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Viz Media Licences Fushigi Yūgi: Byakko Senki, How Do We Relationship?, Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams Manga

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
U.S. publisher also adds Not Your Idol, Ping Pong manga; Monster Hunter: World - Official Complete Works book

Viz Media announced six manga licenses and releases for 2020 at its panel at New York Comic Con on Friday.

The company also announced that it will release the Monster Hunter: World - Official Complete Works book in August 2020, as well as writer In-Wan Youn, artist Kyung-Il Yang, and original creator Eun-hee Kim's The Kingdom of the Gods comic in May 2020. The latter comic inspired the Netflix series Kingdom.

Title: Fushigi Yūgi: Byakko Senki
Creator: Yuu Watase
Release Period: August 2020
Summary: The final Fushigi Yūgi story in the Universe of the Four Gods begins! The year is 1923. Suzuno Osugi's father Takao warns her to stay away from The Universe of the Four Gods, telling her it's a book that only men can touch. Takao worked with late Einosuke Okuda, who translated its text. He knows that in order to enact its story, the book needs one last heroine: the priestess of Byakko!

Title: How Do We Relationship? (Tsukiatte Agete mo Ii ka na)
Creator: Tamifull
Release Period: June 2020
Summary: A romance of convenience between two college women soon becomes the real thing. Shy Miwa has always dreamed of finding love, but living in small-town Japan made finding the right match difficult—especially since she likes girls! Even going away to college didn't seem to increase her romantic odds until one day her outgoing classmate Saeko suggests they might as well start dating each other since it's not like either of them have other options. At first it seems like things won't work out as their personalities clash and misunderstandings abound. But when their casual friendship starts to become something more Miwa begins to wonder—can a pragmatic proposal lead to true love?

Title: Maison Ikkoku Collector's Edition
Creator: Rumiko Takahashi
Release Period: June 2020
Summary: Acclaimed author Rumiko Takahashi's classic romantic comedy about finding a path in life. Yusaku Godai didn't get accepted into college on the first try, so he's studying to retake the entrance exams. But living in a dilapidated building full of eccentric and noisy tenants is making it hard for him to achieve his goals. Now that a beautiful woman has moved in to become the new resident manager, Godai is driven to distraction!

Title: Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams (Mujirushi - Le signe des rêves)
Creator: Naoki Urasawa
Release Period: July 2020
Summary: From award-winning author Naoki Urasawa comes a tale of crushing debt, a broken marriage, and the painting that can fix it all—if Kasumi and her dad can manage to steal it. Kamoda will do anything to earn a quick buck, even if it means skipping out on his taxes to take his wife on a luxury cruise. But when a random tax audit bankrupts his family, Kamoda soon discovers his wife has taken that cruise after all—only without Kamoda or their daughter Kasumi. Desperate to provide, Kamoda invests in a scheme to mass-produce masks of controversial American presidential candidate Beverly Duncan. But a lackluster election kills their sales potential, burying Kamoda under a mountain of masks and debt. On the verge of despair, Kamoda discovers a sign that leads him to the Director, an art fanatic who vows he can make all of Kamoda and Kasumi's dreams come true.

Title: Not Your Idol (Sayonara Mini Skirt)
Creator: Aoi Makino
Release Period: May 2020
Summary: A psychological suspense series about a girl who has given up her life as an idol after being assaulted by a fan. In the wake of an assault, Nina Kamiyama, a former idol in the group Pure Club, shuns her femininity and starts dressing as a boy. At high school she keeps to herself, but fellow student Hikaru Horiuchi realizes who she is. What secrets is she keeping? The shocking drama starts.

Title: Ping Pong
Creator: Taiyo Matsumoto
Release Period: May 2020
Summary: Ace high school table tennis players push their passion to the limit in this story of self-discovery, told by Eisner Award winner Taiyo Matsumoto and later adapted to anime by Masaaki Yuasa (DEVILMAN crybaby). Makoto “Smile” Tsukimoto doesn't smile even though he's got a natural talent for playing Ping Pong. As one of the best players in school, all hopes are on him to win the regional high school tournament, but winning is not what Smile really wants to do. Will the fierce competition to be number one bring out his best or drive him away from the game? PING PONG is Taiyo Matsumoto's masterwork reflection on friendship and self-discovery, presented here in two volumes, featuring color art, the bonus story Tamura and an afterward by the original Japanese series editor.

Sources: Email correspondence, Viz Media's NYCC panel (Kalai Chik)

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