Tuesday, September 8, 2009

August edition of the "related articles in the media"

Here's the batch of articles to show up in the media from August, regarding anime, manga and related stuff.

Japan Times

Japanese win 'cosplay' world title

The future king of Japanese animation may be with us

Fujio Akatsuka Exhibit

Desperately seeking the mojo
Review of the 3rd 20th Century Boys movie, "20-Seiki Shonen"

DPJ vow to ditch 'manga' museum rapped

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Metropolis

Funny. The Metropolis re-did their online version of the magazine. At least with the earlier site it was easy to navigate to see if there was a reason to get the paper copy. Now, not only is the newer layout a pain to page through, it looks like they've tossed lots of the older articles. I'd tagged about 4-5 stories to mention here, and they're not coming up in searches on their titles anymore. I knew the Met was a garbage rag, but this is just silly.

This pointless article, yet again from Galbraith, kind of proves the point.
Geek Shibuya

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Other

Japanese director Miyazaki seeks breakout U.S. film

J-pop commercial complex opens in San Francisco


This story's interesting. Looks like manga publishers aren't going to sit on the sidelines anymore regarding fan scanilations. It's especially interesting the way they harp on the bad scan and translation quality. That's one of the saving graces of scanilations - they're so bad that they drive people to buy the original manga just to get the better artwork, making it look less like piracy than a misguided marketing campaign.
Web comics no laughing matter

The same day Shueisha is quoted as saying that scanilations are a violation of copyright, they're in turn accused of evading taxes on $5 million over 5 years. Who's the kettle and who's the pot?
Publisher Shueisha hit for tax evasion

Publishers buy French, German sellers of Japan animation DVDs

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