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.

Check it! Disgaea opening sequence

5 12 2010

The opening sequence for the upcoming Makai Senki Disgaea 4 has been released on the game’s official website.

The Playstation 3 game is slated for a February release in Japan. The roleplaying game centers on Valbatoze, a former tyrant now a Netherworld prison warden, who vows to take over the corrupt Netherworld and rule once again. He’s joined by his loyal servant Fenrich and a high school girl Fuuka, who died for unknown reasons.

This time around, politics will play a central role in this fourth addition to the unorthodox strategy rpg series.

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

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!).

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.

Akamatsu will launch new manga site

20 11 2010

Ken Akamatsu, noted manga-ka behind Negima and Love Hina, will launch a new online manga site on Nov. 26.

Called J-Comi, the site will feature out of print manga users can download for free. Akamatsu will start with his hit series, Love Hina. He has also enlisted several artists with out of print works.

The November date is the soft launch of the site, which will feature PDFs of Love Hina. The full site will launch Jan. 21.

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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Vocaloid hologram selling out concerts

16 11 2010

The Yamaha Vocaloid program avatar Hatsune Miku is selling out concerts, several news sources like the Huffington Post reported.

The hologram started her first concert in August 2009, and first solo performance in March, and enthusiastic audiences have been showing up since.

Her voice is synthesized off actress Saki Fujita, who is not a singer. Miku is the avatar for the Vocaloid software program, which allows users to make their own songs with her singing.

Check out a video of one of Miku’s performances, World is Mine, here: (Hatsune Miku).

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).