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Vertical Licenses Princess Knight, Drops of God and No Longer Human Manga

So Deb Aoki, the manga guide for About.com, accidentally let slip tonight that Vertical Inc. licensed Kami no Shizuku (Drops of God) on Twitter after recording a session of ANNCast. Unfortunately she deleted the tweet after realizing the official announcement hadn’t been made yet. Fortunately this spurred Zac Bertschy, Anime News Network’s executive editor, to post the announcement sooner, sending manga fans all over Twitter into a joyous frenzy when they realized Princess Knight was also picked up.

 

And now we can expect the first volumes of Osamu Tezuka’s Princess Knight, Tadashi Agi and Shu Okimito’s Kami no Shizuku and Usumaru Furuya’s No Longer Human to be on shelves this fall.

Twitter is delirious with joy and mentions of the now-infamous Princess Knight Guy from the live ANNCast at Anime Expo 2010.

I was lucky enough to win a bid for the first two Kodansha bilingual editions of Princess Knight last year off of eBay. Despite the fact that the purchase set me back $50, I felt it was well worth my money. No doubt I’ll be dropping more cash for the Vertical edition later this year.

Commence squeeing now.

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2011: A few manga and blog-related resolutions

Man, when was the last time I did any resolutions? I can’t remember, but I mostly thought they were for suckers waiting to be disappointed. Still, there are a few goals I’d like to set for myself this year and this is the traditional time of year to set goals for yourself, so here goes…

1. Get new glasses: OK, this isn’t a goal so much as a necessity, but considering my insurance doesn’t include eye care any more, it’s somewhat of a financial goal. This will not only improve my eyesight, it will also help make my career easier since now I have to stare at a computer screen to edit all of my manga. At least I have health insurance at all. I know many freelancers don’t and that makes me incredibly lucky. (In an odd way, because the reason I have insurance at all is because I was born with a congenital heart condition.)

2. Get more freelance work, a full-time or part-time job (in comics, preferably): Mostly, I just need to make more money to support myself. I don’t want to rely on my family forever and I’m pretty sure they don’t want to support me forever either. I’d love to get a part-time job working in a bookstore (comic book or just one that sells some comic books). In the mean time, I’ll just have to learn how to be better with the money I do have.

3. Start Japanese or Korean language classes: I’ve been putting this off because I frankly can’t afford it, even with a tax write-off. I’d love to be able to reach a point financially where I can start learning again because I think both languages will be a huge boost to my career.

4. Move the blog over to it’s own domain: I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile, but I have no idea how! No one I know (or, at least no one I know who can come over and teach me) seems to know how to do it. I’ve seen how WordPress-powered blogs work from only a contributor’s perspective, not from that of one who runs the entire look and feel of a site, not just the content.

5. Join an affiliate program: I spend so much time on blogging and I do get a lot back from it, but it would be nice if this blog was a small financial support as well. Even if it just paid for one manga a month, it would relieve my wallet some and I’d be happy. Think about it this way, you’d not only be supporting me, but the industry I work for. Hey now!

6. Write better posts: 2010 was a great year for All About Manga and I’ve figured out how to write posts people want to read on topics that people want to discuss. That part’s the easy part. It’s the continuing to write engaging posts on a regular basis that’s hard. So, of course, I’d like to improve my writing, especially as I don’t review much or really participate in what others call comics journalism. (I just like to comment on the news.) Any suggestions that spring forth from your mind are welcome.

7. Read more out-of-print manga: While there are plenty of fantastic titles out these days, I feel that I missed some of the excellence of manga publishing’s yesteryears because I was simply too cash-strapped and close-minded when I began as a manga fan. I’ve gotten the pleasure of reading some great stuff like Eagle, Beck, Princess Knight and others, but I want to catch up on what I missed!

So those are my goals for this year. Fairly simple. All things I really do want to do. What are your goals for the next year and how do they involve manga, anime or other passions?

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Anime Expo 2010: Days 3 & 4

Phew, I’m feeling a little bit better than yesterday, but more importantly, I have more time to write this post than I thought I did! Always a good thing!

Saturday:

Viz’s industry panel started off the morning by telling shonen fans everywhere that Shonen Jump‘s subscription price has dropped to $26.95 and, in case you are a Los Angeles anime fan, Stan Lee is having an Ultimo-only signing at the Grove Barnes & Noble on July 16th. (I think I’ll skip that one.)

New licenses included Mistress Fortune and Sakura Hime Kaden by Arina Tanemura, Oresama Teacher by Izumi Tsubaki and Ai Ore by Mayu Shinju.

Viz also announced the simulcast of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan starting this week on their website. You can already watch the first episode.

The Production I.G. panel was switched from Sunday to Saturday, allowing Production I.G. a better time slot, albeit fewer attendees. They announced the license of Loups=Garous, Broken Blade and (mistakenly announced) that Nozomi Entertainment had the license to the Revolutionary Girl Utena movie.

I attended the live recording of the ANN Cast, which you can listen to here. I didn’t have any good questions to ask, but you can hear me yell at the guy gunning for Princess Knight anime and manga releases that he may have been confusing the popularity of the Tezuka manga with the international fame of Riyoko Ikeda’s The Rose of Versailles. Guy hadn’t even heard of Vertical Inc. and their spectacular Tezuka line-up. What a shame.

Then the day was over, I had bought too much manga, and wound up attending an industry party that was a lot of fun. But I did manage to snap some cute pictures of cosplayers from the first two series I edited: Zone-00 and Sgt Frog! (Here’s another one.) New volumes of both those manga are due out this month, in case you are interested in my work.

Sunday:

Sunday was much more laid back. No big industry panels, still lots of people in the dealer’s hall because it was a weekend and my last round of manga buying. I was rather sad that I left without From Eroica With Love volumes 12 and 13, which I had sworn I’d seen on sale somewhere the day before, but I managed to buy volumes 14 & 15 instead.

It was a fantastic con for me, although I kept hearing whispers of low dealer registration for next year’s con and grumbles from the dealers themselves. I wonder how future Anime Expos are going to turn out if dealers do not want to return, but I hope the SPJA can do something to bring them back before that even happens.

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If you’re going to license a Tezuka manga, I have some requests

I don’t often do license requests so I was quite excited to do a Tezuka request post. But it seems the Manga Curmudgeon David Welsh has stolen my idea, although, knowing him, it might be stolen from elsewhere! (heh.) Still, I did a lot of research on Tezuka recently and I got to learn a lot about many of his amazing works.

But with all the Tezuka love being spread, I noticed that only a few of Tezuka’s titles really got any attention from fans. I’m pretty sure every publisher already knows that serious manga fans all want Princess Knight and Jungle Emperor Leo, so I put a lot of thought into which titles would be appealing to publishers AND readers. Here are my picks:

Rainbow Parakeet

So colorful, it hurts.

Rainbow Parakeet (Nanairo Inko):

This title was suggested to me by my senpai (for lack of a better word.) Since she was the one to first lend me Ode to Kirihito, change how I thought about manga and get me into Tezuka, I trust her taste quite a bit, at least enough to look into it. I did and this series sounds DELIGHTFUL.

Basically, it’s about an actor so masterful that he can pickpocket wealthy audience members during his performances under the guise of Rainbow Parakeet. There is, of course, a pair of bumbling detectives on his case, and a sidekick– a dog who is able to transform into Parakeet.

It sounds so wonderfully zany. A bit like From Eroica with Love, except less weird crazy gay man action. (Don’t get me wrong, Eroica is fabulous, but his personality seems so out of place to me. He would probably be better written as a woman.) This manga simply exudes color to me and I’m not just talking about the title name or this cover!

Mid Night:

This manga is a lot like Black Jack with its titular mysterious unlicensed taxi driver and episodic story lines. That isn’t to say that they’re exactly alike. Mid Night is more altruistic than Black Jack usually is and there’s no Pinoko-like character that I know of.

Still, much like Black Jack, Mid Night helps the needy and kicks the unworthy out of his cab on their sorry behinds. There’s a bit more action because he often gets into tumbles or various kinds of races. He’s a lot more talkative than Black Jack because cabbies naturally have a lot more chances to talk to their customers than surgeons do, so he comes across as more personable too. But Mid Night is still a mysterious dude and a well-written one at that.  Who doesn’t love a good mysterious dude? This would be an excellent followup to Vertical’s wonderful adaption of Black Jack and fans of the series would eat this one up.

Rainbow PreludeRainbow Prelude:

This one is actually a short story anthology, which I think would be good for many reasons. One it has a lot of different kinds of short stories, from historical fiction in Rainbow Prelude itself to an adaptation of classic lit in The Merchant of Venice. Two I think it might be a good testing ground for a publisher who doesn’t want to take a huge risk, but wants to gauge sales. There’s a little bit of personal bias here because I love me some historical fiction manga, but I know a lot of people have also been itching for Tezuka’s version of Crime and Punishment too. Why not see if people buy this?

Rainbow Prelude is about a girl who falls in love with Chopin while the Russian troops occupy Poland and I’m sure I don’t have tell you what The Merchant of Venice is about. I can’t tell you much about the other three stories, but it does seem like two of them are connected.

Vampires by Osamu Tezuka

How can you look at this and not see awesome?

Vampires (Vampire, The Vampires):

Everyone loves vampires nowadays, right? I mean, what with Twilight and all its knock-offs. Vampires = pretty damn hot. I know they’re something most publishers are probably looking out for. Vampires sell like hotcakes.

Tezuka’s vampires, however, aren’t actually vampires. They’re a lot more like shape-shifters or werewolves (which will also sell to the whole Team Jacob camp of Twihards), but please don’t let that stop you. This manga will sell to all sorts- vampire-lovers, werewolf-lovers, classic manga lovers, Tezuka lovers, etc.

This manga is actually the beginning of Tezuka’s transition into darker storylines, which seems to be the kind of Tezuka manga that U.S. publishers seem to like publishing. Not only that but readers would also get a taste of the “Tezuka Universe.” Much like super-hero comics, Tezuka re-uses his characters in his manga. In Vampires, not only do we get to see Makube Rokuro (Rock Holmes in earlier, more light-hearted manga), but Tezuka himself as himself. Based on everything I’ve heard about Vampires, it seems pretty epic. It would be an interesting addition to U.S. manga publishing.

What other not-so-run-of-the-mill Tezuka manga you’d like to hit stateside? With so many works under his belt, I’ve surely missed a few…

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