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Viz Licenses Kakuriyo Manga, Accel World Film & OVAs

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
1st K: Seven Stories film premieres at Anime Expo; Loveless volume 13 slated for June

Viz Media announced at its Anime Central panel on Sunday that it has licensed Wako Ioka's Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits manga, as well as the Accel World: Infinite Burst anime film and the franchise's two original video anime (OVA) releases. Viz Media also announced that it will premiere R:B ~Blaze~, the first part in the six-part K: Seven Stories anime film project, in Anime Expo in July.

The publisher also confirmed that it will release the 13th volume of Yun Kouga's Loveless manga in June, and it will make the entire manga series available digitally.

Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits is based on Midori Yūma's Kakuriyo Yadomeshi light novel series. The series centers on a female college student named Aoi, who inherited the ability to see spirits from her late grandfather. Aoi prides herself on her cooking. One day, she is feeding some agricultural spirits when suddenly a god and the master of the "Tenshinya" (Heavenly Inn) appears and takes Aoi away. He says that due to her grandfather's debts, she must become his bride. Aoi hates this idea and instead declares that she will pay back her grandfather's debt by working at the Tenshinya.

Ioka launched the manga in Kadokawa's B's-LOG COMIC magazine in April 2016, and Kadokawa published the fourth compiled book volume on March 31. Yūma launched the novel series in 2015, with illustrations by Laruha, and Kadokawa published the eighth novel on April 13. As of last October, the series has more than 340,000 copies in print.

The novel series is inspiring a television anime that premiered on April 2. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan, and Funimation is streaming an English dub.

The Accel World: Infinite Burst anime film opened in Japan on July 2016 ranked #9 in its opening weekend.

The Accel World OVAs were bundled with the Accel World: Ginyoku no Kakusei and Accel World: Kasoku no Chōten PS3/PSP games in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Reki Kawahara's Accel World light novel series launched in 2009, and Kadokawa published the 22nd volume last November. Yen Press is publishing the light novel series in English, and it shipped the 13th volume on March 20. It inspired a 24-episode television anime which premiered in 2012, and Viz Media streamed the series on Hulu as it aired in Japan. Viz Media released the series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in 2013. The novels also inspired a manga by Hiroyuki Aigamo that launched in Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko Magazine in 2010, and ended last June. Yen Press published the manga's seventh volume in March 2017.

The novels inspired two other manga: Akariryuryuu's Axel World and Ayato Sasakura's Accel World / Dural: Magisa Garden, the latter of which ended last June.

Source: Viz Media's Anime Central Panel

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