Yen Press Licenses Fruits Basket Artbook, Higurashi: Gou Manga Anthology, & More Series at MCM Comic Con

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© Ryukishi07

During the 2023 MCM London Comic Con, Yen Press announced the license acquisition of six new titles under its manga and novel imprints. The new licenses consist of four manga series (Lord Hades’s Ruthless Marriage, Kiss the Scars of the Girls, Higurashi When They Cry: GOU Anthology Comic, Fifteen Minutes Before We Really Date), a Fruits Basket artbook from series creator Natsuki Takaya, and a novel titled Agent of the Four Seasons.

The on-sale date for the Fruits Basket artbook will be announced at a later date. The other five titles are scheduled for a November 2023 release.

Here are the full details for each of the new releases: 


Fruits Basket: Complete Anime Natsuki Takaya Illustrations

Art: Natsuki Takaya

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© Natsuki Takaya

In commemoration of the all-new anime adaptation of Natsuki Tayaka’s beloved manga, Fruit Basket, illustrations inspired by each episode along with commentary from the author have been collected into a single volume to celebrate the gripping tale of Tohru and the Sohmas. 

Perfect for fans of the series, Fruits Basket: Complete Anime Natsuki Takaya Illustrations is a collection of three artbooks that were published separately in Japan combined into a single omnibus edition.

Lord Hades’s Ruthless Marriage

Story and art: Ueji Yuuho

lord hades rutheless marriage manga volume one cover
© Ueji Yuuho

Synopsis

Hades—the powerful and terrifying King of the Underworld…and a bachelor! Despite his retainers’ wishes, Hades refuses to give up his life as a single god, unconvinced that love and marriage are worth the hassle. But when Eros suddenly shoots him with an arrow of love, will he be able to successfully avoid falling head over heels with the next person he sees?

Kiss the Scars of the Girls

Story and art: Aya Haruhana

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© Aya Haruhana

Synopsis

Deep within a dense forest stands an academy for girls, and its students share a secret—they’re all vampires. To learn to hunt without attracting human attention, the maidens forge bloody bonds of sisterhood, but what fate will their ties bring…?

Kiss the Scars of the Girls is a supernatural girls’ love manga between two vampires: one charismatic and cheerful, and the other guarded and reserved.

Higurashi When They Cry: GOU Anthology Comic

Story and art: Ryukishi07

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© Ryukishi07

Synopsis

June 1983. While it normally signifies an inescapable doom for Rika and her closest companions, a crew of guest artists bring its cheerful vitality to life! In the official comic anthology, join the gang in their early summer adventures!

Fifteen Minutes Before We Really Date

Story and art: Perico

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© Perico

Synopsis

Yuki and Natsuna live in the same apartment complex and have been childhood friends for ten years. One day on the way home, with their high school graduation fast approaching, they make a decision on a whim—to start dating! In the fifteen minutes before things get a little more serious, will their friendship finally blossom into love…?

Fifteen Minutes Before We Really Date is an adorable slice-of-life romance between two childhood friends, complete in six tankoubon volumes.

Agent of the Four Seasons

Story: Kana Akatsuki

Illustrations: Suou 

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© Kana Akatsuki, Suou

Synopsis

In a world where the only season is winter, the creation of spring chips away at the solitary lifestyle of those enduring the cold. Before long, in accordance with the earth’s wishes, summer and fall are born, and the four seasons are complete. The one who carries the burden of the cycle is called the “Agent of the Four Seasons.” Now, one young goddess—granted spring by the god of the four seasons and called “Daisy” by her mother—holds that sense of purpose to her chest with pride. However, spring disappeared from this land ten years ago, and she must overcome hardship, fight back against disgrace, and return to the current god. Like a legend, the deepest part of her heart sends love to winter.

Featuring Violet Evergarden author Kana Akatsuki’s brilliant writing, worldbuilding, and character drama, Agent of the Four Seasons is a romance novel that topped the New Title category in Takarajimasha’s 2022 This Light Novel Is Amazing! guidebook.


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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