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News – The Seven Deadly Sins & Yowamushi Pedal win Kodansha Manga Awards

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.

Opinion – Supporting Official Releases

I recently posted an article about Shojo Beat’s editor discussing licenses. One of the major points was that scanlation views do not necessarily translate into sales. This is wrong. While I, too, am guilty, I do not condone not supporting the releases when they are available in your country and/or language. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons people use as justifications and why they just don’t stick.

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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?

Manga Review – Inu x Boku SS

Inu x Boku SS Volume 1

Inu x Boku SS
Dog x Me Secret Service

妖狐×僕SS (いぬぼくシークレットサービス)
FUJIWARA Cocoa
Shounen – Supernatural, romance, drama, comedy
6 Volumes (in progress) out of 11 (complete)
Yen Press

Summary:

In an effort to change herself, Ririchiyo moves into Ayakashi Mansion to be alone. She is surprised to find a bodyguard, Soushi, obsessed with protecting and serving her. While Ririchiyo had no intention of getting close to anybody, all the residents of Ayakashi Mansion must rely on each other to protect their shared secret.

Note: this review has been updated and can be found here.

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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 – 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?

Manga Review – Until Death Do Us Part

Until Death Do Us Part
死がふたりを分かつまで (Shi ga Futari wo Wakatsu Made)
TAKASHIGE Hiroshi (Story), DOUBLE-S (Art)
Seinen – Action, war, mature, sci-fi
8 Volumes (24 Volumes original Japanese release) (ongoing)
Yen Press

Summary:

Haruka, a girl with the ability to predict the future, is kidnapped by yakuza. Taking advantage of an opportune moment, she begs for help from a blind swordsman, Mamoru. Mamoru is part of a vigilante group and ends up agreeing to Haruka’s request to protect her “until death do [them] part”.

Note: this review has been updated and can be found here.

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