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Anime Expo: Yen Press to publish “Erased” manga, “Attack on Titan” choose-your-own-adventure style book


Anime Expo, the largest anime convention in North America, ended yesterday, and after a flurry of news on Friday, there were more announcements over the weekend: Yen Press will publish the manga “Erased” and “Bungo Stray Dogs,” Kodansha Comics has an “Attack on Titan” themed choose-your-own-adventure book in the works, Viz will continue to publish the “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” manga, and Vertical has licensed the “Nisimonogatari” light novels.

Yen Press had already announced a number of new licenses, but at a panel sponsored by the Japanese publisher Kadokawa, they revealed two more: The time-travel story “Erased” and the action manga “Bungō Stray Dogs.” Anime based on both series are currently available on Crunchyroll. Earlier this year, Kadokawa purchased a 51% share of Yen Press, making it a joint venture with the original owner, Hachette. At the same time, Kadokawa announced a partnership with Crunchyroll. At the panel, Yen Press publisher Kurt Hassler said Yen manga and light novels are now available digitally on Kadokawa’s Bookwalker e-book service and that the company’s goal is to make all its books available in digital format. Yen also publishes on other e-book platforms such as Amazon’s Kindle.

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‘Dragon Ball Super,’ other manga licenses announced at Anime Expo


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.

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‘Initial D’ manga inspires Toyota’s new concept car

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With an eight-year run under its belt, the “Initial D” manga was a bona fide hit in Japan, where the care driven by protagonist Takumi Fujiwara is so iconic that it’s being remixed and updated by Toyota.

The new one-off concept car is actually a retrofitted Toyota GT86, which itself was inspired by the Corolla GT Coupe, otherwise known as the AE86, of “Initial D” fame, according to Toyota. The custom concept comes directly from Toyota’s U.K. special projects department.

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Naoki Urasawa imagines The Beatles 50th-anniversary Japan tour


Naoki Urasawa, creator of acclaimed manga “2oth Century Boys,” “Monster” and “Master Keaton,” has created a three-page story imagining a Beatles reunion concert 50 years after the Fab Four’s Japan tour.

The Beatles famously played the Budokan for five shows between June 30 and July 2, 1966.

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An ‘Attack on Titan’ coloring book? Break out the red crayons!


Kodansha Comics announced a handful of new licenses Saturday at Anime Central in Chicago, including The Attack on Titan Anime Guidebook and The Attack on Titan Coloring Book. You’ll want to start stocking up on red Crayolas now.

Maroon, Scarlet, Brick Red, English Vermilion, Madder Lake — you’ll likely need them all.

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‘Legend of Zelda’ manga creators debut art, tease overseas release


Akira Himekawa, the two-woman team behind the Legend of Zelda manga, have debuted new art from chapters 5 and 6 of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

The new series has been running on the digital manga app Manga One, and is only available in Japan at the moment. Writing in English, the creators were coy about any possible overseas licenses for the collected editions:

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‘Akira’ to mark 35th anniversary with ‘definitive’ box set


Kodansha Comics will celebrate the 35th anniversary of Akira next year with the release of a box set characterized as “the ultimate, definitive English edition” of Katsuhiro Otomo’s pioneering cyberpunk manga.

The announcement was made over the weekend at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, where the U.S. imprint of Japanese publishing giant Kodansha also trumpeted the same-day digital release in English of Attack on Titan and 16 other titles.

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‘Attack on Titan’ debuts same-day digital release in English


Beginning today, new chapters of Hajime Isayama’s blockbuster manga Attack on Titan will be available in English on comiXology and the Amazon Kindle Store the same day they’re released in print in Japan.

Chapter 80 went on sale this morning on the digital platforms, along with all previous chapters of the dark fantasy series.

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Viz to collect horror master Junji Ito’s ‘Tomie’ in deluxe edition


Viz Media will collect Tomie, first published work of Japanese horror master Junji Ito, in a deluxe hardcover edition. While his later series Uzumaki and Gyo are well known in North America, Tomie has been out of print for years.

Debuting in 1987, the horror manga centers on Tomie Kawakami, a femme fatale who can seduce virtually any man, frequently driving them into murderous rage. Often the victim is Tomie herself, who regenerates again and again, and spreads her curse to other victims.

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Ohio middle-school student suspended over ‘Death Note’ booklet

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In what’s become a somewhat-regular occurrence once again, a student has been suspended from an Ohio middle school after a teacher found a Death Note-inspired notebook.

The Newark Advocate reports police responded March 14 to Lakewood Middle School in Hebron, Ohio, following the discovery of a booklet labeled “Death List” that contained the names of several students. Once the student who made the notebook was identified, she allegedly told officials the notebook was based on the anime series Death Note.

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‘One-Punch Man’ fights a monster, thirst with clever paper cup comic


If you’re not familiar with One-Punch Man, the Japanese webcomic turned manga and anime sensation, what better way to be introduced than with this animated comic cleverly created using paper cups?

It’s the work of Japanese artist Sinrashinge, who used a pen, an X-Acto blade and three paper cups to tell a (literally) moving story depicting Saitama battling a monster.

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Masashi Kishimoto to draw ‘Boruto’ one-shot, oversee new series


If you thought that after 15 years Masashi Kishimoto was truly done with the world of Naruto, think again.

It was announced over the weekend that Kishimoto will write and draw a Boruto one-shot manga, featuring the son of Naruto, and supervise a new Boruto series written by Ukyō Kodachi (Boruto: Naruto the Movie) and drawn by Naruto assistant Mikio Ikemoto.

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Brace yourselves, ‘Human Centipede’ has inspired a manga


After horrifying audiences the world over, the infamous film franchise The Human Centipede has inspired a new manga series in Japan.

Crunchyroll reports this week’s issue of Nemesis magazine debuted Centipede Human: Final Liberation, by Ryuta Yoshinaga, author of the vampire manga Chinomi. Although writer/director Tom Six’s 2009 original film was set in Germany, the manga transplants the story to a remote mountain village in Japan.

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Viz Media issues response to digital-piracy arrests

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Manga publisher Viz Media has issued a statement reaffirming its stance on digital piracy following the arrests in Japan of four men accused of illegally uploading a chapter of One Piece to a scanlation website.

Police in Japan say a delivery company employee stole a copy of Weekly Shonen Jump while it was en route from the printer to the retailer and sold the magazine to three other men, who then uploaded the comic to an English-language pirate site. Here’s Viz’s statement:

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‘Higanjima’ creator tackles del Toro’s ‘The Strain’ for Japanese release


Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s television series The Strain is spreading to Japan, where it will be greeted with illustrations by manga artist Kōji Matsumoto.

Crunchyroll reports that Matsumoto, creator of the vampire manga Higanjima, has drawn a series of illustrations to mark the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Strain in Japan. They’ll appear next week in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Jump magazine, alongside an interview with Matsumoto and an introduction to the TV show, which is based on del Toro and Hogan’s vampire novels.

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