New Gurren Lagann Manga Launches In Japan

Originally posted on Lesley's Musings... on Anime & Manga:

The May 2015 issue of Shogakukan’s Monthly Hero’s magazine has revealed that the magazine will launch a new Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann manga in the July 2015 issue, which will be published in Japan on June 1, 2015. The new manga is titled Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Otoko-gumi dayo! Hen (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: We’re Team Men!).

In the manga, Kamina and Simon’s hearts are drifting farther apart because of the mystery surrounding the sold-out yakisoba bread at the store at the Dai-Gurren Academy. A small tear in their bonds will before long blow up into a huge issue.

Previous manga inspired by the anime include the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Guren Gakuenhen school manga and the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Rasen Shonen-tan (Spiral Boy) manga that takes place in a parallel world. Both manga were republished as single-volume compiled book releases.

Gainax’s Tengen Toppa Gurren…

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Free (Weekend) Screentones Giveaway 2015


In honor of Jade’s Escape’s most popular post, “Screentones for Manga Artists Outside of Japan”, I held a quick giveaway to win free screentones straight from Japan.

The winner of this giveaway is Coco from freelance manga editor/letterer, Coco, who will get a pack of traditional screentones from Japan.

Check out Coco’s website on her lettering and editing adventures at or her Twitter @cgcornett.


Here is last year’s screentone giveaway winner!


The winner of the 2014 Free Screentone Giveaway  was SYS, an Indonesian manga artist of Sang Sayur (The Edibles). She not only claims several packs of screentones but an Attack on Titan puccho, or soft chew, candy (only in Japan) and a few other treats that’re only in Japan.

Want to win stuff straight from Japan? Look for the next contest announcement in Jade’s Escape’s posts!

Right Stuf Is Having a Sale on Section 23 Releases

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More deals!

Originally posted on Lesley's Musings... on Anime & Manga:

Right Stuf has announced that the website is having a sale on releases from Section 23 Films. Titles in this sale include Knights of Sidonia, The World God Only Knows OVA, The Familiar of Zero, Haikyu!!, and much more.

For this sale, you can save up to 40% off on releases from Section 23 Films, Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Maiden Japan, Kraken Releasing and Happy Carrot. The sale runs from now through 11:59pm CT on April 2, 2015.

Got Anime members can stack discounts for even more savings. This means you have the potential to save up to 46% off the MSRP on DVDs and Blu-ray discs from Section 23 Films.

Source: Right Stuf

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This Week: The Supreme Sacrifice in Manga and Ourselves


Topic: The Supreme Sacrifice in Manga and Ourselves

Title: Fullmetal Alchemist Volumes 1-3

“The ultimate sacrifice” is a common trope in comics and anime–and we always fall for it. Why do supreme sacrifices always work? When I think about the supreme sacrifice, I think about death. Life is the one thing that people, animals, and living organisms all grip with tremendous force. Some manga illustrate this point very well.

In Fullmetal Alchemist, youngsters Edward and Alphonse try to resurrect their dead mother through alchemy, a type of scientific sorcery where people can shape matter by trading something with equal materialistic value. In the Elric brothers’ case, Edward’s arm and leg and Alphonse’s soul are sacrificed for only a dabble into the forbidden arts, forcing them to search for the Philosopher’s Stone, a powerful catalyst that may help them get their original bodies back. On their journeys, they face the State Military of Amestris because of their youth and illegal activities, a vengeful Ishbalan war survivor, and humanistic creatures called homunculi. For Edward and Alphonse, they taste death in every adventure, but their true strength comes in wanting to survive. Besides their bodies, the brothers give up their childhood, spare time, livelihood, and sanity to get closer to the Philosopher’s Stone.

What makes this series a great example of the supreme sacrifice is that Edward and Alfonso give up so much without actually dying. It takes great courage to live rather than die. Death, at least to me, is so easy compared to living and facing the demons head-on. When a person dies, there is nothing to overcome, nothing left to experience, nothing to do but be dead. They’ve lost their chances to physically change the world. Only the living can push through and keep going. Sure, the memories of the dead also live, but the dead don’t suffer anymore. If anything, memories are something that haunts the living just as the Elric brothers’ remember their time with their mother. To me, the ultimate sacrifice is to survive and face whatever demons–or angels–that come down the line.

The Elric Brothers spar!

Keep fighting! You’re alive!
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The one person in Fullmetal Alchemist who tops the Elric Brothers in the most supreme sacrifice is Izumi Curtis, the teacher to the brothers. After trying to resurrect her stillborn child, some of her organs are taken, causing her to cough up blood and endure incredible pain on a daily basis. For a person to lose their baby, see into the hellish gates of forbidden alchemy, and live with part of your organs is just amazing. Between the grief and the physical pain, Izumi could had said, “I want to die,” but she continued helping the Elrics through the series. In real life, I think few individuals cope with the grief of a child’s death, let alone, losing their bodies and saving the world from Seven Deadly Sins.

Izumi Curtis doing alchemiy

Let’s see you do all this alchemy stuff with half your organs. Image credit

What do you think is the supreme sacrifice other than death? What other titles do you think have the best supreme sacrifice?

Manga Contests for Aspiring Manga Creators

Want to try your hand at competing with your manga? Try one of the contests below!


Silent Manga Audition (usually around the end of March) – This annual contest gives out the top prizes including $5,000 for the grand prize winner and recognition by current manga creators in Japan. As the title says “silent”, this manga has one definite rule: there should be no dialogue in your manga.

SacAnime Manga Contest (Deadline: Summer 2015) –  While SacAnime is an anime convention held in Sacramento each year, they also hold a manga contest with cash prizes.


Mybrana Asian Illustration Contest (Deadline: April 30, 2015) – This is a Wacom-sponsored contest for anyone 18 years old and up worldwide as long as they submit a PNG illustration entry/entries and register with Mybrana. Grand prize winner gets 1,000 euros and a Wacom pen tablet.

Alaska 4-H Cultural Exchange Manga Art Contest (Deadline: June 5, 2015) – This contest is for Alaskan youth ages 12 to 18 who can make 3 designs with a Japanese youth and a polar bear.

Hanabi Anime/Manga Contest on Youtube (Deadline: June 1, 2015) – Anyone can enter, but they must post a video of their entry.

Japan Style Shop Manga Contest (Deadline: passed) -Winners of this contest gets specialty manga supplies from Japan Style Shop in HCM.

If you know of any contests, please comment!

Cygames Is Establishing an Anime Division

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If you’re an out-of-work anime producer, production assistant, or IP manager, look no further! Cygames is looking for you!

Originally posted on Lesley's Musings... on Anime & Manga:

The official website for mobile game developer Cygames has announced that the company is starting its own anime production division. The goal of the studio is to not only produce anime adapting properties of Cygames, but to also produce plans for new, original anime. The studio is currently recruiting the positions of anime producer, production assistant, and IP management.

Cygames has developed such mobile games as Rage of Bahamut (Shingeki no Bahamut), The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, Princess Connect!, Tiger & Bunny: Road of Hero, and Sengoku Saga. Rage of Bahamut inspired a 13-episode TV anime titled Rage of Bahamut Genesisthat that premiered in October 2014, and a TV anime adapting The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls is currently airing.

Source: ANN

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What Manga Creation Things Do You Need?

Here’s a poll for all manga creators and dabblers:

Why’s this here? What you ask for may be what you get! Please look at “To Manga Artists” to see the screentones, pens, deals, online courses, and communities dedicated to manga and comic book artists.