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Kodansha USA Licenses Maria the Virgin Witch Exhibition, Appleseed α, Fairy Tail Spinoff Manga

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Also: Die Wergelder; Livingstone; Kiss Him, Not Me manga & The Science of Attack on Titan novel

Kodansha USA announced at Kinokuniya Books in New York that it licensed Appleseed α by Iou Kuroda, Masayuki Ishikawa's Maria the Virgin Witch Exhibition, BOKU's Fairy Tail spinoff manga Fairy Girls, Die Wergelder by Hiroaki Samura (Blade of the Immortal), Livingstone by artist Jinsei Kataoka (Deadman Wonderland) and Tomohiro Maekawa, Kiss Him, Not Me by Junko (Mr. Mini Mart), and The Science of Attack on Titan tie-in book.

Appleseed α is a prequel to Masamune Shirow's science-fiction Appleseed manga. The manga and CG-animated film "depicts the early days of Deunan and Briareos in search of the legendary city of Olympus." Kuroda launched the series in Kodansha's Morning two magazine in July and the first compiled volume will ship in Japan on Thursday.

The film shipped in North America with an English dub in July. Kodansha did not announce a release date for the manga in North America.

Maria the Virgin Witch Exhibition (Junketsu no Maria Exhibition) sequel manga ended in Japan on December 6 and the only compiled volume shipped in Japan earlier this month. Ishikawa began the manga in July after ending his Maria the Virgin Witch, which Kodansha USA also licensed, in 2013. Ishikawa launched the original manga in the inaugural issue of Kodansha's Good! Afternoon magazine in 2008.

Kodansha USA will release Maria the Virgin Witch Exhibition in August.

A television anime of the original manga premiered this month and Funimation is streaming the series as it airs in Japan.

Fairy Girls is one of two recent Fairy Tail spinoff manga. BOKU is drawing the series in Kodansha's Magazine Special and it debuted on November 20. The Fairy Girls story focuses on the two "strongest girls in the world" and stars Erza, Wendy, Lucy, and Juvia. Kodansha will release the first volume this fall.

Hiroaki Samura launched Die Wergelder in Kodansha's Nemesis magazine in 2011, and the main story ended last year. The action story revolves around battles over money between three woman: a "passionate psychedelic revenger" named Nami, a "china dress-wearing killing machine" named Je-Mao, and a female gang leader named Shinobu Aza. Kodansha USA will publish the first volume this fall.

Livingstone is a fantasy-adventure manga about two men named Sakurai and Amano who attempt to recover "livingstones," the receptacles of lost souls. The series runs in Kodansha's Morning magazine and the third volume shipped in Japan in October. Kodansha will publish the first volume in North America in the fall.

Kiss Him, Not Me (Watashi ga Motete Dōsunda) began in Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine in 2013, and the company published the fifth compiled volume with a drama CD this week. Crunchyroll is releasing the manga online as it is published in Bessatsu Friend in Japan, and it describes the story:

Kae Serinuma is what you'd call a "fujoshi." When she sees boys getting along with each other, she loves to indulge in wild fantasies! One day her favorite anime character dies and the shock causes her to lose a ton of weight. Then four hot guys at school ask her out, but that isn't exciting to her at all — she'd rather see them date each other!

Kodansha USA will release the first volume in North America in the fall.

The Science of Attack on Titan tie-in book by Rikao Yanagita includes illustrations alongside facts about the universe of Hajime Isayama's manga. Yanagita is an author and the self-proclaimed “executive director of the Fantasy Science Research Institute.” Kodansha will ship the book in June.

The North American publisher also announced it will release the second volume in its Attack on Titan manga Colossal Edition omnibus line. The omnibus will contain volumes six to 10 for US$49.99. It will hit store shelves in September.

Junko credit corrected, thanks lys!

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