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Kodansha USA to Publish DAYS, Tsuredure Children Manga Digitally

posted on by Karen Ressler
Both 1st volumes slated for April 25

Kodansha Advanced Media announced on Tuesday that it will release Tsuyoshi Yasuda's DAYS and Toshiya Wakabayashi's Tsuredure Children manga as digital-first titles on April 25.

Kodansha Comics previously confirmed that it plans to complete all digital-first titles, and the titles can potentially receive print releases in the future.

Yasuda launched the DAYS soccer manga in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in April 2013. Kodansha shipped the manga's 21st compiled book volume in Japan on March 17, and the 22nd volume will ship on May 15. The series inspired Saori Otoha's DAYS Gaiden spinoff manga, which launched in Kodansha's Magazine Pocket manga app in October.

Kodansha Comics describes the story:

During his last spring break before starting high school, Tsukushi Tsukamoto meets Jin Kazama, who invites him to a pick-up soccer game. Their chance meeting, and his first-ever experience with soccer, move kind-hearted, timid Tsukushi to enroll in his new high school's soccer club, which is among the strongest in all of Japan. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, there's something amazing hidden inside Tsukushi's heart … and through his trials and tribulations in the soccer club, it's beginning to blossom!

A 24-episode television anime series based on the manga ran from July to December. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. Ponycan USA announced plans to release the series in the United States. Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed in December that a sequel for the anime series is in the works. The manga's limited edition 21st volume bundled DVD, and the 22nd volume is also listed with a DVD.

The Tsuredure Children (Idle Children) four-panel manga is dedicated "to those of you who can't say 'I love you.'" It chronicles a series of short school romance stories in an omnibus format.

Wakabayashi launched the manga online in October 2012, and then also began serializing it with new material in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2015. Kodansha published the seventh compiled book volume on February 17. The omnibus editions include new chapters and revisions not included in the online version.

A television anime adaptation has been green-lit and is slated for this summer.

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