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FireChick



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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 7:05 am Reply with quote
Hop Step Sing looks pretty cute. I'll check that out.
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whiskeyii



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Not gonna' lie, Stellar Witch sounds like something out of the 90's Tanemura series; not in a bad way, but I feel like we don't get these kinds of stories all that often anymore.
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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 2:42 pm Reply with quote
I'll be honest as much as i'm happy they're licensing stuff there's really no point in it if they're not printed. Since most shoujo fans/readers are collectors. Kodansha does licence shoujo but never prints them and this has really made the shoujo manga community dislike them
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kpossibles



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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 7:26 pm Reply with quote
FireChick wrote:
Hop Step Sing looks pretty cute. I'll check that out.

The first 2 chapters are available for free in English on Comic Days! https://comic-days.com/episode/10834108156663302665

I do wish that they'd print more of their digital-first titles though Anime cry
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manapear



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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2020 12:36 am Reply with quote
YAY~! Stellar Witch is one of the series I asked for in the survey! It seemed like it would have a good chance of coming and could easily be brought to print. They're still on a magical girl spree, so that helps. I'm so glad though. (Kind of a shame they changed the title so, but at least it's cute and fitting.)

Nice to see the other series too, though Hop Step Sing is the only one I'm really interested in. Hopefully it has a chance at physical later too.

#908225 wrote:
I'll be honest as much as i'm happy they're licensing stuff there's really no point in it if they're not printed. Since most shoujo fans/readers are collectors. Kodansha does licence shoujo but never prints them and this has really made the shoujo manga community dislike them


I mostly agree. I hate that so many of their male-aimed titles can go to print from the get, while the shojo audience has to play the waiting game and support digital first for a chance. We're basically expected to double-dip for a series and prove our support, which is silly. I've seen a lot of complaints about all of the publishers for the double standards, but especially with Kodansha. Hopefully something changes at some point.
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