Thanks to Anime Boston and Sakura Con there was a deluge of license announcements this past month! And on top of that the new season of anime so you can imagine there was a lot of news for April.
Oh my Good Golly Miss Molly this is a lot of news this month. Have Anime Boston and Sakura Con always been big licensing cons like this or have I just not been paying attention?
The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of newly licensed in the U.S., newly streaming in the U.S., and newly announced anime and manga projects.
Newly Licensed in the U.S.
- Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit – Yen Press
- Anything and Something – Yen Press
- Baccano! (Blu-Ray) – Aniplex
- Bakemonogatari – Aniplex USA
- Battle Angel Alita: Last Order – Kodansha Comics
- Berserk (movies) – VIZ
Drat. Viz is without a doubt the slowest company in releasing anything on DVD. Glad it got picked up. I just wish it was someone else who picked it up.
- Blood-C – Dark Horse
- Blood Lad – Yen Press
- Bunny Drop – NISA
- Captain Harlock (TV) – Discotek
A space pirate that does actual piracy! How quaint.
- A Century of Temptation – Digital Manga
- Cluster Edge – Sentai Filmworks
- Crayon Shin-chan – One Peace Books
- Danza – Kodansha Comics
- Deflowering the Boss – Digital Manga
- Demon Love Spell – VIZ
- Dusk Maiden of Amnesia – Sentai Filmworks
- Emerald and Other Stories – Dark Horse
- Eureka Seven AO – Funimation
- Evangelion: Comic Tribute – Dark Horse
I am vaguely interested because Mine Yoshizaki is involved.
- Fractale – Funimation
- Future Diary – Funimation
- Galaxy Express 999 (movie 3) – Discotek
- Hakuoki Shinsengumi Kitan – Sentai Filmworks
- Hidamari Sketch x SP – Sentai Filmworks
- The Incredible Kintaro – Digital Manga
- Intrigue in the Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto – Sentai Filmworks
- Kids on the Slope – Sentai Filmworks
I am impressed they got Blu-Ray right out of the gate. There is no excuse not to pick this up now.
- King of Thorn – Funimation
- Lovely Complex – Discotek
An unexpected license for them and I couldn’t be happier about it!
- Mahoromatic: I’m Home – Sentai Filmworks
- Medaka Box – Sentai Filmworks
- The Misfortune of Kyon and Koizumi – Yen Press
I am waiting for The Hairballs of Shamisen manga.
- Missons of Love – Kodansha Comics
- Mysterious Girlfriend X – Sentai Filmworks
- NightS – Animate USA
- Oreimo – Dark Horse
- Paradise Kiss – Vertical, Inc.
I’m very excited about this rescue and have high hopes for beautiful books.
- President Momoi Kun – Digital Manga Publishing
- Queen’s Blade: Rebellion – Sentai Filmworks
- Saint Seiya (movies) – Discotek
- Sakuran – Vertical, Inc.
I have heard nothing but great things about this title and it is a one book series which is always nice.
- Shangri-La – Funimation
- See Me After Class – Digital Manga Publishing
- Strobe Edge – VIZ
- Thermae Romae – Yen Press
What an unusual license. I am very curious how this does.
- Triage X – Yen Press
- Tsuritama – Sentai Filmworks
- Umineko When They Cry – Yen Press
I really want to read these now that I have played all the games. It will be like watching Fight Club a second time.
- Upotte!! – Sentai Filmworks
- Viewfinder: Hard-Working Cameraman Akihito Takaba’s Romantic Life as an Indentured Servant – Animate USA
Newly Streaming in the U.S.
- Crunchyroll added Yurumates 3D, Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals, Sengoku Collection, Polar Bear’s Cafe, Saki – Episode Side A, Upotte!!, Kuroku’s Basketball, Kid’s On the Slope, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Tsuritama, Queen’s Blade: Rebellion, Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, Phi Brain Puzzle of God S2, Medaka Box
- VIZ added Zetman, Accel World
- Funimation added Is This a Zombie? . . . Of the Dead, Lupin III: The Woman Named Fujiko Mine, Jormugand
- Sugoi Books added Peacemaker, Elemental Gelade, Ilegenes
- JManga added Kirara, I am a Cat, Apartments of Calle Feliz, Muyonosuke, The Witch of 2-A, Chitose Get You!!, Observation Diary, Tale of the Crescent Moon Dragon, Working Kentauros, Bono Bono, Black Borders, Harukaze Biyori, Doukyusei, Tactics, Monochrome Factor, The Good Witch of the West, Your & My Secret, Animal Academy: Hakobune Hakusho, Yurumates
New Anime/Manga Projects in Japan
- Oreimo Getting a Second Season
- Cyborg 009 Finale Manga to Launch
- Unaired Episode of Yurumates Bundled with Manga
- Kimi to Batsu Gag Comedy is New Series of Excel Saga Manga-ka
Koushi Rikudou is always an unusual author so I am curious how this will turn out.
- New Magazine Bessatsu Shonen Champion Launching in June
- OVA of Eureka Seven AO to be Bundled with PS3 Game
- Detective Conan/Excalibur Crossover OVA Available Through Mail-Away
- The Rest of NisiOisin’s Monogatari Novels Getting Anime Adaptions
- Accel World DVDs to Include New Actual World Anime
- Light Novels Sakurasou no Pet no Kanojo Anime Green-Lit
- In Addition to an Anime In the New World Also Getting Manga Adaption
- Crayon Shin-chan to Crossover with Kamen Rider Fourze in Special
Apparently someone thought that Fourze was not crazy enough.
- Comedy Manga Spin-off Attack! Titan Junior High Begins
- New Manga from Final Fantasy Franchise Starts
- NG-Shuu Being Animated as Extra for DVD Release of Kuroko no Basuke
- OVA Coming for Web Manga Hori-san to Miyamura-kun
- Food Manga Series Coming from GTO Creator
- Norwegian Children’s Book Block Makes a Museum Being Made into Anime
- New Manga Series Starting from Yasuko to Kenji Artist and High School Debut Writer
- Spin-off and Parody Manga Uta Hen Begins
- GTO and I no Head Gargoyle Get Crossover 1-Shot
A nice bit of cross promotion between Tohru Fujisawa manga.
- Production Designers from Puella Magi Madoka Magica Working on Shojo Manga
- To Love-Ru Darkness to Bundle DVD with Manga
- 3DS Game Senran Kagura Burst Has Anime in the Works
- Natsume Ono Drawing Web Manga 1-Shot
- Short Manga by Stepping on Roses Artist Started
- Shojo Manga Inspired by Idol Group Fairies Announced
- Steins;Gate Game Drama CD to Include Manga
- Crying Freeman Creator Releasing Short Ninja Manga
- Webcomics Starting of Namco Bandai’s Rolling Thunder and Wonder Momo
- Mixed-media Franchise Khronos Gear Getting OVA and Manga
- More Stitch! Anime On the Way as a TV Special
- A Chapter 0 of Rurouni Kenshin Will Be Coming Out
- Hopefully this will be better than the new OVAs.
- Josei Manga Karneval Receiving an Anime Adaption
- Mecha 1-shot from Bokurano Manga-ka Announced
- Count of Monte Cristo 1-shot in Grand Jump Premiere
- A Spin-off of Ikoi no Sodom -Bishōjo Impala- Started
- New Series Landmark Fieldworker -Toaru Machi no Genius Loki- to Being in Super Jump
- Yuri Manga-ka Milk Morinaga Starting New Series
- New Steampunk Manga Kikaijikake no Merudiina Beginning
Maybe steampunk panels at anime conventions can start being about steampunk titles like this.
- Accel World OVA to be Bundled with Game
- Kamen no Ninja Akakage Remains Manga Based on 60’s Series Getting Revival
I’m not familiar with the original, but it was by the creator of Giant Robo and Tetsujin so I’m quite curious to check this out!
- Remake Manga Kaen Majin ~Oni Harai~ Starting Up Soon
- The Incredible Zorori Children’s Book Getting Feature Film
- Manga Adaption of Re: Cyborg 009 and Fairy God One-shot in Next Issue of Monthly Big Gangan
- Dusk Maiden of Amnesia BD/DVD Release to Include Unaired Episode