10 publishers, including Kodansha, Shogakukan and Kadokawa, have announced they will have nothing to do with the Tokyo International Anime Fair due to the persecution the Tokyo government has been directing at them.

It now appears the event may as well be cancelled – if they are lucky Disney will show up, but not much else is left.

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  • Anonymous commented on July 14, 2012 01:36

    Ewww someone's going to have to go back and clean up Ishihara's old man diaper mess Look at what he is doing to the manga/anime industry! Freedom of speech pulverized! Will there be an increase of more... More

  • Anonymous commented on August 2, 2011 18:16

    You sir, win. Is it bad that I want some crazy otaku to go nuts on him?... More

Kodansha Offers Digital Mangaka 25% Royalties


Kodansha is telling mangaka they will get only 25% royalties on digital manga, if they deign to publish them – in spite of the fact publishers such as Amazon and Apple are offering rates as high as 70%.

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  • Anonymous commented on November 1, 2010 06:39

    I think he ment to self publish on the internet, not through a 3rd party... More

  • Schrobby commented on October 27, 2010 21:19

    I'm happy if a device lasts a full day. More is an added bonus, but not really necessary.... More


Top mangaka Ken Akamatsu has stated his misgivings about the reliance of the manga industry on the shonen holy trinity of One Piece, Naruto and Bleach, and what would befall publishers if these series were to conclude.

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  • Anonymous commented on June 25, 2012 19:45

    The suddenly-prophetic nature of this story is interesting. Only 2 years later it looks like 2 of the "trinity" are bowing out!... More

  • Anonymous commented on June 9, 2012 17:06

    hahaha ya right...much H stuff, it's infinite fap material... More

Top Mangaka: “Publishers Are The Ones Raping Us!”


Blockbuster mangaka Shūhō Satō was so disgusted by the exploitation he endured at the hands of big publishers that he exposed them in a series of damaging online revelations, and then started his own online manga distribution service in competition.

He lays bare the exploitative publishing industry straitjacket forced on mangaka in a candid interview, reproduced below.

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  • alidan commented on June 25, 2010 14:51

    if you can describe something as a cluster fuck wall of text, you have problems.... More

  • Anonymous commented on June 25, 2010 08:20

    We're talking about Japan, though. It's probably a good assumption that the average Japanese manga reader is considerably more internet-affine than the average American bookstore dweller.... More

Too Hot for the iPhone: Apple Bans Idol Stripping App


An idol iPhone app which allowed users to tear the clothes off a selection of saucy idols has fallen foul of the puritans at Apple – as usual Apple gives no explanation for the ban, although rather than bullying an independent software developer, this time they have picked a fight with heavyweight publisher Kodansha.

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  • Anonymous commented on March 2, 2013 16:32

    You can also earn a load of money selling useless-codescraps-er Apps I mean, for dem Hip-mobilephones (supposedly you can even call ppl with it - not that anyone ever does). Screw dev cost - just make... More

  • Anonymous commented on March 2, 2013 09:49

    the last generation produced a lot of hipsters worldwide, we are drowning on them here... More

Second-Hand Nene: “I’m Getting Wet”


Nene’s maidenly credentials have all but been demolished by the official Love Plus manga, causing some of her many boyfriends to dismiss her as “just another second-hand bitch.”

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  • Anonymous commented on September 23, 2010 02:37

    hahaha it's so funny how easily people are trolled!... More

  • Anonymous commented on July 25, 2010 04:40

    the meaning of the picture is was she said "The real use for an umbrella…Let me tell you it." she referred it as a means to to block people from seeing them kiss and "Fufu,... More

Top 10 Manga 2010 – Women’s Ranking


The “Kono Manga ga Sugoi! 2010” manga ranking for women-oriented manga demonstrates a series of what are hopefully “sugoi” titles…

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  • Anonymous commented on August 27, 2010 16:11

    dude these are mangas prefered by women. Read the title, understand that men and women are different.... More

  • Anonymous commented on December 16, 2009 08:14

    at first i was reading "Fiat" all the time xD... More

Top 10 Manga 2010 – Men’s Ranking


The “Kono Manga ga Sugoi! 2010” ranking of manga, divided into manga for men and women, provides an interesting though not altogether “sugoi” selection of manga; below is the shonen/seinen list.

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  • Chen-04 commented on July 17, 2013 03:26

    Hi, I'm from the future. Bakuman anime sucks.... More

  • Chen-04 commented on July 17, 2013 03:24

    This isn't a men's list. It's a list for little boys from little boys.... More

Kodansha Publishes Creative Commons Manga Online


Major manga publisher Kodansha have begun free online distribution of a manga under the terms of the Creative Commons license, a first. Kodansha’s CC terms stipulate free reproduction of the title as long as it is “non-commercial”, unchanged and maintains attribution – they are even encouraging blogs to reproduce the title.

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  • Billy Herrington commented on February 3, 2009 08:27

    Well I remember months ago on Creative Commons articles was on Advance Photoshop/CG Magazine. It was something about plagiarism on flash site and another site on another continent that's is exactly 100% and with... More

  • metatron commented on February 1, 2009 17:34

    Interesting...this could be a marketing ploy by Kodansha... More

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