News – San Diego Comic-Con Manga Licenses

San Diego Comic-Con is over, and a few new manga licenses were announced, including a major shoujo classic.

Dark Horse

Blade of the Immortal – Rerelease in omnibus format

Kodansha USA

Attack on Titan Special Editions: Vol. 16: cover & cards, Vol. 17: exclusive DVD
Paradise Residence – FUJISHIMA Kosuke

Udon Entertainment

The Rose of Versailles (Versailles no Bara) – IKEDA Ryoko
Steins;Gate – SARACHI Yomi
Sugar Sugar Rune
– ANNO Moyoko [previously released by Del Rey]

Viz Media

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment – ENOKI Nobuaki & OBATA Takeshi [formerly digital only]

I was very surprised to see Kodansha USA releasing special editions. This just shows how big of a juggernaut Attack on Titan is for them. If these two volumes are successful, perhaps they (and other companies) will release more.

But, of course, the winner is Udon Entertainment with their acquisition of The Rose of Versailles. This shoujo manga was on my (and many others’) wishlist. I hope people will buy it and show companies we want to see more older titles. Let’s make The Rose of Versailles a success!

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  1. The Otaku Judge

    A Steins;Gate manga? Cool. I loved the anime and visual novel.

    1. krystallina

      Don’t have to wait too long. Volume 1 comes out next month.

  2. Coco

    I was ecstatic when I heard Udon licensed The Rose of Versailles. I read a little of vol1 over 15 years ago in Germany when it was serialized in one of the comics magazines. It’ll be SO nice to finally read it in English.

    1. krystallina

      If I had been told 2 days ago The Rose of Versailles manga would be licensed, I would have laughed and said, “Yeah, right.” I swear I’m looking out the window to see any pigs fly by.


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