Top Secret

Okay, I clearly just suck at this Previews look-through thing. (Either that or I’m very cleverly trying to stretch a single post over several days in a shameless attempt to pad content. I really think it’s just that I suck, though.)

Anyway, I inexcusably forgot to mention the listing of Ai Morinaga’s Your and My Secret, arriving via Tokyopop (page 331). And bless Tokyopop for picking it up, because I loved the single volume that ADV published three and a half years ago.

If you’ve been enjoying Morinaga’s My Heavenly Hockey Club (Del Rey), you should definitely give it a look. If you’ve found that book a little flighty and silly (never a problem for me, but I hear such things happen), you should give it a look anyways, because it’s very smart and subversive in its look at gender roles. I can’t wait to finally see what happens next.

(I couldn’t find the book’s page on Tokyopop’s web site, but I’m delighted to note the following passage in Katherine Dacey-Tsuei’s excellent Anime Fest wrap-up at Manga Recon:

“Tokyopop will be overhauling its website, making it easier to navigate and locate information about its own products.”

Seriously, Tokyopop’s site used to be the most navigable in terms of finding product information, and now it’s… considerably less so. Here’s hoping that the pendulum swings back with extreme prejudice.)

5 Responses to Top Secret

  1. gia says:

    Ooh, thanks for mentioning the Morinaga title– I love MHHC, so I’ll have to look forward to that. Though I managed to snag copies of the first and second volume of Duck Prince from the Central Park Media booth at New York Anime Festival and wasn’t particularly impressed with that title by her– so we’ll see.

  2. I think it’s OK to stretch out your “Previews” post if one entry is dedicated solely to Ai Morinaga. Really!

    BTW, Tokyopop’s web team took the time to meet with me and many other bloggers at NY Anime Fest to discuss planned site changes. I was really impressed with what I heard and saw, and am confident that the next iteration of the site will strike a better balance between social networking and promoting TP products. I can’t say anymore without being shot (or feed a Chernobyl Roll, complete with Polonium-infused wasabi), but TP has made a concerted effort to solicit feedback from more, um, discerning? sophisticated? grouchy? elderly? web users.

  3. Chloe says:

    Hey, if it’s any consolation Kate, I found their website to be a headache inducing ordeal when it came to tracking down ISBN numbers and product summaries as well- bad design is bad design, even [or perhaps especially? …] to a teen like myself.

  4. I’m relieved to hear my navigation woes were not the result of imminent middle age, Chloe!

  5. davidpwelsh says:

    Or current middle age!

    Seriously, I just want to find information on the next volume of Wild Adapter. It’s great that it’s been “popped,” but… GET OFF MY LAWN, YOU DAMNED KIDS!

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