Bandai Ent. Adds Bakumatsu Era: Code Geass Manga (Update 2)
posted on by Egan Loo
Robert Napton, marketing director of the North American anime and manga distributor Bandai Entertainment, has announced after Otakon on Sunday evening that his company licensed Goro Taniguchi and Tomomasa Takuma's Code Geass: Shikkoku no Renya (Code Geass: Jet-Black Renya or Code Geass: Renya of the Blackness) manga series.
Napton announced the license at "Baltiport 2010" — the tongue-in-cheek nickname for the gathering of Otakon industry attendees at the Baltimore Airport. The attendees have been delayed at the airport for about four hours.
Update: Napton corrected himself and said that Bandai Entertainment has Gun Zi (Ganjii)'s A Record of the Strange Tales of the Bakumatsu Era: Code Geass (Bakumatsu Ibun-roku Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch), not Code Geass: Shikkoku no Renya. This alternate telling re-imagines the characters of the Code Geass anime as historical players during Japan's Bakumatsu era. The manga ran in Kadokawa Shoten's Kerokero Ace magazine in 2008, and one compiled book volume was published.
Update 2: As part of Baltiport 2010, Napton and Funimation Marketing Director Lance Heiskell are entertaining questions from ANN readers in this article's forum thread. (They have Internet access via an onboard Wi-Fi connection on their flight to Texas.)
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