Internet-splunkage today stumbled me upon a post from user saaria on the AarinFantasy forums, that states Digital Manga has confirmed the cancellation of Yura Miyazawa’s Love Syndrome. Amazon has the book marked for a May 2009 release but the title is not present on Digital Manga’s website.
I shot out an e-mail to Digital Manga for confirmation on this, but in the meantime took to looking if there may be other unknown casualities.
Looking back, Love Syndrome was originally announced during Digital Manga’s panel at last year’s Anime Expo 2008. With nearly a year gone by since then, I went back to the announcement list and started cross-checking some of the Digital Manga titles. While a number of them have been released (many recently), the rest are no where to be seen.
The following titles, previously announced by Digital Manga at Anime Expo 2008, are currently (to my searching) not listed on their website(s) and/or on wholesale sites:
Please keep in mind that everything here is speculative until officially responded to by Digital Manga staff
1 Sakura Hill
Ghost Hunt Scramble
Heaven’s Smile (Yaoi)
Honey/Chocolate (Yaoi) (Amazon date: March 2009 – Claims Shipping)
Longest Time (Yaoi)
Love Syndrome (Yaoi) (Amazon date: May 2009)
Lyrical Nanoha Strikers
Maki Tsuzuki & Kōji Hasegawa
Moonlit Promises (Yaoi)
Object of my Affections (Yaoi) (Amazon date: January 2009)
Overclock: Once in a Blue Moon
Riya Hozumi & Ryouko Seki
Planet of Earthquake (Yaoi)
Spiral of Sand (Yaoi)
Tale of a White Night
Then Comes Love (Yaoi) (Amazon date: February 2009)
Ed Chavez over at MangaCast also made note late in 2008 that a number of these Digital Manga titles had not yet been published, and true enough to his words then, nothing has been been heard about their status since.
(On the note of that post, though generally unrelated to the rest of this write-up, the same post also mentions that the license of Akira reverted back to Kodansha in the summer of 2008, indicating that recent discoveries may not have been as big a surprise as some of us had concluded.)
Semi-related, recently The Yaoi Review posted this information from Digital Manga’s newsletter regarding one of their DMP’s light novel releases, The Lonely Egotist:
“The Lonely Egotist, a yaoi novel from Digital Manga’s June imprint, is no longer available at the wholesale level. As such, we have removed it from our online catalog and have canceled any orders we were unable to fulfill. We apologize, in advance, for any inconvenience this may cause.”
With so many licenses announced by Digital Manga at Anime Expo alone, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that not all the titles would make it through to print. However, are these titles infact cancelled or merely postponed? Are they just some of a longer list? And probably most forefront in my mind, is Digital Manga planning to make an announcement of cancellations if this is in fact the case?
In brighter, though still unofficial, news, looks like Digital Manga is joining the omnibus-route with a rerelease of Makoto Tateno’s Yellow. With this omnibus book listed as volume one, it will likely compile two of the four books together, with a later volume two omnibus finishing the collection. A little less straight-forward than that is a listing for Yellow 2: Episode 1. To my knowledge Yellow doesn’t have a sequel (though of course I could be wrong!). Either that or it’s an incorrect listing or just there to confuse us wholesale site diggers.
I asked Digital Manga about both these listings in April but haven’t recieved a reply on it yet, so I release it to the masses and the Yellow fans (or would-be fans) hopeful for another shot at Makoto Tateno’s first boys’ love story to hit North American shores.
New information regarding the Digital Manga titles mentioned here will be in follow-up posts.