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Viz Media Licenses Sweet Blue Flowers, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Queen's Quality Manga

posted on 2016-08-12 18:44 EDT by Karen Ressler


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Viz Media announced at its Otakon panel on Friday that it has licensed Takako Shimura's Sweet Blue Flowers (Aoi Hana), Akira Himekawa's The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Kyousuke Motomi's Queen's Quality (Queens Quality) manga.

Viz Media will release Sweet Blue Flowers in 2-in-1 omnibus editions with a new translation.

Shimura (Wandering Son) launched the manga in 2004 and ended the series in 2013. Ohta Books published the manga in eight compiled volumes.

Digital Manga, Inc. previously licensed the manga and released the first volume digitally in 2014. The online manga service JManga also began releasing Sweet Blue Flowers before ending service in 2013.

Viz Media describes the story:

Fumi Manjoume, an introverted, bookish teenage girl, is beginning her first year of high school at Matsuoka Girls' High School. She enters the school year with her heart broken by a previous relationship. At about the same time, she reconnects with her best friend from ten years ago, Akira Okudaira, who is now attending Fujigatani Girls' Academy as a first-year high school student. As they reconnect, they both deal with their own respective romantic problems, and help each other get through them.

An anime adaptation premiered in 2009, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. Right Stuf released the series on DVD in 2012.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is slated for March 2017. Manga creator duo Himekawa launched the Twilight Princess manga in Shogakukan's MangaONE app on February 8, where it serializes every other week. Twilight Princess marks the pair's return to drawing The Legend of Zelda manga after an eight-year hiatus. Shogakukan published the first volume of the manga in Japan on June 24.

Himekawa previously stated in May that Viz would publish the manga in English, but Viz was not able to confirm the license at the time.

Himekawa serialized The Legend of Zelda manga series from 1998 to 2008. The duo drew a prologue to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword game in 2011.

Viz Media will also publish Himekawa's The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 1: Ocarina of Time Parts 1 & 2 manga in English on November 1. The Legend Of Zelda: Legendary Edition is a new series of two-in-one releases of the pair's The Legend of Zelda manga. Each of the five omnibus volumes will contain two volumes of the original series with new covers, colored artwork, and a larger printing format. Viz Media previously published all 10 volumes in the series in singular volumes.

Viz Media will debut Queen's Quality in 2017. The manga is a sequel to Motomi's earlier QQ Sweeper manga, but according to Viz Media the story can stand alone. Motomi (Dengeki Daisy) began the ongoing series in Shogakukan's Betsucomi magazine in July 2015, shortly after ending QQ Sweeper in the same magazine. Shogakukan published the second compiled volume in June.

Viz Media describes the story:

When the secret of the girl who was sealed is unlocked, her monochrome daily life is transformed into a vivid one. Those two from QQ Sweeper will develop in a new battle, a new stage, and a new love!!

Viz Media's Shojo Beat licensed QQ Sweeper and published the third and final compiled volume in June.


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