Date: 2005 August 02 17:03
Posted by Joe
The folks at eigoManga have sent us the details of their partnership with Viz Media. Apparently eigoManga will produce the English language versions of Basara and Flame of Recca. The press release is very thin on details and doesn't really explain what they mean by producing. It's uncertain if they'll be translating it directly or hiring a third party company or individual to do all the work and if they'll manage the logistics such as printing and so on.
Press release as follows:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: eigoMANGA STUDIOS announces partnership with VIZ Media.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - eigoMANGA STUDIOS has announced a new partnership with Viz Media to produce English versions of some of Viz Media's most popular manga titles beginning in the summer of 2005.
Starting in July of 2005, eigoMANGA STUDIOS will produce English-language editions of Basara, a popular Shojo manga series, and Flame of Recca, one of Viz's popular Shonen titles.
eigoMANGA STUDIOS aims to maintain the consistent quality readers have come to expect across the entire Viz line of publications, according to Austin Osueke, Project Manager for eigoMANGA STUDIOS. "We're really excited about working with Viz on these books, particularly Basara", said Osueke. "It's one of the books that inspired me to become part of the manga industry in the first place."
About eigoMANGA STUDIOS:
eigoMANGA STUDIOS is a business to business production and marketing consulting firm specializing in producing anime and manga projects for clients looking for custom-brand anime themes for their marketing and business needs. eigoMANGA STUDIOS is a subsidiary of eigoMANGA Ltd.
About VIZ Media, LLC:
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages.