SAO/A Certain Magical Index Editor Leaves Kadokawa to Form New Firm
posted on by Karen Ressler
Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko Editor-in-Chief Kazuma Miki left the company on March 31 and started a new company called Straight Edge on April 1. Kazutomo Suzuki, executive manager at Kadokawa's ASCII Media Works, is also tied to the new company as a board member.
The new company's focus will be on managing talent and producing content such as publications and animation. The title of the company refers to how it plans to help writers by offering guidelines along which they can draw a path to their goals. The new company has not announced plans to print its own titles.
Contracted writers include Kazuma Kamachi (A Certain Magical Index, Heavy Object), Reki Kawahara (Sword Art Online, Accel World), Tsutomu Satou (The Irregular at Magic High School), and Tsukasa Fushimi (Oreimo, Eromanga Sensei).
The company has a capital stock of 9.9 million yen (about US$91,500).
Miki joined the editorial department of Dengeki Bunko in 2001, when he worked on Shakugan no Shana, and became editor-in-chief in 2014. He served as editor on titles such as A Certain Magical Index, Sword Art Online, and The Irregular at Magic High School, and was also a producer on their respective anime adaptations. Kadokawa published his autobiographical book Omoshirokereba Nandemo Ari: Hakkō Ruikei 6,000-man-bu ― Toaru Henshū no Life Work (If It's Interesting It Can Be Anything: 60 Million Copies in Print ― A Certain Editor's Life Work).
Miki appeared at a Dengeki stage event as recently as last month, when he appeared at the Dengeki Bunko Spring Festival 2016. He also appeared at Seattle's Sakura-Con last month as a producer on Sword Art Online.
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