- Vertical has licensed another Moyoco Anno title: the beautiful courtesan manga Sakuran (above left).
- Johanna Draper-Carlson parses the newest bit of Tokyopop weirdness.
- Yen Press will publish the OEL manga versions of two YA bestselling series: Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices trilogy (above center) & Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Chronicles of Nick.
- In January 2012, Viz will cease printing Shonen Jump magazine, and replace it with Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha, a digital-only publication. There’s a lot to like about this: Viz has a decent pricing model (a yearly subscription costs $25.99; access to one issue costs $0.99); translations will be almost simultaneous with Japanese releases (only two weeks behind); there’s a faint possibility of a Shojo Beat resurrection (okay, I just made that up). That said, fans of the big three (Naruto, Bleach, & One Piece) are used to scanlations that come out 24-48 hours after release in Japan. Maybe Viz should step up translations of those titles only? People be entitled, yo.
- Matt Alt has some quick figures on the economic reality of being a manga artist.
- CLAMP’s latest title, Gate 7 (above right), arrives in stores October 23rd. So. Pretty.
- I’m so excited for Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (above), which starts Oct. 31st, that it’s a little sad. I guess I’ve been searching for another great trendy romcom for awhile now, and keep getting disappointed (see: Oh My Lady!, Boys Before Flowers, My Princess, Coffee House, etc.).
- I love the Skip Beat manga, but didn’t have high hopes for the Taiwanese drama adaptation. Then they announced that ab-flasher/self-fondler (kinda NSFW) Siwon would play Ren, and I was like “Heck yeah!” Annnd…then they released a drama trailer, and I’m back to meh. We’ll see. Retitled “Extravagant Challenge,” the drama will air every Sunday starting December 18th.
- A 2-hour live-action adaptation of Ranma 1/2? Really?
- What happened to Kim Hyun-joong’s face? He looks totally different.
- I came across not one, but two mainstream media pieces on how K-pop has invaded Japan (at The Atlantic & at The Guardian). According to the articles, K-pop has taken off due to sexier choreography & personas, as well as a more modern or “Westernized” sound. Total shitstorm in the comments, of course.
- Please enjoy this Harper’s Bazaar Gong Yoo photoshoot.
- Japanese model Hikari Kamikawa named her new baby after One Piece‘s Ace, controversy ensued.
- Positive reviews are trickling out for the new Tintin movie.
- I rarely watch anime, but the news that Funimation has partnered with “Japanese Youtube” Nico Nico is intriguing.