Kodansha Comics’ digital content distributor Kodansha Advanced Media will release the first volumes of Natsumi Eguchi’s Hozuki’s Coolheadedness, Kotono Katō’s Altair: A Record of Battles, and Ryosuke Tomoe’s Museum manga digitally on March 21, 2017. The company will also release Tsutomu Nihei’s single-volume manga Blame! Academy and So On digitally on the same day. The company says the titles are digital-first releases, and it plans to complete all digital-first titles. Digital-first titles can potentially receive print releases in the future.
Kodansha Comics has posted the first chapters of Altair: A Record of Battles and Blame! Academy and So On on its website. The company also plans to post preview chapters for the other two titles.
The story of Hozuki’s Coolheadedness is described as:
In the afterlife, there exists Heaven and Hell. Hell consists of the Eight Greater Hells and the Eight Cold Hells, which are further divided into 272 subdivisions. Spearheading the seemingly endless, multifarious affairs in this gargantuan Hell is but one Fierce God, King Enma’s first aide, Hozuki. Between this cool-headed sadist and his colorful band of peers, every day is a riot in Hell. And though this book might make Hell seem like a happening place, please try to behave during life.
Natsumi Eguchi launched the manga in Kodansha’s Morning magazine in 2011.
Altair: A Record of Battles focuses on Mahmut, a young member of Türkiye Stratocracy’s council who holds the political and military title of Pasha. The council’s combination of warmongers and pacifists divide it. The threat of war and danger from the belligerent Empire put Türkiye’s safety at risk. As the country’s youngest military leader, Mahmut is determined to keep the peace. But with so much at stake, a long history of enemies and alliances draws the young man far into a political world he hopes to keep in check. The Pasha’s journey is not easy, and war may prevail despite his efforts.
Kotono Katō launched the manga in Kodansha’s Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine in 2007.
Blame! Academy and So On (Blame! Gakuen! And So On) was originally serialized irregularly in Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine. The parody spin-off features various characters from Nihei’s Blame! manga.
Museum centers on a series of bizarre murders by a man wearing a frog mask. The man calls himself a vigilante and performs the murders based on themes such as “dogfood punishment,” or “punishment of knowing a mother’s pain.” Detective Sawamura is leading the investigation, but becomes aware that his wife is one of the killer’s targets.
Ryosuke Tomoe serialized the manga in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine from 2013 to 2014.