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Posted on May 1

Hello, everyone! This is Jennifer LeBlanc here at SuBLime. We just want to give you an update about the release schedule for The World’s Greatest First Love and some changes that will be happening. 


First, let me give you a little background so you can better understand why these changes will be occurring. As you may or may not know, when a publisher licenses a book from Japan, there are certain parts of the book we need to send to the Japanese publisher and mangaka for approval (the cover, color pinup, credits page, etc.). Until those items are approved, we cannot send the book to the printers. 


This brings me to The World’s Greatest First Love. The approvals process is no different for this series and Sensei (Shungiku Nakamura) must review all of the above-mentioned parts of the book. Unfortunately, Sensei’s current schedule is making it too difficult for her and for us to meet an every-other-month release schedule. Going forward, what we must do is wait for Sensei to approve the volume and then do what we call a schedule “drop in,” which we will start doing with V3 (V2 is unaffected). 


What is a drop in? When we have a situation such as this one where we do not have a way to schedule the release dates ahead of time, then we must drop each volume into the release schedule as they are ready.  Since this will affect volumes three through five, we will have to pull the current preorders down from retail sites, and that will cancel all existing preorders for those specific volumes. This is something that is out of our control as retailers will not allow us to keep a book up for preorder that does not have a set release date. 


Here is the current status of the volumes we are working on: 


Volume 2 is approved by Sensei and will release July 14th. Preorders for this volume will not be affected. 


Volume 3 is currently with Sensei for approval. As soon as she approves the volume we will schedule it for publication and inform everyone of the new release date. All future volumes will be submitted for approval and scheduled in this manner. 


Please rest assured that we’re doing our best to bring you these books in a timely manner. Thank you for your understanding, and if you have any questions please feel free to ask them in comments below. 

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