Q:Hey I know you guys are rivals but do you have any idea why you can no longer preorder Yen Press books on Amazon? I wanted to order the first volume of Barakamon so I could get free shipping with my D-Frag volumes but apparently no Yen Press books can be preordered now.
It’s an on-going dispute between Amazon and Hachette (the distributor of Yen Press). It’s been going on for some months, so if you’re interested in reading up on it, there’s lots out there, like this ICv2 article. —CC
Happy New Release Tuesday!
Sinister experiments and high-energy battles continue to rock Academy City in this series from the creator of A Certain Magical Index!
A sadistic program has been creating duplicates of the level-5 esper Misaka, then murdering her sister clones in the name of science. Now that the electromaster knows the truth about the organization, she’ll stop at nothing to bring it down—even if that means facing the power-hungry Accelerator in a fight that only one of them can walk away from. Elsewhere in the city, an adorable young girl named Febrie is brought into Misaka’s circle of friends. As they begin to learn more about Febrie’s past, they discover that she, too, is a victim of scientific forces in the city—and that’s something Misaka and the girls of Judgment simply won’t stand for.
Q:Dear Seven Seas, what are the possibilities of licensing Red Chapion ichigo manga series? I would love to see some of there series in english, Like Kagaku na Yatsura, Kurokuro Black chronicle and Konohana.
We’d technically have access to series in that publication. We’ve licensed Kentaro Sato’s MAGICAL GIRL APOCALYPSE (魔法少女・オブ・ジ・エンド) from Bessatsu Shounen Champion, which is another Akita Shoten publication.
Thanks for the recommendations. —CC
Q:Do you guys every go to places like Amazon and read reviews left by people there? I know that Dragnor Academy doesn't seem to get nice reviews... Just wondering what your thoughts are on that sort of thing.
Of course. While we don’t spend inordinate amounts of time scouring reviews on Amazon and the like, we peruse them from time to time.
It’s completely fine to not like something and express your opinion on it, and we certainly don’t hold anyone against their beliefs. You’re allowed to like/dislike whatever you want.
I personally think Dragonar Academy is loads of fun and that they’re missing out, but that’s just my opinion. ;) —CC
Q:How much say do you have as to the release dates and how quickly your manga comes out? I.E its say the next two apreggio or slated for Oct the Jan and the next two dragonar are slated Nov and Feb if you guys wanted would you be able to put them out sooner or are your hands tied with that kind of thing?
Not too much, really.
Essentially, we license manga, then get all the proper information over to our distributor so that they can start to solicit the book through their retail channels. Our distributor prefers that we have books/info ready a year in advance—that is to say, we need to have our releases planned out a year ahead.
So if we license something now, chances are we wouldn’t be able to drop it in any earlier than July 2015. This is typically why you may see long waits between the time we license/announce manga, and the time that they are actually released. And of course, we don’t want retailers to break the news on new licenses via their solicitations (this happens every so often), so we try to get a jump start and announce them ASAP.
As for speeding-up releases, yeah, our hands are pretty much tied once we’ve locked in a release date with our distributor (extenuating circumstances, such as QC issues, aside). —CC
The Japanese cover for Nozomu Tamaki’s DANCE IN THE VAMPIRE BUND 2: SCARLET ORDER, vol.2 is out! Another fantastic cover from Tamaki-sensei! \o/
The volume is scheduled for release later this week in Japan, while we’ll be releasing the first volume of SCARLET ORDER this December. —CC
Q:Are you allowed to say what the approximate number of copies needed to be sold for a import to become financially viable is?
Nope. Sorry, but I’m not allowed to share those specific details. —CC
Q:Hi! I really love the series Witch Buster/Hunter, but I'm REALLY wondering why you decided to call it "Buster" and not "Hunter" like the original says. Under the original Korean title it clearly says "Witch Hunter" and it makes more sense when you take the plot into consideration. I'm just curious as to why, that's all, and I'm sorry if this question has already been asked and answered.
Thanks for the support!
We do get this question quite a bit, so you can check out the answers there. —CC
Q:Thoughts on the recent release of "Alice in the Heart" on Android and iOS?
We aren’t at liberty to discuss another company’s product. —AA