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Yen Press Adds Gakkō Gurashi!, Aka ya Akashi ya Ayakashi no Manga

posted on by Egan Loo

North American manga publisher Yen Press announced on Friday that it licensed Sadoru Chiba & Norimitsu Kaihō (Nitroplus)'s School-Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!) manga and HaccaWorks* and Nanao's Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi (Aka ya Akashi ya Ayakashi no) manga. The first School-Live! volume will ship in November, and Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi will debut in December.

The story of School-Live! revolves around girls who decide to stay over at school: the energetic Yuki Takeya, the shovel-loving Kurumi, spacey school adviser Megu, level-headed underclassman Mii-kun, and Rii-san, who brings everyone together. However, through mysterious circumstances, the girls find themselves the final survivors in a zombie attack, and continue to live at the school.

The manga began in Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine in 2012 with Norimitsu Kaihō from Nitroplus providing the story and Sadoru Chiba penning the art. (Kaihō also wrote screenplays for Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas and Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road.) Houbunsha shipped the fifth compiled volume of the series in Japan on March 12. The manga is inspiring a television anime this summer.

The manga Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi or "AkaAka" adapts the dōjin game of the same name. Dōjin circle HaccaWorks* released the "Spirited Away adventure" game for the PC in Japan in 2011 with a theme song by Akiko Shikata (Frontier Works). A PSP version followed in 2014.

The story centers on Yue, a boy born and raised entirely within a certain shrine on the outskirts of Utsuwa City. One day, he goes to the winter festival when he is taken along by his close childhood friend Kurogitsune (black fox). The scene is bustling with people under brightly lit lanterns. In the outside world for the first time since he was born, Yue meets a mysterious boy.

The artist Nanao launched the manga version of Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi in Kadokawa/Media Factory's Monthly Comic Gene magazine in 2012, and Kadokawa will publish the seventh compiled book volume in July 27.

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