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.

Viz: Viz announced two new manga licenses. Fire Punch (May 2018), which has been running on the Shonen Jump+ website in Japan, is a dystopian shonen story about two orphans who have the gift of fire in a world that is covered in snow and ice. The series was nominated for this year's Manga Taisho Award.

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.

Also on deck: A new premium paperback edition of Sailor Moon, titled Sailor Moon: Eternal Edition, with new covers by creator Naoko Takeuchi, a larger trim size, a revised translation, and new lettering. The first volume of the 10-volume set will be out in January 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.

Yen Press: Yen announced a dozen new print manga series, according to 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.

Vertical Comics: Fans of the surrealistic humor of Nichijou have something new to look forward to: Vertical will publish City, a new series by the same creator, in March 2018. City features a female lead and teen-friendly visual humor. The second new license, Moteki (October 2017), sold over 1.9 million volumes in Japan and was voted the best manga of 2009. It's a harem comedy about a 29-year-old man dealing with a sudden surge in his popularity. Finally, Vertical will publish the first volume of Hitomi Takano's My Boy, a two-volume series about the friendship between an adult woman and a 12-year-old boy, in April 2018.

Seven Seas: Seven Seas knows what their audience likes—cute girls, mainly—and their AX announcements deliver the goods. Nameless Asterism (January 2018) is a love triangle between three teen girls. Soul Liquid Chambers (March 2018) is by Nozomu Tamaki, creator of one of Seven Seas' most popular properties, Dance in the Vampire Bund. When he announced the series last year, Tamaki called it a "gothic cyberpunk action" manga, according to 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.

Getter Robo Devolution is not a typical Seven Seas title, but it's something that should appeal to serious fans: It's a new take on Ken Ishikawa and Go Nagai's Getter Robo manga and anime (which apparently were never published in English), and the creators are Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, who are also the creative team on the newest Ultraman manga (published by Viz). Vol. 1 of Getter Robo Devolution will be out in May 2018, according to Anime News Network.

Udon: The Canadian publisher Udon Entertainment has licensed Daigo the Beast, a biography about the real-life Japanese pro gamer Daigo Umehara. This one's a natural fit with Udon's line, which focuses heavily on video-game tie-ins and art books, and Udon will publish it in two-in-one omnibus volumes. The first volume will be out in December 2017 and has a MSRP of $19.99.

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