New York Comic Con was this past weekend, so let’s take a look at manga and light novel news!
Arakawa Under the Bridge – NAKAMURA Hikaru
Cuticle Detective Inaba (Cuticle Tantei Inaba) – Mochi
Gugure! Kokkuri-san – ENDOU Midori
Lone Wolf 2100 – Eric Heisserer, Miguel Sepulveda, & David Gomez [based on KOIKE Kazuo’s Lone Wolf & Cub, remake of Lone Wolf 2100 by Mike Kennedy & Francisco Ruiz Velasco]
Kodansha Comics USA
Attack on Titan anthology – Various authors [English language original publication]
I am Space Dandy (Ore Space Dandy) – KATSUMATA Hiroki
Spoof on Titan (Sungeki no Kyojin) – hounori
Vertical Comics, Inc.
Vertical has announced audiobooks for some of their light novels:
Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City
7th Garden – IZUMI Mitsu
Black Garden – TABATA Yuki [previously digital-only]
Boys Over Flowers Season 2 (Hana Nochi Hare: HanaDan Next Season) – KAMIO Yoko [digital only, current chapters free to read]
Crown of Thorns (Ibara no Kanmuri) – KAMIO Yoko [digital only]
Everyone’s Getting Married (Totsuzen Desu ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu) – MIYAZONO Izumi
Haikyu!! – FURUDATE Haruichi
Kuroko’s Basketball (Kuroko no Basuke) – FUJIMAKI Tadatoshi
Monster Hunter (Monster Hunter: Senkou no Kariudo) – HIKAMI Keiichi & YAMAMOTO Shin
Yona of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona) – KUSANAGI Mizuho
In addition, Boys Over Flowers Season 2 is going to get its first digital volume release. All chapters are currently available for free to read right now, but the chapters in volume one will likely disappear.
The Boy and The Beast – HOSODA Mamoru [light novel]
The Boy and The Beast – HOSODA Mamoru & ASAI Renji [manga]
Corpse Party: Blood Covered – KENDOIN Makoto & SHINOMIYA Toshimi
Dimension W – IWAHARA Yuji
Overlord – MARUYAMA Kugane & so-bin [light novel]
Overlord – MARUYAMA Kugane & MIYAMA Fugin [manga]
Psycome – MIZUSHIRO Mizuki [light novel]
Scumbag Loser (Saiteihen no Otoko) – YAMAGUCHI Mikoto
Space Dandy – HARADA Masafumi, Sung-woo Park, & RED ICE
Unhappy Go Lucky! – Cotoji
It’s always nice to see new titles added to Crunchyroll. It’s already a great deal at $7 for unlimited anime and manga with no ads and mobile streaming, but it’s always better to get more for your money! I’m sure many are hoping Arakawa Under the Bridge takes the next step and gets a print release.
Not one but two announcements are new OEM releases, plus audiobooks. Kodansha USA continues with Attack on Titan, but this is a rare tribute/fanbook that is not a Japanese original. Lots of big-name comic artists are on board, plus it will be in full color.
But, of course, the clear winner here is Viz Media. After their disappointing panels at some of the other conventions (especially for making such a big deal about their Shojo Beat 10th Anniversary celebration), it’s nice how Viz Media came out in full force here. A couple of major sports manga plus probably the most in-demand shoujo title? I’ve only read a little of Everyone’s Getting Married, but so far it’s an excellent josei featuring an all-too-common relationship struggle.
So all of you complaining about Yona of the Dawn and some of these other titles, make sure you buy them!! Otherwise Viz Media and other companies are going to use these series as examples of how in-demand manga flops financially.
What do you think the most exciting news from Comic Con was?