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Yen Press Adds 12 Manga, 3 Light Novels

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Yen Press announced on Friday that it has licensed 12 manga, three light novels, and one graphic novel for release in August 2023. The titles include:

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Title: I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level Spin-off: The Red Dragon Academy for Girls manga
Authors: Kisetsu Morita (story), Hitsujibako (art), Benio (character design)
Summary: Laika has settled into the role of a rather prim young lady at the house in the highlands—but was she always that way? Or was she more of a hot-blooded dragon…as red as her scales? In the second spin-off of the Killing Slimes series, the school days of Azusa’s oldest companion will be revealed!


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Title: Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie -Rebellion-: The Complete Omnibus Edition manga
Author: Magica Quartet
Summary: After Madoka Kaname’s sacrifice, the hopeless cycle that once bound every magical girl to a terrible fate was broken at last. Or was it…? All does not seem right with the world, and as Homura pulls at the loose threads of the girls’ new realities, is it possible that an even darker destiny looms ahead?

Revisit the complete manga adaptation of Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie -Rebellion- in this deluxe omnibus edition!

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Title: Mieruko-chan Anthology Comic manga
Author: Tomoki Izumi
Summary: The creepy, the crawly, the grotesque—in the daily lives of Miko and friends, ghostly monsters lurk around every corner. This official comic anthology is brought to you by a variety of guest artists!


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Title: Associate Professor Akira Takatsuki’s Conjecture manga
Authors: Mikage Sawamura (story), Tōji Aio (art)
Summary: Naoya Fukamachi is a university student whose ability to infallibly detect lies has left him friendless and isolated. When his paper piques the interest of his handsome and eccentric folklore-studies professor, Akira Takatsuki, he soon finds himself dragged into Akira’s research. Now, as the assistant in charge of common sense, he must help his professor interpret an array of unexplainable phenomena…


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Title: Sentenced to Brave Punishment light novel
Authors: Rocket Shokai (story), edited by Dengeki Bunko
Summary: Heroism—a punishment for only the worst criminals. Those sentenced to the fate of a hero are forced to fight at the front lines against the demon king’s army—and if they die, they can expect to be revived and continue the battle. But when their leader, convicted of killing a goddess, meets another goddess himself, the contract they forge may be enough to change the world…


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Title: Liar, Liar light novel
Author: Haruki Kuō
Summary: The Academy: a school the size of an island where students compete for ranks. Not only did Hiroto Shinohara pass the most rigorous exam in the country with top marks to transfer there, but he defeated last year’s reigning champ on his very first day, catapulting him to the highest rank in record time. Except…he didn’t. The truth is, he screwed up big time, and now he must maintain his position at the Academy no matter what. It’s a liar’s world, after all!


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Title: Kunon the Sorcerer Can See Through light novel
Authors: Umikaze Minamino (story), Laruha (art)
Summary: Born blind, Kunon aims to be the first person to use water magic to create new eyes for himself. After five months of study, he has already surpassed his teacher, and continues to grow his talents. Not only can his magic help him sense color, but he can also use it to make handy items and even conjure a whole cat! Word of his skills and ingenuity soon reach the court and earn him a spot as disciple to the most powerful magician in the land. But is his ultimate goal even attainable?


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Title: I Don’t Need a Happy Ending manga
Author: Mikanuji
Summary: From office workers to high schoolers to a mistress and her maid, dive into a collection of Girls Love stories from the author of Assorted Entanglements! Mikanuji delivers a tantalizing mix of sweet and spicy in this anthology—including a brand-new epilogue for her short story, “I Don’t Need a Happy Ending”!


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Title: The Illustrated Guide to Monster Girls manga
Authors: Suzu Akeko
Summary: In the world of monsters, where scaring and tormenting humans is a way of life, even monster girls need to pass their classes, graduate, and get a job! Enter Class Z: a bunch of failures more likely to be frightened and bullied themselves. Can this ragtag group of underdogs become successful, full-fledged monsters?


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Title: After We Gazed at the Starry Sky manga
Author: Bisco Kida
Summary: It all started with a job. When wheelchair user Subaru Miyazawa decides to visit the planetarium after finishing its brochure design, he bumps into Togo Awase, the photographer involved in the project. Although Subaru had admired his work, he never thought he would see the man himself—or that Togo would go so far as to carry Subaru down the steps to view the starry night sky up close. Subaru can only hope they’ll meet again…


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Title: The Witches’ Marriage manga
Author(s): studio HEADLINE
Summary: Opening the Door of Truth is the ultimate goal for many witches, but gathering enough power to do so is no easy feat. One popular method is entering into a Witches’ Marriage, a contractual bond that generates more power the closer the two grow. Melissa is one such witch—but is her heart truly immune to the adorable Tanya as she claims?


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Title: Touge Oni: Primal Gods in Ancient Times
Author: Kenji Tsurubuchi
Summary: In the ancient kingdom of Yamato, between the eras of gods and men, there was a time when the two coexisted. Miyo is chosen to serve as a human sacrifice to her village’s god, Kippuuson-no-Mikoto, but she’s not ready to die! Can Ozuno, a monk with the ability to speak one-on-one with the gods, save her life?


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Title: The Second-Chance Noble Daughter Sets Out to Conquer the Dragon Emperor manga
Authors: Sarasa Nagase (story), Anko Yuzu (art), Mitsuya Fuji (character design)
Summary: Although Jill’s engagement to the Crown Prince should have guaranteed her a happy life, she is instead sentenced to death by her own fiancé! However, moments before her death, she is sent back in time to the party that determined her fate. In a desperate bid to avoid her doom, she proposes to the first man she sees, but that man turns out to be none other than an enemy from a neighboring country, the Dragon Emperor Hades!


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Title: I Don’t Know Which is Love manga
Author(s): Oku Tamamushi
Summary: With high school graduation approaching, Mei Soraike tries to confess her love to the best friend she has long harbored a secret crush for…only to have her hopes crushed instead. But a little heartbreak is fine—because she’ll absolutely, definitely, without a doubt get a girlfriend in college! Just as Mei sets her resolve, potential prospects start sidling up to her one by one…?!


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Title: Game of Familia -Family Senki- manga
Author(s): Mikoto Yamaguchi (story), D. P (art)
Summary: After his father’s remarriage, high school student Sasae Hatsushima moves in with his three new stepsisters. That’s all well and good until the whole family is summoned to another world! Will they be able to band together and survive in the brutal, unforgiving land?


Yen Press has also licensed Cassandra Jean and Mosskat’s Cuckoos Three graphic novel.

Source: Press release

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Capcom Streams MegaMan NT Warrior Anime on Twitch, YouTube

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1st 2 seasons stream on Twitch from Tuesday-Friday with subsequent YouTube uploads

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CAPCOM announced on Monday that it will stream the first two seasons of the MegaMan NT Warrior (Rockman.EXE) anime, based on the company’s Mega Man Battle Network games, on its Capcom U.S.A. Twitch channel from Tuesday-Friday. Episodes will stream on each of the four days from 1:00 p.m. EDT to 10:00 p.m. EDT.

CAPCOM will upload episodes on YouTube after they stream on Twitch.

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The anime premiered in 2002, and the first two seasons follow Mega Man Battle Network 1 & 2. The Kids WB block aired the series in the West in 2003.

The anime got multiple sequels in Japan, including Rockman.EXE Axess, Rockman.EXE Stream, Rockman.EXE Beast, and Rockman.EXE Beast+.

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Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection, a collection of the Mega Man Battle Network 1-6 Game Boy Advance games, will launch for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam on April 14. The collection will feature 10 games (including alternate versions): Mega Man Battle Network, Mega Man Battle Network 2, Mega Man Battle Network 3: Blue/White, Mega Man Battle Network 4: Red Sun/Blue Moon, Mega Man Battle Network 5: Team Protoman/Team Colonel, and Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast Gregar/Cybeast Falzar. The collection will also be available digitally as two separate volumes. The first volume will include Mega Man Battle Network 1-3, and the second volume will include 4-6.

The first Mega Man Battle Network game, an RPG spinoff of the Mega Man platformer games, launched for GBA in 2001. The second game launched in 2001 in Japan and in 2002 in the West. Starting with the third entry, the games had two versions each. Mega Man Battle Network 3 launched in 2002 in Japan and 2003 in the West, the fourth game debuted in 2003 in Japan and 2004 in the West, the fifth entry launched in 2004 in Japan and 2005 in the West, and the final game in the mainline series launched in 2005 in Japan and 2006 in the West.

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Bushiroad President Takaaki Kidani Steps Down as BanG Dream! Franchise’s Executive Producer

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Bushiroad president and founder Takaaki Kidani announced at the BanG Dream! franchise‘s “Garupa 6th Anniversary Fan Festa in Akihabara” event on Saturday that he is stepping down as the franchise‘s executive producer.

Kidani had been leading the BanG Dream! project for nine years since its conception. For the past two years, he had already been entrusting the project to other developers.

Bushiroad appointed Kidani as chairperson in June 2020. During that time, he also returned to his former position as a representative director alongside the company’s previous president Yoshitaka Hashimoto.

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Kidani had previously stepped down from the representative director position at a stockholder’s meeting in October 2017, and took a position as board member of the company. He stepped down from the position so he could directly lead and manage the production of content better in the company’s following three or four years, which the company called a “decisive” period. Kidani was focused on and directly responsible for developing the company’s intellectual property.

Kidani founded Bushiroad in 2007. The company owns a number of cross-media franchises, some of which originate from its card games. Bushiroad‘s Cardfight!! Vanguard and Future Card Buddyfight series have both inspired long-running television anime series, and its Luck & Logic card game inspired two television anime series. Bushiroad also owns the Weiß Schwarz anime crossover card game. The company owns the Tantei Opera Milky Holmes franchise, as well as the BanG Dream! franchise, both of which have television anime series. The company owns the Revue Starlight franchise, and both BanG Dream! and Revue Starlight have active smartphone games. Additionally, the company owns the New Japan Pro Wrestling promotion.

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Bushiroad launched the BanG Dream! multimedia project in January 2015.

The main BanG Dream! television anime’s first 13-episode season premiered in January 2017, and Anime Network Online and Crunchyroll streamed the first season as it aired in Japan. The anime’s second season premiered in January 2019. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime, and HIDIVE and Crunchyroll both streamed the series as it aired.

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The BanG Dream! 3rd Season television anime debuted in January 2020. Sentai Filmworks licensed the season, and HIDIVE and VRV streamed the series as it aired. The BanG Dream! Poppin’ Dream! anime film continued the story from the third season, and it opened in Japan in January 2022. The franchise‘s Morfonica band got a two-episode anime in July 2022.

The franchise also includes the BanG Dream! FILM LIVE and BanG Dream! FILM LIVE 2nd Stage films, the two-part BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia films, as well as several web anime spinoff series.

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Sources: Famitsu.com, Gamer via Otakomu



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Live-Action Drops of God Show Premieres on April 21

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Entertainment news magazine Variety reported on Sunday that Drops of God, the new internationally co-produced, multilingual live-action television series of Tadashi Agi and Shū Okimoto‘s The Drops of God (Kami no Shizuku) manga, will premiere on April 21.

Apple TV+ has acquired the eight-part series and will broadcast and stream it worldwide simultaneously in 2023.

The official title in Japan is Kami no Shizuku/Drops of God. (Similar to the title in Japan for the second Fullmetal Alchemist television series, the live-action series’ title includes both the Japanese and English titles of the manga.)

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Legendary Television is handling worldwide distribution outside of France and Japan. Hulu Japan will exclusively stream the series inside Japan alongside its world premiere. The series filmed over 10 months in France, Italy, and Japan.

The series is a collaboration between U.S., French, and Japanese companies. Legendary Television, Dynamic Television, France Televisions, and Hulu Japan are backing the project, and are producing the project with Adline Entertainment. Oded Ruskin (Absentia, No Man’s Land) is directing the series, and Quoc Dang Tran (Marianne, Parallel) wrote the scripts. Dynamic’s Klaus Zimmermann (Borgia, Trapped) is producing the series.

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As previously announced, Tomohisa Yamashita (pictured left) and French actress Fleur Geffrier (Elle) star in the series. The announcement noted that Geffrier’s character is named Shizuku Kanzaki, the protagonist of the manga. A previous announcement noted that rival character Issei Tōmine would be the show’s protagonist, but an earlier report in 2021 from entertainment news service Variety described the series as having a female protagonist, with Geffrier playing the role.

Variety describes the story of the TV series:

The story involves a woman who discovers that her estranged father has left her the world’s greatest wine collection in his will. But, to claim her inheritance she must compete against a Japanese man who her father regarded as a son and may have been more.

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Siblings Shin and Yuko Kibayashi — under the pen name Tadashi Agi — launched The Drops of God manga with artist Okimoto in Kodansha‘s Morning magazine 2004. A live-action series based on the manga aired in Japan in 2009. The manga ended in June 2014, and the 44th and final compiled book volume shipped in July 2014. The manga’s final arc, titled Marriage ~Kami no Shizuku Saishūshō~ (Marriage ~The Drops of God Final Arc~), launched in May 2015, and it ended in October 2020.

Comixology and Kodansha USA Publishing have released the manga in English digitally.

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Throughout its serialization, the manga had famously boosted the sales of wines profiled in the story. The French wine magazine La Revue du vin de France has recognized the manga, giving it the magazine’s top award in 2010. The New York Times also profiled the manga in its Dining and Wine section in 2008.

Source: Variety (Marta Balaga)



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