Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (8/6 – 8/12)

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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 managed to catch a cold somehow last night, so I’ve been understandably slow in putting this post together, and some posts in the future will probably be delayed a little bit as well. But for now, here are the highlights for news this week: Mirai will be coming to theaters in the US and UK starting November; AT&T has bought out Crunchyroll’s holding company Otter media; and the 2018 Harvey Award Nominations were announced including some mangas. I hope you all have a great rest of your Sunday. I’m off to go sleep and try and recover.

Anime and Manga News

  • Comiket has been relegated to a smaller event space for 4-day, 2019 event due to the 2020 Olympic construction.
  • Shiro Yoshida’s Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress manga will end in 3 chapters.
  • Netflix is planning on streaming Hi Score Girl this December.
  • Dark Horse has licensed Shinji Kajio and Kenji Tsuruta’s manga Emanon for English translation.
  • GKIDS is planning on streaming Mirai anime film in US theaters starting November 30th, and will debut in the UK starting November 2nd.
  • Boogiepop and Others anime adaptation to premiere January 2019 from Studio Madhouse.
  • Vinland Saga anime adaptation to premiere in 2019 from Studio Wit and stream exclusively on Amazon Prime.
  • Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan 4-koma comedy manga got greenlit for an anime adaptation that will feature new staff and a new studio for each episode.
  • Crunchyroll has added Princess Jellyfish and Eden of the East series and more to its catalog.
  • Production IG has announced a new original anime entitled Kabuki-cho no Yatsu set in a fictionalized version of Shinjuku’s Kabuki-cho district.
  • One Punch Man Season 2 will be premiering April 2019.
  • Yukito Kishiro reacts to the live-action depiction of his manga Battle Angel Alita which is set to open in theaters December 21st.
  • AT&T has bought out Crunchyroll’s parent company Otter Media; no word yet on what this could mean for changes to the streaming site.

Comic News

  • DC and Marvel sales have topped a new high last month, pushing the combined market share to a new 7-year high.
  • Dark Horse has announced it will be adapting some Neil Gaiman short stories into a hardcover, comic book form set to release January 23, 2019.
  • Congressman John Lewis’ graphic novel, Run, a continuation of his three-part March series, is publishing in June of 2019.
  • The 2018 Harvey Award Nomination have been announced with all new streamlined categories.
  • Stan Lee will no longer be participating in public signings or conventions.
  • The New York Times has released an anthology called The History of Comic Books with featured articles from their pages showing the history and impact of comic books all the way back to the 1900’s.
  • Marvel movies will no longer be released on Netflix with Ant Man and the Wasp being the last movies to be streamed on that platform.
  • A Supergirl movie is in the works with Warner Bro. with a script by Oren Uziel.

Featured Articles

  • Crunchyroll explores just how seriously Japan takes the the sport of Badminton as the series Hanebado continues to air this season.
  • Manga professor Rachel Thorn discusses what manga was like during occupied Japan in this long Twitter thread.
  • Anime News Network sits down with Mari Okada to talk about her recent film Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms.

Featured Videos

  • Super Eyepatch Wolf takes a look at the state of Shonen Jump in 2018, detailing the new serialized manga and how successful they may be.
  • The Pedantic Romantic talks about conflict in The Eccentric Family and the question of why conflicts last as long as they do.

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2 thoughts on “Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (8/6 – 8/12)

  1. I’m so glad Crunchyroll is adding Eden of the East. It’s been one of my favorite anime series for such a long time now, and I would love to watch it again soon. Have you been keeping up with the new manga releases lately? One of my favorites that popped up recently is The Roommate Agreement. It’s a romcom series about a guy and a girl who end up sharing an apartment due to a miscommunication from the previous tenant. I’ve been hesitant to start new romance series lately, because I hadn’t really been impressed by the majority of new titles, but this one really surprised me. The characters are so well written, and the main characters really work well together. I’m very excited to see where this series is going to go, and I definitely recommend giving it a try if you have the time!

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    • Thanks for the suggestion Kris! It sounds up my alley, so I’ll definitely give it a shot. I’ve been trying to follow more publishers on twitter and I tend to wind up in the comic book store every week it seems like, so I’ll see if I can pick up a volume at some point.

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