MangaBlog comments somewhat harshly on Viz’s announcement of five new shôjo titles, collections of material from Shojo Beat.
I agree that Viz should have their PR on their website as soon as it’s announced, but they’re far from the only company that has that problem. (I sometimes wonder if it’s a misguided attempt not to compete with the sites that run this kind of thing as “news” or “exclusives”.) I don’t have a problem with promoting titles when they’re on the shelves — it’s a pleasant change from hearing about books two months early and then forgetting about them when I can actually purchase them.
I also don’t have a problem with them promoting the books even though they were previously serialized. I tried the first issue of Shojo Beat, but I just like the collected format so much more. I’m glad the magazine is out there, but in my case, anyway, there’s no audience overlap.
Out of the titles listed, I’m looking forward to Baby & Me (pure cuteness) and Absolute Boyfriend (I liked the first chapter) myself. Kaze Hikaru sounds like good historical fantasy, but that’s not a genre I care much for, and Godchild seems too goth. Still, it’s a nice variety of books, and I’m sure the quality will be high, just because they’re Viz.