As always, here are the January releases in Germany. It’s a very nice “genre” mix and consists of titles beloved worldwide; possibly because there are nine seinen manga released this month. Furthermore, there are two very appealing, more mature shounen titles like: Welcome to NHK and Blood+. ALSO, THE HANDBALL WORLD CUP STARTED!

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(My desktop PC and notebook both are malfunctioning, which is why I didn’t post this ~ a week earlier. This is how I browsed the net for more than a week! Violet/magenta/pink/fuchsia/whatever lines and a resolution of 640*480! My eyes still hurt!)

Tokyopop‘s December newsletter not only contained information that Kodansha let their license expire, but addressed two more matters. First, the usual list of January releases (I’ll post them once I’m at my university residence again), but more importantly: their new manga licenses for summer 2009.

Before I’ll post their list of new licenses, here are my thoughts on the “cancellation” of Tokyopop‘s titles from Kodansha.

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Here’s my very late shopping list for December and my just-in-time list for January. Sadly, amazon just had to deliver my December orders after I left for my home town and by now the mail probably has been already sent back, because I didn’t fetch them within the 7-day period. Oh well, guess I’ll have to order them again. No money lost.
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2009. Already. Well, my awards will contain five categories, will only consider German releases, AND only manga I bought and read! Makes sense doesn’t it?! Therefore the manga pool for the possible winners is a bit small and only focuses on the MANLY releases of the year (or: see topic). Below you can find my decisions.
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Lots of shounen ai manga were released by the several German publishers in December. Presents for the numerous yaoi fangirls in Germany? I would think so. Overall the number of manga is surprisingly low, however, some publishers will release their January novelties before Christmas. Therefore the amount of actual December releases will be far more than the average ~50/month.
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A few weeks ago Egmont and Carlsen both announced their new licenses for spring & summer 2009. Below you can find an overview with four additional Tokyopop.de titles added. Nothing strikes me as really interesting so far, but Shinanogawa and Aruka Hito are on my possible-purchase-list.

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I’ll make it short, because I should be working on a presentation. The top 20 are dominated by shoujo and shounen series, which is to be expected as that’s pretty much what Tokyopop.de publishes. Vampire Kisses is still doing surprisingly well, with just one week off the charts and even managing a Top 3 place.

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And still no charts byMedia Control GfK charts! I wish they would finally introduce them, so I don’t have to post 5 charts per month (1 from Carlsen& 4 from Tokyopop.de). Here are Carlsen‘s 25 bestsellers for September:

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Grubby just won the World Cyber Games in a very close and epic encounter against his clan mate Moon. Now that most of the eSport events this year are over I’ll have more time for manga again. This month looks slim with only 5 manga on my list, but Solanin counts for 2 and Ikkyu should count for 1.5 so it settles at a nice amount of reading material.
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I know. I know. I’m not really active at the moment. It’s partly because of my university I and partly because I re-discovered my love for Starcraft and Warcraft III, so every free minute I have, I spend on either playing Starcraft or Warcraft III. I’ll try and write all my regular posts, I’ll see if I manage to do so. So here are the releases for November!

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