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U.S. Manga News Briefs

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Three news items just out from Studio Proteus:

First up, Dark Horse, Studio Proteus and Radio Comix are teaming up to produce Super Manga Blast, a new monthly manga anthology, weighing in at 128 pages and retailing for $4.95 an issue. Super Manga Blast will run five different series each month, the first issue ships in March, 2000 and the first twelve issues will contain a full set of "missing" Oh My Goddess! serials from volumes 1 and 2 of the american released manga. Other series to be featured are 3x3 Eyes and What's Michael?. New stories rounding out the five will be Seraphic Feather, translated by Dana Lewis and Adam Warren and Shadow Star.

Secondly, great news for GSC fans! Studio Proteus will be translating Kenichi Sonoda's new Gunsmith Cats one-shot manga currently running in Kodansha's new Afternoon Seasons magazine. It's still up in the air when it will be released in America, but it's possible it could be put out as a special.

Finally, Volume 1 of Masamune Shirow's highly anticipated Ghost in the Shell 2 manga is almost complete, and scheduled for release later this year or early next in Japan. GITS2 will be shipped as part of a limited edition box set although it's not deciced what extras will be included in the box, a puzzle has been mention as a possibility. Volume 2 is expected sometime late in 2000. Studio Proteus, who is translating the manga to English, projects a U.S. release of issue one sometime in the summer of 2000.

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