Perhaps some of you out there might remember a few key words from our panel at New York Comic-Con 2012—namely, Square Enix, English language manga, digital, and WORLDWIDE?
Well, I’m happy to say that wasn’t just a blip on your newsfeed! It’s taken a lot of work to get such an ambitious project off the ground, but thanks to the continuous efforts of our friends at Square Enix and a lot of people in the Yen office, that day is finally here!
April 8, 2014 is not only the day that the Soul Eater NOT! anime starts airing in Japan (Yay!), but it’s also the day—no spit-takes please—we begin globally distributing Square Enix’s English language manga catalogue!
So what exactly does this mean for all you crazy, wonderful manga fans out there? No matter where you are in the world, as long as you have access to the Internet and e-tailers, you’ll be able to buy official English-language ebook editions of around 175 Square Enix titles! On top of that, future volumes of those series will release simultaneously in print AND digital!
Fans, this April’s not gonna be the cruelest month (sorry, T.S. Eliot). It’s gonna be the COOLEST month! Starting with Atsushi Ohkubo’s Soul Eater, Yana Toboso’s Black Butler, and Yoshiki Tonogai’s Doubt on April 8, you’ll see new series like Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist, Jun Mochizuki’s PandoraHearts, Ryukishi07′s Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY, and Hiroshi Takashige and DOUBLE-S’s Until Death Do Us Part added to the roster every week of the month!
Oh, and you know those awesome color pages that you can only get by buying the Japanese manga anthologies? The ones that almost never make it into the collected print volumes of a series in Japan or anywhere else? Well, they’ll be in our digital releases as a special treat!
And as if all of that wasn’t enough, we’re going back to our pioneering ways! Hold onto your Soul hats and bunny heads, ‘cos we’re launching a simultaneous serialization program with Square Enix, starting off with our old friend Soul Eater NOT! and Yoshiki Tonogai’s creepy new survival horror series complete with scary rabbits, Secret! So on April 8, you’ll be able to individually purchase all the chapters that haven’t yet been collected and published in volume format for both of these series. And on April 14, you’ll be able to buy the latest chapter of each series in English on whatever device you choose from anywhere in the world (with an internet connection, of course)!
Forget April showers, Yen Press and Square Enix are gonna be bringing you a flood…of manga!