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Anime Expo 2006

by Mikhail Koulikov,
After presenting essentially the same information at several panels earlier this year, going back to the New York ComicCon, Tokyopop editor Lillian Diaz-Przybyl used their Anime Expo panel to unleash a flood of new announcements.

New manga licenses:

Ultra Cute
Nousatsu Junkie
Soul Rescue
Disney's Kilala Princess
Tennen Pearl Pink
Pixie Pop
Metamo Kiss
Wild Adapter
Someday's Dreamers: Spellbound
Gakuen Heaven
Sex Pistols

Gakuen Heaven and Sex Pistols will be released by BLU, there is a "99% certainty" that Sex Pistols will be released under a different title.

Diaz also highlighted several more manga that are now listed on the Tokyopop website but had not been formally announced at a convention. Three of these (Embalmer, Haunted House, and IC in a Sunflower) are by Mitsukazu Mihara, author of Doll and Beautiful People. The others are Vampire Doll: Guilt-na-Zan, Good Witch of the West, Judas, Kamen Taitei, and RA-I and Trash, both by Sanami Matoh (Fake). Other major releases in the next several months will include Otogi Zoushi, Le Portrait de Petite Cosette, Genji no Seiza, Trinity Blood, My-HiME, Rose Hip Zero, the manga adaptation of Voices of a Distant Star, and the manhwa Laya, The Witch of Red Pooh. Ongoing releases Tokyopop is particularly proud of include Beck, Blame, Kindaichi Case Files and Dragon Head.

Tokyopop will also be publishing Tactics, Aria, and Peacemaker Kurogane, all three of which have previously been published in English by ADV, as well as Aria's prequel Aqua and the first PMK series, Shinsengumi Immon Peacemaker. These two will be released first, to allow retailers to get rid of any ADV-published volumes they still have in stock, and not have to carry two different editions of the same title. For all of these, Tokyopop will be restarting publication over from the first volume, rather than simply picking up where ADV left off.

New novels to be released include Chain Mail, Calling You, Twelve Kingdoms, and both series of Trinity Blood. Finally, the full title of the upcoming Labirynth sequel has been confirmed as “Jim Henson's Return to Labirynth”, and significantly more information about it will be made available at San Diego ComicCon. Other new Global Manga titles slated for publication in the near future include the “Ameri-josei12 Days, Pop Mhan's Blank, and Snow, by Rising Stars of Manga 5 runner-up Morgan Luthi, as well as next volumes of I Luv Halloween, The Dreaming, Steady Beat, Off*Beat, and critical favorite Dramacon.

A Halo manga is currently being developed by another publisher, and although at one point, Tokyopop had announced Spiral: Bonds of Reasoning, a “relationship issue” with Square Enix has affected the release of that and several other titles.

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