If you haven’t visited Book Dragon, a website for “the multi-culti reader,” now’s a great time to do so. Host Terry Hong just posted a thoughtful, two-part list of her all-time favorite manga, from Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys to Fumi Yoshinaga’s What Did You Eat Yesterday? (Side note: Hong religiously reviews each new volumes of What Did You Eat, for anyone who loves its particular mix of delicious recipes and domestic drama.) Her taste is decidedly catholic; you won’t find any out-of-left-field surprises or true guilty pleasures on either list. I’d argue, however, that such conservatism is the list’s real strength, as it emphasizes titles whose craft would be obvious to anyone, not just a dedicated manga reader. Click here to read part one; click here to read part two.
For extra credit, what titles would you add to the list?
MANGA, ANIME, AND JAPANESE POP CULTURE
As the final volume of Tokyo Ghoul arrives in stores, Brigid Alverson sits down with VIZ editor Joel Enos to discuss the series’ phenomenal popularity with readers. When asked what he enjoyed most about editing the English-language edition, Enos explained, “As an editor for manga especially, you are the keeper. You’re not the writer, you’re not the artist, you’re the project manager on an edition of it. It’s an odd feeling. You’re a little bit removed, but then you’ve put so much time into it. For me, for the English edition, I’m the one thinking about the audience. I’m not making the story, but I’m thinking about how it will be perceived. So it’s nice when something works that you were hoping would—and it did.” [B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog]
Tokyo Ghoul and Legend of Zelda top ICv2’s list of last quarter’s ten most valuable manga franchises. [ICv2]
Yen Press just announced that it will be simul-pubbing — is that a word? — The Witch’s House, a new series from the creator of Chibi Vampire. [Yen Press]
Can’t get enough of My Hero Academia? VIZ just posted the first two chapters of a new spin-off series, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes. [Shonen Jump]
Via Twitter: VIZ announced several new manga acquisitions, including RWBY, Takane & Hana, and Young Master’s Revenge. Also in the mix for 2018 are new editions of The Art of the Secret World of Arrietty (click here for my original review) and Death Note. [@VIZMedia]
Party like it’s 2007! Tokyopop will be publishing a Nightmare Before Christmas sequel, to be released next spring. DJ Milky — remember him? — will pen the script. [Gizmodo]
Dawn H. provides a handy primer on the many incarnations of Captain Harlock, Leiji Matsumoto’s legendary space pirate. [Anime News Network]
Serdar Yegulalp takes an in-depth look at Felipe Smith’s 2010 series Peepo Choo. “It is raunchier than the last issue of Penthouse Variations you found behind someone else’s toilet, violent enough to knock the teeth from your face, and entirely too funny for its own good,” he notes. “It has at least as much to say about otakudom as it does its cultural obverse, the fetishization of all things American (or at least Western) by some Japanese.” [Ganriki]
The title of Matt Schley’s review pretty much says it all: “Live Action JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Bizarre for all the Wrong Reasons.” [Otaku USA]
Justin Sevakis interviews Sunao Katabuchi about the unique challenges of bringing Fumiyo Kono’s In This Corner of the World to the big screen. [Anime News Network]
Hey, fellow Massholes, the MFA just mounted a new exhibition called “Showdown! Kuniyoshi vs. Kunada,” a retrospective of two of Japan’s greatest woodblock print makers. You have until December 10th to see their work in person, so make haste! [Boston Magazine]
Is the Japanese market manga undergoing a radical transformation? Recent sales figures suggest that Japanese readers are beginning to abandon paper for digital comics, preferring smart phone apps to the old phone-book style magazines. Digital book sales are also growing rapidly, helping to close the gap between the traditional and online manga markets. [The Japan Times]