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I am interested in reading valvrave, TWGOK, Recently,My Sister is strange and SAO manga versions. Yet, I haven't found any English versions of manga. Ultimately, dont get published or we have to learn Japanese to read them. Really, who holds the English publishing rights? As a manga and anime fan, I demand to know!
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Multiple companies publish Manga, and just like with Anime, its not necessarily possible for everything to get rights to be turned into an Anime, or in this case for all Manga to be published in English. Sadly there are just some series out there that will never be published in English. No matter how up in arms we get about it.
Posted 1/21/14 , edited 1/21/14
The author does not sign contracts with multiple producers. Only one company gets the right to produce copies of the author's work. It's up to that company to decide if they want to hand a portion of their obligations such as translation and distribution to an affiliating company.
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misfitkronos wrote:

I am interested in reading valvrave, TWGOK, Recently,My Sister is strange and SAO manga versions. Yet, I haven't found any English versions of manga. Ultimately, dont get published or we have to learn Japanese to read them. Really, who holds the English publishing rights? As a manga and anime fan, I demand to know!


Those can all be found on the darkside. Personally, I don't have a problem with turning to the darkside for translations of manga that are not being officially translated into english, but due to site rules I am not going to post links. If you go to MyAnimeList.net and search for the series you are looking for, you should be able to find the name in Japanese, which will make it easier to find other places.
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For SAO, Yen Press has licensed both the manga AND the novels. Manga link: http://www.yenpress.com/sword-art-online-manga/ Novel link: http://www.yenpress.com/sword-art-online-novel/. For the others, there isn't a legitimate English license so you'd have to go "underground" to find those.
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Underground *shivers* Also Yen Press has SAO and a lot of other good series like Railgun and Soul Eater. They are currently my favorite publisher for English manga besides Viz.
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Stonewolfe wrote:

Multiple companies publish Manga, and just like with Anime, its not necessarily possible for everything to get rights to be turned into an Anime, or in this case for all Manga to be published in English. Sadly there are just some series out there that will never be published in English. No matter how up in arms we get about it.


Case in point... Crest of the Stars Novel.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crest_of_the_Stars
Never heard Crest of the Stars!!!?. It is literally the manga that gave life back to the Science fiction manga and anime genre. Without out it there would be no Robots in anime or gaint spaceships like in Macross or Robotech anymore. All modern science fiction (especially the continuations of series that predate the novels) draw or borrow elements from this series.

The orginal novel was licensed by tokyopop, but a quick search of tokyo pop shows no ebook or novel.
http://tokyopop.com/?s=+Crest+of+the+Stars&submit=Search
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dusky186 wrote:


Stonewolfe wrote:

Multiple companies publish Manga, and just like with Anime, its not necessarily possible for everything to get rights to be turned into an Anime, or in this case for all Manga to be published in English. Sadly there are just some series out there that will never be published in English. No matter how up in arms we get about it.


Case in point... Crest of the Stars Novel.

The orginal novel was licensed by tokyopop, but a quick search of tokyo pop shows no ebook or novel.
http://tokyopop.com/?s=+Crest+of+the+Stars&submit=Search


Tokyopop's release of the Crest of the Stars novels were "abridged." WHY I have no idea, but once I found out the novels were abridged, I got rid of the first volume and never bought the rest. I would've liked to have read the novels too.
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Art-chan wrote:


dusky186 wrote:


Stonewolfe wrote:

Multiple companies publish Manga, and just like with Anime, its not necessarily possible for everything to get rights to be turned into an Anime, or in this case for all Manga to be published in English. Sadly there are just some series out there that will never be published in English. No matter how up in arms we get about it.


Case in point... Crest of the Stars Novel.

The orginal novel was licensed by tokyopop, but a quick search of tokyo pop shows no ebook or novel.
http://tokyopop.com/?s=+Crest+of+the+Stars&submit=Search


Tokyopop's release of the Crest of the Stars novels were "abridged." WHY I have no idea, but once I found out the novels were abridged, I got rid of the first volume and never bought the rest. I would've liked to have read the novels too.


Even more to the point!
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Well_Spoken_Man wrote:

If you go to MyAnimeList.net and search for the series you are looking for, you should be able to find the name in Japanese, which will make it easier to find other places.


i would say that mangaupdates/bakaupdates is a better source for, well, manga. it doesn't host manga (so it's not illegal), but has thousands of titles, even ones that haven't been fan-translated, with genre listings, category listings, summaries, reviews, and ratings. It will also tell you its author (whose name you can click on to see other works), original publisher, magazine serialization, number of volumes, associated names, related series (i.e. prequels or spin-offs), and whether it has been licensed in English. If so it will tell you which company does the licensing.

imo it's the best source for manga, and each page has recommendations for similar manga. ^^
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