Kodansha Comics Is Having a Line-Wide Sale

Starting now until January 31, 2022, fans can save up to 50% off more than of 3,000 Kodansha’s Digital Manga.

Whether you’ve been wanting to start a new series like the fan favorite awkward office romance, Sweat and Soap, the viking action adventure, Vinland Saga, the critically acclaimed titles like the trans coming-of-age series, Boys Run the Riot, or a psychological thriller from the Shuzo Oshimi’s canon including, Blood on the Tracks, Happiness, and Flowers of Evil – this sale lets you sample and explore tons of manga without emptying your wallet.

This Kodansha Line-Wide Digital Manga sale is especially exciting for fans who have been excitedly watching the anime but haven’t yet read the manga. Now you can save big on hit anime-inspiring series like Attack on Titan, Tokyo Revengers, Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro, Blue Period, and more.

Just visit one of our many participating digital vendors, including BookWalker, comiXology, Kindle, Google Play, Kobo, NOOK, izneo, MyAnimeList and more.

Source: Kodansha Comics

The 49th Angoulême International Comics Festival Is Postponed Until March 2022

The official website for the 49th Angoulême International Comics Festival has announced that it is postponing the event to March 17-20, 2022. The staff of the event cited the evolution of the pandemic as the reason for the postponement.

The 49th Angoulême International Comics Festival was scheduled to take place on January 27-30, 2022. The passes for the festival will roll over to the new dates. The festival staff is also in the process of arranging refunds for those who wish to apply.

Lemon Haruna’s Daruchan, Toshiya Higashimoto’s Le Bateau de Thésee (Theseus no Fune or Ship of Theseus), Keigo Shinzô’s Mauvaise Herbe (Nora to Zassō), Akira Oze’s Natsuko no Sake, Junji Ito’s Sensor, and Toranosuke Shimada’s Une brève histoire du Robo-Sapiens (Robo Sapiens: Tales of Tomorrow) manga are nominated for Best Comic at this year’s awards.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media and MANGA Plus Are Also Not Publishing the 75th Chapter of the Ayakashi Triangle Manga

VIZ Media has announced that it will not be publishing the 75th chapter of Kentaro Yabuki’s Ayakashi Triangle manga digitally. Shueisha’s MANGA Plus service also did not publish the 75th chapter. Both services did not publish the manga’s 74th chapter either on January 3, 2022, but did state at the time that they would publish the 75th chapter. Neither service stated why they did not publish the two chapters. VIZ Media does not currently list the manga’s book volumes for purchase in English.

The manga is described as:

Japan may be brimming with mysterious monsters called ayakashi, but they have a special exorcist ninja force to counter the threat. Young exorcist ninja Matsuri spends his days fighting ayakashi to protect his childhood friend Suzu. But when an ayakashi cat named Shirogane shows up, things get turned upside down. Legendary mangaka Kentaro Yabuki returns to Shonen Jump with this new fantasy series full of ayakashi and romance.

Yabuki launched Ayakashi Triangle in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in June 2020. VIZ Media is publishing the manga in English digitally, and MANGA Plus is also publishing it in English.

Source: ANN

My Roomie is a Dino Manga Is Ending on January 24, 2022

This year’s seventh issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine has announced that Moriko Mori and Cota Tomimura’s My Roomie Is a Dino (Gal to Kyōryū) manga will end in its next chapter in the magazine’s next issue on January 24, 2022.

The manga is described as:

We’ve all been there—a couple drinks too many, and a hazy wander back to your home, where you wake up wondering how you got there. But in Kaede’s case, not only was she not sure how she got home… she wasn’t sure how the dinosaur got there, either. The two are soon fast friends, but though their personalities jive, they’ll have to learn how to communicate in order to live peacefully together.

Mori and Tomimura, a married couple, launched My Roomie Is a Dino in Weekly Young Magazine in October 2018. Kodansha Comics publishes the manga in English.

Source: ANN

Manga Creator Shinji Mizushima Passes Away

Shinji Mizushima, the creator of such seminal baseball manga as Dokaben, Abu-san, and Yakȳu-Kyō no Uta (A Baseball Fan’s Poem), passed away on January 10, 2022 at a Tokyo hospital due to pneumonia. He was 82 years old at the time of his passing. He had been reportedly under medical treatment for an unspecified illness.

Mizushima was born on April 10, 1939 in Niigata prefecture, and he made his debut as a professional manga creator at the age of 18 in 1958. He retired from making manga on December 1, 2020. He stated at the time, “I have been working hard for 63 years up until today, but now I have decided to retire. I pray from the bottom of my heart for continued growth in the worlds of manga and baseball.”

Mizushima launched his Dokaben manga about a high school baseball club in 1972 in Akita Shoten’s Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine. The manga inspired a 163-episode anime and a live-action film.

Mizushima followed the manga with the sequel Dai Koshien, which also features characters from Mizushima’s other manga. The next sequels to debut were Dokaben Pro Yakyu-hen (Pro Baseball Arc), Dokaben Superstars-hen, and Dokaben: Dream Tournament-hen. Dokaben: Dream Tournament-hen, the final arc, began in 2012. The Dokaben: Dream Tournament-hen manga ended in Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine in June 2018. It was the final chapter for the overall Dokaben series, 46 years after the series’ debut.

He also published a one shot story to his Abu-san series in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Original magazine in 2018 as his final work.

Mizushima received the Japanese government’s Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette award for contributions to entertainment and culture in 2014.

Source: ANN

Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (January 14, 2022)

Between the launch of the Winter 2022 anime season and bloggers looking back at the Fall 2021 season, it was a busy week for anibloggers! There were so many posts coming through that I was being kept on my toes trying to keep up. This week, we’ve got quite a list of links, but these were all worthy of being highlighted.

Here are the anime and manga posts that grabbed my attention this week:

Japanese Pop Culture: Connecting the World Through Manga and Anime Webinar at Japan Society on February 15, 2022

Japanese pop culture, symbolized by manga and anime, has become an increasingly significant part of the cultural conversation across the globe. Julia Mechler, manga creator and Content Production Group Manager at mixi, inc., and Roland Kelts, author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S., provide their insights into the current state of the industry, from pen to paper to screen, unpacking some of the latest trends and emerging technologies in Japanese pop culture. This webinar covers the historical development of manga and anime, the global influence of otaku culture, and what the future may bring inside and outside of Japan. Moderated by Bill Tsutsui, author of Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization, the fifth and final event in our five-part Living Traditions webinar series invites you on a journey into the sprawling Japanese pop culture grounded in a unique cultural DNA.

7–8:00 p.m. EST (4–5:00 p.m. PST)
Discussion and Q&A

Program Details: This is a free event, with advance registration required. The program will be live-streamed through YouTube, and registrants will receive the viewing link by email on the day before the event. Participants can submit questions through YouTube during the live stream. Register here.

Julia Mechler works for mixi, inc., a Japanese mobile gaming company, as a business development manager overseeing US-based teams that produce gaming app content. Julia also creates manga, publishing her first comic book, Hymn of the Teada, an Okinawan-themed comic book released by Heavy Metal Magazine. She began her career as a motion graphics designer at the Los Angeles branch of a Japanese anime/gaming company. Though her career focuses on digital entertainment, she is also an expert on Okinawan traditional performing arts, producing shows in Okinawa that mesh traditional dance and digital entertainment.

Roland Kelts is a Tokyo-based Japanese-American writer, journalist, scholar, and authority on Japanese and Western cultures. His best-selling first book, JAPANAMERICA, is considered the ultimate guide to Japan’s pop culture juggernaut — required reading for many Hollywood producers, artists and academics worldwide. His writing is published in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The New York Times, Zoetrope: All Story, The Times Literary Supplement and others, and he is a primary source on Japan for CNN, the BBC, NPR and NHK. He is also a columnist for The Japan Times, a contributing editor of MONKEY: New Writing from Japan, and a professor at Waseda University in Tokyo. He has given speeches on Japan for think tanks, embassies, universities, pop culture conventions and private events in the United States, Europe and Asia, including TED Talks and The World Economic Forum. Kelts has taught at The University of Tokyo, New York University, Columbia University and Sophia University. He has won several awards and fellowships, including a 2017 Nieman Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard University.

William Tsutsui is an award-winning scholar and teacher, specializing in the economic, environmental, and cultural history of modern Japan. Educated at Harvard, Oxford, and Princeton Universities, he has published widely on Japanese popular culture and globalization, Japan’s postwar “imagination of disaster,” and giant monster movies in Japan and the United States. His 2004 book Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters was called a “cult classic” by the New York Times and a Japanese translation was published by Chūkō sōsho. He has received Fulbright and Marshall Fellowships and was awarded the John Whitney Hall Prize of the Association for Asian Studies in 2000. He currently serves as President and Professor of History at Ottawa University, and previously taught at the University of Kansas, Southern Methodist University, and Hendrix College. In 2020-2021, he was the Edwin O. Reischauer Distinguished Visiting Professor at Harvard.

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Manga Review: Record of Ragnarok Volume One

Record of Ragnarok Volume One sees the gods assembling to decide if humanity is worthy to continue its existence or if it should be destroyed.

Record of Ragnarok Volume One
Written by: Shinya Umemura and Takumi Fukui
Publisher: COAMIX, Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: January 18, 2022

At the meeting of the gods, it’s established to the reader that many well-known gods and deities are in attendance (including Zeus, Shiva, Aphrodite, and Odin). Later in the volume, the reader is introduced to other gods and deities as well, but these are the ones that are specifically pointed out at the meeting. When it looks like the gods will vote to destroy humanity, a Valkyrie named Brunhilde steps forward and suggests testing the humans. She invokes Ragnarok, which is a battle between the gods and humanity, which is buried within the Valhalla Constitution. In a Regnarok, each side has a team of 13 fighters, and the first team with seven victories wins. At first, the gods laugh and sneer at this idea, because it’s inconceivable that mere humans could defeat gods. But once Brunhilde insults the gods by insinuating that they’re afraid of fighting the humans, the gods are goaded into agreeing.

After the meeting, it’s insinuated that Brunhilde had once been transformed into a human, which is why she has such empathy for them. But this is the only time this idea is even touched on, so I’m hoping we can learn more about this plot point in a future volume of the series. After an encounter with Thor, Brunhilde begins hatching her plan by selecting 13 of the ultimate warriors from seven million years of human history.

From here, the story transitions to the first battle of the Ragnarok, and this first battle takes up the remainder of Volume One. It’s revealed that Thor is fighting for the gods, and the warrior for the humans is Lu Bu Fengxian, a military warlord and general from the three kingdoms. There are a lot of action panels during the fighting, which helps to make parts of this volume a quick read. Interspersed in between the fighting, though, are backstories for both Thor and Lu Bu, as well as reactions from Brunhilde and the other spectators. There’s also a surprising twist with Lu Bu, when it’s realized that he seems to be Thor’s equal. Zeus realizes that this due to something that Brunhilde has done.

Although something that jumped out at me with Thor’s backstory is the invasion of the giants where Thor ultimately defeats them all on his own. When the giants make their approach and ultimately breach the wall into the village, I was really getting some Attack on Titan vibes as I read this section.

The fight between Thor and Lu Bu does not conclude in Volume One, but right at the end of the volume, the 13 fighters for both the humans and the gods are revealed. There are many expected names for the gods, but some of the names on the list for the humans are… intriguing. I hope to be able to read future volumes of Record of Ragnarok in order to learn why Brunhilde chose some of the fighters that she did.

I thought the art style worked really well for the tone of the series’ story. One of the best drawn characters in this volume was Brunhilde, and there were several panels that featured her that really jump out at the reader. But I have to give the artist credit for the fact that each character has their own unique look, and that none of the major characters can be mistaken for someone else.

Record of Ragnarok is off to a strong start, and enough information and character development happened in this volume to make me want to read the next volume to find out how this story will continue. I think that this series will have a strong appeal to manga readers who also enjoy mythology, and to readers who like reading shonen manga that focuses on fighting and battles.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

Top 20 Selling Manga for December 2021

These were the top 20 selling manga in December 2021, according to NPD BookScan:

  1. Chainsaw Man Volume 8 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  2. Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 13 by Gege Akutami
  3. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 2 by Koyoharu Gotouge
  4. Chainsaw Man Volume 1 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  5. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 by Gege Akutami
  6. Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 1 by Gege Akutami
  7. Chainsaw Man Volume 2 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  8. Attack on Titan Volume 34 by Hajime Isayama
  9. Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Volume 1 by Aidairo
  10. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
  11. Chainsaw Man Volume 3 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  12. Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 2 by Gege Akutami
  13. Death Note Black Edition Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
  14. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida
  15. Deserter: Junji Ito Story Collection by Junji Ito
  16. Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 3 by Gege Akutami
  17. Kaiju No. 8 Volume 1 by Naoya Matsumoto
  18. Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Volume 2 by Aidairo
  19. Haikyu!! Volume 1 by Haruichi Furudate
  20. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 4 by Koyoharu Gotouge

Source: The Fandom Post

Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses The Evil Secret Society of Cats Manga

Seven Seas Entertainment has announced that it has acquired the license for The Evil Secret Society of Cats manga series by PANDANIA, a hilarious, full-color manga about scheming cats from the creator of Yokai Cats (also licensed by Seven Seas).

“Let us teach the humans about the horror of cats!” They may seem cute and cuddly (okay, they definitely are), but this secret society of cats is up to no good. Under the direction of the purple-caped General, The Evil Secret Society of Cats schemes against humanity in a series of hilarious plots as adorable as they are diabolical. Can these cats effectively terrorize the humans, or are they doomed to be petted rather than feared? Don’t miss this full-color manga tale of sweet but sinister shenanigans.

Seven Seas will publish the full-color The Evil Secret Society of Cats manga series for the first time in North America in print and on digital platforms in single large-trim editions. Volume 1 will be released in October 2022 for $14.99 USA / $18.99 CAN.

Source: Seven Seas Entertainment