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Hey everyone long time no see/here/speak.  New manga reviews on the way just in the process of updating the website.

New Layout

I’ve updated to a new layout that works a bit better for my content. The old one no longer supported updated summary text which was a bummer. The new one has a cool Instagram widget so you can follow YourGimmick on Instagram for nice shoujo manga related pics. I have also cleaned up the right bar and added search by popular tages. Another fun feature: featured catagories on the top. Unrequited Love is my most searched keyword right now so check it out!

New URL

So when I originally ported the website over to WordPress I had no idea about SEO practices or even the real technical knowledge to change the domain so since I moved to wordpress the url has been “www.yourgimmick.net/wordpress“. It’s ugly and drove me crazy but I didn’t have the technical knowledge to know how to change it properly.

Now, fortunately, I do have all of the knowledge and have removed the /wordpress/ directory from the URL. The new url is just a sleek “www.yourgimmick.net”

I also have added an ssl certificate which means the website is https instead of http for any other seo nerds out there!

Site Cleanup – Broken Links

For a heavy information site there are SOOOO many outlinks and unfortunately the online manga communtiy is fickle. To be honest I don’t even know of any readers at the moment except for Manga Fox which is unfortunate because they suck. I will do my best to continue to clean up links to make sure everything is working one review at a time!

*Feature Image Manga: Kuragehime (Jellyfish Princess)

*Shinobi Life

It came to me as a complete shock today that Tokyopop is closing their North American publishing sector. This means? They will no longer be releasing manga in English.

ANN has confirmed with Tokyopop Senior Vice President Mike Kiley that the company will shutter its Los Angeles-based North American publishing operations on May 31. The company’s film and European operations will be unaffected by this closure, and its office in Hamburg, Germany will continue to handle global rights sales for the company.

A public relations representative working for Tokyopop CEO Stu Levy informed ANN that “Tokyopop will announce the future of specific titles and other releases in the coming weeks.”

Anime News Network

Letter from the owner of Tokyopop: http://www.tokyopop.com/Stu/tp_article/3203033.html

Although I guess I saw it coming for a long time, this is a huge blow to the manga industry in North America. Sad day.

Releases I review affected by this:
Shinobi Life
Maid-sama
Karakuri Odette

No word yet on what’s going to happen to open ended series.

*Hana to Akuma

So finally, at 58 chapters, Hana to Akuma has come to an end.
The beginning of the end is like: OMG I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.
But I am a little salty with the ending. Yeah yeah it was necessary but… God. :/

Yeah I didn’t realize it either so if you didn’t get it… me too.

Fun Fact: This weeks releases might have come faster if I hadn’t stopped to read the ending of Hana to Akuma. Now you know. 😛

{Say I Love You}
*Say I Love You

Wonder what I have in my actual physical library?
Seen the videos and pics of my manga and want to know more?
WONDER NO MORE! For I have acquired a program which allows me to scan my books and put them in a database as well as on my website.
Exciting! (More below)

So my library is here: https://www.yourgimmick.net/deliciouslibrary/
*I will try to update it every week if I buy anything.

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Header: Say I Love You
Avatar: Dear My Girls

{Delicious Library Review}
Where: http://www.delicious-monster.com/
What: Delicious Library is a software for Mac users that allows the user to scan books, DVD’s and just about anything they own onto a database on their computer using the isight camera as a scanner.
Cost: 40$
System: Macs

The Good:
So I bought this being really excited, and it has done well… most of the time.
It does have all my books in there and they are in order but I had to do a lot of things.
Yes it allows me to make a website of all my books, but I had to figure out how to do it manually because the service they advertise about ftp uploading is a down right lie.
It is nice that I can keep track of who is borrowing what. It also reminds me through iCalender when my friend should be returning the book.
I can also keep an updated list of all the manga I own on my ipod classic so I won’t buy anymore duplicates.

The Bad:
-FTP uploading does not work
-I had to manually input a lot of older books because they would default as Tokyo Mew Mew (Funny the first two times… not the 50th)
-Sometimes the volume #’s would be in different order and I would have to change the names so they were in order.
-You can’t add a picture of the book if it doesn’t have one. So I had to manually search everywhere to find a copy that actually had a picture.

Conclusion:
Paying 40$ is maddening as hell when the program doesn’t run completely properly and you don’t actually get a physical copy.
I would, however, recommend this to anyone who has over 200 books, DVD’s, CD’s ect. Or, if you are constantly lending things to friends.
Just the amount of money I’ll save from replacing lost lent books or repurchasing books will cover the cost.
When you have 538 books it’s just imperative to keep track of them.
I know, that as angry as it makes me, this program will save me tons of money.
If you don’t have a big collection of anything don’t bother.

*I’ll make a page for this as well

XOXO Kitteh

I have no idea whats wrong with my brain but apparently Hana ni Arashi was licensed and released by Viz in May!
You guys have no idea how much I love this manga. When I saw it in the book store today I was shaking cause I was so happy.
In fact Viz has released the whole series (all two of the series) and I never caught on.

In my defense it was released after I had reviewed it.
I blame it on the name change. :/

ANYWAYS. BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT. BUY IT NAO!

BUY

Haha. Dear friends: Buy me volume 2? Haha.

On another note happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians. I just had my dinner and am sufficiently stuffed.
It’s also 10/10/10 day so enjoy that too!

XoXo Kitteh

So apparantly Kodansha is planning on opening Kondansha USA publications.
If this is true it makes a lot of sense that they cut their ties with Tokyopop. And now it seems like the Del Rey titles are being taken over by Kodansha as well:

In a press release issued on Monday, the Japanese publisher Kodansha has announced that it will gradually take over publishing duties for manga titles currently published by Random House’s Del Rey Manga imprint in North America. Random House will distribute the Kodansha USA-published volumes as part of its Random House Publishing Services (RHPS) division. Dallas Middaugh, associate publisher for Del Rey Manga, will remain involved in the partnership by transferring to the RHPS division.

Del Rey’s Kodansha titles which have not yet been published in their entirety in English include xxxHOLiC, Fairy Tail, Air Gear, Negima, and numerous others.

Kodansha announced its intent to publish manga directly in the American market through a new Kodansha USA holding company in July of 2008. A year later, Tokyopop confirmed that all of its Kodansha licenses had ended.

animenewsnetwork.com

So we won’t be seeing releases on Four-eyed Prince, Papillon, and Gakuen Ouji

XoxO Kitteh

So it seems that Ouran High Host club will be finishing in September!

The October issue of Hakuskensha’s shōjo manga magazine LaLa has confirmed on Tuesday that Bisco Hatori’s romantic comedy manga Ouran High School Host Club will end with a 52-page chapter in the next issue on September 24. The magazine had already announced in June that the series was entering its final story arc.

To mark the end of the manga, LaLa launched a “Host Club: The Last Party” fan campaign to give away presents. The campaign included an illustration contest for fan art, as well as votes for the fans’ favorite “Title Page Illustration Selection” and favorite quotes from the manga (“The Best Collection”). The cast of Ouran’s anime adaptation then recorded the top-ranking quotes for a CD. The CD is being offered to readers via a mail-away offer starting in the October issue.

Anime News Network

Since I have only been reading the licensed copies I have no idea where the story has ended up, so I’m really curious! I’m really glad it hasn’t turned into one of those never ending series, and cannot wait to see Hatori’s new work! Maybe she will finish Millennium Snow?