We hope this FAQ will help fans with common questions!
Q: Do you think _____ has a chance of being licensed?
A: In the world of manga licensing, especially for the US market, we have to be careful with the way statements, questions, and comments are worded. Obviously we cannot divulge what series we’re in the process of licensing (for any number of contractual and/or professional reasons) or are bidding on, so we can’t respond to any inquiries about specific titles that we don’t publish.
But now we have a survey where you can suggest up to four series for us to license–it’s in the upper right of this website at sevenseasentertainment.com. We hope you submit your requests through there, so we can record them properly. We’ll be posting a new survey there every month or so, if you have more titles to suggest in the future.
Q: How are my suggestions in the survey used when deciding what to license?
A: Since licensing is a complicated process, the survey results are one part of the process–but an important one. We’re happy that three of the top requested series on our surveys: the manga Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare, and the light novels Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation and Classroom of the Elite, were all titles we were able to license, and fan support was a big reason we were able to pursue those titles.
However, some titles are very difficult for us, even if it’s heavily requested: our biggest retailers might not want to carry it, maybe it’s too long for us to invest in, or maybe the original publishing company or the creator simply don’t want it in English, period. That said, things change! Titles that weren’t open to us (or viable for us) in the past are titles we’re publishing now, which means other titles could be open in the future. In addition, we really like to know what our readers are hungry for right now, because even if we can’t get that particular title, maybe we can get something similar–by the same creator, in the same genre, or popular with the same audience. So we really appreciate you filling out those surveys!
Q: Are there any restrictions to manga requests, such as certain publishers?
A: We license from MANY Japanese publishers these days. So if you’re making license suggestions in the monthly Reader Survey mentioned above, don’t hold back. 😉
Q: Will you be releasing more Toradora! soon? Why is it taking so long?
A: Short answer, yes. Toradora! is easily one of our best-sellers here at Seven Seas, and we avidly await the next volume in the series as much as our fans do. Our publishing schedule is based on when a new volume comes out in Japan. Note: We’re also publishing the light novels now!
Q: What’s the status on Hayate x Blade?
A: We released the first 6 volumes, as singles and then as 2 omnibus collections. Unfortunately, the license has switched over to Shueisha, so we no longer have the rights to the series.
Q: What’s the status on Blood Alone?
A: We published the first 6 volumes (1 omnibus and 3 singles). Since then, the series switched publishers, so we no longer have the rights to publish it. But keep in mind, if it’s ever in English again, it would be the 3rd time the series has been attempted in the US market (it’s unlikely).
Q: What’s the status on the Alice in the Country of… series?
A: In September 2015, news went public of Quinrose suspending operations. Unfortunately, we regret to confirm that Quinrose’s closure affects the future publication of the following titles, which we had previously planned to release: Alice in the Country of Hearts: White Rabbit and Some Afternoon Tea Vol. 2, Alice in Twin World, and Alice in the Country of Diamonds: Junk Box Diamonds. These titles have been indefinitely removed from our current publication schedule.
We at Seven Seas were delighted to have published 35 titles, including both manga and light novels, based on Quinrose’s Alice in the Country of… franchise. Our deepest thanks to the passionate Alice in the Country of… fans for their continued support, and our well wishes go out to all negatively affected by Quinrose’s business suspension.
But we’re happy to say the mangaka of many of those beloved Alice in the Country of… manga, Mamenosuke Fujimaru, is doing a similar series for Seven Seas, based on the Wizard of Oz: Captive Hearts of Oz, which we think you’ll love!
Q: Do you have a release schedule of your upcoming manga?
A: Yup! On our new website right here.
Q: I have more questions/comments. Is there somewhere else I can contact you?
Q: Do you have a digital platform, or eBooks of your titles?
Q: Where can I find your recent licenses?
A: A list of all of them (in order of most recent announcement to least recent announcement) is in our news archive.
Q: Is there any way to navigate through your Tumblr for specific topics/series?
Q: I’m a freelance editor/proofer/typesetter and I’d like to work at Seven Seas! Are you hiring?
A: Sometimes we are, which we post about on our Jobs page.
Q: I’m a writer/artist looking to have my comic/manga/idea published, can I send you my script/art/comic/thing to you to publish?
A: Seven Seas is not currently accepting portfolio submissions or original content pitches.