Hana to Yume Spawns Bunkei Shōjo Manga Magazine

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Shokubutsu Zukan novel by Library War's Arikawa inspires manga debuting in December

This year's 23rd issue of Hakuensha's Hana to Yume magazine is announcing on Tuesday that a new Hana to Yume magazine will be launching on December 20 titled Hana to Yume: Bunkei Shōjo (Literature Girl). The magazine, which Hakuensha describes as a magazine for all people who love stories, will adapt various novels. The novels that will be adapted into manga for the first issue include:

Wagashi no An (Japanese Sweets An) by Tsukasa Sakaki with art by Soyoko Ikari (Novel published in 2012)

The story of the novel with a touch of mystery revolves around Anzu Umeki (An for short), who starts working at a Japanese sweets shop located in the basement of a department store. There, she interacts with many different mysterious customers while being surrounded by sweets filled with essences of history and fun.

Shokubutsu Zukan (Plant Encyclopedia) by Hiro Arikawa (Library War) with art by Kakeru Tsutsumi (2009)

As working woman and plant fanatic Sayaka Kōno was heading home from a drinking party, she found a handsome man sitting in front of her apartment who says, "Please bring me home with you," like a dog. With no place for the unnamed man to go, the two begin living together, and their "delicious" love story begins.

Tiny Tiny Happy by Chisa Asukai with art by Asuka Sora (2011)

Just outside of the city of Tokyo, there is large shopping center called "Tiny Tiny Happy" (TaniHapi for short) where a man named Tetsu works at a commodity control office. Two years ago, he married Misaki, a woman who works at a glasses shop in the same shopping center. The novel focuses on the romance of not only Tetsu and Misaki's relationship, but also on various other couples connected to Tiny Tiny Happy.

Sekai Kara Neko ga Kieta Nara (If Cats Disappear From the World) by Genki Kawamura with art by Rose Yukinoshita (2012)

The dramatic novel illustrates the final seven days of the a 30-year-old postal worker with a cat before his death from an illness. At his funeral, the ones who attend are his friends, his lover, his parents, his teachers, and his fellow employees.

Ryūgajō Nanana no Maizōkin (Nanana Ryūgajō's Buried Treasure) by Kazuma Ōtorino with art by Modomu Akagawara (2012)

Jūgo , who was disowned by his father, joins an academy on on artificial island. Poor and homeless, he rents a cheap apartment. However, that apartment happens to be haunted by Nanana, a beautiful ghost girl who was a NEET during her time alive. Jūgo joins his fellow students to search for Nanana's legendary buried treasure.

Kuge Musha Matsudaira Nobuhira (Imperial Warrior Matsudaira Nobuhira) by Yūichi Sasaki with art by Watari Nanbe and scenario composition by Hideaki Koyasu (2011)

A feudal tale. Because of his status as an illegitimate child, Nobuhira is forced to join a temple. Not wanting to become a monk, at age 15, he flees Kyoto to go to Edo with the help of his elder sister Takako, who would later become the wife to the shogun Iemitsu. Iemitsu then gives Nobuhira a house and land of his own. However, even though Nobuhira later marries a princess, he is not allowed to live with er as he is just a poor retainer to the shogun. With his hidden blade, Nobuhira cuts down the evils in Edo.

A-1 Pictures also produced an anime promotional video for Ryūgajō Nanana no Maizōkin in 2011. Enterbrain's Weekly Famitsu magazine also serialized a manga miniseries based on the novel in 2012.

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