It seems Diamond Distributors finally found their shipment of Viz Media manga. It’s about f-ing time. But this of course makes things more difficult for the direct market buyer as there are some really good titles coming from other publishers, so those on a tight budget will have some hard choices to make.
Saint Seiya, also known as Knights of the Zodiac here in the west, is a series with a long lineage. The main series started in 1985 and was among the titles that helped make Weekly Shonen Jump the power house it was in the 1980s and 1990s. Since the end of original series, there have been some spin offs that are now reaching a conclusion.
Judging by the reaction from social media after it was announced, Goodnight Punpun is something readers have been waiting licensed in the West for a while. It appears to be a polarizing title that readers will either love or hate. But Viz Media really deserves credit for picking up the series that has a Mature rating, and deals with serious issues as a coming of age story that doesn’t guarantee a happy ending.
Every week, the New York Times and Amazon posts the top ten bestselling books. The New York Times gets their numbers from print sales from retailers, while Amazon calculates their own numbers. Once a month the Nielsen Bookscan posts their top twenty graphic novels of which manga is included. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, along with some commentary on the activity.
Diamond Distributors is really sticking it to Viz Media. This is the second week of no titles from the publisher coming through the Direct Market. Viz releases their shonen and shojo titles on the first Tuesday of the month, which was last week. This week rolls around, and it is as sparse as green is in California lawns. Maybe next week will be better.
Seven Seas Entertainment has truly embrace social media, as it seems to have become its primary place to announce new licenses, as opposed to the tradition of making announcements at conventions. They did it again, this time on Leap Day, with the announcement of Re:Monster.
As an old-time anime fan, Legend of the Galactic Heroes is a series often spoken about, but chances of an English release seemed slim. Space operas about military and political intrigue doesn’t seem like something that would appeal to anime and manga fans. But with light novels on the rise, and a very vocal US fan base, Viz Media has heard and the series will finally be out this week. Even more exciting, is the release of an audio book version, so even if you can’t look at the page, you can still be reading this amazing series.
I’ve started browsing for manga on the Kindle more lately. I don’t have as much space as I wish I did, the titles tend to be cheaper, and I can read them on my PC, tablet or over the cloud. It’s become the best platform for reading manga I could find. What makes it even better is when I find titles that are free!
Every week, the New York Times and Amazon posts the top ten bestselling books. The New York Times gets their numbers from print sales from retailers, while Amazon calculates their own numbers. Once a month the Nielsen Bookscan posts their top twenty graphic novels of which manga is included. Offered here is a listing of these books with their status this week compared with the previous week, along with some way-off analysis of the activity.
It seems early in the month for Yen Press to be sending out its wave of titles, but I guess with February being a short month, even with the extra day, things are still thrown off a bit. There’s a sprinkling of titles from other publishers, but this week, it’s all about Yen Press.
It’s a good time to be a Pokémon fan. The game franchise has just turned 20, a game series has been announced, and now, the latest movie and manga adaptation is being released this week! The Pokémon featured this time is a mythical from the X & Y and Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire series, Hoopa, who is rather mischievous, but holds a darker secret power. The manga adaptations can be hit or miss, but never fail to entertain.