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Yen Press Licenses Fruits Basket, 2 Other Manga by Natsuki Takaya

posted on by Karen Ressler
Liselotte & Witch's Forest, Twinkle Stars to get 1st western releases in English

Yen Press announced on Friday that it has licensed Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket, Liselotte & Witch's Forest, and Twinkle Stars manga. The latter two titles will be published in the west in English for the first time.

Yen Press will release the 23-volume Fruits Basket manga series in 12 updated volumes based on the collector's editions Hakusensha recently began releasing in Japan. The first volume is slated for June 2016, with one new volume out every month.

Tokyopop previously released the manga in English from 2004 to 2009. FUNimation Entertainment licensed the anime adaptation.

Yen Press describes Fruits Basket:

Fruits Basket is the story of Tohru Honda, a young girl who – following the untimely deaths of her parents – finds herself living in a tent on land belonging to the Sohma family. When the family takes her in, she discovers their rather unusual “curse”: possessed by spirits of the Chinese Zodiac, they transform into their zodiac animal when embraced by someone of the opposite sex.

Liselotte & Witch's Forest (Liselotte to Majo no Mori) is Takaya's most recent series. Takaya launched the series in Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine in May 2011, but put the series on hiatus for her health in 2013. Hakusensha shipped the fifth compiled volume in 2013.

Yen Press will release the first volume of Liselotte & Witch's Forest in July 2016 with new volumes every three months.

Yen Press describes Liselotte & Witch's Forest:

In Liselotte & Witch's Forest, titular character Liselotte holds out hope of finding an important person from her past, but her quest leads her to a forest rumored to be inhabited by witches.

Yen Press will publish Twinkle Stars (Hoshi wa Utau, or Twinkle Stars Like Singing A Song) in five omnibus editions. Takaya penned the series in Hana to Yume from 2007 to 2011.

Yen Press describes the story:

Sakuya, the lead character of Twinkle Stars, has always been mesmerized by the night sky, but when she meets a boy at her eighteenth birthday party, she discovers that the stars may actually have more to do with her fate than she ever imagined.

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