Kodansha Comics Announces New Manga Licenses

Kodansha Comics has announced two new manga licenses on its website that will debut in Summer 2021 and listed nine new manga titles that will debut digitally in December 2020.

The new licenses scheduled for Summer 2021 are:

Title: Boys Run the Riot
Author: Keito Gaku
Synopsis: A transgender teen named Ryuu finds an escape from the expectations and anxieties of his daily life in the world of street fashion. This personal, heartfelt, fictional story from a Japanese transgender manga creator is completely unique.

High schooler Ryuu knows he’s transgender. But he doesn’t have anyone to confide in about the confusion he feels. He can’t tell his best friend, who he’s secretly got a crush on, and he can’t tell his mom, who’s constantly asking why Ryuu is always “dressing like a boy.” He certainly can’t tell Jin, the new transfer student who looks like just another bully. The only time Ryuu feels at ease is when he’s wearing his favorite clothes. Then, and only then, the world melts away, and he can be his true self. One day, while out shopping, Ryuu sees an unexpected sight: Jin. The kid who looked so tough in class is shopping for the same clothes that Ryuu loves. And Jin offers Ryuu a proposal: to start their own brand and create apparel to help everyone feel comfortable in their skin. At last, Ryuu has someone he can open up to–and the journey ahead might finally give him a way to express himself to everyone else.

Title: Beauty and the Beast of the Lost Paradise
Author: Kaori Yuki
Synopsis: The story of Belle and her beast as you’ve never seen it before, with sinister, creeping shadows suffusing a door to a wider, magical world. This dark, fairytale adventure is the latest sumptuous masterpiece from the creator of Angel Sanctuary and Alice in Murderland, perfect for fans of The Ancient Magus’ Bride.

Young and rambunctious Belle insists on going out to play in the forbidden woods, but her adventurous streak abruptly ends when her mother is spirited away by a beast known to kidnap beautiful women. Twisted by the loss of his wife, Belle’s father keeps his daughter, who has unusual, violet hair, locked away in an effort to “protect” her from prying eyes. Finally emerging after years of solitude, Belle ventures back into the woods where she lost her mother and encounters the beast once more…

The publisher also revealed the following new licenses that will debut over consecutive Tuesdays in December 2020:

  • The Invincible Reincarnated Ponkotsu by Reona Umitsuki [Debut Date: December 1, 2020]
  • Shangri-La Frontier by Katarina and Ryōsuke Fuji [Debut Date: December 8, 2020]
  • The Story of Our Unlikely Love by Sora Mizuki [Debut Date: December 8, 2020]
  • I Guess I Became the Mother of the Great Demon King’s 10 Children in Another World by Ema Toyama [Debut Date: December 15, 2020]
  • What I Love About You by Rurihara Zurachi [Debut Date: December 22, 2020]
  • Pretty Boy Detective Club by NISIOISIN [Debut Date: December 29, 2020]
  • Sachi’s Monstrous Appetite by Chomoran [Debut Date: December 29, 2020]
  • We’re New at This by Ren Kawahara [Debut Date: December 29, 2020]

Kodansha Cocmics will also release new editions of Quintessential Quintuplets, Sailor Moon, A Silent Voice, and Battle Angel Alita in Spring and Summer 2020:

  • Quintessential Quintuplets Season One Box Set – August 2021
  • Sailor Moon Naoko Takeuchi Collection – April 2021
  • A Silent Voice Complete Collector’s Edition – August 2021
  • Battle Angel Alita Paperback – July 2021

It was also announced that the first volume of Mashima HERO’S will launch digitally and in print on December 1, 2020. The volume was originally scheduled to be released on November 3, 2020.

Source: ANN

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