During the Yen Press Industry panel at Sakura-Con 2023, the publisher announced the acquisition of five Korean manhwa webcomics for its Ize Press imprint. The new titles include Unholy Blood, Your Letter, Overgeared, Jungle Juice, and See You in My 19th Life. Release dates for the new acquisitions will be shared on Ize Press’s social media in the near future.
Yen Press also announced a large slate of new manga and light novel licenses at its Sakura-Con 2023 industry panel. Here are the details for the five manhwa releases:
Story and art: Lina Im
Unholy Blood is a popular vampire manhwa series that was released on WEBTOON on October 25, 2020 to January 12, 2022. Eight volumes have been compiled in total. It has also received over 124 million views on WEBTOON.
All pure-blooded vampire Hayan Park wanted to do was live a normal life. But the rise of half-bloods ten years ago transformed the world into a dangerous and frightening place—robbing her of her one true wish. Determined to return Korea to how it used to be, Hayan teams up with local police captain Euntae Hwang to wipe out the bloodthirsty killers in a tale of hot-blooded romance and revenge.
Story and art: Hyeona Cho
The manhwa series is a single-volume mystery story that deals with bullying and budding friendships. It ran on the WEBTOON webcomics platform from February 26, 2019 to April 30, 2019 for a total of 12 chapters.
When middle schooler Sori Lee stood up for her friend against their entire class, she never expected to become their new target — but that’s exactly what happens. So, when her friend decides to transfer schools, Sori decides to wipe the slate clean and does the same. Luckily, someone seems to be looking out for her this time, and on her first day, she finds a mysterious letter taped to the bottom of her desk inviting her on a scavenger hunt! Sori follows the trail of clues to try and uncover the identity of her benefactor, and as she explores all the curious and wonderful people and places around the school, begins to open her heart once more…
Art: Team Argo
Original Story: Saenal
Adaptation: Monohumbug (REDICE STUDIO)
Adapted from the web novel of the same name, Overgeared is a popular game fantasy manhwa from REDICE STUDIO. The ongoing action manhwa series has over 120 chapters and has amassed massive popularity on the Tapas webcomics platform.
Youngwoo Shin is a deadbeat in real life, working odd jobs to fuel his video game addiction. But inside the VR game Satisfy, he becomes Grid the Warrior…who is also painfully ordinary. Everything changes when he discovers the tome of a legendary blacksmith. Who needs skills when you have god-tier items…right?
Story: Eun Hyeong
Jungle Juice is a popular sci-fi story best known for its insect-based action. It was first released on WEBTOON on February 22, 2021 and has received over 63 million views on the platform. The manhwa will be the first work from the YLAB production company, published under the Ize Press brand.
Every society has its hierarchy, and college student Suchan Jang is at the top of the human one. Though popular and well-liked, he has a secret that keeps him from getting close to others: under his clothes lies a pair of hidden insect wings. But when he’s forced to expose them to save the girl he likes, his world is turned upside down — and Suchan promptly becomes prey in the insect food chain!
See You in My 19th Life
Story and art: Lee Hye
See You in My 19th Life is a reincarnation romance manhwa that has earned over 83 million views on WEBTOON. It was released on WEBTOON from December 16, 2020 to December 28, 2022 for a total of 115 chapters. The series is also inspiring an upcoming live-action Korean drama TV series, which will debut on Netflix in 2023.
Jieum Ban has a secret — she can remember the memories of her previous lives…all 18 of them! This means she retains past knowledge, skills, and most importantly, the bonds with the people she cares about. Guided by the bittersweet memories of her last life, Jieum sets out to rekindle the love that was cut short by her tragic death. But little did she know her biggest rival would be her own past self…
Source: press release