Kodansha USA Licenses Gachiakuta, Pass the Monster Meat, Milady!, & Love, That’s an Understatement Manga Series

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© Kei Urana, Kodansha

Kodansha USA has revealed three new licenses for release in Fall 2023, consisting of two print releases and one digital release. They include Gachiakuta, Pass the Monster Meat, Milady!, and Love, That’s an Understatement

Both Gachiakuta and Pass the Monster Meat, Milady! Will be released in print sometime in Fall 2023. Meanwhile, Love, That’s an Understatement will be released digitally on all platforms on April 25, 2023. 

Here are the full details for each of Kodansha USA’s latest manga licenses


Story and art: Kei Urana 

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© Kei Urana, Kodansha

The manga was first launched in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine on February 16, 2022. The series is published under the Shonen Magazine Comics imprint and has released five tankoubon volumes as of February 2023. A sixth volume is set for release on April 17, 2023. 

The synopsis is described as: 

A boy lives in a floating town, where the poor scrape by and the rich live a sumptuous life, simply casting their garbage off the side, into the abyss. When he’s falsely accused of murder, though, his wrongful conviction leads to an unimaginable punishment — exile off the edge, with the rest of the trash. Down on the surface, the cast-off waste of humanity has bred vicious monsters, and to travel the path to vengeance against those who cast him into Hell, a boy will have to become a warrior…

Pass the Monster Meat, Milady!

Original Story: Kanata Hoshi

Art: Chika Mizube

Original Character Design: Peperon

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© Kanata Hoshi, Chika Mizube, Peperon

The manga is based on the light novel series of the same name, which was first published in 2021 and originally illustrated by Peperon. It has been serialized in pixiv’s Palcy app since 2021 and adapted into a manga by Chika Mizube. Five tankoubon volumes have been released as of March 2023. 

Kodansha USA describes the manga’s story as: 

Like any proper noble lady, one must have certain acquired tastes. For Melphiera Marchalrayd, she just happens to crave a rather exotic protein — monsters! But do not judge! Despite its bad reputation, monster meat can be used in exquisite cuisine and Melphiera is determined to change the kingdom’s opinion of it! Unfortunately, since debuting in society, Melphiera has been struggling to find her perfect match…until she meets the fearless “Blood-Mad Duke” of Galbraith!

Love, That’s an Understatement 

Story and art: Fujimomo

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© Fujimomo

The shoujo manga series was first launched in Kodansha’s Dessert magazine on July 26, 2021. Three tankoubon volumes have been released as of March 2023. 

The manga’s story is described as: 

Spare eraser? Check. Extra folding umbrella? Check. First aid kit? Check. Cool and collected high school student Risa Amakawa has something in her heavy bag for every situation, and the last thing she needs—or knows how to ask for — is anyone’s help. When she saves a beat-up delinquent in the park one rainy evening, she refuses any sort of repayment. But it turns out that saving the notorious Zen Ohira buys her the attention of some unsavory characters. As Zen keeps swooping in to help her out of one pickle after another, her feelings about relying on anyone but herself—and her feelings toward Zen — slowly begin to change…

Source: press release

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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