Here you will find a run down of today's anime and manga news! If anything major happened 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.
Please note that there may be delays in the broadcasts or releases of certain anime and manga following the quake. You may see a list of affected publications here and here.
3gatsu no Lion Clinches Manga Taishou 2011 Umino Chika's shogi manga was named the winner on the 17th.
The Manga Taishou 2011 is to manga what the Naoki Prize is to novels. Awarded to the best manga of the year, this year's prize was awarded to Umino Chika's "3gatsu no Lion" (March Comes in like a Lion) on the 17th. Due to the earthquake, the prize ceremony that was planned for the same day was canceled.
"3gatsu no Lion" is written by Umino Chika, the same person behind the popular "Hachimitsu to Kuroba" (Honey and Clover), and is serialized in "Young Animal". It tells the story of a 17-year-old professional shogi player and his interactions with the 3 Kawamoto sisters he met by chance.
Previous winners are Ishitsuka Shinichi's "Gaku" in 2008, Suetsugu Yuki's "Chihayafuru" in 2009 and Yamazaki Mari's "Thermae Romae" in 2010.
13 series had been nominated this year and each were read by 93 panelists, who then ranked their top 3. For every first place ranking the series received, it would be awarded 3 points, whereas second and third place rankings were awarded 2 and 1 points respectively.
Here are the rankings for the 13 nominated series, with their total points in brackets:
Shueisha Delays Manga Magazines due to Earthquake Weekly Shounen Jump, Young Jump and Jump Square affected.
Shueisha will be holding off the release of "Weekly Shounen Jump" #17 for a week, shifting its street release date from the 28th of March to the 4th of April. The reasons cited included difficulties in securing materials such as paper, transportation fuel and electricity. Issue #16 goes on sale on the 19th as planned.
In addition, "Weekly Young Jump" #18 will be sold on the 31st of March as a double issue with #19, which had been slated for a 7th April release. "Jump Square" #5, slated for release on 4th April, will be combined into a double issue with #6 and released on 21st April.
Anime Explains Nuclear Accidents to Children: Poop vs. Farts A viral video created by Japanese artist Kazuko Hachiya explains the Fukushima nuclear accident to children by using an analogy they can understand.
The main character is Genpatsu-kun (i.e. Mr. Nuclear power station ) who has a stomach ache caused by the earthquake. Doctors (i.e. nuclear experts) go and cure him with cold water and boric acid to prevent him to “poo” (i.e. to release radiations). At the moment, Genpatsu-kun’s stomach ache doesn’t stop but his health condition is constantly monitored and so far, only repeated “poopees” (i.e. smoke emissions) have been reported.
The anime also explains how, even in the worst scenario, Mr. Genpatsu (i.e. Fukushima plant) is different from Mr. Chernobyl, as he is wearing a nappy. However, in case Mr. Genpatsu had to poo (i.e. the nuclear plant exploded), the effects on the health of the people living in the area would be very serious for decades.
Over a Million "Pokemon" Games Sold in a Day in North America In a single day, more than a million copies of Pokemon Black and White were snapped up upon their North American release.
The two latest Pokemon video games, Pokemon Black Version and Pokemon White Version, were released in North America last Sunday and sold an astounding 1.08 million units in just their first 24 hours of release. The sales broke the franchise’s previous single-day sales record of 780,000 units held by Pokemon Diamond Version and Pokemon Pearl Version, which were released in 2007.
Pokemon is Nintendo’s second most popular property trailing only the iconic Mario. Since the first Pokemon video game was released in 1998, Nintendo has put out 60 Pokemon games. Pokemon Black Version and Pokemon White Version were both crafted for the Nintendo DS hand held game console.
As ICv2 has reported, 2011 is a big year for Pokemon, with the “Black and White” themes and storylines spread across all facets of the multi-media property including the popular Pokemon TV series, now in its 14th season in the U.S. In addition to the Black and White video games, there is also the release of the Black and White Expansion for the popular Pokemon TCG (see “Pokemon TCG: Black & White”), and the release of twin Black & White Pokemon feature films (see “Pokemon Double Feature”).
Entertainment Weekly marveled at the longevity of the Pokemon phenomenon, which has survived when so many 1990s phenoms like the Macarena and Old Navy Tech Vests have fallen by the wayside. EW correctly noted that Pokemon’s staying power is the result of a number of factors including the property’s basic appeal to kids, its complex yet comprehensible mythology, its appeal to adults as well as kids and tweens, and its solid gaming formula.