TheOASG Podcast Episode 142: A Perfect Licensing World

TheOASG Podcast Episode 142: A Perfect Licensing World

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Show Notes

0:00: Justin and Helen each discuss over the internet what they’ve been up to. Justin has finally returned to reading Perfect World after Kodansha stopped releasing it digitally for over 2 years, while Helen reflects on her Katsucon and The Twelve Kingdoms experience.

Pandemic News

8:35: So the CDC has announced that Anime NYC was not a superspreader event — which is good to know!

9:54: But still not good to know is people getting diagnosed with COVID-19, and we have a few more notable JP talents getting the virus.


12:04: Veteran animator Manabu Ōhashi passed away at 73 — he’s been in the industry since 1964.

13:22: The mystery of what happened to Sol Press continues, as now Bookwalker has removed their releases because…Sol Press doesn’t seem to exist?

16:19: Remember Stefan Koza? Yep, the former Jujutsu Kaisen translator who got caught with child porn. The grand jury has advanced the case against him, and the trial will be set for June.


17:25: ShuCream BL is a new JP publisher now publishing titles, and here’s what they’ve released now:

  • Niyama’s Ask and You Will Receive 
  • Shiramatsu’s Hatsujo Playroom
  • Keri Kusabi’s Wails of the Bound & Wails of the Bound ;β1
  • Iroha Usui’s Under My Skin

And here’s what they will release in the near future:

  • Ichika Yuno’s Lullaby of The Dawn
  • akabeko’s Nectar
  • Tomo Serizawa’s Scarlet Secret
  • Anji Seina’s Rooming with My Two Lovers 
  • Nanako Haida’s Our Love Will Continue on in the Next Life

19:13: VIZ did their Fall 2022 announcements a few weeks ago:

  • Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Look Back
  • Yukinobu Tatsu’s Dandadan
  • Hitsuji Gondaira’s Mission: Yozakura Family (Print)
  • Kōji Miura’s Blue Box
  • Yūki Kawaguchi’s The Hunters Guild: Red Hood
  • Hirohiko Araki’s Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe
  • Kaiu Shirai x Posuka Demizu: Beyond The Promised Neverland
  • The Shonen Jump Guide to Making Manga
  • 3 Demon Slayer light novels by Aya Yajima (The Flower of Happiness, One-Winged Butterfly, and Signs from the Wind)
  • 2 Jujutsu Kaisen light novels by Ballad Kitaguni (Summer of Ashes and Autumn of Dust)
  • Junji Ito’s Black Paradox
  • Paru Itagaki’s Drip Drip
  • Yoko Komori’s Mermaid Scales and the Town of Sand
  • Wataru Momose’s Romantic Killer (Shojo Beat)
  • Minami Mizuno’s Rainbow Days (Shojo Beat)

VIZ then made their digital announcements for Summer 2022:

  • Kazuki Takahashi’s The Comiq 
  • Tōgo Gotō & Kento Matsuura’s Phantom Seer
  • Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro’s Build King
  • Kazusa Inaoka’s -i tell c-

22:23: Yen Press did their usual end of the month Friday announcements:

  • Seiko Tanabe & Nao Emoto’s Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
  • Kuji Furumiya & Naoki Koshimizu’s Unnamed Memory
  • Momoko Koda’s Heroine No More
  • Tirotata’s Gahi-chan!

22:56: And Seven Seas did their usual Wednesday announcements…and then suddenly did their announcements on Friday:

  • Hiroshi Takashige & Ryoji Minagawa’s SPRIGGAN
  • Yukiko’s Cats and Sugar Bowls
  • Asumiko Nakamura’s Classmates Volume 6: blanc
  • Motoo Nakanishi & Yu Satomi’s Kijin Gentōshō (LN/Manga)
  • Supana Onikage, Nanaroku, & Youta’s Lazy Dungeon Master (Manga)
  • Hitoshi Ashinano’s Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou
  • Asuka Konishi’s Yakuza Fiancé: Raise wa Tanin ga Ii
  • Akira Sugito’s MoMo -the blood taker-
  • Ginga Hoshikawa & Yukimi Enoki’s My [Repair] Skill Became a Versatile Cheat, So I Think I’ll Open a Weapon Shop

28:16: Three new manga are now on MANGA Plus:

  • Sekka Iwata & Yu Aoki’s Magilumiere Co. Ltd.
  • Sanami Suzuki’s The Kajiki Chef: Divine Cuisine
  • Taizan 5’s Takopi’s Original Sin

This somehow led to Helen going after Justin for not just saying Magilumiere Company Limited!

29:16: Hayao Miyazaki’s Shuna’s Journey has been licensed…by First Second!

30:12: Star Fruit Books will be doing something interesting — they will release a manga magazine sometime this year!

31:29: Comikey has announced they’ve licensed Yakiimo Handsome Saitou’s 1000 Yen Hero and Nanao Nanaki’s Völundio ~Divergent Sword Saga~.

32:05: P.A. Works’ Ya Boy Kongming! has been licensed by Sentai. Both hosts are still curious about the so far only manga adaptation P.A. Works is animating.

Streaming News

33:14: A ton of Pokémon stuff is going to be removed from Netflix at the end of March, from two movies to Pokémon Sun and Moon; Pompo: The Cinéphile will be shown at the NYICFF in March and will be in theaters in April; Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero film will launch this summer; Funimation and Crunchyroll are now streaming the Fate/Grand Order Final Singularity – Grand Temple of Time: Solomon film; and Justin can say he was able to watch I’m Kodama Kawashiri and Dragon Quest on his TV because the Nintendo Switch now has the Crunchyroll app.

This ended up leading to an explanation on why Genshin Impact isn’t on the Switch.

Weird News

36:37: The two hosts probably think they’d be talking about Yaoi Paddles in 2022…but the two hosts are indeed talking about Yaoi Paddles in 2022.

38:58: Some good weird news: Spice & Wolf is back! Well, an anime version of it! After years and years!

41:04: Welp, Tokyo 24th Ward ended up having to have its 7th episode delayed. Justin and Helen…probably saw this coming.

42:23: How popular is Demon Slayer? Well, they now have a 2nd ANA Jet Liner, this time with the Hashira! It’s very rare for this to happen for a manga franchise, so certainly notable news!

42:52: Once again, we got another Hollywood live-action film planned for a Japanese franchise!…But it’s Beyblade. Beyblade?

44:59: And finally, Love Live! fans…don’t be this guy. This isn’t a good way to experience the world of Love Live!.

Feel free to send questions or any comments you might have about this week’s episode in the comments section below, to contact at theoasg dot com, or to our Twitter account (@TheOASG)!

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