All I can say is “Whoa. This is huge.”
Earlier today, Ed Chavez announced that he is launching a new manga publisher, named Denpa, LLC. Chavez revealed six titles that will hit stores under the company’s banner:
- Kaiji by Nobuyuki Fukumoto
- Inside Mari by Shuzo Oshimi
- An Invitation from a Crab (Kani ni Sasowarete) by panpanya
- Futurelog by Range Murata
- Super Dimensional Love Gun by Shintaro Kago
- Legend of the Overfiend by Toshio Maeda
Super Dimensional Love Gun and Legend of the Overfiend are hentai titles, which were previously distributed on Fakku!
Ed Chavez is the former marketing director for manga publisher Vertical, Inc. He’s worked in the industry as a translator and editor for numerous organizations, including Seven Seas, CMX and Kodansha.
Kaiji originally launched in the pages of Kodansha’s Young Magazine in February 2016. The ongoing series currently spans 67 volumes, with the latest shipping to stores on July 11.
The series spawned two anime TV adaptations, with the most recent hitting Japanese TV in 2011. Yūzō Satō (The Gokusen, Naruto: The Cross Roads) directed the show at Madhouse, with Haruhito Takada (Mr. Tonegawa, Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge) providing character designs. Hideo Takayashiki (Gurazeni: Money Pitch, Maison Ikkoku) was in charge of series composition.
Crunchyroll currently streams the Kaiji anime, and describes the title as:
Kaiji Ito is a total loser. He lives day by day gambling, making small debt and taking out his frustration on expensive imported cars. His life changes one day with a visit from a loan shark, Endo. Endo seduces the disheartened Kaiji, “You can wipe the debt away in one night.”
Inside Mari began publication in Futabasha’s Manga Action magazine in 2012. The series, which ran through 2016, spans eight collected volumes.
Crunchyroll distributes Inside Mari on their digital platform. They describe the title as:
A young man is a shut-in, with nothing to do but kill time. The sole pleasure in his life is following home an angelic high school girl he sees every day in a convenience store. Today, like any other day, he follows her, but…
An Invitation from a Crab
began publication in Hakusensha’s Rakuen Le Paradis magazine. The title was released as a one-shot in April 2014.
Futurelog is an illustration book compiling Range Murata’s illustrations across 281 pages. The title hit Japanese retailers on February 27.
Update 8/11/2018, 8:08PM EDT: Added updates for Super Dimensional Love Gun and Legend of the Overfiend.