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Yaoi Manga Publisher SuBLime Debuts Romantic Comedy Series JACKASS!

SuBLime, the leading global English-language yaoi manga publisher, announces the English-language debut of creator Scarlet Beriko’s JACKASS! on October 10th.

JACKASS! is rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers and will be available as a single-volume release in both print and digital formats. Print editions will carry an MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN each. The digital versions will carry an MSRP of $6.99 U.S. Readers have two methods of digital access to the volume on SuBLimeManga.com – via a DRM-free downloadable PDF, viewable on any enabled eReader device and computer, as well as via the online manga viewer. Readers can also purchase a digital version through the NOOK, Kindle and Kobo eReaders as well as on Google Play.

In JACKASS!, practical Keisuke’s incredibly handsome best friend Masayuki has always rubbed him just a little bit the wrong way. Maybe it’s because Masayuki is rich, carefree, and so stunningly handsome that he can, and does, have any girl he wants. But one day, when Keisuke accidentally wears his older sister’s panty hose to gym class, it’s suddenly his hot friend who’s doing the rubbing…on Keisuke’s panty hose-clad legs! Has he unwittingly unleashed a secret fetish that will change their relationship forever?

“Fans are going to enjoy this steamy love story that explores an unexpected sexual attraction between best friends and the sticky situations they find themselves in,” says SuBLime Editor, Jennifer LeBlanc. “Find out how a pair of panty hose can change the lives of best friends in this exciting fall release!”

Yaoi manga creator Scarlet Beriko began her career in 2010, and she has since gone on to create several manga in the BL genre, including Minori no Te, Yondaime Ooyamato Tatsuyuki, and Jealousy. She has also published several tutorials on drawing manga.

Visit SuBLimeManga.com for a complete array of additional yaoi manga titles that are available digitally in a download-to-own format for $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) each and are viewable as a PDF on any enabled eReader device or computer or accessed via the online manga viewer found on the web site.

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VIZ Media delivers brand new manga action inspired by Capcom’s ‘Monster Hunter’ video game

VIZ Media, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers brand new manga action inspired by Capcom’s Monster HunterTM, one of the hottest RPG video game properties.

MONSTER HUNTER: FLASH HUNTER is a manga (graphic novel) series written by Keiichi Hikami, with artwork by Shin Yamamoto, and is set to launch in print on April 12th. The fantasy action series is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry a print MSRP of $10.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. MONSTER HUNTER: FLASH HUNTER will also launch digitally on April 12th via VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, Google Play, and BOOK WALKER Global stores. Subsequent volumes of the 10-volume series will be published in English on a bi-monthly basis.

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It is an age when monsters rule the world, soaring through the sky, treading the earth and filling the seas. Humanity survives on the fringes, relying on a special kind of hero to defend the people from danger – the Monster Hunters!

In the opening volume of the series, hunting giant man-eating beasts is no job for the weak-hearted, but along with courage, it takes skill and experience to be a good Hunter. It also takes good teamwork. Raiga and his comrades are experts now, but when they started down the path of the Monster Hunter, they lacked these qualities. When they head off to confront the dragon-like Queropeco, they quickly learn that this flaw could cost them dearly…

“MONSTER HUNTER: FLASH HUNTER is based on Capcom’s bestselling game property that has sold more than 33 million units across four game titles, “ says Michael Montesa, Editor. “Fans of the video game will not want to miss this action-driven new fantasy series that offers a whole new way to enjoy the popular storyline and characters.”

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Viz announces new Manga licenses at NYCC 2013

Manga publisher Viz was in full force at New York Comic Con 2013, revealing five new titles for the company set to debut in the coming months.

These titles include “Terra Formars” by Kenichi Tachibana, “My Love Story!!” by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko (what is up with the Japanese and their use of multiple exclamation marks… at least it’s not My Full Metal Love Story), “Black Rose Alice” by Setona Mizushiro, “Battle Royale: Angels’ Border” by Koushin Takami, Mioko Ohnishi, and Youhei Ogumi, and “Time Killers” by Kazue Kato (a short story collection).

The one that has been getting the most attention so far is the announcement of Terra Formars, which was a Manga Taisho nominee and has been receiving much acclaim overseas. It has a plot similar to Starship Troopers from what I have dug up about it, so if any anime fans want to give us more details about it and the other titles here, please do so.

Not much more word is available on when these titles will be released, but we’ll keep you updated as we find out.

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Kodansha announces avalanche of new Manga titles, including new “Attack on Titan” books

Kodansha came out with guns a blazing this year at New York Comic Con, and revealed a ton of new books for you anime fans out there. The biggest news was that there are four new Attack on Titan titles coming out soon, which is a show that I recently became a fan of and am quickly becoming addicted to:

Attack on Titan: No Regrets
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall
Attack on Titan: Junior High
Attack on Titan guidebooks

Kodansha will also be releasing Ken Akamatsu’s new title, “UQ Holder”, and Nakaba Suzuki’s “Seven Deadly Sins” (which I know nothing about, but hopefully some of my anime readers out there can enlighten us in the comments). The company also announced digital releases for the following:

Shugo Chara!
Shugo Chara-chan!
Say I Love You
My Little Monster
Sherlock Bones
Tokyo Mew Mew
Tokyo Mew Mew A La Mode

Otaku’s rejoice, and get your reading glasses on, since it looks like you will have a lot of work to do in the coming months.

News via Japanator

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Dark Horse Comics celebrates 25 Years of Publishing Manga

March 2013 is Manga Month at Dark Horse Comics. The comics company is celebrating 25 years of publishing some of the best and most exciting Manga in the industry, partnering with Manga greats like Amano, CLAMP, Hiroya Oku, Yasuhiro Nightow, Kohta Hirano and so many more! They’ve also been publishing english editions of the longest running Manga in publishing, “Oh My Goddess” (which was one of my earliest Manga reads, don’t judge). Dark Horse’s Manga expert extraordinaire and editor, Carl Horn, details their history and what we’re celebrating:

It began as it usually does—with Godzilla rising from the sea. Dark Horse’s first manga, published twenty-five years ago this May, was Kazuhisa Iwata’s adaptation of the 1984 Godzilla movie. It was edited and adapted into English by the founder and president of the company, Mike Richardson, and its vice president of publishing, Randy Stradley. Looking back, the choice seems to pay tribute to the original generation of Japanese pop culture fans in North America, whom they represent. After all, anime’s been on TV here since 1963, but as far back as the 1950s young Americans were thrilling to Japanese kaiju (giant monster) films that were dubbed in English for US theaters, such as Godzilla and Rodan. The tremendous success of the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise (from which Dark Horse’s latest release, Evangelion: Comic Tribute, is out in March) has encouraged some of today’s fans to rediscover the kaiju tradition, which remains an important influence on the work of Evangelion director Hideaki Anno.

That brings us right around to anime, which issue #1 of Godzilla already had a nod to. I noticed the ad on the last page that promoted a Dark Horse comic book series that had begun just the year before entitled Mecha,promising a story “in the tradition of Mobile Suit Gundam.” What struck me is that Dark Horse was saying this in 1988—ten years before Gundam had its first US home video release, and twelve years before any Gundam would be broadcast on TV here. But Mecha’s writer (Randy Stradley once more, with pencils and mecha designs by Harrison Fong) was already building Gundam models back then, and he was confident the kind of fans who read Dark Horse would know what he meant; Randy’s editorial on the inside front cover of Mecha #1 felt free to mention not only Gundam, but Macross, Dunbine, and Orguss as influences. Mecha, in fact, was Dark Horse’s very first comic book to be published in color.

Dark Horse is unusual among North American manga companies for its strong tradition of comic book publishing. But that’s the very tradition that launched manga here—all through the 1980s and ’90s, the standard industry format for manga publishing in English involved putting one or two new chapters out each month as a comic book, and we still publish series such as Oh My Goddess! and Blade of the Immortal that began that way. It may seem a strange way to publish manga now, and yet, it had a certain authenticity to the way manga are published in Japan, where they aren’t released straight to tankobon (graphic novel) format, but are instead serialized chapter by chapter in magazines that have page sizes more similar to American comics than tankobon. When I look back over the space of a quarter century to that first issue of Godzilla, the fact that our first manga looked like our first comic books takes on a special meaning—it symbolizes how they were right alongside each other in our founding years, and how they both remain at the core of our identity as a publisher. You’ll be hearing a lot more about it in this, Dark Horse’s twenty-fifth manga anniversary year.

-Carl Horn, Editor

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