Viz Continues To Remain Tight-Lipped About Shana

September 13, 2009 at 8:46 am 7 comments

I recently contacted Viz on behalf of my readers here who are fans of the light novel series “Shakugan no Shana”, asking if there was any kind of statement they could give, either vague or detailed regarding the status of the novels and their possible future.

As you might remember, Viz released the first two novels in the almost 20 book series from Japan a while back, and subsequently never published the third.  The series has seemingly been put on an indeffinite hold. It’s not canceled apparently, but just not going anywhere as of yet.

After a short bit of time, I recieved a quick and prompt response from Viz, stating this…

There hasn’t been any announcement regarding this at this point…so theres no information we can give right now – sorry
However feel free to keep an eye out for upcoming news

While although not providing any answers specifically, it does at least tell us that Shakugan no Shana is most likely ‘still’ on hold.

The silence from the publisher has prompted fans to translate the rest of the Shana novels themselves. A fan translation of the light novel series began August 5, 2008, and since then Volume 3 has been completely finished, along with Volume 4 which is nearing completion.

Do you feel that Viz should release the rest of the novels? Leave your comments about all of this below.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sharillon  |  September 14, 2009 at 5:37 am

    I sure want to read more of the Shana Novels…

    Its really a shame how the LN-Situation is in America…

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  • 2. Ryushi-Kun  |  September 14, 2009 at 9:53 am

    I wish they would translate all of them I hate reading from a computer

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  • 3. kafkafuura  |  September 14, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I wonder about the possibility of buying the licenses from the licencing companies or from authors directly and working with an on-demand publishing scheme?

    I don’t know much about all the fancy law stuff involved though, sounds like a total pain.

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  • 4. Isekaijin  |  September 17, 2009 at 8:40 am

    At least let the unofficial translators like Baka-tsuki do it.

    Dammit, they’re too slow.

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  • 5. Sphere  |  September 18, 2009 at 11:40 am

    I’m enjoying the fan translation more. Tthey keep the honorifics, and most of the jargons untranslated and such. So that’s more of a major bonus there. They also have helpful notes.

    I prefer the fan translation. I honestly don’t like Viz.

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  • 6. CCT  |  September 20, 2009 at 10:07 am

    I like the fan translation but wouldn’t hesitate to buy the official translations if they bothered releasing them.

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  • 7. gg  |  December 6, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    although the fan trans are fine with me, i want to see the official trans as they are more correct in my opinion. i’m getting impatient on the issue on viz media though.

    Reply

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