Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I last posted. I am pretty busy with freelance work and summer classes start next week for me. If everything goes well, I should graduate in December 2018! *sobs* I’ve been in college on & off for a longass time and switched my degree and university AND kinda failed math classes on the way… I have weak motivation which delayed my graduation for a while…

Karate Heat by Eiichi Kitano

cover for Karate Heat

taken from Kodansha Comics

This has been a secret for a while, but I worked on Karate Heat (てのひらの熱を) by Eiichi Kitano. [MangaUpdates] [MyAnimeList]. It’s a shonen series about… KARATE! (lol)

“All you need is the floor and your body. Then all that’s left is to make a fist.” Shinya Kinoshita, a boy with incredible posture, and Takumi Yanagiya, the 6-time elementary school national champion meet one day by chance … but surely it’s fate. As the two laugh and are drawn to each other, the stage is set for this story of the Kawasaki Ukishima Junior High School Karate Club—a fun-filled martial-arts journey full of friendship and smiles begins now!

Check out volume 1 on Bookwalker, Comixology, or Kindle! Series link HERE!

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I would like to focus on the manga portion of The Beat’s thorough analysis of BookScan 2017. NPD BookScan tracks between 80% and 85% of print sales according to Publisher’s Weekly. FYI Brian Hibbs did an amazing job on this report and went crazy into the numbers portion in a way that more casual readers could understand. He kept mentioning “long tail,” which is “used to refer to the large number of products that sell in small quantities, as contrasted with the small number of best-selling products.” Apparently, manga has a long tail? I only skimmed the article since it’s about 15K+ words (90 min read) and focused my attention on the manga portion. If you want to check out last month’s BookScan chart, see Feb 2018 Top 20 Manga Chart.

With over 10,248 items listed, 5.9 million sold for a total of $85.6M, manga seems to be selling well! However, compared to 2008 when 7842 items listed, 10.2 million sold for a total of $100.8M during the manga boom, it pales in comparison. Remember that Borders closed in 2011, which led to many US manga companies to shut down.

Let’s see the top 6 manga publishers of 2017 and analyze the numbers after the break!

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Finding new legal manga releases online in English is sometimes complex, since the big name publishers offer their series on various online services. Most people will pay to support their favorite artist and series though! Here’s a list of simulpub manga and where to find them~

I’m including only websites/services that offer simulpub (released on same day as Japanese or up to a week later). They are: Weekly Shonen Jump, Yen Press Digital, Kodansha Comics, Crunchyroll Manga, Manga Box, ComicWalker, and Comic Zenon International. The series that they host are listed below the cut!

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