Digital Manga Adds Sweet Blue Flowers, Kimagure Orange Road, Asobi ni Ikuyo! on eManga
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Digital Manga, Inc.'s release schedule revealed the company will officially add Takako Shimura's yuri manga Sweet Blue Flowers (Aoi Hana), Izumi Matsumoto's Kimagure Orange Road romantic comedy manga, and Okina Kamino and 888's Let's Go Play! (Asobi ni Ikuyo!/Cat Planet Cuties) ecchi sci-fi manga series.
Digital Manga Guild first listed Sweet Blue Flowers as a potential project last year.
Shimura ended the manga last July. Shimura launched the manga in 2004, and Ohta Books published the eighth compiled book volume in September. The story inspired a television anime from director Kenichi Kasai (Honey and Clover, Kimikiss pure rouge, Nodame Cantabile) and J.C. Staff in 2009. Crunchyroll streamed the anime into several countries as it aired in Japan, and Right Stuf released the anime on DVD in North America last year.
The first volume of Kimagure Orange Road was posted in English for Amazon's Kindle e-book platform last year.
The original Kimagure Orange Road manga series ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1984 to 1987. The 18-volume story followed a boy with supernatural powers as he dealt with a love triangle between two girls in his high school.
The manga inspired a popular 1987-1988 television anime series, two movies, and various anime videos. AnimEigo released the television anime series, the first movie, and the later video anime series, while ADV Films handled the second movie, Kimagure Orange Road: Summer's Beginning.
The manga adaptation of Kamino's Asobi ni Ikuyo! light novel series has been running in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine since 2006 and nine compiled volumes have been released so far. The story features an ordinary high school boy living in Okinawa — and the alien catgirl who appears before him and requires protection from a mysterious government agency.
The original novels inspired a 12-episode anime series in 2010 and Funimation released the series in North America in 2012.
Thanks to Tina Nguye for the news tip.