Sweet fancy Jesus! Seven Seas just announced plans to publish Go Nagai’s 1972 classic Devilman and its 2012 sequel Devilman vs. Hades. Though historians have long regarded Devilman as one of Nagai’s most influential creations, no North American publisher has licensed this controversial series before, undoubtedly because of its gleeful appropriation of Judeo-Christian mythology. (It’s an equal-opportunity offender!) Translation connoisseurs will be pleased to hear that Zac Davisson (Kitaro, Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, Queen Emeraldas) will be doing the adaptation for both titles, which are slated for an early 2018 release.
Seven Seas also added six more titles to its 2018 line-up: MaMaMa: Magical Director Mako-chan’s Magical Guidance, DNA Doesn’t Tell Us, Sorry For My Familiar, Crisis Girls, High-Rise Invasion, and Mononoke Sharing. Most fall squarely into the monster girl category, but High-Rise Invasion offers a novel variation on the Battle Royale genre. The story focuses on a teenage girl who’s plunged into an ultra-violent world of skyscrapers, mask-wielding assassins, and rooftop combat. Tsuina Miura (Ajin: Demi-Human) is the scriptwriter; Takahiro Oba is the illustrator.
Also in the news…
VIZ has licensed a kid-friendly manga adaptation of Splatoon!, the popular third-person shooter game that pits humans against monster squid. Look for the first volume in late 2017. [VIZ Media]
Though Ghost in the Shell flopped, Hollywood is still bullish about manga properties. Serdar Yegulalp argues that the key to making a hit movie is picking smaller, more intimate stories and leaving AKIRA to the animators. [Ganriki]
The 2017 Mechademia conference seeks papers on science fiction in Asian popular cultures. The deadline for submitting a proposal is September 1st. [Anime and Manga Studies]
Hardcore Naruto fan Evanna Mills weighs in on the Boruto: Naruto Next Generation anime. Her verdict? “I had hoped to see something bold, new, progressive, and quite frankly, not riddled with the daunting friendship monologues we’d seen before,” she writes. “All we have now is two deadbeat dads, two super powered mothers relegated to being mere housewives… and a kid growing up with all the daddy/inferiority issues a young sociopath could ever want.” [Black Girl Nerds]
The film adaptation of Fumiyo Kono’s In This Corner of the World will arrive in US theaters on August 11th. [Toon Zone]
And speaking of In This Corner of the World, Andrew Osmond sat down with director Sunao Katabuchi to discuss the challenges of bringing Kono’s acclaimed manga to the big screen. [Anime News Network]
Hayao Miyazaki begins work on a new film this October. [Anime News Network]
Critic Jordan Hoffman pronounces Takeshi Miike’s Blade of the Immortal “an outlandish and occasionally nauseating bloodbath” that preserves the rhythm and tone of Hiroaki Samura’s original manga. [The Guardian]
Looking for an alternative to Marvel’s disappointing Iron Fist adapation? Chaim Gartenberg recommends season two of Into the Badlands, AMC’s genre-bending martial arts series based on Journey to the West. [The Verge]
This might be the ultimate otaku B&B. [Asia Nikkei]
Matoko Rich profiles 25-year-old politician Tomoya Hosoda, “the first openly transgender man elected to public office in Japan.” [The New York Times]