Kuma Miko's Masume Yoshimoto Launches New Magical Girl Manga in February
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The second issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine the 3rd manga magazine revealed on Friday that manga creator Masume Yoshimoto will launch a new manga titled Mahō Shōjo Omatsu (Magical Girl Omatsu) in the magazine's next issue on February 6. The magazine describes the new manga as a "magical girl historical drama."
Yoshimoto launched the Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear manga in Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Flapper magazine in its May 2013 issue. and then Kadokawa added it to its ComicWalker web comic service in March 2014. Kadokawa released the manga's seventh compiled volume (seen right) on September 23.
One Peace Books is releasing the manga in North America, and it released the second compiled volume on December 20.
Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear follows Machi, a middle school student who serves as a shrine maiden (miko) at a Shinto shrine enshrining a bear (kuma) in the recesses of a certain mountain in Japan's northern Tōhoku region. Machi's guardian is a talking bear named Natsu, and one day Machi says to Natsu, "I want to go to a school in the city." The worrywart Natsu then gives Machi — who is ignorant in the ways of the world — a set of trials that she must pass in order to be able to survive in the city.
A television anime adaptation of the manga premiered last April. Funimation streamed the series as it aired in Japan.