The Anime Network (the cable network, not to be confused with ANN) has announced that they’ve added some titles of interest to their streaming service. Episodes of CANAAN, Uta-Kata, Lucky Star and Taisho Baseball Girls have all been added to the subscription-based site.
Media Blasters announced on Twitter that they are doing a dub and sub version of both Loveless (with it’s terrific Yuri arc) and Kashimashi ~ Girl meets Girl. Kind of strangely, these are both being called a “Vocal Collection,” so don’t get confused that these are CDs or something. The previous releases of both series were subtitled only. They are slated for a March 2011 release.
This was sort of interesting – the official Japanese Simoun blog, which had been dead for sometime, came back to life to announce a new box set…and a Twitter account. That was the interesting part, because why bother if they don’t have something to say on an ongoing basis? Right now it’s repurposing of material, but there’s always hope and insane fan speculation.
In possibly the most inexplicable news this week, the third volume of the utterly unfun and all-but-totally-not-at-all-Yuri Yuriseijin Naoko-san will have a short anime as an extra. I followed this series for years when I was getting (and it was running in) Dengeki Daioh. All I can say is, for pity’s sake, fellas! My vote to manga that most needs this treatment goes to Poor Poor Lips, not this crap.
Good news for folks who liked Shitsuji Shoujo to Ojousama, because Volume 2 is being released in January 2011. More Butler x Tsundere Mistress wackiness with service.
I have forgotten if I’ve told you this yet and I am too lazy to look, so, Tsubomi, Volume 9 , out this month.
Blue Friend is apparently getting an “after story” in a Ribon Magazine special issue. I wonder if it’ll be a good after, or a bad after….
The Third and final Volume of Choir! has been announced for a January release – it promises a happily-ever-after Yuri end.
MangaTime Lovely magazine has announced that veteran BL creator Tanaka Rin will be trying her hand at some GL. When I was in Animate last month, I almost passed out at the number of MangaTime this and that magazines.
And how fun is this? Rakuen Le Paradis, Volume 4 has their info page up. If you scroll down a bit, you’ll see two long horizontal boxes on the right. One says “New!” and the one below that is red. Click on the red box and you’ll get a page which is a manga Advent Calendar! Clicking on a number opens a page with a short manga story by one of the creators (controls are the little gold boxes on the left. To see the whole thing, press the control that says 進む, second row from the bottom on the right.) Because it’s an Advent Calendar, you can’t open the box until that day of the month. How freaking cute is that?
You may have heard that a spin-off of Shueisha’s Super Jump called Girl’s Jump (ガールズジャンプ) is launching on December 15. The premier issue will include a one-shot by Nakamura Ching, creator of Gunjo. Obviously, you must all by it. ^_^ Although the creators are all female, the audience is presumed to be young men. I’m very much looking forward to it. As soon as I can get a Amazon JP link for it, I’ll be sure to give it to you.
This week, David Welsh of Manga Curmudgeon was gracious enough to host a review by me – twice. The first, discussing Mr. 2 of Oda’s One Piece, I already mentioned. He was also kind enough to host my rather long look at Moto Hagio’s A Drunken Dream and Other Stories, in which I discuss some of the problem with “critical” analysis of shoujo manga, along with discussing some of the primary themes of this book. I hope you’ll read and enjoy them.
That’s a wrap for this week.
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