JoJo’s new license adventure

It’s been a busy few weeks, so let’s start with new license announcements. Sean Gaffney has a thorough writeup of the Anime Expo news, which includes the big news that Viz will be releasing (or re-releasing, in the case of the third arc) JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Here’s a quick rundown of the rest:

Baraou no Souretsu (Requiem for the Rose King), by Aya Kanno (Otomen)
Faster than a Kiss, by Meca Tanaka (Omukai Desu, Pearl Pink)
Momochi-san Chi no Ayakashi Ouji (The Demon Prince of Momochi House), by Aya Shouoto (Kiss of the Rose Princess)
… plus a digital one-off chapter of Vampire Knight and new omnibuses of Yu-Gi-Oh and Gyo

Yume no Kaseki (A Fossil of a Dream), a short story collection by Paprika director Satoshi Kon

Dark Horse
Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt
… plus omnibus editions of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service and Oh My Goddess and a Satoshi Kon artbook

Maria the Witch (Junketsu no Maria), by the creator of Moyashimon
A Silent Voice, which is already running digitally on Crunchyroll

In other news, SuBLime has licensed Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi (English title: The World’s Greatest First Love:The Case of Ritsu Onodera), which is a Junjo Romantica spinoff; the anime has been running on Crunchyroll.

Returning to the present day, the Manga Bookshelf team looks at this week’s new releases.

In a panel at the Tokyo International Book Fair, translators Yoda Hiroko and Matt Alt discuss translating Doraemon for the American audience.

Wired has a short interview with Kazuto Tatsuta, who wrote about his experiences as a cleanup worker at the Fukushima nuclear plant in 1F: The Labor Diary Of Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant.

This came out a couple of weeks ago, but it’s an interesting post: Justin asks some manga insiders why they think fans are still reading manga illegally and aren’t embarrassed to admit it.

News from Japan: Good news for fans of Arata: The Legend, which has been on hiatus: Manga-ka Yuu Watase plans to return to work on it in time for fall serialization.

Reviews: The Manga Bookshelf team turns in this week’s set of Bookshelf Briefs. Ash Brown looks back at a week’s worth of manga reading and reading about manga at Experiments in Manga.

Sarah on vol. 11 of Blue Exorcist (nagareboshi reviews)
David Brothers on Dorohedoro (4thletter!)
Katherine Hanson on vol. 1 of Gakuen Polizi (Yuri no Boke)
Kristin on vols. 4-6 of Midnight Secretary (Comic Attack)
Kristin on vol. 3 of Millennium Snow (Comic Attack)
J. Caleb Mozzocco on vol. 1 of My Love Story!! (Good Comics for Kids)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of My Love Story!! (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 6 of Midnight Secretary (The Fandom Post)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of Monster (Perfect Edition) (Lesley’s Musings… on Manga)
Matthew Warner on vol. 3 of Nisekoi (The Fandom Post)
Lori Henderson on vols. 1-3 of No. 6 (Good Comics for Kids)
Alice Vernon on vol. 1 of Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance (Girls Like Comics)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of Terra Formars (Lesley’s Musings… on Manga)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 2 of UQ Holder! (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of World War Blue (Manga Xanadu)

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  1. badzphoto says

    I had read that Viz licensed Meca Tanaka’s other and shorter series “Meteor Prince.” The license of “Faster than a Kiss” by the same author is welcome as well. Thanks for the info.