it irked many other people as well...)
Boku no Chikyuu o Mamotte (PSME) wide ban new edition #1 and 2 release date has been moved back to the 28th of May.
There will be an anime adaptation of Harukanaru no Toki no
Naka de (manga by MIZUNO Touko runs in Lala).
More details in Lala #7 (on sale 24.may).
As I've been saying and dreading for the last months, Chrno Crusade manga ended yesterday in Dragon Age... *sniff*! T_T There will be a special artworks collection as give-away with
issue #7 (on sale 09.jun). *sniff* T_T
Scans from the advance copies of Newtype #6 (on sale tomorrow) are being distributed over the boards, specially the scans for the Gunbuster 2 character designs... I want to make a ball in a corner and cry.
Gainax has officially announced Top o Nerae! 2 (Gunbuster 2) in their "Gaina-Fes" (Gainax Festival). There will be more information in the upcoming Newtype (on sale 10.may), but judging from the characters' names, it seems like a whole new cast. Yay, yay! ^_^
new manga releases list is up! A mostly shounen-interestingly month, but that
might be because I don't pay much attention to their shoujo titles anymore. (^^;
RAGAWA Marimo will have a new chapter of her (here and there) ongoing series Itsudemo Otenki Kibun in next Bessatsu Hana to Yume #7 (on sale 26.may). This will be the second part of the arc called Itsudemo Otenki Kibun - Odayaka na Kimochi de itai dake, which involves Akauma and his girlfriend. The first part was published last year and ended quite depressingly (^^; ). I'm happy there is still hope...
new manga releases list is up! But nothing interesting except for Mahou
Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto - Taiyou to Kaze no Sakamichi #1 (by the
same authors of Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto / Someday's
Dreamers manga), on sale 01.jun.
It's the time of the year when manga magazines editors realize
that there is nothing like revisiting old favorites to pump up the sales.
There will be a new Paradiso - OZ side story in next Melody #7
(Hakusensha, on sale 28.may), as well as another side story/epilogue
of Harutsugi Komachi (by YAMAGUCHI Miyuki), which... you
know... ended in last Melody. (. . .)
releases list is up! Worthy to mention: Shoujo: Full Moon o Sagashite #6
(15.jun), Love Wan! #3 (15), Honey Bitter #1 (OOBANA Miho,
15), Marmalade Boy Wide Edition #4 (15), Gokusen #9 (18),
BxB Brothers #10 (final volume, 25) and Tsuki no Shippo #5 (25).
TANEMURA Arina's new manga after the end of Full Moon o Sagashite (ends in Ribon #6, on sale this saturday) will start in Ribon #9, on sale 03.aug. ^^
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeey!!!! Genshiken anime version
has been confirmed! Series director will apparently be IKEBATA Ryuuji,
director of Hikari to Mizu no Daphne. No start date has been given.
June manga releases list is up! It's YUKI Kaori's month, thanks
to her manga series Aijin Senmonten being adapted into a live
drama TV series, and she has two tankoubon coming out: Ludwig Kakumei
(18.jun) and Yuugata Aijin Senmonten - Blood Hound - DX (deluxe) (610 yen,
June manga releases list is up. Worthy to mention: Shounen: Rave #28
(17.jun), Tantei Gakuen Q #16 (17), Tantei Gakuen Q DDS Mystery
Quiz (714 yen, 17), Mahou Sensei Negima! #6 (17), Samurai
Deeper Kyo (in limited special first press edition as well, 17),
Tsubasa #6 (in special edition as well, 17), XXXHolic #4 (17) and
most important of them all, Genshiken #4 (23).
Not much interesting in the manga world (or at least, the part I'm interested in ^^; ). I did see the Evangelion volume #9 with action Rei figure and it looks really neat. I almost bought it myself even though I don't like Eva and I hate Rei ^^;
I finally discovered what MITA Ryuusuke has been doing
after he finished Rubikura last year (he is best known in
the western world for his first series, Dragon Half). He has a
series in Dragon Magazine (a magazine that deals with games, RPGs
and fantasy novelizations, and some times anime, too. Published by
Kadokawa. This is where Dragon Half was originally published in
monthly chapter format). I don't know how this series is, but I'll try
to catch an unwrapped issue and take a look (^^;;; ). The title is
Shugen Musume Tenguri (or something around that line).
I got KAWAMURA Mika's (Daa! Daa! Daa!, Awasete
Ippon!, etc...) new manga: Happy Ice-cream! (#01). I've been
a fan of her cute art style and sweet stories from the start, and she
is one of the few must-buy from Nakayoshi for me. However I was
a bit disappointed with Happy Ice-cream ^^;
Complex #6 (by KIKUCHI Kumiko) will go on sale on 17.jun. This is my favorite story in Princess magazine right now! The other interesting Akita-Shoten release for June is Lady Victorian #13 (24.jun). *sigh* I wish Akita would continue Access B in any of their magazines...
31.mar.04 - Part II
A depressingly un-interesting month for Shogakukan's May manga releases. Inuyasha #35 (18.may), Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden #2 (new Fushigi Yuugi story by WATASE Yuu, 26), and Boku no Imouto ni Koi o Suru #6 in both normal and special edition for 680 yen (tax in, 26). Oh, and many, many re-releases of Dan Doh!. Nothing like an anime to re-start the money-making machine... ^^;
Shueisha's May new manga releases list is up! Lots of
Biggest news from Shueisha's new releases is however, NANA 1st Illustrations (by YAZAWA Ai) to go on sale on 20.may. Happiness all around between YAZAWA's many, many fans! ^o^
OKI Mamiya will have a new artbook released in May by
Kadokawa: OKI Mamiya Illustrations Collection : Queen (2940 yen).
HARADA Taeko's manga in Ribon (Pink de Ikou!) will finish in June's issue. That will be the issue where Full Moon o Sagashite will end as well! Ribon #6 goes on sale 30.apr.
I got the first volume of KAWAHARA Kazune's new manga
(she is well known for her previous long-running series Sensei!,
and although I couldn't get into that one, I really enjoy her shorter
stories), Koukou Debut.
Hot Gimmick will have a drama CD released on 23.apr for
2800 yen (tax in). This is a normal drama CD you can buy at stores, as
opposed to the special zenin drama CD released through the Betsucomi
some time ago.
The official page for the upcoming anime series Mahou Shoujotai Arusu (Tweeny Witches) is up here. This is one of the best looking and interesting anime in a long time, as far as I'm concerned. ^^
ASAGIRI Yuu, a well-known yaoi/shounen-ai author (she used to do manga for Nakayoshi before that and had several very popular hits) will have a yomikiri in next The Margaret #6 (on sale 24.apr). Now this is a place I would have never expected to see her manga in @_@;
TSUKUBA Sakura's new manga series is in fact just a one-chapter story. Her next work will be Yoroshiku Master in Lala DX #7 (on sale 10.jun). Also, Tennen Pearl Pink will finish in next issue of Lala! ;_;
Kodansha May new releases list is up, but it's pretty weak as far as I'm concerned. Worthy to mention: Get Backers #25 (17.may), Air Gear #6 (17) and Sailor Moon new edition #10 (21). :(
Hakusensha May releases list is up! Worthy to mention:
Shoujo: Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou #18 (01.may), Demon Saiten (01),
Omake no Kobayashi-kun #13 (01), Hanazakari no Kimitachi e #22
(19), TeruTeru x Shounen #8 (19), Mebius Doumei #3 (19).
Starting with next issue (#9), Hana to Yume new zenin offer service will be a "Digital Comic DVD" for Skip Beat! and Gakuen Alice (separate sets)... it's the latest fad.
In next issue (#5) of G-Fantasy (Square-Enix) there will be a new manga titled Platonic Chain. If I'm not mistaken, this is related or connected to the CG animation shorts shown in 2002/03 also titled Platonic Chain, in which an "entity" called Platonic Chain is able to access and control all sorts of information stored in electronic mediums and makes it available to keitai/cellphone users, sp. Shibuya girls and boys. The series centered on 3 high school girls who used the service for things like... finding out who was the guy they passed on the escalator, reminding their boyfriends of promises they made, etc... It was a really interesting series... unfortunately the manga (I don't know how related to the anime characters and settings it will be) doesn't quite look as good... ^^; See the preview pic here. G-Fantasy #5 will go on sale on 17.apr.
There will be a drama cd of Beniiro (Crimson) Hero
(manga by TAKANASHI Mitsuba, currently running in Betsuma)
on sale 18.jun (pre-order deadline is 09.may) for 2940 yen (tax in).
Apparently, Viz has Kare First Love, W Juliet and Kanata Kara in their copyright page, even though there hasn't been an official announcement (See animeondvd.com). After they copied my index page of Hot Gimmick in their press release for that title, I'm starting to think it's not quite coincidential... :P
Oh, and the Animedia inclusion of Metantei Conan under their "climaxing series" section was because one of the main arcs of the story (involving certain English-speaking woman) came to its conclusion. Like they didn't have enough series ending in March to start playing with things like that... -_-;
Akita Shouten April and May releases list is up. Only thing worthy to mention for me are vols. 4 and 5 of Vampire Yui, on sale May 20th. ^^
There are more details about the Agatha Christie books
TV anime adaptation. It will cover Poirot and Miss Maple books (a total
of 39 books will be adapted). Will start airing in July on Sundays at 19:30.
TATSUO Satou, director of Uchuu no Stellvia, has announced in his homepage that he is working in a TV series to air 2005. Many have assumed that might be Stellvia 2. ^^
BxB Brothers ended in Margaret #7 (on sale today). UKYOU Ayane next series will start in Margaret #13 (on sale 05.jun). As stated before, the milking cow known as Bronze will have another restart in next Margaret (#8).
NHK has announced there will be an anime adaptation of Agatha Christie mystery novels starting July. 39 titles will be adapted, although the news in NHK website doesn't say wherever this is includes some (or all) the Poirot titles or not.
No doubt coinciding with the end of its manga run, there will be a Full Moon o Sagashite - Arina TANEMURA Illustrations Collection artbook on sale on 15.apr.
Shueisha's April manga releases list is up! Worthy to mention: Shoujo: Nagata-chou Strawberry #3 (15.apr), Tokimeki Midnight #3 (by KOI Ikeno, 15), Marmalade Boy Wide Edition #2 (15); Shounen: Tennis no Oujisama #23 (02.apr), Death Note (art by OBATA Takeshi, of Hikaru no Go fame, story by OOGA Tsugumi; 02), Captain Tsubasa Road to 2002 #13 (19) and Tenjou Tenge #11 (coinciding with the start of the anime series based on it; 19).
Going on more detail, Death Note is about one "death god" who is bored to no end and decides to play a bit by giving a high school student a notebook in which he can write the name of a person and said demon/god will kill that person. It gets even better as the student studies the instructions provided in the notebook and realizes he can also pinpoint how, when and in which way the victims will meet their end. On the way, he also discovers his hidden sadistic vein and is matched against the FBI and certain other person who seems to know a lot about what he is doing. Very nice art, but if you don't know enough Japanese, you will get lost really fast (I was ^^; ).
And OOOOOOOOOOPS. Apparently the index for the
next Animedia magazine has Metantei Conan in the
"Spring Climax Series" section @_@;;; Typo? Missprint? They mean the movie?
Is this for real?
Full Moon o Sagashite has entered its final manga arc.
Dan Doh!! which has been turned into animation as well
(starting 03.apr), will have a new series starting in Shounen Sunday
#17 (on sale apr.24): Dan Doh!! - Next Situation. Unless one of the
current series based on Shounen Sunday manga ends, they are going
have a record of anime series on air! ^^;;
In related news, I just realized that the Tacky and Tsubasa CD-Single for their Inuyasha OP also comes with a sticker with TAKAHASHI's rendition of the two singers (only with first press). I love TAKAHASHI Rumiko's drawings of popular bands. V6 were just too cute ^^
AKIMOTO Nami (Miracle Girls, Uru-Q) will start a new manga series in Nakayoshi #5 (on sale apr.03) titled Puri * Honey (* = star mark).
Shogakukan's April manga releases list is up! Worthy to
mention: Shoujo: Sensei no ki ni iri (by AIHARA Miki, most
probably collecting her Teacher's Pet stories, apr.26), Hot
Gimmick #8 (apr.26), Gekka no Kimi #6 (by SHIMAKI Ako, 26),
Zettai Kareshi #3 (by WATASE Yuu, 26), Bokura ga ita #5,
(26), Get Love! #3 (26) and Sonna Koe Dasha Iya! #5 (by
SHIGANO Iori, also available in special edition for 950 yen (tax in);
perhaps with the "visual comic DVD" the other special editions for other
Flower Comic manga have been having? Apr.26).
Arakawa Hiromu Illustrations Collection - Fullmetal Alchemist went on sale two days ago. I highly recommend it to anybody who likes the
manga illustrations. It's oversized, has 89 pages of full color illustrations
(including manga, magazine covers and designs for the game) and it's just
1500 yen. Can't get any cheaper or better IMHO ^^;
ARAI Kiyoko's new manga Beauty Pop had its
first volume published on 26.feb (the manga is still running in monthly
shoujo manga magazine Ciao from Shogakukan).
ARAI is the author of
Dr.Rin ni kiitemite!, which was turned into a long anime
ADVision has picked up about the entire roaster
of Mag-Garden manga titles. ^^; See the complete list at
Anime on DVD. This means
between others Peace Maker Kurogane and Matantei Loki
Ragnarok. One wonders though, how well they are going to do
since these are basically continuations of previous enix manga. Unless
of course, they also managed to buy the old stock.
Venus wa Kata Omoi (by NAKAJI Yuki) ended in Lala #4 (on sale today), but there will be an extra chapter in Lala #6 (on sale 24.apr). NAKAJI is known for wrapping up the secondary characters' stories in little yomikiris after the end of the series.
And on related ending news, one of my favorite period series, Harutsuge Komachi by YAMAGUCHI Miyuki is ending starting with the chapter in Melody #4 (on sale 28.feb).
And adding to that the fact that supposedly Koucha Ouji has entered the "final arc" and BxB ends in two weeks... well, half my fave series are ending! >_<
TSUKUBA Sakura, whose Mekakushi no Kuni ended
last month, will start her new series in next Lala (#5 on sale
24.mar). The title is Amai Kami ato and it's labeled as
"dangerous erotic romance" (...). "In front of Ren, a girl-loving
vampire, appears a girl called Maia... but why does she say Ren is
her father?!" Apparently, vampires are in again.
Yotsuba to! (by AZUMA Kiyohiko (Azumanga
Daioh)) 2nd volume will go on sale in April.
Kodansha's April new manga releases list is up! Worthy to mention: Shoujo: Card Captor Sakura New Edition #2 (06.apr), #3 (28), Tokyo Mew Mew A La Mode #2 (06), Happy Ice Cream #1 (by KAWAMURA Mika (Daa! Daa! Daa!, Awasete Ippon), 06); Shounen: Samurai Deeper Kyo #26 (16), Rave #27 (16), Mahou Sensei Negima #5 (16) and Tsubasa #5 (16, in both normal and special hardcover editions).
Bandai May releases list is up! Macross Zero #4 and
Stratos Four OVA #1 (in normal and special edition) being about the
only noteworthy titles (aside from the usual TV series releases).
BxB Brothers (by UKYOU Ayane) will end in next issue of Margaret (on sale 05.mar)... T_T *sob*
Hakusensha's April new releases list is up! Worthy to mention: Mekakushi no Kuni #9 (last volume, on sale 05.apr), Meru Puri #3 (05), Fruits Basket #14 (19) and Shanimuni Go #17 (19). As I announced some weeks ago, TAKAYA Natsuki has an Artbook coming out this month as well, TAKAYA Natsuki Illustrations Collection - Fruits Basket goes on sale on 16.apr for 1680 yen (tax in).
Also, the live action drama series based on the vampire manga Yoru Kata (<-- might be romanized wrong) Aijin Senmonten - Blood Hound by YUKI Kaori (Angel Sanctuary, Godchild) will start on TV-Tokyo on 04.apr at one in the morning (of the 5th).
The Fullmetal Alchemist trading cards are oversized (that probabably explains the fact that they are called something like "trading arts"). 13.March Correction: The "trading arts" are a figures collection, but there is also a trading card collection (game) on sale now. ^^ Sorry about the confusion.
A new issue of Comicate is up at Hakusensha's page. This issue has interviews with HIDAKA Banri and HINO Matsuri (Merupuri). Although the text is in Japanese, there are plenty of images. You can go directly to the online edition here.
Following the ADVision deal, Mag Garden has some new anime show announcements: Tactics (based on the manga by KINOSHITA Sakura (Loki)), and Aria. Both had already been in most "upcoming anime" listings for a while though.
Apparently ADVision has made a deal with Mag Garden
about licensing the anime based on the manga that run in their magazines.
Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (Fullmetal Alchemist) is finally branching out into the trading cards realm: 1 box = 10 packs, 5400 yen (plus tax) per box, on sale in June. 13.March Correction: The "trading arts" are a figures collection, but there is also a trading card collection (game) on sale now. ^^ Sorry about the confusion.
HMV and another online shop also list Tokyo Godfathers with English subtitles. English subtitles - 3, A.co.jp - 0.
The "big news" from CLAMP that everyone was waiting for so expectanctly turned out to be just an announcement of a set of "CLAMP magazines" to be realeased monthly and dedicated to each of their works with new stuff and what not. Just another way of sucking money out of the fans and a far cry from the hoped for Tsubasa anime announcement.
As an addition to the Tokyo Godfathers DVDs news I put up yesterday, the yahoo store lists it with dd5.1, english subtitles, etc... while Amazon.co.jp still has to put up any detail about that. Those of you who preffer to know things for sure should wait until other stores start to list it and see who's right. ^^
R2 Japanese DVD edition of Tokyo Godfathers has been announced.
There will be the usual normal edition for 4700 yen (plus tax) and the
special boxed edition for 12,800 (plus tax) that has two DVDs, special
booklet, postcard, etc... (second DVD has making-of, etc...). The movie
itself comes in 16:9, dd5.1 and English subtitles in both editions. ^^
Futari wa Pretty Cure OP and ED songs will come out
in a CD-S on 24.mar for 1260 yen (tax in). OP is titled Dazen! Futari
wa PriCure and the ED, Gecchuu (get you)! RabuRabuu (loveloveee)?!.
Both performed by GOJO Mayumi (previously heard in Ojamajo Doremi
13.feb.04 (<-- no, no, that's ok, you see, in my birthland it's tuesdays, not fridays)
Forgot to mention, SAITOU Chiho has started a new "series" (probably like Anastasia, a yomikiri series, where chapters are mostly self-contained and published every once in a while) in Petit Comic (a.k.a. Puchicomi) from Shogakukan. The title is Beautiful and it's about a genius ballet dancer. As anything from SAITOU, the really gorgeous guy on the cover is all one needs to know (^^;;; ).
FUJIMURA Mari (Tonari no Takashi-chan along many,
many others) will have a new yomikiri in next Betsuma (on sale
13.mar) with the name of Uwasa no Onna. Although FUJIMURA
used to be a long standing author in Betsuma, her breaks between
series are getting bigger and her manga shorter... >_<;
Also, Betsucomi's Official Homepage has opened two new special corners for Bokura ga ita and Sonnan janeeyo (neither of which I like, but two of the most popular series in the magazine). Previously, only the special "fan section" of Hot Gimmick ("Hot Gimmick Cafe") existed.
The new Metantei/Detective Conan movie will open on
17.apr.04... Kaito Kid! Kaito Kid! Kaito Kiiiid! (^^; )
Akiba (Akihabara) is on fire ^^;
(And BTW, it wasn't a Fullmetal teleka zenin in the Animedia...)
All well-known anime magazines come out next week on
tuesday, so naturally everybody but me already has them.
Yay! Mezzo TV OP and ED songs (by Barnabys) will be released in a CD-Single on 24.mar.04 for 1260 yen (tax in). The cover will have an illustration by the series character designer. You can find Barnabys homepage here.
As I said last month, HIDAKA Banri's new manga started
in Hana to Yume #5. V.(Velvet) B.(Blue) Rose starts with
1st year high schooler Ageha, who has always admired her older sister
so much she wanted to grow up just like her, but whose that same sister
just announced she is pregnant and getting married to a guy Ageha highly
dislikes. Not only that, but her sister now seems just as happy because
of him as she used to be because of her! (How dare she betray her like
this!) In her spare time, Ageha's hobby is to design and
make things such as bags,
and because of this it was the first time she was able to see her sister
really happy. Ageha is having a big problem with the whole pregnancy/wedding/my
sister likes someone else than me thing, when she meets one weird guy who
seems to know her productions ("Ageha
Series"). This weird (but really handsome) guy and his partner
Weird (But Really Handsome) Guy 2 are, of course, the designers in charge
of her sister's wedding dress. (Ageha is shocked, men designing wedding
WATASE Yuu will have a short manga as furoku (free goodie) in Sho-Comi #6 (on sale 20.feb.04) titled Shounen Aromatic. Zettai Kareshi., her current manga, will still have its usual chapter inside the magazine itself. ^^
My Uchuu no Stellvia DVD BoxII arrived today ( *^^* ),
and inside there was an ad for a GBA game of it, to be released on
23.apr.04 for 5800 yen (plus tax). It's announced as a mix of space
and love simulation, so I assume it'll be just like the PS2 one but
with less pixels and in-train-playing safe.
Shogakukan's March new manga releases list is up! I don't follow much of them, and mostly shounen... Worthy to mention: Shounen: Midori no hibi #5 (18.apr), Monkey Turn #27 (18), Konjiki no Gash!! #15 (18), Katte ni Kaizou #24 (18); Shoujo: H3 School! #2 (by TAKADA Rie, 26.mar), Himeyakana Delta (by OOYA Kazumi, 26) and one of my current favorite authors in Betsucomi has a new tankoubon as well, Yasashii Te (by SAKURAKOUJI Kanoko, 26). ^^
Forgot to add in Shueisha's March interesting manga releases Koukou Debut #1 by KAWAHARA Kazune (Sensei!). On sale 25.mar.04. ^^
The first episode of Paranoia Agent, KON Satoshi's new anime, just finished airing. 3 things come to mind right away: This is a return to Perfect Blue, this shares music composer with Millenial Actress, and Geneon Entertaiment U.S.A. appears in the credits. Ummm. ^_^;
Like all KON Satoshi works, interesting characters and interesting storyline about a young "character desinger" who once designed a mascot (very much like tarepanda) that was a huge hit but is having serious problems to repeat the deed (why? you'll have to wait and see the anime). One night when returning home she is attacked by a misterious small figure using rollerblades and a bat. Next time she sees the figure, it's just dispatched a nasty magazine reporter that was haunting her and just tells her "tadaima" before leaving her untouched. Oh, and there is a talking pet too.
manga releases list is up! Worthy to mention releases are:
Kadokawa new March releases list came out during the weekend, but I don't really do Kadokawa so I didn't find much interesting except many Keroro things, probably so they match the start of the anime... (^^; )
And another painful episode of Mezzo ends. A good
idea/plot hindered by the fact that the animation makes you want to
cry blood. And just in case you didn't think it was that bad, they put
sections from the OVA so you can compare even better! Yay!
Futari wa Pretty Cure first episode just finished
airing. Magical Girls meet Card Games and a whole new universe of
merchandising from Bandai appears in front of our eyes. Nagisa
(sporty) and Hanoka (brainy) end up with talking cellphone-like
machines with fluffy little things inside them. Using these
machines with the cards (provided in the same set) they can
transform into Cure Black and Cure White and fight the evil baddie
(who has a really nice voice, so I wonder if he's a future good guy...).
As Cure (I keep wanting to type "cute") they have super powers and
kick a lot, which is neat, really, given the martial art/actually
fist fighting department in magical girl shows is usually severly
lacking. This is the series that replaces Ashita no Nadja,
which finished last week. The official homepage is
here, and personally
I thought the first episode was fun.
Next week they fight against the evil monster-ized... vacuum cleaner.
Well it's official now: Aishiteruze Baby (based on the
manga by MAKI Youko that runs in Ribon) will be animated. The first episode will, as stated, start
on 03.apr 19:00 in sat/cable channel Animax (This is the same
channel that showed Ultra Maniac). Details on the animation staff
and seiyuu to appear in Ribon #4 (on sale 03.mar).
AMAHARA Fuon, known for her original stories and who
is usually published in The Hana to Yume and Betsu Hana to
Yume (both Hakusensha side publications of Hana to Yume),
will have a yomikiri in Silky Special (on sale 03.feb). Silky
is Hakusensha's magazine for young women (and not so young). This will
be her debut in the Silky magazines.
Very semi-official rummor has it, Aishiteruze Baby will be adapted into an anime TV series to start in Japanese sat/cable channel Animax on April 3rd. (But I'm not saying it's official until I see it announced in Ribon, where the manga runs. Ribon #3 comes out next week.)
Another set of old news, this time Nakayoshi related.
TACHIKAWA Megumi (St. Tail, Cyber Idol Mink, etc) has
a yomikiri (one-shot) titled Gin no
Mori no Densetsu in Nakayoshi Lovely (a side publication
of Nakayoshi) Winter issue; AKIMOTO Nami also has one
yomikiri in the same issue, BxBxB.
Oh, right, Ashita no Nadja manga version by AYUMI Yui also finished in mentioned Nakayoshi #2.
Sadly Millennium Actress didn't make it to the Oscar
nominations, but WATANABE Ken did! Yay! He is a pretty popular
(and good) actor in Japan, so I'm happy he gets a chance for people
in other countries to notice him.
Well, it's a miracle! Clover (by CHIYA Toriko) will continue in Cookie #4 (on sale 26.feb) after many, many months of not having new chapters out. There will be also a related drama cd, but I can't make out what it's about or how one will be able to order it (details will appear in Cookie #4).
There is a Ppoi! drama cd zenin service with the new issue of Melody (#3, on sale 28.jan), from Hakusensha. The zenin will continue through Melody #4 as well.
Kodansha's March manga new releases list is up! Worthy to mention are a new (wide ban?) edition of Card Captor Sakura (#1 on sale 05.mar, 1000 yen. Please note this is a re-edition of the manga, not a new continuation), Kamichama Karin #3 (by Koge Donbo, known for her Digi Charat, Pitaten and Fairy Sugar designs and manga; 05.mar) and Pichi Pichi Pitch #4 (26.mar). As for shounen: Tantei Gakuen Q #15 (17.mar), Air Gear #5 (17), Initial D #28 (05), Aa, Megamisama! #28 (23, it just goes on, and on, doesn't it?) and Yokohama Kaideshi Kikou #11 (spelling might be wrong, 23).
After watching Mezzo #4 I'm sorry to report that there is no end in sight to the horrid atrociousness they want us to call animation that started with episode #3.
Mekakushi no Kuni just ended in Lala #3;
TSUKUBA Sakura's new manga will start in Lala #5 (on sale
at the end of March).
Kind of semi old news but Shounen Sunday is having even another anime series made from one of its manga (currently it has anime adaptations of Inuyasha, Metantei Conan, Konjiki no Gash! and Monkey Turn on air), Midori no Hibi. You can see the new page for the anime here.
If you've seen the new Mezzo DSA TV anime and love the OP song as much as I do, know that it's from an indie group called Barnabys. And although they haven't had any CDs released yet, there is hope their two songs for the anime will be soon. You can find their page here.
Hakusensha's new releases list for March is up! Aside from the HIDAKA Banri artbook I mentioned on the 19th, some interesting releases (at least for me) are: Venus wa kata omoi #11 (05.mar), Bijo ga Yajuu #3 (05), Harutsuge Komachi #3 (05), Gakuen Alice #4 (19) and Air Master #21 (29). Worthy to mention are also Host Club #3 (05) and Hitsuji no Namida #7 (final volume, 19).
Matantei Loki RAGNAROK 4th manga volume will go on
sale on 10.mar.04 and will also come out in "special limited edition"
with a drama CD for 1143 yen (plus 5% tax).
Shameless ad for my Manga and DVD
For Sale list and the Daa!Daa!Daa! DVDs I just added as well as the
many shoujo manga for sale ^_^;
Turns out Maria-sama ga Miteru is not quite as
boring once you actually understand the plot (the sister/roses thing
was kind of confusing...). This is a new anime that just started a
couple of weeks ago (literally) and is based on a very popular series
of novels for girls. In Japan there is a big group of novel types that
are closely related to manga and although it's very common for there
to be a novelization of a popular anime or manga, only ocassionally do
popular novels get adapted into anime (some recent examples of that
happening would be Juuni Kokuki or Maborahu). In any case,
all these type of novels for the teen-aged or manga/anime-fan groups
come with some illustrations inside (when there is a novelization of an
exisiting anime or manga, the original author or character designer
usually makes the illustrations).
It has been announced in the latest Hana to Yume (#4) that Hakusensha will publish 3 Illustration books in the next three months (one per month): HIDAKA Banri (Sekai de Ichiban Daikirai, Hitsuji no Namida) will go on sale on March 17th, TAKAYA Natsuki (Fruits Basket) in April, and NAKAJOU Hisaya (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e) in May. Each book will supposedly be A4 size and 1600yen (plus tax). This is all in the "Hana to Yume 30th anniversary" celebrations campaign.
Koucha Ouji will continue in issue #7 of Hana to
Yume... grrr... >_< K-Ouji's cliffhangers are always
horribly... cliffhanglingly >_<
And since we are talking Hana to Yume, HIDAKA Banri's new manga will start in Hana to Yume #5 (on sale 05.feb.04). Its title is "V.B. Rose (Velvet Blue Rose)."
I keep remembering old news... OBANA Miho (Kodomo
no Omocha) has a new manga series that started in Cookie #2
called Honey Bitter (yes, it's a series, not a one-shot. The
second chapter will appear in Cookie #3).
Yesterday night they showed the second episode of the anime adaptation
of Gokusen, so I thought it was a good idea to talk a little about
it here since it will probably become available on the net, there is not
much info about it out there and there is nowhere else in my page I can
rave or talk about it.
I checked Hot Gimmick English Release release dates at Barnes & Noble and it turns out vols.3 and 4 are sheduled for March and May. This seems awfully fast for a series that only has 8 possible volumes up to this date... I wonder if that means Hot Gimmick will be ending this year?
OOYA Kazumi will have a new short story in Betsucomi #3 (on sale 13.feb.04) and AIHARA Miki will have another chapter of her episodic manga Teacher's Pet in Cheese #3 (on sale 24.jan.04). Both are Shogakukan magazines.
Oh, and another old (but sadly, bad) news is that those of you fans of HIKAWA Kyouko (Kanata Kara) that were looking forward for her announced 50 pages one-shot as furoku (free goodie) for Lala #3, will have to wait some more. It was announced in Lala #2 that it has been delayed (with no future date announced). T_T
Those of you who personally know me are aware that there are certain series that aren't exactly in my to-buy list, so it's really ironic that the first "news" (except that it's not really news because it was announced 2 weeks ago) is that, guess what! Bronze--which was supposed to have finished in an earlier issue of Margaret--is making a come-back in issue #8 (on sale 19.mar.2004). Hmph.
So let's see how this works out ^^