[PR] Digital Manga Publishing Nabs the Finder Series by Ayano Yamane!

Digital Manga Publishing & Libre Shuppan proudly announce the licensing of the Finder Series by Ayano Yamane!

Gardena, CA (3/11/10)- Digital Manga Publishing and Libre Shuppan are proud to announce the licensing of the Finder Series by Ayano Yamane! The Finder series has been one of the most heavily requested series from our readers, and has been considered by fans of the yaoi genre to be the quintessential yaoi title. From one of Japan’s top-selling yaoi mangaka, Ayano Yamane, DMP is proud to release the Finder series beginning with volume one in the summer of 2010 under the June’ imprint. For more information, news updates, and to keep on top of all things Finder, visit the Finder website at www.finderseries.com!

From our friends at Libre Shuppan:

We are pleased to announce that Kazuma Kodaka’s KIZUNA-?- and Ayano Yamane’s Finder Series, both of which were previously licensed by Central Park Media, are now acquired by Digital Manga Publishing (DMP).  For these series, all volumes will be newly translated and will be published under DMP’s June imprint.  Finder Series is set to be released in Summer of 2010 and Kizuna is scheduled for September of 2010. 

For further inquiries regarding this matter, feel free to contact us at rights@libre-pub.co.jp or Digital Manga Inc, at contact@emanga.com We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading our books and for your continued support. 

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FINDER VOL. 1: TARGET IN THE VIEWFINDER, Rated M+ (for ages 18+), MSRP: $13.95, Available: SUMMER 2010, SIZE: B6,  June’ Imprint

While out on assignment trying to document the illegal activities of the Japanese underworld, photographer Takaba crosses paths with the dark and mysterious leader Asami. Asami takes Takaba captive, in an attempt to subjugate and possess him. But when the son of the Chinese mafia enters demanding evidence that Takaba may have, will Takaba be able to survive being caught in the crosshairs of a deadly underworld feud?

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ABOUT DIGITAL MANGA PUBLISHING:  Located in Gardena, CA, Digital Manga Publishing is one of the industry’s most unconventional and innovative companies, specializing in building corporate and cultural bridges from Japan to the Western Hemisphere – specifically through the licensing, importation and preparation of anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comic books) and related merchandise for the North American mainstream and subculture markets. In this capacity, DMI serves as a catalyst for the expansion of Japanese pop culture institutions into global arenas. The company’s imprint line includes DMP: its mainstream imprint, DMP PLATINUM: its classic manga imprint, JUNE´: its boys love imprint, 801 MEDIA: its adult boys love imprint, and DokiDoki: its exclusive co-publishing imprint with Shinshokan Publishing.

For more information about Digital Manga Publishing, visit www.digitalmanga.com

ABOUT LIBRE SHUPPAN: Located in Japan, Libre Shuppan is the publisher of Be-Boy, Be-Boy Gold, Junk! Boy and Kurofune Zero. Taking their name from "lib" in Latin for book and liberty, they hope to spread the message to "be free", and "read lots of books". Libre has strived to create unique and one of a kind content for the benefit of all their readers.

For more information about Libre Shuppan, visit: www.libre-pub.co.jp

The Yagyu Ninja Scrolls: Revenge of the Hori Clan Vol 7 Manga Review

 

Title: The Yagyu Ninja Scrolls: Revenge of the Hori Clan Vol 7

Story by: Futaro Yamada

Manga by: Masaki Segawa

Publisher: Del Rey

ISBN: 9780345504234

May Contain Spoilers

I can’t believe it! This volume introduces a character who is every bit as vile and despicable as Akinari!  His lover, Oyura, is his soul mate, because this cruel woman delights in sexual perversities and relishes torturing helpless young women.  She even implores her lord to “suck the life” out of her before willingly sticking her tongue down his throat.  Yuck! The thought of someone actually wanting to kiss that hideous mug makes me queasy.

This volume finds Akinari and the Seven Spears firmly back in Aizu territory, where they mercilessly control the lives of their powerless peasants.  Ruling through brutality and terror, they prey upon the villagers in their domain, stealing away the beautiful young daughters of the men who work the land.  Once the girls enter Aizu Castle, they never come back out again.  Not in one piece, at any rate.

We learn a little more about Takuan, the high priest of Tokai Temple.  He actually has a lot of political clout, enough to make even Akinari hesitate to harm him even after he tries to enter his lands.  The priest of the Shogun, he isn’t one to be lightly trifled with.  So begins a game of cat and mouse between Takuan and the rulers of Aizu; they know that Takuan is assisting the Hori women, but they don’t know what to do about it without getting into hot water with the Shogun.  It’s not worth risking their wealth and lands to antagonize the priest, at least not openly.  Instead, they plot and scheme, seeking to draw the truth from the wily old priest.

The relationship between the impossibly beaked Dohaku and the priest to Ieyasu, Tenkai, is explained, as well as the secret to their incredibly long lives.  As long as one lives, the other can not die.  Thinking they have an ally within the Shogun authorities, Akinari and Dohaku ponder how to rid themselves of the Hori women, Takuan, and the Hanya Mask.  These two certainly know how to make themselves a few enemies! 

Now I would like someone to explain how Dohaku keeps that nose of his warm on those bitterly cold winter nights.  I am grateful that I don’t have to expend the brain cells trying to figure out who the bad guys are, because just one glance at a character makes it very obvious who is going to cause trouble for the Hori women.  I mention the character designs every time I write about a Masaki Segawa title, but I can’t help it.  They are so bizarre and so unique that I marvel at the exaggerated facial features whenever I read one of his manga.  I would be very hesitant to ask him to draw a caricature of me for fear of what it would end up looking like!

Grade: B

Review copy provided by Del Rey