You Reap What You Sow: Tokyopop at Anime Expo

I find it amusing that nowadays, any time Stu Levy or Tokyopop is mentioned, plenty of people pop up to warn aspiring creators away from them. That’s a great use of social media, to share business knowledge and experience. Tokyopop was promoted as appearing at this weekend’s Anime Expo, including company founder Stu Levy offering portfolio reviews. The history, as I’ve been covering them over the past 12 years, is checkered, from dubious business decisions to questionable contracts to chasing […]

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Kodansha’s New Manga Licenses Announced

This weekend was Anime Expo, so Kodansha made a number of announcements. They will be putting out their first yaoi (boys’ love) and yuri (girls’ love) series, with three titles coming in January. 10 Dance by Satoh Inoue is about “kings of the ballroom”, rivals attracted to each other. Hitorijime My Hero by Memeko Arii is “a yaoi romance between a good boy who didn’t know he was waiting for a hero, and a bad boy who comes to his […]

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Kodansha Announces Five Digital-First Manga Series Debuts for May

Kodansha aims to put out a “more diverse and robust library of manga officially than what’s available in print” by releasing a number of series digitally. They call them “digital-first” because the most successful ones may come to print release later. For the month of May, they’ll be putting out these five new series, one per week on Tuesdays. I find it interesting that they also include the Japanese title in their press releases, which suggests they’re building on awareness […]

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Crunchyroll Anime Awards Best Manga of 2018 Announced

As I mentioned at the beginning of February, this year, as part of the Anime Awards, Crunchyroll added a Best Manga category, for which I was one of the judges. The winner was… B E S T M A N G A #AnimeAwards pic.twitter.com/Xi5zzdrO5g — Crunchyroll Camp △ (@Crunchyroll) February 25, 2018 My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness. Here’s the manga section from the awards ceremony: The awards allowed for both fan and judge voting, but Crunchyroll did this interesting followup, […]

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Best Manga Voting Begins February 5!

Crunchyroll, the anime (and manga) streaming service, has launched their second annual Anime Awards. New this year is a Best Manga category, which you will be able to vote in starting Monday, February 5. The six nominees (in alphabetical order) are: Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui (Yen Press) Descending Stories: Show Genroku Rakugo Shinju by Haruko Kumota (Kodansha Comics) Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda (VIZ Media) In This Corner of the World by by Fumiyo Kouno (Seven Seas Entertainment) […]

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Most Popular Manga of 2017 (From Kodansha & Viz Through 1 Library Service)

OverDrive, a service to provide digital copies through libraries, has posted their list of the 6 Most Popular Manga Series of last year. Note, though, that they only seem to offer manga from Kodansha and Viz (so leaving out Yen and others), and they are not the only digital library service. (Another I’m familiar with is Hoopla.) It’s also unclear whether this list is ranked or random. (That it nicely alternates between publishers suggests to me it’s “arranged”.) Anyway, I […]

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Udon Responds to Rose of Versailles Question

Last month, I asked “Whatever Happened to the Rose of Versailles Plans?” This much-anticipated manga classic was announced in 2015 for release in 2016, but it has not yet appeared, and fans are curious. I emailed the publisher, Udon Entertainment, and now that things are settling down after the holidays and new year, they were kind enough to respond, as follows. While we do not have a solid date on release yet, the localization is coming along well. We have […]

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Whatever Happened to the Rose of Versailles Plans?

As I’ve been looking back at manga I’ve enjoyed over the past few years, I realized that there was a much-anticipated project announced two and a half years ago that has yet to appear. As part of their appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con(TM) in 2015, Udon Entertainment announced that they would be publishing Riyoko Ikeda’s classic shojo manga Rose of Versailles. Dating from the 70s, Rose of Versailles is the story of a woman dressing as a man to […]

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