How COVID-19 is Affecting the Manga Industry: March 29, 2020

Here are some updates from the manga industry in the wake of COVID-19 as of March 29, 2020:

  • North America publisher Sol Press has announced on Twitter that the company has halted all physical production.
  • VIZ Media is continuing to print and ship manga and other book releases through Simon & Schuster to bookstores and online retailers, according to a report by ICv2.
  • Digital Manga Inc. has announced that “all aspects” of its Wonder 3 Kickstarter campaign are delayed.

Source: ANN

Digital Manga Inc. Updates the Timelines for the Kodomo no Jikan and Delico Psyche Kickstarter Campaigns

Digital Manga Inc. has posted updates for its Kickstarter campaigns for Kaworu Watashiya’s Kodomo no Jikan ~ A Child’s Time manga and four boys-love manga by Delico Psyche.

The company explained that the original planned order for fulfillment for its three remaining Kickstarter campaigns was for Kodomo no Jikan, then Wonder 3, then Delico Psyche. However, due to a change in licensing agreement with Tezuka Productions over Osamu Tezuka’s Wonder 3 manga, Digital Manga Inc. will now fulfill the Wonder 3 campaign first.

Digital Manga Inc. stated it is working on producing the merchandise for the Kodomo no Jikan campaign, and will start shipping out those merchandise rewards once they arrive. The company will then work on printing physical books after the Wonder 3 campaign is fulfilled.

In regard to the Delico Psyche campaign, the company will also still work on sending out rewards that are not books first, tentatively starting around the end of the second quarter 2020.

The Digital Manga Inc. representative who posted the updates to the two campaigns offered this explanation for the overall delay of all three of its campaigns:

And for the sake of transparency, DMI was overly-ambitious with trying to fulfill several campaigns at the same time. Originally, each campaign was run by their own dedicated managers and we were a bigger team overall. However, now we’re a handful of employees trying our best to get these campaigns fulfilled while still working on other responsibilities. I don’t want this to be interpreted as an excuse but instead, as a glimpse into the reality of the situation.

Source: ANN

Project-H Store Reopens With Kodomo no Jikan Manga

Digital Manga’s adult imprint Project-H has reopened its online store and has posted the Kodomo no Jikan e-books for sale again. According to Anime News Network, the website is based on Wix and uses the same payment processor as before. It was also stated that the staff is still refining the site, and plans to re-implement the old site’s points system.

Project-H announced in December 2018 that its website had been banned from its ecommerce platform Shopify for violating the platform’s Acceptable Use Policy. Digital Manga then announced that it had removed Kodomo no Jikan e-books from its eManga website, which is also hosted by Shopify, as a “precaution.”

Source: ANN

Project-H Updates on Kodomo no Jikan’s Digital Sale Status

The official Twitter account for Digital Manga’s Project-H imprint has posted an update regarding the closure of its online store and the precautionary removal of the Kodomo no Jikan manga from Digital Manga’s main online store. The update said there will be a new site with “Steam-style content filtering,” in which users must disable an adult content filter, and after this “things should be all good.”

The adult manga imprint announced that it had been banned from its ecommerce platform Shopify for allegedly violating its Acceptable Use Policy, which does not explicitly ban adult content. Digital Manga removed digital sales of Kodomo no Jikan from its eManga website, also powered by Shopify, as a “precaution” on the same day. At the time, the staff said that it is not yet sure if it will be able to put Kodomo no Jikan back up for purchase or if it will stay gone indefinitely.

The Kodomo no Jikan manga is not graphically explicit or pornographic, but is notably controversial for its sexually suggestive scenes depicting young girls.

Source: ANN

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

Digital Manga Merges the eManga and Akadot Retail Websites

Digital Manga Inc. has announced that it is merging its e-book retail website eManga with its physical book retail website Akadot. The eManga Twitter account has announced that the new merged site will launch on May 8, 2018.

Digital Manga asked that customers back up their previous digital purchases because it “can not guarantee your account library will transfer.” The company further announced via email newsletter that all titles listed as “streaming-only” will transfer to the new site, but will not be automatically added to user libraries.

eManga’s yaoi titles will move to the website for Digital Manga Inc.’s yaoi imprint Juné, while its hentai titles will move to Digital Manga Inc.’s Project Hentai website.

Source: ANN

Juné to Exclusively Publish Sakira’s Ore Miko! Manga

The official Twitter account for Digital Manga Inc.’s Juné imprint has announced that bara (men’s love) manga creator Sakira is launching an exclusive project with Juné for a manga titled Ore Miko!. The manga is scheduled for a spring 2018 release, and the first chapter is available to preview on Juné’s site.

Juné also announced that its release of Junko’s Return of the Prince (Ōji no Kikan) manga is scheduled for November 2017 as a digital release, with a print version to be released at a later date.

Source: ANN

DMI’s Juné Imprint Launches Crowdfunding Project to Reprint Older Titles

Digital Manga Inc.’s Juné imprint has launched a crowdfunding campaign to launch a small print run of three older titles, including Kyōko Akitsu’s A Promise of Romance novel, Sakuya Sakura’s Endless Comfort manga, and Muku Ogura’s Secrecy of the Shivering Night manga. The campaign seeks to raise US$15,000 by August 10, 2017.

The campaign’s stretch goals include a variant cover for A Promise of Romance, a backer “thank you” page at the end of every book, and color inserts for Secrecy of the Shivering Night and Endless Comfort.

Digital Manga Inc. stated that the campaign is the first of such “fan driven publishing” campaigns, which will reprint titles that have been out of print from two to 10 years.

Source: ANN

Wonder 3 Manga Kickstarter Campaign Raises US$82,137

Digital Manga Inc.’s Kickstarter campaign to localize and publish Osamu Tezuka’s Wonder 3 (Wonder Three) manga in English ended on April 26, 2017 after raising US$82,137. The campaign launched on March 27, 2017 and exceeded its goal of US$39,000 within three days.

The manga is scheduled to be released in one omnibus volume in August 2017.

The campaign also offered the following manga titles as reward items: The Thief Inoue Akikazu, Yakeppachi’s Maria (omnibus), Dust 8 (omnibus), The Euphrates Tree, Say Hello to Bookila! (omnibus), Metamorphose, and Ambassador Magma (omnibus). Unlike previous additional titles Digital Manga has offered in its Kickstarters, the publication of these titles was not contingent on stretch goals.

Source: ANN

Digial Manga Inc.’s Juné Launches Kickstarter to Print Delico Psyche’s Boys-Love Manga

Digital Manga Inc.’s Juné imprint has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund print copies of four of Delico Psyche’s boys-love manga volumes. The titles up for print are The Rest is a Love Thing?! (Nokorimono ni wa Ai ga Aru!?), Eroman: Paper, Pen, Sex (Ero man – kami to pen to SEX to!!), and two volumes of Pure Love’s Sexy Time (Jun Ai Ero Ki). The project seeks to raise US$47,000 by May 17, 2017. As of this writing, the campaign has raised US$20,304.

Juné previously published the titles digitally. All four books are rated 18+.

Source: ANN