Quote from Mackk
But does licensing the series not give the rights to both the regular Shaman King manga and the Shaman King Kanzenban manga?
It seems to me that you're misunderstanding the term "series".
I'm not exactly sure how to explain it on manga, so let's talk about book series instead.
"A book series is a sequence of books having certain characteristics in common that are formally identified together as a group. Book series can be organized in different ways, such as written by the same author, or marketed as a group by their publisher." (Wikipedia)
There can be several series set in the same world/universe. Let's take R.A. Salvatore's series as an example:
He started out with "The Icewind Dale Trilogy" and followed with a prequel series called "The Dark Elf Trilogy". After that he started an unrelated (though set in the same world) pentalogy called "The Cleric Quintet", books of which he released alternately with a sequel (to the original series) tetralogy's called "Legacy of the Drow". And so on...
Even though three of the series follow the story of same main character and two of them the same group of characters, they are all separate series. They all get licensed separately.
Manga is the same - if the author of the original series (or someone else) created a sequel (or prequel) to it, then the new series would have to be licensed separately.
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