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Manga publisher stops shrink-wrapping collected volumes, sees huge sales jump from new policy

Turns out even physical media benefits from a free trial, one of Japan’s largest manga publishers learns. If you’re a fan of Japanese comics, a stroll into the extensive manga section of bookstores in Japan can feel like heaven. Row after row of collected volumes, covering decades’ worth of content, all waiting for you to pick …

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Japanese town’s beautiful rice paddy art salutes Osamu Tezuka anime characters, Audrey Hepburn

Photos show rural Aomori town’s continuing tradition of artistic agriculture with convenient access for travelers. Part of what makes Japanese cuisine so enjoyable is that so much effort goes into the presentation, as the belief is that food should not only be pleasing to the palate, but enjoyable to the eyes. The town of Inakadate takes …

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Urusei Yatsura store opening in Japan to celebrate the manga/anime hit’s 40th anniversary

Exclusive merchandise celebrates 40 years of zany antics from Lum, the most beloved character of legendary manga/anime creator Rumiko Takahashi. Earlier this year, we stopped by the Ranma 1/2 Cafe, part of the 30th anniversary celebration for the hit anime/manga franchise, and found it to be well-worth the six-hour wait for a table. But Ranma …

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Why does Dragon Ball’s Goku look so freaky when drawn by One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda?

Special cover illustration for 50th anniversary issue of Weekly Shonen Jump terrifies fans of anime/manga martial arts saga. This week, Weekly Shonen Jump, Japan’s biggest manga anthology, is putting out a very special issue. Volume 33, which hits stores on July 14, has been designated as the commemorative 50th anniversary edition of the magazine (which …

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