All the major North American manga publishers were at Anime Expo, the largest anime convention in the U.S., last weekend, and they rolled out plenty of manga announcements, both new licenses and deluxe editions of classic properties.
Kenka Bancho Otome: Girl Beats Boys (April 2018) is gender-swap manga about a girl who takes her twin brother's place at a tough all-male high school. The story started out as a video game and was then adapted into an anime, which streams on Funimation and Crunchyroll.
In addition to the new licenses, Viz announced Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition (May 2018), a new deluxe edition of Hiromu Arakawa's shonen series that will feature a larger trim size, color pages, new lettering, and an updated translation.
Besides the new manga licenses, Viz also revealed two tie-ins to Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector, the popular mobile game. Neko Atsume Kitty Collector Haiku—Seasons of the Kitty is a book of cat poetry, while Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector—Where Am I Meow? is a coloring book. Both kid-friendly titles are due out in February 2018.
Kodansha Comics: Battle Angel Alita, originally published in English by Tokyopop, has long been out of print, but with James Cameron's Alita: Battle Angel movie coming next year (see “Alita: Battle Angel”), it's a hot property again. At C2E2 last April, Kodansha announced they would publish a deluxe hardcover edition (see "Manga News Roundup: 'Battle Angel Alita' Returns, Yuri Takes Center Stage"), and at AX they announced they had acquired the license for the prequel, Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle, which will launch in February 2018.
And the all-female supergroup CLAMP has returned to another classic magical-girl manga, Cardcaptor Sakura, with a new series, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, which follows Sakura's adventures in junior high school. The first volume will be released in November 2017.The Fandom Post, and the standout title is surely Silver Spoon, the multiple award-winning manga by Fullmetal Alchemist creator Hiromu Arakawa. A comedy about a student at an agricultural school, Silver Spoon draws on Arakawa's own experiences growing up on a dairy farm in a rural area.
Two others spin off of current Yen licenses: Baccano! a manga based on the light novel series of the same name, and Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Days of goddess is a four-panel gag manga based on the manga and light novel series Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? The other new licenses Yen announced were Hatsu*Haru, Kemono Friends: Welcome to Japari Park, Mermaid Boys, Oh My Sweet Alien, Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts, Stupid Love Comedy, Tales of Wedding Rings, The Demon Who Became My Sister, and Zo-Zo-Zombie-kun.Anime News Network. Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Kanna's Daily Life (January 2018) is a spin-off of another Seven Seas manga, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid; the anime of the original series streams on Crunchyroll. Made in Abyss (January 2018) is an adventure story about an orphan girl who explores an uncharted labyrinth of caves and finds a robot boy. New Game! (March 2018) is a workplace story about a young woman who is a character designer for a video game company. Ichigo Takano's five-volume shoujo manga Orange got a lot of love from fans, and at AX, Seven Seas announced it would publish the sixth volume. Anime News Network.
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