Kodansha USA Licenses How to Grill Our Love, Small Nozomi & Big Yume, & The World of Summoning Manga Series

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Kodansha USA has licensed three new manga series that it will release digitally in English. All three titles will have their first volume released in May 2023. The newest digital licenses include How to Grill Our Love, Small Nozomi & Big Yume, and The World of Summoning

Here are the full details for the three new digital manga releases: 

How to Grill Our Love

Story and art: Shiori Hanatsuka

Release Date: May 5, 2023

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The manga was first serialized in Kodansha’s Morning magazine on September 24, 2020. 


Dating can be tough when you nerd out over barbecue. Kenta, a practical pitmaster, looks for a grill-friend in Chihiro, an aloof and faultless business babe…or is she? Scared of being rejected for who they really are, the two of them find comfort in food and each other…and all is well until Kenta must transfer away. With their developing relationship at steak, Chihiro proposes they tie the knot and they marry for better or wurst. Winging a long-distance marriage is one thing, but here’s the rub—they barely know each other! It’s a rare marriage where all the awkwardness of dating meets a sizzling passion for grilling!

Small Nozomi & Big Yume

Story and art: Sou Hamayumiba

Release Date: May 16, 2023

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The manga series ran in Kodansha’s Morning Two monthly magazine from May 22, 2019 to January 22, 2021. A total of three tankoubon volumes were released in total. Sou Hamayumiba previously created the manga series Hanayamata and the currently running Dropout Idol Fruit Tart


High schooler Nozomi Koiwa wakes up and discovers she’s lost her memories…and a whole lot of height. Now the size of a soda can, she flees from a feline assault into the disgusting den of Yume Okubo, a drunken shut-in NEET who’s terrified of people and hasn’t been outside for months. Between falling beer cans and deadly insect traps, Nozomi survives long enough to convince the airheaded Yume that she’s a figment of her imagination who’s come to save her from hitting rock bottom…all while investigating how she ended up funsized. But despite their differences — height, brains, and otherwise—each half of this quirky combo might just be what the other needs!

The World of Summoning

Story and art: Yuuki Kodama

Release Date: May 30, 2023

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The manga was first launched in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shounen Magazine on February 9, 2022. Kodama previously worked on the Blood Lad manga series that ran from September 4, 2009 to September 3, 2016. 


Tokoyo was raised in the Fantasy District—not notable in and of itself, except for the fact that he’s human. That fact alone gives him the ability to become a Summoner—one who can bring people and items from other worlds into his own. He’s the pride of the district, as all those who live there were themselves summoned from another world. But when he emerges into the city of Tokyo, a human city where the summoned are discriminated against, he finds that being a Summoner isn’t what he thought it was at all…and that, perhaps, his utopian vision of a world shared by human and summoned alike isn’t shared by all… A brand-new adventure from the creator of Blood Lad!

Source: press release

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He also contributes work to the website Yatta Tachi. 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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