News Roundup for May 12th, 2015

Manga Without Borders

Do you have to work in the Japanese market for your output to truly qualify as manga? Kadokawa puts the debate to rest with ComicWalker GLOBAL, a manga reading app that only runs titles by non-Japanese authors. The current beta includes Japanese and Chinese versions with plans to add English and other languages in the future.

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It Was Not By My Hand That I Am Once Again Given Flesh

Like Dracula himself, former Castlevania director Koji Igarashi has been resurrected to unleash his signature brew of gothic-themed action and exploration unto the gaming public with Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Inti Creates, the studio behind Mighty No. 9, will develop the title for PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 with music from Castlevania composer Michiru Yamane and money from Kickstarter backers. Obviously the game will meet its funding goals--the real question is, what do we call the genre? Igavania is too ego-centric. Metroidvania, too clever. Given how the topic inflames such debate, perhaps the most appropriate label is Castleroid.

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A High Priestess Worthy of Worship

Andy Warhol promised everyone 15 minutes of fame but Poor Midler wasn't on screen for more than 15 seconds. Give her a chance to stand proud with this Araki-sensei supervised sculpt!

Statue Legend - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part.III 56. Midler (Sculpt & Color Supervised by Hirohiko Araki) [Di molto bene]
Pre-painted Figure
Size: Approx. H19.5cm
Material: PVC, ABS

I Always Knew She Was a Country Girl

Voice actress Kana Hanazawa has a lot to say, both on and off screen. She's held a monthly column in Newtype magazine since 2012 where she talks about the industry, and now those writings are being collected in a book that comes with an anime DVD starring no other than Kana-chan herself! Look forward to reading her rants and watching Kanadian Families, a series of CG shorts, are about Kana's life on a farm surrounded by talking animals who are almost as cute as she is, when the book, Kanagatarai. Kanabakari. is released on July 10.

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Every King Begins with K

The kings-with-super-powers action of K returns in October with K Return of Kings and the latest teaser reveals the Silver King, Yashiro Isana. Look forward to more glimpses of greatness from June when the producers launch the 100 Days×Visuals campaign that promises to, you guessed it, release 100 visuals in as many days.

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Mon Chièri

Chieri looks pleased as punch to show off the new dress she bought with sales from the Candy Island album. When you think about it, idols are a lot like Kickstarter campaigns, right down to the the "empty your bank account to take them out to dinner" backer rewards.

THE IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls - Chieri Ogata 1/8 Complete Figure [Kotobukiya]
Pre-painted Complete Figure
Scale: 1/8
Size: Approx. H200mm