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Seven Seas announces three new manga

Amnesia Labyrinth

Amnesia Labyrinth

Seven Seas has decided to beat the SDCC rush and go ahead and announce their new licenses now. And they didn’t just announce them, either, they teased them on Twitter for three days running. If you have been following Anime News Network, you already know the answers—ANN guessed correctly on all three: Amnesia Labyrinth, ToraDora, and A Certain Scientific Railgun. (You know, even after five years of covering manga, most of the titles still look to me like they were chosen using darts and an unabridged dictionary.) This press release from Seven Seas honcho Jason DeAngelis confirms it and gives more information about each title, including release dates for the first volumes (spring-summer 2011, with new volumes out every 3-4 months). And they have a little fun:

So why the decision to announce these titles via Twitter and in the form of anagrams, no less? “If I had to write another boring press release, I would’ve stabbed myself with a fork,” said Senior Editor Adam Arnold. “But seriously, we wanted to have a little fun and figured this would be a unique way to announce these new manga series.”

Full press release after the cut.

SEVEN SEAS ACQUIRES
3 RED HOT MANGA FROM JAPAN!

(LOS ANGELES, July 20, 2010) – From Sunday, July 18th to Tuesday, July 20th, Seven Seas released a series of cryptic anagrams and hints via Twitter (twitter.com/gomanga) that, when deciphered, reveal the titles of Seven Seas’ newest manga licenses. Twitter elite and anime fans were quick to decode the clues, and word quickly spread about the leaked titles.

Seven Seas is now pleased to confirm that it has licensed the following manga:

Amnesia Labyrinth (volume 1 coming February 2011)
ToraDora! (volume 1 coming March 2011)
A Certain Scientific Railgun (volume 1 coming June 2011).

Subsequent volumes in each series will follow every 3-4 months.

So why the decision to announce these titles via Twitter and in the form of anagrams, no less? “If I had to write another boring press release, I would’ve stabbed myself with a fork,” said Senior Editor Adam Arnold. “But seriously, we wanted to have a little fun and figured this would be a unique way to announce these new manga series.”

Amnesia Labyrinth
From Nagaru Tanigawa, the author of the acclaimed The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya series, comes a new offbeat tale of murder and demented love!

When high school student Souji Kushiki, an academic achiever and talented athlete from a well-to-do family, returns home from boarding school, he finds that his sisters Harumi, Youko, and Saki have changed. Their strangely clingy behavior borders on the inappropriate and bizarre, yet Souji just brushes off their odd behavior at first.

However, when Souji arrives at school the next day, he learns that, during the summer, one of the students in his class was pushed to his death in front of a subway train. And what’s more, two other students were stabbed by an unknown culprit. Are the victims linked, and could Souji’s sisters have anything to do with the murders?

With the help of his cheery and spunky new girlfriend Yukako Sasai, straight-laced Souji is about to venture into a twisted world that might just be the end of everything he believes to be true.

ToraDora!
Ryuji Takasu has learned the hard way that appearances can be deceiving. For despite his inwardly sweet personality, his unintentionally sharp gaze and aggressive features give him the air of a delinquent thug, putting his chances at making new friends, let alone a girlfriend, next to zero.

It’s Ryuji’s first day in junior high school and it seems as if things are looking up. He gets to sit in between his only friend, Yusaku, and more importantly, the girl he’s secretly crushing on, Minori Kushieda. But just when he thinks the stars are aligned in his favor, he unwittingly crosses the most feared girl in school, Taiga Aisaku, making her into his arch enemy. To top it off, Taiga has moved in right next door to Ryuji and happens to be Minori’s best friend! Can this school year possibly get any worse?!

The Toradora! franchise began as a long-running light novel series that won “best romantic comedy” in the 2007 Kadowawa Shoten’s Light Novel Award contest and spawned a popular manga, as well as a visual novel for the PSP. Its much-loved, off-the-wall characters have made cameo appearances in Japanese video games. A 25-episode Toradora! anime series ran on Japanese TV in 2009 and has been released to much acclaim in a deluxe DVD boxset in North America by anime newcomer NIS America.

A Certain Scientific Railgun
Welcome to a world where mysticism and science collide, and supernatural powers are derived from either science or religion. At the heart of this world is Academy City, an advanced metropolis whose population is comprised mostly of students. The majority of students are enrolled in the city’s “Power Curriculum Program,” where they must learn to master their latent psychic powers. Out of several million students, only seven are deemed powerful enough to have Level 5 status.

Meet Mikoto Misaka, the third most powerful Level 5 esper in Academy City. Together with her best friend Kuroko Shirai and the other members of Judgment, a student-run law enforcement agency, Mikoto delves deep into the dark heart of the scientific sprawl she calls home, and uncovers secrets she wishes she hadn’t!

The “Certain” franchise began with the long-running light novel series A Certain Magical Index, which was adapted into both a manga and an anime series. Its spin off, A Certain Scientific Railgun, became a breakout hit. A new anime series following the further adventures of both series’ protagonists is set to air in Japan starting October 2010. The franchise has also spawned an RPG for the Nintendo DS and a fighting game for the Sony PSP.

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Well, I enjoyed The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Amnesia Labyrinth sounds pretty cool, I’ll probably check that out.

“…Most of the titles still look to me like they were chosen using darts and an unabridged dictionary.”

That’s what makes Manga titles so interesting, as opposed to other titles. They’re constantly combining various words together to make that simple “hook” to attract readers by name alone. DragonBall, Death Note, Ranma 1/2, Battle Angel, GunSmith Cats.

Y. M. Tzierkav

July 21, 2010 at 6:12 pm

I actually think these are very good lincence choices, at least if you think about the fansub watching community: Amnesia Labyrinth is and atempt to ride on the Haruhi wave, and while I thought it was really disappointing, it might be liked by the fans of supernatural mysteries like Higurashi. Toradora is one of the most beloved romantic anime in recent times, and it actually helps that the art quality in the manga is better than the anime. Railgun has a very strong fanbase, and while I don’t understand why they didn’t also license the Index manga (since they actually complement each other at some point), it’s still a very entertaining action series, and is more consistent than Index.

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