News came out today that Tokyopop is going to release both Otsu-ichi’s novel Goth and the manga adaption of it; the manga being noticeable for having art by Welcome to the NHK artist Kendi Oiwa. I’ve already read the Goth manga, and despite how cliche the title sounds it is one solidly awesome story, featuring a boy and a girl hunting serial killers with the added twist of the boy being a sociopath himself. After reading Otsu-ichi’s other novel, Calling You, I can’t wait to read this novel and see how it compares to the manga, along with enjoying another one of his works in English. Otsu-ichi is definitely one of the better light novel authors getting translated right now, and deserves more credit and attention for his great works. Right now it looks like the manga will come out in September and the novel in October. I’ll be sure to pick them both up then.
P.S. Later this month the first novels of Seven Seas light novel line are coming out, and it’s interesting to see that while there is a roughly a seven month turnaround time between Tokyopop’s novel announcements and their publications, it’s taken Seven Seas TWO FREAKIN’ YEARS to get anything out. Just felt like pointing that out.