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News – Seven Seas Licenses 3 New Series

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?

News – Mangaka Fujiwara Cocoa of Inu x Boku SS Passes Away at 31

Inu x Boku SS Volume 1
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 Announces Digital and Print New Licenses

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?

News – A Silent Voice Wins New Creator Prize at 19th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Awards

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.

News – Shojo Beat Discusses Manga Acquisitions

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.

News – Yen Press Licenses The Irregular at Magic High School

Yen Press announced on their Twitter that they have licensed the light novel series The Irregular at Magic High School (Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei) and manga series.

UPDATE: Anime News Network confirmed the manga series is The Honour at Magic High School (Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei).

Yen Press has really been doing well in the licensing department lately. I’m sure this one will be a big hit for them. I’ll be picking up this series!

News – Viz Media Licenses Bloody Mary & Honey So Sweet

After licensing QQ Sweeper and Idol Dreams earlier this month, Shojo Beat’s Twitter announced it has acquired Bloody Mary, a vampire shounen-ai series by SAMAMIYA Akaza, and Honey So Sweet (Honey), a love story between a shy girl and deliquent by MEGURO Amu. You can read more about them on Shojo Beat’s Tumblr.

I’m sure I’ll be picking up the latter. Vampires…meh.

Viz Media also has been picking up some of Tokyopop’s old releases for a digital release (Someday’s Dreamers: Spellbound, Girls Bravo). Let’s hope more of Tokyopop’s titles are rescued and released in print!

I’ll be posting today’s manga review shortly.

News – Manga Licenses

New licenses these past couple of days!

Yen Press:

Horimiya by HERO & HAGIWARA Daisuke
Rose Guns Days Season One by Ryukishi07 & Souichirou
Final Fantasy Type-0 Side Story: The Reaper of the Icy Blade by SHIOZAWA Takatoshi

Seven Seas:

My Monster Secret (Jitsu wa Watashi wa…) by MASUDA Eiji
The Testament of Sister New Devil (Shinmai Maou no Testament) by UESU Tetsuto & MIYAKO Kashiwa

Out of all of these, I think I’m most looking forward to Horimiya. What are you looking forward to?

News – Japanese Women Rank Overused Shoujo Tropes

Anime News Network posted an interesting ranking from Japanese site Goo of what 500 women thought were the most overused shoujo manga tropes. As TV Tropes explains, tropes are not cliches, but when the whole manga is basically one of these main tropes after another…ugh. Bring something new to the table. A good manga needs at least one major difference or twist to help set it apart, especially in shoujo school life manga.

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