SakuraCon: Yen gets Kingdom Hearts manga

Inu x Boku SS

Inu x Boku SS

The anime con season kicked off this past weekend with SakuraCon, where both Yen Press and Dark Horse had license announcements and other news. Yen Press announced it has licensed the Kingdom Hearts series and will re-release the volumes previously released by Tokyopop and publish the later volumes as well. They have also licensed Inu x Boku SS, by Cocoa Fujiwara, No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! (Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!), by Nico Tanigawa, and the manga adaptation of the film Wolf Children Ame and Yuki.

Editor Carl Gustav Horn had two new licenses to announce at the Dark Horse panel: New Lone Wolf and Cub, an 11-volume sequel to the original Lone Wolf and Cub series, and Hatsune Miku: Unofficial Hatsune Mix (Maker Hikōshiki Hatsune Mix), a series about the Vocaloid idol and her friends that originally ran in Comic Rush from 2008-2010.

It doesn’t look like there were any new license announcements at the Viz Media panel, but they did announce two new box sets, Bakuman and One Piece, as well as their publishing schedule for the coming year.

Sean Gaffney took a closer look at the new Yen Press and Dark Horse licenses at his blog.

This past week had an unusually strong set of new releases; I covered ’em all at MTV Geek. And the Manga Bookshelf team takes a look at this week’s new manga as well.

I’m playing a little catch-up here, but I wanted to get this in print before JManga went dark: The most fun interview I had at New York Comic Con was with manga-ka Masakazu Ishiguro, the creator of Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, and his editor at Young King Ours magazine, Masahiro Ohno. It’s up now at MTV Geek, along with a preview of SoreMachi, which will stay up after JManga goes down.

Erica Friedman cues up the latest edition of Yuri Network News at Okazu.

Melinda Beasi and Michelle Smith discuss an assortment of new titles, including the Sabrina the Teenage Witch manga, in their latest Off the Shelf column at Manga Bookshelf. And Melinda looks at three older series she is enjoying in her 3 Things Thursday column. And Anna, Melinda and Sean open up the Manga Shopping Bag and discuss their recent purchases.

Somehow I was so busy last week that I missed the Manga Moveable Feast, which focused on history; it was hosted by Khursten Santos at Otaku Champloo, and here are her introduction, Day 1 roundup, discussion of the power of historical manga, Day 2 roundup, review of Ooku, and a post on World War II as viewed by three manga artists. This is a very nice collection and well worth a read. Also: Ash Brown is giving away a copy of Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths at Experiments in Manga.

Travis Anderson has a license request: Tea Girl.

Reviews: Ash Brown looks back on the weeks’ manga reading at Experiments in Manga.

Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 2 of 21st Century Boys (Comics Worth Reading)
Manjiorin on Accidental Princess (Organization ASG)
Matthew Warner on vol. 1 of Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit (The Fandom Post)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 4 of Attack on Titan (The Fandom Post)
Matthew Warner on vol. 54 of Bleach (The Fandom Post)
Lori Henderson on vols. 1 and 2 and vols. 3 and 4 of A Bride’s Story (Manga Xanadu)
Jocelyne Allen on vols. 2 and 3 of Chokodoshoujin (Brain Vs. Book)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 1 of The Dark-Hunters: Infinity (The Fandom Post)
Connie C. on A Drifting Life, Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga, and I’ll Give It My All… Tomorrow (Comics Should Be Good)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Emma (Manga Xanadu)
Daniella Orihuela-Gruber on vol. 2 of Finder (All About Manga)
Ash Brown on The Heart of Thomas (Experiments in Manga)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 21 of Higurashi: When They Cry (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Ash Brown on vol. 1 of The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel (Experiments in Manga)
Jocelyne Allen on vol. 1 of Ippo (Brain Vs. Book)
Angela Eastman on vol. 3 of Jiu Jiu (The Fandom Post)
Daniella Orihuela-Gruber on Kimi Shiruya—Dost Thou Know? (All About Manga)
Daniella Orihuela-Gruber on vols. 1 and 2 of Kiss Blue (All About Manga)
Daniella Orihuela-Gruber on vol. 3 of Kizuna (All About Manga)
Daniella Orihuela-Gruber on A Love Song for the Miserable (All About Manga)
Daniella Orihuela-Gruber on Mr. Convenience (All About Manga)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 14 of Pandora Hearts (The Fandom Post)
Anna on vols. 2 and 3 of Paradise Kiss (Manga Report)
Daniella Orihuela-Gruber on Restart (All About Manga)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 10 of Sailor Moon (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Derek Bown on the March 25 issue of Shonen Jump (Manga Bookshelf)
Daniella Orihuela-Gruber on Shy Intentions (All About Manga)
Daniella Orihuela-Gruber on Sleepless Nights (All About Manga)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Tokyo Babylon (omnibus edition) (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Ash Brown on vol. 3 of Vagabond (omnibus edition)
John Rose on vol. 30 of Wallflower (The Fandom Post)

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