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Dark Horse Adds Angelic Layer, Tokyo Babylon Omnibuses

posted on by Gia Manry
CLAMP works, "enhanced" FLCL collected edition due later this year

In an interview with MTV's Geek News blog, Dark Horse Comics Director of Asian Publishing Michael Gombos confirmed that the North American comic publisher will release omnibus edition of CLAMP works Angelic Layer and Tokyo Babylon "later this year." Dark Horse Comics also intends to publish an "enhanced collected edition" of Hajime Ueda's manga adaptation of Gainax's FLCL original video anime project.

Tokyo Babylon was published by Kodansha in Japan, and Angelic Layer by Kadokawa Shoten. Both were originally released in North America by Tokyopop. In August 2009, Tokyopop confirmed that all of its licenses with Kodansha would lapse. Dark Horse Comics has already released omnibus volumes of four other CLAMP works: Clover, Chobits, Magic Knight Rayearth, and Cardcaptor Sakura (all previous Tokyopop licenses).

Tokyopop also originally held the license to the FLCL manga, while Synch-Point originally held the North American rights to the original video anime. Funimation then licensed the anime series and recently released it in North America on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Angelic Layer revolves around a 12-year-old girl named Misaki whose friends get her into "Angelic Layer," a game in which two players pit their dolls against one another in a fight. Tokyo Babylon features the adventures of Subaru Sumeragi, a medium who deals with ghosts and spirits alongside his twin sister, Hokuto. The manga eventually led into the another series, X (X/1999).

Thanks to Crystalyn for the news tip.

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