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Kodansha USA Adds 4 New Digital-First Manga Licenses

posted on by Karen Ressler
Ema Toyama's Kami Kami Kaeshi among digital debuts for June

Kodansha Comics announced four new digital-first manga licenses on Wednesday. A new series will debut every week during the month of June.

Title: Those Summer Days (Ano Natsu.)
Author: Chika
Debuts on June 5
Story summary:
Six former classmates meet at their high school reunion: legal secretary Tamaki, businessman Takumi, single mother Yuka, shoe salesman Taichi, tech CEO Shoji, and teacher Moé. As their conversation turns to long-ago loves lost, Yuka makes a shocking confession: in the summer of their second year, she lied to keep Tamaki and Takumi from getting together! After a night of drinking and reminiscence, Tamaki awakens to find herself ten years in the past, on the day that fateful summer began. But just as she learns Takumi has returned to the past as well, they both receive a mysterious text message … Those life-changing summer days have come around again, but can the past truly be changed?

Title: Kamikamikaeshi
Author: Ema Toyama
Debuts on June 12
Story summary:
You see, there are kamisama, a deity, in her hair. A Shinto ritual called kamigamigaeshi allows kamisama to rest in a girl's hair to heal themselves … One day, Mashiro, who has been confined in a small room, meets Hinokagu, a kamisama who had been sealed inside her hair … ?! Super Kamigami Fantasy!!

Title: Karate Heat (Tenohira no Netsu o)
Author: Eiichi Kitano
Debuts on June 19
Story summary:
"All you need is the floor and your body. Then all that's left is to make a fist." Shinya Kinoshita, a boy with incredible posture, and Takumi Yanagiya, the 6-time elementary school national champion meet one day by chance … but surely it's fate. As the two laugh and are drawn to each other, the stage is set for this story of the Kawasaki Ukishima Junior High School Karate Club—a fun-filled martial-arts journey full of friendship and smiles begins now!

Title: The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotōbun no Hanayome)
Author: Negi Haruba
Debuts on June 26
Story summary:
One day, a poor high school second-year named Futaro Uesugi comes across a private tutoring gig with good pay. But his pupils are his classmates!! And they're quintuplets!! A-and they're all gorgeous girls, but they're also troublemakers who hate to study and are on the verge of flunking out! And his first task is simply gaining the sisters' trust?! Every day is a party! The curtain is rising on the Nakano quintuplets' quirky romantic comedy with five times the cute!!

The first chapter of Those Summer Days is available for free on Kodansha's website.

Source: Press Release

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