May 26, 2005

Clap and slap!

At first I thought it was just last week's headline. But make no mistake, Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 1 was the top-selling graphic novel on BookScan for the fourth straight week. The rest of the list:

2. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
3. Fruits Basket Vol. 9
4. Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 14
5. Tsubasa Vol. 5
6. Descendants of Darkness Vol. 5
7. Sokora Refugees Vol. 1 (rather surprising to me since I didn't see THAT much of a marketing push for it)
8. Naruto Vol. 6
9. Fruits Basket Vol. 8
10. Shaman King Vol. 6

Is Del Rey's timing good, or what? First they come out with Nodame Cantabile right when it gets nominated for the Tezuka Prize, now it's Sugar Sugar Rune coming out in September hot on the heels of the anime release this summer in Japan. With Moyoco Anno behind it, this could be the series that reawakens the magical girl genre (which seems to have gone into hiding since Cardcaptor Sakura). Or not. But I bet it'll be cute.

Animania notes the upcoming Cromartie High School live-action movie. I can definitely see that style of humor working in live-action. (But how will they do Mechazawa?)

YACB has a well-thought-out review of some recently released (well, not so recently for Peach Fuzz) OEL manga. It's a pretty accurate picture of the field: right now, everything is in such an embryonic state that all these young English-speaking, manga-influenced creators have PLENTY of room to improve and develop. And it'll be interesting to see this branch of comics artistry grow as we're really getting in on the ground floor.


Tivome said...

Mechazawa could be a guy in a tin-foil box and still be just as funny. Looking forward to the movie!

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