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Animanga in the News: 2/17/11

+ posted by saladesu in Anime/Manga News on Feb 17, 2011 16:44
Here you will find a run down of today's anime and manga news! If anything sent waves through the anime and manga world today, you'll find it in this post! By the way, I'm saladesu, one of the translator-moderators of MH, and I'll be posting a post like this every day (as much as possible, anyway). Look forward to them ;)

If you would like to help in finding and translating news of this nature, please contact saladesu via PM ^^ Feel free to PM me any interesting bits of anime or manga news you find floating around the internet, too.

"ONE PIECE" Trains Ply Yamanote Line

Tokyo's famed Yamanote Line has been converted to "Gomunote Line" in celebration of "ONE PIECE"'s 200 million copies.

Trains decked out in Oda Eiichirou's "ONE PIECE" manga panels made its debut on the Tokyo Yamanote Line on the 17th. All 11 carriages of trains plying the line have "ONE PIECE" plastered all over them, from the exterior to hanging posters within the train itself, as well as all screens. These trains will run for a limited period, until the 1st of March.

As part of the celebratory campaign for "ONE PIECE" selling over 200 million copies, this project is entitled "Gomunote Line" (literally Rubber Hand Line, a on the original Yamanote Line). The first and last carriages have posters of when "ONE PIECE" hijacked Shibuya, Tokyo in early February. The remaining carriages are each dedicated to each member of the Strawhat Pirates and is decorated with them as the theme. The carriages go in the order: Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper, Robin, Franky and Brook. Publisher Shueisha said, "We'd like fans to be polite when enjoying them."

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Oricon Comic Ranking, February 7-13

Latest volumes of 7SEEDS, Kin Kyori Renai and Mitsudomoe land in top 10.

One Piece, Gintama, Kaichou wa Maid-sama!, Sket Dance, Jin and Shiki fill out the rest of the top 10. One Piece takes 8 spots out of the top 30, including the top spot for the second week running. All 3 volumes of Shingeki no Kyojin fall out of the top 30 after 6-week streak.

  1. One Piece #61 (485,623/2,571,703)
  2. Gintama #38 (122,237/325,708)
  3. Kaichou wa Maid-sama! #12 (71,274/170,690)
  4. 7SEEDS #19 (61,765/61,765)
  5. Sket Dance #17 (58,249/144,938)
  6. Jin #20 (56,582/126,923)
  7. Kin Kyori Renai #9 (46,488/46,488)
  8. Mitsudomoe #11 (45,896/45,896)
  9. Shiki #10 (35,682/89,058)
  10. One Piece #60 (33,372/2,873,350)
  11. The Five Star Stories Reboot #11 (31,471/31,471)
  12. Shinjuku Swan #25 (30,235/65,982)
  13. Hyakko #6 (29,342/29,342)
  14. Swan: Moscow Arc #1 (29,005/29,005)
  15. Neko Mix Genkitan Toraji #4 (27,630/27,630)
  16. Gakuen Prince #11 (27,328/27,328)
  17. Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji: Kazuya Arc #5 (27,168/76,151)
  18. Psyren #15 (26,952/69,643)
  19. Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Meiou Shinwa #23 (25,188/25,188)
  20. Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo #173 (24,484/ 70,937)
  21. Kenka Shoubai #24 (24,331/54,914)
  22. One Piece #1 (24,057/797,989)
  23. One Piece #59 (22,638/2,824,918)
  24. One Piece #2 (21,436/747,910)
  25. One Piece #3 (19,896/722,369)
  26. Clover #24 (19,052/154,985)
  27. Kiss and Never Cry #10 (18,512/18,512)
  28. Yumekui Merry #6 (18,242/18,242)
  29. One Piece #4 (18,082/690,336)
  30. One Piece #5 (17,802/682,579)

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"Evangelion", "K-ON!!" and "Shima Kousaku" Adorn Calculators

SHARP and BANDAI launch joint project to boost the calculator industry by reaching out to anime fans with calculators featuring characters from popular anime and manga series.

SHARP and BANDAI announced on the 17th that they would begin selling calculators with designs from popular anime "Evangelion" and "K-ON!!" as well as popular manga "Shima Kousaku". There will be 6 different designs featuring characters from the 3 series, and the calculators go on sale on the 11th of March.

With the rise in the number of people using the calculator functions built into their mobile phones, the calculator industry has suffered a dip in sakes. SHARP expressed their hopes for the project, saying, "Using this design, we hope to open up new markets such as anime fans."

The calculators will cost approximately ¥3,500, and come with a strap for portability.

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#1. by Googlez_kun (MH's Best Artist)
Posted on Feb 17, 2011
OP haters sure have it hard in Japan lol

I wonder if Oda approves all of this hype.I would kind of feel uneasy if my series gets spammed everywhere.
#2. by Xenos3421 ()
Posted on Feb 17, 2011
God i wish i lived in japan. All that OP love makes me kindda tear up.
#3. by saladesu (in absentia)
Posted on Feb 18, 2011
Yeah Googlez, I totally agree... I kinda worry whenever I post a piece of news that mentions One Piece (because that happens like at least 3 times a week ._.) that an OP hater is smashing his computer screen somewhere in the world.

I wonder how the general public in Japan feels having this series pushed in their faces everywhere they go. And yeah, I wonder how Oda feels too XD

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