News To Love-Ru's Yabuki Confirmed for Mayoi Neko Overrun (Updated)
posted on 2009-12-01 13:50 EST
The website for the Circle K and Sunkus convenience stores in Japan has confirmed, via an unreleased image for a promotional campaign, that To Love-Ru -Trouble- manga artist Kentaro Yabuki is drawing the manga adaptation of Tomohiro Matsu's Mayoi Neko Overrun! (Stray Cats Overrun!) romantic comedy light novels.
Shueisha's Jump Square magazine had already revealed early last month that Yabuki is launching a new series in the February issue on January 4. Similarly, a mid-November message from the editorial department of Shueisha's Super Dash Bunko imprint had already revealed that a manga adaptation of Mayoi Neko Overrun! had been green-lit for Shueisha's Jump Square magazine. However, the leaked web image is the first official, albeit third-party, confirmation of Yabuki's involvement in the Mayoi Neko Overrun! project.
The light novels' story revolves around Takumi Tsuzuki, a boy who lives with his older "sister" Otome, although the two have no blood ties between them. Otome manages a run-down confectionary store called Stray Cats. One day, Otome picks up a mysterious beautiful girl off the streets.
Seven light novels volumes have been written since 2008, and a television anime adaptation was revealed last month at the same time that the manga was revealed. Peco, the illustrator best known for the Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o adult game series, created the light novels' original illustrations from which Yabuki is basing the manga's character designs.
Image © Tomohiro Matsu, Kentaro Yabuki, Peco/Shueisha
Update: Yabuki will also publish a one-shot manga story called "Futagami Double" in next year's combined 5th/6th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on January 4. That same day, a To Love-Ru art collection called Love Color will ship in Japan.
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