The inaugural AnimeNYC convention took place this past weekend, and the manga publishers arrived with plenty of new licenses to announce. Here’s a rundown of the weekend’s news.
The other new license in the JY imprint is Little Witch Academia, a manga adaptation of Yoh Yoshinari’s anime of the same name about girls at a school for witches.
- Fruits Basket another, by Natsuki Takaya, a sequel to her Fruits Basket, which was one of the most popular shoujo manga in the U.S; this one follows a new character, Sawa, who has just started high school.
- Caterpillar Girl and Bad Texter Boy, by Gene Pixiv; this starts out like one of those schoolmates stories about an awkward boy and a cute, popular girl… but then the girl turns into a caterpillar.
- Teasing Master Takagi-San, by Soichiro Yamamoto, sounds a bit like My Neighbor Seki: It’s a story about two middle-schoolers who sit next to each other and are having a teasing contest—the first one to blush loses.
- Shibuya Goldfish, by Hiroumi Aoi, is a horror manga about man-eating goldfish invading the Toyo shopping district of Shibuya.
- Tsuno No Gakuen, by Mito Aoi, is a magical-school manga featuring boys with horns—and one of the boys is self-conscious because his horns are smaller than the others.
- The Strange Creature at Kuroyuri Apartments, by Gao Yuzuki, puts a supernatural spin on the "we’re sharing an apartment" comedy genre by giving the female lead the power to summon demons.
In addition, Yen Press announced four light novels in its Yen ON imprint:
- Final Fantasy VII: On the Way to a Smile, the first in a planned line of Final Fantasy novels.
- Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online, a Sword Art Online spinoff; Yen has already licensed the manga.
- Defeating the Demon Lord’s a Cinch (If You Have a Ringer), by Tsukikage and bob.
- WorldEnd: What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? by Akira Kareno and Ue.
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