Dark Horse Announces Manga Licenses

North American manga and comics publisher Dark Horse Comics revealed at its Anime Central panel that it has licensed the following manga:

  • Kentarou Miura’s Giganto Maxia
  • CLAMP’s RG Veda
  • Spike Chunsoft and Takashi Tsukimi’s Danganronpa: The Animation
  • Kengo Hanazawa’s I Am a Hero

Kentarou Miura published the Giganto Maxia mini-series in Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine in 2013-2014. The series is set in a world 100 million years in the future. Dark Horse will release the one-volume series in February 2016.

Dark Horse’s release of RG Veda will be based on the current five-volume omnibus version from Kadokawa. Dark Horse will be releasing the series in three volumes, so each volume will be about 600 pages long. The publisher will release the first volume in August 2016.

Takashi Tsukimi launched the Danganronpa: The Animation manga based on Spike Chunsoft’s story in Kadokawa’s Shōnen Ace magazine in March 2013, and the manga ended in the same magazine in July 2014. Dark Horse will publish the first of four volumes in March 2016. The story follows a group of high school students, each with a different exceptional talent, who are locked inside a school and told that the only way to escape is to kill another student without getting caught. After a murder, the remaining students must hold a trial with their lives on the line to find out who the killer is.

Dark Horse describes I Am a Hero as:

I Am a Hero is the saga of Hideo Suzuki, a struggling, mentally unstable manga artist who isn’t sure he can believe what he sees one night—a pedestrian, leg twisted and neck broken by an auto collision, gets up and keeps on walking. It might snap the sanity of most people. But when the dead are beginning to rise all over Tokyo, there are two things that might allow even a crazy man like Hideo to survive…the fact he feels destined to be a hero, and a certain possession of his that’s quite rare in Japan—a gun…

Dark Horse will release the series in a 2-in-1 omnibus format, and each volume will include color reproductions of the fully-painted color story pages that began each of the Japanese volumes. The publisher plans to release the first volume in April 2016.

Source: ANN

I Am a Hero Manga Is Getting a Spinoff

This year’s fourth issue of Hakusensha’s Hana to Yume magazine has announced that Kengo Hanazawa’s I Am a Hero manga will be getting a side story spinoff in Summer 2015. The spinoff will be penned by Yuuki Honda and will be titled, I Am a Hero in Osaka.

In the original manga, Hideo is an aspiring manga creator who once struggled with discontent with his assistant artist job and his relationship with his girlfriend — until people started turning into undead “ZQN” creatures overnight. After being attacked by his ZQN virus-infected girlfriend “Tekko,” Hideo flees the overrun Tokyo metropolis with the shotgun he happens to own as a hobby. He travels with Hiromi, a high school girl whom he meets by chance, and they face the desperate situation with the help of a nurse named Yabu at a shopping mall.

Hanazawa began I am a Hero in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Spirits magazine in 2009, and Shogakukan shipped the 16th compiled volume of the series in December 2014. The series won the General Category of the 58th Shogakukan Manga Awards last year, and a live action film has also been greenlit.

Source: ANN

Manga Receive Nominations at France’s Angouleme

The 40th annual Angouleme International Comics Festival has announced the nominees for four categories: Best Comic, Best Heritage Comic, Best Youth Comic, and Best Crime Comic.

Three manga titles have been nominated for Best Comic: Mari Yamazaki’s Thermae Romae, Atsushi Kaneko’s SOIL, and Kengo Hanazawa’s I am a Hero.

Kanata Konami’s Chi’s Sweet Home is nominated for Best Youth Comic. Yukinobu Hoshino’s 2001 Nights and George Akiyama’s Anjin San are nominated for the Best Heritage Comic award.

The Angouleme International Comics Festival is taking place January 31-February 3, 2013 in France.