[Newcomer] Hibiki – Shousetsuka ni Naru Houhou by Yanamoto Mitsuharu

Winner of Manga Taisho 2017 is a captivating tale of a girl with immense potential

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The surprise winner of prestigious Manga Taisho 2017, Hibiki – Shousetsuka ni naru houhou, is a compelling story about a girl setting up to become a revolutionary writer. Set in the modern age where publishing industry is shrinking drastically every year, ordinary(?) high school girl, Hibiki, sends a short manuscript to a publishing company, which comes into the attension of a young editor, Hanai. Hanai is immediately convinced that Hibiki has the potential to not only be a successful writer, but one that can usher in a new era of japanese literature.

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[News] Keijo’s author shares what really went on at the end of the serialization

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The news of Weekly Shounen Sunday’s “Keijo!!!” coming to an end has been a hot topic, especially on the western web. While both the manga and anime performed quite poorly in Japan, Keijo found good success over in the West. This caused many western fans to be angry about the news of the manga ending so soon after the anime, and the fake story made up on /a/ about the manga getting axed due to anime’s poor sales spread like wildfire.

Thankfully, Daichi Sorayaomi, updated his blog today to share what really happened behind the scenes and all the horror stories of serilization.

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[HiddenGem] Misoshiru de Kanpai! by Sasano Sai

A hearth-warming tale of two teens learning about the different flavors of miso-soup.

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Misoshiru de Kanpai! (味噌汁でカンパイ!) is a heartwarming slice-of-life & cooking(?) manga about an average high school boy, Zen, and his childhood friend & next-door neighbor, Yae. After learning that Zen relies on pre-made food for breakfast, Yae decides to start cooking breakfast for Zen everyday. Yae’s dream is to fill the void of Zen’s deceased mom and become the perfect “mother”. Disappointed by Yae’s lack of romantic interest but happy to see his long-time crush coming to cook him breakfast,  Zen gladly accepts their new morning routine of exploring different kinds of Miso soup.

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[HiddenGem] Komi-san wa Komyushou Desu + Current State of Shounen Sunday

Weekly Shounen Sunday’s rising star

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One of the rising stars of Weekly Shounen Sunday, Komi-san wa Komyushou Desu is a story about an ordinary high school boy named Tadano Hito (literally Mr. Average) and Komi-san, the most beautiful girl in school. Although Komi-san is worshiped as an idol by her classmates, she suffers from extreme shyness and terrible communication skills. Her shyness is so bad that she relies on written notes to communicate with others, but Tadano happens to be the only one who realizes Komi-san’s problem. Together, they hope to cure Komi-san’s lack of communication skill and work towards her dream of making 100 friends.

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[HiddenGem] Otona no Houkago by Ichihi

Short slice-of-life episodes between various adult-ish couples.

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A web-series on ComicWalker, Otona no Houkago (おとなのほうかご) by Ichihi is a slice-of-life about various adult couples. Each chapter is only 4-pages long episode about what adults do in their spare time. While most of them focus primarily on comedy, there are still some romantic undertones which makes the series quite enjoyable to read.

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[News] Vol 1 and 2 of Kemono Friends reportedly sold over 120K copies so far

On its way to be the highest selling anime in history?

Kemono Friends have been a hot topic in the Japanese web recently when the news of its BD sales dropped. According to the official twitter account as well as KADOKAWA, volume 1 & 2 of Kemono Friends Blu-ray w/ official guidebook has sold a total of 120K copies so far, making the average per-volume sale of Kemono friends to be 60K.

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[LastStop] Ojojojo END (ch.53)

COOL Kyoushinja delivers another warm ending

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One of my favorite works by COOL Kyoushinsha, Ojojojo(おじょじょじょ) came to an end this week with the release of its 53rd chapter. The author has been working on 4+ series at the same time for a while, and he’s been getting more and more traction recently with the success of Kobayashi Maid Dragon, so it’s understandable that he starts working on wrapping up some of his works.

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