Seven Seas Licenses Bloom Into You Novels, Primitive Boyfriend Manga, More
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Seven Seas Entertainment announced its new licenses during its Anime Expo panel on Friday. The announcements include the Bloom Into You light novel series; the My Status as an Assassin Obviously Exceeds the Hero's, Primitive Boyfriend, and Conditions of Paradise manga; the At Night, I Become a Monster novel; and the My Androgynous Boyfriend, GIGANT, Citrus+, The King of Fighters: A New Beginning, and Metamorphosis Veranda manga.
The first volume of the Bloom Into You light novel series Yagate Kimi ni Naru: Saeki Sayaka ni Tsuite (Bloom Into You - On Sayaka Saeki) will debut in English in February 2020. Hitoma Iruma (Adachi to Shimamura, Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl, Arata-naru Sekai) writes the novel, with original illustrations by Nio Nakatani, the original creator of the Bloom Into You manga.
The novels focus on the character Sayaka Saeki. The first volume shipped in Japan last November, and focuses on Sayaka's first experience with a girl liking her in elementary school, and her relationship with an older girl in middle school. The second volume shipped in Japan on May 10, and focuses on her first year of high school with Touko.
Seven Seas Entertainment also publishes the Bloom Into You manga in English. Nakatani launched the manga in Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine in April 2015, and will end it on September 27, with the eighth and final volume shipping in November. The manga inspired an anime adaptation that premiered last October. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime, and HIDIVE streamed the series with English subtitles as it aired in Japan. A stage play adaptation also debuted in May.
The first volume of Hiroyuki Aigamo's My Status as an Assassin Obviously Exceeds the Hero's (Ansatsusha de Aru Ore no Status ga Yūsha Yori mo Akiraka ni Tsuyoi no da ga) manga will ship in March 2020.
The manga adapts Matsuri Akai's light novel series. The story centers on Akira Oda, a high school student who has the special "skill" of not being noticed. He, along with his classmates, are summoned to a fantasy world of sword and sorcery where they are powerful heroes tasked with defeating a dark lord by a king. With his newfound skills as an assassin, Akira soon uncovers a plot by the kingdom's royal family, and is cast into a labyrinth to die. He swears vengeance on the king, and seeks more power to achieve his task.
Aigamo launched the manga on OVERLAP's Comic Gardo website in July 2018, and OVERLAP published the manga's first volume on January 25. Akai began serializing the original story in the "Shōsetsuka ni Narō" (Let's Become Novelists) website in January 2017. OVERLAP published the first volume of the story in print with illustrations by Tōzai in November 2017, and the third volume shipped on January 24.
Aigamo launched the Accel World manga in Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko magazine in 2010, and ended it in June 2017. Kadokawa published eight volumes for the manga. Yen Press released the manga in English, and it shipped the eighth volume last December.
The first volume of Kitafuku Yoshineko's Primitive Boyfriend (Genshijin Kareshi) manga will debut sometime in spring or summer 2020.
The manga centers on Mito, a girl seeking romance in her life, but uninterested in what she sees as herbivore (i.e. passive, indifferent) men in modern society. She finds herself travelling back in time 2.5 million years, and encountering Galhi, a primitive man of few words and a gentle nature.
Yoshineko launched the manga in Hakusensha's LaLa DX magazine in February 2017, but it moved to LaLa in September 2017. The manga ended in July 2018. Hakusensha published the manga's third and final compiled book volume last October.
The one volume of Akiko Morishima's Conditions of Paradise (Rakuen no Jōken) manga will ship in February 2020.
The yuri manga collects eight one-shot manga that Morishima previously published in Ichijinsha's Comic Yuri Hime magazine, although some of the one-shots focus on the same characters. Morishima published the title story in Comic Yuri Hime in March 2011.
Morishima drew the original character design concepts for Kunihiko Ikuhara's Yuri Kuma Arashi anime, and also drew the anime's manga adaptation. Morisihima launched the manga in Gentosha Comics, Inc.'s Monthly Comic Birz magazine in April 2014, and ended it in April 2016. Gentosha published the series in three compiled volumes. Tokyopop publishes the manga with the title Yuri Bear Storm, and it shipped the third volume on June 18.
Yoru Sumino's At Night, I Become a Monster (Yoru no Bakemono) novel will debut in English sometime in spring or summer 2020.
The novel centers on an unnamed protagonist who turns into a monster at night. One night, he goes to retrieve something he forgot at school, thinking that no one would be present at school. But it is there in his classroom that he meets a classmate named Satsuki Yano.
Futabasha published the novel in 2016, and published a new bunko edition with a new cover on April 11.
Sumino's I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (Kimi no Suizō o Tabetai) novel inspired a live-action film that premiered in Japan in July 2017. The novel inspired an anime film that opened in Japan on September 1. Aniplex and Fathom Events screened the film in the United States in February with both English subtitles and an English dub.
Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the I Want to Eat Your Pancreas novel and manga. The novel debuted in English last November, while the first volume of the manga debuted in English on January 22.
The first volume of Tamekō's My Androgynous Boyfriend (Genderless Danshi ni Aisareteimasu.) manga will debut in English in February 2020.
The manga centers on Wako, an employee at a publishing company, and her androgynous boyfriend who has perfect hair, makeup, and nails.
The first volume of Hiroya Oku's GIGANT manga will debut in English in March 2020.
The manga's story centers on Yamada Yoko, a high school boy who has a movie producer father. One day, while out with friends to shoot a film that he plans to enter into a film festival, a poster of Papiko, an adult video actress with big breasts, catches his eye.
Oku launched the manga in Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine in December 2017. Shogakukan published the manga's third compiled book volume on February 28, and will publish the fourth volume on August 30.
Oku ended his Inuyashiki manga series in its 10th volume in September 2017. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in North America in print, and Crunchyroll released the series digitally. The manga's anime adaptation premiered in October 2017, and it streamed on Amazon's Anime Strike service. A live-action film adaptation opened in Japan in April 2018.
Seven Seas Entertainment publishes the Citrus manga in North America, and it describes the story:
Yuzuko Aihara, a high school girl whose main interests are fashion, friends, and having fun, is about to get a reality check. Due to her mom's remarriage, Yuzu has transferred to a new all-girls school that is extremely strict. Her real education is about to begin.
From day one, happy-go-lucky Yuzu makes enemies, namely the beautiful yet stern Student Council President Mei. So what happens when a dejected Yuzu returns home and discovers the shock of her life: that Mei is actually her new stepsister who has come to live with her? Even more surprising, when Mei catches Yuzu off guard and kisses her out of the blue, what does it all mean?
Saburouta launched the manga in Ichijinsha's Comic Yuri Hime magazine in 2012, and ended it last August. Ichijinsha published the 10th and final volume last October. Seven Seas Entertainment published the ninth volume in English on March 22. The manga inspired a 12-episode television anime adaptation that premiered in January 2018. Crunchyroll streamed the series with English subtitles, and Funimation streamed an English dub.
The Citrus+ manga debuted in Comic Yuri Hime in winter 2018.
The first volume of Kyōtarō Azuma's The King of Fighters: A New Beginning manga will debut in English in January 2020.
The manga is based on the story of SNK's The King of Fighters XIV game. In the story, a powerful fighter named Antonov revives the King of Fighters tournament and once again draws the series' characters into conflict.
The first volume of Kaori Tsurutani's Metamorphosis Veranda (Metamorphose no Engawa) manga debuts in English in April 2020.
The manga topped the list of manga for female readers in the 2019 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook. The manga was also ranked sixth in the 12th Manga Taisho earlier this year, and also earned the New Face Award in the 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival Awards.
Source: Seven Seas Entertainment's Anime Expo panel, Email correspondence