Shinbun Saturday: Manga Licenses Galore!

Happy Saturday! Vernieda here, fresh and recharged from a writers retreat. You know what’s even better? Spring has sprung! Goodbye, winter, and good riddance.

Kodansha USA has been busy this week, announcing several new manga licenses. Twelve new print titles scheduled for this autumn, in fact! Among the new titles are more properties belonging to the Fairy Tail and Attack on Titan franchises, but there a few intriguing manga licenses as well. We’re getting Japanese comics about a cat samurai, competitive ballroom dancing, and Florence Nightingale!

These may not be new manga licenses but at C2E2, VIZ announced the return of HunterxHunter and the coming of the Boruto oneshot. I bet HxH fans are thrilled to see that Togashi has come off hiatus, but the real question is how long will it last? Sorry, guys. Someone has to say it.

In other VIZ news, they’ve partnered with United Talent Agency to develop live action content from their various anime and manga licenses. On one hand, I’m happy for them. On the other hand, I’m leery about what this means. Are we going to get more whitewashed movies as a result? I really like Scarlett Johansson, but her being cast as Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell is really bringing me down.

As part of its “Cool Japan” strategy, the country plans to open a national manga museum. They hope to open the center in 2020 before the Tokyo Olympics. Sounds like a smart move. They’ll definitely attract lots of visitors that way–especially if the museum displays original artwork from internationally popular anime and manga as they intend.

And to close things up, while this isn’t strictly related to manga, it’s yet another example of how the industry is shifting toward digital. Anime BD/DVD sales are down 6.9% from 2014, marking the second year in a row that we’ve seen a decline.

See you next week!

Vernieda Vergara

Vernieda Vergara

Writer. Manga and webtoon aficionado. I hail from Washington D.C. where I consume too much media and cause only a little trouble. Tweet me @incitata.