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Manga Creator 'Maybe' Launches New Series

posted on by Karen Ressler
Also: Sega's Chain Chronicle game inspires manga & new Sweet Poolside chapter planned

This year's June issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine will announce next Friday that two new series will begin in the magazine's July issue on June 9: Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e (To Beasts That Were Once Gods) by manga artist Maybe (Dusk maiden of Amnesia) and Chain Chronicle Crimson, based on Sega's Chain Chronicle smartphone game.

The magazine describes Maybe's "hard-boiled fantasy" series:

In war men become beasts. War makes gods out of beasts. When war ends gods...

Wolves walk the forest of despair, the wasteland of lamentation, the sea of bitterness, in the time of dark and light. To kill those that were once their friends.

Chain Chronicle Crimson, adapted by Jinpei Okazaki, follows a Young Magician named Kas who enlists in the Tsuwamono force volunteer army, builds bonds with his allies, and fights the Black Army.

In the original smartphone game, players recruit characters into an army in order to defeat the menacing Black Army. The game's name derives from the interlocking relationships among its vast cast of more than 200 characters. Akira Ishida voices 46 of the characters, and Ai Nonaka, Shiori Mikami, Ayane Sakura, Maaya Uchida, and Kotori Koiwai also have roles. A port for PlayStation Vita was announced last week.

In addition, Shūzō Oshimi's (The Flowers of Evil, Inside Mari) Sweet Poolside manga series will get a bonus chapter to commemorate the live-action film adaptation, which will open in Japan on June 14. The story focuses on Toshihiko Ōta, a male swimming club member who has unusually hairless skin. He meets the female swimming club member Ayako Gotō who is unusually hairy.

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