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Crunchyroll Manga Adds Arakawa Under the Bridge, Gugure! Kokkuri-san, Cuticle Detective Inaba

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Square Enix titles added to manga catalog

Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced at its New York Comic Con panel on Thursday that it has licensed the Arakawa Under the Bridge, Gugure! Kokkuri-san, and Cuticle Detective Inaba manga series.

Hikaru Nakamura's Arakawa Under the Bridge manga centers on an upper-class young man named Ko "Riku" Ichinomiya. He meets a beautiful homeless girl named Nino from the banks of Arakawa River, where many of Tokyo's most unusual residents live.

Nakamura (Saint Young Men) launched Arakawa Under the Bridge in Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine in 2004, and ended it in July. Square Enix will publish the manga's 15th and final compiled book volume on November 20. The manga was adapted into a 13-episode TV anime series in April 2010, with a second 13-episode season airing in October of the same year titled Arakawa under the Bridge × Bridge. NIS America acquired the first and second seasons of the anime and released both on DVD and Blu-ray in 2011 and in 2012, respectively. The manga was also adapted into a live-action television drama in 2011, and a live-action film in 2012.

Midori Endō's Gugure! Kokkuri-san manga revolves around Kohina, a little girl who ends up summoning a Kokkuri-san, a lower-ranking ghost in Japanese folklore. The Kokkuri-san she calls ends up being a white-haired handsome young man. Although he had intended to merely haunt her at first, he becomes worried about her terrible eating habit of cup ramen for every meal, so he decides to haunt her in order to protect her.

Endō began the manga in 2011 in Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine, and Square Enix shipped the ninth compiled volume in Japan on May 22. The manga inspired a 12-episode television anime series that Crunchyroll streamed as it aired in Japan. Sentai Filmworks licensed the series for home video in North America.

Mochi's Cuticle Detective Inaba (Cuticle Tantei Inaba) manga centers on Hiroshi Inaba, a part-man, part-wolf detective with a hair fetish who begins his own detective agency alongside his cross-dressing secretary Yuuta, and his assistant Kei. Together, they try to foil the schemes of Don Valentino, a goat and leader of an Italian mafia group.

Mochi launched the manga in Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine in 2007. Square Enix published the manga's 15th compiled book volume on April 27. The manga inspired a 12-episode television anime adaptation in 2013. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan, and Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime for home video in North America. Sentai Filmworks released the series on DVD and Blu-ray in April 2014.

Thanks to Deb Aoki for the news tip.

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