Yen Press Adds 'Another' Horror Novel & Manga, Junya Inoue's BTOOOM! Manga
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The North American publisher Yen Press announced at its panel at San Diego Comic Con on Friday that it will release Yukito Ayatsuji's Another mystery horror novel and the four-volume manga adaptation by artist Hiro Kiyohara. The company also announced it will release Pon Watanabe's Welcome to the Erotic Bookstore essay manga, and it confirmed it will release Junya Inoue's BTOOOM! manga.
Yen Press will release Yukito Ayatsuji's two-volume Another novel (pictured far right) as digital exclusives. It will release Hiro Kiyohara's four-volume manga adaptation (pictured at right) as a single omnibus print volume. The novels and manga "follow a boy named Koichi Sakakibara who finds himself caught up in a web of mysterious deaths at his middle school and investigates their connection to a girl who died in the same class in 1972." The novels inspired a 12-episode television anime series that aired in January-March. Crunchyroll streamed the series in various countries outside of Japan as it aired, and Sentai Filmworks will release the series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in North America later this year.
Yen Press will release the first volume of Junya Inoue's BTOOOM! manga in spring 2013. Amazon UK previously listed Yen Press as publishing the first volume of the series in English in February 2013.
The story centers around Ryōta Sakamoto, a NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) young man and a top-ranked player in the online combat game Btooom! One day, he wakes up on a tropical island without remembering how he got there. He sees a figure in the distance and asks for help. However, the figure responds by throwing something at Ryōta — a "BIM" bomb. In that moment, Ryōta comes to realize two things: one, his own life is in danger, and two, he is now in the world of Btooom! The manga launched in Shinchosha's Weekly Comic Bunch magazine in 2009 and then moved to its current home, Monthly Comic Bunch, in 2011. Shinchosha published the eighth compiled book volume in June.
The anime studio Madhouse is producing a television anime adaptation of the manga.
Yen Press will release Pon Watanabe's two-volume Welcome to the Erotic Bookstore essay manga as a digital exclusive, starting with the first volume this winter. The comic memoir was originally published by Media Factory and follows Watanabe's experience "managing a used bookstore after the owner decides to add erotic paraphernalia to their product mix."
Yen Press will also release a one-volume graphic novel adaptation of Brent Weeks' The Way of Shadows fantasy novel. Additionally, the company is raffling off a signed print of the cover art of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story graphic novel at its booth at San Diego Comic Con.
Update: Press release link added and Ryōta's spelling corrected. Thanks, Simona
Thanks to Connor Crooks for the BTOOOM! Amazon UK listing news tip .
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