Rin-Ne Manga Simultaneous Release in Japan and US
North American manga fans are used to waiting months or even years for official English versions of their favorite manga, but Inuyasha creator Rumiko Takahashi is releasing her new series Rin-Ne online for Japanese and American readers at the same time it comes out in print. Today! Supposedly! As of 6:00 EST her website, Rumic World, hadn't added the pages yet, but it is probably only a matter of time and pushing F5 F5 F5.
A new installment of the story -- about a girl who can see ghosts -- will be posted every week until it's finished. If history is any indication, it could be a while: Ranma 1/2 went on for more than 8 years in Japan, while the Inuyasha manga ended last summer after over 11 years in print.
(You might remember Takahashi's Inuyasha series about a white-haired half-demon with a Final Fantasy-sized sword from its run on Adult Swim. Or Ranma 1/2, her mega-popular manga, for its crazy plot about a bunch of cursed martial artists who change into the opposite sex or animals when they get splashed with water.)