Continuing on the hey-this-Anime-Expo-was-actually-pretty-great-for-news train was Kodansha Comics, who announced two new manga licenses at their panel:
A Silent Voice – Yoshitoki Ōima
Maria the Virgin Witch – Masayuki Ishikawa
I am very excited to hear that A Silent Voice will be getting a print release. I marathon read the series via Crunchyroll and have eagerly kept up with the new chapters as they’ve been released. This series is really great, and I’m thrilled I’ll be able to add it to my bookshelves. Not to mention share it more easily with others. The series predominantly follows a young boy who viciously bullied a deaf girl after she transfer into his class. After she transfers out, the boy finds himself the victim of the bullying instead. Flash forward years and the two meet again, and the boy attempts to make amends for his past behaviour while navigating a minefield of bullies, friends, family, and society in general. The story makes no excuses for the often terrible behaviour of people who are hurt, misunderstood or just plain ‘ol ignorant buttholes, while also being a heartwarming story of friendship and coming to understand others different from yourself.
The first print edition of A Silent Voice will be released sometime in the Spring of 2015.
Maria the Virgin Witch is a new title to me, but comes with some enthusiastic fans as it’s created by Masayuki Ishikawa, creator of the manga series Moyashimon. This new title sounds pretty different from a tale of germs and microbes though. Taking place in a miscellaneous fantasy setting, Maria the Virgin Witch follows a woman named Maria who uses her magic abilities to defend her village. When she goes too far in using black magic, the archangel Michael forces her to swear an oath of chastity or lose her magic forever.
Volume one of Maria the Virgin Witch, a three volume total series, will be released in Spring of 2015 as well.