Early indications are this will be an interesting year for manga, as some popular series wrap up and an interesting variety of new ones debut. Plus an anime film may stir up new interest in one of the best series of 2016.‘Devilman’ Dominates Seven Seas’ Early 2018 Releases”). However, the publisher announced on Twitter this week that the first volume of Devilman: The Classic Collection has now been pushed back to May. Seven Seas plans to publish the series as two hardcover 600-page volumes with new covers; the delay, they Tweeted, is “so we can make these deluxe hardcovers as high quality as possible.”
For those who have to get their Devilman fix, the first volume of Devilman Grimoire, a more recent retelling of the story, came out in October and the second volume is due out in February. The first volume of Devilman Vs. Hades, a sequel to the original, will be released later this spring.Anime News Network reports. The anime studio Eleven Arts, which is handling the U.S. release, debuted a subtitled version in October. The anime is based on the seven-volume manga series by Yoshitoki Oima (see “Creator Interview: Yoshitoki Oima on ‘A Silent Voice’”), which was nominated for an Eisner Award. Publisher Kodansha Comics is now publishing Oima’s new series, To Your Eternity (see “Top 10 Manga of 2017”).
The other new series, Motenceki, is a romantic comedy about a young man who is suddenly, inexplicably popular with women. This series will be published by Vertical Comics and the first volume is due out in April, with a MSRP of $18.95. Viz is heavily promoting a new Shonen Jump romantic comedy, Kaguya Sama: Love Is War, which features two high achievers who are in love but won’t admit it until the other does; Viz describes as the “Death Note of dating.” The first volume will be out on March 7 and has a MSRP of $9.99.
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