Over at MTV Geek, I looked at the evolution of digital manga in 2011 and picked my favorites from this week’s new releases. At Robot 6, I did a rough tally of responses to a Tokyopop Facebook post and concluded that manga readers still prefer print over digital.
Bandai Entertainment president and CEO Ken Iyadomi explains what happened to his company in an interview at ANN; long story short: The Japanese parent company wanted to keep anime prices higher than U.S. customers were willing to pay.
MJ and Michelle Smith discuss the long-running series Fullmetal Alchemist, which just ended with volume 27, in their latest Off the Shelf column at Manga Bookshelf.
Sean Kleefeld looks at the universe of One Piece, in which government is bad and oppressive and pirates are the good guys, and ties it in to today’s political reality.
A couple of the Udon guys got to talk to Hitoshi Ariga, creator of Mega Man: Gigamix.
Sharpen your pencils: Kate Dacey posts this year’s schedule of Manga Moveable Feasts.
If you speak French, check out this interview with Izumi Tsubaki, creator of Oresama Teacher.
News from Japan: Rinko Ueda is bringing her shoujo manga Stepping on Roses to an end in the issue of Margaret that ships Feb. 20.
Alexander Case on vol. 1 of Bakuman (Bureau 42)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 37 of Bleach (Kuriousity)
Alex Hoffman on Breathe Deeply (Manga Widget)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 4 of Chobits (Blogcritics)
Thomas Zoth on vol. 3 of Dorohedoro (The Fandom Post)
Kristin on vol. 5 of Grand Guignol Orchestra (Comic Attack)
John Rose on vol. 19 of Hayate the Combat Butler (The Fandom Post)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 8 of Nabari no Ou (The Fandom Post)
Joe Iglesias on Nabari no Ou (Eastern Standard)
John Rose on vol. 53 of Naruto (The Fandom Post)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 54 of Naruto (The Comic Book Bin)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 13 of Pokemon Adventures (Blogcritics)
Greg McElhatton on vol. 2 of Wandering Son (Read About Comics)
Erica Friedman on vol. 1 of Warratte! Sotomura-san (Okazu)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 8 of Yu-Gi-Oh GX (The Comic Book Bin)