Topic: Kodansha Acquires Ichijinsha, Publisher of Official Touhou Books  (Read 1384 times)

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Today (Oct 14, 2016) Kodansha, one of Japan's largest publishing and media agglomerates, announced it has acquired all stocks in Ichijinsha, and made it into a subsidiary of Kodansha.
« Last Edit: October 15, 2016, 03:48:11 am by cuc »
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Re: Kodansha Acquires Ichijinsha, Publisher of Official Touhou Books
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2016, 10:06:50 am »
Long-time readers of news here should already know the background: Ichijinsha is the publisher of the Touhou worldbuilding books, the Bougetsushou saga, and presently Touhou Ibarakasen ~ WaHH. However, Ichijinsha's ability to do so heavily depended on ZUN's trust for their editor Okonogi Tetsurō. Last year Okonogi had been poached by Dengeki Maou, a Kadokawa Group magazine, bringing the ZUN partnership with him. While Ichijinsha has continued to publish WaHH, they had practically lost any chance of getting their hands on new Touhou titles, while Okonogi was able to start the official Touhou magazine at Kadokawa.

What we are now waiting to see is Kodansha's handling of the Touhou brand. Will they finally kill the Febri magazine and WaHH with it? Or will they try to renew their ties to ZUN?



Some sources claim the previous largest shareholder of Ichijinsha was Dai Nippon Printing, who rescued the struggling company in 2010. There's no reason not to trust them, but this piece of information seems hard to verify.
« Last Edit: October 15, 2016, 01:31:48 am by cuc »
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Re: Kodansha Acquires Ichijinsha, Publisher of Official Touhou Books
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2016, 04:49:55 pm »
Now we can get the Card Captor Sakura crossover that ZUN always wanted!

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Re: Kodansha Acquires Ichijinsha, Publisher of Official Touhou Books
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2016, 07:53:37 pm »
I have to wonder if WaHH will just reach a 'conclusion' and ZUN will attempt to make a 'sequel' (read: just continuing it under a different name) a la the three fairies series with another publisher (possibly Kadowaka).

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Re: Kodansha Acquires Ichijinsha, Publisher of Official Touhou Books
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2016, 03:57:22 pm »
It would certainly be convenient for fans if all the Touhou manga were in the same magazine.

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Re: Kodansha Acquires Ichijinsha, Publisher of Official Touhou Books
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2016, 10:33:19 pm »
Man... I didn't know that. That sucks so much. I wonder what will happen next.
 

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