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Crunchyroll Adds Arpeggio of Blue Steel, And Yet the Town Moves, Spirit Circle Manga

posted on by Egan Loo
Manga that inspired 2 TV anime & latest by The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer's Mizukami

Media service Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it is releasing the Arpeggio of Blue Steel (Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio), Sore de mo Machi wa Mawatteiru (And Yet the Town Moves), and Spirit Circle manga as they are published in Japan. The latest chapter of each series is launching on the website worldwide (except in Algeria, Lebanon, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Morocco, Poland, and Switzerland) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. ET.

The science-fiction story of Ark Performance's Arpeggio of Blue Steel manga takes place in the future when humanity has been pushed to near extinction by the mysterious and unknown "Fleet of Fog." The heroes commandeer one of the Fleet's submarines and begin to fight back.

Ark Performance launched the series in Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine in 2009, and Seven Seas Entertainment is publishing the manga in print in North America. The manga inspired a television anime which Crunchyroll streamed as it aired in Japan last year.

The story of Masakazu Ishiguro's Sore de mo Machi wa Mawatteiru comedy manga centers around Seaside, a slightly odd maid tea shop (kissa) in an otherwise ordinary shopping district of a mundane neighborhood in Tokyo. (Despite the addition of maids, Seaside is a traditional kissa, instead of one of the maid cafés made popular elsewhere.) Hotori Arashiyama works at Seaside and daydreams about being a high school girl detective. She, the other workers, and Seaside's few customers have various slice-of-life adventures.

The defunct online manga service JManga once carried the manga. The manga inspired a television anime that premiered in Japan in October 2010, and Sentai Filmworks licensed it for North America.

Spirit Circle is the latest manga series by Hoshi no Samidare: The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer creator Satoshi Mizukami. Crunchyroll describes the story:

[…] Fuuta Okeya is a normal middle school 2nd grade student. It was supposed to be a peaceful middle school life, but is turned upside down by an appearance of a transfer student, Mizukami Satoshi who has a big scar on her forehead. This is a metempsychosis spectacle story in grand scale!

JManga once carried Mizukami's The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer manga, and Seven Seas Entertainment licensed The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer for print in North America.

All three series are running in Young King Ours magazine. Crunchyroll will add the earlier chapters of each manga "at a later date."

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