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  The State of Digital MangaThe State of Digital Manga
Article by Linda Yau

The State of Digital MangaRecently with the sudden closure of Jmanga, readers like myself is left with the same issues that was prevalent prior to JManga's existence. Being a manga reader in any country outside of Japan is never going to be easy and is a battle to be able to read content legally without relying on scanalation. The challenge of navigating various publishers' websites to see which Japanese manga was licensed and ultimately own or read it. With JManga existence there was promise on the horizon that readers can have a gateway to legally read or ìownî multiple types of manga. But with JManga's their personal expectations may have fallen short. In short, this is an ongoing race for companies to see a successful business model to satisfy oversea consumers.

Manga is not to be confused with manhwa is a Japanese cultural product less than a century old. Both though are Asian product that has won fans, and continues to be adapted in various entertainment mediums. Manga has a barrier with overseas fans as being presented in a native language, but in today's global world it is a product that can be economized for money. With the continued efforts of publishers stateside, there is the continued fight for the market and fans of manga readers. Read More...

The State of Digital Manga

Natsume's Book of Friends
Natsume's Book of Friends
Anime Review by Ben Huber

Natsume's Book of FriendsHow would you like to be able to see spirits? Do you think it'd be a burden or a delight? It's not too often that your grandparent's life dictates your own, but Natsume has such a fate. Natsume Takashi can see things other people can't: the spirits that move unseen throughout the world. While that may seem like an exciting ability, it has become nothing but trouble.

Natsume's grandmother, Reiko, was a powerful person as well, who used her own sight of spirits to control and bind them to her will via their names. She collected all their names into a single book, and now Natsume has come into possession of it. However, rather than use this newfound power, Natsume opts to instead give all the spirits their names back. Read More...

Natsume's Book of Friends

Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends
Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends
Anime Review by Linda Yau

Haganai: I Don't Have Many FriendsMaking and keeping friends can mean a lot to a person's social livelihood. If there happens to be a flyer on the local bulletin board that advertises a new local Neighbor's Club, with a hidden agenda of making friends. Is this a group worth to be joined? That is the premises in school life title of Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends.

It starts with high school student Yozora Mikazuki and the suggestion from new transfer student Kodaka Hasegawa to begin a club that draws in fellow members who didn't have any friends to begin with.

Each member that eventually joins the Neighbor's Club all have their own issues and limited social skills of interacting with others. The club acts as a practice location. How to make friends often means to find commonality in interests, and this was initially explored with comedic outcomes through PSP adventure and visual novel games. Even sharing a common nabe meal is also experienced.

Haganai's protagonist, Kodaka is easily and superficially seen as a delinquent because of his mixed race heritage. His father is Japanese and his mother was English. At this time he lives with his little gothic loli vampire-affectionate sister, while his father works abroad. Read More...

Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends

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