September, 2008

Innovative New Online Video Streaming Service To Carry Original Uncut Japanese Episodes From Three Smash Hit Animated Action Series

San Francisco, CA, September 25, 2008 - VIZ Media, LLC., one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies has announced the availability of the original Uncut Japanese versions of NARUTO, BLEACH and DEATH NOTE animated episodes (subtitled in English) on Hulu is an online video service that offers hit TV shows, movies and clips at and other online destination sites - all for free, anytime in the U.S. Hulu has more than 100 content partners and offers nearly 900 show and movie titles, including 200 full-length feature films and 400 television series with hundreds of videos added to the service each week. NARUTO and DEATH NOTE launched in the United States on Hulu this week. BLEACH and new episodes of each title will be added regularly on Hulu.

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Dimensional Manga is a new publisher from the UK currently in their Pre-launch stage. We have been touring the UK exhibiting at numerous conventions introducing our new concept of Feature Manga. The response so far has been explosive!!!! In 2009 Dimensional Manga will release their first Feature Manga titles – Awakened Soul, Vampire Samurai and Pwanda. During 2008 Pre-launch period, Dimensional Manga pre-released with their Dimensional Saga series, Demon Prince: Children of Gaia. Limited Edition of Vol 1-5 have been pre-released at conventions and limited retail outlets. Dimensional Manga have the pleasure to announce that they will be signing at Travelling Man, Leeds. Limited stock is currently available from Traveling Man.

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Web Video Portal To Offer Streamed Episodes Of Three Hit Series Complemented With Social Interaction

San Francisco, CA, SEPTEMBER 23, 2008 - VIZ Media, LLC. (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies has announced that Joost™, the world's first broadcast-quality internet television service, will carry the original Uncut (Japanese version/English subtitled) episodes of the hit animated series NARUTO, DEATH NOTE and BLEACH (coming soon) in the United States. Episodes will be made available for free at with new installments being added regularly.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - eigoMANGA's radio show Shibuya Airwaves is pleased to welcome Japanese rock musician, SUGIZO to San Francisco Japan town's Kinokuniya Bookstore on Tuesday, September 23 and his live concert at The Independent on Monday, September 22.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Comic book publishing studio eigoMANGA, announces the launch of its redesigned web site, With a new stylized look and feel, improved navigation for fewer clicks, better coordination with its other microsite channels, and an assortment of interactive components, eigoMANGA's revamped site promises users a memorable and engaging online experience.

The refreshed version represents the progressive direction of eigoMANGA's branding efforts to streamline its brand presentation. "It took us over two years to develop the new site," said Austin Osueke, eigoMANGA's Publisher and CEO. "We wanted to develop a fun site that fans would love to visit again and again but also provide just enough company information for retailers and businesses. But still, we were thinking about the fans first when we were putting this site together".

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Manga Top 100 Volumes and Top 25 Series for August 2008
- By Matt Blind

So just what is the Manga Top 100?

It's a chart of comparative manga rankings based on aggregate online sales listings. Yes, I know that's a bit of a mouthful and it might not make sense at first glance; the explanation for just what it means and why this isn't really a bestseller list (in the traditional sense) follows after the jump.

I'm going to lead with this, though:

Top 10 Manga Volumes:

1. ↔0 (1) : Naruto 30 - Viz Shonen Jump, Jul 2008 [1741.2]
2. ↑2 (4) : Naruto 29 - Viz Shonen Jump, May 2008 [1659.2]
3. ↔0 (3) : Death Note 1 - Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2005 [1649.2]
4. ↑2 (6) : Death Note 2 - Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Nov 2005 [1627.4]
5. ↑2 (7) : Fruits Basket 20 - Tokyopop, Jul 2008 [1609.8]
6. ↓-4 (2) : Death Note 13 How to Read Death Note - Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Feb 2008 [1599.1]
7. ↑4 (11) : Death Note 3 - Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jan 2006 [1594.9]
8. ↔0 (8) : Naruto 28 - Viz Shonen Jump, Mar 2008 [1592.4]
9. ↑1 (10) : Vampire Knight 3 - Viz Shojo Beat, Oct 2007 [1572.1]
10. ↓-1 (9) : Vampire Knight 1 - Viz Shojo Beat, Jan 2007 [1542.5]

Top 10 Manga Series:

1. ↔0 (1) : Naruto - Viz Shonen Jump, Jul 2003 [6580.7]
2. ↔0 (2) : Death Note - Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Oct 2005 [4995.15]
3. ↔0 (3) : Fruits Basket - Tokyopop, Feb 2004 [4394.14]
4. ↔0 (4) : Bleach - Viz Shonen Jump, Jun 2004 [3568.68]
5. ↔0 (5) : Vampire Knight - Viz Shojo Beat, Jan 2007 [3440.5]
6. ↔0 (6) : Warriors - HC/Tokyopop, Apr 2007 [2390.3]
7. ↑8 (15) : Rosario+Vampire - Viz Shonen Jump Advanced, Jun 2008 [2119.24]
8. ↑1 (9) : Kingdom Hearts - Tokyopop, Oct 2005 [2097.88]
9. ↑3 (12) : Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle - Del Rey, Apr 2004 [1936.66]
10. ↓-2 (8) : Ouran High School Host Club - Viz Shojo Beat, Jul 2005 [1903]

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Charts of comparative manga rankings based on aggregate online sales listings from Matt Blind.

Matt maintains his own site at where he posts on manga, book retail & publishing, and general fandom -- and also posts ever-changing variations and derivatives of these manga charts on a weekly basis.

Readers with questions, comments or corrections should email Matt at, not surprisingly, matt[at]rocketbomber[dot]com.