I wanted to do this thread sooner, but it's half past 2015. It's not too late. One of the things us folks do in this community is promote the legal and official publishers since we are Anime Vice, a legit company. (sort of community and staff run)
This thread helps to compile all the news about various publishers outside of Japan, not just western publishers. We have a big international community. I'll try my best to report.
Kuroko Tetsuya doesn't stand out much. In fact, he's so plain that people hardly ever notice when he's around. Though he's just as unremarkable on the basketball court, that's where his plainness gives him an unexpected edge – one that lets him execute awesome moves without others noticing! And now that he's a high school student, he's on a mission to defeat each member of his legendary middle school team, known as the Miracle Generation.
Ever since he saw the legendary player known as the "Little Giant" compete at the national volleyball finals, Shoyo Hinata has aimed to be the best volleyball player ever! He decides to join the team at the high school the Little Giant went to – and then surpass him. Who says you need to be tall to play volleyball when you can jump higher than anyone else?
Yona of the Dawn
The fantasy adventure shojo manga series that also inspired the fan favorite anime about a princess who's on a quest to reclaim her throne! Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Soo-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when she witnesses her father's murder!
In this series by Mitsu Izumi, Awyn Gardner will do anything to protect the beautiful mistress of the equally beautiful estate gardens he lovingly tends...even enslave himself to an also beautiful demon bent on world domination! The fight is on between angels and demons and humans for the world…and Awyn's heart!
Everyone's Getting Married
In this new Shojo Beat manga series by Izumi Miyazono, successful career woman Asuka Takanashi has an old-fashioned dream of getting married and becoming a housewife. After her long-term boyfriend breaks up with her to pursue his own career goals, she encounters Ryu Nanami, a popular newscaster at PTV. Asuka and Ryu get along well, but the last thing he wants is to ever get married. This level-headed pair who want the opposite things in life should never get involved, except...
In this new series based off the popular Monster Hunter video games, our heroes live in an age when monsters rule the world: soaring through the sky, treading the earth and filling the seas. Humanity survives on the fringes, relying on a special kind of hero to defend the people from danger – the Monster Hunter!
SHONEN JUMP's breakaway hit of 2015, a fantasy action-adventure about mastering magical powers. Asta is a young boy who dreams of becoming the greatest mage in the kingdom. Only one problem – he can't use any magic! Luckily for Asta, he receives the incredibly rare five-leaf clover grimoire that gives him the power of anti-magic. Can someone who can't use magic really become the Wizard King? One thing's for sure – Asta will never give up! The series is also currently featured in WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP magazine.
Kou hates being in debt to anyone, but after a strange girl named Nino saves his life, he is forced to become her lover. Nino also claims that she is an alien from Venus, and she lives underneath the bridge near the Arakawa river.
Its' about Kohina, a little girl who ends up summoning a Kokkuri-san, a lower-ranking ghost in Japanese folklore. The Kokkuri-san she calls ends up being a white-haired handsome young man. Although he had intended to merely haunt her at first, he becomes worried about her terrible eating habit of cup ramen for every meal, so he decides to haunt her in order to protect her.
Cuticle Detective Inaba
The story centers on Hiroshi Inaba, a part-man, part-wolf detective with a hair fetish who begins his own detective agency alongside his cross-dressing secretary Yuuta, and his assistant Kei. Together, they try to foil the schemes of Don Valentino, a goat and leader of an Italian mafia group.
Surprisingly, there are a lot more manga announcements than anime announcements (licenses, simulcasts, new trailers). This is what I have so far. It's not complete. I'm just going to list names and cite my sources. I won't add summaries and volume covers since I have little time.
Viz Media Buddy Strike Baseball Manga - it will launch this manga simultaneously with the Japanese release on Nov. 16 as part of Jump Start initiative. (Source)
Zyword and Eureka Seven: Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl
Tamayo Akiyama, a former member of CLAMP, has crafted a fantasy adventure that will leave readers spellbound! Welcome to Zyword, a world filled with sorcery. When Zyword's Araimel Kingdom is put under a spell, it's up to the two sole survivors to save the citizens before they perish in an eternal sleep!
This is the story of young Ruri and Sumner, the characters from the Sony Playstation Eureka Seven video games, now featured in their own original manga!
Monster Musume: I ♥ Monster Girls (Monster Musume no Iru Nichijō 4-Koma Anthology) by Okayado
Releases: May 17, 2016 and July 12, 2016 (1st and 2nd Volume, respectively) *Bonus: Each volume will include 3 color postcards.
Monster Musume: I ♥ Monster Girls is a collection of original four-panel spinoffs of OKAYADO's Monster Musume manga. The stories are by various artists, including Shake-O (Nurse Hitomi's Monster Infirmary), SaQ Tottori (Kyōkai Senjō no Limbo), Cool-Kyou-Sinnjya (I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying, Komori-san Can't Decline), and others. Shake-O drew the cover of the first volume (pictured right).
Plot: Wandering Island is the story of Mikura Amelia, a free-spirited young woman living alone with her cat, who operates an air delivery service—flying her vintage seaplane to Japan's small island communities located hundreds of miles out into the ocean. One day going through her grandfather's papers, she discovers an undelivered package with her name on it, addressed to an island Mikura has never heard of. She learns about the folklore among sailors of a "wandering island” in the North Pacific that seems to drift and disappear, spotted at various times over the years by ship's crews. For the sake of adventure, and the memory of her grandfather, Mikura is determined to find it!
Plot: This is it: The Fairy Tail prequel fans have been waiting for! Series creator Hiro Mashima himself draws an all-new series that depicts the founding of the Fairy Tail guild.
Many years ago, Mavis Vermilion was a servant on Sirius Island, mistreated by a guild master and his daughter, Zera. But Mavis stayed positive, because her mother once told her that fairies never visit people who cry about their problems. When the guild came under attack, Mavis pulled Zera from the wreckage into the forest. Seven years went by, and the powerful wizards Warrod Sequen, Precht, and Yuri Dreyer arrived on the island, seeking a powerful jade gemstone. This journey would change the course of magical history...
Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the following:
Love in Hell: Death Life Utsunomiya Sousuke is dead. But his new life is about to begin...in Hell! Upon awakening in the Afterlife, Sousuke meets his painfully sexy devil guide Sanagi, who may be short of stature, but packs an all-powerful punch. Like Rintaro before him, can the hopelessly irreverent Sousuke repent from his sins, or is he fated to be forever tortured and teased by a gorgeous demonic temptress?
Lord Marksman and Vanadis (Madan no Ō to Vanadis)
Plot: The country of Zhcted is ruled by seven women known as the Vanadis, a group of warriors who are given powerful weapons and dominion over the country's seven territories. Taking advantage of its neighboring nations' civil unrest, Zhcted goes to war against the country of Brune. In a battle that decimates Brune's army, the brave, young Brune nobleman Tigrevurmund Vorn meets the beautiful Eleonara Viltaria—one of the Vanadis.
Impressed with his skill as an archer, Elen allows Tigre to live in exchange for his servitude. But the battle is far from over, and extends further than either of them could have imagined. Tigre and his new mistress become caught in the middle of a plot that threatens not only their homelands, but the entire world.
My Pathetic Vampire Life (Hi no Ataranai Koide-kun)
Plot: Koide was turned into a vampire at the age of sixteen—one hundred and thirty-three years ago. Now, poor Koide is trapped in an eternal loop of the same old homework, the same boring lectures and meaningless tests, and an ever-unquenchable thirst for blood. Koide has repeated his uneventful sophomore year of high school one hundred and thirty-three times, and now, in his one hundred and thirty fourth year, he doesn't expect things to change—and is frankly too bored to care.
But his classmates this year seem a little different than before. They're thrilled to have a vampire in their midst, and are eager to do whatever they can to help. Will “134” be Koide's lucky number or is that just wishful thinking?
Got some more Seven Seas Entertainment acquisition.
The Seven Princes of the Thousand Year Labyrinth
Plot: A young man, Ewan Juno, awakens to find himself imprisoned in an unknown place, surrounded by stone walls and seemingly endless corridors. Ewan learns that he is one of eight young men, all sent to this strange place--the Thousands Year Labyrinth. Each of them is a candidate to be the next emperor, but only one among them will have the power to choose whom it will be. As each man struggles to survive, Ewan must navigate the shifting landscape of the labyrinth and its multitude of traps, if he is ever to escape and learn the truth behind the labyrinth’s dark secrets.
Holy Corpse Rising (Seigai no Majo)
Plot: In fifteenth century Rome, witches have declared war against humanity. A young man named Nikola, whose parents were cruelly murdered by a witch before his eyes, discovers that he is now the key to winning the war. Using sorcery skills acquired through years of careful study, Nikola must revive twelve witches known as the “First Witches” who will become his allies and weapons to defeat the enemy. But there is one small hitch: in order to revive the witches from their eternal slumber, Nikola must form a marriage contract with each one. Just how many witches can Nikola marry in order to save the world?
The Asterisk War
Release Date: Summer 2016
Plot: Less than a century ago a meteor collided with the planet's surface and the resulting disaster caused the next generation of humanity to develop a wide variety of amazing abilities. In the center of the meteor's crater lies Rikka, a system of six academies known as the Asterisk. Ayato Amagiri enters the Asterisk as a transfer student hoping to compete in a special battle event known as the Festa. However, he quickly finds himself on the bad side of one of the strongest fighters around—the beautiful but fiery Julis-Alexa von Riessfeld. To stand against her he'll have to rely on his own sword-wielding ability, but when the tables turn, will they be able to team up to take down the competition?
Re:Zero ((Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu) manga
Release Date: Summer 2016
Plot: In the story, Subaru Natsuki is an ordinary high school student who is lost in an alternate world, where he is rescued by a beautiful, silver-haired girl. He stays near her to return the favor, but the destiny she is burdened with is more than Subaru can imagine. Enemies attack one by one, and both of them are killed. He then finds out he has the power to rewind death, back to the time he first came to this world. But only he remembers what has happened since.
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria light novels
Release Date: 2016
Plot: Bell Cranell is a rookie adventurer and the sole member of his dirt-poor guild founded by the petite goddess Hestia. Adventurers come from far and wide looking to strike it big in the massive labyrinth known as The Dungeon, located beneath the city of Orario. Bell is more interested in picking up girls than Dungeon-crawling, but his reality check comes sooner than expected. Saved from a brush with death by the beautiful, renowned adventurer Aiz Wallenstein, Bell falls head-over-heels and sets his sights on winning her heart.
More Seven Seas Entertainment licenses along with Yen Press announcements
Seven Seas Entertainment
My Girlfriend is a T-Rex
Plot: In a world where humans live side-by-side with anthropomorphic dinosaurs, Yuuma Asahikawa is a young man looking for a fresh start in life. It’s a classic case of “be careful what you wish for” when Yuuma begins dating Churio—a gorgeous Tyrannosaurus Rex with a ferocious appetite.
Follow the ups and downs of Yuuma and Churio’s bizarre romance as they spend their daily lives together. As Churio’s vicious claws, reptilian tail, and razor sharp teeth hinder even the simplest of activities together, will Yuuma, let alone their relationship, survive?
Please tell me! GALKO-chan (Oshiete! Galko-chan)
Plot: Galko-chan always speaks her mind, which may not be the wisest decision in all cases, but it's never short of entertaining! Meet the exuberant and unbelievably busty high schooler, Galko, as she traverses the ups and downs of adolescence with spirit and verve, alongside her best friends--the anti-social loner, Otako, and the unpredictably honest, Ojyo.
Magia the Ninth (Daiku no Magia)
Plot: High school student Takeru Sumura has a dark secret: his parents were murdered by demons. Consumed by vengeance, Takeru seeks out the famed demon hunter, Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven is a “magia,” a wizard who wields the power of music to battle demons. Taken under Beethoven's wing, Takeru joins the ranks of other renowned magia: Bach, Mozart, Shubert, Liszt and Tchaikovsky. This unique team of demon hunters will use their music-based magic to combat the world's demons. Now all Takeru needs to do is figure out how to convince Beethoven to upgrade him from his personal cleaning boy to a full-fledged apprentice!
They are re-releasing Fruits Basket with a new English translation.
"Fruits Basket is the story of Tohru Honda, a young girl who – following the untimely deaths of her parents – finds herself living in a tent on land belonging to the Sohma family. When the family takes her in, she discovers their rather unusual “curse”: possessed by spirits of the Chinese Zodiac, they transform into their zodiac animal when embraced by someone of the opposite sex."
"In Liselotte & Witch’s Forest, titular character Liselotte holds out hope of finding an important person from her past, but her quest leads her to a forest rumored to be inhabited by witches."
"Sakuya, the lead character of Twinkle Stars, has always been mesmerized by the night sky, but when she meets a boy at her eighteenth birthday party, she discovers that the stars may actually have more to do with her fate than she ever imagined."
Plot: At the end of his life, after decades of painstaking research, Aur’s quest for ultimate power is within reach. But first he must die! Now, reborn into a magical world as the Demon King, he uses his newfound abilities to make his dark visions a reality. Upon summoning an alluring succubus known as Lilu to serve him, he immediately begins the task of creating a dungeon—an underground kingdom of his own, filled with all manner of fantastical beasts. As Aur crafts the intricate and dangerous world of his dungeon, he’ll learn what it takes to become a true Demon King, with all the pleasures, troubles, and trials that come with it. And his enemies will cower in fear!
“How to Build a Dungeon: Book of the Demon King has been a strong seller in Japan, and we're confident it'll find its English audience too,” said Seven Seas production manager Lissa Pattillo. “Stories about surviving in a bleak fantasy world have been embraced by manga readers around the world, but How the Build a Dungeon really switches things up with a main character who builds the world himself.”
It has added more titles starting on December 8th.
There were some recent news about Amazon merging their accounts with Comixology.
We have another Monster Girl themed series from Seven Seas Entertainment latest acquisitions
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon) manga by Coolkyoushinja
Plot: Miss Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment–until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Tohru, has the ability to magically transform into an adorable human girl (albeit with horns and a long tail!), who will do anything to pay off her debt of gratitude, whether Miss Kobayashi likes it or not. With a very persistent and amorous dragon as a roommate, nothing comes easy, and Miss Kobayashi's normal life is about to go off the deep end!
NTR: Netsuzou Trap
Plot: Yuma and Hotaru have been friends since childhood. It is only natural that when Yuma is nervous about her new boyfriend, she asks Hotaru and her boyfriend along for a double date. But when Hotaru offers herself to Yuma as “practice”, both girls realize that they’re more interested in each other than they are in their own boyfriends. With boyfriends in the foreground but a secret, passionate tryst in the background, will Yuma and Hotaru try to forget what happened between them or have they fallen into a trap of true love and betrayal?
“Our readers and fans have been clamoring for more yuri,” said Seven Seas publisher Jason DeAngelis. “NTR is one of the best-known yuri titles currently running in Japan, and we think Kodama Naoko’s dramatic storytelling along with her beautiful artwork will make this a hit with readers who have enjoyed Citrus.”
Coming December 29, Viz Media releases Eri Sakondou's Momogumi Plus Senki manga digitally.
Plot: After transferring to a new school, Yuuki, a distaster-attracting young student, is told that his is actually the reincarnation of Momotaro from Japanese foklore. What's worse, he was cursed by demons in his previous life! And if he doesn't break the curse, he will die on the day he turns eighteen. Luckily for Yuuki, he won't have to battle these demons alone--his three mystical minions, Yukishiro, Masahiko and Sawa will be there to instruct and protect him every step of the way!
Old Man Dream: For the Pixar films from the poll I did up to yesterday, I'll be watching A Bug's Life first.
Jan 10, 2021 3:35:28 GMT
Taka: I'll be back later tonight. Hopefully, my internet will get better and stay stable. It's randomly disconnecting.
Jan 11, 2021 0:32:01 GMT
Old Man Dream: Something I hate doing when I had initially promised, but having second thoughts on the Pixar movie viewing I promised. Four months going through the retrospective has me itching to want to dabble back into older anime titles again.
Jan 12, 2021 1:28:38 GMT
Old Man Dream: Yeah, sorry guys. But I'm reneging on this. Been immersed enough in Disney the past four months and want to get back deep into things with anime. Maybe down the line, I'll do a Pixar retrospective if I have enough a case of anime burnout. But back to anime
Jan 12, 2021 1:43:22 GMT
Taka: Ok, my involvement with the Index Collab has finally concluded. Thank you and hopefully, we get more new members joining the site.
Jan 13, 2021 2:44:44 GMT
Taka: I was going to work on the simulcast guide. Getting internet problems again.
Jan 14, 2021 3:28:10 GMT
Taka: I'm not sure when to do the seasonal derby for Winter 2021 since Netflix or other companies might pop up a new anime.
Jan 16, 2021 1:47:06 GMT
Old Man Dream: Guess even with Weathering with You, Shinkai's still dabbling into his typical storytelling involving long-distance relationships, at least when it comes to Hina and Hodaka's circumstances. Only about an hour into the film thus far.
Jan 16, 2021 15:40:36 GMT
Old Man Dream: Hmmmmm.... And can't believe I'm saying this with my indifference for both: Your Name > Weathering With You.
Jan 16, 2021 18:32:40 GMT
Old Man Dream: Done with the film. Think there's enough with this where I can put a review together. Expect something up sometime later today.
Jan 16, 2021 19:19:02 GMT
Taka: Planning to watch Weathering with You. I don't remember if I watched all of the older Shinkai films. There is a shift from the sad romance to happier romance if I'm not mistaken.
Jan 16, 2021 23:09:22 GMT
Taka: Watching the Maleficent live action movie.
Jan 20, 2021 5:05:31 GMT