Anime Expo 2007
New License Roundup

by Mikhail Koulikov, Jun 5th 2007

Despite occasional talk about some sort of slowdown in acquisition of new anime and manga titles for distribution in the US, by the conclusion of this year's Anime Expo, almost every one of the companies present at AX revealed new properties to the public.

Anime

Eight different anime companies (ADV, Bandai Entertainment, Bandai Visual USA, FUNimation Entertainment, Geneon Entertainment, Manga Entertainment, Media Blasters and Nozomi Entertainment) revealed a total of forty-one new anime titles. This number includes both individual series, OVA's and feature films, as well as two second seasons of series already available in the US. Two of the forty-one anime have not yet been released in Japan, while seven have previously been released in English by another company.

Agent Aika
AIKa R-16: Virgin Mission
Angel's Feather
Angel Sanctuary
Darker than Black
Deltora Quest
Devil May Cry
Embracing Love (Haru wo Daitiete)
Flower and Snake
Gakuen Nanafushigi
Genshiken OAV
Golden Boy
Gundam Seed Destiny Special Edition
Jyu Oh Sei
Kujibiki Unbalance
Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny
Kite: Liberator
Kyoshiro and the Eternal Sky
Lost Universe
Love Hina
Love Hina X'mas Special
Love Hina Spring Special
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's
Maiden in Love with Me (Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru)
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 0079
Negima!?
No Money (Otane ga Nai)
Shakugan no Shana Tokubetsuhen: Koi to Onsen no Kougai Gakushuu!
Silent Möbius
Silent Möbius 2
A Step-up Love Story (Futari Ecchi)
Strait Jacket
Strawberry Panic!
Super Robot Wars Original Generation – The Animation OVA
Super Robot Wars Original Generation TV
Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann
Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE (season 2)
Victorian Romance Emma
Winter's Cicada (Fuyu no Seme)
xxxHOLiC TV

Manga

Several of the manga publishing companies present at AX used the event simply as an opportunity to meet fans and go over current and upcoming releases, with many of the big new announcements being held back for Comic-Con. Nonetheless, close to thirty new manga were unveiled over the four days of the convention, including several that fans have been looking forward to for quite some time.

A.I. Revolution
Angel's Coffin
Asian Beat
Blood+
Blood+ Adagio
Blood+ Yakō Jōshi
The Color of Rage
CY-Believers
Dance in the Vampire Bund
Family Complex
First Love Sisters
Futari Ecchi
Gantz
Ghost Talker's Daydream
In God's Arms
I Wanna be Naughty
Jyu Oh Sei
Kamisama Kazoku
Metro Survive
Mach GoGoGo
Phantoms
Return to Scandalous Seiryu University
Roses of the Rhine
Voiceful
Wicked City
A Wise Man Sleeps

Novels and artbooks

Anime and manga are two components of the Japanese popular culture triad that American audiences are by now fairly familiar with. Increasingly, though, licensors have also been working to translate into English and publish in the US the third part of the same triad – novels and artbooks. And while the list of Anime Expo 2007's novel/artbook licenses is much shorter than the lists for either anime and manga, it is important to remember that only two or three years ago, no Japanese novels or anime-related artbooks were available in English at all.

Novels

Blood+
Blood+: Russian Rose
Dragon Sword and Wind Child
Disgaea
Invader Summer
Protecting You From Shadows (Kage kara Mamoru!)
Zero's Familiar
A Wind Named Amnesia

Artbooks

Chobits: Your Eyes Only
Hakua Ugetsu's Flamboyant
World of Disgaea 2


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