We’ve still got some convention season left for 2011 and Kumoricon was location for some manga news this past weekend. Yesterday Dark Horse made note on its Twitter account while at the convention that the company would be releasing an omnibus edition of FLCL.
“Naota”s life isn”t simple. He lives with his eccentric father and grandfather in a city marked by a gigantic hand-iron shaped factory perched on a hill. So the last thing he needs is for his brother”s ex-girlfriend to make passes at him or for an impish, playful alien to smack him in the head with a bass guitar and then insinuate herself into his family.” – FLCL Tokyopop Edition
The Twitter post only states 2012 for the release date and Dark Horse’s website doesn’t have a listing for it yet. Based on past editions of the series, we can expect the omnibus will be around 400 pages. Dark Horse’s high quality omnibus – such as their growing collection of CLAMP titles – suggests the book will probably have some nice full colour pages as well, if not a few other extras and at least a new translation. We shall see!
Tokyopop originally released the two volume manga mid-2000, as well as several FLCL light novels. They’ve since been out of print for a long while so hopefully that means there’s a buying audience out there eager for another go at owning it. Funimation also released a special edition set of the anime series on Blu-Ray and DVD earlier this year so there may be a new audience to target as well.
Credit to AnimeNewsNetwork for posting the news.