Saturday, 22 March 2014

Manga Outside Japan-Manga in Brazil (1):- Before the 1990s some trial marketing of manga took place in Brazil, including Lone Wolf and Cub, the first one published in the country, Mai, the Psychic Girl, Akira, Cobra, Crying Freeman, and The Legend of Kamui. The Brazilianshōnenmarket started in the mid-1990s with Ranma ½published by Animangá, although the publication did not prove successful (due to the fact that it was released in the American format and contained only two chapters per issue, roughly equivalent to one fourth of atankohon). It was followed by Pokémon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu, released by Conrad in 1999, during the Pokémonboom. In 2000, Conrad published Saint Seiyaand Dragon Ball (both titles already well known, since the equivalent anime had been highly successful in the 1990s). After the success of these titles, Conrad released not only trendy manga like One Piece, Vagabond, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Slam Dunk, but also classic manga like Osamu Tezukatitles (including Adolfand Buddha), Nausicaä, and less known titles like Bambi and Her Pink GunandSade. In 2003, the Japanese-Brazilian company Japan Brazil Communication (JBC) started publishing manga, releasing Rurouni Kenshin, Magic Knight Rayearth, Cardcaptor Sakuraand Video Girl Ai. In 2009, JBC published Clamp titles like X/1999, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicleand xxxHolic, and popular titles like Inuyasha, Negima!, Fruits Basket, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Shaman King, Love Hinaand Bakuman, having also picked up the publishing rights for Ranma ½ and Neon Genesis Evangelionin the same year.

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