Aya Hirano’s Playboy Debut


Aya Hirano has appeared in Japan’s Playboy magazine for an interview and some sexy posing, the shoot proving something of a masterclass in Photoshop usage.

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  • Hadoken commented on March 9, 2012 15:06

    Who the hell will spend money to look at fully clothed women?? How about adding some NUDE pictures of women? Do that and watch the sales quadruple within a year.... More

  • kenshinflyer commented on January 8, 2011 21:14

    Yeah, Aya--Tits or GTFO.... 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


Battle Angel Alita – Last Order has been forced out of publication due to Shueisha’s objection to such unacceptably discriminatory language as “psycho” and “crazy” – its mangaka’s refusal to bow before publisher pressure has resulted in publication being cancelled.

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  • Sylar commented on September 8, 2010 07:04

    The reasons are irrelevant. This is nothing more than dictatorship shit. A man should be free to say whatever the fuck he wants to say.... More

  • Sylar commented on September 8, 2010 07:02

    That tells you what? That they lost all sense of logic. So basically they are complete psychos. No wonder they have such a problem hearing the word.... More

“Publishers Fear Mangaka, Not Pirates”


Shonen Jump’s ultimatum to readers to stop uploading its manga online or face legal consequences is in response to publishers’ deeply held fears about a loss of control over their mangaka and a collapse in magazine sales, say commentators.

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  • Anonymous commented on February 7, 2013 09:38

    Hurrah, that's what I was looking for, what a stuff! existing here at this blog, thanks admin of this web site.... More

  • Anonymous commented on August 27, 2010 21:05

    What about a sort of "MangaFox"-esque website that would have all manga that any artist chooses to post, with ads integrated into webpage as you read, and also a link to the tankoubon version. Just an... More

Shonen Jump to Pirate Scum: “This is War!”


Shonen Jump has published an editorial threatening those who illegally copy its manga on the Internet with legal or criminal sanctions, and decrying all who would “wound the souls of mangaka.”

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  • Anonymous commented on July 23, 2010 22:40

    When that happens we will need to unite and cause a revolution for freedom!... More

  • Anonymous commented on April 24, 2010 23:22

    They won't win this war, Nothing can stop the INTERNET. The INTERNET and chuck norris are buddies, to declare war on the INTERNET is to declare war on chuck norris. And we know who comes out... More

One Piece Fashion Non-No


Luffy for some inexplicable reason graces the cover of Japanese men’s fashion rag Men’s Non-No, presumably not on the grounds of his outfit.

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  • man1 commented on December 20, 2009 19:50

    "[b]One Piece Fashion [i]NO[/i]-No[/b]" *fixed.... More

  • Anonymous commented on December 16, 2009 04:41

    Exactly. And his designs always make me wonder "Why didn't I see a shirt like this in a store yet?"... 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

Japan’s Manga Industry in Dire Straits


Japan’s manga industry faces great peril, with a significant drop in overall sales and a precipitous drop in sales for manga magazines suggesting that change may be required sooner rather than later if the industry is to arrest its decline.

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  • ryvrdrgn14 commented on June 21, 2010 04:14

    It may be that most people just prefer the digital delivery of content rather than paper (which is probably one of the reasons). You can't really bring your favorite manga book/magazine to work and read... More

  • Anonymous commented on November 22, 2009 11:25

    Borders, and Barnes and Noble overprice their merchandise. Yotsuba&! from Borders (EN TL'd, printed and bound in Canada, shipped to the US): $10.99 (MSRP $9.99). Yotsuba&! from Kunokuniya in the US (JP language, printed and bound in... More

Jojo’s Islamic Adventure: Manga Censored Over Nothing?


After being accused of blasphemy against Islam for the unpardonable sin of including some Quranic text in the anime, the distribution of long running manga JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure was halted by the publisher, fearing the usual Muslim histrionics.

The Islamically approved revised manga is now finally going back on sale, though we seem not to be seeing anything of the offending anime. However, it looks like there was never any reason to pull it in the first place…

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  • zazuge commented on August 24, 2009 17:30

    in the anime screen shots i can easily read the text and it's clearly from Quran contrarly to the manga where i coudn't tell well i haven't watched the show so i have nothing to say even... More

  • Anonymous commented on June 6, 2009 04:44

    So, acknowledging that this is the real deal, is it still grounds for censorship?... More

Anti-Islamic Anime Pulled

Anti-Islamic Anime Pulled - JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure a slight against the Religion of Peace

The apparent use of the Koran in popular and long running anime/manga “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” has aroused umbrage amongst some in the Arabic speaking world, it would appear.

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  • Anonymous commented on March 8, 2013 05:09

    >morally bankrupt Oh the irony, to hear that from a Muslim.... More

  • Anonymous commented on March 7, 2013 11:46

    It's Islam. Everyone walks on eggshells when that religion is discussed since its most well known and publicized followers kill others who defame or disagree with it(them in reality)... More

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