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.

Anime adaptation announced for Sket Dance

21 10 2010

Sket Dance, a mange series running in Shounen Jump since 2007, will be adapted into an anime series, according to a leaked ad in the next issue of popular manga anthology.

The comedy series Sket Dance received the 55th Shogakukan manga award in 2009. The series is about three high school students who form a support group club called “Sket-Dan” to help the student body with various problems.

The series is scheduled to premiere next spring.

Bakuman teaser streaming

29 09 2010

The Bakuman official website is streaming a teaser for its upcoming anime adaptation of the Obata Takeshi-drawn manga series.

Drawn by Takeshi Obata, artist on Death Note and Hikaru no Go, the manga details the plight of a young man in his quest to become a manga-ka – along with his plucky friend who wants to be his writer. The manga serves as an interesting insight into the business and struggle of creating manga.

Check out the teaser for the trailer here: (Bakuman)

Bakuman’s inside manga to run in Shonen Jump

4 08 2010

Rakko 11-gou (Otter 11), a gag manga in the fictional world of Bakuman, will appear as a 15-page story in the upcoming issue of Shonen Jump on Aug. 9.

The gag-comedy appears within the story of Bakuman, two college students trying to become manga creators.

The Bakuman manga series has been licensed for North America and an anime series has been greenlit for fall.

Anime adaptation of archery manga streamed

17 07 2010

Shueisha’s Young Jump website is streaming a four-minute anime short of Kaichuu!, and manga series about archery.

The manga, which began as a one-shot and launched a regular series in Weekly Shounen Jump, and continues on the Young Jump website, centers on a young boy who enters his school’s archery club and falls in love with it’s most talented member.

To check out the Kaichuu! short, click here: (Kaichuu!)