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March 30, 2005

Manga News: Sony’s PSP; Viz’s No-No


Two interesting bits of manga-related news stories appeared in the last 24 hours or so, both worth noting. First is a concise piece on scans of manga as a favored use for Sony's new PSP; I don't know when or even if one of these electronic venues for reading manga will catch on, but if it were to happen it could have industry-altering consequences, so such news is always worth tracking. The other story is a letter from one dedicated manga fan to Viz regarding that company's decision to censor out some nipples in a new book by Masakazu Katsura; I think it's a pretty good snapshot of the mindset involved. I imagine these companies will continue balancing the possibility of the wrath of angry parents against the rage of aggressive, dedicated fans who may see this kind of change as a betrayal of trust. There's no easy answer.
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