As the year winds down, there isn’t a ton of things to report for the U.S. this month. In November, we saw a dip in U.S. license announcements, but there was still plenty of news coming out of Japan. The same holds for December, too. But if January 2012 was any indication, we should see Stateside news pick-up after the first of the year.
This also marks the first year we have been running The Line-Up. Hopefully this column will help anyone doing any year in review posts as well as just reflect on the year with anime and manga in general.
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 Clover: Ace of Hearts – Seven Seas
- Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Clockmaker’s Story – Seven Seas
I’m mostly just amused that Yen Press and Seven Seas seem locked in an eternal battle to see who can license more Alice in the Country of _____.
- Amagami SS+ – Sentai Filmworks
- Love Live! – NISA
- Nyotai-ka! – Digital Manga Inc.
- Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc – Sentai Filmworks
Noooo, look away!
- Sexless Friend – Digital Manga Inc.
- Vampire Princess Miyu – Sentai Filmworks
Newly Streaming/Broadcasting in the U.S.
- Shonen Jump Alpha added Hunter X Hunter (Kurapika Flashback Arc)
- Crunchyroll added Hand-to-Mouth Life, Boku no Imōto wa “Ōsaka Okan,” Love Live!, Encouragement of Climb, Mangirl!, Ai Mai Mi, Ishida to Asakura
- JManga added Hanjuku-Joshi, DROPS, Don’t Disturb Me and Him Please, Pico-Pico Boy, We Immediately Swing At Foul Balls, Pochi and Tama
- Nickelodeon added Yu-Gi-Oh!
New Anime/Manga Projects in Japan
- New Original TV Anime Series Attack Revealed
- Dragon Quest X Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online Getting Manga Adaption
- New xxxholic Manga Announced
- Romantic Comedy Anime Imoto no Yosu ga Chotto Okaishiin Da Ga Green-lit
- Cardfight!! Vanguard Announces 4-koma Manga
- Moyoco Anno Story Gets Music Video
Not the way I would have expected the series to continue.
- Samurai Harem Manga-ka Starting New Title
- Yuu Watase Series Arata Anime Revealed
- Gen Urobuchi Working on Suisei no Galgantia Anime
- Anime Announced for PSP Game Danganronpa Kibo no Gakuen to Zetsubo no Kokosei
- Devil Survivor 2 RPG Getting Anime Adaption
I’m guess this is not the last Shin Megami Tensei anime we will be seeing next year.
- Third Season and OVA Green-lit for The World Only God Knows
- Sexy Voice and Robo Creator Writing Original Anime Movie Haru
I adored Sexy Voice and Robo so I’m really curious about this project.
- Comedy Manga About Junior High Girl Becoming Erotic Novelist Announced
- Tow Ubukata Working on Two New Anime Projects
I’m really excited to see what kind of story he’ll present us with next. Loveloveloved Le Chevalier d’Eon and looking forward to the third Mardock Scramble movie.
- Spin-off Code Geass: Oz the Reflection Getting Picture Drama DVD
The TV series picture dramas I found rather dull, but then Nunnally in Wonderland was strangely entertaining so who knows how this will turn out.
- 3 New Otona Joshi no Anime Time TV Specials Which Adapted Novels Scheduled
- Puchimas! -Petit Idolm@ster- DVD Release Gets Bonus Anime
- Hoshin Engi Manga-ka Creates Shrine Maiden One-shot
- Sunrise Announces New Original Mecha Anime Valvrave Liberator
Mecha never dies. It just sometimes gets more shows in certain years.
- Line Offline Salaryman Mascots Anime Green-lit
- New Manga About Historical Teen Warriors White Tiger ~Byakkotai Seibu Kaitaku Tan~ Begins
- Five Star Stories Manga Resumes
The Five Star Stories is large enough that the author can always go back to that well if needed.
- More Anime Revealed for When They Cry
- Different Manga-ka Draws Spin-off Series Maite wa Ikenai Rozen Maiden
- New Manga Series Devil x Children x AS Beings in Online Magazine
Same thing goes for Shin Megami Tensei manga.
- 4-koma Kiniro Mosaic About Japanese and British Girls Anime Announced
- Go Nagai Draws New Manzinger Z Manga to be Bundled with Toy
- Z/X Zillions of enemy X Card Game Getting Anime Adaption
- New Manga Launching from the Geobreeders Creator
- Children’s Character Odenkun Getting New Anime
- Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui! Slice-of-Life Anime Green-lit
- Dragon Ball Manga Reprinted in Full-color
- 1-shot Released by Boys Over Flowers Manga-ka
- More Hayate the Combat Butler Anime Announced
Note: I am serectly working with Kenjiro Hata to make sure the End of the World Arc is never animated.
- Hiroaki Samura Has New Manga in the Works
I have no idea what I want this new series to be about, but I’m very excited!
- New Future Diary Manga and Anime Revealed
- Upcoming DS Game Kaio: King of Pirates Getting Anime
- Inferno Cop Anime Coming from Gurren Lagann Director
- Next Naruto Movie in 2014
- Series Starting by Sayonara Zetsubo-Sensei Creator
I wonder if this will be another series with an utterly unexpected gut punch climax in what is otherwise a comedy series. That seems to be his MO.
- Yellow Tanabe Launching New Manga Series
Well, I hope Laughter in the End of the World gets a bit of a crescendo before ending. I was enjoying where it was headed, I hope she has much success in the new series.
- Makoto Shinkai Film Kotonoha no Niwa Announced
- Makai Oji: Devils and Realist Anime Green-lit
- Yowamushi Pedal Series About Otaku Anime Revealed
- OVA Bundled with Say I Love You Manga
- OVA Bundled with My Little Monster Manga
- More Kuroko’s Basketball Anime on the Way
Really glad to see this news! Especially in light of so many cancellations related to the threats against the creator.
- Drifters Gets Anime Short Added to Hellsing Ultimate Release
Seems like a series that would do well as an anime series.
- Sequel Revealed for K Anime
- Agricultural School Manga Silver Spoon Getting Anime
This continues to strike me as a series that is beloved by Japanese audiences but could never find a 1000th of the audience that Full Metal Alchemist did.
- 1-shot from Reborn! Creator Launched
- Hiiro no Kakera Artbook to Include OVA
- Shojo Dog Series Chocotan! Anime Green-lit
Super adorable, I can’t wait!
- Lucky Star Spin-off to be Animated
- Survival Game Manga Tokubetsu Sochi Dantai Stella Jo-Gakuin Koto-ka C3-Bu Anime Green-lit
- New One-shot Announced for Mx0 Creator