Mangamo Manga Subscription App for iOS Now Available Everywhere

Mangamo, the mobile manga subscription app that gives readers unlimited access to hundreds of titles from multiple publishers while supporting creators, is now available for iOS globally (excluding Japan, China and Korea). The app can be downloaded now on the Apple App Store.

Mangamo’s library includes mega-hits like Fire Force, Attack on Titan, The Seven Deadly Sins, Fairy Tail, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, In/Spectre, Knights of Sidonia, and Ajin – Demi-Human; manga based on current anime hits like Japan Sinks 2020, Arte, Dropkick on My Devil!, and Somali and the Forest Spirit; and award-winning series like Loving Yamada at LV999! and Reset Game.

In addition to the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Mangamo for iOS is now available in:

Europe

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovia
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

Asia Pacific

  • Australia
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Fiji
  • Indonesia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Micronesia
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam

Latin America and the Caribbean:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Montserrat
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Africa, Middle East and India:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Chad
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Cote D’Ivoire
  • Egypt
  • Eswatini
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Manga Planet Announces Two New Licenses

Manga Planet has announced that the company has acquired two new manga licenses.

Tsumanuda Fight Town
Story and Art: Michirou Ueyama
Release Date: October 26, 2020

Mitsuru Yaegashi arrives in Tokyo with hopes of being a professional illustrator. But things take a turn when he finds out that the location of the cheap apartment he’s supposed to stay in, Tsumanuda, is famous for its legalized street fights and is for street fighters only. He is about ready to look for other options when he meets a mysterious woman in a maid outfit named Dorae, who introduces him to the world of street fighting.

A Restaurant of Bliss
Story and Art: Yasuhiro Nakanishi
Release Date: December 22, 2020

Restaurant Dollhouse is a quaint little hideaway that prides itself on making its customers happy, no matter how big their problems may be. That’s how young widow Yuko runs her business, but if her stepson Kousuke had his way, he’ll turn this humble canteen into the pinnacle of authentic French haute cuisine his father would have dreamed of.

The first chapters of these Shonengahosha titles will be available for free in the Manga Planet Library. Manga Planet subscribers get to read the succeeding chapters in addition to other manga titles from Thirdline, SOZO Comics, Tokuma Shoten, Home-sha, Inc., LEED Publishing Co., Ltd., San-ei Corporation, WANIBOOKS Co., Ltd., SHONENGAHOSHA, Thirdline, and by mangakas Masaya Hokazono and Nakashima723.

ComiXology and Kodansha Comics to Release Volumes 23-33 of The Drops of God Manga

Comixology has announced that it and Kodansha Comics have released Volumes 23-33 of Tadashi Agi and Shū Okimoto’s The Drops of God (Kami no Shizuku) manga digitally in English for the first time. The companies will launch the final volumes (34-44) in 2021.

Comic-Con International’s YouTube channel will stream a Storytellers Across Media panel by Kodansha USA on October 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EDT, and the panel will feature the manga’s writers Shin and Yuko Kibayashi (known together under the pen name Tadashi Agi). Wine Spectator magazine’s Ben O’Donnell will interview the writers in the panel titled “Creating The Drops of God: An Intimate Interview.”

The manga’s first 33 volumes are available digitally as part of the Comixology Originals line of content at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime via Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and Comixology Unlimited. The manga is also available for purchase through Kindle and Comixology.

The companies released volumes 1-8 re-edited with new cover art and debuted volumes 9-11 in English in October 2019. The companies then launched Volumes 12-22 on May 6, 2020.

Agi launched The Drops of God manga with artist Shū Okimoto in Kodansha’s Morning magazine in 2004. The manga ended in June 2014.

Source: ANN

Moyoco Anno’s Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen Manga Inspires Broadway Musical

Manga author Moyoco Anno’s official Twitter account has announced that her manga Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen (Bikachō Shinshi Kaikoroku) is inspiring an American Broadway musical adaptation. Tony Award-winning stage director and choreographer Rob Ashford is directing and choreographing the musical, which is also planned for a “worldwide release.” Devin Keudell of Bespoke Theatricals is credited as general manager. Izumi Takeuchi is credited as producer.

To celebrate the musical’s announcement, Anno’s official YouTube channel is streaming the anime short that Studio Khara (headed by Moyoco Anno’s husband Hideaki Anno) released in 2015 as part of the Japan Anima(tor)’s Exhibition’s (Japan Animator Expo) project.

The story of Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen is described as:

Beginning of the 20th century. Colette works in a brothel and entertains clients with “perverted” desires. She is leading a life without prospects. Her only happiness consists of the secret meetings with gigolo Leon, whom she feels helplessly attracted to. Even though he is visiting other women… “Perverts are people who have explored and put a shape to their desires. Just like a blind man using both hands to carefully trace the contours of a vase of flowers…” Who are these perverts Moyoco Anno brings to life in Paris, the city of flowers? After “Sakuran” and “Buffalo 5 Girls” comes another story about the strong lives of prostitutes.

Anno launched the Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen manga in Shodensha’s Feel Young magazine in 2013, and ended it in March 2018.

Source: ANN

futekiya Adds Two New Boys’ Love Titles

Fantasista, Inc.’s futekiya boys-love manga subscription service has announced that it has licensed two new titles from swamp for release in October 2020.

Title: A Love to Light the Afterlife (Kakuriyo ni Tomose Renjou)
Creator: miyu
Release Date: October 30, 2020
Summary: When an accident suddenly claims Chiaki’s life, his best friend Sousuke is left to wallow in grief and regret. While on his way home, Sousuke walks over a railway crossing exactly on twilight and finds himself in the Afterlife, where he finds Chiaki’s spirit. Determined to be reunited with and resurrect Chiaki, Sousuke makes a wager with the Afterlife ruler, Lord Nushi. Will he succeed?

Title: The Puppy Dog Student Can’t Ignore The Two-Faced Waiter (Wanko Koukousei wa Haraguroteiin wo Hottokenai)
Creator: akebino
Release Date: October 31, 2020
Summary: Ryu, ex-designer now turned cafe worker at Cafe Cleo owned by an old family friend, lives life faking smiles and being agreeable. His act would have been flawless if not for an annoying young customer, Haruto, who seems to see through him. As fate would have it, Ryu finds himself mentoring Haruto for his entrance exams. Little by little, they wade through the lies and acts, understanding each other better.

Readers are able to read select chapters from the futekiya library for free, and subscribers to the futekiya service can access full volumes. The service currently has more than 150 boys-love titles, and plans to have “at least” 400 titles available by the end of the year.

The futekiya service launched in July 2019, and it allows access to its entire library of manga for a monthly fee of US$6.99. The service is also offering licensed dōjinshi and manga by independent artists.

Source: ANN

If I Could Reach You Manga Ends

tMnR’s If I Could Reach You (Tatoe Todokanu Ito da toshitemo) manga ended in the December 2020 issue of Ichijinsha’s Comic Yuri Hime magazine on October 17, 2020.

Kodansha Comics began releasing the manga in September 2019 and describes the story as:

Hopelessly in love, high schooler Uta must navigate living with her brother and Kaoru, her crush… and sister-in-law. Desperate to get over her unrequited feelings, Uta pulls away, but when the cracks in her brother’s marriage begin to show, Kaoru begins to confide in her new teenage sister, which just makes matters worse!

If I Could Reach You launched in Comic Yuri Hime in November 2016.

Source: ANN

Anime and Manga Biography: Amy Forsyth

Amy Forsyth is known for the translation work she did on various anime and manga series. She did a lot of work for ADV Films and ADV Manga, although she did do some manga translation for a couple of other publishers.

Forsyth was born in Cape May Court House, New Jersey. She graduated from Middle Township High School and Trenton State College.

All of Forsyth’s translated work for anime was done for ADV Films, and she translated quite a few anime titles for the company. Her credits for ADV Films include 009-1, Ah! My Goddess: Flights of Fancy, Air, Comic Party: Revolution, Coyote Ragtime Show, Diamond Daydreams, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, Gatchaman, Godannar, Innocent Venus, Kanon, Kidou Shinsengumi Moeyo Ken, Le Chevalier D’Eon, Magikano, Nanaka 6/17, Nerima Daikon Brothers, Pani Poni Dash!, Prefectural Earth Defense Force, Pumpkin Scissors, Shadow Skill – Eigi, UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie 2: December Nocturne, Venus Versus Virus, and Yumeria. Forsyth has also been part of the English dub cast for E’s Otherwise and Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid.

Forsyth primarily translated manga for ADV Manga, although she also did some translation work for Tokyopop and Yen Press. Her work for ADV Manga includes Azumanga Daioh, Blue Inferior, Chrono Crusade, Demon City Hunter, Desert Coral, Figure 17, The First King Adventure, Full Metal Panic!, Full Metal Panic: Overload!, Gunparade March, Gunslinger Girl, Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, Najica Blitz Tactics, Orphen, Peacemaker Kurogane, Pretear, Princess Tutu, R2, Steel Angel Kurumi, Tengai Retrogical, To Heart, and Yotsuba&!. Forsyth’s work for Tokyopop includes Alichino, Confidential Confessions, Cowboy Bebop, Kare Kano, Kodocha, Passion Fruit, Rave Master, and Your and My Secret. Her work with Yen Press includes B. Ichi, Cat Paradise,and Soul Eater. In 2002, Forsyth helped to handle the Tokyopop panel at Otakon.

Amy Forsyth passed away on April 5, 2010 in Houston, Texas at the age of 33. However, it is not known what the cause of her death was. In Amy’s obituary, it stated that she was employed as a computer analyst, and that she enjoyed translating the English/Japanese language and martial arts. She was also an active member of the Christ the Servant Lutheran Church of Houston. Forsyth is survived by her parents, her stepfather, her sister, her maternal grandfather, her paternal grandmother, aunts and uncles, and cousins.

VIZ Media Announces Print Releases for Summer 2021

VIZ Media announced eight new titles that the company will be releasing in print in Summer 2021:

  • Fist of the North Star manga by Buronson and Tetsuo Hara [digital and physical (hardcover editions that will include color pages)]
  • No. 5 manga by Taiyo Matsumoto [digital and print]
  • Sensor manga by Junji Ito [digital and print]
  • Mashle: Magic and Muscles manga by Hajime Kōmoto [digital and print]
  • Undead Unluck manga by Yoshifumi Tozuka [digital and print]
  • Yakuza Lover (Koi to Dangan) manga by Nozomi Mino [digital and print]
  • Kirby Manga Mania manga collection presented by Hirokazu Hikawa
  • Disney Bento: Fun Recipes for Lunchtime by Mami Miyazaki

Source: ANN

BOOK☆WALKER Global Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Since launching their global store in 2015, BOOK☆WALKER now has over 15,000 English manga and light novels from over 50 different publishers such as Kodansha Comics, Yen Press, Seven Seas Entertainment, J-Novel Club, and more. To celebrate their fifth anniversary, BOOK☆WALKER is running a special promotion.

SPECIAL OFFERS

From October 16-20, 2020 Pacific Time, BOOK☆WALKER global store members can earn 50% Coin Back on any eBook released by September 16, 2020. By entering their special anniversary campaign, members can even get up to 30,000 EXTRA Coins on top. For those unfamiliar with the coin back program, coins are BOOK☆WALKER’s instore credit that can be used to purchase eBooks (1 coin = 1 JPY). More information about this special fifth anniversary deal can be found on the
promotion page:

https://global.bookwalker.jp/ex/feature/gl5th-bw/?adpcnt=7qM_Vshg

Manga Review: Sneeze: Naoki Urasawa Story Collection

Sneeze: Naoki Urasawa Story Collection is a collection of short stories by Naoki Urasawa.

Sneeze: Naoki Urasawa Story Collection
Written by: Naoki Urasawa
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: October 20, 2020

Before starting this review, I have to admit that while I’ve heard of Naoki Urasawa over the years that I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve never actually read any of his works previous to reading this short story collection. I’m glad to have the opportunity to read this volume and get some exposure to Urasawa’s writing.

The first story in this anthology is titled, “DAMIYAN!,” and it was originally published in Big Comic Spirits in 2016. A young man who is obsessed with online games and has spent a ton of money on them, has gotten fired from his job. He’s now in debt and approaches a gang about offering his services and getting paid. His companion is Damiyan, who had been teased over the years. Damiyan appears to have a supernatural ability to inflict misfortune and injury to others by staring at them. After the gang is convinced of Damiyan’s ability, they utilize him to accomplish their goals. When I first was reading this story, it felt like it was a little on the strange side, and a little “over the top.” However, I did appreciate the ending of this story, especially the lesson that one of the members of the gang learns. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting that kind of a twist at the end. It was the ending that made reading this short story worth it.

The next story is “Throw Toward the Moon!,” which first appeared in Aera Comic in October 2006. At the beginning, a young boy comes across an old man lying against a tree. After the boy gives the man an apple, the man tells the boy that he will become a reporter and win a Pulitzer Prize. The kid doesn’t believe him, but we see that when he grows up, he’s working at a newspaper office. Unfortunately, it’s a third-rate paper and he’s in charge of the obituaries. He stumbles across an obituary submitted for the old man… but the obituary says he is still a week away from his death. He learns the old man is a psychic who supposedly helped with various investigations over the years. The main character decides to learn more about the old man and is intent on proving he’s a fraud. His investigation leads him to some clues the old man had told him at the time they met, and he stumbles onto something he didn’t expect. This story was kind of dense for the amount of pages that it’s told in, but I was riveted by the story and kept wanting to read it to find out what happens next. Of the stories included in Sneeze: Naoki Urasawa Story Collection, this one was one of my favorites.

Next is “The Old Guys,” which was originally published in Jump X between May 2013 and July 2014. This is one of the music-themed stories included in this compilation, and it’s from the point of view of older men who grew up listening to acts like the Beatles and Bob Dylan back in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s. As someone who has an appreciation for American music from that era, I liked this piece. I loved seeing how sentimental these old men get when they see Paul McCartney on the stage, and it makes me think I’ll probably be like that too when I’m that old and reminiscing about the music from my youth.

This is followed by “Henry and Charles,” which was originally published in Okina Pocket in 1995. While some of the stories in this volume has opening pages in color, this story is completely in color. It stars two mice named Henry and Charles. Henry is a braggart and claims to have done things that he really hasn’t done. His buddy, Charles, wants to get a piece of cake for his girlfriend, so he starts wandering out without being careful, even though there’s a cat sleeping on the floor. The whole story sees Henry trying to stop Charles and saving him from disaster on several occasions in order to keep the cat from waking up. As Urasawa mentions in the author’s note at the end of the volume, he grew up with an appreciation for American cartoons like Looney Tunes, and that he was going for that kind of a vibe with this story. I think he accomplished his goal in that regard, and I think it works well for the story that he’s telling.

“It’s a Beautiful Day” is a short story that recounts the event that happened to a Japanese musician named Kenji Endo. He passed away in 2017, and this story appeared in Monthly! Spirits in November 2018. In the author’s note, Urasawa says he knew Endo personally and had intended to draw a manga about this event for Endo before he had died. Unfortunately, he was in the middle of a serialization and didn’t have the time. Endo passed before he could draw this one, so he ended up writing and drawing this short as a tribute to Endo. Urasawa commented that he actually did all of the work on this story himself, which he hadn’t done in a long time. From the story itself, to what Urasawa mentioned in the author’s note, it’s clear that Urasawa cared about Endo and telling this story.

“Musica Nostra” a four-page piece about guitar players. Urasawa talks about the faces that male guitar players make when playing their instrument, as well as how painful it can be. He then talks about female guitarists that he saw on YouTube and compares the women to the men. It’s interesting to note that when it comes to the art, it looks like more effort went into drawing the female guitarists than the male ones.

This is followed by a five-part “L.A. Music Travelogue,” which details Urasawa’s adventure of going to the Desert Trip rock festival. First, it was interesting to learn that Urasawa himself is a musician. Second, it was kind of neat to see some of the notable people he interacted with: a musician named Mike Viola and Jack Oliver, the former president of Apple Records (the Beatles’ record label). In the part where Jack is talking to Urasawa about his time at Apple Records, I loved the detail that went into the drawing of the younger Paul McCartney. It looks so much like the younger Paul. I just thought these five travelouges were just neat. They ran in Grand Jump between 2015 and 2017.

Next is “Kaiju Kingdom,” which was originally published in Big Comic in 2013. This story taps into Urasawa’s love of the kaiju he grew up watching. It focuses on a kaiju otaku from France, who comes to Tokyo for the tourist attractions related to kaiju. In this alternate universe, kaiju have actually attacked Tokyo, and the city has made it a prime part of its tourism. This kaiju otaku gets more than he bargained for when he stumbles upon a couple of members from the Science Ministry’s special giant organisms research team. One of them is a woman, who is the older sister of a kid the otaku met when he first got to Japan. After learning that the female scientist lost her parents in a kaiju attack, it makes him realize he never though about the human cost of the kaiju attacks. In the end, the otaku plays an important role in a kaiju attack. I have to admit, I didn’t expect this kind of an ending for the story. I appreciate how Urasawa was able to do something unexpected with a couple of the stories included in this anthology.

The final story included in this compilation is “Solo Mission,” which was submitted for a publication in France. Because it was done for a Western market, this one reads from left to right instead of from right to left. This is another story that was done completely in color, and it focuses on a man who is a superhero. We see the strain this puts between him and his wife, though, when he’s summoned to take on a dangerous mission at a planet that’s referred to as “the demonic death-death hell planet.” It’s rather short, and it simply focuses on the rift between the superhero and his wife. It’s not bad for what it is, but it was my least favorite story in this compilation.

Overall, though, I was very pleased with Sneeze: Naoki Urasawa Story Collection. If this is a good representation of Urasawa’s storytelling and art style, it looks like I’ve been missing out. If someone like me, who isn’t familiar with Urasawa’s work is impressed by this volume, then I think readers who are fans of Urasawa will enjoy reading this short story compilation.