Del Rey

NEW YORK, NY – January 30, 2007 – Del Rey Manga, an imprint of Random House Inc. and one of the premiere publishers of manga in the U.S., announced today the acquisition of MAKE 5 WISHES, created in collaboration with platinum-selling and Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Avril Lavigne.

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According to AoD, Del Rey has announced three new manga titles:

MY HEAVENLY HOCKEY CLUB by Ai Morinaga, a new comedy manga set against the backdrop of a high school hockey team from the fan favorite creator of DUCK PRINCE and YOUR AND MY SECRET. Publication rights arranged through Kodansha, Ltd.

DRAGON EYE by Kairi Fujiyama, an action-packed martial arts adventure starring a young heroine on a quest to become a master warrior. Publication rights arranged through Kodansha, Ltd.

ALIVE by Tadashi Kawashima, a cautionary science-fiction tale of a global pandemic that affects only teenagers and the handful of survivors who wonder why they were spared. Publication rights arranged through Kodansha, Ltd.

Source: AoD

In his latest Flipped column, David Welsh takes a look at the three different versions of Densha Otoko (Train Man) currently being released in the U.S.:

Train Man: A Shojo Manga by Machiko Ocha
Train Man: Densha Otoko by Hidenori Hara - VIZ Media
Densha Otoko by Wataru Watanabe CMX

The Daily Yomiuri also has an article on CMX's version of Densha Otoko, as well as quotes from an interview with its English translator Bonnie Elliott.

According to an update on Right Stuf, Del Rey has licensed Princess Resurrection by Mitsunaga Yasunori, and will release it in May of 2007.

Source: AoD

(New York, NY; October 9, 2006) - Del Rey Manga, an imprint of Random House, is one of the premiere publishers of Japanese manga in the U.S. With a backlist diverse enough to appeal to anyone regardless of age or gender, Del Rey jumped headfirst into the lucrative world of manga publishing before any other major U.S. publisher. Already gearing up for a blockbuster summer in 2007, Del Rey Manga is pleased to announce the acquisition of LE CHEVALIER D'EON by Tou Ubukata and Kiriko Yumeji. The Japanese anime based on the title has already created tremendous buzz in both the U.S. and Japan.

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Del Rey has announced the following new license at MangaNEXT:

- "Chevalier"

Strongly Hinted:
- "Kujibiki Unbalance"

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Del Rey has launched a redsigned version of their official website at

In its 2006 September Manga Newsletter, Del Rey announced that it plans to give away advance page proofs and copies of its upcoming manga Train Man (Densha Otoko, shoujo version) to 10 lucky people. To register, one must send an email to Del Rey with the necessary information, the deadline is Wednesday, September 27th. Below is details of the full contest:

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Del Rey's Dallas Middaugh has posted a message on the AoD forum regarding the controversy surrounding the recently discovered edits made to Air Gear.

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ali Kokmen as Manga Marketing Manager for the Del Rey imprint, a new position, reporting to Ballantine/Del Rey Associate Publisher and Director of Marketing Kim Hovey.

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