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Kodansha Comics Adds Tale of Genji, My Sweet Girl, World's End and Apricot Jam Manga Digitally

posted on by Karen Ressler
The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn release to coincide with NYC exhibit

Kodansha Comics announced on Thursday that it will release three new digital-first manga in English this month. The manga are as follows:

Title: The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn (Asakiyumemishi - The Tale of Genji)
Author: Waki Yamato (Haikara-san ga Tooru)
First three volumes debut on February 26, with new volumes monthly

The manga adaptation of Murasaki Shikibu's 11th-century classic The Tale of Genji launched in Kodansha's mimi magazine in 1979, and it continued serialization until the 90s. Kodansha has released the series in 10 "complete edition" volumes. The manga has more than 17 million copies in print.

The manga will be featured at the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art's "The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated" from March 5-June 16. The exhibit will mark the museum's first time displaying manga illustrations.

Title: My Sweet Girl (Kimi wa Kawaii Onna no Ko)
Author: Rumi Ichinohe
Debuts on February 12, with new volumes monthly until caught up to Japan

Story Summary: Rumi Ichinohe's sweet, pure love story is about a girl who never imagined falling in love, until one day she she meets a boy from the next class. This one's dedicated to all the girls who find things a little bit awkward when it comes to romance.

Ichinohe launched the ongoing manga in Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine in 2015, and Kodansha will publish the ninth volume on February 13.

Title: World's End and Apricot Jam (Sekai no Hajikko to Anzu Jam)
Author: Rila Kirishima
Debuts on February 19, with new volumes monthly

Story Summary: Music and romance collide in Rila Kirishima off-kilter comedy about a building manager who has a run-in with a bumbling tenant—who turns out to be the lead singer of a supercool band.

The manga ran in Kodansha's Dessert magazine from December 2013 to July 2016. Kodansha published the series in six compiled volumes.

Sources: Press Release, Comic Natalie

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