Anime Expo, the largest anime convention in North America, is happening this weekend in Los Angeles, and there's a lot of activity on the manga front. This weekend's announcements include "Dragon Ball Super," a new "Revolutionary Girl Utena" box set, a Hatsune Miku manga and light novel, and a new series from the creators of "Deadman Wonderland."
There was also some anime news, naturally: The streaming anime service Crunchyroll is going into the physical media business and will release "Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress," "Berserk," "Gintama," and other series on Blu-Ray and DVD, and the dubbed version of the "One-Punch Man" anime will be added to Adult Swim's Toonami block starting on July 16, which should bring new fans to the franchise.
Here's a roundup of the manga license announcements so far:
Viz Media announced it has licensed the "Dragon Ball" spinoff "Dragon Ball Super," which comes as no surprise as they are already running the first two chapters online for free at their Shonen Jump website. The print manga will launch in spring 2017. Other Viz announcements:
• "The Water Dragon's Bride," a shoujo series by Rei Tōma about a girl who is sacrificed to a water god. Tōma is the creator of "Dawn of the Arcana," another shoujo fantasy tale that Viz published a few years ago, and both series run in the same magazine in Japan, the charmingly named "Monthly Cheese!"• "Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt" by Yasuo Ohtagaki; RightStuf is releasing the film adaptation, "Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky," to the English-language market today.• A print edition of "Yu-Gi-Oh Arc-V," which has been running in "Shonen Jump" since last year.• A deluxe box set of the "Revolutionary Girl Utena" manga.• A new omnibus edition of "Rurouni Kenshin."
Yen Press had a number of new manga and light novel announcements:
• "The Isolator" by Reki Kawahara, the creator of "Sword Art Online" and "Accel World," two popular Yen titles; unlike those two, this is a not about people trapped in a virtual game but a sci-fi story about humans getting special powers, and in particular, an orphaned teenager whose wish for absolute solitude is granted. The artist for this series is Naoki Koshimizu. Yen has already published the first two volumes of the related light novel series, "The Isolator: Realization of Absolute Solitude"• "Smokin' Parade" by the "Deadman Wonderland" team of Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou. It's not clear what this is about, but the blurb mentions "grisly murders," a conspiracy, and "the horrific underbelly of science."• "Big Order" by Sakae Esuno, the creator of "Future Diary." This series is about a teenager who wished for the destruction of the world as a child.• "Murciélago," by Kana Yoshimura, a yuri/action story about an assassin who works for the Tokyo police and the vehicle specialist she works with.• The "Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers" light novel series, by Ishio Yamagata, and the manga adaptation by Kei Toru. An anime adaptation has been released in English on DVD and Blu-Ray.• An original graphic novel, "Reindeer Boy," by Cassandra Jean, the illustrator of the "Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children" and "Hollow City."
Dark Horse had three new licenses:
• "Hatsune Miku: Rin-Chan Now!" written by sezu and edited by OwataP. Both listed creators are the producers of the "Rin-chan Now!" song and video that the manga is based on. Earlier this year, Dark Horse announced they had licensed the four-panel gag manga "Hatsune Miku: Mikubon," and their "Hatsune Miku: Unofficial Miku Mix" is one of their best selling manga.• "Neon Genesis Evangelion: Legend of the Piko-Piko Middle School Students" by Yūshi Kawata and Yukito, a gag manga based on the classic "Neon Genesis Evangelion" and set at the NERV middle school where teenagers learn how to be Evangelion pilots.• "H.P. Lovecraft's The Hound and Other Stories," an adaptation of three classic horror stories by Gou Tanabe.
And finally, Seven Seas revealed an eclectic array of manga licenses:
• "Plum Crazy! Tales of A Tiger-Striped Cat," a cute-cat story about a cat being nudged aside by a newcomer kitten, by Natsumi Hoshino.• "Dreamin' Sun," a shoujo story by Ichigo Takano, the creator of "Orange."• "Species Domain," a fantasy story by Noro Shunsuke about people who resemble elves, dragons, and other magical creatures but don't have their powers.• "Magical Girl Site" by Kentarō Satō, a spinoff of the horror series "Magical Girl Apocalypse," which Seven Seas is already publishing.• "The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku," a light novel by Muya Agami, cosMo@BousouP, and Yanagi.