Welcome back to another installment of “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. I’m trying to get back into the groove of writing twice a week and taking a look through my manga backlog, so be prepared for more manga reviews coming up this month. As for major news items for this week: the effects of the Crunchyroll/Funimation split is still being felt as Crunchyroll loses 300+ titles to the FunimationNow service; Netflix has announced 5 new animated titles coming to their service, some based off of major franchises; and the comic industry has seen a big sales success this past October, becoming a major sales month for the industry. Be sure to check out some of the articles and videos down below, and as always, have a great Sunday!
Anime and Manga News
- Black Lagoon’s Rei Hiroe will be launching a new manga next spring tentatively titled 341 Combat Team.
- Crunchyroll has added 17 English-dubbed anime to its platform as part of the split from Funimation.
- Funimation plans to add over 300 subtitled shaws back into their FunimationNow service over the next couple days, Anime News Network has the full list.
- Q Hayashida’s manga Dorohedoro will be getting a TV anime.
- Maki Enjoji’s Everlasting Love manga will be ending in 3 chapters on February 8th.
- One Piece’s Hannyabal voice actor Tetsuo Goto has passed away due to cancer.
- All Out!!’s Shiori Amase creator will be starting a new manga series in December entitled Rest in Matsukage.
- Crunchyroll has announced it has added Dynamic Chord and Long Riders! to its anime catalog.
- Netflix has announced five new animated series in the works for their platform, one of which is an animated adaptation of Pacific Rim.
- Darwin’s Game manga will be getting a TV anime adaptation, although no release date has been announced.
- My Hero Academia manga takes the top 7 of 20 spots on the US Monthly BookScan October list.
- Miss Hokusai Director Keiichi Hara received Japan’s Medal with Purple Ribbon for his contributions to academic and artistic developments.
- Marvel Comics is reviving some old titles for their 80th anniversary including: Love Romances and Gunhawks.
- Marvel is partnering with the estate of the late Tupac Shakur for a line of Black Panther apparel.
- DC Comics has moved some of its classic titles like Watchmen and Dark Knight over to their new Black Label line and will be releasing new editions of those comics.
- October’s comic book sales are ahead for the month, pointing to a very successful month for the comic industry according to Comichron.
- Boom! Studios has announced the release of illustrated memoir Plate Tectonics by cartoonist Margaux Motin.
- Comic creator Grant Morrison has signed a deal with Universal Cable Productions to produce content for television networks and streamers.
- The Daily Beast digs into how Marvel and the corporate comic publishing business in general wind up failing the vulnerable comic creators behind their biggest characters.
- Geek.com examines the history of violence and depictions of gore in comics and how they were handled in the US, Japan, and Europe.
- ICv2 looks at the investors behind the comic-to-TV and comic-to-movie boom and how this trend doesn’t really reflect what the general consumer wants.
- The Answerman takes a look at the anime company Cloverway and what its purpose was during the 90’s anime boom in North America.
- The Anime Feminist looks at Jewish representation in anime and manga and how historical immigration and ideas of Judaism has influenced that representation.
- The Anime Feminist delves into the historical and geo-political influences behind the story of Banana Fish and what it has to say about minority representation.
- Mother’s Basement looks at how Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai explores the themes of social pressure and fitting in with societal expectations.
- Comic Tropes takes a look at some of the worst promotional comics ever published.
- The One Panel Later podcast takes a look at politics in comics and the history of how comic books were influenced by and included politics in their stories.
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