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.

Yen Press announced two new titles in their JY young-readers line.  Star Wars: Lost Stars, is an adaptation of the YA novel by Claudia Gray, with art by Yuusaka Komiyama.  This manga, which is set in the Star Wars universe, premiered on the Japanese e-book app LINE Manga.  The book will be out on May 1.

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.

Yen also had some new titles to announce in their regular (teen and up) manga line:

  • 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.

Kodansha Comics had just one print title to announce: Golosseum, by Yasushi Baba, which pits the Russians Rasputin and President Putinov against Americans Axe Bogan and President Billary Quintone in a world where weapons have been rendered useless, so international disputes are settled via martial arts.  The first volume is due out in Spring 2018.

VIZ Media will bring My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, a My Hero Academia spinoff that has already been licensed digitally out in a print edition in July 2018, and they also had one completely new license to announce: That Blue Sky Feeling, a "tender coming-of-age LGBT teen drama" that’s due out in June 2018.

And finally, Vertical Comics will publish a print edition of Aposimz by Tsutomu Nihei, the creator of Blame and Knights of Sidonia.  The series is already available in digital form on comiXology.

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