Friday, July 12, 2013

Manga Minis: Sailor Moon Delay, New Hetalia, Shonen Jump Grows and CLAMP Slows

announced that they have plans to publish the next two volumes of Hetalia in their continued partnership with . Hetalia (Vol. 04-05) will be available "before the holiday season" according to the Tokyopop. Exact date obviously varies! RightStuf and Tokyopop the third volume exclusively through their online sites, and print-on-demand issues of the first two. (Source: )

revealed at Anime Expo that they'll be speeding up their release of Attack on Titan. Starting in August the company will be releasing one volume a month in both print and digital formats. By doing this they should be caught up to the Japanese volumes by the end of the year. This is fantastic news for the manga readers! The only downside is as someone trying to stick to just the anime until it catches up, this pains me on a very conflicted level. The pressure! The temptation! It's sad and beautiful. (Source: )

Some actually sad news came from Kodansha Comics when they had to announce that the 20th Anniversary Sailor Moon art book would be delayed. The book was sometime this year, but has been pushed to 2014. At least the reasoning isn't bad - it's said that the delay is because Naoko Takeuchi is still working on new content for the book. The art book isn't the only thing from the Sailor Moon anniversary that's met with delays as the new anime has been pushed to some undetermined time in 2014 as well. (Source: )

Flipping back to good news, announced that their digital will now be available in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Yay! This is fantastic news indeed. While those living in those areas will not be able to access the back issues, they'll still get all the same content on a weekly basis as those already subscribed. It's a fantastic deal, guys, so get on that and enjoy! (Source: )

Convention guest news: and San Diego Comic Con are of Lone Wolf and Cub, Kazuo Koike, to it's event later this month. Then in August, California Japan Expo is and character designer for Neon Genesis Evangelion, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.

And last but not least, there's been speculation for a while that CLAMP's Gate 7 series is on hiatus and CLAMP fans have found to support it. While the story hasn't really clicked for me, the loss of eye-candy alone makes this sad news indeed. While the to release this series globally on the same day didn't happen, has still been releasing the volumes in English as they become available. CLAMP's currently on-going series include xxxHolic and Drug & Drop, a continuation of Legal Drug.
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