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Sakuracon | Dark Horse announces CLAMP, Satoshi Kon manga

Legal DrugWhile its colleagues were off at WonderCon Anaheim, Dark Horse’s manga team was busy at SakuraCon making a couple of interesting new title announcements.

The first is CLAMP’s Legal Drug, previously published in the United States by Tokyopop, and the sequel, Drug & Drop. Legal Drug will be published as a three-in-one omnibus, while Drug & Drop will be released as single volumes.

CLAMP is a four-woman creative team with a lot of projects, and Drug & Drop has been put on hiatus twice, but there are two volumes out in Japan so far. The series was big news when it was announced three years ago; at the time, the bet was that Dark Horse would get the license, as it has a number of CLAMP titles in its catalog already. Speaking of which, Dark Horse will also start releasing its other CLAMP titles digitally later this year.

Dark Horse also announced two titles by the late anime director Satoshi Kon. Although he earned his greatest fame as the director of critically acclaimed anime like Tokyo Godfathers and Paprika, Kon was a manga-ka first, and he worked for a while as assistant to Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo. Vertical published Kon’s early manga Tropic of the Sea last year. Dark Horse announced Saturday that it will publish his two-volume series OPUS as a single volume. The story was originally serialized in Comic Guys magazine in 1995-96 but left incomplete; it was published as a collected edition in 2010 with the “illusive ending” that had not been printed in the magazine. The other title is Seraphim: 266613336 Wings, which was written by Mamoro Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) and illustrated by Kon. It was serialized in Animage magazine from 1995-96 and published as a collected edition in Japan in 2010.

In addition, Dark Horse announced Ore no Kouhai ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai, which it will shorten to Oreimo: Kuroneko. This is a spinoff of the four-volume series Oreimo, also published by Dark Horse, which is part of a franchise that includes light novels, anime and video games in Japan. The original Oreimo focuses on the relationship between a teenage boy and his younger sister, a hard-core otaku; the new series is told from the point of view of a schoolmate of theirs.

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Yay for Satoshi Kon manga . . . Paprika is a brilliant film and his loss is still felt. His works are brilliant.

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