Archive for Nakayoshi

Kodansha to re-publish Sailor Moon manga in North America!

Posted in manga with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by Pirate

After all these years of waiting, Kodansha’s US division has answered many fan’s prayers: the return of cult phenom Sailor Moon! Many fans rejoice! Kodansha will release the first three volumes as one big kazenban this September. Each volume will contain about three volumes. Also, each volume will contain all-new artwork!

Sailor Moon, written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi, ran in Japan in Nakayoshi from 1992 to 1997 with 18 volumes. It was adapted into an anime, which was animated by Toei and directed by Junichi Sato (ARIA) and made 46 episodes. The anime was followed by four anime TV sequels, three films, and a live-action series.

The manga was originally licensed by Tokyopop, which released all 18 volumes, but went out of print around 2003, untill this September. The anime was first licensed by DIC Entertainment, who dubbed the first two series. Series three and four were licensed and dubbed by Geneon. The final series was never licensed in North America. The first four series all aired on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block.

Kodansha will also be releasing the Sailor V prequel manga for the first time ever in North America. I am pretty glad; I read the manga when I was a little kid.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

Vertical licenses Princess Knight and Drops of God manga series!

Posted in manga with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2011 by Pirate

Manga company Vertical has licensed two new manga to add to its collection: Princess Knight and Drops of God. Vertical has always been known to make daring licensing choices; will this be different?

Princess Knight is a Shojo fantasy manga by Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy, Kimba) that ran in Shojo Club from 1953 to 1956 with 2 volumes, which Vertical will release soon. A sequel series, Twin Knight, also helmed by Tezuka, ran in Nakayoshi 1958 with one volume. A third series, also by Tezuka, ran in Nakayoshi from 1963 to 1966 with three volumes. An anime series, directed by Tezuka, ran in Japan from 1967 to 1968 with 52 episodes. An anime film opened in Japan in 1994, and was directed by Masayoshi Nishida (Eyeshield 21, Mokke). Princess Knight is credited as being the manga that first popularized Shojo in Japan.

Drops of God, written by Tadashi Agi and illustrated by Shu Okimoto, is a manga series about win which began serializing in Weekly Morning on November 2004, and is still ongoing with 25 volumes. Vertical plans on releasing at least the first two.

I wonder how well these two manga series will do for Vertical?

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

EDIT: Vertical will release volume 1 of Princess Knight in October, and volume 1 of Drops of God in September.