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Kodansha Comics Licenses The Prince in His Dark Days, Cells at Work! Manga

posted on by Karen Ressler
Shojo manga about lookalikes trading places, shonen manga about anthropomorphic cells slated for this fall

Kodansha Comics announced on Tuesday that it has licensed Hiko Yamanaka's The Prince in His Dark Days (Ōjisama to Haiiro no Hibi) and Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! (Hataraku Saibō) manga. Both series' first volumes are slated for fall 2016.

Kodansha Comics describes The Prince in His Dark Days (title tentative):

Atsuko's father is a drunk, and she's shunned by her classmates as "the poor kid." Walking the streets in a dark fog of despair, Atsuko cons perverts out of their money to survive. Then, one day, she meets Itaru, the heir to a wealthy family, who happens to look exactly like her. Itaru hatches a plan: Atsuko will live his tedious public life for him, and she will get a taste of the luxuries enjoyed by the 1%. Everybody's (finally) happy. Right?

Yamanaka (70% of First Love is...) drew the manga in Kodansha's ARIA magazine from 2011-2013, and Kodansha published the series in four compiled volumes.

Kodansha Comics describes Cells at Work! (title tentative):

The average human body contains about 60 trillion cells, and each of them has work to do! But when you get injured, viruses or bacteria invade, or when an allergic reaction flares up, everyone from the silent but deadly white blood cells to the brainy neurons has to work together to get through the crisis!

Shimizu launched the manga in the March 2015 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius and Kodansha shipped the second compiled volume in Japan in November. The manga ranked on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook's 2016 list of top graphic novels for male readers.

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