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Viz's SuBLime Adds Rieko Yoshihara's Into Illusion Novel/Manga Project

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Simultaneous worldwide English release for new boys-love project from Ai no Kusabi author

SuBLime, the boys-love imprint of the North American manga publisher Viz Media, announced on Thursday that it will release Rieko Yoshihara (Ai no Kusabi) and Ryo Tateishi's Into Illusion manga and novel project. The project is being released in Libre's Be-Boy Gold magazine on a bimonthly basis and will consist of novel chapters written by Yoshihara and manga chapters written in collaboration with Tateishi.

SuBLime describes the series as follows:

Takumi, Kouki, and Jin are three boys living a normal high school life, until the day when a traumatic car accident turns their lives upside down. Caught up in a phenomenon that twists the boundaries between the realms of the supernatural and the world of man, their fates seems to be sealed…and yet they survive. What does their mysterious survival mean, and how will it change their lives?

The first installment in the project will be released in the June issue of Be-Boy Gold at the end of April. SuBLime will release the English version on April 29 via its website. Each installment will cost US$3.99.

Digital Manga Publishing released the seventh novel in Yoshihara's Ai no Kusabi boys-love novel series in August. The novels inspired a two-episode original video anime series in 1992 and 1994. A four-episode video anime remake series shipped in Japan in 2012. The anime studio AIC (Ah! My Goddess, Bamboo Blade) animated both the original and remake series. Media Blasters is releasing the remake series in North America.

Tateishi previously illustrated Mizumi Takaoka's Amai Wana de Torokasete and Amai Wana de Aegasete boys-love novels and Kanna Natsumi's Omeruta ~Kochō no Yume no Hate manga.

Update: Background information added.

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