Archive for the ‘Industry Commentary’ Category

Say hello to GONN!!

Posted on March 15th, 2016 by Ryu Sheng |

Over the past few years my distaste for sites like IGN and MetaCritic has been growing more and more. Sites like those, which essentially lie and mislead people about the items they cover are, quite frankly, disgusting.

When a friend of mine who runs a site decided to take IGN as a role model for his site, I was more than a little devastated. Since for me, I feel very strongly that that is the model we (as critics/reviewers/journalists) need to move away from. Read the rest…

In todays Guardian newspaper (here in the UK) there is an interesting OP-ED piece written by Tim Sweeney. Tim, as you may or may not know is the CEO of EPIC, and has a very good, and very respect reputation within the gaming community; so when he writes an article people pay attention to it.

Now, while I personally find the title of the piece to be a click baiting one, the points that Tim raised in the article are interesting and worth bearing thought on, hence this piece of mine coming into being. Later while I was checking sources and proofing, Microsoft replied to the editorial piece, so I’ll be going over their reply as well. After laying out each of Tim’s points I’ll give my thoughts on what’s being said.

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Time to Rally the Troops!!

Posted on September 22nd, 2013 by Ryu Sheng |

As you can see from the side bar to the right, one of my fave manga is a title by Nao Yazawa called The isolated Zone. I highly recommend this series, but it seems that DMP the publishers are lagging behind in the releases. So it’s time to rally the troops and get pestering!!

If you haven’t already go get the title from EManga and you’ll see why i liked it so much, if you have got it already drop Nao Yazawa a message of support on twitter, then either email DMP at and let them know you want the series to continue. Also don’t forget to drop them tweets on both the Digital Manga and Digital Manga Guild twitter accounts. Let them know the fans want their Nao fix and we want it NOW (pun intended :P)

The problem with delayed releases is that while a title may have a strong following at first, the longer they wait to release the subsequent volumes the less interest there is, thus less sales. So come on manga fans, lets rally up and show DMP there is interest in this series!!

Hopefully it won’t end up a forgotten series!!

The Mighty Fallen Remembered

Posted on April 24th, 2013 by Ryu Sheng |

Given the resurrection of Tokyopop, I’ve found myself looking at some other publishers who have died. I thought I’d pick out some of my favourite and have a bit of a remembrance post on them. My hope is to resurrect some fond memories for these publishers, since it’s unlikely we’ll see another Tokyopop.

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What’s the future of light novels in the west?

Posted on March 2nd, 2013 by Ryu Sheng | 1 Comment

Sadly light novels are a dying thing here in the west, and as things stand at the moment i don’t really see a revival any time soon.

There were only two publishers that actively published light novels in the west, Tokyopop and Seven Seas Entertainment. Both have now pulled out of the market all together because, apparently, sales failed to live up to expectations. Other publishers do pick up the odd series now and again, but as far as i know there are none who actively publish light novels anymore, or so i thought….

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How fandom is killing manga in the west

Posted on March 2nd, 2013 by Ryu Sheng |

How’s that for a nice provocative title Open-mouthed smile

Although the title is over the top the sentiment isn’t wrong. For years fans have complained about publishers for varying reasons, myself included. But if we were to be honest isn’t there a good portion of the blame on us the fans as well?

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