Manga Giveaway: Loveless Giveaway

Once again the end of the month approaches which means it’s time for another manga giveaway here at Experiments in Manga! This month you’ll all have a chance to win a copy of not one, but two volumes of Yun Kouga’s Loveless series as published by Viz Media: the first omnibus (which collects the first two volumes) as well as the ninth volume. So really, it’ll be like winning three volumes of manga. As always, the giveaway is open worldwide!

I would also like to extend a special thank you to Kate Dacey of the now retired Manga Critic for sending along these copies of Loveless to offer as a giveaway—Thanks again, Kate!

License rescues—manga that was once released in English only to fall out of print or be left incomplete for one reason or another which are then given another chance by a different publisher.

Between 2006 and 2008, Tokyopop released the first eight volumes of Yun Kouga’s Loveless. Much to my surprise and delight, Viz Media rescued the license in 2012, re-releasing the first eight volumes in four omnibuses and releasing for the first time in English volume nine and the volumes following. While it’s certainly not to everyone’s liking, I find Loveless to be oddly engrossing. I was very pleased that Viz picked the series up. (The quality of Viz’s edition is much nicer than Tokyopop’s release, too.)

Actually, there have recently been quite a few license rescues that I have been excited about. Just to name two more: Later this year Sublime Manga will be releasing Youka Nitta’s Embracing Love, one of my favorite yaoi series, which was partially released by Be Beautiful. I was also absolutely thrilled that Vertical brought Osamu Tezuka’s Message to Adolf back into print, which was originally published by Viz back in the day under the title Adolf.

So, you may be wondering, how can you win some Loveless?

1) In the comments below, tell me about a license rescue that you were excited to see. (No rescues that you find exciting or you don’t pay attention to such things? You can simply mention that instead.)
2) If you can, name a second license rescue that hasn’t been mentioned by me or someone else for a second entry. (It doesn’t necessarily need to be a recent or current re-release.)
3) If you’re on Twitter, you can earn a bonus entry by tweeting about the contest. Make sure to include a link to this post and @PhoenixTerran (that’s me).

It’s as easy as that! Each person can earn up to three entries for this giveaway. As usual, there is one week to submit your entries. If you have trouble leaving comments (Blogger doesn’t always work very well), or if you would prefer, feel free to e-mail me your entry at phoenixterran(at)gmail(dot)com. and will post the comment in your name. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on May 1, 2013. Good luck!

VERY IMPORTANT: Include some way that I can contact you. This can be an e-mail address, link to your website, Twitter username, or whatever. If I can’t figure out how to get a hold of you and you win, I’ll just draw another name.

Contest winner announced—Manga Giveaway: Loveless Giveaway Winner

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  1. I’ve been a Loveless for almost as long as I’ve been a manga fan, so of course I was thrilled to hear the Viz had saved it.

    Hmm, is it a license rescue if the same company rose from the dead to put it out? Because I was also really excited to see the third volume of Hetalia released—and apparently the other volumes are on their way.

  2. Vertical’s new release of Paradise Kiss was cause for much rejoicing around here. :D

    Over in yaoiland, I’m eternally grateful that Juné finished Kizuna, and used the swanky new Japanese omnibus volumes for it, too.

  3. 1) Super glad Del Rey rescued TP’s Parasyte and released them in a slighter better format with a better translation. It remains one of my favorite manga.

    2) I still need to pick it up, but I’m glad Yotsuba&! got rescued. Seems too cute to not stay in print…

    3) I retweeted your tweet a few days ago:; I’m manjiorin on Twitter.

    Thanks for the giveaway. ^^

  4. 1) I’m looking forward to reading more 07 Ghost. I have a large soft spot for bishounen. ^.^;

    2) No one has mentioned Blood Alone? Can I cry because Your and My Secret was license rescued, and then the rescuer failed? Why am I mentioning my creepiest rescued titles?

  5. Actually, I don’t exactly pay attention into license rescue… because you see, up until now I’ve just read manga in Japanese (not mention that on my country that’s very difficult to buy this kind of yaoi manga). Yep, just ask friend and she/he will give it to me, sadly that I can’t always do that that.

  6. 1. I’m glad that Sailor Moon got rescued and re-released in a much nicer format that Mixx/TP originally did. I was never a fan of how they released it, not to mention their books were always falling apart.

    2. I’m also glad that Dark Horse has been rescuing a lot of CLAMP’s old books lately, like Clover, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Tokyo Babylon. Now if only they’d pick up RG Veda!

    3. Retweeted your tweet @bunnycartoon! ^^

  7. 1) I was glad to see Alice in the Country of Hearts rescued.

    2) I love Kodansha’s re-release of Sailor Moon. I never had a change to own the Tokyopop release since they were always out of my price range.

    3) Retweeted as @KenshinGirl

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