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Upcoming Manga Release Dates

You know, the Tokyopop site is a real work of art piece of work. It is nearly impossible to find the release dates page(s), which are now handled as a blog by an account named releasedates. (Also: no news about upcoming releases in any of the three series I checked.) And the Dark Horse site is not much better, despite having a much lower Pointlessly Grunge quotient. DelRey's isn't bad, although they have a major response time issue (perhaps because they are part of the much larger Random House site, which may need to consider a resource upgrade). So far, the best one today has been Viz - that is, if one defines "best" as: it was easy to find the Manga page, easy to find the list of series, and then easy to find the series in which I was interested.

In related news, Amazon's search engine has become unclear on the concept of Vol. vs. Volume. If you search on Manga Title Vol. 3, and the actual listing says Manga Title Volume 3, it craps out - and the same if the situation is vice versa (and both situations exist, which doesn't help). It did not used to be quite so easily confused.

Hikaru no Go, Vol. 16 - Aug. 4, 2009

Black Lagoon, Vol. 7 - Aug. 11, 2009

20th Century Boys, Vol. 4 - Aug. 18, 2009

Ooku: The Inner Chambers, Vol. 1 - Aug. 18, 2009

Bleach, Vol. 28 - Sep. 1, 2009

xxxHolic, Vol. 14 - Oct. 2009

  Shaman Warrior, Vol. 8 - Oct 7, 2009

20th Century Boys, Vol. 5 - Oct. 20, 2009

Samurai Deeper Kyo, Vol. 35/36 - Nov. 2009

Fushigi Yûgi Genbu Kaiden, Vol. 9 - Nov. 3, 2009

Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 13 - Nov. 3, 2009

Mushishi, Vol. 8 - February 2010



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 5th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
I've given up on the publisher sites entirely, the updates/lack of are so frustrating. Tell me which series you're looking for and I'll check the book retailer distribution sites at work. I've noticed Viz and Tokyopop will usually have volumes available to order from the distributor a week or more before the "official" listed street date, anyway. I don't know that they care that bookstores plunk those down on shelves early (and save the effort of remembering them later).
Aug. 5th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
FWIW, from this lot HnG 16 should be widely out; Black Lagoon 7 (9781421524566) is listed at the distributor and so should be on hand or available to order from your friendly neighborhood bookstore or online retailer; 20thCB 4 and onward are still on backorder.
Aug. 5th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)

I figured I could probably snag HnG sometime this week if I could only get to the full-size Borders in Silver Spring. I'm also behind on picking up the latest Blade of the Immortal, which came out a couple of weeks ago - Borders might have that as well, or I can order from Amazon.

Thanks so much for checking!

(I used to try to use the little Silver Spring comic book shop - Alliance - but they were rotten about manga. The last straw was the day they were pretty sure they had the latest SDK in one of 3 unopened cases downstairs but wouldn't bother to check ... I would have bought it then and there.)

Aug. 5th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)

You are marvelous! I have a feeling an awful lot of other people are wondering about these same titles (all Tokyopop):


  • Saiyuki Reload, vol. 10
  • Wild Adapter, vol. 7.
  • Loveless, vol. 9

smillaraaq was kind enough to lend me all 8 volumes of Loveless and now 'Im thoroughly hooked.

Edited at 2009-08-05 02:57 am (UTC)
Aug. 5th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
None of them are listed at all yet at distributor 1, sorry. (WAIL RELOAD!) I don't see anything there for Minekura coming out the rest of this year; Kouga lists Gestalt from Viz through volume 4 on 12/15. I'll check distributor 2 in the morning. Tokyopop's releases and dates have me all confused anyway, with their various titles canceled/not-canceled-just-rescheduled/delayed-into-infinity. I cannot have Silver Diamond 5 or Momo Tama 4 until March 2010, WOE CRUEL WORLD! Still not one-fourth as maddening as Drama Queen, though.

It's much easier to find/track volumes if you can snag their ISBNs from somewhere, rather than by title. (Unless you cancel the book pre-release and then publish later under a different ISBN, which happens and drives me nuts.)
Aug. 9th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)

Re Tokyopop - and then there's the whole SDK thing ... Amazon only recently seems to have figured out that the puboisher has changed.

Are you enjoying Silver Diamond? Someone else was recommending it.

I want more Saiyuki so damn much. >sigh<

I'll try to get ISBNs next itme I'm worrying about this!

I got HnG and Black Lagoon tonight, along with the vol. 21 BotI.

(I hope you had a great birthday!)

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