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Manga Radar: 1 January 2012

Database Additions for 01 January

A Bride’s Story 3 – Yen Press, Mar 2012 ::
Ar Tonelico Visual Book – Udon, Aug 2011 ::
At Full Moon 1 – Kodansha Comics, Nov 2011 ::
At Full Moon 2 – Kodansha Comics, Jan 2012 ::
Faraway Places (ebook) – DMP Digital Manga Guild, Dec 2011 ::
Maihime!! (ebook) Tale 1 – Stren Publishing, Dec 2011 ::
My Boyfriend is a Vampire (ebook) 3 – Seven Seas, Dec 2011 ::
Oresama Teacher 7 – Viz Shojo Beat, Mar 2012 ::
Oresama Teacher 8 – Viz Shojo Beat, May 2012 ::
Oresama Teacher 9 – Viz Shojo Beat, Jul 2012 ::
Oresama Teacher 10 – Viz Shojo Beat, Sep 2012 ::
Rin-Ne 8 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Mar 2012 ::
Sin (ebook) Chapter 1 – MangaMagazine, Sep 2011 ::
Spring Demon (ebook) 1 – Yaoi Press, Oct 2011 ::
Spring Demon (ebook) 2 – Yaoi Press, Oct 2011 ::
The Kneeling Butler (ebook) – DMP Digital Manga Guild, Dec 2011 ::
Utsumi & His Yellow Glasses (ebook) – Stren Publishing, Mar 2011 ::
Vampire Knight 14 – Viz Shojo Beat, Jul 2012 ::

Case Closed Casebook: An Essential Guide – Cocoro Books, Jul 2008 ::
The Pirate & The Princess (novel) 1 – Seven Seas, Oct 2007 ::
One Piece The One Piece Adventurer: A Treasure Trove of Trivia – Cocoro Books, Oct 2007 ::
Ogre Slayer 2 – Viz, Jun 1998 ::
Ogre Slayer 1 – Viz, Jan 1997 ::

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Notes:

At Full Moon is the sequel to Until the Full Moon, also from Kodansha; I’m currently considering how/if to list these as a single series in the database.

The Pirate & The Princess light novels were licensed by Seven Seas, and the first volume released but only via Scholastic bookfairs – when the major bookstore chains refused to buy it, Seven Seas cancelled it (with some regret).

Cocoro Books has transitioned from selling actual books that feed parasitically off of popular series, to ebook versions of the same that do so, only better. For those who are curious, here is the pull from the database, with current weekly rankings:

83. ↑273 (356) : Dragon Ball Z Legend: The Quest Continues – Cocoro Books, May 2004 [113.5] ::
93. ↑288 (381) : Fruits Basket Uncovered: The Secrets of the Sohmas – Cocoro Books, Mar 2007 [103.8] ::
131. ↑263 (394) : Naruto Saga: The Unofficial Guide – Cocoro Books, Nov 2004 [84.1] ::
207. ↑573 (780) : Bleach The Bleach Breakdown: The Unofficial Guide – Cocoro Books, Oct 2007 [56.6] ::
475. ↑592 (1067) : Fullmetal Alchemist Archive: The Complete Guide – Cocoro Books, May 2010 [21.2] ::
776. ↑ (last ranked 13 Nov 11) : Death Note Fatally Fun Facts: Mysteries and Secrets Revealed – Cocoro Books, Sep 2007 [8.8] ::
916. ↓-202 (714) : Inuyasha The Inuyasha Experience: Fiction, Fantasy, & Facts – Cocoro Books, Jan 2011 [5.9] ::
976. ↑172 (1148) : Naruto Forever: The Unofficial Guide – Cocoro Books, Feb 2008 [4.8] ::
1206. ↑new (0) : One Piece The One Piece Adventurer: A Treasure Trove of Trivia – Cocoro Books, Oct 2007 [2.2] ::
1548. ↑new (0) : Negima! Reader: Secrets Behind the Magic – Cocoro Books, Oct 2007 [0.5] ::
1674. ↑new (0) : Case Closed Casebook: An Essential Guide – Cocoro Books, Jul 2008 [0.1] ::
. (last ranked 21 Nov 10) : Ghost in the Shell User’s Manual: A Wired Guide – Cocoro Books, Oct 2008 [0.0] ::
. (last ranked 2 Oct 11) : Mushishi Essentials: A Wanderer’s Handbook – Cocoro Books, Nov 2007 [0.0] ::
. (ref) : Blood+ Chevalier’s Handbook – Cocoro Books, Sep 2008 [0.0] ::
. (ref) : Eureka Seven Unlimited Answers: A Roadmap of Gekkostate and Beyond – Cocoro Books, Sep 2008 [0.0] ::
. (ref) : Haruhi Suzumiya Yearbook – Cocoro Books, Nov 2008 [0.0] ::

Since many of these series are not available as ebooks, is it any wonder that young fans casting about for any manga for newly-gifted devices end up buying these ‘guides’? Perhaps, even, by mistake? I’ll leave any conclusions [past my leading comments] to the reader, and to publishers.

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Top Preorders

9. ↑33 (42) : Naruto 54 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2012 [336.5] ::
15. ↑3 (18) : Sailor Moon 4 – Kodansha Comics, Mar 2012 [285.7] ::
26. ↓-2 (24) : Sailor Moon 5 – Kodansha Comics, Apr 2012 [243.0] ::
44. ↑7 (51) : Sailor Moon 6 – Kodansha Comics, Jun 2012 [188.8] ::
101. ↓-4 (97) : Negima! 34 – Kodansha Comics, Apr 2012 [99.5] ::
103. ↑8 (111) : xxxHolic 19 – Kodansha Comics, Feb 2012 [98.3] ::
128. ↓-6 (122) : Kannagi 4 – Bandai, Cancelled [84.8] ::
156. ↓-2 (154) : Toradora! 4 – Seven Seas, Apr 2012 [71.9] ::
172. ↓-8 (164) : Gunslinger Girl Omnibus 4 – Seven Seas, Mar 2012 [67.8] ::
181. ↓-10 (171) : Bamboo Blade 12 – Yen Press, Mar 2012 [63.0] ::

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