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The Rough Guides to ANIME and MANGA: Review

Posted by on December 9th, 2009 at 11:30 AM

The Rough Guide to Anime by Simon Richmond et al.; Rough Guides; 304 pp., $18.99; Softcover; ISBN: 978-1858282053

The Rough Guide to Manga by Jason Yadao et al.; Rough Guides;  304 pp., $18.99; Softcover; 978-1858285610

Britain’s so-called “Rough Guides” have

Review of Ooku the Inner Chamber, vol. 2

Posted by on December 8th, 2009 at 1:45 PM

?okuThe Inner Chamber, Vol. 2; Fumi Yoshinaga; Viz; 200 pp., $12.99; B&W, Softcover; ISBN: 9781421527482

I continue to be baffled by the bland critical reception to Fumi Yoshinaga’s ?oku. The most recent review I’ve

Artist Spotlight: Yusuke Nagano

Posted by on December 7th, 2009 at 5:03 PM

A little hej hej from Scandinavia. Wonderful little “discovery” made here recently:

The band Little Dragon, fronted by half-Japanese half-Swedish Yukimi. Great music if you’re into dreamy electronica (yes… I sometimes am), and turns out her father is an

Manga and Anime: DOA?

Posted by on December 7th, 2009 at 2:45 PM

“Americans have a history of getting excited about dying Japanese art forms, without realizing they are dying.” So said my good friend and anime authority Frederik L. Schodt three years ago, when I first spoke to him for my book,

Sex and Eclairs and Fumi Yoshinaga

Posted by on December 6th, 2009 at 5:18 PM

I know how it is.  You want to enjoy the works of the great contemporary manga artists, but you don’t know how you feel about gay porn.  This can be a problem.  After all, no one who’s serious about enjoying

Christmas Gift Review, Manga Retaliation

Posted by on December 3rd, 2009 at 5:34 AM

I’m not very good about keeping up with news-content driven manga blogs, but news-content driven manga blogs have been very good about cross-referencing each other in all their postings, so I feel my industry duty is usually done with a

Featured Artist: Ayako Okubo

Posted by on December 3rd, 2009 at 5:08 AM

I don’t know a lot about Ayako Okubo or her work but what I’ve seen has blown me away.

There’s some great news on her blog too:

She’s finishing a sophomore installment of KITEKI, which was an underground art comics

News: “Shin-chan” to Continue Without Usui

Posted by on December 2nd, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Manga Town, which published the Crayon Shin-chan serial, has just announced it will start a “Shin-chan” spinoff next Summer (link in japanese). According to an informal J-Cast survey, the fan public is 50/50 on whether this is a good

Taiyo Matsumoto No. 5 Fortune “Cookies”

Posted by on December 1st, 2009 at 12:22 AM
No. 4/Death are twin black magicians. You have the ability to read peoples' feelings. But mess around with other peoples emotions too much and soon you won't have any more friends. Your lucky number is 4.

Foreign Keyword Fad

Posted by on December 1st, 2009 at 12:04 AM

Editorial update: I was high when I wrote “kamibashi.” It’s “kamishibai” as Xavier so graciously points out for me. Thanks.

LA Times blog Culture Monster pimps “Mang kamibashi Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater” (Abrams). Kamibashi is literally

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