Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (5/28 – 6/3)


Welcome back to another installment of “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb through the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. Some housekeeping first: if you haven’t already seen my “100 Followers Celebration Post” head over there and check it out. It was written as a thank you to all of you guys, and feel free to answer the question at the end of the post. As for some news highlights for today: there’s some controversy brewing over an anime adaption of the light novel {New Life +] that you can read below; Toonami is pushing back the release of the English-subbed versions of the FLCL animes; and Netflix has decided to get into the comic publishing business. Be sure to also check out some of the videos and articles down below, and, as always, let me know if I missed anything important. Happy Sunday!

Anime and Manga News

  • Kodansha is adding four new digital-first titles to their roster, including: Those Summer Days and Karate Heat.
  • The TV anime adaptation for Asobi Asobase will have its broadcast premiere on July 8th.
  • Grand Blue anime streaming license picked up by Amazon Prime, premiering July 13th.
  • Kemeno Friends director Tatsuki reveals third “Hentatsu” animated short.
  • Shium Miora’s novel Feel the Wind gets an anime adaptation through Production IG coming this Fall.
  • A new animated film for Monster Strike has been announced for October 2018 and will be titled “Monster Strike the Movie: Sora no Kanata”.
  • Sound! Euphonium The Movie: Final Oath is scheduled to release in theaters in the Spring of 2019.
  • Pop Team Epic gets new net anime in partnership with Japan’s Racing Association.
  • The staff for the new anime adaptation of Baki have announced they will host a livestream event on June 9th with an “unprecedented important announcement”.
  • Kadokawa has established a new anime studio called “Engi”. They will work on televised and theatrical anime, pachinko machines, and game promotional videos.
  • Grand Blue Dreaming shares new promo and announces a start date of July 13th.
  • One Piece is getting a crossover manga with the Fischers Youtuber group on August 3rd as well as an important announcement on July 23rd.
  • Amazon Japan has reported the top-selling manga for the first half of 2018. Among them being Attack on Titan, Yotsuba&!, and The Bride’s Stories.
  • Gantz and Inuyashiki author Hiroya Oku’s new manga Gigant releases its first volume.
  • Toonami delays FLCL Progressive and Alternative anime’s English-subtitled version to November to coincide with the Japanese release.
  • The anime adaptation of [New Life +] Young Again in Another World is garnering controversy among Chinese anime fans as it centers around a soldier in the Sino-Japanese War reknowned for killing thousands of people.

Comic News

  • Netflix makes the foray into the publishing world with its first ever comic book entitled The Magic Order, which will feature the talents of Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel.
  • Rob Liefeld’s self-parody comic character, The Pouch, makes its comics debut this June.
  • Eddie Campbell talks with EW about why he’s decided to colorize his famous graphic novel From Hell. This new version will be released in serialized installments beginning in September.
  • The Library of Congress has just received the largest donation of comics books in library history, including original storyboards that tell the creation of Mickey Mouse.
  • After a glitch caused many comic pros to be denied badges to this years New York Comic Con, ReedPop Event Director Mike Armstrong talks to The Beat about what went wrong.
  • Comixology has announced a new “Comixology Originals” program that will focus on a new line-up of creator-owned comics and graphic novels.
  • Quirk Books will publish Salvador Dali’s lost Marx Brothers screenplay in graphic novel format, entitled “Giraffes on Horseback Salad”.

Featured Articles

  • John Backderf, author of graphic novel My Friend Dahmer, talks about what it was like to grow up with a serial killer and how the movie adaptation captured the feel of the novel and his memories.
  • Anime Science 101 takes an interesting look at the chemistry and science behind Natsu’s flame magic from Fairy Tail.
  • Anime Feminist writer Caitlin Moore how Fushigi Yugi is a fable for adolescent girls in how desire and anxiety can lead one down different paths.

Featured Videos

  • Gigguk discusses how he anime industry has changed over time and how that change has affected our viewing habits as consumers and fans.
  • The Canipa Effect takes a look at studio Cygames in this week’s spotlight, discussing how the studio perfected the media mix business technique.
  • Wisecrack delves deep into the way our stories about heroes are changing, analogous to the way the stories revolving around Westerns changed bring about the Post-Western genre.

Featured WordPress Post

  • Karandi takes a look at the difference between Syaoran in Cardcaptor Sakura and Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon and how their roles as male characters in a Magical Girl show were treated differently.


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