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Bandai Visual Start New Magazine

by - on the 2 February, 2009 at 7.24 pm

yombanIn an age where print media is starting to fall the the side, with companies frequently struggling to make ends meet, companies are frequently turning to new types of technology that we’ve all be using for years to get their messages across. The latest company to jump onto the online bandwagon is Bandai Visual in Japan.

On Monday they launched the e-zine called Yomban, which offers original manga, novels and essays aimed at one of the key audiences for Bandai Visual: males in their 20s.

According to Anime News Network the lineup will consist of:

Manga

* Ontama. by Mutsumi Sasaki (Happy Lesson)
* Bukatsu Shojo Yu by AM-DVL (Original story by Trigun character designer Takahiro “Something” Yoshimatsu)
* Miss Maverick ni wa Sakarau na by Mizuki Sakakibara (in cooperation with Dance In The Vampire Bund creator Nozomu Tamaki)
* Band Yaro-ze! by Sokra Tesla (Original story by musician Porche Okite)
* Gachapokke by Daisuke Arakubo
* Garettoderowa ~Jo-o Heika no Kashi Shokunin~ by Rami Hato

Novels

* Kaze to Tanpopo ~Wakusei-kan Monogatari~ by Banner of the Stars author Hiroyuki Morioka (characters: Sachiko Kono, mechanic: Bakugan Battle Brawlers’ Susumu Imaishi)
* Blood*Arm by Takahiro Okura (illustrated by Hitoshi Yoneda)
* Splash Zone ~Rakka no Jiku~ by Stellvia’s Tatsuo Sato (illustrated by Gainax, Ryota Hayatsu)

Essays

* Sekka Sange-roku by Alika Takarano
* Momoi no Oto by singer/actress Halko Momoi

Other Materials

* Cover calendar by Okama (February), Jun Suemi (March)
* Readers’ illustration corner by Kakban
* Editorial staff blog from Aomono-yokocho (a train station in western Tokyo)

This may not immediately strike one as having relevance in the UK; however, this sort of magazine is often the starting point for various others to follow and it’s only a matter of time before the UK follows what others have been doing.

Source: Anime News Network

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