In recent years, the anime scene has exploded with shows set inside video games and video game-like worlds. Besides the obvious commericial reasons, why has this "trapped in an MMO" genre become such a popular genre in anime? Hit the jump to link start straight into Isaac's thoughts on the matter.
Good Smile Company has launched pre-orders for Aquamarine's Log Horizon Akatsuki, which they'll be distributing in December for 13,800yen (before tax). The ABS&PVC 1/7 scale version of everyone's favorite petite ninja stands 19cm with stand. Amasu (Ringo Renmei) sculpts with Eimi Hoshina on color production. More after the jump.
Artist Kazuhiro Hara has announced that the Log Horizon manga, running in Famitsu Comic Clear is going on hiatus while a bone problem is treated. The manga licensed in North America by Yen Press, will resume when the health problems are resolved. More after the jump.
Highlights of Yen Press' Anime Expo announcements include plans to release much-requested light novel series My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected (and the manga) and Ryohgo Narita's (Durarara!!) Baccano! in 2016. Check out the manga plans, Sword Art Online and Log Horizon spin-offs and more after the jump.
A couple of notable manga series have made digital, North American premieres today. The Viz rescue license Sousuke Kaise's Grenadier is now up on their platform and more, along with the first collection of a little globetrotting, proto-vampire fighting story known as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 2--Battle Tendency. Meanwhile, Yen Press has launched the first two digital volumes of best-seller Akame Ga Kill! along with popular light novels.
Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau has charged 41-year-old light novel author Mamare Touno, best known for his Maoyu Maou Yuusha and Log Horizon series, and his copyright management company m2lade JAM on suspicion of the violation of the Corporate Tax Law. Hit the jump for more details.
Japanese publisher GREE has put up a brand new website for its upcoming mobile Log Horizon game Log Horizon ~Land of New Adventure~. It's slated for release on iOS and Android in the winter, and will be free-to-play. Hit the jump for more!
if you liked the apparance of Shiroe's female alt-avatar Roe2 in last week's Log Horizon anime, you certainly weren't alone. Manga artist Michiro Ueyama (Tsumanuda Fight Town, a long running Zoids published by Viz, those awesome Gundam as maid illustrations from last spring) has posted his tribute. Get a look after the jump.
Book Walker, one of the largest digital book stores owned by Kadokawa, today announced its sales ranking of 2014 for 10 categories. They are based on the sales figures between December 1, 2013 and November 30, 2014, from its 151,000 titles. Check the rankings for the overall sales, boys manga, and girls manga after the jump.