VIZ Media Announces the Launch of New Yuri Manga Series Sweet Blue Flowers

VIZ Media delivers a poignant story about young girls’ romance and friendship with the release of Sweet Blue Flowers on September 19, 2017.

The series, by creator Takako Shimura, will be published in print and digital editions under the VIZ Signature imprint. Sweet Blue Flowers is rated “T+” for Older Teens; Volume 1 will carry a print MSRP of $24.99 U.S. / $33.99 CAN. The series will also be available digitally via VIZ.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the NOOK, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play Store. Subsequent volumes will be published in English on a quarterly basis.

In Sweet Blue Flowers, Akira Okudaira is starting high school and is ready for exciting new experiences. And on the first day of school, she runs into her best friend Fumi from kindergarten at the train station. Now Akira and Fumi have the chance to rekindle their friendship, but life has gotten a lot more complicated since they were kids.

Sweet Blue Flowers depicts all the agony, excitement, and complications of love as Akira and Fumi navigate young adulthood and their emerging sexualities,” says Pancha Diaz, Editor. “With its quiet but graceful approach to teenage love and friendship, this noteworthy series will strike a chord with all readers.”

Manga creator Takako Shimura debuted in 1997 with the one-shot Boku wa, Onnanoko (I’m a Girl), a collection of short stories about queer youth. She is widely known for her stories focusing on LGBTQ topics. Wandering Son was a featured selection on the 2012 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens list and also spawned a 12-episode anime series. Shimura’s landmark yuri (girls’ love) series Sweet Blue Flowers was adapted into anime in 2009.

Digital Manga Announces New eManga Releases for April 2014

Digital Manga Publishing has updated their emanga.com site with plans for April 2014. The new offerings being included as part of the update are:

  • Sweet Blue Flowers Volume 1 by Takako Shimura (April 2, 2014)
  • Kimagure Orange Road Volume 1 by Izumi Matsumoto (April 4, 2014)
  • Age Called Blue by Est Em (April 4, 2014)
  • Let’s Go Play Volume 1 by 888, Houdeneizou, and Okina Kamino (April 5, 2014)

JManga’s Additions for November 29, 2012

JManga has announced the manga titles that will be added to its site on November 29, 2012:

  • Roots and Piyo’s Teekyu! (1)
  • ESE’s Kemonogumi
  • Hadzime Mikuni’s Gokujo Drops (1)
  • Masakazu Ishiguro’s Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru (9)
  • Nanae Chrono’s Peacemaker Kurogane (3)
  • Takako Shimura’s Sweet Blue Flowers (1)