Top Publishers of Japanese Manga & Novels Announce Exciting 2019 Titles

Kodansha Comics, Vertical Comics, and Vertical, Inc., three leading imprints for Japanese novels and comics in translation, announced their upcoming slate of new titles, running the gamut from new manga series to re-releases of classics.

Vertical Comics announced the highly anticipated manga adaptation of NISIOISIN’s Bakemonogatari series by creator Oh! great (Air Gear). The series will begin October 2019. Another major announcement was a new novel by the acclaimed Monogatari franchise creator, Hanging High School, the third book in the Zaregoto series, in September 2019. Fans have clamored for the next episode in the series since the release of the second book in 2018, preceded by the first volume in 2017. During the announcement, Vertical revealed new cover art by VOFAN, the illustrator of the Monogatari series, for Makoto Shinkai’s Voices of a Distant Star (novel), to release in July 2019, and for VOFAN’s own full-color artbook previously only published in Taiwan, Colorful Dreams, to release in October 2019. Vertical also added Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose Resurrection at Nineteen, the prequel novels of the manga series for their light novel lineup in December 2019.

The publishers unveiled three new highly anticipated box sets. The Monogatari series will see a “Season 2” box set later in 2019 from Vertical, Inc. To coincide with the work’s 25th anniversary, Kodansha Comics will re-release CLAMP’s Magic Knight Rayearth in two beautiful three-volume hardcover box sets. The first is due Fall 2019, and on top of the three volumes of manga, each will include one full-color art book of rare pieces by the creators and an additional bonus item to be revealed.

Also coming to the box set format is the fantasy epic Fairy Tail, which will see its first 11-volume box set released in Fall 2019, with two per year to follow. Kodansha also announced Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest, the sequel to Fairy Tail, which will continue the adventures of Natsu, Lucy, Erza, and the entire magical guild in Summer 2019, with layouts and story by creator Hiro Mashima.

In another addition to a beloved Kodansha Comics series, Cells at Work! CODE BLACK will be released in Summer 2019. Where the original series followed a Red Blood Cell and a White Blood Cell through a (relatively) healthy body, this spin-off is set in one that’s falling apart, with smoking, drinking, fatty liver, gout, and more intimate ailments to deal with. The book will carry a “surgeon-general’s warning” that it’s only for ages 18 and up.

Joining Yuri Is My Job!, Kodansha’s premier yuri (girl-girl romance) manga title that debuted in January 2019, Kodansha will publish If I Could Reach You, a serious yuri title about a teenage girl coming to terms with her own sexuality through her crush on her brother’s wife. Volume 1 is coming in Fall 2019.

Kodansha will publish the manga adaptation of the online game Granblue Fantasy, which featured design work and music by key creative figures from the Final Fantasy series and has proven a global hit. The manga, by cocho and Makoto Fuugetsu, will begin in Fall 2019. Finally, Kodansha will bring to print the digital-first title Drifting Dragons, about a “whaling ship” that floats through the air and hunts dragons. Volume 1 is coming during holiday season 2019.

Kodansha Comics and Vertical Comics’ Announcements at New York Comic Con

Kodansha Comics announced that the company has licensed Mari Okada and Nao Emoto’s O Maidens in Your Savage Season (Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo) and Mitsu Izumi’s Magus of the Library (Toshokan no Daimajutsushi) manga. The publisher will begin releasing O Maidens in Your Savage Season in April 2019. Kodansha will begin releasing Magus of the Library in July 2019.

The company also announced plans to release Naoki Yamakawa and Akinari Nao’s I’m Standing on a Million Lives manga in print in May 2019 after previously debuting it as a digital-first title. It will also begin publishing Hiro Mashima’s Edens Zero in print in October 2018. In addition, the publisher announced that its Akira 35th anniversary box set is back in stock.

Vertical Comics announced that it has licensed Kaori Ozaki’s The Golden Sheep (Kin no Hitsuji) and Nanashi’s Don’t Mess with Me, Nagatoro (Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san) manga. Vertical will begin publishing The Golden Sheep in September 2019, and Don’t Mess with Me, Nagatoro in November 2019.

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Announcements at Anime Expo

Anime Expo is taking place in Los Angeles this weekend, which means there will be plenty of anime and manga announcements at industry panels. I will be gathering up all of the announcements in this post, so please keep an eye here for updates.

Aniplex of America

  • Aniplex of America announced that it will screen the anime film of Yoru Sumino’s I Want to Eat Your Pancreas novel in theaters in the United States. However, the company did not reveal the opening date for the film.
  • The company also announced that it will screen Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly, the second film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel anime film trilogy, in theaters in the United States in 2019. It was also announced that the company will release Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower, the first film, on Blu-ray Disc on November 20, 2018.

Crunchyroll

  • Crunchyroll announced that it will simulcast the Music Girls anime in Summer 2018, and the RErideD: Derrida, who leaps through time, Double Decker! Doug & Kirill, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, and Radiant anime in Fall 2018.
  • The company also announced that it will debut of the first episode of The Rising of The Shield Hero anime at the Crunchyroll Expo event, which will be taking place September 1-3, 2018. Crunchyroll will also host guests for the event.
  • Crunchyroll announced that it will release the Planet With, Holmes of Kyoto, and Crossing Time manga to its digital manga platform. Planet With and Holmes of Kyoto will premiere on the platform on July 10, 2018, and simultaneous publication with Japan will begin on July 29, 2018. Crossing Time will premiere on the platform on July 10, 2018, and new chapters will launch every week.

Dark Horse Comics

  • Dark Horse Comics announced that it has licensed Lynn Okamoto’s Elfen Lied manga. The company will release the 12-volume series in four omnibus volumes, the first of which is scheduled to be released on May 22, 2019.

Eleven Arts Anime Studio

  • Eleven Arts Anime Studio announced that it will have theatrical screenings of Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation’s Liz and the Blue Bird anime film, as well as Wit Studio’s Laughing Under the Clouds Gaiden anime film trilogy. It was also announced that it will open the Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2 film in theaters in Winter 2019.

FUNimation Entertainment

  • FUNimation has announced that it has licensed Studio Trigger and Tsuburaya Productions’ SSSS.Gridman anime series and will premiere it on its FunimationNow streaming service in Fall 2018. It will have an English dub.
  • The company also announced that it will continue its stream of Tokyo Ghoul:re with the second season in October 2018.
  • FUNimation announced that its home video releases of Pop Team Epic and Dragon Ball Super Part 5 are scheduled for October 2018.
  • The company announced that the High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- prequel film, Free! -Take Your Marks- film, and Free! -Timeless Medley- Kizuna and Free! -Timeless Medley- Yakusoku compilation films are scheduled to be released on home video in October 2018. A special box collection will also bundle all four films in an exclusive box.
  • FUNimation will release the four-episode finale arc for the ReLIFE anime on home video, as well as streaming on FunimationNow.
  • The company will re-release Witch Hunter Robin on home video on October 23, 2018.
  • The company will release Mamoru Hosoda’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and The Boy and The Beast anime films in a box set.
  • FUNimation announced that it has licensed the Zillion (Akai Kōdan Zillion) anime and plans to release the complete series in October 2018. The release will be English-subtitled.

Kodansha Comics and Vertical Comics

  • Kodansha Comics announced new manga licenses and print releases at a joint panel with Vertical Comics. Kodansha Comics will release the following series: The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days, Boarding School Juliet (in print), Love in Focus (Renzu-sō no Sankaku), Witch Hat Atelier (Tongari Bōshi no Atelier), Gleipnir, Quintessential Quintuplets (in print), Edens Zero (in print), Hiro Mashima’s Playground (Mashima-en), Fairy Tail: Lightning Gods, 10 Dance, Hitorijime My Hero, and Yuri Is My Job! (Watashi no Yuri wa Oshigoto Desu!).
  • The companies also announced that the 35th anniversary Akira manga box set will be back in stock in September 2018.

Netflix

  • Netflix has announced that Sanrio and Fanworks’ Aggressive Retsuko (Aggretsuko) anime will get a second season that will debut on Netflix in 2019.

Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment

  • Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced that Right Stuf will release the Mobile Fighter G Gundam Ultra Edition Blu-ray Set during the 2018 holiday season, and will release the Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Ultra Edition Blu-ray Set in 2019. The Gundam Seed release will include both English dubs.
  • Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced that Nozomi Entertainment will release the Gravitation, Please Teacher!, and Please Twins! anime on Blu-ray Disc. The company also confirmed an “Ultra Edition Blu-ray Set” for its previously revealed Blu-ray Disc release of The Irresponsible Captain Tylor anime.
  • Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced that Nozomi Entertainment has licensed the Galaxy Angel A, Galaxy Angel AA, and Galaxy Angel S anime, and will release those anime on Blu-ray Disc. The company also revealed that its release of Galaxy Angel Z will be available for pre-order starting on July 8, 2018, and will ship on October 2, 2018. The Galaxy Angel Z release will include all 19 episodes of the television series, a clean opening video, a clean ending video, a commercial collection, and a “Now I Get It!” Galaxy Angel Lectures Featurette. Nozomi Entertainment’s Galaxy Angel Z release will include both English and Japanese audio.

Section23

  • Section23’s Maiden Japan imprint announced that it has licensed the Human Crossing, Blue Gale Xabungle, Space Runaway Ideon, Armored Trooper Votoms, Hataraki Man, Basquash!, Yumeiro Pâtissière, and Maria Watches Over Us anime. Maiden Japan’s Maria Watches Over Us license includes all of the original video anime (OVAs), and the series will stream on HIDIVE prior to a Blu-ray Disc release. The panelists noted that there are talks for an English dub.

Sentai Filmworks

  • Sentai Filmworks announced that it will release Tada Never Falls in Love, Real Girl, UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2, Takunomi., and My Girlfriend is Shobitch anime series and the Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! – Take on Me anime film with English dubs.
  • It was also announced that the company has licensed the second season of Real Girl.
  • Sentai Filmworks also announced the main cast for the English dubs for the Made in Abyss and Scum’s Wish anime.
  • The company announced that it has licensed the Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues (Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa) anime, and that it will stream an English dubcast on HIDIVE beginning in August 2018.

Seven Seas Entertainment

  • Seven Seas Entertainment announced the following new manga licenses: Kiyoko Iwami’s Transparent Light Blue (Tōmei na Usui Mizuiro ni) yuri manga, Yasuhito Nogi’s A Certain Scientific Railgun: Astral Buddy (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Gaiden: Astral Buddy) spin-off manga, Ayami Kazama’s Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Elma’s Office Lady Diary (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon: Eruma no OL Nikki) spin-off manga, Muraji’s Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Heed My Call, Beast! manga (Japanese title Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi: Wa ga Yobigoe ni Kotae yo, Kemono), Asumiko Nakamura’s Classmates manga (both Dōkyūsei and the two-volume Sotsugyōsei; spring/summer 2019), and Mine Yoshizaki’s Dragon Quest Monsters+ manga (scheduled for Winter 2019).

Studio Trigger

  • Studio Trigger announced that it is launching a Patreon page. Patrons who pledge US$1 per month will have access to a high resolution .jpg file from Studio Trigger’s live drawing sessions. Those who pledge US$5 per month will have access to .psd, .ai, and clip studio files with the layers untouched from Trigger’s live drawing sessions. Once the studio hits US$1,500 per month, it will start streaming a live-drawing session with one of its animators/illustrators. The studio will use the initial earnings to prepare equipment for the live streams. As of this writing, the page has 1,121 patrons have pledges totaling US$3,643 per month.

Sunrise

  • Sunrise President & CEO Yasuo Miyakawa announced that Sunrise is collaborating with Legendary Pictures on a live-action Gundam film.

VIZ Media

  • VIZ Media announced that it has licensed the Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection manga and the Megalobox anime. The license for Megalobox includes the exclusive theatrical, broadcast, and home media rights, as well as the non-exclusive streaming, merchandise, and consumer products rights.
  • VIZ Media announced during its JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure panel that it has licensed both Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable manga, as well as the manga’s live-action film adaptation. The company also announced it has licensed the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind anime. The company revealed that Billy Kametz will voice the character Jōsuke Higashikata in the English dub of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable anime, which will premiere on Toonami on August 18, 2018.

Warner Bros. Anime

  • Warner Bros. Anime announced that the first two episodes of Hi Score Girl will premiere in the United States at Otakon 2018, which will be held from August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The event will host special guests for the screening.

Yen Press

  • Yen Press announced the following new manga licenses: Kei Sanbe’s Yume de Mita: Anoko no Tame ni manga, author Memarei and artist Chabane Uchida’s Monster Wrestling manga, Okada Atsushi’s Nyankees manga, Suu Minazuki’s Plunderer manga, author Homura Kawamoto and artist Katsura Saiki’s Kakegurui Twins manga, and Tomiyaki Kagisora’s Happy Sugar Life manga.
  • The company also announced that it will begin publishing print editions for Shut-In Shoutarou Kominami Takes on the World and The Witch’s House – The Diary of Ellen manga. Yen Press is already offering the series digitally.

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Announcements Made at Anime Central

Anime Central is taking place this weekend, and announcements are being made at some of the industry panels. Watch this post this weekend for further updates.

Bang Zoom! Entertainment

  • Aniplex of America confirmed at Bang Zoom! Entertainment’s panel that it will continue its English dub of March comes in like a lion with the second series.

Crunchyroll

  • Crunchyroll announced that it will stream the ISLAND, To Be Heroine, and The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar television anime series. The site also confirmed that it will stream the final six episodes of the Dies irae anime series starting in July 2018.

Vertical Comics

  • Vertical Comics has announced that it has licensed the Kino’s Journey and Clouds, North by Northwest manga. The company is planning to release Kino’s Journey in Summer 2019 and Clouds, North by Northwest in May 2019.

VIZ Media

  • VIZ Media announced it will screen both Sailor Moon S: The Movie (Sailor Moon S Movie: Hearts in Ice) and Sailor Moon SuperS: The Movie (Sailor Moon SuperS Movie: Black Dream Hole) in North America in Summer 2018. The Sailor Moon S: The Movie screening will also include an encore screening of Sailor Moon R: The Movie, and will take place on July 28, 2018 (dubbed) and July 30, 2018 (subtitled). The screening of Sailor Moon SuperS: The Movie will also screen the Sailor Moon SuperS Plus – Ami’s First Love short, and will take place on August 4, 2018 (dubbed) and August 6, 2018 (subtitled). Ticket sales for both screenings start on June 1, 2018. Fathom Events has opened a website for the screenings.
  • The company has announced that it has licensed Wako Ioka’s Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits manga.
  • VIZ announced that is has licensed the Accel World: Infinite Burst anime film and the franchise’s two original video anime (OVA) releases. The film will have an exclusive screening at Anime Expo in July 2018.
  • It was also announced that the company will premiere R:B ~Blaze~, the first part in the six-part K: Seven Stories anime film project, at Anime Expo in July 2018.
  • The company announced that it will release the 13th volume of Yun Kouga’s Loveless manga in June 2018, and it will make the entire manga series available digitally.

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Announcements at Anime Boston

Anime Boston is taking place this weekend, and this blog post will include the industry announcements made at this event. Please watch this post for updates.

FUNImation Entertainment

  • FUNimation announced that it has licensed the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion recap film trilogy.

Sentai Filmworks

  • The company announced it will offer English dubs for Made in Abyss and Armed Girl’s Machiavellism.
  • Sentai also announced at its panel that it will release The Legend of the Galactic Heroes on home video in July 2018, and will offer a limited edition premium box set. The set will include every original video anime episode, all three anime films, collectible metal coins, a 200-page art book, and two 3D art cards. The limited edition will be limited to 1,000 copies and retail for US$799.
  • The company confirmed that it will be simulcasting the second cour of the second season of the Hozuki’s Coolheadedness anime.

Vertical Comics

  • Vertical Comics announced at its panel that the company will release the first five volumes of Jun Mayuzuki’s After the Rain manga on September 25, 2018.

VIZ Media

  • VIZ Media announces at its Anime Boston panel that it has licensed the Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha! manga, and that it will release the title in Fall 2018.
  • The company has also licensed the Ao Haru Ride manga, and will release the first volume in Fall 2018.
  • VIZ has also licensed the Record of Grancrest War manga, and will begin releasing it in Fall 2018.
  • The company has licensed the Abara manga, and will release it in a complete deluxe edition in Winter 2019.
  • VIZ has licensed the Ran and the Gray World manga, and will begin releasing it in Fall 2018.
  • The company has also licensed the Radiant manga, and will begin releasing it in Fall 2018.
  • It was also announced that the company will release Dr. Stone in print in Fall 2018, and We Never Learn in print in Winter 2019.
  • VIZ Media announced that it will release all 14 volumes of Tokyo Ghoul in a complete box set with a double-sided poster.
  • The company also announced that it has licensed the six-part K: Seven Stories theatrical film project.

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Vertical Comics’ Announcement at Anime NYC

Vertical Comics announced during its panel at the Anime NYC convention that it will release Tsutomu Nihei’s APOSIMZ manga in print starting in Fall 2018. Vertical is currently releasing the manga digitally via Comixology.

Nihei launched the manga under the title Ningyō no Kuni in Kodansha’s Shonen Sirius magazine on February 25, 2017. Kodansha published the manga’s first compiled book volume in Japan on May 9, 2017.

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Vertical Comics Licenses Pop Team Epic and The Delinquent Housewife! Manga

Vertical Comics announced during Kodansha Comics’ New York Comic Con panel that it has licensed Bkub Ōkawa’s Pop Team Epic and Yōko Nemu’s The Delinquent Housewife! (Futsutsu na Yome Desu ga!) manga.

The Pop Team Epic manga is scheduled to be released in Fall 2018. The surreal four-panel manga centers around two 14-year-old girls, the short Popuko and the tall Pipimi.

Ōkawa launched the manga on the Manga Life Win website in 2014, and ended it in 2015. Takeshobo released the manga’s first compiled book volume in print in 2015. Ōkawa launched the “second season” in February 2016, and ended it on April 30, 2017. Takeshobo released the second volume on June 7, 2017. The manga will launch its “third season” on October 10, 2017.

Vertical Comics will begin releasing The Delinquent Housewife! in Fall 2018.

Nemu launched the manga in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Spirits magazine in 2015, and Shogakukan published the fourth compiled book volume in January 2017.

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