New Soul Eater Manga series coming

7 12 2010

Starting next year, there will be two Soul Eater manga series.

A spin-off series by Soul Eater creator Atsushi Ookubo will be heading a new series, Soul Eater Not! to run alongside the original series in Young Gan Gan magazine.

Form J Geeks Review of the manga:

Soul Eater is about kids working on becoming the shinigami and their weapons. They work in pairs, with one kid that transforms into a weapon and a human that wields that weapon.

The reapers in training must collect 99 evil souls and one witch’s soul to turn the weapon half of the team into a death scythe. But if something goes wrong, the pair will have to start over from the beginning.

The new series is expected to begin Jan. 12 of next year.

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Spice and Wolf 16th novel will be last

4 12 2010

The 16th volume of light novel series Spice and Wolf will be the last in the series, according to Temple Knights website.

The unique medieval fantasy light novel series which focuses on economics and religion has spawned anime, manga and drama CD adaptations.

The Temple Knights website mentions there is still a possibility of Wolf and Spice short stories in the future.

The 16th novel will release on Feb. 10.





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!).





Gantz movie U.S. debut in January

29 11 2010

According to Oricon and Cinema Today, the live action Gantz movie will premiere in the U.S. in Jan. 20.

The film will eventually reach 300 screens in the U.S. Gantz opens in Japan on Jan. 29, with the second to follow on April 23.

One of the film’s stars, Kenichi Matsuyama, said why should the film debut in Japan first? when asked why the releases would be almost simultaneous.

The film is adapted from the manga series by Hiroya Oku, which debuted in Weekly Young Jump in October 2000. An anime adaptation has also been made.

Gantz is the story of two college students killed in a train accident, but are forced to join with several other recently deceased people in order to fight aliens in a chance to regain their lives.

Check out a trailer for the film below: Read the rest of this entry »





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.





Rantaro Nintama trailer released

25 11 2010

A teaser trailer has been released for the upcoming film Rantaro Nintama.

The adaptation of the long-running children’s anime and manga series centers on Rantaro, an 8-year-old ninja in the Sengoku period of Japan. Rantaro spends his days happily in ninja school with his two clumsy friends. But when a fourth year student from an assassin clan appears, Rantaro’s ninja skills will be put to the test to save a friend.

The film is directed by Takashi Miike, director of

The film is scheduled to come out March 2011 in Japan.

Check out the trailer below: Read the rest of this entry »