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Girl's High Creator Towa Oshima Launches Manga about Bathhouse

posted on by Anita Tai
Shitamachi Sentō Kazoku series about "those who protect the hot baths"

This year's ninth issue of Shonengahosha's Young King magazine announced on Monday that Girl's High creator Towa Oshima will launch a new series with Shibuyoshi Chabashira in the next issue on April 24. (Note: The co-creator's name romanization is not confirmed). The manga is titled Shitamachi Sentō Kazoku (The Downtown Bathhouse Family), and it will launch with a 31-page chapter, a color opening page, and art on the magazine issue's front cover.

The illustration accompanying the announcement features a sign with the words "Okura Baths" and a tagline that reads "Faced with the reality that was thrust upon a place beloved by regular patrons, our protagonist rises up to protect family and the precious baths."

Oshima ended Girl's High with the 13th and final compiled volume on September 12. Comics One licensed Joshi Kōsei Girls-High in 2004, and DrMaster published nine volumes of the manga under the title High School Girls between 2005 and 2008. JManga also hosted the first volume of the series before ceasing operations. The manga inspired a television anime series in 2006, and Media Blasters licensed the series under the title Girl's High for North America that same year.

She also wrote Joshi Kōsei Girls-Live (a sequel set several years later) in the inaugural issue of Futabasha's Comic Sumomo magazine in 2010 before moving that series to Comic High! (after Comic Sumomo ended publication in 2013). Futabasha published the sixth final compiled volume in 2015.

Oshima began her series Futago Zaurus in Square Enix's Big Gangan magazine in 2011. Square Enix published the second volume in 2013.

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