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Manga Radar: 29 January 2012

Database Additions for 29 January

Border Control: Fate (ebook) – DMP Digital Manga Guild, Jan 2012 ::
Career Gate (ebook) – DMP Digital Manga Guild, Jan 2012 ::
Gentlemen’s Agreement Between A Rabbit & A Wolf (ebook) – DMP Juné, Jan 2012 ::
I’m the Big Brother (ebook) – DMP Digital Manga Guild, Jan 2012 ::
Silly Gossip (ebook) – DMP Digital Manga Guild, Jan 2012 ::
Welcome to the SMC (ebook) – DMP Digital Manga Guild, Jan 2012 ::
You’re Mine (ebook) 1 – Publingual Inc., Jan 2012 ::

Dirty Pair A Plague of Angels – Dark Horse, Jul 1994 ::
Dirty Pair Biohazards – Dark Horse, Sep 1998 ::
Dirty Pair Dangerous Acquaintances – Dark Horse, Jun 1997 ::
Dirty Pair Fatal but not Serious – Dark Horse, Aug 1996 ::
Dirty Pair Run from the Future – Dark Horse, Mar 2002 ::
Dirty Pair Sim Hell – Dark Horse, Dec 1994 ::
Dirty Pair Sim Hell: Remastered – Dark Horse, Oct 2002 ::
Dirty Pair The Dirty Pair Strike Again (novel) – Dark Horse, Mar 2008 ::
Dirty Pair The Great Adventure of the Dirty Pair (novel) – Dark Horse, Sep 2007 ::
Lullabies from Hell – Dark Horse, May 2006 ::
Onegai Teacher 1 – ComicsOne, Apr 2005 ::
Onegai Teacher 2 – ComicsOne, Apr 2005 ::
Onegai Teacher (novel) – ComicsOne, Apr 2005 ::
Onegai Teacher Official Fanbook – ComicsOne, Apr 2005 ::
Secret Comics Japan – Viz, Jun 2000 ::
Sin (ebook) chapters 1-10 – MangaMagazine, Sep 2011 ::
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (novel) – Bandai, Jul 2009 ::

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I’ll start with two reminders: First, the ‘radar’ picks up new titles as soon as they show up in sources – for physical books, that’s a few months out; for e- it’s often just the week of release. And that’s what we see above: a short slate of ebooks coming out for Kindle. The DMP Juné book, A Gentlemen’s Agreement Between A Rabbit & A Wolf should also be out in paperback soon, if not by the time you read this.

My second reminder is that the radar sweeps in both directions, and also scoops up titles from the dim and dusty past of licenced manga – you know, like 7 & 8 years ago. [ancient texts.]

Fixing an obvious oversight on my part: Dirty Pair! Oh wow. Now, some might object to the inclusion of these books in a ‘manga’ chart, as only the characters were licensed: Dirty Pair was an anime based on a novel, *not* originally a manga series, and the Dark Horse books are by western writers & artists. Whatevs. I like it. (Dark Horse helpfully published two of the original novels as well, in 2007-8)

Also on the based-on-an-anime track, ComicsOne published 4 books to tie-in to the Please Teacher series, but translated the title as Onegai Teacher, just to be sure at least some fans would never find them.

Finally, two worthy of note: Hideshi Hino’s Lullabies from Hell for you horror manga fans (Dark Horse also licensed Living Corpse from the same author) and Secret Comics Japan from Viz, which promises at least a few grotesqueries among its selections of ‘underground’ manga.

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Top Preorders

6. ↓-1 (5) : Naruto 54 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2012 [385.3] ::
12. ↑2 (14) : Sailor Moon 4 – Kodansha Comics, Mar 2012 [353.5] ::
16. ↓-1 (15) : Sailor Moon 5 – Kodansha Comics, Apr 2012 [298.7] ::
24. ↓-1 (23) : Sailor Moon 6 – Kodansha Comics, Jun 2012 [245.1] ::
59. ↓-3 (56) : xxxHolic 19 – Kodansha Comics, Feb 2012 [148.3] ::
65. ↑26 (91) : Naruto 55 – Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2012 [135.5] ::
70. ↑26 (96) : Sailor Moon 7 – Kodansha Comics, Sep 2012 [132.5] ::
84. ↑9 (93) : Negima! 34 – Kodansha Comics, Apr 2012 [114.5] ::
102. ↓-19 (83) : Dance in the Vampire Bund 12 – Seven Seas, Jun 2012 [95.8] ::
123. ↑13 (136) : Ambiguous Relationship – DMP Juné, Mar 2012 [86.3] ::

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Matt has been a bookseller for more than 11 years, and a blogger for more than 9. His first manga was Planetes in 2003, his first anime was Star Blazers (Uchu Senkan Yamato) in 1981: In fandom terms, this means he is ooooold. Despite advancing decrepitude, Matt maintains the world's only steam-powered differential computation engine dedicated to manga (which occasionally spits out bestseller lists) & still holds down a 45-hour a week job at the bookstore.





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