So, for a while Daniella Orihuela-Gruber found anime cons to be a little depressing as a huge manga nerd herself. Very few manga panels, very few manga sellers in the dealers’ hall and a lot of publishers had relatively negative tones with few new licenses to announcements.
But this year at Anime Expo was different. This year seemed like manga publishers were really truly rebounding, even if only a little, after the terrible economic conditions of the past few years. Here’s why she thinks that.