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Tokyopop Licenses Yuri Kuma Arashi Manga

posted on by Karen Ressler
1st volume listed for January

Tokyopop confirmed with ANN that it has licensed Akiko Morishima's Yuri Kuma Arashi manga under the title Yuri Bear Storm. The first volume is slated to ship on January 22.

The manga adapts the Yuri Kuma Arashi anime by director Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Penguindrum, several Sailor Moon television series). FUNimation Entertainment released the anime in North America, and it describes the story:

In a world divided between humans and hyper-intelligent, man-eating bears, Kureha attends an all-girls school and holds onto a simple wish—to spend the rest of her life with her classmate and soul mate, Sumika. But after a secret rendezvous ends in tragedy, Kureha vows to never back down on her love and put a bullet in any bear she meets.

As she plots her revenge, the bear-attack body count begins to rise and two strange girls transfer into Kureha's class. She doesn't know it yet, but the girls who call themselves Ginko and Lulu are actually criminal bears in disguise! As they try to win Kureha's heart , an army of high school girls gears up to go to war with all of bear-kind and anyone else who stands up for love. At this rate, getting the yuri seal of approval from an interdimensional tribunal of cool, beautiful, sexy judges is going to be the least of their troubles.

Morisihima launched the series in Gentosha Comics, Inc.'s Monthly Comic Birz in April 2014, and ended it in April 2016. Gentosha published the series in three compiled volumes.

Sources: Email communication with Tokyopop, Amazon via The OASG

Thanks to Morgan for the news tip.

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