The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of new anime, manga, novel, and artbook licenses for the U.S. It also lists new streaming/broadcasting announcements and posted crowdfunding projects available to U.S. residents. And finally, it includes anime/manga projects and live-action anime/manga adaptation announcements from Japan.
New Licenses in the U.S.
- Arcadia of My Youth – Discotek
- B’t X – Anime Midstream
I forgot this company existed and oh boy, I’m not likely to forget them now!
- Charge Man Ken – Discotek
This was always up there with Musashi Gundoh as a series that infamous for actually being one of the worst anime ever made. I’m always curious how well series like this do when they are licensed and people have to pay for them.
- Good Luck! Ninomiya-kun – Funimation
- The High School Life of a Fudanshi – Seven Seas
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (manga) – VIZ
- Little Busters EX (OVA) – Sentai Filmworks
- Love Rush! – VIZ
- Lupin III: Island of Assassins – Discotek
- Lupin III: Operation Return the Treasure – Discotek
- Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON – Funimation
- Omamori Himari – Funimation
- Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire – VIZ
- Pokémon Pocket Comics – VIZ
- Psychic School Wars – Funimation
- Queen’s Quality – VIZ
- Ranma 1/2 (OVAs) – VIZ
- Ranma 1/2: Big Trouble in Nekonron, China – VIZ
- Ranma 1/2: Nihao My Concubine – VIZ
I wonder how much this has stayed an evergreen title now that Rumiko Takahashi is no longer the powerhouse of American fandom she used to be. She never had a CLAMP like fall from grace but she is also nowhere nearly as popular as she used to be.
- Red Sprite – VIZ
- The Seven Deadly Sins: The Seven Scars Left Behind (novel) – Vertical Inc.
- Super Mario Adventures (manga) – VIZ
- Sweet Blue Flowers (manga) – VIZ
- Sword of the Stranger – Funimation
- Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer – Discotek
Back when Mamoru Oshii actually tried to be entertaining while also being artistic.
New Streaming or Broadcasting Announcements in the U.S.
- Crunchyroll Anime adding Gakuen Heaven, Mr. Osomatsu (special), Nanbaka The Numbers
- Gundam.info adding Gundam Build Fighters Try special
When are we getting more Build Fighters?
- Weekly Shonen Jump USA adding Love Rush!, Red Sprite
New Anime and Manga Projects in Japan
- Peach Girl Sequel Manga Set 10 Years Later Starting
Gotta admit, I’m curious.
- Anime Green-lit for Romance Manga Fuka
- Nisekoi Manga-ka Working on New Series
- Live-action Comedy Variety Show Getting TV Anime Series
- Chinese and Japanese co-production Soul Buster Revealed
- Anime Announced Based on Naruto Novels
- 2nd Season Green-lit for Mahou Shoujo Nante Mouiidesukara
- Hi Score Girl Creator Starting New Manga Series
- Original Anime ID-0 Revealed
- New Age 12 Manga Launching
- Girl Friend Note Game Getting Anime
- Anime Green-lit for RomCom Renai Bokun
- Manga Adaptation Coming for Pokemon Sun & Moon
- Original Anime Sengoku Choju Giga Announced
- More Anime Announced for Kagerou Project
- Kabukibu! Light Novel Series Reveals TV Anime
- Unaired Amanchu! Episode Added to BD/DVD Release
- New Manga Shonen-tachi no Iru Tokoro Starting
- Wolf Girl & Black Prince‘s Manga-ka Beginning New Series
- Spin-off Manga Announced for Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi
- The 7 Deadly Sins Multimedia Project Gets TV Anime
- PaRappa the Rapper Getting New Anime Shorts
- More Free! Anime Revealed
- Otome Game Nil Admirari no Tenbin: Teito Genwaku Kitan Getting Anime
- Popin Q Original Anime Getting Two Manga Adaptations
- Anime Announced for Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryu to Odoru: Dances with the Dragons Light Novels
- Mars Manga-ka Working on Marie Antoinette Manga
- Godzilla Anime Movie Green-lit
- Anime Revealed for Idolish 7 Franchise
At the very least, I have to watch some of this to understand the insane popularity of the game.
- New Digimon Manga Starting
- Hi Score Girl Manga-ka Beginning New Series
- Natsume Ono Starting Skyscraper Blues Manga
YES PLEASE! This is a modern setting so hopefully it will get picked up for U.S. release.
- New Studio Trigger Short Revealed
- Mikan Seijin Anime Short Announced
- Mitsudomoe Manga-ka Starting Mini-series
- Jazz Manga Blue Giant Getting Sequel Series
- Black Clover Anime Special Revealed
- OVA Bundled with Galko-chan Manga
I keep hearing good things about this series.
- Anime Green-lit for Star of Guidance Sci-fi Novels
- Hinako Note Anime in the Works
- TV Special Announced for Short The Dragon Dentist
- Girls & Panzer Final Anime Green-lit
- Two Anime in the Works for Puzzle Game Yume Okoku to Nemureru 100-Nin no Oji-sama
- CG Gag Comedy Anime Spin-off Announced for Glass Mask
- Anime Special About Earthquake Awareness Planned
- Historical Japanese Scrolls Basis for Upcoming CG Anime
Well, that’s new.
- Crime Novels Onihei Crime Reports in Edo Being Adapted into Anime
- Squid Girl Creator Launching New Manga
- Bonus Hybrid × Heart Magic Academy Ataraxia Anime Bundled with BD/DVD
New Live-Action Adaptations of Anime and Manga in Japan
- Death Note Getting Live-action Prequel
It is just two hours of Ryuk being bored in the Shinigami World.
- Movie Green-lit for Mustard Chocolate Manga
BLARGH this title is awful! I’m not familiar with the actual series.
- Bleach Movie Announced
- Adaptation of Love Concierge Manga Green-lit
- TV Series and Film Revealed for Mahjong Manga Saki
I wonder how hard they will lean into the wacky parts of the mahjong powers in the TV version.