Carlsen’s newsletter with their new acquisitions was to be sent last Friday, but due to technical problems, it was postponed until this week’s Monday. It contained their complete summer program.

A few days before Panini also had announced one of their new series: Atashi gahamatta Yottsu no Junai a Shoujo by Mayumi Yokoyama. Similar to Tokyopop they will announce their full list for their spring/summer 2008 program in mid-December (so probably sometime next week).

Note: (manga marked in blue were already announced before)

Seinen
Alive! by Tsutomu Takahashi
Ikkyu by Hisashi Sakaguchi
Inu wo Kau by Jiro Taniguchi (hardcover, mirrored, published as a “graphic novel”)

Shounen
Blood+ by Asuka Katsura
Dragonball Z – The Saiyajin by Akira Toriyama (coloured and anime adaptation)
E’s by Satoru Yuiga

Shoujo
Betrayal Knows My Name by Hotaru Odagiri
Wanted! by Hino Matsuri
Mad Love Chase von Kazusa Takashima
Zeus Collection by You Higuri

Shounen Ai
Mizu no Kioku by Sakuragi Yaya
Romance by Moka Azumi

Inhouse Productions
Alle Guten Geister by Laura Müller & Marco Paal
Keyla by Nicole Klementz & Nhung Vu
Chochin by Franziska Steffen & Tina Lindhorst

Art books:
One Piece Yellow by Eiichiro Oda

Light Novels
Kyo Kara Maoh! by Tomo Takabayashi & Temari Matsumoto (the first volume will only cost 2,95€, wow)
Only the Ring Finger Knows by Satoru Kannagi & Hotaru Odagiri
.hack // Ai Buster by Tatsuya Hamazaki
Naruto – Innocent Heart, Crimson Demon by Masatoshi Kusakabe

Comment:
Personally I have to say I am a bit disappointed. I had hoped for more seinen licenses, or at least a seinen series with more volumes than one or two, but I guess seinen still doesn’t sell well enough. And Carlsen is not the only publisher, Egmont also has some interesting seinen licenses for the next year, albeit only two one shots, but there’s still Tokyopop and… Panini.

I also thought they would announce Welcome to NHK release dates this time, as they already own the license. On their board someone asked why it wasn’t announced and they replied that they didn’t want to publish more ‘seinen’ next summer and rather concentrate on finishing and continuing their already published ones. They also hinted to a possible announcement in April and then publish it in their fall/winter 2008/2009 schedule.

From Carlsen’s new licenses I will definitely purchase Alive!, even if it’ll cost me 8,50€. Some other titles also look interesting Inu wo Kau by Jiro Tanaguchi seems a bit expensive for 14€, however, if the release is of the same great quality, as their other Tanaguchi release was, it’ll be worth it.

Then there’s Ikkyu, which looks more like a niche seinen title, but that makes it more interesting and appealing. Finally there’s Blood+. It’s no seinen, but I only heard good things about the anime. And somehow I often prefer the manga adaptation to the actual anime (NGE, Tsukihime, maybe Speed Grapher). But from looking at the sample cover, the art does leave a shoujo-ish impact on me, but it’s about vampires and hey… I love vampires.

PS: My proof reader appeared again, so you can expect some reviews being posted this weekend.