North America is about to get some love from manga publisher Seven Seas, as they announced today that they will be releasing a trio of popular series on Western shores starting as early as Spring 2014. In a statement issued today, the company revealed that they have plans to release volume one of Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky next April, followed by the releases of Girls und Panzer in June and Arpeggio of Blue Steel in July.
For those not up to snuff on their news, Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky is the manga-adapted series that originally began as an anime. Because series creator Humikana Shimada and illustrator Yuuki Tanaka teamed up to produce two volumes of the series initially, Seven Seas will eventually be localizing and releasing both books here in NA. Unfortunately, details on the second volume have yet to be discussed with regards to a North American launch, but keep an ear to the ground as more details come down the pipe in the near future.
For those who frequent Crunchyroll, you may immediately recognize the name Girls und Panzer, as the series was covered heavily by the site when it originally aired some time ago. Of course, if you never caught an episode on Crunchy, then fret not, for Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series for a forthcoming home video release that will hit store shelves later this year.
As for Arpeggio of Blue Steel, one might say it has followed a path that’s the opposite of the beloved Strike Witches. Meaning to say, the series originally began as a manga and is currently being adapted for television. The show is laden with submarines, unsuspecting heroes and of course a sci-fi future where humanity wrestles with its own extinction. So needless to say, it has all the makings of a quality read.
Nevertheless, this trifecta of books will certainly bring a smile the faces of those readers out there who enjoy ladies kicking ass and taking names. Be on the lookout for all the goodness early next year.