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Right Stuf's Junjō Romantica, Viz's Cross Game Previewed

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
1st Junjō Romantica DVDs ship in May; Viz posts Cross Game manga in May

Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment have launched a website for their upcoming release of the anime adaptation of Shungiku Nakamura's Junjō Romantica boys-love manga. Junjō Romantica follows three pairs of lovers and their trials and tribulations in their respective relationships.

The first season DVD set will be available on May 4. The second season DVD set will be available later this year. The website includes character profiles, free wallpapers and trailers. The first 11 volumes of the manga version are available in English from Tokyopop's Blu imprint.

The North American manga and anime publisher Viz Media has announced on Wednesday that it will preview Mitsuru Adachi's Cross Game baseball manga starting in May. The previews will be posted on Viz's Shonen Sunday website. Viz Media confirmed the license of Cross Game with ANN last month.

The story revolves around Koh Kitamura, a grade-school boy whose family runs the Kitamura Sports store. He gets to know the four daughters of the family who runs the nearby Tsukishima Batting Center, thanks to the store's business and his own batting practice at the center. Aside from playful bantering between Koh and the Tsukishima daughters, all is peaceful in their lives until a tragedy strikes their world. Four years later, Koh continues his baseball training, despite not playing a single game since the tragedy. The manga follows Koh's gradual full return to the sport he loves, and his coming-of-age surrounded by the Tsukishima daughters and others.

Adachi ended the manga in the February 17 issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday. Director Osamu Sekita and the Synergy SP anime studio adapted the manga into a 50-episode television animated series, which ended in March.

Images © 2008 Shungiku Nakamura • KADOKAWASHOTEN/Romantica Club!!
© Mitsuru Adachi / Shogakukan, Inc.

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