The cover art for the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Deserted Island Diary manga’s English translation has been officially revealed by Viz.
Three months after it was announced that the Animal Crossing: New Horizons licensed manga would be adapted for an English audience, publisher VIZ Media has offered up a first look at the book’s official cover art. The first manga adaptation in the Animal Crossing series’ history to be translated into English will hit shelves on September 14 of this year, and is currently available for preorder.
While companion manga for Animal Crossing games have been part of the franchise history for some time, unsurprising given the game’s overwhelming popularity in Japan, none of those companion manga have ever been officially translated or released in English. Fans of the series who don’t speak or read Japanese have had to rely solely on unlicensed fan translations, which are often difficult to find and are frequently subjected to copyright laws. So it came as a welcome surprise in February when VIZ Media, the company behind the official manga series, announced that the companion manga to Animal Crossing: New Horizons would be translated into English and licensed for distribution in the west on September 14, 2021.
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The manga series has, in keeping with tradition, been serialized and published in Japan’s CoroCoro Comic magazine, before it was compiled and released as a single book in July of 2020. While English adaptations of Japanese manga traditionally have different cover art, VIZ today revealed on their official Twitter feed that the book would be using the same cover art as its Japanese counterpart. In addition, according to the image posted, it looks like the manga will be keeping the traditional right-to-left reading order typical of Japanese print, in lieu of flipping the artwork like many previous official translations did before manga gained popularity in English-speaking countries.
The move to bring the manga series to the West may have reignited the recently dwindling passion for the game, which has admittedly fizzled out in recent weeks. Many of its fans now consider the game to be getting stale, with lower comparable replay value than previous Animal Crossing titles, which may have been the deciding factor for VIZ to localize the manga adaptation for a western audience for the first time in its history. The manga doesn’t follow a particular overarching storyline, but rather offers a more in-depth look into the lives of the game’s villagers, as well as tips and tricks on how to get the most out of the game.
But whatever the reason, fans are responding positively, and with any luck, companion manga for earlier games may soon follow this one, or at least set a precedence for future adaptations, especially considering that there’s a second volume in the series that’s already been released in Japan. In the meantime, Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Deserted Island Diary Volume 1 is available for preorder through Barnes & Noble, for $9.99 USD.
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Source: VIZ Media
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