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Sword Art Online light novel tops BookScan SF list

Yen Press's English-language release of Sword Art Online novel, volume one, is topping the BookScan Sci-fi list this week. The Nielsen BookScan service tracks sales of the novels in retail book chains and some independent book shops, b...

 
 
 
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Japanator's 2013 Holiday Guide: Manga

Black Friday has already come and gone, which means that the days are quickly counting down before you need a gift. Bookstores are still a viable retailer for manga, which saves you with that last-minute gift. Are you standing in front of t...

 
 
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NYCC 2013: Yen Press picks up High School DxD

Yen Press brought quite a few interesting announcements to New York Comic-Con this year. Their biggest license announcement was that they'll be bringing readers High School DxD, the manga adaption of the popular light novel series. It's abo...

 
 
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Haruhi manga is coming to an end!

It looks the like manga adaptation of beloved light novel, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya will be coming to a close in September. The manga has been serialized in issues of Monthly Shonen Ace for the past eight years, as well as being co...

 
 
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JX: Yen Press gets SAO, Accel World, and more

Well what do you know, Yen Press has pulled an interesting wild card at the first Japan Expo USA, and it's another beacon of hope for people that wish to see more light novels in North America! To those that have been wishing to own the phy...

 
 
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Sakura-Con 2013: Get a load of Yen Press's newest goods

Sakura-Con is still going on as we speak, and Josh "Totsu" Totman is scouring the entire con like a beast! As he storms through the catacombs of Seattle's anime convention, JT has discovered Yen Press's latest announcements. ...

 
 
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NYCC '12: Yen Press adds Puella Magi spin-offs and more

If you thought that your Madoka fix has been quenched, think again! Yen Press is adding two Madoka Magica mangas in the form of Puella Magi Oriko Magica and Puella Magi Kazumi Magica. Both stories will most likely treat us to a new&nbs...

 
 
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SDCC '12: Yen Press nabs Welcome to the Erotic Bookstore!

While SDCC is over and people are focused on The Dark Knight Rises, there are still some bits of license news to catch up on. Notably, Yen Press announced a number of titles. I can't really tell you how Welcome to the Erotic Bookstore is go...

 
 
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Yen Press steps up Spice and Wolf light novel releases

Translating light novels takes time, especially for small publishers. Up till now, Yen Press was only releasing two volumes of the original Spice and Wolf books a year, with the sixth volume planned for June 12, 2012. The company must have ...

 
 
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Yen Press grabs Umineko, Thermae Romae, and many more

Yen Press, who were also at Sakura Con this weekend, updated their website this morning with a long list of recently acquired licenses. Perhaps two of the most exciting additions to their line-up are Mari Yamazaki's award-winning manga ...

 
 
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A look at: Tale of the Waning Moon #2

Oh hey, it's Kristina with that yaoi stuff again! Yes, yes it is. Tale of the Waning Moon is a really fantastical manga series with stuff like cat boys and moon spirits that I'm not used to seeing in my boy-on-boy stories. It's about a guy ...

 
 
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A look at: Higurashi When They Cry - Demon Exposing Arc

Serving as a side story to the main arcs in the Higurashi When They Cry manga, the Demon Exposing arc is a great read if you happen to be a huge fan of the series. Chocking up at only two volumes long, what seems like an unnecessary&nb...

 
 
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A look at: Cirque du Freak #9

A little over two months ago I looked at volume eight of this series, and things were getting pretty good. For those of you who didn't read me then, cliff-notes: Darren, main character, meets a vampire and is turned into one to save his the...

 
 
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A Look At: The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-Chan

I like the idea of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan. For those of you not aware, Haruhi-chan is the official Haruhi parody manga, consisting mostly of four panel comics. Each character is a slightly odder version of their standard cou...

 
 
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Yen Press announces Yotsuba& on the iPad!

Today, Yen Press announced via their Twitter that Yotsuba& will now be available for purchase on the iPad through their downloadable app. While the app itself is free, and looks to have a clean and modern interface, allowing users ...

 
 
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Viz nabs four Eisner nominations thanks to Naoki Urasawa

With San Diego Comic Con looming in the near future, that means it's time for comic's highest honors: the Eisner Awards. Nominations were recently announced, and Viz leads the manga publisher pack with four nominations, largely thanks to Na...

 
 
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A look at: Cirque du Freak #8

When I think of Cirque du Freak, the first thing that comes to mind is that odd-looking movie that sort of came and went, with John C. Reilly as one of the lead actors playing a vampire. Mr Reilly caught my attention, but "high school kid s...

 
 
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A look at Higurashi When They Cry #11

I had the great pleasure of giving a look at the previous volumes of the Higurashi When They Cry manga last week, an arc that spun a new outlook on what the Higurashi setting is capable of providing in way of interesting and thrilling story...

 
 
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A look at Higurashi When They Cry #9-10

While the anime adaption of the visual novel Higurashi When They Cry gets a bad wrap because of its animation and horrendous English dub, I still highly regard the franchise as having one of the most thrilling and intere...

 
 
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A look at Pandora Hearts #4

To summarize the story so far in two long sentences, Pandora Hearts is a manga about 15 year old Oz Vessalius, who has been dumped into a legendary "broken toy chest" of a prison called The Abyss. He escapes after befriending and ...

 
 
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A look at Black God #11

This volume of Black God starts off with Mikami and Excel escaping from an apartment building only to run into Saishu from the Shishigami tribe. What occurs next is an violent fight between Saishu and Mikami, spanning several pages and...

 
 
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Interview: Yen Press isn't apprehensive on mature manga

One of my biggest obsessions in recent years has been Yen Press' Sundome. It's a fantastic title that's well worth your read, but the big thing about it is the title walks the borderline between story and porn. As a result, the title lands ...

 
 
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Yen Press looking for new creative talent to make manga

For all of you locked away in Artist's Alley, dreaming of hitting it big one day? Envious of the folks working on titles like Twilight, Nightschool and Maximum Ride? Well, now you can join that pool of talent by applying to Yen Press' New T...

 
 
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NYAF '10: Yen Press debuts on the iPad!

Getting to the rest of our NYAF/NYCC coverage, one of the announcements to come out of the convention was that Yen Press is debuting on the iPad with its own reader. Currently, they've gone ahead and launched with the titles that are their ...

 
 
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No More Apples: Spice and Wolf novels ending soon

It is a sad day for medieval economists, apple vendors, and animal-eared girl fetishists all over, as it seems that everyone's favorite apple-wolf-goddess-merchantry novel series, Spice & Wolf, will be meeting its time "soon"....

 
 
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SDCC 10: Yen Press licenses Highschool of the Dead

Time to play wrap-up con! Over at San Diego Comic Con, Yen Press announced that they're licensing the hit manga Highschool of the Dead, coming hot on the heels of the anime license by Sentai Filmworks. Awesome. They'll be bringing more Higu...

 
 
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Yen Plus launches online version with free issue

After meeting an untimely end that so many print publications seem to be facing these days, Yen Plus has now relaunched online. To celebrate the new format choice, publisher Yen Press is offering free access to the August issue until Septem...

 
 
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The Summer of Haruhi Suzumiya promotion announced

Bandai Entertainment, Crunchyroll, and Yen Press are getting together to premiere The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie on May 21st at the Viz Cinema at NEW PEOPLE, in San Francisco. Cristina Vee, who you know as “Haruhi” o...

 
 
 
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Yen Plus moving out of print, into online market

After two years in the print market, Yen Press monthly manga anthology, Yen Plus, is going out of print. The magazine will continue to survive online, according to the latest update by the company. Honestly, I'm not terribly surprised by th...

 
 
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Twilight: the Manga sells over 66k copies its first week

Love it or hate it, Twilight is popular. And it's invaded our shores, with Twilight: The Graphic Novel, with art done by acclaimed manhwa artist Young Kim. In its first week, the book has sold over 66,000 copies according to the folks at Ye...

 
 
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Yen Press announces K-ON and other new licenses

It's always great to hear what new titles have been licensed. Yen Press has been keeping secret about some of the stuff they'll be releasing this year, only to spill the beans on their website. Oh, Yen Press, why did you keep us waitin...

 
 
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Want your manga to run in Yen Plus?

What is it with all of my favorite publishers having titles that start with Y lately? First Yaoi Press caught my attention by just generally being awesome, and now Yen Press is licensing sundry wonderful properties AND accepting submissions...

 
 
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Yen Press printing 350,000 copies of Twilight manga

Confident much? Yen Press is taking print runs to a new level by expecting 350,000 copies of their Twilight manga, illustrated by Young Kim and using portions of the original book as text, to sell at a price point of $19.99 for their hardco...

 
 
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Yaoi: get some Incubus Master for free

No one is going to believe me when I say that I'm posting this for reasons having almost nothing to do with yaoi, but it can't be helped. I don't want to say anything bad about yaoi because I have absolutely nothing against it, but I feel a...

 
 
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Happy now? Get the proper Spice & Wolf covers free online

I understand that there was a bit of a kerfuffle around the time Spice and Wolf's light novel releases were first unveiled by Yen Press.Personally I didn't see the big problem. The new, "realistic" cover was designed to appeal out...

 
 
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Omnibus Manga: Big books for your bucks!

One of the nice things about reading books like Les Miserables, Anna Karenina and The Canterbury Tales (and yes, I have read all of those) is that they're so big it makes you look smart. Thick books have a tendency to make other people assu...

 
 
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Soul Eater hitting stores 2/9/10, so put ya wallets on!

Did you watch Soul Eater the other day when FUNimation had it streaming? I hope so. What did you think?If you enjoyed it and know it's one you have to get your hands on, FUNimation has announced the release date. The first volume, which wil...

 
 




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