When I saw in this Publishers Weekly piece that
Viz Media is launching Viz Signature, a new imprint that will release a line of classic manga titles targeted to appeal to more sophisticated male and female readers
I was excited at the possibility of seeing more josei (comics for women, not girls) available in the US. (Currently, there’s been Tramps Like Us, one of my favorite manga titles; the works of Erica Sakurazawa; Happy Mania… and that’s all I’m aware of.)
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem as though that’s going to happen. The new titles mentioned for the line’s launch are Monster, a “medical crime thriller”, and Golgo 13, a 70s book about a hitman. They sound interesting, but they also sound male-oriented (especially that last one).
I guess I’ve gotten spoiled by having so many girls’ comics available. Maybe what I’m looking for isn’t considered “sophisticated” enough.Similar Posts: The State of Josei Manga § Recent Josei Manga Titles: Updating the Timeline § Tokyopop vs. Viz § Viz Announces SuBLime Yaoi Manga Line § Women Driving Mobile Manga