Quite a few new titles have been announced for digital and/or physical releases. Let’s take a look!
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Another major convention is over, and some more manga have been acquired for U.S. release!
San Diego Comic-Con is over, and a few new manga licenses were announced, including a major shoujo classic.
Anime Expo was this weekend, and the manga publishers delivered a whole slew of announcements. Let’s take a look!
ANN reports US licensed series The Seven Deadly Sins and Yowamushi Pedal tied for best shounen manga in the 39th Kodansha Manga Awards. The first series is simu-published by Crunchyroll, and Kodansha USA releases the print volumes. Yowamushi Pedal was recently acquired by Yen Press. The winners for best shoujo manga, general manga, and the special award are not licensed in the US.
I really like The Seven Deadly Sins. It’s a series that seems like it would be rather typical shounen fare, but it puts enough twists to make it fresh. I never paid much attention to Yowamushi Pedal until Yen Press announced their license and so many people were ecstatic. This news makes me more interested now.
Seven Seas continues to make some fabulous acquisitions. In the last few days, they have announced three new titles: Franken Fran by KIGITSU Katsuhisa, Not Lives by KARASUMA Wataru, and Orange by TAKANO Ichigo.
Franken Fran, as one might expect, is a shounen series with inspiration from Frankenstein. Not Lives is a “got-sucked-into-a-game-world” story with a gender-bender twist. Orange is a shoujo romance with a time travel element.
By far, I am most excited by Orange. Coincidentally, I have a review lined up, but you can probably guess that I’m going to recommend it. But what you are looking forward to?
I was very sad to hear Fujiwara Cocoa passed away on March 31, 2015. ANN reports that Oricon states it was due to an illness. Regardless of the circumstances, she was far too young. My condolences to her friends and family.
She is best known for Inu x Boku SS (review here). Yen Press is releasing the manga, and Sentai Filmworks released the anime. Other titles she has written include Dear, a series about a boy searching for the one who cursed him and a girl with a secret, and Katsute Mahou Shoujo to Aku wa Tekitai Shite Ita, a 4-koma involving an evil officer who falls in love at first sight with the magical girl who wants to defeat him.
I remember reading Dear and liking it, but I don’t think I read to the end. As for Katsute Mahou Shoujo to Aku wa Tekitai Shite Ita, I was really enjoying it. It will unfortunately never have a proper ending, as it was ongoing. It had just been adapted into a drama CD.
I see that her birthday was April 28th. Maybe we can make it Fujiwara Cocoa day? I think I’ll do a special post(s) involving her titles. Anybody else in? You know, read her titles, post pictures, watch the Inu x Boku SS anime, etc. Just a way to remember this talented manga author.
Yen Press announced a whopping 13 titles at its Sakura-Con panel. Some are going to be digital-only releases.
For me, the highlight is Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. It’s a 4-koma series where various crazy people directly and indirectly get involved in making a shoujo manga. It’s written by the author of Oresama Teacher and The Magic Touch. Cycling sports title Yowamushi Pedal is also attracting a great deal of excitement.
What are you looking forward to?
A Silent Voice by OIMA Yoshitoki was the only manga with a license in the US to win at the 19th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize ceremony. It won in the New Creator Prize category. The manga series is rare story about boy meets deaf girl. A Silent Voice is licensed by Kodansha USA. Back issues can be read on Crunchyroll with a subscription.
This is an excellent series, and I am looking forward to owning physical copies when Kodansha USA starts releasing the volumes in May.
Other licensed series up for consideration for a prize were Naruto and Assassination Classroom. The full list of winners can be read on ANN.
Shojo Beat editor Nancy Thistlethwaite posted some interesting information on manga acquisitions. The most important thing is that scanlation views does not always translate into sales. That is a shame.
I’m sure I’ll be repeatedly be saying this, but please support the official releases. And by official releases, buy the manga. Buying merchandise (hats, posters, anime box sets, etc.) are nice, but remember that the money flows differently. Sure, the original creator and publisher gets some royalties, but somebody’s got to pay the English translator, graphics team, the shipping department, and so on.
I’ll be doing a post soon on how to get your manga fix on a budget.