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VIZ omnibus editions have been very good, of the highest quality. Better paper, better print, usually restored color pages. The upcoming Del Ray ones worry me a bit. They're only doing them because they're licensing agreement runs out after 2010 and they want to crank certain series out before Kodansha takes direct control of there catalog. I don't trust them to do a particularly good job. The bigger size doesn't bother me. I own a lot of VIZ Signature series which are not standard tankobon size.
So is Del Ray losing all rights to publish Kodansha manga in '10 or are they jsut renewing their license? I know Tokyopop lost the right to release them or at least that's what I've heard.
There is nothing official to speak of yet. But, Kodansha launched their own U.S. imprint with the re - release of Akira and Ghost in the Shell a few months ago. They claim Kodansha U.S. will be for archival releases but I doubt they will renew their contract with Del Ray in 2011. I expect they want there own equivilent of VIZ, if they renew that would be impossible.
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What im looking forward to when kodanasha takes over. super competitive prices. because its a bigger company then del rey they can afford to be a bit cheaper like viz. = the result supply increases price goes down and demand stays the same. More manga for our doller
Last edited by Mushashi; December 18, 2009 at 07:44 PM.
I like VIZbig because they are basically Bunko editions, as Mushashi said, there are a lot of extras. Check out Del Ray's first Samurai Deeper ominbus, it's just a two volume tank. It's obvious there just trying to churn them out before the clock strikes midnight.
I have not been impressed by Del Ray's choice of series over the years. To many good series get overlooked (Bloody Monday) or delayed (SZS) while to many crap, second tier series get licensed (not gonna name, look through a book store to see what I'm saying). Kodansha will probably have better taste in their own series.
i just got back from cheacking out samuair deeper. it sucks regular paper at a more expensive price. they are just trying to get fast releases. and yeh whoever is incharge of publication there is an idiot. air gear > bloody monday pssh
While I don't want to admit it, Air Gear was a series that needed to be licensed. It's one of the more popular manga in ShoMag. Bloody Monday....... Really should have been. Ever since the drama ended it's become one of Magazines flagships as well. Maybe Kodansha is with holding it, hoping it becomes one of their U.S. branches early hits.
i had not thought of that kaiten. someone just coming into the U.S market they will want to get recognized the fastest way they can. yes i agree that air gear needed to be licensed. i think bloody monday would have been better. if only theyd done both thanks for the idea. im actuely really looking forward to kodanasha taking over. im fed up with del rey.
Don't forget Air Gear is older, licensed a few years before Bloody Monday even started. What I do understand is Del Ray's reluctance to license sports series; virtually every one licensed has done terrible. PoT is an exception, maybe ES21. Don't think so though. Unfortunately not licensing sports means ignoring some of Kodansha's most famous titles, new and old.