As if creating the manga blockbusters Love, Hina and Negima weren’t enough, manga-kaKen Akamatsu is launching a new manga this summer according to Japanese news reports. No details on the contents — his previous hits were harem manga but in 2010 he declared that genre passé, so maybe we’ll see something more genre busting from him. Akamatsu is notable for (in translation at least) being a little more focused on the business aspects of manga:
Akamatsu responded that it is really hard to release three hit series in a row. He then added that he would rather promote works as an agent and continue his efforts to upload e-books. He had originally wanted to become an editor, and he likes fostering a creative environment for creators.
Negima—a sort of naughtier version of Harry Potter, published in the US by Del Rey—already has 19 million copies in print. In other words, one of the world’s most successful cartoonists in a whole other culture is going through the same career conundrums as everyone else.
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