News – Otakon Manga Licenses

Another major convention is over, and some more manga have been acquired for U.S. release!

Kodansha Comics USA

Complex Age – SAKUMA Yui
Forget Me Not (Soredemo Boku wa Kimi ga Suki) – EMOTO Nao
Queen Emeraldas – MATSUMOTO Leiji

Sekai Project

Gate (Gate – Jietai Kare no Chi nite, Kaku Tatakeri) – YANAI Takumi & SAO Satoru

Vertical, Inc.

Devil’s Line – HANADA Ryo
Mysterious Girlfriend X (Nazo no Kanojo X) – UESHIBA Riichi
The Gods Lie
(Kamisama ga Uso o Tsuku) – OZAKI Kaori

Viz Media

Blanc et Noir – OBATA Takeshi [artbook]
Goodnight Pun Pun (Oyasumi Punpun) – ASANO Inio
The Heiress and the Chauffeur (Ojou-sama no Untenshu) – ISHIHARA Keiko

The Gods Lie is only one volume, but it’s really good. Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint picks up another short series. So not only is josei MIA, but are they just only interested in short 2 volume manga right now? I guess they won’t be picking up anything major until series like Kiss of the Rose Princess, Maid-sama, and maybe even So Cute It Hurts get closer to ending. A lot of people seem to like The Heiress and the Chauffeur though. I’ll also be picking up Queen Emeraldas just to put my money where my mouth is and showing companies there is a market for classic (non-Tezuka) series.

That being said, Sekai Project entering the manga publishing business is pretty big news. The company is known for translating games, but a new company to publish more manga is always welcome!

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