September 01, 2005
List of Anime Now Continuing on TV
It has the lists on the regular-broadcast basis and the satellite basis. Both of them are in Japanese alphabetical order and in Japanese. I’m sorry I don’t know the list written in English. If some of you know one, please let me know.
August 09, 2005
TV Commercial made by Production I.G
It is only a short animation film, but has such an elaborate background and characters revolving around the imaginary sport called "skyshoot" that everyone wanted to know who made it.
According to Web Anime Style, it was made by Production I.G.
The genereal director is Ishii, Katsuhito who designed anime characters for Kill Bill.
As the garana flavored bevarage, Kirin Lemon Black, came to be on sale this summer, a new version appeared on TV.
You can watch both versions on the official Kirin site.
July 24, 2005
Anime Blog Directory
The blogs are sorted on the left by anime title and we have only to click on the title we have an interest in. Thanks to RSS it always indicates the latest blogs about the anime you chose.
July 09, 2005
To Know What a New Manga is Like
However I claim to be a fan, I can’t read every manga coming out almost every day.
You can see the magazine-publication schedule on the following site.
漫画雑誌発売カレンダー（Manga Magazine Publication Calendar）
and tankoubon-publication schedule on this site.
コミック発売一覧 （Comics Release Data）
No ordinary fan can keep up with them. How I wished for a summary or critic site that covers all manga titles.
Now, I found a blog that comments on 89.8% (self-enumeration) of all volume 1s of new tankoubon every day!
マンガ一巻読破 (Reading Through Manga Volume 1s)
It really helps.
June 29, 2005
Free online manga for interenational readers
I can't help regarding them as the niche business now. Aside from the fact that fans prefer manga printed on the paper, the lineups of the titles in the distribution sites are more ore less old or far from major.
In other words, there must be the possibility if it has the fascinating lineup that we can't help but turn our attention to.
Distributing manga (anime, movie or any) works through the internet has another potential strength ; fans all over the world can read them simultaneously without being bothered by the time lag caused by the troublesome licencing and translation.
A publishing company, Gentosha, launched the English version of its online manga site yesterday.
Web Comic Genzo
It contains some popular manga such as Gravitation.
You can try it for free now, and if you want to subscribe it on the internet, you can charge to your international credit card.
June 25, 2005
Howl's paper castle
Epson distributes the free pattern.
Find out the buttons specified for your OS. You need to click both buttons to download the pattern and the instruction.
If the file size is too big (the pattern consists of 26 sheets of A4-sized paper) for your PC to download at one time, download partically one by one from the lower table.
June 17, 2005
Additional fun you can have with manga tankubon
If you have a Japanese tankoubon, try taking off the jacket!
Japanese manga tankoubon usually have a jacket on them and some of them have a different picture or even a comic strip exclusively drawn for tankoubon on the cover (under the jacket.)
Occasionally you can find a manga character from the other manga series as a passer-by or somebody. Almost always it is drawn by the quoter to pay homage to the character.
In this site you can view the replicated scene and the original one from Lovely Complex vol.3. Upper one is in Ichigo Mashimaro vol.4 .
Sometimes you find the same house, building or landscape in some different manga.
Those three houses in Sumomomomomomo, Tenjou Tenge and Shingetsutan Tsukihime look identical. It seems the artists referred the same material..
It is well known that the artist of Eye Shield 21 revises some parts of his artworks when the manga comes into a tankoubon.
A fan compared some shots from Weekly Shonen Jump and the equivalent ones from the tankoubon.
On the other hand, some artists overlook and forget to revise something important, giving their characters something extra.
June 08, 2005
More convenient sample pages!
Seinen (men's) manga
Josei (women's) manga
June 04, 2005
Learn from your competitor
Manga Collage Selection
There are runner-up entries for the monthly new face contest by Shonen Sunday. However the grand prize doesn't assure you will be a pro, it's a big chance to receive some advice from the editors. To read a manga, click on the button like:
Manga Collage is the name of the contest took place once a month in Shonen Sunday. Almost all manga magazines are calling for the next talent. I don't think it's impossible for the artists outside Japan to apply for them as long as the entry is written in Japanese because I have never seen the nationality requirement (however there is the possibility that they just can't imagine the entries from overseas..)
If you are interested in participating in the contest, please leave your comment on this topic. If it gathered a considerable number of comments, I will ask the editors if they accept the entry from overseas and how to do it.
Sneak peek at manga
Meisaku Museum distributes the first episod of famous manga titles serialized in Shonen Sunday.
Choose the title and you can get to the page which has the buttom like:
Just click on it and enjoy manga!
Shueisha also distributes a few sample pages of latest manga tankoubon.
Visit Latest Comics and choose a magazine in which your favorite manga is serialized. Then click on the titile you like and you will get to the information page for the title. If there is "試し読みはこちらへ" in the bottom of the information, it is the link to the sample.