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Anime Expo 2023 Day 2: Attack on Titan and Azuki

by Neil Bui

During the MAPPA x Crunchyroll! panel on Day 2 of Anime Expo 2023, a new trailer debuted teasing Attack on Titan Final Season THE FINAL CHAPTERS Special 2, scheduled for release this fall. Additionally, the manga subscription service, Azuki, announced a number of new offerings. 

Final Season The Final Chapters Synopsis: The fate of the world hangs in the balance as Eren unleashes the ultimate power of the Titans. With a burning determination to eliminate all who threaten Eldia, he leads an unstoppable army of Colossal Titans towards Marley. Now a motley crew of his former comrades and enemies scramble to halt his deadly mission, the only question is, can they stop him?

Series Synopsis: Many years ago, humanity was forced to retreat behind the towering walls of a fortified city to escape the massive, man-eating Titans that lurked outside their fortress. Only the heroic members of the Scout Regiment dared to stray behind the safety of the walls –but even those brave warriors seldom returned alive.

During the Azuki Manga Industry Panel feat. Mecha-Ude, the launch of the Mecha-Ude: Mechanical Arms manga was celebrated with a special guest appearance by Mecha-Ude anime series director Sae Okamoto.

Additional major announcements from Azuki included 10 new manga licenses (see below), upcoming volume releases, and a new beta feature that allows users to download eBooks directly from the Azuki website.

eBook editions of the romantic comedy manga Natsume & Natsume will be published by Azuki, with new English chapters serialized every Friday through the Azuki app.

Pre-orders for My Dear Detective: Mitsuko’s Case Files Volume 2 have been launched with the sale date set for September 5. 

Itazurana Kiss by Kaoru Tada, distributed by MD-i: A high school girl named Kotoko Aihara’s love letter has been rejected by her crush, a genius with an IQ of 200 and a sports champion who’s popular with all the girls — Naoki Irie.

As if Kotoko’s luck wasn’t bad enough, shortly after her house gets destroyed by an earthquake and she has to find somewhere to stay, her father reaches out to a good friend to help them out but by some twist of fate her father’s friend is… Naoki Irie’s father!

First she got rejected and now she has to live under the same roof as her crush who rejected her! Will Kotoko’s luck finally turn around?

Buffalo 5 Girls by Moyoco Anno, published by CORK and distributed by MD-i: In the unforgiving towns dotting the barren desert, girls sold into brothels must face the carnal desires of men day in and day out. In a world rampant with sex and violence, what happens when prostitutes fall in love? Is there a way for them to survive?

Two working girls, Candy and Suzy, will risk their lives to break the cycle, all for the sake of the freedom they’ve never had. Stronger than they ever thought possible, these girls on the run learn to give their instincts free rein.

“Love or life, which would you choose?”

“I’d take love.”

“But then you can’t love if you’re dead, can you?”

Insufficient Direction by Moyoco Anno, published by CORK and distributed by MD-i: When Moyoco Anno, the widely successful creator of women’s manga, married Hideaki Anno, creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion and a director famed for being an otaku, she had one important doubt:

“Am I really ready to be an otaku’s wife?”

Taking up that challenge, Moyoco Anno launched herself into the deep and beautiful world of married life. This comic essay, an account of the private lives of two of Japan’s most high-profile creators, is raw, unfiltered, and unforgettably hilarious.

Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen by Moyoco Anno, published by CORK and distributed by MD-i:

Paris, France — Beginning of the 20th century. Colette works in a brothel and entertains clients with “perverted” desires. She feels she’s living a life without prospects — the only thing that brings her happiness are her secret meetings with a handsome gigolo named Leon. She feels helplessly attracted to the mysterious Leon despite his obvious inability to remain faithful…

This is the first new series by Moyoco Anno in eight years! After Sakuran and Buffalo 5 Girls comes another story about the strong lives of prostitutes.

The Diary of Ochibi-san by Moyoco Anno, published by CORK and distributed by MD-i: “Even if I can make you smile, I can’t erase the tears you’ve cried.”

In Mametsubu-cho, a little town somewhere in Japan’s ancient capital of Kamakura, the cheerful Ochibi lives a free and easy life. Together with his friends — the dog Nazeni, the mischievous cat Jack, and the ever-hungry pooch Pankui — he welcomes the new discoveries and acquaintances that come with the changing seasons.

The spring brings flowers and greenery; the summer, chances to swim in the cool sea. With autumn come the fiery red maples, and winter brings hot and hearty meals.

These events and shifts of season are drawn with a soft and tender touch, bringing out the warmth in the details of everyday life.

Urban Legend Hunters by Yvon Lee, Art by NOFI and distributed by MediBang: Have you heard of the popular horror mobile game from Taiwan? This manga has been adapted from the Urban Legend Hunters series where urban legends grow in power as they grow in popularity.

After getting wrapped up in a grisly crime at school, Yangda has to investigate the urban legend he believes to be at the root of the cause. His investigation leads him to believe a “dating ban” is behind a tense atmosphere that’s breeding spirits that resemble babies. Will he hold a ritual and speak with the spirits to find out if the murderer is actually a ghost or just pretending?

Don’t Count Your Tanukis by Mayu Minase, published by Futabasha and distributed by MD-i: A new love comedy from Mayu Minase that takes place in the heart of Tokushima, featuring nonhuman entities and love! The son and heir to an indigo dyeing shop, Riku, has dreamed of going to university outside his prefecture with his childhood best friend and girl he loves, but is instead forced to marry a girl named Miyo due to an old family promise. However, just what is Miyo’s incredible secret?! Tokushima’s very own Mayu Minase sets the stage in her hometown for this youthful love fantasy.

Wonder House of Horrors by Miyako Cojima, published by Star Fruit Books: A 10-story horror anthology by Miyako Cojima that is sometimes kooky, sometimes gory, and sometimes positively profound!

Young, Alive, In Love by Nishijima Daisuke, published by Star Fruit Books: Makoto uses a Geiger to measure radiation, and Mana can see ghosts. The two fall in love. What is more important, decontamination or spirit cleanse? 3 volumes long. Volume one available Q4 2021

Transit by Makoto Aizawa, published by Star Fruit Books: Life is just a repetition of encounters and partings, and where we are now is in any case a transit point. A series of coming of age stories about the days we go through feeling lost. Transit will launch on Friday, July 21.

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