Kodansha, Shueisha to join J-Comi website

7 12 2010

Kodansha and Shueisha plan to collaborate with Ken Akamatsu’s J-Comi online manga website, Akimatsu reported Monday on his site.

The company plans for a second beta test before the end of the year. Shueisha will make available a 2007 unnamed Shonen Jum Series and a seinen series Kootsuu Jiko Kanteinin Tamaki Rinshirou by Kengo kagi, and Kodansha will bring a one-shot Shojo manga from Mayu Shinjo.

As of Tuesday, the site has had nearly 2 million downloads.

The full site will launch on Jan. 10, 2011. Akamatsu said in a press conference Monday that he feels free distribution of manga paid for by advertising is the only way to combat illegal distribution.





Maken-Ki! anime announced

1 12 2010

An anime adaptation of the Monthly Dragon Age manga series Maken-Ki! has been announced, according to the comic anthology’s website.

About to join his childhood friend Haruko at her school, Takeru comes to find out most of its students are buxom young women. After meeting Inaho, a girl who claims him as her fiancé, and Kodama, who says she wants to kill him, things really get odd – the school’s student body possess magical items called Maken with which they duel each other.

The manga began in Dragon Age Pure, but moved to Dragon Age Monthly when the magazine was cancelled.

No details have been released on when the series will appear.

Check out a sample of the manga here: (Maken-Ki!).





Akamatsu manga site downloads surpass 1 million

28 11 2010

J-Comi (Jコミ), Ken Akamatsu’s new manga site, surpassed even the creator’s expectations with more than 1 million downloads in its inaugural weekend.

Akamatsu started the site to feature online versions of out-of-print manga. The beta version of the site launched on Black Friday with all fourteen volumes of Love Hina available for download.

As of 11 a.m. Central time the site received a total of 1,349,611 downloads, and 86,967 online views. Most downloaded, to be expected, was the first volume of Love Hina with over 250,000.

Akamatsu has said in his blog that he was surprised it was as popular as it was, and expects the site will be profitable.

The site will launch in full Jan. 21.





New Freezing trailer posted

27 11 2010

The official website for the manga adaptation Freezing has posted a new trailer for the upcoming series.

Created by a pair of Korean manga-ka, the story is set in futuristic world invaded by aliens. Standing in their way is an academy of female Pandoras and their male partners Limiters.

The series will premiere in Japan in January.

Check out the trailer here: (Freezing) *Warning: Not safe for work. Ecchi content.





First impressions: Panty and Stocking

19 11 2010

Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt

Studio: Gainax

Episodes: 26

You just don’t see characters using the bathroom in anime.

There are quite a few things in Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt that go beyond the ordinary realm of the anime canon.

Let’s start with our heroines, Panty and Stocking, charged with keeping the city of Detron safe. Named for their weapons, the two fight evil by stripping their undergarments, which turn into a gun and a sword, respectively.

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Sora no Otoshimono movie announced

7 11 2010

The December issue of Newtype magazine has announced a Sora no Otoshimono movie is in the works.

Check out J Geeks review of the anime series here: (Sora no Otoshimono).

More details expected when the magazine hits shelves Nov. 10.

In the meantime, check out a pv for the series here: (Sora no Otoshimono).





Queen’s Blade OVA final episodes delayed

25 10 2010

The final two episodes of the Queen’s Blade Original Video Animations will be delayed by one month.

The fifth episode will release on Jan. 26 of next year, and the final episode will appear Feb. 23.

The OVA series, called Queen’s Blade: Utsukushi Toushi-tachi, launched in August of this year.

To see a promo for the series and other Queen’s Blade related clips, click here: (Queen’s Blade)





Kanokon to release on DVD after all

16 10 2010

Media Blasters has reported that it will release a one-box set of all 12 episodes of the series of Kanokon.

Based on a light novel series, the story is about a first-year high school student who unknowingly befriends a fox spirit in the form of a second-year high school girl.

Media Blasters had released a volume of the series on May 25 before putting the rest of the series on hiatus shortly after. The company said it’s going to price the set low enough so as not to punish those who already bought the first volume.

There are also six special episodes. No word on whether they will be released in the U.S.

Check out a trailer for the OVA right here: (Kanokon).





Yuri Seijin Naoko-san will get anime adaptation

26 09 2010

Dengeki Daioh! manga series Yuri Seijin Naoko-san (Lesbian Citizen Naoko) will be adapted into an anime series, according to the November issue of the magazine.

The gag manga series is about a timid girl named Misuzu, who instead of getting her sister back from a study abroad trip, gets the alien, yuri and erotica obsessed Naoko.

The series ran since 2005 in Dengeki Daioh!, and the two released volumes are bundled with three soundtrack songs by MOSAIC.WAV.

The series is rumored to be an OAD that will bundle with future volumes of the manga. A preview can be found here: (Yuri Seijin Naoko-san).





Bamboo Blade manga ends in September

20 08 2010

Square Enix’s Young Gangan magazine announced Friday that the Bamboo Blade manga series will be ending with the Sept. 3 issue.

The series is about a kendo instructor who is challenged to a duel by a former classmate to a duel between their female students. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have any… yet.

The series began in 2007, and the anime was licensed for North America.