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Tokyopop, a pioneer in the manga translation/adaptation market, announced today that they are shutting down their US publishing operations. Founded in 1997, they started off as Mixx and published MixxZine, which included the popular Sailor Moon and Magic Knight RayEarth comics.

MixxZine issue 3. If it wasnt already a collectors item...

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Three new anime shows were announced recently, in vastly different ways.

Persona 4 The Animation. The title pretty much says it all.

The most recent announcement, via a teaser website, was Persona 4 The Animation, based on the game of the same name. The cast stays the same as the game as well. Animation production will be done by AIC Asta (Sora no Otoshimono series), and the director is Kishi Seiji (Angel Beats!).

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“Media Mix” is an entertainment industry buzzword for having a property – in this case, let’s say THE IDOLM@STER – span various different types of media in its quest to conquer the universe. So it starts off in its original form (for Im@s, a game) then branches out to other forms (anime, manga, radio shows, live performances, whatever else you can think of).

Idolm@ster 2 - Sleeping Beauty

Chihaya wants you to buy her manga, "Idolmaster 2 - Sleeping Beauty".

The strategy is to increase awareness and to get more overall sales by having a bunch of products available for people to buy. It works, too, because although not everyone can afford $60-80 for a game or a Blu-Ray disk, it’s much easier on the budget to buy a manga magazine or a light novel for $4-5.

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Zombie manga Highschool of the Dead continues its not-so-merry way, and volume 7 is scheduled to be released in April. This time a limited edition version will come with an OAD (Original Animation DVD) containing a never-before-seen side story episode entitled “Drifters of the Dead”.

Highschool of the Dead cast in swimsuits

It was just a matter of time.

As you can see from the picture, they seem to have landed on an island, and have gotten their hands on swimsuits. If you’re wondering how the boys have fared, check it out after the break. Warning, though, you can’t unsee what you’re about to see.

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The cover for the first manga volume of the popular anime series “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” was released recently, and it features a quote, in English, from perhaps an unusual cultural source: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Magical girls and MLK.

The quote is: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Seems appropriate, doesn’t it?

The first manga volume will hit stores in Japan on February 12. No word as yet on an official English license for either the manga or the anime. (There are also two other manga series running, “Kazumi Magica” and “Oriko Magica”, which feature side stories in the same universe.)

I'm not sure how much of this image is real.With the Fall season only days away, we have a couple of new trailers to build anticipation. First, the Arakawa Under the Bridge 2 trailer offers another look at the crazy lives of the outcasts who live under the bridge, while actually showing animated footage unlike the other freaky-ass trailers.

Meanwhile, the semi-autobiographical and industry-savvy comedy Bakuman trailer doesn’t really tell you much of anything, other than that Bakuman and Arakawa Under the Bridge 2 won’t have very good animation. Then again, they’re comedies – who needs those to be well-animated, right?

I’m going to watch Arakawa myself, but Bakuman doesn’t quite appeal to me as a story. What are you guys going to watch?

Genshiken, eh

Welcome back, Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture.

Why hello, Internet. What do you have for me here today?

Oh, is that an announcement of a new Genshiken manga, titled Genshiken Nidaime (“Genshiken the 2nd”)? Why yes, yes that is. But how delicious will it be? After all, Madarame is gone, and he was the most interesting character. Plus, the moment they started making doujinshi in the later manga volumes, things started getting boring.

But hope springs eternal. Maybe this new Genshiken will harvest the energy of the old one, instead of being yet another cheap cash-in restart.