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Kodansha, JICA Launch Terako Shima's 'Ima, Indo ni Yobarete' Manga

posted on by Adriana Hazra
Collaborative manga project follows manga creator Natsume as she moves to India

Kodansha and JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) launched Terako Shima's Ima, Indo ni Yobarete (Now, India is Calling) manga on Wednesday on Kodansha's Palcy app. Japan airline ANA is collaborating on the manga.

The manga follows the life of 28-year-old manga creator Natsume Kanazawa. Natsume has been a manga creator for five years, but her career has yet to take off. One day her boyfriend tells her he intends to marry her, so he asks her to go to India with him. Even though she doesn't want to quit her job as a manga creator, she takes the chance and goes with him. However, once in India, her boyfriend tells her that she'll be handling all the housework after they're married. Just as Natsume becomes frustrated as to why women have to do housework, she meets a woman from India named Ruby who also is frustrated that it's normal for women to quit work once they get married. Despite cultural differences, the two share the same concerns in life. The manga follows Natsume's travels in India, a country that changes her life.

Shima will update new chapters of the manga on the third Wednesday of every month. The manga project will also get an accompanying television segment in Japan.

While the manga has not yet launched in English or Hindi, Kodansha has expressed plans to distribute the manga locally in India.

Manga Planet India, Kodansha, and JICA collaborated on the Manga Shakti Project. Manga Planet India provided participants of the research project with seven free manga titles during the course of the project with participants having a chance to win a one-month subscription to read Kodansha manga titles on Manga Planet India. Manga Planet India was previously slated to launch at the end of 2023 but is postponed to an unspecified date now.

Shima launched her Babyun to Kareshi manga in Kodansha's Hatsu Kiss magazine in 2017. The manga won the Tomoko Ninomiya Award and the Hatsu Kiss Award at the 2nd Otona Shōjo Manga Awards.

Source: PR Times via Super Sugoii's Facebook page

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