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December 7, 2009

801 Media New License: Under Grand Hotel!

Filed under: 801 Media,Digital Manga,June,Yaoi Club — Tags: , , — admin @ 1:14 pm

801 Media is excited to announce the acquisition of Pathos creator Mika Sadahiro’s fan favorite title: Under Grand Hotel! Slated for June 2010, this explicit, controversial title has remained one of our most requested titles, and we’re excited to finally bring it into print publication! Read the official PR after the jump!

Gardena, CA (December 7, 2009)-801 Media, Digital Manga Publishing’s adult yaoi imprint, is excited to announce the acquisition of the heavily fan-requested title: Under Grand Hotel by Mika Sadahiro (creator of Pathos)!  Controversial, explicit, yet ultimately fascinating, Under Grand Hotel takes place in a prison that the prisoners have nicknamed the “Under Grand Hotel”. A two-part series, the story revolves around two inmates, Sen and Swordfish, and the power politics involved to survive a prison that houses the most dangerous inmates around!

In a new first, 801 Media will preserve the special trim size of this title (4 1/8″ x 5 7/8″), and it will hold a special price of $24.95 for each volume for their large volume count (over 320 pages for each book!)

UNDER GRAND HOTEL VOL. 1, Rated M+ (for ages 18+), MSRP: $24.95, Available: June 2010, 4 1/8″x  5 7/8″, Over 300 pages!, 801 Media

After killing the husband of his lover, Sen is sent to a prison nicknamed the “Under Grand Hotel”, which houses some of the most violent and corrupt offenders. Good-looking and rather soft for prison, Sen is forced to seek protection from Swordfish, the proclaimed leader of the prison. But when their relationship turns from one of convenience to one that may be more involved, can they protect each other in a place where the law has no bearing? Mika Sadahiro’s (Pathos) controversial and fan-favorite title is finally available for the first time in print in English!

About Digital Manga Publishing

Located in Gardena, CA, Digital Manga Publishing is one of the industry’s most unconventional and innovative companies, specializing in building corporate and cultural bridges from Japan to the Western Hemisphere – specifically through the licensing, importation and preparation of anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comic books) and related merchandise for the North American mainstream and subculture markets. In this capacity, DMI serves as a catalyst for the expansion of Japanese pop culture institutions into global arenas. The company’s imprint line includes DMP: its mainstream imprint, DMP PLATINUM: its classic manga imprint, JUNE´: its boys love imprint, 801 MEDIA: its adult boys love imprint, and DokiDoki: its exclusive co-publishing imprint with Shinshokan Publishing.

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  1. […] died and gone to yaoi heaven…!  Did you guys see the PR that just got released today!?!?!  Thas right everyone!  801 Media is releasing Under Ground […]

    Pingback by 801media Blog » Blog Archive » Oh, em, jee.. you, jee, eh’ch!!! — December 7, 2009 @ 4:26 pm

  2. I can’t stop smiling. I never thought it would happen. But it did, YEA BABY!!!! 801 is the bee’s knees.

    Comment by Nia — December 7, 2009 @ 4:51 pm

  3. I want to jump up and down right now!!! I am so excited that someone is finally picking up this amazing title.

    Comment by OMGGGGG!!! — December 7, 2009 @ 5:40 pm

  4. Sooo looking forward to this!!!

    Comment by Monica — December 7, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

  5. Is there a reason for preserving the original Bunko size, or are you guys just trying something new?

    Comment by Cait — December 7, 2009 @ 8:27 pm

  6. […] announced yesterday that they will publish Under Grand Hotel under their 801 imprint, which is usually reserved for the steamy […]

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  8. STOKED. This was the one that hooked me on yaoi.

    Comment by Daniel — December 8, 2009 @ 7:09 pm

  9. This is such amazing and awesome news. UGH is about the last title I would have expected to see licensed in English and I really respect and admire you for having the cojones to bring it to the US. I hope it’s a huge success for you guys and encourages you to bring us the more mature, adult titles that are available in the yaoi genre. I am excite!

    Comment by yourmom — December 8, 2009 @ 10:14 pm

  10. Can’t wait for this one! It’s such a classic plus a very wicked storyline. Excited!

    Comment by arnoria — December 9, 2009 @ 10:09 am

  11. You guys have made my day – this news is wonderful!. This series is one of the best yaoi I have ever read (and I’ve read a lot of yaoi). I will definitely be per-ordering this one. I just wonder how am I going to wait till June 2010?. Thanks again for listening to yaoi fans requests and licensing such a great title!.

    Comment by Lara — December 10, 2009 @ 6:10 am

  12. Just be sure to print enough copies. I don’t want to pay $20 premium because you didn’t think people would actually buy it (as in the case of S v.4)

    Comment by Jean — December 10, 2009 @ 9:40 pm

  13. This is great! It’s one of my favorite mangas.

    Comment by HB — December 12, 2009 @ 12:49 am

  14. Yea!! I can’t wait, can I pre-order it now PLEASE!!!!! So happy!!!!

    Comment by akyofan — December 16, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

  15. Happiness! This is my number one favorite manga of all time! I will be buying it for sure. I LOVE Mika Sadahiro.

    Comment by kylee — December 19, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

  16. This is the single greatest yaoi related moment of my life. I actually squeeled in joy. UGH is a manga that I thought would never get licensed let alot get special treatment! It’s one of my favorite manga of all time. Thank you!

    Comment by niki — December 19, 2009 @ 6:29 pm

  17. -4 1/8″x 5 7/8″-

    Are you kidding me? Seriously. Why would you release it in such a small format? That is the stupidest thing you have ever done and it makes me wish you didnt get to publish this. (Yes I do know it was also realesed in Japan like this but not at first)

    You guys finally get a great title and than you treat it like this – wtf. Either go all out or dont release it at all.

    Comment by nadia — January 1, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

  18. You could at least release it in original Japanese manga format.
    Why even pick up the title if you just want to save money by releasing it in such a small format.

    Comment by nadia — January 1, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

  19. OMG OMG OMG, lets all sing it, finally the deed is done thank you 801 media! rhuuull

    Comment by Yo-Naa — January 9, 2010 @ 10:01 am

  20. Okay when is it really gonna be release because it almost Aug. and it said it was released on the main website but it is not available anywhere so whats going on?

    Comment by becky — July 29, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

  21. It has been released. Akadot Retail has copies available now: And it should be at Amazon in a week or two.

    Comment by admin — July 29, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

  22. not loving the exhorbitant price at all. As if the standard $15.99 for 801 wasn’t expensive enough :(

    Comment by Oliver — August 2, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

  23. Ohhh the trauma!!! ohhh, by the way. do you watch anime subbed in english?

    Comment by Ha Hovland — July 23, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

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