In a completely surprise announcement during their panel at Sakura-Con yesterday, manga publisher Yen Press revealed they had acquired the rights to publish both the Yowamushi Pedal manga and the Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun manga in English, among a list of other new series. I’m really excited about this as I’m a huge fan of both Yowapeda and Nozaki-kun!
It’s also an interesting announcement as nobody expected either of these series to ever be localized. In the past, sport manga like Slam Dunk hasn’t sold particularly well in North America, nor has yoncoma which is the style of 4-panel humor storytelling that the original Nozaki-kun manga uses. Yowamushi Pedal is a significant investment since the series is currently 39 volumes long in Japan without sign of stopping, quite a translation undertaking. Hopefully Yen Press has seen the lively Yowapeda fandom and felt it was time to take a chance of a sports manga again. It’s also great news that they’ll be doubling up their Yowapeda releases into two-volume omnibuses, since maybe it’ll allow the West to catch up to the anime and beyond quicker.
And Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is a great aquisition even with its 4-koma stigma because I’ve had so many friends, anime fan and even newbies, who finish Nozaki-kun and ask for more. And without a second season announcement there was only the manga, which was not available in English. Now I have a place I can point them to!
Thank you so much, Yen Press! I definitely plan to preorder both of these and recommend them to all my friends and more!