Last Month in Geekdom – Your News Round-Up for May 2020

Welcome back to another installment of “Last Month in Geekdom” where I comb the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. Admittedly I’ve been a little absent from blogging lately due to the virus shutdowns, changes in my work, etc. but I’m slowly getting back into it with more posts to come next month. As for highlights from this month: we have a ton of animes being delayed due to COVID shutdowns; HBO Max will begin streaming anime on its service; and the Sandman series has been adapted as an audible original audio drama. Be sure to check out the bunch of articles and videos I linked below, and stay safe out there!

Anime and Manga News

Seven Seas has picked up the Ancient Magus Bride spin-off series “The Ancient Magus Bride: Jack Flash and the Faerie Case Files” for English release. Volume one of the series will publish August 18th with pre-orders open now. 

Digital BL manga publishing service Futekiya has announced that they will be adding 35 boys love manga titles from Julian Publishing to their catalog next month. To see the full list, head over to the tweet linked above. 

Viz Media announced at the beginning of the month that they had acquired the video streaming rights to the long-awaited Inuyasha sequel series, Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon. This series will follow the daughters of Inuyasha and Sesshomaru as they travel between feudal and modern Japan. 

HBO Max has made a partnership with Crunchyroll and launched with 17 of its anime’s on May 27th. Crunchyroll will continue to offer more series every quarter on the service. The service’s starting series include: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Kill la Kill, and KonoSuba among others. 

Anime Announcements

Manga Announcements

Comics News

Robert Downey Jr will be producing an adaptation of Jeff Lemire’s “Sweet Tooth” for Netflix. The news was announced on Twitter earlier this month. No other details were revealed. 

The Gorrilaz have announced a comic book to celebrate the band’s 20 year visual history. The comic, “Gorrilaz Almanac,” will be produced in partnership with Z2 Comics and will feature 120 full-color pages. The hardcover comic book will arrive in stores on October 16th. 

The full cast for the audio drama adaptation of “The Sandman” has been announced. This Audible exclusive will feature Neil Gaiman as narrator, Riz Ahmed as the Corinthian, Kat Dennings as Death, and James McCavoy as Morphious among others. The drama will be adapting the first three graphic novels and will release on Audible July 16th. 

Marvel has announced it will resume releasing new comics to comic shops this month after the Coronavirus shut down their distribution. Now with the loosening of restrictions, they are able to resume some of their releases. Comicbook.com has a full list of releases for the coming months. 

The comics publisher IDW has permanently let go about a dozen employees from their company over the last month as Coronavirus shutdowns have impacted release dates and publications. 

Season Two of Netflix’s “Umbrella Academy” will return on July 31st this year. Netflix announced the show’s return with a promo video featuring the cast in quarantine. 

Featured Articles

  • Roy Lemons writes and interesting article for Anime Feminist discussing the queer subtext and relationship between the two main characters in “Nana”. 
  • Katie Randazzo discusses toxic masculinity and mental-health depictions in “Fruits Basket” in this interesting article on Anime Feminist. 
  • Zahra Ymer has written a great article for Anime Feminist discussing the display of disability in the manga “Perfect World,” taking a look at how certain tropes are used and how the mangaka balances her discussion of disability through an abled lens. 

Featured Videos

  • Super Eyepatch Wolf discusses the manga A Trail of Blood and how its story filled with horror seeps into your consciousness and the strengths of the horror genre.
  • Get in the Robot discusses the tropes that can commonly be found in many romance genres and how certain series use them in their stories. 
  • Super Eyepatch Wolf takes a look at one of my favorite classic anime in “Why You Should Watch Outlaw Star” and whether its story still holds up today. 
  • The Canipa Effect put together an animator spotlight for the art and animation used in Fate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front Babylonia. 

Featured WordPress Posts

  • Manga Maven outlines a great list of titles for middle grade readers looking to get into comics and parents looking to buy something for their children, highlighting some great lesser-known comics and graphic novels. 
  • Manga Therapy has a great post this month about how we can better suggest manga to new readers by limiting the options we give them and backs up his suggestion with psychological research.
  • Fan of a Certain Age discusses the common problem of gatekeeping in fandom and how gender plays a role in how the enjoyment of comics and other media is seen as you grow older. 

~~Thanks for Reading!~~


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