Last week’s big news: JManga and Kodansha have formed a partnership to publish a number of Kodansha titles! Among the first wave of licensing announcements were six Del Rey/Kodansha titles from the mid-2000s: Code:Breakers, Pastel, Princess Resurrection, Pumpkin Scissors, School Rumble, and The Yagyu Ninja Scrolls. More manga will be announced tomorrow, so stay tuned!
Below is a quick run-down of last week’s posts.
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The funny thing about this is, while a lot of shonen manga series are passively sexist, in that they don’t have any strong or interesting female characters, Bakuman, because it is actively sexist and misogynist, paradoxically includes a lot more strong female characters – very beautiful, very smart women we are supposed to dislike for their “bad personalities” unless and until they prove they are willing to abase themselves to men. — subdee on Bakuman
Of course, in the end, it’s not Kim’s romanticization of regressive gender roles that really bothers me here, or even his semi-creepy fetishization of womanly “blossoming” (seriously, everything’s got a flower metaphor in this series), not when you get right down to it. I’m a manga fan, after all. I’ve read Black Bird and Hot Gimmick. I survived the first omnibus of Love Hina. I’ve participated in a (not entirely scathing) column on boob manga. What makes me really hate the Color trilogy, is that it’s so widely praised and admired, by male and female readers alike. It is absolutely Serious Business, and that makes it rare fodder for my hatred. — Melinda Beasi on Kim Don Hwa’s The Color Trilogy
Vintage Heidi (a.k.a. Shoujo no Alps) manga cover.
One of the only SFW images by Suehiro Maruo that I could post to my Tumblr account. Enjoy!
Wonder Woman graces cover of Ms. Magazine.
(Source: contrasensoeditorial, via shoujo-cafe)
No one draws eyelashes like Leiji Matsumoto. (Via acid-eater.)
I had a deadline to meet last week, so I didn’t have a chance to post an in-depth review. I did, however, launch a new feature: the JManga Pick of the Week. Look for more coverage of JManga titles (and the site itself) in the coming weeks.
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