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Earlier this week, Crunchyroll ran a series of pages from the recently-released manga tie-in to the four-part animated "Ghost in the Shell: Arise" which will debut in Japanese theaters in June.

The piece points out that, in the manga, at least, Major Kusanagi's design seems to have been inspired by Rooney Mara's look as Lisbeth Salandar in David Fincher's remake of "The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo." We think they have a point.

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Actress Tao Tsuchiya ("Ultraman Zero: The Movie," "Tokyo Sonata") has taken the lead of an amnesiac who can talk to ghosts in director Takashi Miike's next upcoming feature "Arcana."

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One of the great experiments in digital manga came to an end yesterday when JManga announced that they are shutting down its online manga site. They stopped selling points yesterday; readers who have points in their accounts can still buy manga until March 26, but no one will be able to access their manga after May 30. JManga is refunding unused points in the form of Amazon gift cards. Its sister site JManga7 has already shut down.

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This week we get a fresh look at three series that have been around for a while, with new volumes of Ai Yazawa's "Paradise Kiss," CLAMP's "Tokyo Babylon," and the classic mecha story "Neon Genesis Evangelion."

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This week brings a lot of new manga: A new series in the Blood world from Dark Horse, some fresh volumes of Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat stalwarts, more Alice, and the third volume of Heroman, a manga created by Stan Lee and brought to life by BONES.

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It's the last week of the month, and that means it's time for a blizzard of new releases from Yen Press, with one new volume from Kodansha.

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Let's kick off the week with yet another volume set in the Haruhiverse: "The Misfortune of Kyon & Koizumi." If you have ever read "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya," or watched the anime you already know Kyon; he's the nice-guy narrator who is generally on the receiving end of Haruhi's demands. Itsuke Koizumi is a bit more complicated. Even if you're new to Haruhi, this one-shot spin-off is an easy read, just a collection of short comics and drawings about the guys of the SOS Brigade.

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There's not much on the shelves for newcomers to manga this week—every new release is either halfway through a series or a riff on a classic. Still, there's plenty of good reading here, and it comes in generous servings, too, as most of this week's new releases are omnibus editions.

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The new manga license announcements keep on coming, and it's looking like this will be a good year.

The big announcement came at last weekend's Katsucon, where Vertical marketing director Ed Chavez announced that Vertical has licensed "Tropic of the Sea (Kaikisen)," by the late Satoshi Kon, who is best known as the director of "Paprika," "Tokyo Godfathers," and other well-regarded anime. Kon began his career as a manga artist, and "Tropic of the Sea" ran in Kodansha's "Young Magazine" in 1990. It's a fairly classic sort of story about a seaside town where the locals have a sort of understanding with the mythic people of the sea, until developers come in and turn everything upside down. Watch for it in September; it looks like Vertical will publish it as a single volume, which is how it appeared in Japan.

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Sure, we don't know when it'll be released. And this is not the final, finished product. But still, at Toy Fair, we wandered passed this little lady in a glass case at the Tamashii Nations booth, we had to snap a pic to share with you.

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A high school girl who finds out she is Santa Claus, an aspiring voice actress at a special seiyuu academy, and an Arabian-nights tale of adventure and trickery are among the latest batch of new manga titles announced by Viz this week. Here's the rundown.

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This is a light week for new manga releases, but what there is, is choice: A collection of short stories and the first volume of a new sci-fi series, plus some new volumes in a couple of interesting ongoing series.

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Up here in the Northeast we're preparing for an epic snowstorm; and on our way back from the grocery store, we're going to stop by the comics shop and check out some new manga. After all, even if the power goes out, we can still read manga by candlelight. In fact, that sounds sort of nice.

With a single exception, everything out this week is another volume in a long-running series. The one new story is "Beautiful Creatures," the graphic novel based on the Caster Chronicles novels. Check out our preview of the first chapter and watch out for the movie, which premieres next week.

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"In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything."

That's the tagline for "Beautiful Creatures," the graphic novel based on Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Caster Chronicles novels; the movie based on the story is set to premiere on February 14.

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Four self-described "major geeks" have banded together to form a new publisher, Chromatic Press, which will specialize in original shoujo (girls') and josei (women's) manga, light novels, audio drama—and more.

All four have strong backgrounds in Japanese pop culture fandom and publishing: Lillian Diaz-Przybyl was a senior editor at Tokyopop and helped shepherd many popular manga through the publishing process. Lianne Sentar is the author of Tokyopop's Sailor Moon novels and also works as a professional manga adapter; her credits include several volumes of "Fruits Basket" and "Alice in the Country of Hearts." Rebecca Scoble is a freelance manga editor and comics consultant, and Jill Astley is a major figure in otome game fandom who has presented scholarly papers on the topic and runs Lijakaca's Otome Gaming Blog. Read More...

It's a sparse week for new releases, but this week's list makes up in quality for what it lacks in quantity: Fresh volumes of "Sailor Moon," "Fairy Tail," and "Limit," as well as a new issue of Shonen Jump with an Akira Toriyama one-shot. Dive right in!

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