Seven Seas Licenses Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou, MoMo -the blood taker-, Yakuza Fiancé, & My [Repair] Skill Became a Versatile Cheat Manga Series

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© Hitoshi Ashinano

Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed four new manga series to be published for the first time in North America. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou, MoMo -the blood taker-,Yakuza Fiancé: Raise wa Tanin ga Ii,, and My [Repair] Skill Became a Versatile Cheat, So I Think I’ll Open a Weapon Shop will all be available in English and on print and digital platforms. 

Among their biggest acquisitions is Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou by Hitoshi Ashinano. The slice-of-life science fiction story follows a lone android running a coffee shop in a declining Japan. Despite not having been previously released in English, the manga series has been critically acclaimed and praised for its unique art style, detailed pacing, and engaging characters. 

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou manga cover
© Hitoshi Ashinano

The manga was first serialized in Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon magazine from June 1994 to February 2006. 14 tankoubon volumes were released in total. The series also won Best Manga at the 2007 Seiun Award, where Japan’s best science fiction works are honored.

Two separate OVA adaptations were created as well, with the first two episodes released in 1998 and another two episodes between 2002-2003. Ajia-do Animation Works handled the animation production for both OVAs. 

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou will be released in five large omnibus editions collecting all 140 chapters of the series. The first omnibus collection will be released in August 2022. 

Seven Seas describes the series as:

Set hundreds of years in the future after an environmental catastrophe, Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (also known as Yokohama Shopping Log) centers on the simple life of Alpha, an android who runs a small coffee shop in coastal Japan. Alpha stands witness to chronicle the end of humanity’s days with coffee, a slice of watermelon, and the sound of her moon guitar backed by distant seagulls. Quiet and bittersweet, this tale is about the melancholy beauty that can be found even as the end approaches.

Akira Sugito’s MoMo -the blood taker- will also be published for the first time in English. The hard-boiled supernatural murder mystery series comes from the creator of the acclaimed Boku Girl manga. It was first serialized in Weekly Young Jump from January 2019 to June 2021. Nine tankoubon volumes were published all together. 

MoMo -the blood taker- manga cover volume 1
© Akira Sugito

The first volume is set for release in August 2022 on print and digital formats. 

The acclaimed manga series is described as:

Washed-up Tokyo detective Mikogami Keiji is investigating a series of murders where the victims have been torn apart and drained of all blood. Could these grisly new killings be related to the decade-old unsolved murder of the woman he loved? As he renews his vow to find the creature that killed her, he has no idea he’s being stalked by a silver-haired girl with secrets of her own. Quicker than you can say “vampire,” Mikogami finds himself embroiled in a frightening conspiracy with actual monsters–but he’ll do whatever it takes in his quest for revenge.

Yakuza Fiancé: Raise wa Tanin ga Ii by Asuka Konishi will also be released by Seven Seas Entertainment, beginning with the first volume in November 2022. The romantic crime drama follows the granddaughter of a Japanese yakuza who is sent away to marry the grandson of a rival Tokyo family. 

Yakuza Fiancé: Raise wa Tanin ga Ii  volume 1 cover
© Asuka Konishi

The series first debuted in August 2017 in Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon magazine. Five tankoubon volumes have been released as of February 17, 2022. 

Seven Seas describes the series as: 

Yoshino grew up as the yakuza princess of the Osaka Somei crime family. Everyone left her alone due to her sharp gaze and mobster ties. But when her grandfather signs a truce with the Tokyo-based Miyama crime family, she’s offered for betrothal to the Miyama leader’s grandson, Kirishima. At first, Kirishima seems amiable and polite–but when he shows his dark side, he proves to be more disturbing than any gangster Yoshino has ever met. This engagement is sure to be a wild ride for a tough yakuza princess and her twisted yakuza prince!

Ginga Hoahikawa and Yukimi Enoki’s My [Repair] Skill Became a Versatile Cheat, So I Think I’ll Open a Weapon Shop manga will also be published in North America. The adventure fantasy series is a manga adaptation of Hoshikawa and artist Nemusuke’s original light novel. It follows an adventurer going through dungeon crawls and crafting different items. 

My [Repair] Skill Became a Versatile Cheat, So I Think I’ll Open a Weapon Shop volume 1 cover
© Ginga Hoshikawa, Yukimi Enoki, & Nemusuke

The first volume will be released in August 2022 in single editions on both print and digital platforms. 

The manga series is described as: 

It’s hard for Luke to make a name for himself as an adventurer–especially when he’s perpetually low-ranked and only possesses the skill [Repair]. But when Luke, abandoned by his party, uses that same [Repair] skill to escape a dangerous dungeon, the skill levels up with him, and a new world of possibilities opens up. Maybe he doesn’t want to risk his life adventuring at all–maybe he can open a weapons shop where [Repair] empowers other warriors instead! Will this be the start of a peaceful new life, or a prequel to unexpected trouble?

Source: Seven Seas Entertainment

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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