Newtype USA: A Brief History of ADV's Newtype Publication

topWhen something has come to an end, it becomes an excellent time to take a moment and look back on where it started and where it's been. With the February release of the March 2008 issue marking the final English publication of Newtype, it seems worth doing just that.

The original Newtype was launched in Japan by publishing company, Kadokawa Shoten, and named after a term in the Gundam universe for the next stage of human evolution. The first issue was for April 1985, released in early March of that year. A collection of images, columns and news made Newtype a hit, one that even to this day remains much the same magazine that attracted anime fans of the 80s. Since its debut, there have been a variety of Newtype spin-offs including one dedicated to older audiences and another for live-action Japanese media. A version of Newtype was also published in Korea in 1998 and continues to this day alongside its original Japanese predecessor.

1985augustnewtypeIn November 2002, the first full issue of Newtype USA was released. Licensed by A.D. Vision, it offered a wide range of articles and media, including material translated from the Japanese releases and original English content, such as columns, reviews and fan submissions. In contrast to other anime-focused magazines being released in North America at the time, Newtype put more focus on Japanese anime releases as opposed to a more domestic approach. It allowed the more casual anime fan to feel up to date with the newest releases straight from their source.

Along with its wealth of information, often having as many as 20 different series appearing in it, the magazine offered a large print size featuring full-spread colored images, serialized manga, art tips from industry professionals and more, remaining very similar to its original counterpart.

Nothing can debut flawlessly, however, and the magazine was met with sharp fan debate over the quality of Newtype's content, ranging from biased reviews to shoddy translation work. The high price tag also put a damper on people's enthusiasm for the release, but its variety of bonus content such as DVDs and posters, offered some relief on the issue.

Despite some of the arguments, Newtype USA quickly becomes one of the number one anime and related culture magazines in North America. Since its first release in 2002, there will have been 66 issues of Newtype USA, including the final edition, March 2008, and the sneak-peek preview issued before the magazine's first run.

ntusa200211On January 9, 2008, AnimeNewsNetwork reported that ADV had contacted its retail partners with news that their upcoming February Newtype USA issue would their last. The news sparked discussion throughout blogs and forums about the cause of the magazine's cancellation, ranging from lack of sufficient advertising funds due to Geneon's drop from the anime market, to difficulties maintaining the license. Concerns and curiosity about the stability of ADV itself were also brought into question with actions such as the discontinuing of their 24/7 linear Anime Network (source: Anime Network) and the suspension of their Anime Advocates club program (Source: ANN), all within the same span of time.

After a brief period of silence from ADV, an e-mail was issued to subscribers confirming that Newtype USA would be replaced by another magazine. Promoting its content of "anime, manga, video games and other aspects of pop culture," the magazine, titled PiQ, is being claimed by ADV as a publication that will be of "keen interest" to subscribers of Newtype, despite the severely decreased percentage of anime-related topics and media. In turn, ADV has promised two issues of PiQ per one issue of Newtype that subscribers have left to be issued.

After six years of publication, Newtype USA's chapter in North American anime subculture is coming to an end with some fans already mourning the loss of its bright pages, bountiful bonus content and up-to-date information. However, from its ashes comes another magazine that many are eager to see hit the newsstands. PiQ has a tough act to follow, but with a price closer to the competition and a fresh start free of licensing fees, ADV may yet have a fighting chance at keeping its magazine readers happy.

For those who still want their fix of what Newtype has to offer, Japan's and Korea's publications are still going strong, marked as number one in their publication categories in an otherwise struggling magazine industry.

By Lissa Pattillo

*A few months later in June, it was announced that PiQ would be suspended, some of the stated reasons being insufficient support from ADV:

The current issue of PiQ (Issue 4, July 2008) will be our last.

It's unfortunate that we'll never get a chance to see how successful PiQ could have been, but a combination of low advertising revenue, poor business management and a lack of proper marketing and promotion all hamstrung the magazine from the start. We, the editorial/creative/production staff, did the best we could to put together a quality publication, but as we've discovered, without a good financial backing, it's all an exercise in futility.

For those readers that were just starting to get behind the magazine, the staff of PiQ gives a hearty "thank you" to all of you for your support. To those of you who subscribed (or were formerly subscribed to NTUSA), more details will be coming soon.

Some comments from PiQ freelancer Lesley Smith.

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WHY!!!!!! NEWTYPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 DAMN IT I HATE U ADV!!!!!!!

according to Newtype USA's

according to Newtype USA's website: "And let's be clear, PiQ is its own entity, operating outside the bounds of both Newtype publisher Kadokawa Shoten and Newtype USA parent company ADV."

considering that many titles have mysteriously disappeared from ADV's website, I am REALLY worried that something ominous is happening behind the curtain. first goes Geneon, now ADV does not look very good either... I hope they manage to solve whatever problems they have and keep on publishing all their titles forever.

as for PiQ, I'll renew my subscription and I am wishing them all the success they deserve.

Incorrect Info n Article

Just as an FYI to the readers - there is NO March 08 issue - there are only 65 issues, NOT 66 as this article stated. The Feb 08 issue is the last issue You can check with the NewType website for confirmation.

Actually, if you check the

Actually, if you check the link to ANN, at the time this news was announced, it wasn't clear whether there would be a March issue or not. Of course looking back now we know what's going, but back then no one knew:

Representatives of A.D. Vision (ADV) have contacted retail partners to inform them that the February issue of Newtype USA will be the last. At this time, it is unclear if this refers to the official February issue, which is set to go on sale later this month, or the March issue, which would go on sale in February.

At the time this article was

At the time this article was written, there were also several sites which sold NewType USA that were offering pre-orders for a March 2008 issue, claiming it was the last. It caused a bit of confusion over the final dates.

PiQ just came to an end

PiQ just came to an end after 4 issues, proving how much it SUCK!!!!ADV should just bring BACK Newtype USA. What the heck were they thinking!!!! BUNCH OF LUNATICS.

I wish they would bring

I wish they would bring Newtype back.I just found out about Newtype and i wonted to check it out.