Shinbun Saturday: Manga Continues Its Digital Expansion
More Manga Hits ComiXology
Earlier this week, VIZ Media announced that manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump would now be available on ComiXology. Now English-language speakers can read the latest chapters of One Piece and Bleach on the same day they’re released in Japan.
Kodansha Comics also joins the digital platform, adding more than 350 manga titles to ComiXology’s catalog. The additions include favorite series such as Attack on Titan, A Silent Voice, and xxxHolic.
In addition, Weekly Shonen Jump will also be available on Amazon’s Kindle platform.
Last weekend at Waku Waku +NYC, Kodansha Comics announced that they would be releasing Fairy Tail: Ice Trail and Noragami: Stray Stories. A spin-off of the popular shounen manga by Hiro Mashima, Fairy Tail: Ice Trail tells the story of popular character Gray Fullbuster and how he came to join the Fairy Tail wizard guild. Noragami: Stray Stories collects short stories about the characters from the original manga. Fairy Tail: Ice Trail is scheduled to release during the 2015 holiday season while Noragami: Stray Stories will be coming out in November.
Barefoot Gen tops the list of “Most Traumatizing Manga” for Japanese fans
The World War II-set manga might have been the top pick in a recent online survey, but the trauma doesn’t stop there. Osamu Tezuka’s Phoenix also made the cut, as did Drifting Classroom by Kazuo Umezu. Among the honourable mentions was science-fiction choice Gantz, and while I can only attest to being completely undone by the movies–if they’re anything like the manga, I think I’ll skip it.
British fashion makes a statement in new manga ads
Two characters from The Rose of Versailles will model British brand Aquascutum’s trenchcoats in ads to be placed all over Japan. Andre and Lady Oscar won’t just be stylin’ on billboards though–an exclusive manga chapter will also be launched on a special website, as well as in print at Aquascutum stores. The Rose of Versailles × Aquascutum -London no Kyūjitsu- centres Andre and Lady Oscar’s search for the missing Marie Antoinette, and will be available for fans on September 16.
Content warning: domestic violence
Writer released after being arrested for allegations of domestic violence
Tow Ubukata was released earlier this week without any formal charges of domestic violence. He was arrested last week after his wife accused him of striking her in the face. Ubukata is known for his work on such anime as Ghost in the Shell Arise, Psycho-Pass 2, and Le Chevalier D’Eon.