Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses Lupin III (Lupin the 3rd): Thick as Thieves Manga Collection, Delinquent Daddy and Tender Teacher, & More Manga

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© Monkey Punch

Seven Seas Entertainment has announced that it has licensed four new manga series that will be released in North America for the first time. The four titles include Lupin III (Lupin the 3rd): Thick as Thieves – The Classic Manga Collection, What He Who Doesn’t Believe in Fate Says, The Skull Dragon’s Precious Daughter, and Delinquent Daddy and Tender Teacher

Here are the full details about each of Seven Seas’ newest license acquisitions

The first license acquisition is the latest Lupin III manga collection, Lupin III (Lupin the 3rd): Thick as Thieves – The Classic Manga. The collection features some of the greatest stories by Monkey Punch about the mastermind thief after the release of the previous Lupin III (Lupin the 3rd): Greatest Heists – The Classic Manga in 2021. 

The Thick as Thieves collection will be released in North America in July 2023 as a large-trim hardcover volume. It will also be available as an eBook on various digital platforms. 

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© Monkey Punch

Seven Seas describes the manga collection as: 

Monkey Punch’s immortal creations are among the most beloved characters of all time, from master thief Lupin III to his trusted sidekicks and tenacious rivals. Seven Seas is proud to present the follow-up to last year’s hit Greatest Heists with this second “best of” release. Thick as Thieves is another curated collection of some of Monkey Punch’s best stories and chapters of Lupin III from throughout the classic manga’s history, featuring all-new translations in a beautiful oversized hardcover. Let this iconic manga steal your heart all over again!

Another manga series that will be released is What He Who Doesn’t Believe in Fate Says by Omu the Rice. In this romance with a supernatural edge, a guy who can see the fated ties between soulmates falls for a woman who’s destined to be with someone else. 

The supernatural romance manga series was first launched on pixiv’s Sylph online magazine on April 30, 2020. It will be released for the first time in English in June 2023 as single volume editions. The first volume will be available on both print and digital platforms.

what he doesn't believe in fate says manga volume one cover
© Omu the Rice

The manga is described by Seven Seas as: 

Kosuke has an unusual ability: he can see the red string of fate that connects soulmates. Much to his misfortune, he falls in love with Yuka, whose string of fate clearly doesn’t lead back to him. He hides his feelings for her, until the day when a fortune teller says to Yuka that her destined lover is nearby–and she thinks it’s Kosuke! If this is Kosuke’s chance to pursue the woman he loves, will he have to fight destiny to be with her?

Ichi Yukishiro’s The Skull Dragon’s Precious Daughter is a wholesome fantasy series about familial bonds that transcend species. The series was first launched in MAGCOMI magazine on September 25, 2020 and has been released digitally by J-Novel Club since August 10, 2022. 

The first volume of the manga will be released in print for the first time in March 2023. The Skull Dragon’s Precious Daughter will be available for purchase as single volume paperback volumes. 

the skull dragon's precious daughter volume one cover
© Ichi Yukishiro

Seven Seas describes the synopsis as: 

In a faraway land lies a forest where all manner of beings dispose of their trash. One day, a young girl named Eve is abandoned along with the usual debris, but she is soon found by an aging dragon who decides to take her in and raise her. Under the dragon’s watchful eye, Eve grows up happy and healthy, but her peaceful life is interrupted by impending tragedy. Yet in the face of this heartbreaking farewell, Eve makes a surprising next move. A perfect “found family” story for fantasy lovers!

Seven Seas will also release the Delinquent Daddy and Tender Teacher manga series by Tama Mizuki for the first time in North America. The series is described as a heartwarming Boys’ Love romance between a former “bad boy” single dad and the gentle teacher who takes care of his kid at school. 

delinquent daddy and tender teacher manga volume one cover
© Tama Mizuki

The series ran in Comic fleur magazine from June 8, 2016 to October 19, 2016. The first volume will be released in August 2023 and will be available as single volume editions. The series will be available on both print and digital platforms as part of Seven Seas BL label (Boys’ Love titles). 

Seven Seas describes Delinquent Daddy and Tender Teacher as: 

In high school, studious Hitsuji had a secret crush on one of his guy friends–a friendly delinquent named Hatoyama–but never confessed. Years later, Hitsuji is a slightly anxious but responsible adult who found his calling as an elementary school teacher. One of his young students is upset with a sloppy and nonconformist dad–who turns out to be Hatoyama! When Hitsuji learns that Hatoyama is struggling to raise his son as a single parent, Hitsuji helps him out, first as a teacher and then as a friend who can teach Hatoyama how to clean his home and cook actual vegetables. As the men grow closer, some of Hitsuji’s anxieties begin to melt around the welcoming (and grateful) Hatoyama. What will become of the feelings Hitsuji used to harbor for his first love?

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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