Manga Box Adds That's life when you're a woman Manga

posted on by Karen Ressler
Series about 31-year-old single woman debuts in English on Friday

DeNA's free Manga Box smartphone and tablet app will add Yoshiko Kon's That's life when you're a woman (Onna nanode Shōganai) manga in English on Friday.

Manga Box describes the story:

We are criticized just because we're women and hurt each other just because we're women. This is the story of women bound by the pressure of womanhood in love, work, and childbirth, who continue to live on, ragged and ungraceful. Miki Aoki is 31, single, and sick of life, but her slowly building savings balance keeps her going. She's surrounded by people like her old-fashioned boss who tosses off things like “This is why I hate women” (shut your face) and her fossil of a mother who puts pressure on her, saying things like “So when are you going to get married and have children?” (please stop talking). And then there's a younger staff member at work with whom she only has superficial relationships (just do your jobs). She could really care less about the lot of it. This is the bitter and sad story of women who live like that, an anthem to cheer on all women.

DeNA launched the app in Japanese and English in December 2013 with 28 titles. Shin Kibayashi (one of the many pennames of Tadashi Agi and the creator of The Drops of God, Kindaichi Case Files, and GetBackers), is serving as editor-in-chief of the app. DeNA plans to sell e-books and printed books of the manga published on Manga Box, and also plans "a variety of movie adaptations and merchandise based on the series in collaboration with Dentsu Inc.

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