The manga news continued all weekend at Anime Expo, and things are looking good for fans of Tokypop’s series, as both “Hetalia” and “Deadman Wonderland” will be making a comeback. Plus: More “Attack on Titan” than ever before! I rounded up the highlights from the first day here; now here’s what happened over the weekend.
New manga from Viz: Viz had plenty of announcements at its panel, but the one that will probably get the warmest reception is the return of “Deadman Wonderland,” because Tokyopop released the first five volumes before it stopped publishing manga. The story of a teenage boy trapped in a deadly prison/theme park where inmates are tortured for the amusement of the audience, it built up quite a following. The series is up to vol. 12 in Japan and will be winding up soon. Viz announced another new license as well: “Gangsta,” by the singly-named Kohske, a story of two men who take on odd jobs for the Mafia in a crime-ridden town. And there are new editions for several Viz series: “Nisekoi,” which has been running in the digital manga “Shonen Jump,” will get a print edition; Rumiko Takahashi’s “Ranma 1/2” will be brought back in an unflipped version for the first time ever; and Viz will publish Akira Toriyama’s “Dragon Ball Full Color Edition” in a graphic novel format that is larger than standard manga volumes. Finally, Viz will publish “The Art of Princess Mononoke,” based on Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film, as well as two books about Miyazaki, “tarting Point: 1979-1996” and “Turning Point: 1997-2008” next year.
Moar Attack on Titan: Kodansha is ramping up its release schedule for “Attack on Titan” to a volume a month, in both print and digital, which will bring the North American releases into sync with Japan by February of next year. In addition, Kodansha’s digital program is about to expand to include Kindle, Nook, Google Play, and iBooks on July 16.
“Hetalia” is back: The anime retailer RightStuf announced that it will partner with Tokyopop’s Stu Levy and Japanese publisher Gentosha to bring volumes 4 and 5 of “Hetalia: Axis Powers” to American audiences in December. The first print run will include an eight-page color insert; after that sells out, the books will continue to be available via Print on Demand.
Dark Horse Looks Back on Manga: While there were no new announcements at the Dark Horse panel, it’s worth reading Carlo Santos’s recap because it included a look back at 25 years of manga publishing in the U.S.—when Dark Horse started publishing manga, they were flipping it and publishing it in American comics format. They also announced that “Lone Wolf and Cub” creator Kazuo Koike will be a guest at Comic-Con International in San Diego, where he will talk about the upcoming “New Lone Wolf and Cub.”