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News – Shojo Beat Discusses Manga Acquisitions

Shojo Beat editor Nancy Thistlethwaite posted some interesting information on manga acquisitions. The most important thing is that scanlation views does not always translate into sales. That is a shame.

I’m sure I’ll be repeatedly be saying this, but please support the official releases. And by official releases, buy the manga. Buying merchandise (hats, posters, anime box sets, etc.) are nice, but remember that the money flows differently. Sure, the original creator and publisher gets some royalties, but somebody’s got to pay the English translator, graphics team, the shipping department, and so on.

I’ll be doing a post soon on how to get your manga fix on a budget.

News – Yen Press Licenses The Irregular at Magic High School

Yen Press announced on their Twitter that they have licensed the light novel series The Irregular at Magic High School (Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei) and manga series.

UPDATE: Anime News Network confirmed the manga series is The Honour at Magic High School (Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei).

Yen Press has really been doing well in the licensing department lately. I’m sure this one will be a big hit for them. I’ll be picking up this series!

Manga Review – Boys over Flowers

Boys Over Flowers Volume 1

Boys over Flowers
花より男子 (Hana Yori Dango)
KAMIO Yoko
Shoujo – Romance, drama, comedy, reverse harem
37 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media
Out of print (physical), digital available

Summary:

Tsukushi is a poor girl attending an elite private school. The school is ruled by a group of guys called the F4. Students who anger the F4 are bullied and hazed, but when Tsukushi’s friend is nearly made the newest target, Tsukushi’s anger erupts and is made the next victim instead. However, Tsukushi isn’t planning to go down without a fight!

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Manga Review – Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura

Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura Volume 1

Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura
桜姫華伝 (Sakura Hime Kaden)
TANEMURA Arina
Shoujo – Magical girl, romance, historical, drama, action
12 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

In the Heian Era, Princess Sakura is suddenly summoned by her fiancee, Prince Oura. Having never met him before, a messenger, Aoba is sent to escort her to the palace. Not wanting to be tied down at 14 in a loveless marriage, Sakura escapes during a full moon, despite being warned to never look at it. Now Sakura finds herself attacked by beasts, and she is the only one who can defeat them.

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Manga Review – La Corda d’Oro

La Corda d'Oro Volume 1

La Corda d’Oro
金色のコルダ (Kin’iro no Corda)
The Golden String
KURE Yuki
Shoujo – Romance, drama, fantasy, reverse harem
17 Volumes (complete)
Viz Media

Summary:

Kahoko is an ordinary high schooler. At least she thought she was until a fairy gives her a magical violin to enter the school music competition. She reluctantly agrees, but does Kahoko stand a chance against students who are aiming to be professionals?

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News – Viz Media Licenses Bloody Mary & Honey So Sweet

After licensing QQ Sweeper and Idol Dreams earlier this month, Shojo Beat’s Twitter announced it has acquired Bloody Mary, a vampire shounen-ai series by SAMAMIYA Akaza, and Honey So Sweet (Honey), a love story between a shy girl and deliquent by MEGURO Amu. You can read more about them on Shojo Beat’s Tumblr.

I’m sure I’ll be picking up the latter. Vampires…meh.

Viz Media also has been picking up some of Tokyopop’s old releases for a digital release (Someday’s Dreamers: Spellbound, Girls Bravo). Let’s hope more of Tokyopop’s titles are rescued and released in print!

I’ll be posting today’s manga review shortly.

News – Manga Licenses

New licenses these past couple of days!

Yen Press:

Horimiya by HERO & HAGIWARA Daisuke
Rose Guns Days Season One by Ryukishi07 & Souichirou
Final Fantasy Type-0 Side Story: The Reaper of the Icy Blade by SHIOZAWA Takatoshi

Seven Seas:

My Monster Secret (Jitsu wa Watashi wa…) by MASUDA Eiji
The Testament of Sister New Devil (Shinmai Maou no Testament) by UESU Tetsuto & MIYAKO Kashiwa

Out of all of these, I think I’m most looking forward to Horimiya. What are you looking forward to?

Manga Review – Missile Happy!

Missile Happy! Volume 1

Missile Happy!
ミサイル ハッピー!
KIRITANI Miki
Shoujo – Romance, comedy
5 Volumes (complete)
Tokyopop
Out of print

Summary:

Mikako is a girl with a sister complex. So when her sister is to have an omiai, Mikako takes it upon herself to investigate the guy by living with him. But can they keep their living arrangement a secret, especially when they develop feelings for each other?

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Manga Review – Gate 7

Gate 7 Volume 1

Gate 7
CLAMP
Shounen – Fantasy, action, historical
4 Volumes (hiatus)
Dark Horse

Summary:

History lover Chikahito goes to visit the old imperial capital city of Kyoto. Much to his surprise, she finds himself in an a suspended dimension. The mysterious Hana, jolly Sakura, and stoic Tachibana are members of an organization that fights strange beings, but a bigger war involving oni and historical figures is fast approaching…

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