Yen Press Adds Inu × Boku SS, WataMote, Wolf Children, Kingdom Hearts Manga (Updated)
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
North American publisher Yen Press announced at Sakura-Con on Saturday that it has licensed Cocoa Fujiwara's Inu × Boku SS manga, Nico Tanigawa's No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular! (Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui! or WataMote) manga, and Yū's manga adaptation of Mamoru Hosoda's Wolf Children Ame and Yuki film. Additionally, Yen Press announced it has added all four manga titles in the Kingdom Hearts series based on Square Enix and Tetsuya Nomura's role-playing game franchise.
Fujiwara's Inu × Boku SS romantic comedy manga (pictured far right) follows a mistress and her "servant" (bodyguard) in Maison de Ayakashi, a high-class building better known by the name "Demon House (Ayakashi-kan)." Rumors about it abound, ranging from "nothing but weirdos live there," to "It's a Haunted House inside," but the truth is that the people who live in this mysterious building are all descendants of demons. Ririchiyo Shirakiin is troubled by her inability to interact with people, and comes to the building in order to change herself. There she meets Soushi Miketsukami, one of the Secret Service bodyguards assigned to each tenant, and he tells her, "Please make me Your Dog!" Fujiwara launched the manga in Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine in 2009, and the publisher released the 8th compiled volume in Japan last November. The manga entered its final arc in January. Yen Press plans to release the first volume in October.
Tanigawa's No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular! slice-of-life gag comedy manga (pictured at right) centers around Tomoko Kuroki, a girl who thought she would be popular when she went to high school. However, she was in for a rude awakening, for cruel reality is not like the otome games (romance games for female players) she played. Tanigawa launched the manga on Square Enix's Gangan Online website last year, and Square Enix published the third compiled book volume of the manga in Japan in December. Yen Press plans to release the first volume in October. The manga is also inspiring an anime adaptation.
Yū launched the manga adaptation of the Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki (Wolf Children) film in Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace magazine last year using Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's character designs. Kadokawa Shoten published the second volume of the manga earlier this month in Japan. Yen Press plans to publish the manga in an omnibus format in early 2014. The manga and the film's story begins when a 19-year-old college student named Hana encounters and falls in "fairy tale-like" love with a "wolf man." After marrying the wolf man, Hana gives birth and raises two wolf children — an older sister named Yuki ("snow") who was born on a snowy day, and a younger brother named Ame ("rain") who was born on a rainy day. The four quietly lived in a corner of a city to conceal the fact that the children are "wolf children." However, when the wolf man suddenly dies, Hana decides to move to a rural town far removed from the city. Funimation is releasing the 2012 film in theaters and on home video in North America this year.
Illustrator Shiro Amano has created manga adaptations for Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts II, and Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days games. North American publisher Tokyopop released all four volumes of Kingdom Hearts, both volumes of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, and two volumes of Kingdom Hearts II before the company shut down its North American publishing division in 2011.
Amano resumed the Kingdom Hearts II manga last year after he put it on hiatus to move on to Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. Square Enix plans to publish the sixth volume of Kingdom Hearts II in May. Right before Amano resumed Kingdom Hearts II, he ended the Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days manga at five volumes.
Yen Press' release of Kingdom Hearts manga will be the Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix version. Yen Press will release Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix as two omnibus volumes starting in May 2013. Yen Press will also release Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories as a one-volume omnibus, and the company will also release Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days
Update: Clarified Kingdom Hearts titles and release dates.
Update 2: Yen Press will begin releasing the various Kingdom Hearts manga this year, not in 2014.
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