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LovePlus Character Designer Launches Original Manga for Shōnen Magazine Edge

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Tarō Minoboshi launches "herbivore-type youth survival story for boys and girls" on September 17

The official website for Kodansha's upcoming manga magazine Shōnen Magazine Edge revealed on Thursday that LovePlus character designer Tarō Minoboshi (formerly Mino☆Tarō) will launch his first original manga serialization titled Seifuku Robin Son (Uniform Robin Song) in the magazine's inaugural issue on September 17.

The tagline on the the magazine's website for the new manga reads: "Even in 'this world,' we are becoming adults who will fall in love. A herbivore-type youth survival story for boys and girls." (In Japanese, the word sōshoku-kei or herbivore-type is used to describe a person who shuns marriage or has no interest in finding a girlfriend/boyfriend.)

Mino☆Tarō left Konami in March and revealed that he would work as a freelancer under the new pen name Tarō Minoboshi. Konami announced in March that it would continue to make games in the LovePlus series despite his and producer Akari Uchida's departure from the company.

The Loveplus franchise launched on the Nintendo DS in 2009, and sold at least 180,000 copies in half a year. The game has since spawned an enhanced LovePlus+ edition, New LovePlus for the Nintendo 3DS, a few mobile and arcade spinoffs, and at least five manga series.

Shōnen Magazine Edge will also serialize Hiroyuki Takei's (Shaman King, Ultimo) new manga Nekogahara, as well as Yasuyuki Torikai's Shinyaku Märchen manga adapting Sound Horizon's Märchen story album. The magazine will ship on the 17th of every month, and Kodansha will also publish a digital version simultaneously with the print version.

Shōnen Magazine Edge's name comes from the fact that Kodansha is aiming to publish works "at the extreme exterior of the 'Magazine' group." Fumio Osano, Kodansha's editor for Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon and Codename: Sailor V manga, will serve as editor-in-chief of Shōnen Magazine Edge.

Source: Comic Natalie


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