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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Card Captor Sakura in, Inuyasha Out:

My value added manga rankings had to expand again due to some Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card-hen manga coming out with scanlated material that goes beyond where the anime ends.  This is a clear case of a great value added manga appearing and becoming an instant must-read.  Since I'd like to stay at a top 75 series if possible, I decided to take out Inuyasha to make room.  The Inuyasha anime does a good enough job covering the series that there's no real need to pursue it in manga form as well.

This isn't to say that Card Captor Sakura's manga is superior to Inuyasha's, just that the value added of the manga not covered by the anime is.  That's the huge distinction in my value added rankings that make my manga rankings so different from the manga-adapted anime in my anime rankings.

A lot of manga series are getting translated recently.  Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido has resumed.  Kin-iro Mosaic got its 6th volume translated in full.  Eden's Zero has begun serialization.  Futari Ecchi recently came out with some new translated chapters after years of neglect.  Fairy Tail: Blue Mistral's volume 4 comes out in English in just a few days, July 17th.

It all adds up, and it means manga as a pastime is a lot healthier than it has been in ages.  Over 40 great manga series have received new translated content so far this year.  A lot of series have been ending recently, but there's also a bunch of series that are resuming after long hiatuses, like Card Captor, Rurouni Kenshin, Fairy Tail and K-On!.  If this trend continues, the manga industry can carry on indefinitely.  I'm not sure if it's really such a great idea to keep adding new content to series that have already reached their natural endings, but it sure as heck beats having nothing at all.

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