To say times are rough would be an understatement. The pandemic has infected the anime and manga industry, affecting the production and release of several anime and manga titles. It has even taken down several once-though indomitable cons this year, including SDCC and Anime Expo. So, naturally, we’ve got to talk about all the stuff that’s either been delayed or outright canceled. Which is a real downer, man. 

Yet, even this pandemic can’t slow down the fast-paced world of manga, so we’ve got tons of serialization and licensing news to talk about as well. Plus, we’ve got some lighter fare including the likes of a list of manga people want to see animated, which includes a surprisingly goofy choice that I’m disappointed isn’t even Goofy-er! We’ve even thrown in a mini-review of the newest Jump series Moriking in the middle of this discussion too! So even though we’ve got some bummer news to talk about, hopefully you’ll find this episode a humorous and hopeful romp through the latest goings on in the always lively manga industry! 

PODCAST BREAKDOWN:

00:22 – Intro

02:07 – April New York Times Bestseller’s list
04:47 – March Bookscan list
12:52 – The Case Study of Vanitas goes on hiatus due to Coronavirus concerns
15:58 – Takane and Hana ends in 4 chapters
16:46 – Domestic Girlfriend ends with 28th volume in August
18:37 – Konosuba’s final volume comes out in May
20:38 – Dengeki Bunko Magazine “ends”?
22:15 – Pokemon Adventures Black 2 & White 2 Arc finally ends
23:58 – I’m From Japan ends
29:19 – Zipman ends
31:55 – Moriking mini-review
36:32 – New Jump series: Bone Collection & Time Paradox Ghost Writer
40:32 – Hinamatsuri is ending
41:17 – The Seven Deadly Sins will have a sequel series
43:47 – Aka Akasaka’s New Manga
45:36 – Amagakure Gido’ Manga
46:15 – Homura Kawamoto’s New Manga
47:26 – New manga app, Mangamo, launches
53:34 – Kodansha/Vertical manga now on Izneo
54:13 – Manga Planet adds four new series
55:13 – Kengo Hanazawa’s Under Ninja set for international release in April
57:18 – Dark Horse licenses Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken & Mob Psycho 100: Reigen, will release deluxe hardcover Blade of the Immortal editions this fall
59:48 – Cross Infinite World licenses The Weakest Villainess Wants Her Freedom
1:01:36 – New J-Novel Club Licenses
1:06:53 – Denpa to release Femme Fatale: Shuzo Oshimi artbook
1:07:28 – UK publishing platform to release hardcover book about anime architecture
1:09:08 – New Viz licenses and releases
1:13:03 – Viz Europe rebrands as Crunchyroll
1:13:43 – Diamond halts distribution of new products due to Coronavirus concerns; Dark Horse, Yen Press, Seven Seas, Kodansha USA, DMP, & Tokyopop All Experience Delays
1:21:57 – Con Cancellations
1:22:13 – Event cancellations due to Japan’s State of Emergency declaration
1:23:24 – Anime Broadcast & Film Delays due to Coronavirus concerns
1:27:55 – FUNimation resumes production on MHA dub
1:28:35 – Paranoia Agent returns to U.S. television on Toonami
1:30:28 – GKIDS licenses Lupin the 3rd: The First
1:32:03 – GKIDS films available on Kanopy
1:33:03 – NHK world streams 4-part Miyazaki documentary for free
1:33:40 –  Keiji Fujiwara passes away
1:36:18 – Sailor Moon classic episodes will be available on Youtube
1:37:04 – Netflix adds final 41 episodes of Saint Seiya
1:38:41 –  San Diego Comic Con & Anime Expo Cancelled
1:40:10 – Tiger & Bunny season 2 announced
1:44:15 –  Anime Japan poll of manga people want to see animated
1:53:12 –  NHK Evangelion poll & Interim Results
1:56:54 – Act-Age Popularity Poll Results

2:03:00 – Community Shout-Outs:

2:05:40 –  Wrap-Up  

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About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an animation student at the School of Visual Arts. Currently residing in NYC, the icy cold, snow-covered neighborhoods of Minnesota will always be his home. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, he has turned his passion towards being both a creator and a critic. He credits his love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined his artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to his local comic book shop, he is an avid reader and collector, and is particularly fond of manga. His favorite comics include Urusei Yatsura by Rumiko Takahashi, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything Deadpool.