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Move Over, Nikumi: New Manga “Meat Girls’ Recommendations” Collaborates with Japanese Yakiniku Chain

The Japanese yakiniku restaurant Gyu-Kaku is currently doing a promotional campaign with the manga Nikujo no Osusume (“Meat Girls’ Recommendations”). A series by artist Neneko Kobato, the manga follows three ladies as they try various meat dishes from various restaurants. For this promotion, Nikujo no Osusume features a special chapter where one of its characters visits Gyu-Kaku. The chapter also has a QR code readers can scan to get a free serving of Galbi. 29 lucky winners will also receive a special gyudon ball autographed by Kobato. 【宣伝】1週間過ぎましたが、9/10発売のヤングコミック10月号に肉女のススメ11話掲載されてます。最近の屋台飯は種類が多くて気になるものが多かったです。よろしくおねがいします!・:*三( ε:) pic.twitter.com/hhCkeNZjVu — 小鳩ねねこ@②巻11/30発売 (@kobato_neneko) September 18, 2016 Nikujo no Osusume is currently published in the magazine Young King. Fans of Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma and its matron of meat, Mito Ikumi, may...

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Dangerous Romance Manga “Mangaka to Yakuza” Volume 1 On Sale

If you’ve ever dreamed of a romance between a gangster and a manga artist, Japan has you covered. Volume 1 of the comic Mangaka to Yakuza by coda went on sale in Japan on October 17, 2016, as a paperback comic. First published digitally through the online manga magazine Love Coffre, Mangaka to Yakuza is about a naïve female mangaka named Rui, who finds herself saddled with 6 million yen (approximately $60,000 USD) in debt because her name was on an acquaintance’s loan. She’s visited by a yakuza named Azuma, who claims that she will pay no matter what, even if she has to use her body. However, it turns out that Azuma is much kinder than he initially seems,...

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Drink Three Times Faster with the Char Aznable Teacup

The latest product themed after Mobile Suit Gundam antagonist Char Aznable is a fine china teacup. Created by high-quality ceramics maker Noritake, the teacup is tinted Char’s signature red and is emblazoned with his logo. The teacup also comes with a red plate. In the center of it is an image of a flying swan, the symbol of Char’s doomed lover, Lalah Sune. In the original series, Char and protagonist Amuro are both in love with Lalah. Her death is what turns their rivalry personal. Char Aznable holds a cultural position in Japan similar to that of Darth Vader in the United States. Throughout multiple Gundam series, Char has a tendency to pilot red mobile suits, leading to products such...

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New Manga: Monster Therapy-Themed “Youkai Massage” Debuts

Rensuke Oshikiri, the manga artist behind gaming romance series High Score Girl, is authoring a new manga called Youkai Massage. Unlike previous titles, Oshikiri is solely in a writing position and his student and assistant, Ichiro Imiki, is providing the artwork. Youkai Massage is the story of Atsuko Momiyama, a young girl who ends up working at a massage parlor for monsters. Though one of the young workers there underestimates her, Atsuko apparently has some secrets to her success. Compared to his teacher, Imiki’s art style is a lot more conventionally cute than Oshikiri’s weirdly proportioned yet oddly charming aesthetic (pictured above). However, there are still clear signs of Oshikiri’s influence on Imiki’s work, as shown with the old lady...

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Teen Girl Sherlock Holmes Novel “A Study in Charlotte” Gets Manga-style Cover: US vs. Japan Marketing in Action

The 2016 novel, A Study in Charlotte, about fifth generation teenage descendants of Sherlock Holmes and Watson, has gone on sale in Japan. Its covers for the Japanese release are drawn by manga artist/illustrator Naru Narumi. Narumi’s previous manga works include Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san (“Koizumi-kun Loves Ramen”) and Wataru-kun no xx ga Houkaisunzen (“Wataru-kun’s xx is on the Brink of Collapse”). A Study in Charlotte is not a manga, or based on an anime. It’s not even a light novel. Its author, Britanny Cavallaro, is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. However, while the source material is far removed from Japanese pop culture, I find it rather fascinating to look at how it’s being marketed to Japan.

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The Dragon Dentist Debuts February 2017: First TV Anime by Rebuild of Evangelion’s Studio Khara, Directed by Creator of FLCL

Studio Khara, the animation studio behind the Rebuild of Evangelion films, will be showing its first television anime in February of 2017. The Dragon Dentist is based on a short of the same name from the first Japan Animator Expo—a showcase of short animated works created by Studio Khara itself and Japanese telecommunications and media company DWANGO. Like the original work, the TV anime is written by Japanese novelist Otaro Maijo and directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki, creator of the popular Gainax anime FLCL.

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Rokudou no Onna-tachi Harem Manga Review: Every Girl is a Delinquent

Harem anime and manga are formulas for success. Take a guy (or a girl), surround them with attractive and appealing potential partners, and let the imagination run wild. Within the realm of this seemingly limited genre, however, is actually a surprising amount of variety once you get past the initial premise. Monster Musume takes a close look at what it might actually be like to romance real monsters from legend. School Days is a lesson in what would happen if someone tried to aim for the harem ending route (spoilers: it means a despicable human being and a lot of violence). Rokudou no Onna-tachi, or “Rokudou’s Wicked Women” throws its hat into the ring with a story where all girls...

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Japanese Manga App Review: Shonen Jump +

This review looks at the Japanese manga app Shonen Jump +, which is only available on the Japanese iTunes store. Shonen Jump has been the marquee name in manga for decades, and their digital presence is an interesting one. In addition to dedicated apps for hit titles like Naruto and Dragon Ball, the Shonen Jump+ app offers not only favorites from throughout Jump history, but also immediate access to titles that aren’t published in normal manga magazines.

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