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New manga licenses & other manga news

+ posted by c_k in Manga News on Sep 30, 2008 04:13
With the New York Anime Festival that recently occurred, many new mangas and manwhas licenses were announced. Gia reports that Funimation has acquired the live-action Mushishi film. Many new manga and manwha licenses have also been announced from various companies.

Bandai Entertainment has acquired the following:
  1. Gurren Lagann manga, by Kazuki Nakashima and Kotaro Mori, is a sci-fi action adventure about two boys named Simon and Kamina, a girl named Yoko, and a mysterious robot. It has been made into a 27 episode anime in 2007 and an animated movie.

At the Kitty Media panel, they revealed that Fujoshi Rumi, also known as Mousou Shoujo Otakukei, is probably going to be released in January. Fujoshi Rumi, written by Natsumi Konjoh, is a romantic comedy about a girl who constantly daydreams about the guys in her class in yaoi situations.

Yen Press has acquired the following five items:
  1. Hiromu Arakawa's historical action fantasy, Hero Tales, which has been made into an 26-episode anime, which ended in March 2008, about a battle between two spirits, which should not exist during the same time. The manga currently runs in Square Enix's GanGan Powered magazine and has 2 volumes compiled to date and will be serialized in the Yen+ magazine. (Due out on October 2009)
  2. The Spice and Wolf novels, which was made into a manga and an 12-episode anime in 2008 and is about a wolf deity of wheat who hitches a ride with a merchant, Lawrence, while she travels towards her hometown in the north. (Due out on December 2009)
  3. Sang-Eun Lee's romantic shoujo Manhwa 13th Boy about a girl who's unlucky in love. After confessing her love for a guy on a TV show, she later gets dumped in a humiliating way. After 12 failed attempts, will the 13th boy be the charm? It is currently ongoing and compiled into 8 volumes. (Due out on June 2009)
  4. Googoo Gong's manwha,Sugarholic, about a girl from a small town who moves to the city she runs into an old friend who just happens to be a rock star. When she meets a millionaire who's interested in her, a love triangle forms between her rock star friend and a man who can give her anything she wants. (Due out on June 2009)
  5. Chako Abeno's romantic comedy, Welcome to Wakaba-Soh about a transfer student, Kentarou Sawai and Karen, the granddaughter of the board chairperson at Kentarou's new school, which ran in Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Max and was compiled into two volumes. (Due out on June 2009)
Source: Giapet

Del Rey Manga has acquired the following three new titles:
  1. Masayuki Ishikawa's comedy manga, Moyashimon, which is about a boy who grew up being able to talk to microbes. Moyashimon has been made into an 11-episode anime in 2007 and is currently ongoing and published in Kodansha's Evening magazine and has been compiled into 6 volumes. (Due out in the Fall of 2009)
  2. The two volume supernatural action comedy Amefurashi by Venus Versus Virus's mangaka Atsushi Suzumi about a boy named Gimy who meets a rain goddess, Sora, who brings rain to his village and surrounding desert. (Due out on June 2009)
  3. Ran's harem fantasy adventure Maid Senki (Maid War Chronicles), which is about maids who become protectors to a prince after the imperial guard knights have been killed. The manga is currently being serialized in Kodansha's Shounen Sirius magazine and has compiled into 3 volumes to date. (Due out on May 2009)
Sources: ANN | About.com

If the following seems familiar, it's because I posted it in the previous article before, but njt thought it'd be better if it was separated with manga news, so here we are. If you read this already, then you may ignore the rest of this article.

Entertainment magazine Oricon surveyed 300 teenagers (ages 14-19) to name the most interesting manga series they had read and revealed the results:
1. One Piece
2. Slam Dunk
3. Dragonball + Death Note (Tied)
5. Gintama
6. Lovely Complex + Nodame Cantabile (Tied)
8. Detective Conan
9. Hana Yori Dango + Fullmetal Alchemist (Tied)

I guess Naruto and Bleach aren't one of the most popular mangas among teens afterall.
Sources: AnimeNation and Tokyograph.

Manga is not only entertaining, but apparently it can affect wine sales. Kami no Shizuku, written by Tadashi Agi, the pen name of the collaboration between the brother and sister duo, Yuko and Shin Kibayashi, can drive up wine sales by 20% by the mere mention of the name of a wine. "The main character of the manga, a young man called Shizuku Kanzaki, discovers the beauty of wine after his father, a famous wine critic, dies and leaves an unusual will: a description of 12 wines he considers to be the best in the world, comparing them to Jesus Christ’s disciples. The first person to find these “disciples” will inherit the father’s wine collection, a contest that pits Shizuku against his adoptive brother, Issey Tomine, who works as a wine critic." (from Mangaupdates)

Read more about the authors and the effects of the manga at Reuters and Japan Times. I just wish that someone would continue scanlating this interesting manga.

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