TOKYOPOP sent waves through the industry earlier this year at Anime Expo when they announced their intention to get back into the manga business. Some of it stirred up memories about the company’s influence on the North American manga scene; others raised concerns about their questionable contracts. More details have since come out. TOKYOPOP plans to begin publishing comics again in 2016, along with launching their digital self-publishing platform, Pop Comics. Time will tell if this will all come to fruition.
Werewolf-themed manga wins Shonen Jump+ x Animax Anime Scenario Award
Shueisha and Animax announced the winner of their Anime Scenario Award on September 8. In addition to a cash prize, the winning story will be adapted into a manga to run in Shonen Jump+ later this year, as well as an anime adaptation to air on Animax in 2016. The winning story, “Luger Code 1951”, by Ryouto Hagi is about a linguistic genius who’s tasked with breaking the code that enemy werewolves use to encrypt their radio transmissions.
Mangaka elected tourism ambassador
He may not be Godzilla, but manga creator Junya Inoue was elected the tourism ambassador of his hometown, Shimanto. Inoue’s manga, Btooom!, is an action manga about a group of people who must compete in a survival game on a deserted island. The manga is licensed by Yen Press in North America.