Comic-Con Remains Devoid of LN News

July 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm 5 comments

Image of Inside Comic-Con

Since this past Thursday, Anime, Manga, and Light Novel fans alike have flocked to San Diego, California to attend the event known as “Comic-Con”. Hosting to a large variety of publishers, companies, gaming venues, and booths, the ground floor of the event is covered in a sea of people, all rushing from section to section to see just about everything the overly large convention center holds.

Comic-Con, like many other Anime events, is a place where anime and manga companies announce their newest licensings for Manga, Anime, and at times on occasion, Light Novels.

Out of this year’s Comic-Con, we have recieved many new licensings of Anime and Manga, sure to delight many fans. Including the announcements of two new series to begin serializing within the U.S. Monthly Shounen Jump.

However, the one thing that Comic-Con has not spoken on, is any new Light Novel licensings. Not one. By all means however, should I be mistaken and there was a relatively unknown announcement given, please leave a comment with the name. However, from investigating, I could find not one licensing announcement regarding a Light Novel from any company.

Of course, this shouldn’t really come too much as a shock considering the current state of things for the struggling new industry. With an almost overwhelming lack of knowledge regarding their existance, along with the suffering economy, it is not hard to to understand why companies are not licensing like crazy.

In fact, perhaps this might even be a good thing. Could this in fact be a sign that these publishers and companies are learning from the mistakes of the past? *cough*tokyopop*cough

Or, should this be looked on as a sad note, furthering the fact that the light novel fanbase makes up the smallest  fanbase within the Anime community, even more so than Visual Novels, which in themselves are a very small niche.

The opinions regarding this I’m sure will be large. Today was the last day of this event, and although there’s a possibility that there will be a licensing announcement given last minute, I personally don’t believe there will.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. NariKiri  |  July 27, 2009 at 1:47 am

    How about some storys about what you did on the CC? >:3

    • 2. ranobecafe  |  July 27, 2009 at 1:53 am

      I can’t, because I never went to Comic-Con. lol Sorry. 😦

  • 3. NanoZero  |  August 11, 2009 at 12:41 am

    I was hoping to hear some news about the US release of Kara no Kyoukai at Comic-Con. Del Rey announced its release date to be this year, and there’s nothing.

    • 4. kafkafuura  |  August 13, 2009 at 5:39 am

      I know Faust published the first chapter in their first volume – so I’d hope to think that they are actively working on it. So far that’s all we have. If you might find any information about it – it would probably be with them.

  • 5. Rajikai  |  September 9, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Um. Never been to one… Though I will never probably go, it’s kinda good to know about the licensing issue 🙂


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