At their industry panel at New York Comic Con, Kodansha Comics announced two upcoming all-ages manga, perfect for teen and adult readers as well as parents introducing kids to manga for the first time.
Beginning in April 2019, Kodansha will release Kamome Shirahama’s Witch Hat Atelier. The story of a girl who longs to be a witch in a magical society that keep telling her she doesn’t have what it takes placed at number six in a prestigious manga industry poll in Japan last year, and it is likely to be one of the most-anticipated new series in the English-speaking market, appealing to fans of Studio Ghibli and Disney films. Shirahama is known in the United States for her exquisitely-detailed variant covers featuring on comics from DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and other publishers.
July 2019 will bring Volume 1 of Magus of the Library, a story about a poor boy swept away by a kind library mage and the (literal) magic of reading. In a lushly-detailed fantasy world reminiscent of Arabian Nights, the Great Library is the center of learning in the world, and its librarians are capable of magnificent feats of magic. In a small village far from the main Library, a poor little elf boy struggles against bullies who call him “Knife-Ears.” His only solace: the books that he sneaks out of the village’s tiny branch library. When a librarian from the Great Library arrives, he’s dazzled by her knowledge and glamour. Their meeting will change his life and begin the adventure he’s always dreamed of.
“These two beautifully-drawn fantasy adventures show that there truly is manga that everyone can enjoy,” said Naho Yamada, general manager of Kodansha USA Publishing. “We’re excited at these chances for American families, who have come to know and love Japanese films like Kiki’s Delivery Service, to dive deeper into the world of Japanese sequential art.”