Two top-selling manga franchises are coming to an end, Tokyo Ghoul this month and Fairy Tail in November, but Netflix's latest anime announcements may give some new series a boost, and the Death Note movie looks promising as well.Top 10 Manga Franchises - Spring 2017"), Tokyo Ghoul, wraps up with volume 14, out next week. Not to worry, though, as the sequel series, Tokyo Ghoul: re, launches in October. Viz also published three Tokyo Ghoul novels earlier this year, for those who still need a fix. Manga Round-Up: 'Fairy Tail' Wraps Up, Classic Superhero Teams Join Up, and 'Zelda' Creators Show Up"), but the North American releases lag that by two volumes. Volume 61 came out in July, and vol. 62 will be released at the end of October, with the final volume coming at the end of November. Expect some hype around that, as Mashima is slated to be a guest at New York Comic Con in early October. Full 'Death Note' Trailer"), and given the reactions to Ghost in the Shell, it's probably good news that the creators of the original Death Note manga, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, approve of the film.
"Every bit of it is high quality and very fashionable, it's definitely Hollywood's Death Note,” Ohba commented, according to Comic Natalie via Anime News Network. “I think a wide range of people can enjoy this movie, not just fans, because there are parts that follow the original work but also changes, too."
Obata said, "Adam Wingard 's visual beauty and thrilling directorial are splendid, and create a class A thriller. This is the kind of the Death Note I'd like to draw as well." And he did, producing a drawing of Willem Dafoe as Ryuk and Nat Wolff as Light.
The Death Note movie is set in Seattle and most of the actors are not Asian, and while it keeps many of the essential elements of the story, the plot does veer from that of the manga. For those who want to read the original, Viz is releasing Death Note All-in-One Edition, which binds up all 12 volumes into a single massive book, on September 6.Netflix announced a baker's dozen of new anime series that will start streaming in 2018, and several are adapted from manga:
- Devilman Crybaby, based on Go Nagai's Devilman manga, several of which have been licensed by Seven Seas (see "'Devilman' Dominates Seven Seas' Early 2018 Releases")
- Kakegurui, a series about a school for gamblers that just launched in English from Yen Press
- Children of the Whales, a post-apocalyptic fantasy that Viz will start publishing in November (see "'Death Note,' 'Naruto,' 'Tokyo Ghoul,' Junji Ito Collection, More")
- Knights of the Zodiac/Saint Seiya, based on the classic manga published by Viz as Knights of the Zodiac (see "Major Push for Knights of the Zodiac")
- Fate/Apocrypha, based on a manga and light novel series that hasn't been licensed in North America but is part of the same universe as Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero (see "Review: 'Fate/Zero' vol. 1 TP (Manga)").
Where's ANN? Anime News Network is one of the most prolific and reliable websites covering anime and manga news, so a lot of fans were stunned when the site suddenly stopped working and several of the Twitter accounts disappeared as well. The ANN editors posted an explanation that the site was hacked; it's still not back at the original URL, but for the past few days they have been posting at an alternate site, animenewsnetwork.cc.
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