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Crunchyroll Teams with Comico to Release ReLife, momokuri, Nanbaka Manga

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1st volumes of 3 manga available on December 21 worldwide

Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Sunday that it will collaborate with the free manga app Comico to release Yayoiso's ReLIFE, Kurose's momokuri, and Shō Futamata's Nanbaka manga in English. The first volumes of all three manga will be available on December 21 at 7:00 p.m. EST, and the manga will be available worldwide. Crunchyroll said it might release more series in the future as part of the collaboration.

The story of ReLIFE revolves around Arata Kaizaki, an unemployed, single 27-year-old who has just been cut off from his parents' financial support. Unable to find a job due to his leaving his previous employer within three months, he is stuck. One night after drinking with a high school friend, Arata meets Ryō Yoake, a man who offers Arata pills to turn him back into a 17-year old so he can redo his life. After agreeing to the experiment, Arata joins a high school class, and meets Chizuru Hishiro, a socially awkward silent beauty who yearns to have friends. Through connecting with her and other classmates, Arata must find what he lacks to live a happy life in the real world within a one-year time limit.

Yayoiso began the manga on the Comico app in 2013, and it was green-lit for physical publication last year. The fourth compiled volume shipped in Japan on August 12. The manga ranked eighth on the Japan Publication Sales' Distribution Reform Group Comic Team's list of best-selling first volumes for new manga series that went on sale last year. The series also ranked sixth on Japanese online bookstore Honya Club's list of manga series, recommended by bookstore employees, that had fewer than five volumes as of November 2014.

An anime adaptation of ReLIFE will premiere in 2016. Comico opened a teaser website for the anime in April.

The story of momokuri revolves around Yuki Kurihara, a girl who has finally been granted her wish of dating her crush Shinya Momotsuki (Momo). At first glance, she just looks like a normal but very cute girl. However, she is in fact a maniac over Momo, taking notes of his activities and never missing the chance to see him in a cute moment. Momo, on the other hand, is inexperienced in love, and just wants to make Yuki happy.

Kurose began momokuri on the Comico app in January 2014. The first compiled book volume shipped in Japan on September 12.

An anime adaptation of momokuri will premiere this winter on the Comico manga app. The official website of the adaptation began streaming a second promotional video for the anime on October 29.

The story of Nanbaka centers around four prisoners: Jūgo, a man who attempted to break out of prison and ended up extending his jail time; Uno, a man who likes to gamble with women; Rokku, a man who likes to get into fights; and Niko, a man who likes anime. Along with their warden Hajime, the high-tension action comedy story unfolds.

Futamata launched the manga on the Comico app in 2013. The first compiled book volume shipped in Japan on November 12.

An anime adaptation of Nanbaka will premiere in 2016. The first compiled book volume of the manga announced that Shinji Takamatsu (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, School Rumble, Gintama) will direct the adaptation.

Comico is a free manga-reading smartphone app created by NHN PlayArt, and it has over 10 million downloads.

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