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Viz's SuBLime License Rescues Finder Boys-Love Manga

posted on by Karen Ressler
Also promises to look into releasing other unfinished Libre Publishing titles

Viz Media's boys-love imprint SuBLime announced on Thursday that it has acquired the print and digital rights to Ayano Yamane's Finder manga. The company will first publish the eighth volume in March 2017, and then begin publishing the earlier volumes every other month starting with the first volume in May 2017.

The manga was previously published by Digital Manga Inc. (DMI), but Finder's Japanese publisher Libre Publishing ended its agreement with DMI at the end of June. The agreement included the rights to almost 70 manga titles, including: Hinako Takanaga's The Devil's Secret, Naduki Koujima's Our Kingdom, and volumes of Makoto Tateno's Yellow series.

SuBLime also said it will look at the other unfinished titles in Libre Publishing's catalogue, but added that it "simply isn't feasible" to rescue every title.

DMI licensed the series in 2010 and released seven volumes. Last year, the company ran a Kickstarter to restock the first six volumes of the manga. The Kickstarter met its goal.

The eighth volume of Finder, Finder no Mitsuyaku, is the newest installment in the series. It shipped in Japan in May.

SuBLime additionally announced that it has added the digital rights to Yamane's Crimson Spell manga.

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