Plus New Series by 'One-Punch Man,' 'Sweat and Soap' Creators
Posted by Brigid Alverson on November 20, 2023 @ 10:31 am CT
The new English-first series is The Spellbook Library, by Uta Isaki, a fantasy adventure series, rated 13+, about “librarians” who capture supernatural creatures and imprison them in books. The series is the second in Kodansha’s English-first program (see “Kodansha Announces English-First Title”), in which manga created in Japan are released chapter-by-chapter via the digital portal on the Kodansha website before going to print. The first chapter is available now; all chapters will be free to read until the print volume is published.
Kodansha's Fall 2024 print license announcements included two by creators who already have successful series in English.
VIZ Announces ‘One-Punch Man’ Print Editions”) and the writer and artist of Mob Psycho 100(see “Dark Horse Licenses Mob Psycho 100”). The artist for the series, which is rated 16+, is Kyoutarou Azuma.
In addition, Kodansha will publish an omnibus edition of Naoshi Arakawa’s shonen romance Your Lie in April, the story of a music prodigy who loses the ability to play the piano but finds new inspiration when he meets a high-spirited violinist. The 11-volume series, which is rated 13+, won the Kodansha Manga Award and has been adapted into an anime.