Fairy Tale anime series greenlit

29 06 2009

JG Fairy TaleThe popular shonen manga series Fairy Tale will be getting an anime series, says the 31st issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine. 

Fairy Tale, which features an art style very similar to One Piece, is a story about a novice sorcerer who wishes to join a prestigious magic guild. After unknowingly befriending a member of the prestigious Fairy Tale guild, she gets her wish, as the pair form a team to carry out missions posted requiring sorcerer’s help. 

A-1 Pictures and Satelight will handle the project, which should be released this fall. The manga has been published in North America, with the seventh volume due out in October. 

Hiro Mashima’s other works include Rave, known in the U.S. as Rave Master. He is also the author of Monster Hunter Orage.

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Manga mag available to online readers

21 05 2009

JG Saint Young MenFans disappointed by the demise of Shojo Beat might take some solace in a new manga source — for those that can read Japanese, anyway.

Japanese comic phone book Morning 2 will be publishing online the day of print. The publishers of the comic mag decided to publish online because the issue sold out too quickly for most readers to buy. Online readership brought about 400,000 new hits to the site, making the venture a huge success.

The comic’s success largely came from the popularity on one of its titles, Saint Young Men (shown above), a story about Buddha and Jesus living in a low rent apartment in Tokyo. 

The new model shown to work for Morning 2 could point to a new trend in manga distribution, perhaps some welcome good news for an industry that’s been slowing recently.

To see what Morning 2 is doing, click: Here!