An Ardent Anime Anthropologist: Our Interview with Charles Dunbar

Posted by Linda Yau on May 9, 2011 in Fandom, Hobbies and Collections

A Study of Anime

Recently I was at Anime Boston, and met an interesting cosplayer with a rich in potassium banana. I also definitely attended panels hosted by this person of interest. Meet Charles Dunbar aka Anime Antropologiest of Study of Anime. From the time I have met him to now, his panels at conventions will pack rooms. This is a scholar that has made my appreciation toward anime more interesting and academic in a sense that is away from the college environment. I hope to see more of this man speak, so I happened to be able to conduct an email interview with him. Read more…

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Moe Characters of the World

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 5, 2011 in Comic Books, Fandom

USA and Japan moe characters

We Found a Hot Springs is the name of a very cool Japanese blog which features an amazing ongoing series of moe looking characters which are based on the flag and flower of each nation in the world. The site reminds me of an anime take on the Disney concept of “It’s a Small World After All!” The artist on the site is going under the pen name Senami_ and can also be found on Pixiv here. Here’s a gallery of some of these charming caricatures: Read more…

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Why Yen Press May Save Manga in America

Posted by Linda Yau on May 2, 2011 in Comic Books


The path to success for an American manga publishing company is to find the next big thing, license it and attract a readership. And since 2006 Yen Press has been doing this by continuing to experiment and cease the initiate to do innovative work. Now that Tokyopop has passed away, here are a few reasons why I think Yen is one of the leading lights for manga in America: Read more…



In Praise of Tokyopop: They Opened the Door for Manga in America

Posted by Linda Yau on Apr 18, 2011 in Comic Books


In a time before the iPad, or the streaming wonders of the internet and back in the late 90’s, there was Mixxzine later to be known as Tokyopop. At the end of last week, news broke out regarding about Tokyopop closing shop on American soil. This probably is a shock to many fans, and there are still questions about what would inevitably happen to their unfinished licenses. Things have not been looking great for Tokoyopop this year, so take this closure with a grain of salt. Consider the good and the influence that this company had generated for the field of manga and graphic novels. Read more…

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Kawaii Cartoon Canines: Our Favorite Anime and Manga Dogs

Posted by Linda Yau on Apr 18, 2011 in Animation, Comic Books


As you can see from all of the nin-dogs surrounding Kakashi, dogs are known as “man’s best friend” — and as such they’re very well represented in anime and manga from Japan. Here’s a list of some of our all time favorites: Read more…

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A Manga Therapy Session with Tony Yao

Posted by Linda Yau on Apr 11, 2011 in Animation, Comic Books, Fandom

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Anime and Manga Fans have been recently, and still consistently aware of what has been happening over in Japan. So when the there was a 24-hour podcast marathon, Tony Yao was part of the line up.  Recently I got the opportunity to conduct an e-mail interview with Tony Yao of Manga Therapy: Where Psychology & Manga Meet. He was upfront about his experiences, so this interview may or may not have been what you have experienced. He is a fan as well as a multi-site blogger to keep an eye out for. Read more…

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CLAMP: An Introductory Guide to an Awesome Manga Team

Posted by Linda Yau on Apr 3, 2011 in Comic Books


CLAMP as manga creators has had phenomenal success and a large following of anime and manga fans around the world. For some fans, their passion with the Japanese animation began with watching a CLAMP title. CLAMP works did have origins in manga though. As a team of female mangaka/creator, they began during the 1980’s as a doujinshi/comic group. They are still currently actively with creating more series that is bound to be picked up by American publishers. Dark Horse has been acquiring and re-publishing some of their works in omnibuses. Read more…

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Manga Vampires with a Bite

Posted by Linda Yau on Mar 28, 2011 in Animation, Comic Books


Whether it is cries of fear or sadness, or maybe even of laughter. Vampires have been a continuing viable market that ensnares people to follow the stories of these tormented immortal individuals. In graphic novels or manga, there are memorable vampires-type characters that left an impression with its fans and viewers. Read more…

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Nine Reasons Why Kodansha Will Become a Beloved American Brand

Posted by Linda Yau on Mar 28, 2011 in Comic Books

Akira manga cover: issue #1

Since 1909 Kodansha has been an influential publisher with titles that are beloved to Japanese fans for generations — however it’s only recently that they’ve set out to make their name in America. Their blockbuster titles include Akira, Oh My Goddess, Card Captor Sakura and Ghost in the Shell to just name a few. Up until this point Kodansha have released their titles through Random House’s imprint of Del Rey, but now they’re ready to make their own name. Here are nine Kodansha titles worth getting to know (some of which you may already know): Read more…

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An Interview with Anime & Manga Bloggers For Japan

Posted by Linda Yau on Mar 21, 2011 in Fandom

Japan Earthquake

Anyone paying attention to Asian news these past several weeks would have realized that a devastating triple threat has happened in Japan. On March 11, 2011 around the Northern east coastlines of this island nation, there was a strong earthquake that resulted in devastating tsunamis, and what is now the concern of Japan in controlling a nuclear incident around its nuclear plants. Every day checking certain tweets on Twitter, there is an official notification of how much casualties there has been, with also thousands of people displaced or suffering. This incident has caused casualties and victims that surpass Japan’s Hanshin Earthquake in 1995. Japan needs an incredible amount of money or resources in order to rebuild. So many people around the world, celebrities, or civilians have banded to join up the cause of fundraising and donating time or money for Japan relief. The better option in other countries, out of Japan, of course is to send money to charity foundations to supply aid. Read more…

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Lend a Helping Hand to Japan

Posted by Michael Sacco on Mar 19, 2011 in Fandom

Bloggers for Japan

Japan is facing the worst crisis in its post-war history, and you can help! Bloggers whose work revolves around Japan have banded together to make Bloggers for Japan, a website dedicated to compiling resources and news for those who want to donate or stay abreast of new happenings related to the earthquake. The site recommends active charities like Doctors Without Borders and Shelterbox, and has donation boxes for each. Read more…

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The Thinking Fans Manga Publisher of Choice: Vertical Inc.

Posted by Linda Yau on Mar 14, 2011 in Comic Books

Vertical Inc. logo

Given the stress on the market, it’s been hard times for the manga publishing industry here in the States. Firstly you now have am established discerning generation of fans who want the latest; secondly you have more competition than ever to grab the best licenses from Japan; and lastly many chain stores which use to be booming are now closing their doors. Yet one publisher has met all of these challenges the old fashioned way — by focusing on quality, quality and oh yes quality. It’s for the reason that Vertical, Inc. while many other publishers have faded from the scene. If you’re new to manga (or want to introduce a friend) here is a selection of our favorites from Vertical: Read more…

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Shojo Titles are Tripe with Romance and a Pursuit of Happiness: Which is Why We Love Them!

Posted by Linda Yau on Mar 7, 2011 in Comic Books

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Samples of Arina Tanemura’s art work..

Shojo titles target audience is the opposite to Shonen Jump‘s target audience. Literally translated from Japanese, shojo means little girl, and titles are fashioned for females to appreciate. Themes in shojo titles cover romance, self-discovery, and friendship. For a period of time in the United States, Viz Media did release a sister magazine publication to Shonen Jump in Shojo Beat, however citing financial reasons the magazine ended its print run in 2009. Viz Media though, still uses the imprint of Shojo Beat to sustain its branding for releasing titles toward female fans. Consider this list of shojo recommendations in titles and creators, do you dare to see if you’re interested in this genre?
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The Digital Manga Guild: A Cure for Piracy?

Posted by Linda Yau on Mar 3, 2011 in Comic Books


Piracy is an issue that plagues most of media entertainment on the net. In manga publishing, piracy is known as scanlations, and with the boom of digital publishing becoming more popular, a viable solution must be found soon. Recently the tweets of two mangaka creators (Ken Akamatsu & Kazumi Tojo) were translated about their feelings on the issue against internet manga piracy. This all boils down to the issue of are there viable solutions and attempts being done?

Digital Manga Guild is a solution that Digital Manga Publishing came up with last year, as a way to link fans, scanlators, creators and digital publishing. As a manga publisher Digital Manga has been releasing manga, or novels under several publishing imprints. DMP, Juné, DokiDoki, and 801Media. DMP is for their general manga releases, with Hellsing, Trigun, and Antique Bakery as examples of what past English adaptations. The other three imprints I have mention are Digital Manga boys love publishing imprints varying by degrees of how explicit a story could be. Read more…



Celebrating the Anime Series Gin Tama with Just Desserts

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 28, 2011 in Animation, Comic Books

Celebrating the Anime Series Gin Tama with Desserts

To honor the return of the anime series Gin Tama to the air Bandai created a limited line of desserts to celebrate the occasion. There are 25 desserts in all which will be sold at Namco Namja in Japan. Here are a few of the clever designs: Read more…

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Shonen Jump Titles to Chew On

Posted by Linda Yau on Feb 28, 2011 in Comic Books


Initially released in 1968 at Japan, Shonen Jump is a still running manga magazine that targets the interests of young Japanese male readers. This is not to be confused with Shonen Sunday, which is another long running rival magazine that targets late teens to early twenties males. Now what does this got to do with the United States? Shonen Sunday and Shonen Jump, while rival publications abroad are both published in English by Viz Media. The premises of a Shonen Jump story has an easy to follow theme of a male protagonist, with a journey, conflict or antagonist to triumph over. This win is the result of morals, perseverance, loyalty, and friendship. Stories created from these concepts sold millions. Read more…



Manga Bloggers Worth Bookmarking

Posted by Linda Yau on Feb 21, 2011 in Comic Books

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Maintaining a blog and growing with it, has been an personal interest, since I began my own blog. My own blogigng life has been what I believe to be an ever changing one with writing as well as reading other blogs. There is one blogging niche that I have actively been keeping apace with, and the manga blogging community is a close knit group. Certain names are mentioned and appear time and again. Thanks in part to the Twitter networking, Google reader, and continuing blogging projects like an annual Great Manga Gift Guide recommendation list or Manga Movable Feast, it would be good to have these bloggers on your blog reading radar. This list is listed in alphabetical order, by the blogger’s first name; a link to their writing/blogs is also included with additional information about what makes them memorable bloggers. Read more…



Borders Begins Bankruptcy?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 2, 2011 in Comic Books

Borders bookstore

I’ve just finished reading this article at Bloomberg on the possible bankruptcy filing for Borders. The good news is that this may not be the end of the chain, but the bad news is that 150 out of 650 stores may be closed. The company defaulted on payments to publishers last month, which isn’t good news for those of us who love printed manga. Read more…



Your Own Personal Paper One Piece Pirate Ship

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 31, 2011 in Comic Books

One Piece paper Pirate Ship

Are you ready for this one? Weekly Shonen Jump No. 9 which just came out this week includes a build-it-yourself paper cut out One Piece pirate ship! I have to same I’m quite jealous of the high quality of Japanese comic magazine, when was the last time you found anything in an American comic book like a fold out poster, stickers or even a toy? Read more…

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Kondansha’s Morning 2 Manga Magazine Goes to the iPad

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 31, 2011 in Comic Books, Tech

Kondansha's Morning 2 Manga Magazine Goes to the iPad

Kondansha’s Morning 2 Manga magazine will be released in a digital version for both the iPhone/iPad and Android devices. What’s shown in the illustration is just a mock up, but what’s interesting to me is that this looks to be a larger part of the book industry flocking to mobile. Of course my hopes are that Kondansha will start to directly sell translated manga to the American market directly in this way, but that may take some time. In the meantime you can download the app here (which is in Japanese).

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Is It Already the 10th Anniversary of Bleach?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 5, 2010 in Animation, Comic Books

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I’m in a total state of shock: It seems like just yesterday that I was watching every episode of Bleach — so I was blown away to just read the it’s almost the 10th anniversary of the franchise. Of course that marks the 10th anniversary of the manga which was first published in August of 2001 and is now up to 48 volumes and over 300 episodes of the anime series which went on the air in 2004. Shown here are a set of coasters which have been created for the occasion in Japan which feature illustrations by Noriaki “Tite” Kubo: Read more…

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Back in Black; Gantz Live-Action Trailer

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Dec 2, 2010 in Animation, Cinema

I actually can’t remember the last time this has happened, but it looks like the upcoming live-action adapation of  Hiroya Oku’s action-packed manga, Gantz, will be hitting US theaters a week ahead of Japan. Unfortunately, if you’re one of those people who can’t take dubs, you may be out of luck. While the film will show on over 300 screens nationwide, none of them are currently scheduled to be subtitled. Still, it looks amazing and might be worth checking out. The film centers around a boy and his friend who end up dying, only to be revived for the sole-purpose of hunting hostile aliens. While there was an anime, the film itself will be based on the original manga and is currently set for release on January 20th.

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Mixi Makes Manga New Year’s Cards

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 29, 2010 in Comic Books, Tech

Mixi Manga New Year's Cards - Nodame Cantabile

Pity us poor anime and manga fans who have to settle for mere Facebook for in Japan the social media service Mixi will be rolling out a series of premium manga themed new year’s cards for 2011. Included in the series is Nodame Cantabile (shown above) and Moyashimon (shown below). By the way sadly for us Gaijin signing up Mixi requires a Japanese cell phone.

Mixi Manga New Year's Cards - Moyashimon Read more…

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A Surrealistic Shigeru Sugiura Hoodie

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 1, 2010 in Comic Books

Shigeru Sugiura Hoodie

Sadly he’s not better known in the west but Shigeru Sugiura (杉浦茂) was an amazing manga artist who lived in Japan from 1908 until 2000. He became famous after World War II with a series of manga aimed at kids but is best known for his more comedic work. Shown above is the beautiful print designed by otooto22 for a hoodie which will be released in mid-November: Read more…

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