VIZ Media Welcomes Bisco Hatori to Anime Expo 2019

The creator of Shojo Beat manga such as Ouran High School Host Club, Millennium Snow, and her current series, Behind the Scenes!!, will have a dedicated panel and participate in an autograph session and other special fan events that are scheduled to take place during Anime Expo. Times, dates, and additional details on Bisco Hatori’s first professional appearance in North America will be announced soon.

“Bisco Hatori’s manga series have captivated readers worldwide,” says Nancy Thistlethwaite, Senior Editor. “Ouran High School Host Club, one of Shojo Beat’s debut series and an enduring favorite, introduced a generation of new fans to shojo manga! Come join us in welcoming Bisco Hatori in her first North American appearance.”

Anime Expo is North America’s largest dedicated anime/manga fan convention and takes place July 4–7, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Tickets and full details are available at VIZ Media will be located on the main convention floor in Booth #2206.

Bisco Hatori made her manga debut with Isshun kan no Romance (A Moment of Romance) in LaLa DX magazine. Her breakout hit Ouran High School Host Club became an international best seller and was adapted into a popular anime series. Hatori’s other works include the paranormal romance Millennium Snow as well as her latest series, the comedic Behind the Scenes!!, which are available in English from VIZ Media.

Bisco Hatori’s Behind the Scenes!! Manga Ends

The August 2018 issue of Hakusensha’s LaLa magazine has published the final chapter of Bisco Hatori’s Behind the Scenes!! (Urakata!!) manga. The manga entered its final arc in February 2018, and the sixth compiled volume had revealed in March 2018 that the seventh volume would be the final volume. The final volume will ship in Summer 2018.

Hatori launched Behind the Scenes!! in LaLa in May 2014. VIZ Media published the fifth volume in English on February 6, 2018.

Source: ANN

Bisco Hatori to Draw One-Shot Manga in August 2017

The August 2017 issue of Hakusensha’s Melody magazine has revealed that manga creator Bisco Hatori will draw a one-shot manga titled “Takaga 930-oku Kōnen no” (It’s Only 93 Billion Light Years of) in the magazine’s next issue on August 28, 2017.

The magazine describes the manga as:

Who is the opponent the girl hates enough to kill? And for what reason?

Source: ANN

Manga Review: “Behind the Scenes!!” Volume One

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Behind the Scenes!! Volume 1 focuses on Ranmaru Kurisu, a son of fisherfolk who isn’t talented in fishing. Ranmaru has an inferiority complex, and he goes away to college in the city with the hope of finding a sense of belonging.

Behind the Scenes!! Volume 1
Written by: Bisco Hatori
Publisher: Hakusensha, Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 2, 2016

The story of Behind the Scenes!! Volume 1 is set in motion when Ranmaru accidentally stumbles into a zombie mob attack being shot for a student film. He finds himself entangled with the Art Squad, the club responsible for the visual arts that appear in the films for the various film clubs at the college. It turns out that Ranmaru has artistic skills, which catches the eye of the Art Squad.

The Art Squad includes several members, all of whom are creative types with eccentric personalities. Of these characters, most of the focus is placed on Ryuji Goda, the head of the Art Squad. He comes across as having a short temper and having an opportunistic personality, yet he shows understanding to Ranmaru and gives him encouragement. Ruka Enjoji, another member of the Art Squad, gets a story that focuses on her during Volume 1. She has a passion for fashion and costume design, and her storyline in this volume really emphasizes this. The other members of the Art Squad show up, but they don’t receive as much attention as Ryuji or Ruka. Hopefully future volumes will help develop the other members of the Art Squad.

But the most important element of Behind the Scenes!! Volume 1 is the character growth that Ranmaru starts to experience right near the end of it. Whether he realizes it or not yet, he has found a place where he belongs and is able to use his artistic talents in ways that he never could back home. Admittedly, the members of the Art Squad are eccentric, but most of them seem to care about Ranmaru and want to help him out. I’m guessing that Ranmaru’s adventures with the Art Squad and the character growth that results from them will be the driving force of future volumes of Behind the Scenes!! Ranmaru is definitely a “lovable loser,” and the reader finds that they come to care about him over the course of this volume.

When it comes to the art, I can take one look at it and tell that it was drawn by Hatori. There’s just something about her art style that makes it recognizable to readers who are familiar with any of her other works. But I have to say that I’m very impressed by the wavy hairdo that she gave to Ryuji, and I suspect that it may not be easy to draw. I also appreciate how Hatori has given each character a very distinctive look, so they don’t look like “cookie cutter” versions of each other. While Hatori does utilize a number of the design tropes associated with shojo manga, she finds a way to change the tropes just enough to make them look a little more original.

Shojo manga readers will likely find something to enjoy about Behind the Scenes!! Volume 1. While there’s currently no major love story yet, there’s a hint thrown in at the end of this volume that perhaps romance could come into the picture as the story continues. Fans of Bisco Hatori’s other work will also likely appreciate Behind the Scenes!!

The reviewer received a review copy from VIZ Media

Manga Review: “Millennium Snow” Volume One

Millennium Snow Volume 1 is a shojo manga about a young woman who is dying and the two supernatural beings that she meets.

Millennium Snow Volume 1
Written by: Bisco Hatori
Publisher: Hakusensha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: April 3, 2007

Volume 1 introduces a 17-year-old girl named Chiyuki (whose name literally means “Millennium Snow”). She was born with heart problems and it appears she may soon be dying. Right at the beginning of the volume, she meets a young man named Toya and learns that he is a vampire. At first, he wants nothing to do with her and refuses to drink her blood and make her his partner for a thousand years. But when Chiyuki is on her deathbed, Toya provides her with some of his blood to keep her alive. This act heals Chiyuki, and she’s able to return to school. She even manages to get Toya to enroll at the school without his knowledge, and this leads to a somewhat comedic scene.

Right from the onset, it becomes evident that there’s going to be some kind of attraction between Chiyuki and Toya. Chiyuki realizes it rather quickly, but Toya keeps trying to deny his feelings to himself. But when Toya uses the trope of being so openly hostile toward Chiyuki at first, it’s obvious that the story will eventually see some kind of romantic tension blossom.

That romantic tension is kicked up a notch with the introduction of Satsuki, a smooth talking guy who is classmates with Chiyuki and Toya. Satsuki appears to be interested in Chiyuki, and it’s revealed that he’s actually a werewolf. So now, not only is Chiyuki part of a typical love triangle in a shojo manga, her two suitors are both supernatural beings. And to make things worse, Toya and Satsuki are natural enemies.

There is one element of Millennium Snow that makes it stand out from other shojo manga, which is Toya’s bat, Yamimaru. He’s there to provide comic relief, especially for scenes where it would be unnatural for the main characters to be humorous. But he also provides exposition about Toya, especially early on when Chiyuki is first getting to know him. Yamimaru also stands out as a character due to his speech patterns.

When it comes to the art, the characters have the designs one would expect from a shojo manga. The main male characters have a bishonen (“beautiful boy”) look to them, and Chiyuki has the long hair and facial features generally associated with the female lead. To be honest, there’s not much to the art to make Millennium Snow stand out from other shojo manga series.

This volume also includes one story that isn’t part of Millennium Snow, which is titled, “A Romance of One Moment.” It’s about a girl named Midori, whose friend Shiki says she has a boy living inside her heart that she can talk to. But Shiki’s having problems at home and tries to commit suicide. When she does, the boy inside of her takes over her body and lets Shiki sleep inside her heart. This version of Shiki becomes friends with Midori, and Midori develops feelings for him even though he’s inside the body of her friend.

This was an interesting short story. It has the romance of shojo, but incorporates a supernatural-type element. I can see why this was included with a volume of Millennium Snow, because they would both appeal to the same demographic. This definitely worked as a short story, because there would have been no way to turn this into a manga series without weakening it.

Even though the art may not make Millennium Snow Volume 1 stand out, the story itself is engaging enough that readers are able to ignore the weaknesses that the art has. This is a series that should appeal to shojo readers that enjoy seeing supernatural elements included as part of the romance.

The reviewer checked out a copy of this item through the King County Library System

Petite Pêche! Manga Is Ending in Japan

The August 2015 issue of Hakusensha’s Ane LaLa magazine published the concluding chapter of Bisco Hatori’s Petite Pêche! manga on July 3, 2015. The concluding chapter featured a color opening page.

The issue also announced that Hakusensha will publish the manga’s one compiled book volume in Japan on September 4, 2015.

Hatori launched Petite Pêche! in the first issue of Ane LaLa in 2013.

Source: ANN

VIZ Licenses Matsuri Hino’s Shuriken and Pleats and Bisco Hatori’s Behind the Scenes Manga

VIZ Media announced at its Shojo Beat panel at Anime Expo that the imprint will release the Shuriken and Pleats (Shuriken to Pleats) manga by Matsuri Hino, as well as the Behind the Scenes (Urakata!!) manga by Bisco Hatori.

Hino launched the Shuriken and Pleats series in the September 2014 issue of Hakusensha’s LaLa magazine, and Hakusensha released the first compiled volume on February 5, 2015. The manga will end in the September issue of LaLa, which ships in Japan on July 24, 2015.

VIZ Media will debut the series in early Winter 2016.

Hatori launched Behind the Scenes in Hakusensha’s LaLa magazine in May 2014. Hakusensha published the first compiled volume on January 5, 2015.

VIZ Media will debut the series in Spring 2016.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces the Return of Millennium Snow

VIZ Media has announced that a new volume of Bisco Hatori’s Millennium Snow, as well as a new 2-in-1 omnibus edition, will be released on June 3, 2014.

Volume 3 of the romance about a handsome young vampire and an ailing teenage girl will be published under the Shojo Beat imprint, is rated “T” for Teens, and will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The new release marks the return of the critically acclaimed series after it had been put on hiatus by the creator and has never before been released in English.

A digital version of Millennium Snow Volume 3 also will debut on June 3, 2014 for $6.99 (USD/CAN) on and through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, Android-powered smart phones, as well as through the NOOK, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks and Google Play stores. Volumes 1-2 of Millennium Snow are available across multiple platforms from the extensive VIZ Media digitally catalog.

Fans also can catch the two earlier volumes of Millennium Snow with a new 2-in-1 omnibus print version that also releases on June 3, 2014 and bundles Volumes 1-2 into a handy single edition. The 2-in-1 omnibus edition is rated “T” for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN.

In Bisco Hatori’s acclaimed series, 17-year-old Chiyuki Matsuoka was born with heart problems, and her doctors say she won’t live to see the next snow. Toya is an 18-year-old vampire who hates blood and refuses to make the traditional partnership with a human, whose life-giving blood would keep them both alive for a thousand years.

Pancha Diaz, Editor, says, “Manga fans internationally delighted in the news that Bisco Hatori was resuming work on Millennium Snow and we’re very excited to celebrate the return of the landmark series in English after nearly 7 years. The new volume continues the winning mix of paranormal romantic drama and comedic fun between Chiyuki and Toya and more than a few surprising plots twists are in-store in the new release! Are they still destined to spend the millennium together?”

Manga Review: “Ouran High School Host Club” Volume One

Article first published as Manga Review: Ouran High School Host Club Volume One by Bisco Hatori on Blogcritics.

Ouran High School Host Club Volume One is a manga by Bisco Hatori, and it was published by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2005. The series is rated “T” for teens; after reading this volume, I would agree with that rating.

Ouran High School Host Club
Written by: Bisco Hatori
Publisher: Hakusensha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: July 5, 2005

The series is set at Ouran High School, which is a prestigious school that teenagers from rich families attend. Haruhi Fujioka, one of the main characters of Ouran High School Host Club, is a smart girl from a lower class family who is able to attend the school through a scholarship. Unfortunately, the scholarship doesn’t cover her school uniform, so she just wears long slacks, polo shirts, and vests. Between her clothes, her large glasses, and her short hair, people tend to mistake Haruhi for a boy.

One day, while trying to find a quiet place to study because students are loitering at all four of the libraries at the school, Haruhi goes into the unused music room and discovers that the Ouran High School Host Club is meeting there. Haruhi becomes flustered, and accidentally knocks over a vase that’s worth $80,000. Tamaki Suoh, the founder of the club, thinks that Haruhi is a boy and tells her that she must join the host club to pay off the debt.

Tamaki is the “prince” of the group, and is rather self-absorbed. Kyoya Ootori is the vice president of the club, and is the “cool and aloof” character often seen in shojo manga series; he’s also in charge of the club’s finances. Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin are identical twins and fall into the “Little Devil” type; they enjoy playing tricks on each other, as well as on Tamaki. Mitsukumi Haninozuka, who goes by “Honey,” may look like a little kid, but he’s actually 17 years old. Honey is the “childish” character, who enjoys sweets and cute thins; he also carries around a plus bunny named Bun-Bun. Takashi Morinozuka, who goes my “Mori,” is tall and stoic, and only speaks when he feels it’s necessary to. Mori is also very protective of Honey.

Ouran High School Host Club can almost be seen as a shojo version of a “harem” manga, except that it’s one girl surrounded by several boys. The boys surrounding Haruhi fall into very particular archetypes; the women who surround the male in the “harem” series also fall into particular archetypes. All of the male leads also have a bishonen (“beautiful boy”) look about them, which is very prevalent in shojo titles.

When I read the first volume of Ouran High School Host Club, I had to remind myself that I’m not in the target market for this series. After reading the volume, it was an enjoyable enough read, although I’m personally not in a rush to continue reading the series. Series creator Bisco Hatori mentions in some of her write-ups that appear in this volume that she intended Ouran High School Host Club to be a comedy. Personally, I really didn’t find it that funny; however, this is probably due to the fact that I’m not in the series’ target audience.

My 14-year-old daughter also read this volume, and said that she loved it and would like to read more; some of my daughter’s friends are also really into this series. Ouran High School Host Club seems to be successful at capturing its intended audience, so I do have to give it some credit for being able to accomplish that. If my daughter were to check out future volumes of the series from the library in the future, I’d be willing to continue reading; but, like I said earlier, this isn’t a series I’d be going out of my way to read.

I would definitely recommend Ouran High School Host Club to female manga readers who are 13 or 14 years of age and older.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Ouran High School Host Club Volume One that I checked out through the King County Library System.