Seven Seas

Many new titles were announced by several publishers at Comic Con 2007:

Yen Press

  • Sundome (sex comedy) by Kazuto Okata
  • Kieli
  • Kaze no Hana by Mizta Ushio

According to Kurt Hassler, Yen Press will not censor any of their titles.

Seven Seas

  • Hayate Cross Blade (yuri) by Shizuru Hayashiya
  • Akatsuki-iro no Senpuku Majo (yuri) by Mera Hakamada
  • Girls Love (yuri light novel)
  • Girls Revolution (yuri light novel)

Also, according to this, Seven Seas' new yaoi line will be called "Bee Line."


  • LEADER'S HIGH by Shindo Arashi

Broccoli Books

  • Nui! by Natsumi Mukai

Last but not least, Check here and here for a big list of mostly non-Japanese titles from Tokyopop.

(LOS ANGELES, July 23, 2007) - Seven Seas Entertainment is pleased to announce that Madeleine Rosca's award-winning manga Hollow Fields is going back to press. Earlier this month, Rosca was the only westerner among four winners to be awarded a prize in Japan's first ever "International Manga Award" for her work on Hollow Fields. The initial print run of Hollow Fields was 25,000 copies, which filled orders from the book market, direct market, and Scholastic Book Fairs. However, Hollow Fields is now going back to press to fill a substantial number of back orders.

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(LOS ANGELES, July 6, 2007) – Seven Seas Entertainment is proud to announce that Hollow Fields creator Madeleine Rosca is one of four winners presented with Japan's first ever International Manga Award. A total of 146 works from 25 countries were submitted and Rosca, a 26-year-old former librarian from Tasmania, Australia, was one of four winners, and the only westerner, to be flown to Japan to receive her award.

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From Advanced Media Network comes an in-depth report of Seven Seas at this year's Anim Expo, also included is a brief interview with Seven Seas' Adam Arnold and Jason D'Angeles.

Via: MangaBlog

Seven Seas has announced several new licenses at this year's Anime Expo:

Yuri manga:

  • First Love Sisters
  • Voiceful

New novel licenses were also announced:

  • Kage Kara Mamoru
  • Zero no Tsukaima
  • Avalon
  • The Pirate and the Princess

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(LOS ANGELES, June 25, 2007) - Anime Expo 2007 (June 29-July 2) in Long Beach is almost upon us and Seven Seas Entertainment is pleased to announce its upcoming convention plans.

Booth No. 1021, 1120, 1122

You like sexy maids? How about eyepatch-wearing gothic Lolita demon hunters? For the first time anywhere, the hit manga HE IS MY MASTER volume 1 and
VENUS VERSUS VIRUS volume 1 will be sold at the Seven Seas booth prior to book stores! So come on down! We'll have a total of 8 brand new manga titles hot off the presses and available for the first time ever!

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From Seven Seas' Adventures of a Manga Publisher blog comes an article titled "The Art Of Licensing, Part 1." In the article Jason DeAngelis talks about the manga licensing scene in the U.S., and how a small publisher like Seven Seas has managed to survive and compete in the presence of bigger publishers:

You'd be surprised-or maybe you wouldn't-but now that the manga market is Big Business, it's become as ruthless as Hollywood or Wall Street, with its share of two-faced posers, egomaniacs, and dark sith lords with world domination on their minds.

Nymphet (Kodomo no Jikan) creator Kaworu Watashiya has posted on her blog her thoughts on the recent cancellation of Nymphet in the U.S. japanator has a translation of the post:

There are differences in the border [between what's acceptable and not] for representations of young girls in each place, time, and culture, so if the people there have decided that it's unacceptable then that's that. To those commendable Americans who wanted to read it, I’ll say "There's always the original."

PWCW's Kai-Ming Cha interviews Seven Seas's Jason DeAngelis, who talks about the recent controversy surrounding the cancellation of Nymphet.

Via: Icarus Blog

Seven Seas president Jason DeAngelis has sent out a letter in response to the reaction caused by the cancellation of Nymphet. The letter includes a brief timeline of the cancellation process, answers to questions raised by the fans, as well as a look at the current state of the U.S. manga market and how difficult it is to acquire a license for publishers:

So, my primary reason for canceling NYMPHET is due to my recent realization that later volumes in the series can not be considered appropriate for the US market by any reasonable standard. For those of you who have been defending the title and have expressed anger about its cancellation, as a fan, I understand your frustration. But, at this point, I can only assume that you have not seen certain segments later in the series, just as I hadn’t, which very clearly cross the line, and which I can no longer stand by or support in good conscience.