Digital Manga, Inc. Listed as Suspended by the Secretary of State in California

Anime News Network is reporting that the Digital Manga, Inc. company has been suspended by the California Secretary of State as of December 29, 2017. The suspended status is current as of May 2, 2018. Anime News Network has reached out to Digital Manga, Inc. several times for comment, but has not heard back from the company.

Businesses usually have this status for failing to turn in Statements of Information, which are required by California law every year for domestic stock companies. The company’s most recent Statement of Information was filed on April 8, 2015. Only one other Statement of Information, from 2011, is on file. The documents Anime News Network received from the California Secretary of State confirm that this is the reason for the company’s suspension.

A suspension entails that the business entity’s powers, rights, and privileges — including the right to use the entity’s name in California — are suspended. The suspension may be lifted by filing the required Statement of Information.

Digital Manga, Inc. registered as a business in California on April 1, 1996. Its publishing imprints include DMP Books (general audience manga), Juné (yaoi), 801 Media (adult yaoi), and Project-H (hentai), among others. The company recently merged its ebook retail website eManga with its physical book retail website Akadot.

The company has recently faced complaints over four stalled Kickstarter campaigns. Digital Manga, Inc. president Hikaru Sasahara issued a statement in March 2018 apologizing for the delay on the Kickstarter campaigns. Sasahara promised that backers will see all rewards “slowly but steadily.”

The company announced on June 5, 2018 that it would begin shipping rewards for the Kimagure Orange Road Kickstarter a week later, starting with lower tiers and working its way up to higher tiers. Digital Manga, Inc. stated on its Kodomo no Jikan Kickstarter on June 9, 2018 that it will “make faster progress” once it has completed shipping on the Kimagure Orange Road rewards. The company posted similar status updates in June 2018 for its Wonder 3 and other manga and Delico Psyche yaoi titles Kickstarters.

Source: ANN

Attack on Titan Season 3: Episode 1 – “Smoke Signal”

Unfortunately, unlike at the beginning of Season 2, the audience is not provided with a recap to refresh the audiences’ memory as to where the previous season had ended. Instead, the writers just throw us right in where the story left off. It’s been a while since I saw the end of Season 2, but I at least have read further along in the manga and could piece together where the story had to be at this point. But if I hadn’t already read this part of the story in the manga before watching this episode, I think I would have potentially been a little lost right at first.

Basically, whether you’ve read this point in the manga or not, you can piece together that Levi, Eren, Historia (aka Christa), Misaka, Armin, Hange, and the other characters who are in Levi’s unit are currently in hiding. We do see a couple of quick flashbacks and hear a couple of references to events that happened in Season 2, but this just isn’t the same as a recap of Season 2.

Hange is trying an experiment with Eren, but it’s not working very well… and this failure puts a mission in jeopardy. This is just the start of a chain of events that make it clear that the goals of Levi’s squad aren’t going to be achieved very easily.

We also learn that Pastor Nick, who Levi and Hange had captured in the previous season, has been murdered, and Hange figures out it was the work of the military police. And thanks to forewarning from Erwin, Levi and his crew get out of their hiding place just in time before the military arrives to try to get their hands on Eren and Historia.

When Levi and his crew arrive in Trost District, poor Armin ends up used as a body double for Historia… and has some creepy lecher going after him, thinking that he’s Historia. Poor guy. And I have to say that Jean isn’t a very good body double for Eren.

But near the end of the episode, there’s a major revelation about Levi’s past… and he comes directly face to face with this revelation right at the end. In fact, there’s no ending theme in this episode, because they use the time to focus on Levi and the revelation. With how this episode ends, it’s likely that the next episode will have an exciting start.

In some respects, it’s a little frustrating to have already read this portion of the manga, because I have to make sure not to inadvertently provide any spoilers in these write ups, since there will be readers who only follow the anime. But with what I know about what happens later, I’m very curious to see how the anime will portray these future events.

Case Closed: Episode 908 – “Friendship Washed Away in the Riverbed”

This episode sees Conan, Ran, and Kogoro going to a location in Tokyo where they serve food, with their specialty being natural ice. One of the watermills is no longer being used, and is instead being used as an icebox for the natural ice.

While they’re there, three female university students arrive. One of them recognizes Kogoro and wants to take a photo with him. It turns out the three students are interested in photography and are wanting to enter a phone photography contest. But from what we pick up, it sounds like the three had a falling out and this trip is their way of trying to make up.

After one of the students (the one who acts the most rude) gets a text and says she needs to leave but will be back. Shortly after, the other two students leave as well. Later, two of the girls return, but not the rude one. Her body floats down the water, and Kogoro gets it.

Of course, Inspector Megure and Takagi arrive on the scene to investigate. From what the evidence seems to show on the surface, it appears the girl’s death was an accident. Of courses, Conan realizes that something’s not right and does his own investigation. And of course, he uses the tranquilizer dart and the voice changing bowtie in order to reveal the truth of the case.

I have to give credit to this episode after seeing last week’s, because this one actually focuses on a mystery. It’s a decent mystery, but since it’s a single episode, there really isn’t the time to develop anything that’s terribly riveting. There has been the occasional one episode mystery that defies this expectation, but anymore, those are few and far between.

In the end, this wasn’t a bad episode, but it’s not one that’s going to be terribly memorable to me in the long run. But it looks like the next mystery, which features the Detective Boys, will be longer than one episode. Hopefully this next story will be more interesting, riveting, and memorable.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Anime to Premiere on Toonami on September 29, 2018

Toonami announced at its San Diego Comic-Con panel that Boruto: Naruto Next Generations will air on the block starting on September 29, 2018.

The Boruto: Naruto Next Generations television anime series premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo in April 2017. VIZ Media is simulcasting the series on Hulu as it airs in Japan, with new episodes every Wednesday. Crunchyroll is also streaming the anime.

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia Occupies Seven of the Top 20 Spots on the U.S. Monthly BookScan List for June 2018

Manga occupied 13 of the Top 20 spots on BookScan’s June 2018 list, and seven of the 13 are volumes of Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia.

The 13 manga that appeared on BookScan’s June 2018 list are:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 13 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#1)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#4)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 12 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#5)
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re Volume 5 by Sui Ishida (#8)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#9)
  • My Solo Exchange Diary Volume 1 by Kabi Nagata (#11)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 11 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#12)
  • Splatoon Volumr 3 by Sankichi Hinodeya (#13)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#15)
  • RWBY: Official Manga Anthology Volume 1 (#16)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#18)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#19)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 3 by Akira Himekawa (#20)

The BookScan rankings represent sales at Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases — but not sales at comic book stores, Walmart.com, and some other venues.

Source: ANN

Gengoroh Tagame’s My Brother’s Husband Manga Wins Eisner Award

The 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards revealed its winners at San Diego Comic-Con on July 20, 2018.

Gengoroh Tagame’s My Brother’s Husband manga won this year’s Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award. The manga competed against Jiro Taniguchi’s Furari, Satoru Noda’s Golden Kamuy, Moto Hagio’s Otherworld Barbara, and Junji Ito’s Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories.

Kodansha Comics’ 35th anniversary edition of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira manga won the Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books award as well as the Best Publication Design award. Haruko Hashimoto, Ajani Oloye, and Lauren Scanlan edited the complete hardcover box set, and Phil Balsman, Akira Saito, Norma Editorial, and MASH•ROOM provided designs.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment’s Theatrical Screenings of Dragon Ball Super: Broly Film in the United States and Canada to All Feature English Dub

FUNimation Entertainment has clarified on Twitter that its planned screenings in January 2019 of the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film will all feature the English dub version of the film. The company added, “there will be other formats for sub fans to see it in the future.”

Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama is writing the script and designing the characters. Tatsuya Nagamine is directing.

Toei is distributing the film in collaboration with 20th Century Fox.

The film will open in Japan on December 14, 2018.

Source: ANN