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John Jakala



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 10:25 am Reply with quote
In the ANN news blurb, it says:

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Viz has officially announced the acquisition of the Hikaru no Go manga. It will be debuting in the January issue of Shonen Jump USA, interestingly however the first 208 page graphic novel will be released 2 months earlier, on November 20th for $7.95


Where did ANN get this info, particularly the Nov. 20 release date? On ICv2 they reported:

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Hikaru No Go will debut in the January issue of Shonen Jump with graphic novel volumes to follow.


And the press release on Viz's site makes no mention that I can see of the Hikaru no Go GN coming out before it's serialized in Shonen Jump:

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2003 PRESS RELEASES
SHONEN JUMP New Releases
Exciting new additions to action packed schedule with Samurais and Japan's popular game, Go.
VIZ, LLC, is proud to announce the acquisition of two new titles in The SHONEN JUMP graphic novel line, Rurouni Kenshin and Hikaru no Go making their debut in the Graphic Novel format. Fans will be able to get a sneak peek into Rurouni Kenshin through SHONEN JUMP Magazine and Hikaru No Go will be serialized in SHONEN JUMP magazine beginning in January, its anniversary issue. Bringing the most action-packed, popular titles directly from Japan, these two new titles will garner much press and consumer excitement with the launch of the first graphic novel as early as November 2003. Look for another exciting announcement in August as we announce our acquisition of an eagerly awaited title.

Rurouni Kenshin

One of the biggest manga hits of the 1990s, Rurouni Kenshin is set in Japan during the late 1800s and brings this remarkable period of Japanese history to life. It is the Meiji Restoration, and the feudal system separating the classes has ended. By law, the samurai must give up their swords -- symbols of their traditional power -- but a few still resist the changing times. In Japan, the accumulated sales for all volumes combined for Rurouni Kenshin was 4.5 million copies.

Currently airing on Cartoon Network, Creator Nobuhiro Watsuki's first series, Rurouni Kenshin ran for 28 volumes in Japan. Translated in 14 countries worldwide, this is the first time the manga will be translated into English, but the anime TV, movie and OAV series are available in English, sometimes under the title Samurai X. Fans will be able to see a sneak preview of the series in the November issue of the SHONEN JUMP Magazine (on sale October 7, 2003).

RUROUNI KENSHIN, VOLUME 1
SHONEN JUMP graphic novel
story & art by Nobuhiro Watsuki
b&w, 208 pages
$7.95 USA/$12.95 CAN
ISBN: 1-59116-220-3

Hikaru No Go

The latest hit game among Japanese students has nothing to do with cards or magical beatss. In fact, it's not even a new game, but one that used to be associated with old folks. How did it get to be so popular? Simple: It has really cool manga!

Currently at 18 volumes, Hikaru No Go (The Go of Hikaru) has been hitting the top of Japan's manga sales charts for several years. The series is a team effort, written by Yumi Hotta and drawn by Takeshi Obata, with young go master Yukari Umezawa as technical advisor and Japan's National Go Association as their willing supporters. The rest is a unique gaming comic that has resurrected the popularity of this traditional Chinese strategy game (superficially similar to Othello). In Japan, the latest volume of Hikaru (vol. 23) sold 830,000, and altogether (from Vol. 1 to 23) has sold 21 million to date. It's also been translated in 7 different countries.

This series will be making its debut as a serialization in the January issue of the SHONEN JUMP Magazine, to replace Sand Land that ends in the November issue.

HIKARU NO GO, VOLUME 1
SHONEN JUMP graphic novel
Story by Yumi Hotta, Art by Takeshi Obata
b&w, 208 pages
$7.95 USA/$12.95 CAN

ISBN: 1-59116-222-X
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 10:40 am Reply with quote
John Jakala wrote:
In the ANN news blurb, it says:

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Viz has officially announced the acquisition of the Hikaru no Go manga. It will be debuting in the January issue of Shonen Jump USA, interestingly however the first 208 page graphic novel will be released 2 months earlier, on November 20th for $7.95


Where did ANN get this info, particularly the Nov. 20 release date?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 11:03 am Reply with quote
Hikaru no Go as action packed?
Umm, yeah.
It's go. It's good, but it's about go.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 2:20 pm Reply with quote
Do you think Right Stuf was misinterpreting Viz's press release? The press release seems pretty clear that HIKARU NO GO is being serialized in Shonen Jump first. I also interpreted Viz's press release to be saying that October 7, 2003 was the date for the "sneak peek" of RUROUNI KENSHIN in Shonen Jump, but that the first RUROUNI KENSHIN GN wouldn't come out til November.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2003 1:45 pm Reply with quote
i wonder what the other aquisition is
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