Announced during Anime NYC 2022, Kadokawa Corporation and Book Walker Co., Ltd. revealed the formal launch of the Tatesc Comics brand on Book Walker Global!
Tatesc (pronounced ta-te-sk) Comics is the response to countless requests from fans in English-speaking countries for access to this exciting content! Kadokawa will release diverse genres such as “isekai,” fantasy, romance, comedy, and action, including original titles as well as adaptations of existing light novels and traditional manga. Its name derived from the Japanese “tate,” meaning vertical, and “sc” for “scrolling,” Tatesc Comics aspires to engage readers both with its initial offering and much more to come!
Fueling this initiative, Book Walker Global will offer the full lineup of Tatesc Comics, with many available first exclusively on the Book Walker Global platform! 24 titles are available as of November 16th, including other publisher’s titles.
This is the first step for Kadokawa to “accelerate” its business in the English world. The publisher will begin to “an aggressive, multifaceted strategy to activate more of its content through publishing and digital distribution.” in January 2023.
Kadokawa has announced that in response to requests from fans of Japanese comics and light novels in English-speaking countries, it will begin speedy ebook translation and distribution directly!
The company has delivered its translated manga and light novels through Yen Press and other local publishers, but in order to meet the needs of readers who want more titles earlier, they will translate and deliver the official versions of these IPs straight from the source!
It usually took six months to a year from a title’s serialization in Japan to their translation and publication in English-speaking countries, but soon many of the manga will be released as “simulpubs” with Japan on the online ebook store BOOK WALKER Global, which is operated by a Kadokawa group subsidiary. As for light novels, as soon as they are translated, they will deliver them chapter by chapter!
To start, Kodakwa has selected ones that were not translated into English but are already highly recognized in the English-speaking world, and will start with seven manga! From October, they will distribute three more light novel titles as well! (Details are as follows.) The number is expected to exceed 100 titles soon.
These titles will be available on “BOOK WALKER Global” and a few other online stores. More outlets will be added gradually.
A Boy Raised by Gods Will Be The Strongest
Art: Toya Kuno Original Work: Ryosuke Hata Character Design: fame
I’m Quitting Heroing
Art: Nori Kazato Original Work: Quantum Character Design: Hana Amano
Magic Stone Gourmet: Eating Magical Power Made Me The Strongest
Art: Kenji Sugawara Original Work: Ryou Yuuki Character Design: Chisato Naruse
My Little Sister Stole My Fiancé: The Strongest Dragon Favors Me And Plans To Take Over The Kingdom?
Art: hi8mugi Original Work: Ten Kashiwa Character Design: COMTA
The 31st Consort
Art: Tsubasa Nanaki Original Work: Momotomoe Character Design: Nanao Yamashita
The Insipid Prince’s Furtive Grab for The Throne
Art: Yukino Amagai Original Work: Tanba Character Design: Yunagi
The Lotus Eaters, Drunk and Sober
Art: Mizutaki Original Work: ZUN
Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway (*the official title name to be determined)
Author: Shimesaba Artist: Booota
I’m Quitting Heroing *
Author: Quantum Artist: Hana Amano
The Insipid Prince’s Furtive Grab for The Throne *