VIZ Media entices shojo manga readers with the print and digital launch of the new series – Yukarism – on December 2, 2014.

The nostalgia-tinted historical romance comes from creator Chika Shiomi, who is widely known among manga fans for her series Yurara and Rasetsu (both available from VIZ Media). Yukarism will be published under the Shojo Beat imprint and is rated “T” for Teens. Print MSRP will be $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.

A digital version of Yukarism Volume 1 also debuts on December 2, 2014 for $6.99 (USD/CAN) from and through the VIZ Manga app for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, and Android-powered smart phones. Digital volumes of Yukarism can also be purchased through the NOOK, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks and Google Play stores. Future editions of this four-volume manga series will be released in print and digitally on a quarterly basis.

Yukarism introduces readers to Yukari Kobayakawa, an accomplished author at the age of 17 who writes with amazing accuracy about historical Japan. As it turns out, he has the ability to slip into his past life in the Edo period – as a beautiful, renowned courtesan named Yumurasaki.

Yukarism is a sexy romance about past lives and gender-bending reincarnation that will captivate readers with its exquisite artwork, cute male characters and suspenseful plot,” says Amy Yu, Editor. “Creator Chika Shiomi weaves an enticing story that links each of the main characters’ past and present lives and generates some potent sexual tension as readers learn more about Yukari’s past. The gender-bending aspects also offer plenty of hilarious moments!”

Yukarism © Chika Shiomi 2011/HAKUSENSHA, Inc