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Manga Town would like to remind everyone that they are not Manga Town, a.k.a. Manga Village

This looks like a job for the manga zoning board. For quite some time now, there has been an uproar online regarding a website called Manga Mura (Manga Village) which was accused of hosting free pages of copyrighted works. Defenders of Manga Mura claim that because they simply indexed the works and never actually possessed …

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Are shonen manga anthologies moving away from their traditional "boy-centered" content?

Almost half the titles published in a recent Shonen Magazine issue are considered “romantic comedies”, which made netizens wonder. In Japan, there are three top weekly manga anthologies intended for boys: Shonen Jump, Shonen Sunday, and Shonen Magazine. These magazines are called “shonen”, or “boy”, magazines because they have traditionally featured stories about young, typically school-age boys that center around themes …

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Aspiring manga artist makes unbelievably huge screwup while winning award in Shonen Jump contest

There’s something even more important than cool characters and a great story, and this contestant completely forgot about it. With the country’s gigantic anime and manga industry, it’s no surprise that many people in Japan dream of becoming comic artists. Really, all you need to become a star is a pencil and a dream, right? …

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Anime art book teaches you to draw the subtle mannerisms that make women beautiful…and butts

Illustration reference covers feminine beauty in both subtle and not-so-subtle forms. Few countries have as robust a community of budding illustrators as Japan does, and to help them improve their manga/anime-style artwork, Japanese publishers are standing by with all manner of reference books. In the past, we’ve looked at tomes that teach how to draw …

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Why does Dragon Ball’s Goku get blond hair when he powers up? Editor reveals the secret

The anime/manga hero goes blond when he goes Super Saiyajin, but not for fashion reasons. It’s a staple of just about all action anime that before a big fight, the hero needs to tear off his shirt and radiate beams of ki as he charges up his inner power. But if you’re watching Dragon Ball, …

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Join us in congratulating Kaneda from Akira for his milestone on 17 March, 2018!

Our little Kaneda is growing up so fast… KANEDA!!! Seems like just yesterday Tokyo was obliterated in a gravitational singularity, but it’s actually been 30 years since that horrific event. Now, Neo-Tokyo stands as a shining example to the world and is set to host the 2020 Olympics. Not only that, but a certain rough-and-tumble …

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Is nothing sacred? Line crossed as beloved anime Captain Tsubasa endorses pseudo-gambling

Reason #164 why pachinko sucks. One of the most beloved manga series in much of the world is Captain Tsubasa, the epic story of one boy’s rise from the elementary school soccer team to professional glory. Its themes of sportsmanship, teamwork, and the occasional superhuman move are as universal and wholesome as they come. Captain …

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Tokyo lesbian love anime art/photography exhibition cancelled, thighs suspected as sticking point

Cancellation of yuri event comes mere days before scheduled opening in one of Tokyo’s major anime fan neighborhoods. Anyone who was planning to go to the opening of Yuri Exhibition 2018 in Tokyo this coming Saturday now needs to make new plans for the weekend. The organizers of the event have announced that the gathering …

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