Seven Seas has announced several rounds of new licenses, including a deluxe adaptation of a classic series known to English-speaking fans as anime rather than manga, a slice-of-life story that has been on English-speaking readers’ wish lists for years and one Newcomer to the burgeoning yakuza genre. Read on for details!
spriggan, by Hiroshi Takashige and Ryoji Minagawa, an action-adventure tale of spies and ancient artifacts adapted into a Netflix series (see Netflix Goes Deep); It was made into an anime film licensed by ADV in 1998. Takashige is also the creator of Until death do us part, published by Yen Press (see “Yen has ‘Haruhi’, ‘Soul Eater’, spin-offs”), and Minagawa was the artist for Project Arms licensed by Viz in 2002 (see “Viz Gets Spirited Away Manga Rights “). spriggans ran in sunny sunday magazine in Japan and was briefly licensed by Viz under the Striker name in the late 1990s; Viz serialized it in his manga VIZion anthology and released three volumes. The series, which has also been adapted as a PlayStation game, was originally 11 volumes, but Seven Seas goes the deluxe omnibus route, collecting them into four hardcover volumes. The first 600-page volume will be available in August with an MSRP of $29.99.
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou, by Hitoshi Ashinano, aka Yokohama Purchasing Log, is a series that already has an English-speaking following; It was briefly released digitally in English, but is currently unavailable, and portions of it have also been adapted into anime. It’s a post-apocalyptic life story about a handsome android who runs a cafe, rides around on a scooter, and is all in all pretty cheerful. The series, which ran in Japan from 1994 to 2006, won a Seiun Science Fiction award for Best Manga. Seven Seas will publish the 14-volume series in five oversized volumes, with the first coming out in August with an MSRP of $24.99.
Yakuza Fiancé: Raise wa Tanin ga Ii, Directed by Asuka Konishi, is a romantic crime drama about the granddaughter of a yakuza (organized crime) family leader who is engaged to the grandson of a rival leader as a condition of a truce between the two families. The new fiancé seems like a nice guy at first, but soon reveals a disturbing dark side. Konishi is the creator of haru’s curse, which we have selected as one of the best manga of 2021 (see “10 best manga of 2021”). The first volume of Yakuza Fiancé: Raise wa Tanin ga Ii is slated for release in November with an MSRP of $14.99.
MoMo -the blood collector-, Directed by Akira Sugito, is a supernatural crime thriller about a hardened detective who investigates a series of bloody murders pursued by a silver-haired vampire. It’s a gory tale of conspiracy, monsters, and revenge, and Seven Seas will release the first volume in August with an MSRP of $13.99.
Cats and Sugar Bowls is a collection of short romantic yuri stories ranging from sweet to spicy. The single volume contains nine stories and Seven Seas will release it in September with an MSRP of $14.99.
I feel like Nobukuni-san likes me Directed by Kousuke Yasuda, is a romantic comedy about a girl who tries a series of desperate and often ridiculous measures to attract the attention of the boy sitting next to her in class. Of course he has his own feelings, but he plays his cards just under the vest. The first volume will be released in November with an MSRP of $13.99.
Hunting in another world with my elf woman by Jupiter Studio and Kaltoma, brings a few twists to the Isekai formula. Hunter Shin Nakajima dies while rescuing a child from a wild animal and is reborn along with his Remington Model 870 shotgun in a fantasy world where prey is much more difficult to track down and kill than in his native Hokkaido. Luckily, he meets a friendly elf who also happens to be an experienced hunter, and they combine their resources to become a top-notch hunting couple. Seven Seas will release the first volume in October with an MSRP of $13.99.
my [Repair] Skill became a versatile cheat so I think I’ll open a gun shop, by Ginga Hoshikawa, Yukimi Enoki and Nemusuke, is a dungeon fantasy story about an adventurer whose skills aren’t very good for fighting, but after he uses it to escape from a dungeon and level up, he realizes he needs to open a gun shop can and equip other warriors instead of risking his neck on the front lines. The first volume is slated for release in August with an MSRP of $12.99.
lazy jailer, by Supana Onikage, Nanaroku and Youta, is another isekai story, this one about a guy who just wants to get some sleep but instead gets dragged away to become a jailer. If he fails he dies, but the only help he gets is a beautiful but not very helpful female creature. The first volume is scheduled for September and will have an MSRP of $13.99.
Kijin Gentosho, by Motoo Nakanishi and Yu Satomi, begins in feudal times with a feudal warrior who travels through time while hunting the demon threatening the priestess in his mountain village. Seven Seas licensed both the light novel and the manga; The series will be made into an anime. The first volume of light novels will be released in December with an MSRP of $14.99; The first volume of the manga is slated for January 2023 with an MSRP of $13.99.
Seven Seas also announced that it has licensed the light novel series The files of the jeweler Richard; They started publishing the manga last year (see Seven Seas Licenses ‘Case Files of Jeweler Richard’ Manga) and it was one of our hits (see Manga Pick Hits – February 2022). The anime is currently running on Crunchyroll. The first volume in the light novel series is slated for September and will have an MSRP of $14.99.
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