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Seven Seas Licenses Made in Abyss, Nameless Asterism, Soul Liquid Chambers, Getter Robo Devolution Manga (Updated)

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Toradora! light novels, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid spinoff, Orange volume 6 also licensed; Clockwork Planet & Arifureta light novels get print release

Anime News Network's coverage of Anime Expo 2017 is sponsored by Aniplex and Yen Press.

Seven Seas Entertainment announced during its panel at Anime Expo on Monday that it has licensed the following manga:

Seven Seas has also licensed Yuyuko Takemiya and Yasu's Toradora! light novels.

Seven Seas also announced that it will publish Orange: Future — the sixth volume of Ichigo Takano's Orange manga — and print editions of J-Novel Club's digital releases of Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himana's Clockwork Planet, and Ryō Shirakome's Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest (Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō) light novel series.

Seven Seas will release the Nameless Asterism yuri manga beginning in January 2018. The manga centers on Tsukasa Shiratori, who falls in love with schoolmate Nadeshiko Washio on their first day of junior high. She resolves to keep her crush a secret. But then she discovers that Nadeshiko herself has her own secret.

Kobayashi launched the manga in Square Enix's Gangan Online web magazine in June 2015, and ended it in March. Square Enix published the manga's fifth and final volume on April 22.

Seven Seas will release Soul Liquid Chambers beginning in March 2018. The "gothic cyberpunk action" manga is set in the 23rd century, where monsters have turned the world into an "amusement park of corpses." The series centers on one girl surviving in the world with a personality completely unfit for it.

Tamaki launched the manga in Shonengahosha's Young King Ours GH magazine in April 2016. Shonengahosha's published the manga's second compiled book volume on April 17.

Seven Seas released all volumes of Tamaki's Dance in the Vampire Bund as well as the sequels and spinoffs Dive in the Vampire Bund, Dance in the Vampire Bund: The Memories of Sledge Hammer, and Dance in the Vampire Bund II: Scarlet Order. Dance in the Vampire Bund inspired a television anime in 2010. Seven Seas has licensed Tamaki's Don't Meddle With My Daughter (Uchi no Musume ni Te o Dasu na!) manga, with the first volume slated for August 29.

Seven Seas will release Getter Robo Devolution beginning in May 2018. Shimizu and Shimoguchi launched the manga in Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shōnen Champion in December 2015. Akita Shoten published the manga's second compiled book volume on January 6. The manga is based on Ken Ishikawa and Go Nagai's Getter Robo robot anime and manga franchise.

Shimizu and Shimoguchi worked together on the Linebarrels of Iron manga, which they launched in 2005 in Akita Shoten's Champion RED magazine, and ended in April 2014. Akita Shoten published the manga's 25th and final compiled book volume in August 2015. The manga inspired a 24-episode anime in 2008 that FUNimation Entertainment released in North America in 2010.

The duo is also serializing the Ultraman manga in Shogakukan's Monthly Hero's magazine. Shogakukan shipped the manga's ninth compiled volume in December, and the 10th volume will ship on Wednesday. The series has more than 1.7 million copies in print. Viz Media is releasing the manga in North America.

Seven Seas will release Made in Abyss beginning in January 2018. In the story, an enormous pit and cave system called the "Abyss" is the only unexplored place in the world. Strange and wonderful creatures reside in its depths, and it is full of precious relics that current humans are unable to make. The mysteries of the Abyss fascinate humans, and they head down to explore. The adventurers who venture into pit are known as "Cave Raiders." A little orphan girl named Rico lives in the town of Ōsu on the edge of the Abyss. Her dream is to become a Cave Raider like her mother and solve the mysteries of the cave system. One day, Rico starts exploring the caves and discovers a robot who resembles a human boy.

Tsukushi launched the manga on Takeshobo's Web Comic Gamma website in 2012. Takeshobo published the manga's fifth compiled book volume last December.

The manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation that premieres on Friday. Masayuki Kojima (Black Bullet, Tibetan Dog) is directing the anime at the studio Kinema Citrus. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime and will stream the anime on Amazon's Anime Strike channel in the United States, and on HIDIVE for some international territories. Sentai Filmworks is also planning a home video release.

Seven Seas will release Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Kanna's Daily Life beginning in January 2018. The manga is a spinoff of Coolkyoushinja's Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid manga that follows the dragon character Kanna, as she goes through her casual daily life of waking up, going to school, and playing with Saikawa.

Kimura launched the manga in Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine last December. Futabasha published the manga's first compiled book volume on March 27, and will ship the second volume on July 12.

Coolkyoushinja began the ongoing Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid manga in the inaugural issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine in May 2013. Futabasha published the manga's fifth compiled book volume last December, and will ship the sixth volume on July 12. Seven Seas is publishing Coolkyoushinja's original manga in North America, and shipped the third volume on May 9.

The series inspired an anime adaptation by Kyoto Animation that premiered on January 11. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and Funimation streamed an English dub.

Seven Seas will release New Game! beginning in March 2018. In the workplace manga, the main character Aoba Suzukaze graduates from high school and joins a game company. The person who made the game that Aoba loved as a grade-schooler just happens to be Aoba's senior at the company. The story follows girls who work and aspire at the Eaglejump company.

Tokunō launched the manga in Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Charat magazine in 2013, and Houbunsha published the manga's sixth compiled book volume on June 27.

The manga inspired a television anime that premiered in July 2016, and is getting a second season that premieres on July 11. Crunchyroll streamed the first 12-episode season as it aired in Japan.

The manga and anime also inspired a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita video game by 5pb. Games that shipped in Japan on January 26. The game featured the same cast from the first season of the anime.

Seven Seas will release Toradora! beginning in 2018. The story centers on high school protagonists Ryuji Takasu and Taiga Aisaka. Ryuji looks like a delinquent but is actually a decent person, while Taiga is infamous throughout school as the "palmtop tiger," a rich girl who is confrontational about her height. Ryuji has a crush on Taiga's friend, while Taiga has a crush on Ryuji's friend. When Ryuji accidentally uncovers Taiga's secret, they resolve to set the other up with each other's friend.

The light novel series began in 2006, and ended in 2009, and has 10 volumes, as well as three spinoff volumes. The novels inspired both a manga and a television anime series. Seven Seas is publishing the ongoing manga by Zekkyō. NIS America licensed the anime as its first anime release, and shipped it on DVD in 2011. The company re-released the series on Blu-ray Disc in 2014 with a new English dub. Tatsuyuki Nagai and Mari Okada, the director and writer who would eventually collaborate again to work on the anohana and The Anthem of the Heart anime, worked on the series.

Takemiya's Golden Time light novel series also inspired a television anime in 2013. Yasu provided the original character designs for Kagari Tamaoka's Mangirl! manga. Mangirl! received a television anime adaptation in 2013. Yasu also drew the art for Kōji Kumeta's Joshiraku comedy manga, which also received a television anime adaptation in 2012. Coolkyoushinja and Yasu launched a new manga series titled Diotima Manual: Kamisama-tachi no Ren'ai Daikō (Agent of the Gods' Love) in Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex magazine on March 27.

Seven Seas will release Orange: Future in February 2018. The sixth volume of Orange compiles Takano's adaptation of the Orange -Mirai- (Orange: Future) anime film. The volume also features the Orange -Suwa Hiroto- two-part spinoff manga, which focused on Suwa in an alternate future. The manga is also getting a seventh volume.

Takano (Yume Miru Taiyō) launched the original shōjo manga in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine in 2012 and moved it to Monthly Action in 2013. The manga ended in August 2015, and Futabasha published the fifth and final main story compiled book volume in November 2015. Crunchyroll released the manga in English digitally. Seven Seas Entertainment published the original manga in North America as two omnibus volumes, and it describes the manga's story:

Everyone has regrets in life. So who wouldn't take the chance to change the past if given the opportunity? When sixteen-year-old Takamiya Naho receives a mysterious letter, claiming to be from her twenty-seven-year-old self, her life is suddenly thrown into flux. The letter tells her that a new transfer student by the name of Naruse Kakeru will be joining her class, and to keep her eye on him. But why? Naho must decide what to make of the letter and its cryptic warning, and what it means not only for her future, but for Kakeru's as well.

The manga inspired a live-action film in December 2015 and a television anime that premiered last July. Crunchyroll streamed the television anime as it aired in Japan. The Orange -Mirai- (Orange: Future) anime film followup opened in Japan in November. The film retells the main story from Suwa's point of view and continues the story after the original manga and the television anime.

Seven Seas will release Clockwork Planet beginning in February 2018. Kamiya and Himana launched the novel series with illustrations by Shino (Sunday Without God, Lance N' Masques) in 2013, and Kodansha published the fourth volume in December 2015. Kuro has been drawing a manga adaptation of the novels in Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine since 2013, and Kodansha published the seventh volume on April 7. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga series in English, and it describes the manga's first volume as follows:

Naoto's a high school dropout and brilliant amateur tinkerer. He lives in a world that has been so over-exploited that the entire surface has become one vast machine. When a box crashes into his home containing a female automaton, it's a harbinger of change that will rock the entire globe, and give Naoto his chance to be a hero.

J-Novel Club began digitally releasing chapters from the novels on June 1. The company will release the first e-book volume in August.

An anime adaptation from studio XEBEC premiered in April and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. FUNimation Entertainment is producing an English dub.

Kamiya also wrote the No Game, No Life light novel series and drew the illustrations in A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives light novel series.

Seven Seas will release Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest beginning in March 2018. Shirakome launched the novel series in June 2015 under the OVERLAP Bunko label, with illustrations by Takayaki. OVERLAP published the novel series' sixth volume on May 24.

J-Novel Club describes the story:

Seventeen year old Hajime Nagumo is your average, everyday otaku. However, his simple life of pulling all-nighters and sleeping in school is suddenly turned upside down when he, along with the rest of his class, is summoned to a fantasy world! They're treated like heroes and tasked with the duty of saving the human race from utter extinction. But what should have been any otaku's wet dream quickly turns into Hajime's nightmare. While the rest of his class are blessed with godlike powers, Hajime's job, Synergist, only has a single transmutation skill. Ridiculed and bullied by his classmates for being weak, he soon finds himself in despair. Will he be able to survive in this dangerous world of monsters and demons with only a glorified blacksmith's level of strength?

J-Novel Club began digitally releasing chapters from the novels on February 21.

The novel series has an ongoing manga adaptation by RoGa, which launched last year on Comic Gardo, OVERLAP's online manga site. OVERLAP published the manga's first compiled book volume last December.

Update: Seven Seas also announced plans to re-release the Boogiepop novels 1-3 digitally with new copy-editing. Boogiepop Doesn't Laugh will also get a digital release.

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