We round up manga news from the last two weeks.
Manga on the Big Screen: The world premiere of the live-action Tokyo Ghoul film will take place at Anime Expo in Los Angeles on July 3. That means American fans will get to see the film ahead of their Japanese counterparts, as the film opens there on July 29. Tokyo Ghoul, the story of a college student who becomes half-human, half-ghoul, and must eat human flesh to survive, is one of the top selling manga in the U.S. Variety has the details of the film. FUNimation will distribute the film in the U.S. The director, Kentaro Hagiwara, won the Sundance/NHK International Filmmaker Award in 2013. This is his first feature film. See the trailer below.
Yen Press announced it has acquired two new manga licenses for digital publication: GESELLSCHAFT BLUME, a story about a hero (who may not be as heroic as he thinks) fighting a demon, and IM: The Great Priest Imhotep, which teams up a reincarnated Ancient Egyptian priest with a modern Japanese schoolgirl.
Life Meets Art: At TheOASG, Justin convenes a group of real-life cosplayers to compare their own lives with Complex Age, a manga about a 26-year-old cosplayer. They all had some good things to say about the manga and its portrayal of cosplay culture.
The Washington Post, Everdeen Mason takes a look at this lighthearted narrative about a 29-year-old woman who has given up on cooking and cleaning until Kondo takes her in hand and turns her life around. It’s due later this month from Ten Speed Press.
Make Mine Manhwa: Manhwa, Korean comics, have a lot in common with manga, but they have never caught on with English-language readers in the same way. ComicsVerse presents a sort of Manhwa 101 article, with information on stylistic differences, typical characters, and the history of the medium. It doesn't look like the recommended titles are available in English, but manhwa is fairly common and the article does give a good overview.
Cool Japan Finds a Home—Maybe: The Japan News reports that Japanese legislators are preparing a bill to be submitted to the Diet (the Japanese parliament) that would establish a national manga center by 2020—coincidentally (or perhaps not) the year that the Olympic and Paralympic Games come to Tokyo. The center would house a collection of manga and original works, and some of the funding would come from private sources.
Anime News Network reports. The manga is published in English by Yen Press. Meanwhile, Crunchyroll notes a revival of interest in Fullmetal Alchemist: with the live-action film due this summer (see "New Pics from Live-Action 'Fullmetal Alchemist'"), Square Enix is re-releasing the manga online.