Seven Seas Entertainment has announced its latest manga licenses that will be released throughout the last half of 2023 and first quarter of 2024. The new licenses include six new manga series and a light novel adaptation.
The new titles include Yomotsuhegui: Scions of the Underworld, Obey Me! The Comic, Reincarnated Into a Game as the Hero’s Friend: Running the Kingdom Behind the Scenes, My Dog is a Death God, Black Night Parade, and My Pancreas Broke, But My Life Got Better. In addition, Seven Seas is also planning a special edition hardcover release of Nagata Kabi’s My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness.
Here are the full details for each of Seven Seas’ newest releases:
Seven Seas will release Masasumi Kakizaki’s Yomotsuhegui: Scions of the Underworld supernatural manga series in English for the first time in North America.
The series was first launched by Kakizaki in Kodansha’s Monthly Young Magazine on October 19, 2021. Two tankoubon volumes have been released as of December 2022.
The first volume will be released in February 2024, with the series being available as single volume editions. Ebook editions will also be available on digital platforms.
Seven Seas describes the manga as:
Nawa Kanetsugu used to be a police officer, until his wife and child were murdered and he sought revenge by any means necessary. In a new quest for vengeance after he’s released from prison, he discovers that a mortal wound won’t kill him. A confrontation with a mysterious girl shows Nawa that he’s eaten the fruit of Yomotsuhegui, the tree in the realm of the dead, and now he’s an immortal with monstrous powers. The girl is a god of death who wants his help to fight other dangerous immortals, since there may still be a seed of justice in his heart. Will Nawa find his humanity again in saving others from supernatural evil, or will these ghastly powers turn him into a monster?
Seven Seas will also release Obey Me! The Comic for the first time in English-language print. The manga is based on the otome game of the same name, which inspired a 2021 ONA anime series. The original story is created by company NTT Solmare and illustrated by artist Subaru Nitou.
MangaPlaza released Obey Me! The Comic in English digitally on its website. The first volume will be released in December 2023, with the series available in print as single large-trim editions.
Seven Seas describes Obey Me! The Comic as:
As school bells ring, a little sheep wakes up at the Royal Academy of Diavolo in the demon world Devildom–where seven eccentric demon princes await. This wooly critter is actually a human exchange student…so why are they so fluffy and cute, and why can’t they remember anything? Now, they must figure out how to turn back into a human and regain their memories as princes named Lucifer, Leviathan, and more raise hell with their devilish hijinks!
The light novel series and manga adaptation of Reincarnated Into a Game as the Hero’s Friend: Running the Kingdom Behind the Scenes will also be released by Seven Seas. The light novels are written by Yuuki Suzuki and illustrated by Sanshouuo. Artist Rampei Ashio is handling the art for the manga adaptation.
Suzuki first launched the story on the Shousetsuka ni Narou website on March 2, 2021. Overlap then formally published the series on March 25, 2022 under its Overlap Bunko label. Two physical volumes of the light novel series have been released as of September 2022.
Ashio launched the manga adaptation in Overlap’s Comic Gardo website on July 15, 2022. A single tankoubon volume has been released as of November 2022.
The first volume of the Reincarnated Into a Game as the Hero’s Friend: Running the Kingdom Behind the Scenes light novels will be released in March 2024. The series will be available in single large-trim editions as part of Seven Seas’ Airship imprint. Early ebook editions of the light novels will also be available across various digital platforms.
Volume one of the manga adaptation will be released in February 2024, with the series available as single volume editions. Ebook editions will also be available for purchase on digital platforms.
Seven Seas describes the synopsis as:
A modern man is reincarnated into the world of a fantasy game he knows well: as Werner, the son of a powerful noble. The thing is, Werner isn’t the hero or even the villain–he’s a background character likely to die during a climactic siege! Werner seeks out and befriends the hero, but he doesn’t have powerful enough skills to be a hero himself. Unwilling to die as a later plot point, Werner uses his knowledge of the game and his power as a noble to aid the hero and defend against evil attacks. That’s when he realizes that when he does so, he saves other people who were doomed as he was, which changes the “plot” he thought was inevitable. As the hero’s close comrade who can see the future, perhaps Werner will be a savior to this place, after all!
Ritsu Aozaki’s manga adaptation of My Dog is a Death God will also be released in English for the first time. It is based on Mikito Chinen’s original 2016 novel of the same name about a gentle god of death helping patients at a countryside hospice.
Aozaki first serialized the manga in Micro Magazine’s Comic Elmo website on May 18, 2021. Micro Magazine published the manga’s first volume in May 2022. A single tankoubon volume has been released as of May 2022.
The first volume will be released in North America in December 2023. The series will be available in single volume print editions, with ebook editions also available on digital platforms.
Seven Seas describes the story of My Dog is a Death God as:
Leo, a god of death, has been sent to save human souls at a small hospice called Okanoue Hospital. For this mission, he’s been granted a special form: one with four legs, a tail, and a keen sense of smell. Thanks to his canine assets, Leo can seek out patients at the hospice who are plagued by a lifetime of regret. With his endearingly wet nose and friendly, furry appearance, Leo eases patients into their next life, seeing them off from the quiet hillside hospital without the burden of lingering remorse.
Hikaru Nakamura’s Black Night Parade will also be released in North America for the first time. The quirky and creepy comedy manga is written and illustrated by the creator of Saint Young Men and Arakawa Under the Bridge.
The manga was first serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump magazine from November 2, 2016 to July 25, 2019. It was then moved to the monthly seinen magazine Ultra Jump on September 19, 2019. Eight tankoubon volumes have been released as of December 2022. It also inspired a 2022 live-action film adaptation.
Volume one will be released in November 2023, with the series available as single volume print editions. Digital ebook editions will also be available for purchase on digital platforms.
Seven Seas describes the manga series as:
Hino Miharu will be spending this Christmas just like the last: alone and working a dead-end job. All he wants is good employment, but when he meets a Santa Claus dressed in clothes as black as coal, he has no idea he’s encountered the real deal…sort of. The Santa Claus dressed in red makes Christmas happen for good children everywhere, but his darker counterpart handles the holiday for the bad kids. As a name on the naughty list, Miharu is dashed away to work for the shadowy Santa. The pay and benefits are great, and his co-worker is cute–but will this end up being the dream job he’s wished for, or a nightmare of a Christmas?!
Nagata Kabi’s My Pancreas Broke, But My Life Got Better autobiographical manga will also be released by Seven Seas. East Press released Kabi’s manga in Japan on December 14, 2022.
My Pancreas Broke, But My Life Got Better will be released for the first time in North America in November 2023. The manga will be available as a single large-trim paperback edition. An ebook edition will also be available on various digital platforms.
Seven Seas describes Kabi’s manga as:
In this new autobiographical manga following My Wandering Warrior Existence, Nagata Kabi has quit drinking in an attempt to get healthier–or she’s trying to, anyway. Her former struggles with alcohol led to pancreatitis and a serious hospitalization, and now she has no choice but to give it up. Follow the author as she details the quest to improve her health during a global pandemic.
Kabi’s first memoir manga My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness will also be rereleased as a special edition hardcover. It will include a brand-new cover art and a bonus chapter by Kabi herself.
The special edition hardcover edition of My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness will be released in November 2023. It will be available as a single large-trim hardcover edition. An ebook edition will also be available on digital platforms.
Source: press release