Publisher: Media Factory (JP), Seven Seas (US)
Artist: Tomoya Haruno
Serialized in: Monthly Comic Alive
Translation: Adrienne Beck
Original Release Date: August 5, 2014
I follow a very simple rule when it comes to reading comedy manga: if I’m laughing because it’s legitimately funny instead of laughing while making up scenarios in my head that makes what I’m reading funny, that means the manga has good comedy. I think that’s the philosophy for a lot of people, so let’s narrow it down further: if there’s 7 chapters in one volume and there’s not a smile on my face at least 10-15 times, then it’s not worth my time to continue with the series. D-Frag! is definitely worth my time and attention since I was very amused at the humor in this volume.
This past Saturday Kinokuniya and Vertical Inc held a Knights of Sidonia event, which turned out to preview the first episode of the Sidonia anime on Netflix, some brief talk on Vertical’s involvement with the anime staff, and a Q & A which revealed the anime was doing well on Netflix. After the event, Ed Chavez, who you know is heavily involved with the manga side of Vertical (and hosted the event), had some time after the event to talk more about Sidonia and its success. I did ask one question that did not pertain to Sidonia though…and it involved a tweet.
Sega has a history of not localizing their more niche games, so “Sega hates us” has become a common joke amongst the Western fanbase. One franchise that had never been given the chance to shine in English-speaking fanbases is the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva games that debuted on the PSP and sold like hotcakes in Japan. Last year, they finally localized Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f for the PS3, with the Vita digital version arriving soon after. And then they realized that *gasp*, there are people who enjoy Vocaloid music and rhythm games in North America! The game sold well enough for them to localize the second game, coming to North American shores this November. This time the Vita version gets a physical print run too.
Last time on Space Dandy Season 2, Dandy found a mysterious Couldian, but couldn’t register it because it lost its cloud.
Wake Up Girls is an anime that follows the story of the idol band bearing the same name. Their birth is almost like a chance meeting. The company that produces them is incredibly tiny and on the verge of going out of business and so they look to form an idol group and everything starts by a debut concert in a park of the city of Sendai.
It’s the end of an era. After using My Yahoo in order to keep up with blogs since the start of the blog, I’ve now given up on the service and instead will be using Feedly. It just does things a lot better than My Yahoo. Hopefully you’ll see the effects of that change in future RRM.
…For better or worse. Now, let’s get to the good reads this week!