Horimiya Manga to End in March 2021

The March 2021 issue of Square Enix’s Monthly G Fantasy magazine has announced that Daisuke Hagiwara’s Horimiya manga will end in the magazine’s next issue on March 18, 2021.

The story of the manga is described as:

At first glance, the ultra-popular Hori-san seems like a frivolous high school girl, but in reality, she’s plain, pragmatic, and family-oriented. On the other hand, the bespectacled Miyamura-kun comes across as an average, gloomy high school fanboy, but he’s actually an attractive young man who has a bad-boy streak and is covered in piercings and tattoos. When these two unexpectedly similar classmates have a random run-in outside of the classroom, a bubbly, sweet tale of school life begins.

Hagiwara launched Horimiya in Monthly G Fantasy in 2011 as an adaptation of HERO’s Hori-san to Miyamura-kun four-panel school comedy manga. Yen Press publishes the manga in English.

Source: ANN

English Cast Announced for the Horimiya Anime

The English cast has been announced for the Horimiya anime:

  • Marisa Duran is Kyoko Hori
  • Alejandro Saab is Izumi Miyamura
  • Zeno Robinson is Toru Ishikawa
  • Anairis Quiñones is Yuki Yoshikawa
  • Belsheber Rusape is Kakeru Sengoku
  • Jalitza Delgado is Remi Ayasaki
  • Celeste Perez is Kono Sakura
  • Y. Chang is Shu Iura
  • Emily Fajardo is Sota Hori

Caitlin Glass is directing.

FUNimation Entertainment will begin streaming the English dub on February 6, 2021.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment Announces Four More Simulcasts for the Winter 2021 Anime Season

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will simulcast the Horimiya, Back Arrow, Wonder Egg Priority, and Hortensia Saga anime as part of the Winter 2021 season. All four anime will simulcast on FUNimation in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland; on AnimeLab in Australia and New Zealand; and on Wakanim in France, Germany, and Scandinavian countries. Horimiya and Hortensia Saga will also stream on Wakanim in Russia.

FUNimation will begin simulcasting the Horimiya anime on January 9, 2021. Back Arrow will begin simulcasting on January 8, 2021.

The company has not announced premiere dates for Wonder Egg Priority or Hortensia Saga. Wonder Egg Priority is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on January 12, 2021. Hortensia Saga is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on January 6, 2021.

Source: ANN

Orange Manga Among YALSA’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Teens

The American Library Association’s (ALA’s) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released its 2017 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. 14 of the 104 titles on the list are manga, and Ichigo Takano’s Orange ranked in the Top Ten graphic novels for the year.

The 14 manga included on the list are:

  • Orange GN 1 by Ichigo Takano
  • Nichijou GN 1 by Keiichi Arawi
  • Haikyu!! GN 1 by Haruichi Furudate
  • Devil’s Line GN 1 by Ryo Hanada
  • Behind the Scenes!! GN 1 by Bisco Hatori
  • Horimiya GN 1-2 by HERO and Daisuke Hagiwara
  • Princess Jellyfish GN 1 by Akiko Higashimura
  • Tokyo Ghoul GN 3, 6, 7-9 by Sui Ishida
  • School-Live! GN 1-3 by Norimitsu Kaihō and Sadoru Chiba
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 1 by Mizuho Kusanagi
  • That Wolf-Boy Is Mine! GN 1 by Yōko Nogiri
  • A Silent Voice GN 4-7 by Yoshitoki Ōima
  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun GN 1 by Izumi Tsubaki
  • Yowamushi Pedal GN 1 by Wataru Watanabe

Source: ANN

Manga Review: “Horimiya” Volume One

Horimiya Volume 1 focuses on a popular girl named Kyouko Hori and a boring guy named Izumi Miyamura, and on how these two completely opposite characters become closer after discovering that the other has a secret.

Horimiya Volume 1
Written by: HERO
Publisher: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
English Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: October 27, 2015

Volume 1 introduces both Kyouko and Izumi, and establishes just how different the two of them are. But the reader quickly discovers that Kyouko is at home, she doesn’t wear makeup and tends to not dress up as much as she does at school. It turns out that Kyouko’s parents work a lot, so it’s up to her to keep the house clean and to take care of her little brother, Souta. One day, when Souta falls and gets hurt, he is brought home by a boy with piercings and wild hair, who just happens to be Izumi. The two of them discover that the other has a different image outside of school that they hide for the other kids at school.

Souta likes Izumi, and keeps wanting him to come over and spend time with him and Kyouko. As the two main characters spend time together outside of school, they start becoming friends. And one of them seems like they could be developing feelings for the other. But it turns out that a boy in their class likes Kyouko, and Kyouko’s best friend unknowingly develops a crush on Izumi when she sees him from behind one day when he’s out and about with Kyouko.

Horimiya Volume 1 does a great job of establishing the characters and setting up their world and their story. HERO makes these characters very relatable and likable, and as a reader, I found myself wanting to continue reading in order to find out what would happen to them. By the end of the volume, I was also shipping Kyouko and Izumi.

When it comes to the art, the characters have very distinct looks, and the reader can’t easily confuse them. I also thought there was very noticeable difference with the two different looks that Kyouko and Izumi have at school and at home. With the art, I found it believable that on the rare occasions that someone from school might see them in their out of school looks, that they wouldn’t be easily recognized.

Horimiya Volume 1 comes across as an “opposites attract” kind of story, yet it has the twist of the two opposites not being who others actually think they are. The characters and story are appealing, and I found myself wanting to read the next volume. I think Horimiya will appeal to manga readers who appreciate stories that focus on high school protagonists and potential love triangles. It’s interesting to note that this is apparently classified as a shonen manga series, which I wouldn’t have picked up on from the storytelling and the art. Yes, the art doesn’t evoke the typical shojo style, but from the story, I would have assumed it was shojo. But even though Horimiya is classified as shonen, it should still hold a lot of appeal to shojo readers.