Anime Expo, held this past weekend, is the largest anime and manga convention in North America, so most of the manga companies publishing in English had announcements to make about upcoming titles.
Dark Horse Comics will be expanding its Hatsune Miku manga line with Hatsune Miku: Rin-Chan Now!, featuring the popular synthesized singer in a book based on a song and video. Dark Horse’s first omnibus manga featuring the character, Unofficial Hatsune Mix, was a New York Times manga bestseller. Rin-Chan Now! will be out in February 2017.
Kodansha will bring to North America Fire Force, by Atsushi Ohkubo, creator of Soul Eater. Also, the steampunk-flavored Clockwork Planet is based on a series of novels co-written by the author of No Game, No Life.
Most unusual is a new volume tied to Kodansha’s hit property. Attack on Titan Adventure will be a choose-your-own-adventure style book in the world of the popular franchise.
Five Manga, One Light Novel, and an OGN From Yen”); but there are also two more Yen announcements, both tied to anime available on Crunchyroll. In Erased, by Kei Sanbe, time travel is used to thwart a serial killer, while Bungo Stray Dogs features an agency of people with supernatural powers.
Seven Seas announced two titles for February. The ultra-violent fantasy horror series Magical Girl Site spins off from Magical Girl Apocalypse. The second, The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku, is another Hatsune Miku story, this time in light novel (prose) form.
Species Domain, out in March, is a monster girl manga, for fans of such titles as My Monster Secret. In May, fans of Orange will welcome Dreamin’ Sun, another title from Takano Ichigo.
We’ve previously covered VIZ's Anime Expo publishing announcements (see “VIZ Announces New Manga Licenses”), and the news that the One-Punch Man anime is going to be aired on American TV (see “‘One-Punch Man’ Anime Hits American TV”).