Although the plans have been in motion since last year, Kodansha comics has finally confirmed with Publishers Weekly that it plans to directly publish manga into English in the US. This means that certain publishers, like Tokyopop and Del Ray, will likely lose some of their current titles at some point in the future – but not too soon, since the Kodansha US branch intends to start in earnest with some of their back catalogue.

Among the list of planned titles are Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira (the manga is very different to the film) and Masamune Shirow’s original Ghost in the Shell, both of which were previously published in the west by Dark Horse comics. Since a large amount of the manga we get in SA are US imports, we can probably expect to see some of these filtering in soon after they are published there.

I know we expect this kind of thing in manga sometimes, but really, it's not what it looks like.

I know we expect this kind of thing in manga sometimes, but really, it's not what it looks like.

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